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Highland Black Mountain Bitter

Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
A style of Pale Ale, Black Mountain Bitter will be lightly hopped with traditional British hop varieties to balance the malt sweetness yet encourage it to tend toward the dry side.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Gold, clear as glass, a skim of large-bubbled foam. Grassy and post-coital stank. Sulfury lagery taste, chalk, sawdust, musk, rough earthy hops, wet dog. Medium-light body with a sandpapery texture. Dirty fruit finish, appleskin and paper aftertaste. An overall unwashed cunnilingus smell, flavor, and spicy afterburn is its only ambiguous asset... do I really want to know how the hell they managed that?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Bottle from Cavie.
Pours a thin, yellow, and cloudy blur with an aroma of coppery perfume and hairspray. Flavor is full-out wheat with a light lemon bomb exploding in the background. Chalky on the tongue. Interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zizzybalubba (1820) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2010
On tap at Coasters (listed on the taphandle as Highland Black Mountain Bitter Organic Pale Ale). Pours light yellowish orange with very little head. The aroma is almost non-existent although it most closely resembles a light lager. The same could be said of the taste; very lager-like in quality with some bitterness and very light floral hops. A bit of spiciness on the finish as well. This does not represent a bitter or pale ale very well in my opinion. I would not choose to drink this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
douglas88 (8463) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2010
12 ounce bottle thanks to Suttree. Pours a clear golden hue with a small white head and some lacing. A sweet honey touched nose, grainy and nice. A similar flavor; smooth, almost watery, grains, honey, sweet malt and light citrus. A nice spicy finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drfabulous (6672) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Very yellow. Almost lager in quality. Taste of straw and bitter. Ok all around but not much of a pale for flavor

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubbleflubber (2167) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Pours a straw-brown into the glass, with an initially wispy head that reduces to nothing. The nose is of grassy hops. The flavors follow in tow, with a subtle dry malt that follows through a dry lemongrass bitter finish. The body is light with subtle carbonation, providing a nice lingering, yet unilateral hop at the back-palate. Decent, but marketed as a winter seasonal is probably placing the brew in the wrong season. This feels much more like a summer refresher than a heartier, cold weather offering. It’s not extremely complex, yet has enough lingering bitters to lather the tongue decently. Decent brew here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2010
12 oz bitter. POurs a light copper golden with a thin head. Aroma is acetaldehyde- apple cider and green skins, toast, grass, and cereal malts- diacetyle as it warms, FLavor is a bit thin, grass, green appple, fruity esters, cereal malts, corn and cracker, more slick diacetyl. Thin and watery finish- damn this is weak all around.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
xs2500 (187) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a lite golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Has slight floral aroma. Flavor is mildly bitter with some floral yet metallic flavors, drinkable, not really enjoyable

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2009
I should have known better. I normally like Highland’s stuff. I swayed away from the Cattail Wheat because of other ratings. I should have listened to my gut on this one too. Pours a light, clear golden color. Oh shit....clear and light. Head is super thin and white...damn. This is not good so far. Nose....skunky but floral at the same time. How is this so you ask? Flavor is floral and springy with fresh grass....finishes metallic and bitter. So far the only thing they seemed to get right with this one. Oh this is bad. So bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle. Nose is old hops and bitter skunk. Mild hop flavor and tart (?). Very light body and very carbonated. Not memorable.

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