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Highland Black Mocha Stout | Highland Brewing

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3.87/5
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Highland Black Mocha StoutHighland Black Mocha Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
highlandbrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Highland’s most robust beer, having a very malty body with a large, roasted chocolate flavor, all achieved solely through the use of special roasted barley grains. It is black in color with a very clean finish and moderate hop flavor.

While the porter style was developing, some brewers produced a stout porter and over time generated a new style known simply as stout. These beers traditionally contain a distinct roasted malt flavor and can run the gamut from a dry stout, such as Guinness to a sweet stout such as Watney’s Cream Stout. Our Black Mocha falls in the sweet stout range and derives its chocolate and coffee tones from the use of appropriate roasted malt grains and is very often used as an after dinner libation or an accompaniment to dessert.

Added by Jason on 12-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,937
Reviews:
455
Ratings:
1,079
pDev:
10.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,079 |  Reviews: 455
Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Dave2234
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of coldmeat23
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks to beeruser for this one!

This pours a dark enough shade of brown that it appears to be black. It has a half finger head of dark tan colored foam. The retention and lacing are both very good.

The nose is packed full of roasted malts. Lots of dark roasted coffee notes also. Light touches of dark fruits and a tiny hint of chocolate.
Somewhat muted, overall.

Loads of roasted malts and dark coffee notes. A good amount of dark chocolate presence. Mild hints of dark fruits. Good balance with some lacto sweetness.

Medium-bodied, with a medium-to-high level of carbonation. Nice and smooth and has a touch of creaminess. Although it is not quite as full-bodied as I think it should be, for the style.

This has some very good balance to it. At 5.60%abv it is easy to drink a few of them over an evening and not worry about it.

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Photo of Mojo
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

The pour yielded a dark ebony color with a one finger foamy caramel-colored head with awesome retention and lacing. The smell was dark chocolate and licorice. Taste follows the nose. It is big and sweet up front, kind of milk chocolate with a sour sweetness. The finish builds slowly. At first it doesn't appear to be anything there, but it slowly build to a rich , bitter and satisfying mocha taste. Mouthfeel is very average, leaning toward being a little thick. All in all a nice offering.

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Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of xJMFCx
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nearly black, with just a light hint of ruby in the edges of the glass. A foamy brown head forms on pouring, eventually dying down to a ring. A little bit of lace on the glass.

Smell: I pop the cap and coffee aromas just pour out into my nose. Chocolate and roasted malt support.

Taste: Roasted malt quickly leads to cocoa flavors and a ton of coffee. Chinook and Mt. Hood hops come in later, never driving the bitterness too over the top. The hops are light, the coffee really drives the bitterness. Finishes with a ton of coffee left to spare.

Mouthfeel: This falls a little bit short on the mouthfeel; it is creamy but not quite as much as I would like.

Drinkability: Has the flavor of an imperial stout, but drinks a lot easier. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Bonis
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes: 07/30/2011

A- Black in color with a cream colored 1/2 inch head, settling to a nice frothy layer of bubbles. Good, but pretty standard here.

S- Very roasty, some hints of nutty earthiness, bitter chocolate and faint coffee mix in. Nothing really out of the ordinary.

T - A bit nicer than the smell. Bittersweet chocolate mixes with some subtle bitter hops and earthy roasted malt characteristics. Not overly complex, but definitely better than most stouts I've tasted in this abv range. A touch of coffee bitterness comes in after the swallow. Alcohol is hidden nicely. A well balanced, delicious beer overall.

M - Very smooth, low bodied, easy drink. Bitter chocolate rests in the mouth. Low carbonation, appealing to me.

O - A nice stout that isn't available where I live. Glad I got to try it, and I'd probably pick up a sixer if I were to see it.

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Photo of djgustafson
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mattcrill
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to cmaruschak for the opportunity to sample this one. Shared this with him and mmmmbeeeer.

Appearance: A deep black pour with cola edging. A thin almond carbonated head that quickly disappears and rings the glass nicely. Head retention is a little shaky.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, roasted barley, nutty, and toffee notes all hit the nose.

Taste: Dry cocoa, french roast coffee, pecans that form the nutty base to this taste. A creamed coffee flavor and stronger coffee presence overall dominates the flavor as this beer warms in the mouth. A nice dry bittering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely balanced with some carbonation.

Drinkability: Easily a session beer for me. It borders dangerously close to a porter in my book. The lighter roasty flavor and mouthfeel profile make me think porter but I'll respect the brewers call for the style on this one. Recommended.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Head is small and cocoa brown. Body is fairly dark and redish black in color. Bits of light slip through only around the edges. Nose is yummily sweet with maple, mollasses, roasted and toasted chocolate and coffee. Every now and then a bit of orange hop breaks through the sweet chocolate. Taste has a quality roasted bitterness to it and the hops hiding in the aroma become more apparent. The medium body seems a little thin for the style but it doesn't bring down the taste any. Carbonation is moderate and is just crisp enough to enhance the bittersweetness. A solid brew and becomes increasingly tasty as I delve further in. Mouthfeel is slick and mildly gritty/resinous. Drinkability for this stout is great.

