Review: Highland Brewing Black Mocha Stout | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Small Stout

ABV: 5.0 IBU: 30

86/100
Aroma: 10
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 3

Highland Brewing Black Mocha Stout

What the brewers say

One of the first beers in Highland’s 25-year history. It is rich and malty with bold roasted chocolate and cof-fee notes from roasted barley.

What our panel thought

Hops aromatics of pine, light green peppery spice, and dankness mingle with a distinct roast malt profile. The roasted malt is pronounced in the flavor with hints of chocolate and a tannic-like huskiness that seems to dry the beer out a bit. That and some distinct pine-forward hops notes create a fairly bitter finish.

What our editors thought

Light coffee in the nose feels more accessible than foreboding, with mild chocolate. Flavor-wise, it’s clean and straightforward with no pieces out of place—pleasantly light and drinkable.

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