Highland Imperial Black Mocha Stout

Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Released Sept 21, 2008 (the day after brewgrass). The next brew in our renowned imperial line, this hearty stout is rich with coffee and chocolate notes, all achieved solely through the use of special roasted barley grains. The complex malt character blends the velvety sweetness of specialty grains with the creaminess of a classic stout. No flavoring has been added to this product.

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murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bottle shared at the CL Rosso Batch 3 Release. Pours dark brown with a brown head. Huge aroma of coffee and chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. Taste is bitter chocolate, light alcoholic warmth. Tasty.

madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours deep black with a small tan head. Sweet toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses on the nose. It’s nice enough, but this one has been in the cellar a bit too long. There’s no coffee left in the nose or taste--only sweet caramel and brown sugar notes. It’s a little cloying, and the body is surprisingly thin. Didn’t expect much from this one given the age, and it delivered.

Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #153. Deep black pour with a nice tan head. Light sweet molasses aroma. Dark fruits and a light roast bitterness that faded in the aftertaste after a short while. Pretty decent perial stout. (1691)

alexsdad06 (10482) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
22 oz bottle via trade? Pours a deep brown/black color with a small beige head. The aroma has dark malts, slightly smoky with a nice dose of cocoa and black coffee. The flavor has dark malts, smokiness, toasted grains, light licorice and sweet ripe plums. There is a deep rich cocoa flavor that grows as this warms up. Pretty solid.

Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. It pours almost pitch black with a small, foamy ring for a head. The nose is full of dark, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and lots of roasted malt. The flavor carries all the notes from the nose and throws in a sharp fruity twang as well. Perhaps a touch of soy sauce and flint. Medium to rich body with low carbonation and a lingering roasty and dark fruit finish. Glad I got to drink this one before it disappeared.

johnnnniee (4346) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Received this in trade from jtrockchalk, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a solid black with a stingy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving no trace that it was ever there. Smells of chocolate syrup, roasted grains, some dried fruit and a touch of alcohol. Taste is of milk and dark chocolate mixed with some alcohol and roast. Body is thick, carbonation low but ample, mouthfeel is a cross between creamy and oily. Good Imp Stout. Still a little alcohol hot, but tasty just the same. I wish I had more to lay down for a year or two because I bet this would be spectacular with some age.

Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
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; I’ll have to seek more out from Highland. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-06-2010

IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 From 2008. Pours fairly thick. Not a lot of carbonation. Nice looking dark head that didn’t 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. It’s 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 it’s 2 years old. I couldn’t find a weak spot.

DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to afausser for this one. 2008 vintage. 3.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy medium brown head with poor retention and spotty lacing. 4.5 S: Lots of great aromas packed into this one. Sweet chocolate throughout, coffee with lots of cream, bittersweet chocolate after that, and a strong roasted barley base. Touch of alcohol, but only a touch. 4.5 T: Coffee with cream dominates this time. Bittersweet chocolate, plum fruitiness, and blackstrap molasses. Roasty burnt flavor is fairly strong, but it’s overly strong. 4.0 M: Lighter heavy body or perhaps heavier medium body. In any case, pretty good. Moderate carbonation, smooth with a slightly burnt aftertaste. Creamy. Could be a little thicker and chewier. 5.0 D: Damn good beer. Very similar in a lot of way to BBVD (my favorite impy). Wish I had some more of these. Might need to put up an ISO. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-21-2010 01:27:53

BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Bomber bottle via trade from fiver29, thanks a lot John for this retired Impy Stout!, served in my Old Raspy pint glass:

Jet black with a small but lasting tan frothy head and okay lace, some oily tears. The aroma has big heavy black patent, charred, chocolate and coffee malts up front. Some vanilla and rye bread too before you get a hit of dark fruit, soy sauce and some bile like oxidization. What hop aroma may have been here are long gone to the heavens. The taste starts up with a brash fruity twang crossed by a espresso mocha iced coffee. A fair amount of char, slaty soy sauce and medicinal (iodine) tones in midstream before wandering off to the land of vanilla and sugary (Special B Belgian like more than cane sugar) finish. There is some bitterness but it more burnt coffee than anything provided by hops. The mouth feel is moderately aggressive, slightly lush and oily and slightly alcoholic as well. Overall, a nice stout that lacks the internal fortitude to improve gracefully with any more aging. I only wished I had gotten this finish but still it was nice to try even this once. Strangely not as "chocolaty" as is expected, maybe to it’s detriment.

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