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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 | website

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

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Reviews: 444 | Ratings: 1,037
Photo of James954
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: liquid molasses, some lacing and head that fade over time
S: molasses, toasted malt, sweet something
T: Good equilibrium of toasted malt, coffee, and a sweet dark fruit of some kind
F: excellent carbonation and heavy mouthfeel

Overall: much better than a lot of stouts recently tried. Very underrated.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into water glass bottled on 9/30

A: pitch black very small head white in apperancewith maybe a little color

S: creamy roasted malts a little oatmeal and some chocolate

T: Roasted malts, a little coffee, some anise not a whole lot else going on

M: starts out being almost creamy then finishes watery

O: Fairly one dimensional beer not a lot going on and what it does is very light the beer is surprisingly bland. Very light beer but then the ABV isn't that high. This is a beer I would pass on

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taste of black patent malts, dry coffee notes with some roasted chocolate, toffee.
Black and opaque. Roasted coffee bean aroma.
Full body. Big foamy cocoa colored head.

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Photo of CalebM
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark blackish-tan hue, pretty heavy lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, cookie--yum!
Taste: Very well balanced for a stout of this name. Sweet but not sicky. The flavors from the aroma are all equally present with no surprises. I'm not getting the peppermint others have mentioned, perhaps just a mix of toasted malt and hops throwing things around.
Feel: I would not describe this as a clean finish as the bottle does. The foam lingers in your mouth, but I don't find that unpleasant--one reviewer said the finish was "gritty" and I agree. Medium/heavy mouthfeel.
Overall: In terms of stouts and mocha flavor, I like this a lot. Balanced flavors and interesting texture.

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Photo of StoutHobbit
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark on the pour with a light lacing foam. Very dark nearly opaque.
Smell: Hints of cocoa, nutty, toffee and cookie.
Taste: rich hits of coffee and notes on the back of the tongue of cacao
Feel: a tad gritty at the finish, but rather rich and smooth
Overall: damn fine beer, damn fine stout.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American Stout pours to a brief medium rocky tan head on a dark brown beer with ruby highlights. On the nose, the roasted malt is expressed as a nice blend of sweet coffee and cocoa, with hints of dark toffee. On the palate, it is a similar beast: slightly sweet dark cocoa up front, overtaken midway by bitter coffee with a bit of dark toffee character. The finish is dark and slightly sweet, followed by a bitter coffee flavor that lingers until the next sip. Mouthfeel is thinnish for the full body, medium creamy and very peppery from the lively carbonation. Between the mouthfeel and the low ABV, this is very sessionable for a stout. (12 oz. bottle, 188 days after pkg.)

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Photo of nc41
2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks nice smells nice. But ..:. I agree with the last review I read, tastes like a peppermint patty, it burns like hot pepper on the throat. I don't like that profile much to add to the burning it's over carbonated for the style. My throats hot, if I was just going off the heat this is generating I'm guessing 2x Mexican Cake. One will give heartburn , two might make you sick.

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Photo of takusan1000
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A top stout that looks just absolutely excellent. Really prevalent anise and black patent flavor that manages to be silky smooth and at the same time maintain a fresh bite. Not quite as good as Deschutes' Obsidian, but damn good still.

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Photo of uvachief
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro turbo draft. The stuff pours nice with nice head. Smells like peppermint which is nearly repulsive to me. Ru oh..tastes like peppermint. One taste was all I needed. Not my cup of tea. Thin, watery stout that tastes like peppermint. Groan.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black Mocha Stout pours an almost black color with a nice large head. There is a weaker oatmeal aroma. The taste is a bit weak, nice oatmeal flavors, hints of mocha. Weaker flavors. Overall its nice, pretty plain, the weaker flavors do take away.

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Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A deep brown with a light tan head that leaves nice tight sticky lacing. The aroma tends to the mild, with just hints of dark roasted malt and maybe a little cocoa. The taste is also deep roasted malt, with just a hint of earthy hops but it has a nice simple quality to it. The body is lighter, but with with a nice full finish.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black, clear beer with a one finger high, beige-brown head.

Nose: Coffee, tobacco, roasted malt, dark chocolate, malt and dried fruit.
Taste: Coffe beans, red berries, dark chocolate, roasted malt and hay.
Body: Medium to full body with light carbonation.

Great stout!

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thin black pour with dark tan head;fruit and chocolate whispers; thin mouthfeel/lite tongue coating;coffee bean and thin malt start; light and easy to drink; I like how the coffee flavor is just barely there; chocolate malt and a little hop bitterness round out the finish; a very drinkable lite stout.

