Highland Black Mocha Stout | Highland Brewing

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Highland Black Mocha StoutHighland Black Mocha Stout

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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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Reviews: 450 | Ratings: 1,055
Photo of ckeegan04
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost solid black with dark ruby hues when held up to light, Solid one finger brown head that fades away to leave a thin brown foam layer. Sheets of brown lacing in the glass. Almost the perfect looking stout.

S - Strong aroma of fresh ground coffee with hints of chocolate. Also an earthy hop presence lingers deep but is heavily masked by the coffee aroma.

T - Strong initial taste of coffee with hints of chocolate, much like the aroma. A nice hop bitterness steps in to offset the coffee. A very earthy hop taste. Finishes a little on the sweet side. A very good tasting coffee stout. A somewhat metallic taste lingers in the mouth but is rather weak.

M/D - A little on the thinner side of where I expect my stouts, but I would still call it medium bodied. Also lacking the creaminess. Still, a very good tasting a very drinkable stout. My favorite of the Highland brews that I have had to date.

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Photo of brewjones
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber

Pours black and immediately releases the smell of a strong coffee. Large, tan head and opaque. Smells of strong coffe, chocolate and slight hop aroma. Tastes like coffee grounds at first but then seems to ease up a bit as you swallow. A fairly smooth beer but does have a an acrid taste from the black malt(?) or maybe the mocha. An ok beer but not my favorite as the coffee flavor is a little strong for my taste.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle spplit with the girlfriend

A-Dark and mysterious like a Russian Lady smoking alone in a bar(which means black with no red edges and little white head)
S-Smells like bitter coffee and a little chocolate
T-Dark roasted almost burnt coffee flavor, hops add to bitterness on end, chocolate notes come out as it warms with a little sweetness. Not picking up a lot of fruit-very straightforward flavor but enjoyable.
M-A little thin in the mouth with forthy carbonation-more like a porter in the mouth. Not terribly smooth but improved as it warmed up.
D-I could drink a few on a cold night

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Photo of bbothen
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Fairly clean looking with not much lace.

Big roasted aroma. Chocolate, coffee, caramel notes.

Just like the nose, the taste has a nice roasted malt, coffee flavor with a bitter chocoalte & hoppy finish. Tastes great.

Thick, creamy, chewy, robust, full bodied.

Drinkability is good. Not overpowering flavor or ABV.

This is a nice big flavorful stout. The taste is the best part over the look smell. That's not a bad thing. Look forward to more Highland brews.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with mahogany tints around the edges when held up to the light. The tan head was big and fluffy but dissipated very quickly to a few wisps on the surface leaving a bit of delicate lacing. Aroma is roasted malts and a hint of coffee with dark fruits and chocolate. Taste is also dominated by the roasted sweet malts but the coffee is a little more evident than in the aroma. The finish is slightly bitter with bakers chocolate, espresso and some hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly creamy. This is not an exceptionally complex stout but is extremely tasty and drinkable. Highly recommended as an example of an American stout.

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Photo of mantupeht
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass.

A - As promised, it's pretty black. A little bit of tan, creamy looking foam retained after the initial pour.

S - Smells very invititing - like mocha coffee, as advertised. A very dark roasted smell, no hoppy smell.

T - Wonderful. Tastes just like it smells, a great strong roasted flavor, fairly hoppy - which can be a bit much for me, but well balanced and counteracted by the roasted taste.

M - Advertised as Highland's most robust beer, given that, there would be the potential to be thick and overbearing, but it's mildly thick and creamy and not at all too heavy.

D - Average would be in order on one hand since it's such a full and flavored beer, one could drink no more than a couple, but I bumped it up a bit just because of the high quality

Excellent - highly recommended.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this one since I moved to NC almost two years ago, it's nice that they now sell it in six packs as opposed to just bombers. The expected moonless night color and dark brown head flow evenly into my pint glass. Nose is sweet malt with heavy chocolate and roasted tones, some hop balance and coffee.

The balance is also evident in the taste although heavy roasted and coffee take over well into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin but even and not overly carbonated. Slight sour finish. This is an easy drinking, full flavored stout that shout find broad appeal among educated beer drinkers.

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

12-ounce bottle with no apparent freshness date poured into a pint glass yields a dull-black body with a fat two-finger creamy mocha head that retains at a fluffy sheet and leaves thin rings of lacing all the way down the glass.

Rich, aromatic coffee with cream, chocolate-covered caramels with a charred, woody note of dark roasted barley meet an uplifting whiff of fir trees, greeting the nose and grabbing at the soul.

Coffee leads the flavors, dark and roasty, complemented sweetly by a malty chocolate blast and a touch of molasses. As the drink warms, a nice tangy, winey note adds some flair. The drink is smooth and medium-bodied, permitting the flavors to really dance around with each other, and finishes with a nice dry bitter note that is also of coffee, slightly astringent and especially satisfying.

