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Highland Black Mountain Bitter | Highland Brewing

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Highland Black Mountain BitterHighland Black Mountain Bitter

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wagenvolks on 12-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 41
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.

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Photo of whitekiboko
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Lantern
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of corby112
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of farrago
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.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of GeoCait
3/5  rDev -13%

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.

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Photo of danielharper
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful bubbles during the pour; fun watching them twist and swirl. The small head disappears very quickly, no lacing. Brilliant and sharp clarity.

Smell: Toasted biscuit, malt, citrus, light caramel, hops

Taste: Similar to the smell, with a lingering hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied, a little too much carbonation.

Drinkability: One-off, plain vanilla and wouldn't try again. Too simple. Organic natty light.

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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.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer, reviewed from notes. Served a crisp pale orange with a thin diminishing head that leaves slight lacing. The aroma is some slight Earthy hops and sweet malts, not much there. The taste is a decent balance in the initial with slight Earthy hops in the finish. The beer is light crisp and refreshing, but somewhat watery. I must admit, this is the most mediocre beer from Highland I've had yet.

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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.

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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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Photo of HopDerek
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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.

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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??)

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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.

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

Thanks to Deuane for throwing a bottle of this organic brew my way. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a clear bright yellow color with barely a quarter inch of foam. Smells of grassy grains with citrus undertones. Tastes of bready grain, and ever so lightly toasted malt. Crisp with a medium body.A nice drinking beer you don't have to think too hard about, just enjoy it.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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Highland Black Mountain Bitter from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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