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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
Reviews:
444
Ratings:
1,045
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
16.97%
 
 
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49
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171
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Photo of BillyB
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had heard that this was one of the better beers from the south. I didn't have huge expectations but I was pleasantly surprised.

Poured a nice dark brown to black color with a thin tan head that lasted for a decent amount of time.

Aromas of rich mocha, coffee, slight caramel notes, sweet roasty, toasty malts and some chocolate.

Taste is typical of most American Stouts but the mocha, coffe flavors added a nice twist. Not too much alcohol character in this one. Some sweet brown sugar flavors as well.

Kind of oily, slick mouthfeel. No alcohol warmth.

Not a bad stout. I got it in a trade and don't know if I'd trade for it again but if I could buy it in a store near me regularly I probably would.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to blackie for including this in my ba anniv. package.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger caramel colored head. Dissipation is rather quick, but a nice film is left on top.
S: Bitter coffee, molasses, and slight sweet caramel notes to round out everything.
T/M: Sweet caramel and molasses notes. Bitterness of the coffee flavors balance out the sweetness. Smooth on the palate and into the finish with a chocolate mocha aftertaste that's as equally smooth and enjoyable. Subtle dry finish isn't that overpowering. Creamy mouthfeel lends to the medium body. Leafy hop presence after the gulp gives the hops a voice. Carbonation is just a tad too much here--if it was more subtle, this would be an extremely nice brew---definitely a good one though.
D: The flavors are well balanced for this stout. Not overly sweet or bitter with a subtle dryness. Very drinkable.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint, courtesy of brentk56.

A: Looks virtually black until held to a light, when it's revealed as a deep brown ale with amber highlights and mild carbonation. One-finger of mocha-tan creamy head diminishing to a spotty film with decent lace.

S: Big coffee aroma, one of the most apparent 'roasted coffee' smells from a beer. Slightly sour also, and a little bit 'cocoa'-smelling. Appealing, for sure.

T: Very 'coffee'-forward. has some sourness and papery oxidation which are not hindering the flavors. Mostly burnt malt and bitter chocolate/coffee finish.

M: A slight tingly/tart flavor but generally smooth, a creaminess evocative of 'mocha'. Moderate carbonation and a medium body.

D: I really like the 'coffee-flavored' stout style and found this to be a terrific example. I'd gladly have this again. Excellent flavor and good balance.

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

Bomber bought from Brawley's on a trip last September - Michael's personal recommendation.

Pours a dark coffee brown with a rich tan head that goes away slowly leaving some heavy lacing. The smell is dominated by roasted coffee, which is a good thing. There's a slight bit of chocolate in the nose as well. The taste is where the chocolate shines. There is strong coffee flavors up front with some dark chocolate throughout & a bit of a sry hop finish. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, just like a good stout should be - could be a little richer though. As my dessert tonight, I could drink another bomber. I wish I had some more of these. High Recommendation.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with ruby highlights and no head, no lacing. The smellis fairly faint,but has notes of light chocolate, some sweet malt, and a touch of roastiness. The taste is of pleasant dark malt, some milk chocolate, and a slight roasty bitterness. The mouthfeel is light but smooth, and fairly creamy. Pleasant, and pretty drinkable, but not a lot going on here.

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Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger creamy tan head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong burnt grain and soft chocolate malt.

The taste was upfront bitter burnt grain and coffee. Mild creamy chocolate malt as well.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy with a dry finish.

Overall a superior stout. Very complex and very sessionable. Need to score some more. Thanks to brentk56.

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Photo of malcontent
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid mass of black liquid with just a touch of head and tan, haphazard lacing.

Rich cocoa aromas mingle with restrained hops and toasted grains. Mild, sweet tobacco scent picks up near the end.

Not nearly the chocolate rush I'd expected, the rich, burnt nature of the malt is showcased instead with well rounded stout character.

Slight astringency on the finish is the only drawback to what is a solid, highly drinkable American stout.

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

Almost through the highland product line. yet again another highly (pun intended) quaffable brew.

A - Nice rich black color, thick tan head.
S - Lightly malty, cocoa and roasted malts rise nicely
T - Similar to smell. Malts mingle to creat almost a dry stout efffect.
M - creamy and smooth.
D - wow. drank the 22oz bottle and was very happy with the experience. Tempting to pop a second bottle to and quaff another.