A good local brew.

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Photo of Lob
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I received this as an extra in a recent trade. Review is from notes taken on 12/22/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours the standard deep dark brown/near black and starts with a 1/2 finger loose and creamy tan head that fades immediately to a thin, very incomplete skim and a thin, uneven ring around the surface; body is dark and opaque;

Smell: Lots of dark, burnt roasty espresso malts; bit of a creamy, milky chocolate; bit of a dry, cocoa powder; nothing too over the top and it lives up to the name sake on the label.

Taste: My first impression is that it's actually just a bit thin, but it does have some nice and robust burnt coffee/espresso roastiness and there is a bit of an earthy nutty, perhaps even grassy hoppiness, that brings about a touch of bitterness; the milky/lactose aspect is there, but definitely subdued; just a bit of a coppery/metallic tinge in the back.

Mouthfeel: As noted in the taste, the body is just a little thin, but solid enough for an American Stout (I always do wish these could be a little thicker and heavier though); body is between medium and light in terms of weight and the carbonation is spot on -- nice and lively but not even near sharp or detrimental to the overall experience; a moderately thick, semi-dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth and it really holds the nutty/bitterness well into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Nothing overwhelming, but definitely a great tasting good drinking beer; nice flavors and sweet nose combine for a pleasurable experience, but could be a bit more robust, and the body could be a little thicker.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Opaque. Thin head that quickly disappeared. Sparse lacing. Looks like a Pepsi.
S: Chocolate, Coffee, Sweet
T: Coffee, some bitterness, roasted grains, taste like Starbucks Mocha Frapachino.
M: Seemed a little thin for a stout, but no major complaints.
D: Very well balanced. Very Drinkable!
Notes: Some beers look real pretty and disapoint the tastebuds. This beer is the opposite. Looks nothing special, but is a very solid stout.

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Photo of craytonic
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark coffee black

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, espresso

Taste: Reminds me of chocolate-covered java beans. Some nice hops as well. Some sweetness - brown sugar and molasses.

Mouthfeel: Full, but not super-heavy; nice carbonation

Drinkability: One at a time. Interesting, but there are better stouts out there. Too much mocha for me. I would have another though.

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Photo of Josbor11
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of KajII
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured black with a creamy light brown head that lasted throughout and had excellent lacing. The aroma was of burnt chocolate malts, a leathery yeast and a moderate does of hops with a strong coffee and dark chocolate note with just a hint of molasses. It tasted moderatly bitter with a note of coffee in the beginning and then progressed into a mild bitter chocolate-coffee flavor with a nice hoppiness at the finish. Mouthfeel was full in body and creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation. Overall a nice, smooth and hoppy chocolate stout, a nice change up from the norm.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

BOD 12/1/15. Pours black. Outstanding head volume and lacing, world class retention.

Light nose of roast and chocolate.

Light body that is water like. Slightly below standard carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a lackluster finish.

The flavor profile is good. It lacks intensity (think stout lite...very lite) but is well balanced. The flavor is pretty much one dimensional and lacks complexity. It begins with a blend of light roast and chocolate. The middle adds a touch of hops but very little bitterness. The finish is a slow fade of the middle.

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Photo of beeragent
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark ruby almost black, forming a 1/2 inch mocha head. Not much lacing is visible on the glass.

S - Strong roasted malt aroma along with a noticeable coffee presence mixed in.

T - Delicious thick roasted malts dominate the palate, with a nice coffee flavor coming through in the middle, followed by a slightly bitter chocolate finish.

M - Heavy bodied with very light carbonation. Extremely smooth finish with a flavor that stays on the palate after the swallow.

D - Great full flavor, very complex in the taste, along with a nice thick body. This is exactly what a good stout should taste like. Aside from the not-so-great appearance, this beer has all the characteristics of what a stout should be. Definitely an all-nighter sessionable ale.

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Photo of williahd
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to khiasmus for sending a sixer of these bad boys to my doorstep.

Pours a nice deep black with some ruby highlights surrounding the edges of the glass. Nice off white/light tan head is nice and rocky with good retention and beautiful lacing.

Nose is coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate, slight toffee. A touch of sugar.

Taste is very nice! VERY. This is an extremely high quality stout. Coffee is in there, black ground beans. Some chocolate for sure, along with vanilla and caramel. Some hop bitterness on the finish works perfectly with the complexity of this one.

Mouthfeel is just perfect, not too thin, not too thin. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is solid, although it is just a touch bitter on the finish to give this one a perfect score.

Overall I am SHOCKINGLY impressed with the quality of this stout. I had the imperial version not but a few days ago, and i find this one to be much better. The coffee and chocolate profile is very nicely done here. Man. Just a very well made and enjoyable stout. Thanks again to khiasmus. Great beer.

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Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,079 ratings
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