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:
1,068
Reviews:
454
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
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53
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184
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1
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Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. No visible best before date.

A: Rich, creamy, bubbly, off-white head makes an immediate impression before fading down to a more reasonable level. Very dark -- black-brown and dense; almost imperceptibly susceptible to guilt.

S: Creamy-rich and full of chocolate. Slightly roasty, but the tinge of bitterness seems to come more from hops? An excellent smell.

T/M: Scrumptious. The mainbody is light, but creamy, with an understated carbonation. Sweet milk chocolate is dominates the majority of the taste, but an undeniable coffee note on the late aftertaste lingers for ages. Upon further reflection, mayhap a bit *too* light. I'd like just a little bit more body in this beer.

O: Overall, I was very pleased with this beer. I admittedly expected little due to the very low price tag (~$3.75, iirc) but my expectations were exceeded in a dramatic fashion. Not a dramatic stout, but a solid beer in which one could indulge without worrying about poor quality. Sweet, rather than bitter, drinkable and pleasant. My biggest complaint is that it becomes noticeably less exciting with time. I would much rather have a 12 ounce bottle than a 22 ounce.

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Photo of brewcore
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

A: Very dark. Very little light transmitted. Agressive pour yields a two finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malts. Some burnt malt. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee in the background.

T: Slightly sweet malt up front quickly followed by the expected roasted chocolatey malts. Considerable hop bitterness for a stout which gives the chocolate tastes from the malts that mocha bittersweetness. Interesting tobacco finish; akin to a good cigar. Rich tobacco notes.

M: Low to moderate carbonation. Average mouthfeel for a stout.

O: I normally do not care for anything with a (IMO) noteable tabacco-like finish, but I do like this. I do not get as much mocha out of it as I expected but it is not missing. Would drink again.

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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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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1/5  rDev -74.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Im sampling this as part of my Turkey day minibrewfest with family. Pouring this one from a 22 oz bottle at cellar temp into a wine glass as that was what was available for the night.
The beer pours a rich deep motor oil brown to black hue with frothy tan head foaming up 2 cm. The aroma is roasted malt and some dark cacao notes like a rich choclate bar. maybe some brown sugar mixed in and a bit of coffee ground hits. Overall the nose is appealing, while not punch you in the face robust definitely complex and rich scents.
First sip reveals a silky smooth textured beer with an average body and gentle spacious carbonation, almost like a cask.
Flavor is what the nose advertised with roasted malt and coffee grounds and a bit of molasses mixed in for good measure. I dont get any hop presence nor ABV. The beer is amazingly easy to drink and I finish the glass much faster than anticipated. Quite an enjoyable beer that I would definitely buy again if it floated around on shelves here. Pick up a bottle in the south and enjoy a well-crafted American stout.

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of scott9890
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received as a gift, what a great gift someone must like me, The Allens.

A-Pours like I like my women...thick and black! Two-finger head.

S-Smells great roasted chocolatety malted goodness.

T-Like lucky charms wonderfully delicious. Roasted, malted and chcolatey.

M-Like my women should be thick, black, slightly bitter, but oh so yummy!!!

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING MISSY AND JOE!!!

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Pours jet black with a nice 1.5 finger dark tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malt with some coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste is of heavily roasted malt with a slight burnt taste. There is a little bit of coffee present as well. This beer has a nice bitterness on the back end and finishes quite dry.

Overall I think this is a decent middle of the road stout. Nothing outstanding but a solid go-to beer when I am in the mood for an easy drinking stout.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kbuzz
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my trusty snifter. No date to be found.

A: Fairly dark, not completely opaque, but only some light brown around the edges. Half finger khaki/tan head faded to a thin ring around the glass. Quite a few bubbles bubbling. Pretty average appearance, but not bad.

S: Nice dry Irish Stout aromas. Nothing overpowering, but very pleasant on the nostrils. Roasted malts dominate along with some slight bittersweet chocolate. Just a touch of coffee, but I really had to search for it. Also a mild spicy/earthy hop presence.

T: Hmmm. Kind of an ashy, burnt tobacco taste up front. A little odd. And definitely a hop presence to note here. Mid palate, you get the typical roasted, chocolate malt characteristics along with like a leather and tobacco quality...but then it ends again with that straight ashy, burnt log taste.

M: Nice for the ABV...maybe a medium thin beer, but it's carbonated well. Leaves a nice film on the mouth.

O: It's definitely a little different than other lower ABV stouts I've had. They go really far with that roasty/char/ash characteristic. As I warmed up to it, it wasn't so bad, but it certainly wasn't desirable. I actually think a bit more sweetness could have balanced this out better. This is all bitter and roast...with barely a touch of chocolate. An average beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,068 ratings.
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