Highland Black Mocha Stout | Highland Brewing

Highland Black Mocha StoutHighland Black Mocha Stout
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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.

Added by Jason on 12-09-2002

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a nice dark/black color, with a medium to light head. Head retention is nice throughout consumption, and head color dark brown. Very slight lacing.

Smell - Roasted chocolate overtones, not as strong as I was expecting, but still nice aroma. Mallt & caramel are also present.

Taste - Chocolate, but should be for a mocha, right? Bitterness is in check giving the beer a very nice balance. Also think I'm tasting a little Black Patent grain, good stuff. Also picking up a very slight pepper taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, was expecting a fuller body with the bottle description, but body still is very pleasant. Might be slightly over carbonated (probably to appeal to the masses), but not enough to impact the taste in a negative way.

Overall - Better than average stout, especially for the chocolate fan. Seeing a head from start to finish was also nice. Definitely recommended for the choco stout lovers out there.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pour very dark brown in color. It looks black, but if you get a little light behind it, it's actually more of a dark brown. The head only stood about one half of a finger following a medium pour. Hit has since settled to almost nothing. Very little head retention and/or lacing.

The nose on this one is pretty mellow, but I'm getting some roasted malts and a good amount of chocolate as well.

Taste is smooth and roasty up front followed by a burst of chocolate flavor. Very little in the way of hops/bitterness on this one. A hint of coffee towards the middle. Smooth finish.

Medium bodied with a creaminess that rounds things out on the back end. Carbonation is pretty low key.

A really nice stout overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Despite the name, the brewery uses no coffee or chocolate in this beer. The chocolate flavor that they achieve is really impressive. Really nice for a stout that is so low in alcohol. It looks a bit thin initially, but this one surprised me a bit.

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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 01-29-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Black beer with ruby edges when the glass is held to light. Medium-sized tan head has a fair amount of retention and leaves nice rings of lace behind.

Big chocolate aromas, with toasted malts and coffee notes. Taste is rich, with a chocolate semi-sweet flavor. Also get a bitterness as from dark roasted coffee, to the point of being astringent.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied, with a dry finish of chocolate and a bit of hop bitterness. I also get some powdery feel along with the astringency mentioned in the taste.

Overall a good stout, however I think it could use some more chocolate and sweet notes to balance out the coffee and hop bitterness and be closer to what Highland describes on their label/website for this brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HopDiggityDawg for great locals for locals trade.

Pours straight black with one finger of tan head. Aroma is all roasted malts: chocolate, coffee, tiny bit of burnt food on the pan that you left in the oven that still had some scraps on it, little bit of sweet caramel. Really well balanced on the nose, nothing super intense but well balanced. The taste is more of the same, lots of roastiness balanced with just a touch of hop bitterness. The mouthful is nice, smooth, full and very drinakble. Overall this was a really nice beer, nothing that will blow your mind but a solid choice for any occasion.

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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra from Jpvw, thank you!

A: Poured into 12oz. tulip. Moderate fluffy mocha head means I have to let it settle a bit to pour the last bit in. Pours a deep mahogany, sits pretty close to black in the glass. Looks heavier than it is. Plenty of nice lacing clings all the way to the bottom.

S: Bitter earthy hops mingle with a healthy dose of cocoa powder and over-roasted coffee.

T: Bitter cold press coffee starts things off, with a hint of dry dark chocolate and smoke. Some floral, dry hops round things out for a fairly bitter experience, with the smoke lingering.

M: As noted above, less body than expected but still solid. A hint of creaminess and moderate carbonation give this one a nice smooth finish, while the bitter hops round things out nicely.

O: A nice stout which delivers as advertised. There is plenty of "mocha" presence, along with a nice hop balance and some smokiness that make this a very drinkable stout. A touch too bitter for my taste, but solid.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-very dark brown/black with a hint of ruby at the edges

S-milk chocolate, and coffee dominate the nose with some roasted carmel malt

T-the chocolate changes to more of a dark chocolate in the taste and the coffee is still around on the finish

M-good carbonation and medium to heavy body

O-good solid stout that could make an everyday drinker for me if it was available here.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

A: A very dark brown pour with a large, dense light brown head. Retention is quite good. Lacing is excellent.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt and coffee in that order. Maybe a touch of cream.

T: Chocolate, roasted malt and then a strong bitter coffee component in the aftertaste. Interesting transition. Creamy throughout.

M: Nice medium heavy body, despite the low ABV. Creamy and smooth.

O: Pretty much as the name describes. Tastes like you would expect a mocha stout to taste. Chocolate and coffee mostly with cream in the background.

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 72.4% out of 100 with 1,069 ratings
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