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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: 13.62%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 12-18-2008)
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by farrago:
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farrago

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin, loose head, gets close to one finger and then dissolves swiftly, likewise minimal lacing. Very clear light orange to yellow in color, fully transparent. Big curious whiff of banana upon pouring, knits in over time with the grains, wild rice, rye and straw bundles, not a lot of malty counterpoint, note of dried butter like it was left on the breakfast plate that morning. Light-bodied, as in the nose it is open and easy to assess, but mostly so because of its relative lack of complexity. Everything comes in small portions, be it orange to lemon citrus, soda bread, biscuit, straw or hay, wheat, apricot to peach pit styled fruit, or used tea bags. The carbonation is on the low side, so what's there tends to sag. The banana thing knits into the whole more here. Releases swiftly through the finish, slight bitter astringency left on the tongue. Not deeply flawed at all but lacks the stuffing to hold your interest.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 01:48:35 | More by farrago
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RBorsato

Virginia

4/5  rDev +15.9%

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GeoCait

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -13%

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ecmoon3

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.9%

02-02-2012 12:06:16 | More by ecmoon3
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Florida

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Lantern


2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

12-27-2011 12:21:12 | More by Lantern
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

12-27-2011 01:04:09 | More by whitekiboko
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Jazzcrop

California

2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tastes are, as you may've expected, British hops, pines, tree bark, little malt presence and lost hair strands. Smells like a beer that needs a lot more done to it before it can make it to the Top 100, lol. Has a nice body and an amazing foamy head.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 04:47:11 | More by Jazzcrop
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a hazy golden amber/orange color with a thin foamy white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

The aroma is kind of bland with a balance of earthy pine hops and pale, biscuit malt.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy, bitter hops and pale malt notes. Hints of pine and subtle citrus as well as slight earthy, grass notes. Crisp, clean and easy drinking with a slightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 08:09:14 | More by corby112
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 14:41:47 | More by TheKingofWichita
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PDXHops

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 15:45:44 | More by PDXHops
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow gold with 2 fingers of fluffy light cream head. Decent retention. Sparse lace.

Nose is very earthy and with a little hot toddy twinge. Very malty with a hint of herbal hops.

Very smooth hit. Creamy texture gives way to some fairly intense, tart bitters in the finish. Surprised at how bitter it gets. Lots of malt body for a beer this light. Definite English feel to it, compared to some of the Sammy Smiths.

Very easy to drink and at 4% why not throw down a few?

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 01:05:43 | More by beer2day
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2010 17:42:07 | More by thegodfather2701
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CBlack85

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 23:00:34 | More by CBlack85
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jammapamma

North Carolina

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

I will compare this to other english bitters like Tetley's. My impression of the style is that it should be smooth, creamy and not much else. It think it's important to explain expectations, because I saw people ding it for "low carbonation", it's a british stlye, it's supposed to be low in carbonation, that's what makes it smooth and creamy.

Highland took a different approach. Their version has more hops, still English hops, but hoppier than any other English Bitter that I've had. My personal preference is that this flys in the face of the style, but whatever.

Aroma- EKG hops, not much else.
Taste-light malt character that is subtly biscuity with pleasant grainy notes, which is quickly taken over by a light, clean hop character. Both are mild, but the hops definitely win in the fight. I hate to compare this to SN summerfest, but that is a very similar hop character. I know that SN summerfest is a lager, but the hop character similarities are stunning. I don't consider that an insult.

I like this, I do. I could drink this all night long and probably will several times this year. I was foolishly hoping for an authentic tasting English bitter and this is not it. Highland chose to go with a less creamy mouthfeel, with more hops to make this more "refreshing." It is more refreshing, but I can't help but to slightly bitch about the beer being out of style. It's not a true English bitter, but it is a very good, light, crisp summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 02:14:11 | More by jammapamma
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mwa423

Ohio

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

A - Pours a clear gold with almost no head, some head would have made this an easy 4.0

S - Mostly malty backbone with a bit of steely hop bitterness.

T - It's a good example of the style, bready english malts chased by hops down the throat, a more traditional english hop.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very creamy, I would think this was out of a nitro-bottle if I didn't know better. However, the thickness and breadiness of this really make me glad I have one to try and that's all.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 19:40:19 | More by mwa423
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kels

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 20:29:24 | More by kels
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly pedestrian straw golden color with a thin whisp of whiteish head.
Smell is solid some light malts and a nose full of flowers.
Taste is textbook here-there is a solid bitter malt flavor and some hop profile.
Finish is very dry with some bitter after-bite.
Drinks well- highly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 04:40:17 | More by ThaBobfather
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 05:02:23 | More by wcudwight
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danielharper

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very clear, slightly yellow body. No effervescence. Soapscum on top is the whole of the head. Disappointing.

Smell: Bitter, dry, slightly hoppy, with a malt backbone. Very much like a standard English bitter.

Taste: Very clean, almost tasteless. Notes of malt, strong aftertaste of corn.

Mouthfeel: Thin, low carbonation, no particular hop presence. Bog-standard for a bitter.

Drinkability: Lacks character. It's drinkable, but it's just not all that great.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 02:57:59 | More by danielharper
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Bung

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 02:48:03 | More by Bung
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle provided by Kegatron.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with 1 finger of frothy white head into a pint glass. Some retention and spotty lacing. Smells of grassy hops, honey, grain, and some citrus zest. Tastes of lemon and oranges up front followed by honey and lightly toasted grains. Finishes with some mintiness and grass. Medium-light in body with OK carbonation. Somewhat thin but crisp with a lingering gentle bitterness. An OK beer but nothing that really stands out, seems like it is missing something in the flavor as everything is subdued.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 23:04:41 | More by HopDerek
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 5/20/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear golden/light amber body with mild carbonation and one-finger bright white head that settled to a thin patch and left spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Mild noble hops impart a slight citrusy and perfumy character, though the hop presence is very subtle overall. A slight honey character offers a bit of sweetness.

T - Sweet and slightly grainy malt character provides the foundation, with some honey and ripe tree fruit offering plenty of sweetness. A subtle grape presence also persists through the finish. Finishes with grainy malts and scant citrus hops with a lemon zest tang.

M - Light bodied with a watery texture, only slightly oily perhaps. Medium carbonation with a pretty thin mouthfeel overall. Slight bitter finish with plenty of residal sweetness on the palate.

D - Pretty decent session brew, but not one of my favorites from Highland. However, it is a pretty light and easy-drinking warm weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 18:26:17 | More by ffejherb
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thryn

Florida

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An ever so slightly hazy amber, with tiny bubble of carbonation dancing to the top. Head is white and about a finger thick, but drops to a layer of foam nearly immediately.

Smells of grassy hops and some bready malt. Slight buttery smell.

Taste follows, though the hops are less forward on the palate. Balance is good, though the diacetyl is a bit too prominent. The bottle says this is an English bitter, though, and I'm going to review it as such rather than as an APA.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with very minimal carbonation.

Overall a drinkable brew and a decent bitter, but nothing special. I really like Highland and I think they make some solid beers, but this adds to my wondering about the challenges of organic brewing.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 06:54:34 | More by thryn
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 18:40:12 | More by Onenote81
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Highland Black Mountain Bitter from Highland Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.