The drinkability is excellent and this beer is an ideal complement to breakfast or brunch, or perhaps as a dessert by itself. I can see it sitting happily alongside hickory-smoked bacon, a couple of over-medium eggs, with grits, orange juice and brown wheat toast.

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Photo of rallison
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely chocolate notes in the smell with nice roasted grains to back it up.

Taste is nice as well. The chocolate and coffee come out very well against the roasted qualities. Slight sour finish, but not in a bad way. Tasty.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good.

Very nicely done. One of the better American Stouts I've had.

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Photo of Lupe
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of cjohnson.

Pours a very dark brown almost black color with healthy and creamy tan head. Decent retention with sheets of lace left behind.

Bittersweet chocolate aroma with some breakfast blend coffee and roasted barley.

Great roasted malt flavor with plenty of bittersweet chocolate and espresso. Gets sweeter midway through with more of a milk chocolate flavor. Sweetness is well balanced from the roasted bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering roast on the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation. Goes down easy with some nice straightforward flavors. A very drinkable stout.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours very dark, almost black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly like most coffee beers do. The aroma is more of milk chocolate than coffee, but there is still some coffee in it. Roaste malt and vanilla round out the aroma. The taste seems to be where the coffee lies. Milk chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt linger in the finish with more coffee at the end. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with light carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good beer. I have a soft spot for coffee stouts, and this is one of the more balanced ones I have had. I wish this were available in my area as I would choose this over Bell's Java Stout most of the time.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown body with light brown soapy head. Heavy roast. Mocha in the finish. While some cream in mouth, some astringency in finish as well. Lacey. Bitterness on heavy side. SO neither would I say clean taste nor black, but still worthwhile to try.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew in a trade with 67couple.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - dark brown/black color with a short & creamy tan colored head that quickly fell to a thin layer of fizz.

S - semi-sweet chocolate and coffee aroma.

T - roasted malt flavor of chocolate with an espresso coffee-like bitterness on the finish.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation feel.

D - goes down easy. Good flavor and low abv make this a very drinkable stout.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking deep brown to black colour with a very big tan head that is bubbly and creamy, and dissolves to a mid-sized lace that leaves a scattered amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a blend of semi-sweet chocolate, some harsh (in a good way) coffee notes and a bit of burnt malt.

The flavour continues on with the characteristics of the aroma but adds a bit more roasted malt harshness to it, which detracts from the other flavours. Chocolate is moved to the back of each sip and is quite minimal overall. Coffee blends with the roasted malt for a decently good flavour in the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and more porter-like than stout-like. It's a bit too hot at times as well, which is surprising given the fairly low alcohol content.

I liked this one overall, but expected to enjoy it a bit more. I would have thrown a bit more sweetness into the mix and beefed up the mouthfeel a bit, but in the end this is still a pretty nice brew.

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

S = Dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans with a hint of caramel in the background.

T = Chocolate semi-sweetness upfront, slight caramel flavor in the middle, and a nice roasted coffee bitterness in the finish.

MF = Medium body. Quite smooth and silky. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, while not ground breaking or even complex, this is a very solid stout that is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of cjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty solid black with a dark cappuccino colored head about a finger in width that fades quickly, but leaves a nice lacing.

Smells like coffee, but not quite as pungent.

Tastes like coffee and equally as pungent. Roasted coffee is definitely the predominant flavor, with a lot of dark chocolate bitterness as well.

Pretty light mouthfeel; not too terribly carbonated.

Very drinkable and a solid stout.

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

Kicking off my 2008 spring vacation with this one.
12 oz Bottle.

Appearance: Black like good coffee. No light getting through this thing. Thin lacing of a tan head, fizzles out even thinner as it sits. Appealing.

Aroma: Need to wait for it to warm up a little! Right off the bat, French-roasted espresso beans and semisweet dark chocolate. Mild classic hops lurk under the coffee-and-cocoa surface, followed by a twist of caramel and straw.

Flavor: Nice! A good thorough bitterness that continues to hearken to 70% cocoa dark chocolate and good gourmet coffee. A nice semisweet twist near the end rounds out the picture, and those mild hops keep it interesting. Excellent!

Palate: Quite pleasing. Silky and just a touch oily, much like fresh coffee beans. Just spritzy enough to not feel flat.

