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Highland Black Mountain Bitter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Black Mountain BitterHighland Black Mountain Bitter

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 12-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by cdizinno:
Photo of cdizinno
1.86/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: On-tap at Flying Saucer. Clear yellow/orange.

S: Slight earthy hops and sweet malts, very bland.

T: Even more bland than the smell. No taste that is discernable.

M&D: The beer is very light and watery.

Unfortunately, this is the worst Highland I've had yet.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off this is no APA this is an English style bitter,the label is confusing though calling it a pale ale,and then in the fine print description calling it an "English style bitter".Poured into a nonic a dull light to medium golden with a thin wispy head that was gone in a flash.Aromas are toasted with light caramel sweetness and biscuit malt,lighter mouthfeel makes it easy going down.Obviously malt tilted with firm toastiness up front with lighter caramel/biscuit sweetness with a gentle herbal hop smack in the finish.A beer intended to be quaffable but with flavor,it succeeded but it wont blow ya away.

Photo of glid02
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear straw/gold color with a thin white head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top that leaves almost no lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and butter with hints of hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The buttery flavor is more predominant in the taste department, but the roasted malts are still there. The only real hop presence is in the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but it still manages to go down without much problem.

Drinkability is alright. I know this is supposed to be a simple beer, but it's too simple.

Overall this isn't a horrible beer, but there are plenty other Highland offerings out there that are better than this, the Black Mountain Bitter is only worth a shot for curiousity's sake.

Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a brilliant clear gold with a couple fingers of foamy brite-white head. A thin fizzy layer of retention actually sticks around for a while, leaving some moderate sized swathes of lacing that stick to the sides. The aroma is extremely floral and citric smelling with some light toasted malts behind it. Pleasant enough but there isn't a real lot in there.

The taste is similar, with grassy hops and lightly tart lemon citrus controlling the majority of the profile but I'm picking up that same toasted malt character as well, and this time it's got a bit of butter on it as well. The finish is a bit sweet with a touch of lingering bitterness but it unfortunately peters out way to soon. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a moderately smooth carbonation but this is just coming off as a bit too thin and watery at times.

Refreshing and easy drinking, I just wish that there was a bit more to this (especially in the body). Decent for the style I suppose but I expected a little more from this Highland beer.

Photo of Bung
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Fairly bright golden pour, minimal white head. Some malt and citrus pine in the aromas, hints of grass, all pretty subdued though. Taste is similar, some malt and bitters. A bit musty, enough carbonation, light bodied. Certainly a session beer. Not a whole lot different than some macro lagers, Yuengling and such. Not bad, just not great. They have definetely done better.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of this before I went away as I has not had it before and was eagerly awaiting its arrival. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/15/2009.

Very nice pour here with a clear amber color and a nice bit of white foam up on the top of the glass. Lots of carbonation coming up and off of it and nice slow and gradual settling of the layer of foam. Smooth and mellow flavor here as I take a nice crisp and clean sip of this one. Really very well done here as I move through the profile. Clean and crisp hop profile with a nice and mellow tea like flavor mid palate. Picking up some of this on the smell as well. Light grain and tea like smells and a really nice and mellow light citrus touch. Smooth delivery and a clean finish left this one on the tongue just long enough to make you come back for another touch. Really nicely sessionable I was able to pull through really nicely on this and was looking for another right away.

Photo of wcudwight
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold and pale yellow in color. Thin head that disappears quickly. Lace sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.
Typical English bitter aromas of pale malts and a grassy herbal scent.
Grassy herbal hops in the flavor. Plenty of malts to balance it out. This beer won't "wow" you with flavor but I don't think it's really supposed to. It's meant to be a nice light easy drinking sessionable beer and it hits that profile spot on.

Photo of witster18
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Organic Bitter or 'Pale Ale'...
either way it's not the most flavorful offering in the world.
Of course, I get that with many 'organic' brews...
This is like Mothership wit without the haze and with a bitter finish.
pours straw with a slighty copperish hint and a little foamy head. smells of nothing. taste is lemongrass and hint of cloying malt.
nice oily mouthfeel from a nice grain but nothing stands out to me on this one.
Probobly wanes a bit due to the fact I just had two Dortmunders golds... which make this taste like water. Clean and decent quality with nice oily characteristics but just not enough flavor.
A little hops about 3/4 of the way through helps and I guess that's where they're getting the Pale Ale idea but to me this is a cross between a really light wheat and a really light English Bitter.
It's alright and would be a good late spring drinker but this is nothing more than a carefully crafted, organic 'High Life'. Ouch but true.

Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed as an English Bitter

a: a fluffy white head caps the clear golden ale, average retention and light lace

s: bready pale malts support a simple, dried citrus hop nose, aromas of dried grasses

m: lively carbonation around medium in level, light-medium body

t: pale malts are not quite bland but the beer does seem a touch watery as a whole, the malt does however lend a nice grainy flavor upon which the hops are applied, dried lemon peel, bready, clean and crisp

d: sessionable, as it should be

sixer from Whole Foods, Cary, NC

Photo of CBlack85
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a clear golden color with about two fingers worth of foamy white head that drops into spotty lacing.

Smells of noble hops and bready malts.

Taste follows the nose quite closely, a fair amount of hops, followed by light bready, grainy malts. Dry with a bitter finish. Light bodied and moderatley carbinated. Not bad, but overall not impressive.

While I am usually quite impressed with Highlands offerings, this one leaves me wanting. Not bad, by any stretch of the imagination, just a bit boring.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised when this beer came served in a pint glass on draft. The bartender was also surprised. We both expected a bitter to be darker. Then I see it classified an APA on here. I am not sure about style, so I will not judge it by style.

Appearance: A light golden body with plenty of carbonation bubbles creating a thin layer of white foam on the top of the glass. There is slight lacing as well.
Aroma: Grainy, lemons, floral, citrus
Taste: Very balanced between a cracker like malt flavor and grassy lemon bitterness in the mineral dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Pretty well carbonated with a light crispness.

Overall an enjoyable beer, but just not what I was expected. I would throw in more crystal malt and less carbonation. Well... after it warmed near the end of the pint, it was nearly perfect in mouthfeel.

Photo of mntlover
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color touches of haze not much at all but not clear. White head head by small sparse bubbles rising, not much of a head its small so is the amount of lace its small also.

Aroma is classic english grassy small amounts of lemon noted on bready malt background. Aroma is good suites the style, smells nice crisp and you know its going to be refreshing easy drinking brew.

Taste before we start not sure why this is under APA for style might be why the marks are not great, the bottle clearly states its an English bitter and it is quit decent one on par with other British ones i have had. Taste is like the smell light crisp bready malts with good grass notes and touches of lemon that leave a decent lingering bitterness. Nothing over the top here this is a good easy drinking session brew, hell its even organic if that appeals to you.

Mouthfeel light side nice crisp clean smooth easy drinking brew, carbonation is good enough for some pep no extra.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable bitter smooth easy drinking, don't see me buying more now but come June and its hot and humid out this one sure would hit the spot.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a bright gold hue; a small white head of rocky bubbles makes an appearance and fades quickly into a broken foamy cap that sticks around and leaves some speckling on the glass.

An extremely mild aroma of grassy hops is all that forwardly shows itself in the nose.

Palate is equally mild, with some thick bready malt flavor that morphs into a lightly bitter, grass-like hoppiness, falling into a somewhat watery fade that leaves behind a solidly dry and bitter finish on the back of the tongue. Body is light-to-medium, leaning more toward the light side, with a carbonated character that is similar to everything else in this brew: mild.

Easily drinkable and sessionable, but compared to Highland's other offerings, this is a bit of a let-down, especially for a seasonal release. The first USDA Certified Organic release from this brewery will certainly catch the eyes, but it won't hold on to the taste buds.

Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to decaturstevo (of RB) via jcwattsrugger for this!

Pours straw yellow (slightly hazed) with a thin white head. Some small strands of lacing stick.

The smell is grassy with an "English" aroma in the back.

The taste is of herbal (aspirin-y) bitterness with a light maltiness (and some water). There's some bread/yeast that is pretty bland. It has a dry, leafy, a bit grassy, finish.

The feel is thin and on the watery side.

There is a chalky/powdery dryness that didn't make it as easy to drink as it could have been. It does have an "English bitter" character, though more "bitter" than the typical example - a bit too though - a bit more malty flavor wouldn't hurt it. Good enough to start off with and move on... (and, why this is a "winter" seasonal, I have no idea...nothing "winter" about it...a "change-up" from the typical??)

Photo of parkerss
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Highland Brewery.

A-Pours a clear copper with almost no head
and minimal lacing.

S-Faint hop aroma, citrus notes.

T-Crisp and clean and mildly bitter. Nice
balance of hops and malt.

M-Smooth, light mouthfeel. Dry finish.

D-Very nice session beer, I wish I had more

I want to thank Paul at Highland for serving me up this first organic offering from their brewery.

Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Muted golden body with a foamy white head that lingers and laces pretty nicely.

