Highland Black Mocha Stout | Highland Brewing

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BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
1,067
Reviews:
454
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
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53
Gots:
182
For Trade:
1
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Photo of Mississipping
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Arrived completely black with just a hint of a highlight at the edges when held to light.  A small tan head sits on top but doesn't last very long.  Minimal lacing left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: Aroma is dominated by chocolate with some roasted barley, coffee, and a touch of hops.  Really nice aroma.

T: Chocolate, again, is dominant in this one.  Sweet chocolate up front, followed by roasted barley and coffee, providing a bit of a bitterness to balance out the sweetness up front.  Hops are almost indistinguishable, but may be getting lost in the bitterness. 

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.  Despite being somewhat thin, it's creamy and smooth on the palate.  Starts out sweet and transitions to a slightly bitter finish with a nice drying effect. 

D: Nice little stout that is tasty and very easy to drink.  Nothing unexpected, but it held my attention and could probably do so again.  My only complaint would be the thinness of the body and feel.  

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of LaCoursiere
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, no bottled on or best by date. Got this as an extra in a trade but forgot who sent it, sorry. Poured into a tulip glass

A - Impenetrable obsidian black with a one finger tan head. A nice collar and lacing remained after dissipation.

S - Roasted malt and faint molasses and hot chocolate notes.

T - Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, coffee and a faint sour note that I can't place, but it's not unpleasant. Not much sweetness. The sweetness that is there is embodied in the faint chocolate flavors. There is a pleasant lingering bitterness from the roasted malt.

M - Light bodied but not thin. Slick and smooth on the way in with light and fine carbonation that is pleasant.

O/D - This is a pretty nice beer that is very drinkable at the ABV and flavor profile. It's a nice light stout.

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Not exactly black in color, but pretty close to it. Dark brown with lighter brown highlights when held up to the light. Tan head with good lacing to it.

I let this sit for a few minutes before cracking it open, it's still cool at this point, but no longer cold. Smell is good, but not quite what I expected. The bottle indicates that this beer has a "moderate hop flavor." However I find the hops to be the most dominant feature. Certainly some roasted grains and barley with a blend of coffee and chocolate, more chocolate than coffee. Smells good, but not as robust as the bottle indicates.

Taste is a step up from the smell. Pretty big all around all the flavors are pretty sharp, it tastes very sweet and very bitter. Sweet roasted grains (brown sugar and caramel, coffee and chocolate together. Then the final flavor is an earthy hop flavor. I would use the term robust in the flavor.

This is a good beer, but I think Highland struggled in the moutghfeel department just a tad. This beer is certainly robust and big in flavor, no doubt about it full bodied. Good carbonation level, but all of the flavors are pretty sharp. The problem is everything starts off really sweet then ends really bitter, there's no easy transition in between.

This is a really good beer, don't get me wrong. I like it a lot and so far I like the brewery. I might like the Oatmeal Porter a little better, but this is a worth second. Nice job Highland.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Just received a few hours ago from woolyb in the Good Beers BIF. Thanks for sending this! Chilled and poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown on the pour but it's looking black sitting in the glass. Rocky brownish/tan head forms but does dissipate quite rapidly. Very minor lace on the glass walls, along with a tight bubbly ring around the edges. For a lower ABV stout, this is what I've come to expect.

S: Roasted dark malts, cream, milk, a touch of dark chocolate and a hint of smoke towards the end. The slightest hint of a piney hop presence comes out as it warms. Certainly not the most aromatic beer but it does justice for what it is.

T: More roasted dark malts are up front with just a bit of chocolate. A milky and watery character seems to dilute the flavor a bit with some bitter coffee notes towards the back end. The finish has some dark chocolate nibs. It's a very reserved flavor profile though it has enough to make it enjoyable.

M: Very thin and watery, it's a shame. Though, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised as I get this a lot with low ABV stouts. Still, it comes across too thin. Lots of carbonation albeit somewhat creamy all around.

There's really nothing wrong with this stout. It's a very middle of the road, easy drinking and still enjoyable stout. I would have liked a bit more of a full mouth feel to the beer, as well as more of a show of either the chocolate or coffee - mocha *is* on the label!

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black like a stout. Thick, foamy mocha colored head upon pouring, but most of it disappears. The smell has a hint of chocolate. It's pleasant but not very strong. The beer is pretty light-bodies and drinkable for a stout. Tastes like a normal stout with chocolate. What I do praise them on is how they used the chocolate. I am not a huge fan of chocolate stouts that are overbearing. This one seems to get a good balance here. I get a good taste of it that supplements the taste of the beer, but not too much to where I can taste it over the beer. Overall a pretty good beer from a pretty good brewery.

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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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