Highland Black Mocha Stout | Highland Brewing

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Highland Black Mocha StoutHighland Black Mocha Stout

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

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.

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Ratings: 1,067 |  Reviews: 453
Photo of wspscott
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass (no date)

A: Pours with a one finger dark tan head that drops almost immediately leaving a thin film on the surface and a bit of lace.
S: The roasted malts are very obvious with a little bit of sweetness in the back.
T: Lots of roasted malt along with quite a bit of chocolate malts, no hint of hops, but there is enough roasted bitterness that this comes across as very dry.
M: My first impression was over attenuated, I have decided that the attenuation is reasonable, but I would like a little bit more "chewiness". The carbonation is a little high for the style, a little too much "tingle" on the tongue, but not unpleasant.
D: A very solid stout, well balanced and easy to drink, not super complex. I will happily finish off the six-pack, but I am not sure I would buy again. Worth trying.

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Photo of ScubaSteve00
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Duvel
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Johnny_Duck
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of CBlack85
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours nearly black with dark brown and ruby highlights. A very nice tan head seems to last forever, and leaves very little lacing.

The smell is full of roasted malts, and chocolate. There is also a fair amount of coffee in the background.

The flavor is exactly what you would expect from the aroma, lots of roasted malts, chocolate, hints of coffee. The real surprise is the hop presence, not overwhelming, but definately noticable.

Surprisingly easy to drink for a stout, very well balanced, but big enough not to be boring.

As usual Highland does not disappoint.

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Photo of MrBeige
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from Tilley4 -Thanks J.

Poured from 12 oz bottle -

Poured used oil black with one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin lacing ,decent carbonation .

Smell - Roasted malts , coffee

Taste - Coffee with chocolate overtones,roasted malts ,mild hops.

Drinkability - the flavors are well blended and balanced, not a real high abv for a stout which makes it a easy to drink brew.

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Photo of Ljoreilly
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of sisterofba
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mklinger
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Jet black with a nice thick tan/mocha creamy head. Really nice lacing left behind, too. Good looking beer.

Aroma was not overly assertive, but it's a session strength stout, so that's OK. Some roast & malt. Fairly subdued.

Flavor was solid. Roasted barley with faint coffee & chocolate. Bit of hop bitterness, but not a lot. Rich malty character. The only thing I don't get much of is a mocha character. If I was told this was a sessionable dry stout, I'd say, "darned right!" But advertised as a Mocha Stout I'd say it's a bit under characterized.

Mouthfeel was rich and full for a session strength stout. Nice. This is a very easy to dry dry stout. I liked it a lot more than my Smell & Taste ratings would indicate. Very balanced!

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Photo of NCbeerpirate
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I pour my 12 bottle of BMS into a Highland Pint glass and a creamy tan head leaves chunks of lacing stuck to the glass.

Aromas are of creamed dark roast coffee, slight hop character in there too. Chocolate notes are darker rather than sweeter with a good roastiness.

The taste matches the aromas with a good charred toast bitterness and again, some slight hop character noticed in the finish.

The mouthfeel is sturdy but not full. This beer packs a whole lot for 5.3%. Beers like these make me want to learn to really love malty beers as much as I love hoppy ones.

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Photo of Smoky54
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CMOrak
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of readbaron
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extra courtesy of Onenote81

Pours a dark, dark, dark brown with a hint of tan foam. Looks a bit clear and thin on the pour.

Smells strongly of malts, with some burnt coffee and a bit of sweetness - chocolate and possibly dark fruit as well.

Taste is more mellow than you'd expect from the smell. Still quite good, but subtle. Malt up front, a tiny bit of coffee, then a fairly strong sweet finish. Very smooth all the way through, but the finish is a bit watery.

Mouthfeel is very good. Thicker and heavier than I would have thought from the pour. Very creamy and well carbonated.

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

Poured into a room temp. "Piraat" tulip.

-Appearance 4.0: Jet black with a quarter inch khaki head. Head disappeared faster than you could say "Jack Robinson," but left pleasant frothy swirls on top.

-Smell 3.5: Very nice notes of toasted grains and a deep, dark malt. The bouquet is, however, subdued.

-Taste 4.0: Up front: cool liquid with a hint of grassiness. This was followed by a smooth, smoky and subtly sweet, slightly chocolate middle. Finish was dry with very light hop notes. Aftertaste was long and primarily a very pleasant dark chocolate.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Excellent level of carbonation that enhances the taste of the beer. All other elements of mouthfeel were very smooth and enjoyable.

-Overall 4.0: Satisfying, but at the same time not pedestrian in any way, shape or form. This stout has a body that is almost too light, but its other elements work together in such a way as to make you just enjoy the taste. One of the few session stouts I can think of. Worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of grayburn
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another good offering from the folks at Highland. It pours a midnightish brown, bordering on black. Dark tan head that laces alright and sticks around.

The smell and taste are both dominated by a roasted chocolate malt flavor that is quite nice. Other notes include some light licorice and just a wee bit of alcohol to round things out.

The mouth is a bit over carbonated, but otherwise melds the flavors together well with its medium body. Definite drinkability for this one, it goes down easy and it's abv is low enough to enjoy a few.

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Photo of plinythederek
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of devilben02
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my current favorites from Highland. Pours a deep, nearly opaque chestnut brown color, with a thin beige film of foam on top. Terrifically fragrant, the aroma is packed with a smooth combination chocolate and coffee. The flavor is likewise potent yet mild and smooth at the same time, with notes of creamy milk chocolate, weak coffee, a bit of nuttiness. The creamy smoothness of the texture further acts to complement the flavors. Overall, this one is flavorful but easy, making it quite enjoyable to the end.

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Photo of battlekow
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's right out of the fridge, and this thing already tastes good. Huge roasted malt/coffee flavor with hints of chocolate. The smell is initially a little gross, kind of iron-y and bloodlike, but even after just a couple minutes of warming it improves greatly. The nose stabilizes at something reminiscent of sweet iced coffee with hints of caramel. Nice full body and creamy mouthfeel. I'll echo the sentiment of slight hoppiness on the finish, but it could be burnt malt I'm tasting.

I'm very thankful to NClifestyle exposing me to some of the great beers coming out of North Carolina these days, with Black Mocha Stout certainly among them.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Dark in color as are most stouts. smells and tastes of coffee with some chocolate notes. Flavor is not as strong as I was hoping. easy to drink, but nothing really special about it.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black mocha is an apt moniker for this one, as the color is jet black and the creamy head forms up a light mocha color. A fairly copious amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Lightly sweet dark chocolate, caramel, and a pleasant citrus hop presence in the background. Not incredibly overpowering, but balanced and fully adequate for a sessionable stout.

T&M: Smooth dark chocolate and coffee flavor, with a hint of lactose that reminds me of a good milk stout. Some slight licorice and date flavor on the finish. Enough roasted flavor to keep it in stout territory. Body is full with an exceptionally silky feel. I cannot imagine a better mouthfeel for a standard stout.

D: A highly drinkable stout with a fantastic mouthfeel. Prost to Highland for crafting such an enjoyable "everyday" stout. The subtlety and care in creating this beer are readily apparent.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black like the oil I put into my car this morning. Very thin tan/brown head, almost too thin to see, but it is pretty.
There is a strongish malt smell with a hint of expresso.
Very smooth malty taste through the front.
Huge backlash of coffee taste that sticks for a bit. Some sips it's a good taste, others it tastes like watery used grounds. But mostly a solid coffee taste on the end here.
Very drinkable, not a session beer but something you could drink through without complication. Not over powering.

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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,067 ratings.
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