Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2008
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this at the Brewgrass release -- first beer I went for!
It’s amazing stuff.
Appearance: Black, black, with a creamy-colored head. Inviting, in the way that a 7:00am java is inviting.
Aroma: Mocha, malt, hops. Something near the end...I can’t quite put my finger on it....I want to say almost "fishy," except it’s pleasant rather than gross...
Taste: Chocolate! Nice roasted malts and smooth hops finish it off.
Palate: Smooth, the definition of smooth. How is this 9.5% ABV???
Overall: Absolutely amazing. Why is this not brewed year-round and always on offer?
Serving type: on-tap
SPDickerman (920) - Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black with small tan fizz. Smells just like black (dark) chocolate and coffee. Tastes like bitter chocolate, a bit of iced coffee, and some roastiness. Full-bodied with a smooth, silky texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Highland Imperial Black Mocha Stout finishes with a bit of chocolate and coffee bitterness.
IPAsavedMYlife (344) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 From 2008. Pours fairly thick. Not a lot of carbonation. Nice looking dark head that didnít last long. Notes of caramel chocolate , honey, chocolate and licorice on the nose with slight cherries. Color is pitch black. Mouthfeel is somewhere in between, I would say leaning towards thicker. Taste brings out plenty of the coffee notes, only a small amount of carbonation taste. Nice and dry not too sweet. Itís hard to get it right and not be too sweet, but this one definitely hits the mark. Finishes dry and hoppy with a burnt character. I assume this would be too much if it was fresh, but aged, this is a fantastic world class beer. Still crisp even after itís 2 years old. I couldnít find a weak spot.
Cybercat (3227) - Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong, smoky, oily aroma has components of good roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate and molasses and is slightly sweet. It pours a deep, opaque, dark-chocolate brown with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled though not persistent tan head. Mouth-filling flavor is like a good unsweet mocha with an undertone of molasses and a hint of sweetness as well as a touch of hoppy bitterness. Texture is thick, rich, smooth and fizzy. This is one lip-smacking stout, a must for any stout lover!
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle courtesy of fiver29, and what a treat! wow! this is definitely one of the best chocolate stouts iíve had, and heres why: i love bitter and sweet choco stouts, subtle and giants, from rogue to sexual to sa choco bock to southern tier, etc. and this one is probably better than all those mentioned. it pours a thick black with a minimal brown head, needs a lil more head and lacing to be a 5 for me. the aroma is off the hook, super chocolate, super roast, bitter and sweet, but not too much of either. the taste is similar, there is a huge sweet, choclate blast upfront, but not as sweet as st. then it goes to a very velvety and bitter finish, tons of high grade cacoa powder, fine baking chocolate and the likes. it also balances the chocolate with a very lightly salty soy saucish note in the back underneath it all. it makes for a very well rounded and diverse chocolate stout, super interesting and complex beer. really awesome. the abv is non existent, it leaves you wanting more before you are even done with the current sip. super deliciousness.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. Really impressed with this one. Best offering from highland to date. Huge and malty with a nice hop finish. Alcohol well hidden.
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting at mcbackus 10/19. Nearly black with a big beige head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, molasses, raisins, and bourbon. Flavor is rich and chewy. Molasses, coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruit. Slight bitterness balances it well. This is a superb imp stout.
ChainGangGuy (4354) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a thick-looking, black body with a frothed, tan-hued head.
Smell: Aroma of rich, concentrated chocolate and coffee scents with lessened supporting notes of blackstrap molasses, roasted nuts, caramel ice cream topping, and dark fruits.
Taste: Roasted malts with plenty of dark chocolate sauce, dark caramel, molasses, Madagascar vanilla beans, and coffee extract tossed with a fair amount of lip-smacking residual sweetness. Slight charred plumskin fruitiness. Handful of burnt nuts. Roasty, earthy bitterness hits midway through. Bite through some rather chewy toasted malts. Very tiny peak of alcohol warmth. Finishes exceedingly smooth and with a long, lingering roastiness.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Thick, oily mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A top-notch Imperial Stout thatís somewhat underrated, if you ask me. How anyone can not find enjoyment in that is entirely beyond me. Fun to sip and savor or chug greedily, itís up to you.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Azurelimits for opening this up at a recent tasting.
Pours a midnight black with a thin mocha head. Nose is dominated by dark chocolate fudge along with a tiny amount of espresso and roasted malt. The taste brings the chocolate forward a bit more. Slightly sweet, but more toward dark. Espresso flavors are present underneath along with a bit of molasses. Feel is nice and heavy with good carbonation levels. Really glad to be able to try this one; Iíll have to seek more out from Highland.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-06-2010
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up this bomber today at Greenís and decided to use a tulip glass for the sampling. The pour looked good with a deep dark brown color, and opaque body. The head was well proportioned at two finger thick and looked a shade lighter than khaki. The aroma was full of coffee, toffee, and chocolate and was true to the mocha portion of the name. The taste was full of roasted grain goodness with a cracker like dry mouthfeel. The flavors were not full on like most imperial stouts, but were pleasantly meaty. The beer lacked much sweetness, and the hops and burnt grain made for quite a bitter finish. Quite substantial in body and therefore very satisfying. I donít think this will be much of an aging beer, but I might try it if I get around to picking up some more.