Overall: Another clear winner from the good folks at Highland. I've got one more of these with me that I owe it to myself to save and have with my scallops & shrimp. This is an excellent American stout and all-around enjoyable quaff. Bravo.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for sharing this bottle with me.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, some red in the edges, thick tan head forms, settles to a thin ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, coffee - almost mocha, chocolate, dark fruits, some toffee, grains, quite nice. Taste is caramel, chocolate, light coffee roast, some dark fruits, nice graininess, rich flavour, smooth balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, nice to drink. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and dark with a lovely 1 inch mocha head. Aromas are light with a dark chocolate and coffee tint. Hits the mouth and opens up on a mild aroma. Medium bodied and rich with lovely roastiness. Hints of coffee and cocoa along with thin whisps of licorice. Finishes with a nice bitterness and dries the tongue a bit.

Overall pretty solid. Nothing over the top - and I like that.

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Photo of JDV
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours basically black with slight ruby edges and a big tan head. Smell is rich, creamy roasted coffee beans and very fresh and balanced. Taste is a touch metallic at 1st and noticeably thin bodied. Roasted malt and a medium to strong coffee flavor, but the flavor and body are just too thin, and kill this otherwise nice beer. Smells good, but the rest is average at best.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Black color with a brown hue. Head is 1 finger and leaves fast. Lacing is patchy.

S- Nuts, cocoa, and deep roasted malts. Hops make the aroma a little bit sour.

T- Same burnt roasted malts with hops bittering slightly. Cocoa and mocha are definitely present in the taste too.

M- Medium to thick and carbonation is high.

D- Not overly drinkable due to the richness of the brew but decent.

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

got this from Loki in a recent trade. thanks kip!

12oz bottle. sampled march 15/08.

pours nearly black and opaque with a big light brown head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace. a little ruby highlights show through at the edges.

aroma is good. chocolate and coffee. light roast. bit of alcohol. lots of fruity character too - blueberry and raspberry and cherry. bready malt. bit of caramel.

taste is good. coffee. dark chocolate. medium bitterness level, more as coffee and chocolate than hops. roasty. big bready malt. bit of crackers. light alcohol. bit of caramel. there's some fruit here too, but not as prominent or distinct as in the aroma. touch of smoke.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body. bit of astringency.

drinkability is good. good balance. very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

Received this in a recent trade with Brentk56, thanks a lot Brent! Black Mocha Stout pours, well, black. There is a dark cherry highlights when directly backlit. The pour brought forth a one finger tan head that quickly receded to a thin cap. The head leaves some respectable lacing as I drink.

The aroma is unique and draws me right in. Solid roasty malt presence mingles effortlessly with a dash of cream and what reminds me of chocolate covered blueberries. All the aromas seem to play well together.

The flavor follows exactly what the aroma suggested. A soft roasted maltiness lasts throughout and combines with the creaminess and chocolate covered blueberries to make all the flavors balance each other nicely.

Medium bodied with a creaminess that creates the feel of something slightly thicker. There seems to be a slight chalkiness that I actually enjoy.

This is a highly drinkable stout. Big flavor and weighing in at 5.6% keeps this going down without a problem.

Another good brew from Highland. I wish their beers were available in my area because the few I've tried have been good at the worst and great at the best.

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Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short Version:
Dark, smoky and drinkable with a sublte malt tanginess to it.

Poured thick and dark like black molasses. Completely opaque even up to a bright lamp. The only color is the reddish-black refraction coming laterally through the edges of the 1/8" thick glass pint walls.

Two finger head the color of milk chocolate that had the endurance of an ultra marathoner. Right after the pour my brother called and we talked for 10 min before my first taste. It still had a uniform 1/4" head with solid wallpaper around the edges where the head had fallen.

The mass of the head was more cohesive to the center than adhesive to the glass. It seemed to congeal in the center like a large curd of buffalo mozzerella yet moved freely along the edges of the glass as I gently tipped it side to side.

On the nose was coffee with a highly burnt roast and a little sharp hop underneath.

First taste was very smoky and medium bodied. Not the kind to stick to your ribs. There's a subtle tangy maltiness that I think defines this beer beyond a run-of-the-mill roasty stout.

There's nothing overly complex about this beer but it's well balanced and suprisingly un-dry. Perhaps contributing to it's overall drinkability. I could put down 2 or 3 and not feel overwhelmed. Says a lot for a stout.

Finish is smoky and mild without a lingering aftertaste. Living in Asheville I'm a big fan of Highland and this doesn't disappoint at all.

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Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black color, some dark brown and red hues around the edges when held up to the light, but very dark overall. A small tan head forms on top, dropping to a pool of creamy bubbles. Chocolate dominant aroma with hints of coffee beans and nuts. Bittersweet chocolate flavor - lots of roastiness in the finish and nutty. The coffee-like flavors remind me of a lighter, fruitier roasted variety of beans, probably when mixing with the noticeable hoppy presence. Medium bodied for the style I'd say, with a fair amount of carbonation.

This one had more hops than I remember it having. I believe this was the first NC beer we had after moving down here and it was enough to convince us that quality beer was being made in this state. Certainly good enough to grab a six-pack every once in a while.

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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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