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Photo of flexabull
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, with a minimal head.

Aromas are quite nice, very dark bitter chocolate like with a bit of a roasted coffee quality to it as well.

Flavors are pretty good, but mouthfeel is quite thin. Beer tastes of bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, with a bit of a dry finish. Mouthfeel just strikes me as way to watered down for an American Stout. This reminds me much more of a Porter.

This beer is above average. But really seems to miss the style it is shooting for. It is certainly drinkable, but it have a few flaws.

Thanks for sending this my way Loki.

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

Pours a very dark red, translucent, with a decent brownwhite head.

Smells of sharp stabs of bitter roasted malt and alcohol, pleasant, but not too unique or intense.

Tastes very much like it smells. Lots and lots of bitter roasted malt up front, a very faint sweet mocha middle, and then ending with more bitter malt.

Run of the mill stout. That's good, cus I like the stouts, but this isn't exactly worth searching out.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint-ish glass

Almost dark black hue with a tan head that lasts forever. Settles to a thin cap. Strong layered lacing.

Dark roasty malts with a touch of chocolate.

Dark bitter malts with a creamy middle. Good balancing hop bitterness. Finishes slightly dry with the roasty malts and some hop bitternes. Medium body, but it seems a little thin for a stout.

Overall good beer with only hints of mocha. Pretty much your average American Stout, but a very good edition of it. Recommended.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown/black beer with ruby highlights. Has a big foamy tan head. The aroma starts with a strong chocolate note. With a nice coffee character coming in behind it and a little piney hop note in the background. The taste is dominated by a rich roasted malt character. With the chocolate notes hitting the front of your tongue and the coffee lingering on the back.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am always impressed with Highland's brews. This beer even surpasses my expectations. Looks a viscous, malty, roasty brew with tan head retention, lacing and everything else that is good in the world. Smells very chocolatey, syrupy, with hints of espresso, nuts, and dark fruits (fruit cake). Tastes even better. Best described as a Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but bolder. Hopped for balance and that's all. Allows the roasted grain and coffee flavors to round out the bitter flavors. Feels rich and smooth with a long lingering chocolate / coffee mix. Tough to find a better stout.

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Photo of dgallina
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 6 fluid ounce brown bottle without freshness dating.
Pours black with brown edges. Some carbonation, but essentially no head and little lace. Smells quite grainy; lots of sweet chocolate malt with a bit of coffee and herbal hop balance. Flavor is sweet with powdery cocoa at the forefront. Becomes toasty with coffee malt in the center before finishing with burnt bread and late hop dryness. Body is somewhat thin and overly carbonated for a stout. Somewhat unbalanced, though saved by decent flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost jet black with a thin tan head. It thins in the middle too much, but the heavy ring leaves some lacing.

The smell is of robust dark chocolate.

Rich, dark chocolate over bready grains greet the nose. A touch of dark fruits is present. It's sweet, but has a nice touch of bready, almost fruity, hops that balance it out nicely and adds to the complexity and overall taste. A slight smokiness is evident in the middle, and that too adds to the flavor.

The feel is rich and creamy in a medium body. The carbonation lets it go down easily and leaves a lively feeling (a bit unusual for the style, but it seems to work here). At the same time it does thin just a tad too much. Still in all, it is smooth and leaves a nice, not too strong, aftertaste.

Easy to drink, it has a solid rich taste in a medium body. Not overly complex for style, but complex enough, and tasty enough, to be a good, enjoyable stout.

Thanks to SilentSabre for this one!

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

This is a well done, flavorful stout that avoids being over the top on any one front. A: Deep dark opaque black with a nice but thin creamy tan head S: Strong hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel with a touch of almonds. T: Very chocolateywith slightly burnt coffee finish M: Thick, chewy and robust. Nicely viscous. D: This beer despite the body and flavor drinks surprisingly smoothly. A session of this beer might leave one full, but very satisfied. A nice stout among the stable of excellent Highland beers.

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

Solid beer but I find something missing in this beer. Kind of massing a milky/malty tone to the flavor and mouthfeel. Flavor is not quite as rich as it seems to want to be nor as silky. Just short of being a great beer.

