Beer Profile: Highland’s Black Mocha Stout

Highland Brewing
12 Old Charlotte Hwy
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 299-3370< 5.3abv 25ibu

Mocha_pairNose: chocolate, dark… a little sweet. Hint of oatmeal.

Appearance: light tan small rock head, deep dark red garnet highlights. Deep black with a head that holds and holds. This has a lot of head.

Mouthfeel: dark chocolate with a bit of oatmeal-like fullness. Low side of medium body. Hop bitter background and just right. Nice roasty with roasted barley, as expected and a hint of regular dark malt: maybe some chocolate. Low carbonation, but fine. Hint of lactose.

Taste: deep, dark chocolate background with a little sweet. The choclolate, dark, like sense is so slight yet so important: especially when mixed with light touch of roasted barley, pale malt and maybe some darker malts like chocolate in the background. The dark chocolate sense hangs in longer than rest of the taste.

88% on Beer Advocate. 94: Rate Beer.

I recommend this one. A very pleasant quaff. It’s not the best I’ve had, but very respectable entry at 4.

Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “prefecto.”

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