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Photo of BigBry
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Industry standard brown bottle, from a Make-Your-Own 6 pack, that I brought back from Carolina.
The beer pours black in color, with a thin tan head. Foam slowly faded down and left spider web pattern of lace.
Smell was very light, some roasted malt, maybe chocolate.
The taste was similar to the smell, quite light toasted grains, minor chocolate or cocoa, but really struggled to find any coffee or mocha flavors. Bitter, but astringent rather than a cold coffee bitterness.
Medium bodied, moderate amount of carbonation, dry finish.
The beer is easy to drink, which in this case is kind of a negative. I wanted more bold and strong flavors, and a thick fuller mouth feel. An OK stout, but for me didn't live up to a mocha stout.

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Photo of scotorum
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A purchase from a trip to Tennessee last July, bottled 4/4/14, so this has over eight months age on it.

a; Opaque black with a glimmer of clear ruby at the bottom, inch thick tan head receded slowly to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Black coffee.

t: Primarily smoky malt up front with a light hop bite. Sweet finish. Later some dark chocolate and black coffee emerges.

m: Light to medium, perhaps lighter than expected for a stout. Good carbonation tingle.

o; Not getting an awful lot of "mocha," but a good if lightish easy drinking stout. I'd tend to call this a porter based on mouthfeel and ABV.

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Photo of Carlson
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Smooth drinking, stout beer with exceptional flavor. A winter time seasonal favorite. This beer is only made for a few months each year& released in the winter season. A must have for the winter season.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

This has a very good aroma of mocha, espresso, light char and toasted oats. The flavor has a creamy mocha, charred oats, smokiness, charcoal embers, bits of coffee roast and a bitter finish. My only complaint is its a tad too watery which takes away from the overall experience.

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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 EHopkinsi
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours dark, thin head. Flavor isn't as bold as I'd prefer, but not wimpy, either. Mouthfeel is a little light, too; but again, not bad. Hoppy finish is nice.

Kind of an "easy drinking" stout; not massive like I generally prefer my stouts, but definitely enjoyable.

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

A - Dark. Typical of a stout, especially one with black mocha in its name. Poured with very thin had which dissipated quickly into a thin film. Slight lacing.

S - Smells really fantastic man. Smells like coffee and chocolate, with grapey notes as well. Smells hugely like coffee. Well...like a mocha latte or something >.>

T - Taste is also fantastic. Tastes pretty much how it smells. Coffee, chocolate, bit of darkc hocolate bitterness on the finish. You can definitely taste the lightly roasted malt too. I do taste a hint of dark fruit somewhere int here. It's slight, but it's there.

M - Average carb, full body

O - Very tasty, but really honestly nothing too special. I feel like I've drank it before when I had other stouts. Nothing really stand outtish.

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

Highland Black Mocha Stout has a very thick, beige head, a black (with brown highlights) appearance, and some web lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, very dark roasted (but, not burned) barley malt, coffee, cream, and chocolate. Taste is of those elements, with a noticeable bitterness, probably coming from the char. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Highland Black Mocha Stout finishes rich and delicious and semi-wet. RJT

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Photo of jburris64
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my new favorite beers. This one whee poured from a bottle into a pint, had a very dark, almost black coloring, with a light tan head. Stout flavor bitter but did not bite. Smooth with a pleasant after taste.
Nice lace on the rim, coffee and chocolate notes on the nose.
My only complaint is I didn't freeze the glass.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, brown-to-black coloring, with a filmy, surface coating of light tan head. Aromas of lightly roasted coffee, crème highlights, and subtle chocolate notes. Very well balanced nose. Flavors are roasted and bittersweet forward, with a blast of coffee, crème, and hints of smoke. Chocolate highlights, with a solid bitter backbone. The body is light and dry, with a tangy sweet and roasted bitter aftertaste. The finish is roasted, dry, and with a slightly bitter linger. Solid, drinkable brew.

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Photo of Amalak
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very smooth grassy taste, some chocolate. Malty. There's a bit of a metallic taste underneath. Some dark fruit flavor. A bit of coffee. Medium to full bodied. Flavorful, but a bit of a generic taste.

It's a very deep brown/black, that delivers a huge tan foamy head that leaves a good deal of lacing behind. Some streams of bubbles going up the side. It has a slight mocha and metallic scent. Some chocolate malt.

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown black with a frothy tan head that lingers. Leaves sheets of lacing add it slowly dissipates.

Nutty malt, dark chocolate, and light roast malt form the aroma. Coffee is subtle, bowing to chocolate.

Flavor is interesting. The malt backbone is definitely roasty, but not overly charred until the finish. Bitterness is subtle. I wonder if they used de-bittered malt. There's a touch of sourness, but chocolate saves the day mid-palate. Nutty notes are evident throughout. Hints of sweetened dark cherries surface in the aftertaste.

Body is on the full side, with slightly low carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

More complex than I anticipated. Most stouts can be overly roasty or bitter, but this is neither. The cherry character is a special treat. If that sourness/metallic note weren't there, it would fare better.

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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.
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