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RATINGS: 548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Highland’s most robust beer, having a very malty body with a large, roasted chocolate flavor. It is black in color with a very clean finish and a moderate hop flavor.


4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
recordjunkie5 (20) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Very dark pour. The head is nice and thick and stays around to chat for awhile. Aroma is definitely tinged with hints of cocoa. Wonderful slight chocolate taste coming through at the end. Thick mouthfeel, finishes great. This is one of my favorite beers!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1390) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2011
opaque black, lasting creamy tan head, creamy full body, medium-high carbonation.

aroma: alcohol, old smoke, bready yeast, charred and chocolate malts.

taste: roast and chocolate and charred malts, a bit of leafy hops but most bitterness is from astringent burnt malt, and a hint of smokiness.

this one is all about dark malt. the malt profile is quite complex, even though the beer overall is not. there is a definite but subtle sweetness that fades into a dry and somewhat astringently bitter aftertaste, which makes it more of a drinker than a sipper. at 5%, i could enjoy a few of these on a cold night like this.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (580) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Wonderful stout. Great dark malts. Dark head. Pours smooth and taste great.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2011
I love heavy, dark and chocolaty beers, and this one delivers on all notes! Highland puts out a couple of good beers, but this is probably the best and most underrated beer they produce. Unlike their Gaelic Ale, which is fantastic of course, this is a beer for a nice evening, basically a desert beer. Great color, great taste and a nice long finish that makes for a nice toasty Black Mocha Stout!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BoozeMcD (10) - Hickory, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2012
The near perfect beer! Great chocolate aroma, nice black color with tan head, with a dark chocolate taste. Couldn’t be happier. This is what beer should be.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bagalagalaga (109) - Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2013
I find it pretty hard to resist grabbing stouts to sample, especially if they’ve got coffee or chocolate in the title. This one lived up to my hopes, the chocolate is there but mostly the toasty/bitter roasted malt flavor. Also it was a good price at $9 for six of this quality, would definitely get this again.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeBugg (1) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2010 does not count
Rich black color with a nice one finger tan head. Aroma is very inviting with a nice mocha/ carmel hint. Not as heavy as some stouts. Deffinitly worth trying.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedaidai (17) - - FEB 22, 2014
DuckRabbit gets all the credit for good stouts in North Carolina, but this one is up there with the best of ’em. If you like a nice coffee presence in the flavor of your dark beers, this may be a fast favorite. I don’t drink dark beers much outside the wintertime, but this one is a favorite.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Ooooh, I know I’m in for a ride, already. I’ve poured into the glass and the beer fills it with an impenetrable ebon, capped with lush, rocky cocoa tan froth. And the aroma, wafting out from the start is intoxicating and right on the money. Let’s go in for a stronger sniff... Ahhh!!! Rich, deep coffe and chocolate, lightly roasty, toasty, a big of of bittersweet beans, but sweetened up some, very delicious...cocoa is an imprtant element here... Taste: simply a wonderful thing going on in the mouth. All those flavors mentioned in the nose combine beautifully for a dark, delectable symphony on the palate. Rich and sweet, chocolatey, but still enough bitter to keep the thing in check. Immaculate integration, exquisite balance, almost flawless. I could drink this forever...damnably good. It feels great to meet once in a while such a fantastic creation as this, and know that stupendous stouts aren’t just conceived once in a while,from the usual suspects, but are cropping up all over the place, created by a host of talented brewers across the U.S.A!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3200) - Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2008
I admit to being a wee prejudiced in favor of stouts and porters, which is why I tend to rate them high if they’re good. However, this one does deserve kudos. Color is a deep sable, almost black, and opaque. Aroma is fairly strong, smoky, with rich roast coffee overtone. Flavor is very smooth, tasting rather like roast coffee with hints of chocolate and just a whisper of hops. I heartily recommend this one to all porter and stout fans.


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