The nose is full of wet hay, cereal grains and light citrusy notes hops. Smells very 'clean' and fresh, and tastes so, too. Nice little nip of grassy bitterness that's well showcased by the crisp and dry finish. A touch of nuttiness, a touch of sweetness. Subtle yet focused. A well-constructed, balanced and enjoyable beer. Recommended.

Photo of kels
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours from the bottle into my pint a hazy golden shade. The occasional bubble rises up through the beer to skim of white foam that remains from the initial, quick-faded 1/2 finger head. Lots of slippery white lace dots the walls of the glass.

Aroma is dominated by distinctly toasted grains. A very light citrus hop is just barely detectable.

Very bright and refreshing beer. Extremely carbonated and very clean feeling. Taste is a nice balance of toasted grains and lemony citrus. Bitterness has a nice bite, but not aggressively. Taste is a little on the watery side. Very simple, straightforward and pleasant. Light, crisp and highly drinkable. Surprised this is a winter seasonal. This would be perfect on a hot summer day.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a dimpled seidel (and in utter disregard of whatever the hell style of beer Black Mountain BPA actually is), the brew pours yellow-gold with a milky white cap of foam. The head recedes to a large bubbly collar that deposits flecks and wisps of lacing onto the sides of the mug.

The smell is mild and grainy with a touch of lemony citrus and sweet green grass.

The taste is cereally, mild, and toasty with a splash of lemon and a mild buttery quality that fits into the flavor profile just fine. Mild bitterness introduces a somewhat nutty finish that dries the palate as it lingers upon it.

This particular bottle is light-bodied and significantly undecarbonated, but still quite drinkable.

Photo of Strix
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wouldn't call this an APA, label calls it an English Bitter.

Pours medium-dark yellow with a fluffy head.

Smell weak, lemon and English hops.

Taste muted, but pleasant. Grains, lemon, yeast, and bread present. English hops in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel about average.

A good candidate for a session beer, but on the simple side; This could use a little more flavor.

Photo of possumfollower2
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thoughts on the beer was it was a medium bodied ale. Very light head. Definitely pursued in the English ale tradition. Light coppery complexion. Light fruity tones, like berries---seems Oscar and his crew go in this direction, remember Cold Mtn? Slug this guy down and look out 420, you've got another contender.
This is a pleasant beer. Not overly impressive but a solid, very solid pale ale. It's extremely quafable. Session beer says it all! I'd rather have this on tap while watching a match or a hockey game. It's a great quencher. Also, Oscar if you're reading this: I love the topographical map effect on the packaging. Thanks.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty golden color with a thick white head and a good amount of lacing. Smells of grassy hops and other bittering agents. It actually smells bitter. Tastes of grassy hops and bitter hops and plenty of bready notes. Really bitter from start to finish! Awesome. Drinkability is nice.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Translucent gold with a white bubbly head that dissipates quickly.

S-Not much on the nose, but there is a detectable balance between hops and malts.

T-A nice balance between the hops and malt like in the nose. It has a grainy/grassy note, but a nice refreshing bitterness. Nothing overpowering at all.

M-Thin and watery.

D-Its low abv., light flavor, and watery mouthfeel make this a very sessionable beer.

I have had much better from Highland, but if you want a decent craft beer to session this could be an option.

Photo of Onenote81
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow with a thin whispy white head on top. This disappears as quickly as it came. Some thin spottly lacing sticks along the glass edge. Nothing special. I was surprised at how pale this was though. I was expecting it to be darker for some reason. Smells grassy and grainy. Smells like a sourdough. Some slight lemon zest in there as well.

Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but I didn't mind it. Flavor was of a tad sour grass mixed with a nice bitter bite. The bitterness is not overpowering in any way, it's just there enough. Finishes a little citrusy as well.

I enjoyed this drink, and could see myself having a pint or two at a time.

Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks!
Clear gold with a whitish, soapy collar and thin skim of fine bubbles. A bit of stickage and decent head retention. Grassy, floral, and light citrus hop aromas with mellow sweet malts. Solid bitterness with a light malt presence, just a bit of toasted grains and honey sweetness. Same hop characters, but with additional spiciness and a bit more citrus in the finish. Light bodied with average carbonation. Fairly crisp. Pretty tasty and refreshing.

Photo of gford217
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of OldStyleCubfan poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is pretty unimpressive with mostly toasted grains and light malts. There is maybe a hint of grassy hops in the nose, but not much.

The taste is slightly better with a much more noticeable grassy hop presence up front with the same light bready malt base as in the aroma. The finish is dry and slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation though it could use a little more body overall.

This is a fairly drinkable pale but really basic overall with minimal hop presence. Not bad but nothing too complex or flavorful.

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Highland Black Mountain Bitter from Highland Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.