Pours an extremely dark brown in color with just a slight head that is quite dense. Dissolves down to a thin film that floats atop the beer. Nose is sweet with some dark chocolate tones.

Flavor is making a noble attempt to be rich and deep but falls just short. Dark chocolate with even a slight hint of cherries. Malts come through as more chocolatey than toasted. Almost full body but a tad watery.

Went great with my home made from scratch chocolate chip cookies.

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Photo of WAP
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque black-brown with a nice, fluffy, 1.5" head that shows nice retention. Aroma is of roasted malts, a little coffee-like, with a nice hop backing.

Flavor profile is smooth coffee with some bitter chocolate notes, complemented by a slight piney hop finish. Very nice and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little watery for the style, but still nice. Drinkability is very good, not at all filling, I could have a few of these.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 rajendra82
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 12 oz. brown bottle was adorned with the typical Highland Brewing Company motif with a Scottish theme. The pour appeared reddish brown and clear out of the bottle, but in the glass it was very dark brown and nearly opaque. The head was khaki in color and one finger thick. The aroma was that of a dark roasted espresso, with a smattering of chocolate. The taste was drier than I was expecting, as the dark coffee and roasted grain flavors supplanted any residual sweetness. Not much chocolate coming through in the taste to justify the mocha in the name. But despite that, this was a very delicious stout with a pleasing palette. A little hint of tobacco juice in the finish was followed by a brief hop flourish. Prickly and granular mouthfeel stopped just short of being chewy. This turned out to be a solid stout all around the board, so I am glad I bought the sixpack instead of a single bomber.

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Photo of ThorsHammer
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

While not pitch black, this beer is rather opaque. Poured a two-and-a-half finger head. The head dissipated in a moderate amount of time, only leaving a small amount of delicate lacing. The smell is of chocolate and coffee -- definitely inviting. Roasted malt comes through in the taste as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, not overly heavy. This beer is exceptionally drinkable, which is not a bad thing. I rarely drink more than a beer or two, but I might make an exception for the Black Mocha Stout. IMO, this beer compares favorably to most American Stouts.

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Photo of cbros
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from pint bottle into tulip pint glass.
A- little or no head, dark, chocolate brown almost black in color.

S- aroma of mocha, that is present but not strong. a sweet, musty, and chocolaty smell.

T- nice mixture of stout with a everpresent mocha taste. the stout flavor is a little stronger than the mocha flavoring but does not command your attention.

M- it feels heavy and fullbodied. this is definately a stout.

D- I paired this beer with brownies that my wife had made and I think that that pairing proved a success. Obviously since this is a mocha stout they should go well together. But what I liked most about it was not that both had chocolate in them but that the subtle nature of ths stout didn't overpower the taste of the dessert. It simply added to the experience. I would pair this beer again with a chocolate dessert that, even though on the heavier side, does work well.

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Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany/purple black with a 3 fingers mocha head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Slight roastyness

Taste: Slight roastyness & choclate up front. Slight licorice notes & fruittyness come to the fore as it warms. Finishes choclatey & roasty

MF: Medium with great carbonation

Drinks really easy, nice quaffable stout!

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

Sampled at the brewery during a tour. This beer poured nearly black with a 2 inch creamy head that left a layer of lace on the glass. Aroma was of coffee, chocolate and flowery hops. Taste was very roasty and coffeeish with a good bitter kick of hops. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth and made the beer easy to drink. Body was medium. This beer reminded me of a slightly lighter version of Sierra Nevada stout. Very tasty and worth picking up a bomber or 2.

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

Sampled through the efforts of 120/190 BIF and lostbearbrew.

Pours a deep brown clear beer with a good tall brown head.

Smell is sweet with a strong coffee edge and dark roasted malt sourness. Sweet scents have a maple syrup scent. Chocolate and vanilla are under the heavier scents.

Taste is very mild and heavy on the coffee at the start. Only problem here is that the tastes stay too timid. This could be bolder like the Founder's coffee stouts are. Good coffee stout but the flavor never goes anywhere.

Mouthfeel is OK but light.

Damn this beer was a let down; the smell had so much promise. This is a beer that shows how appealing to everyone satisfies no one.

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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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