Highland Black Mocha Stout | Highland Brewing

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3.86/5
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Highland Black Mocha StoutHighland Black Mocha Stout
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
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#10,206
Reviews:
455
Ratings:
1,084
pDev:
10.88%
Bros Score:
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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of scott9890
5/5  rDev +29.5%
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 +3.6%

Photo of rangerred
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kbuzz
2.97/5  rDev -23.1%
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 +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried the Highland Moca Stout at Shakers in Roanoke, VA. the beer can in a classic beer mug and was dark opaque in color. The head was tan and not much in lacing. The smell included roast, espresso, and semi-sweet chocolate. The taste was very similar to the smell. The mouthfeel was medium body which I think is important for a stout. Overall I thought this was a good stout.

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2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burnt malt in smell and taste ... they should have stopped the roast before the burn and smoke. It dominates the flavor and hides whatever else might be hiding underneath. I don't even taste the mocha (or coffee or chocolate). I feel like I was tricked into purchasing.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of gatorbreath
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Guinness Pint Glass

Aggressively poured this pitch black offering conjuring only a slight, minimal head of mocha color

Smell is of malts, mocha, taste is strongly of malt with a little bit of acidity, the mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and is very enjoyable going down

Overally, could enjoy a few of these and likely will. Cheers!

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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, totally opaque and impenetrable. Substantial head of tan carbonation, and a beautiful double-finger of lace. High marks on presentation.

The nose is definitely strong and enticing, even alluring. I get a creamy chocolate and coffee mocha -- no question. It's not roasty, though. Very impressive!

Taste is full and rich, with coffee and mocha figuring prominently. Drinks smooth and creamy, like a milk stout with oatmeal. Very easy to drink, and a superlative brew. If I lived closer to North Carolina, I'd pick up a 6-pack pronto!

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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 1,084 ratings