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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Bottle at decaturstevoís Februmergency Tasting for those of us that missed out on Sexual Chocolate í09. Pours a clear golden yellow with thin ring of white head. Aroma of light hops and cantalope melon rind. Flavor is corn with a distinct hop bitterness. Lingering bitterness on the palate. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3466) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Brilliantly clear gold color with a white head. Malt aroma with a bit of citrus rind. A The flavor is mildly sweet with just a touch of hop bitterness. A bit of astringency in the finish. A simple beer that is very light and sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6099) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Mildly could orange, decent off-white head. Citrusy, peppery aroma Flavor is surprisingly bitter at first, some bready, biscuity malts in the background. The bitterness is surprisingly harsh and rough, in a good way. Nicely unrefined and a pretty good session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (3264) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2009
bottle, from Cary Whole Foods. Good aroma, sweet, biscuit, dough, mild grass, toasted grain. Clean yellowy gold color, good head, but it faded quickly to nothing, no lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Initial bitterness that has a sweet streak kick mid way through. Lite body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Nice easy to drink brew, this would be a good summer beer, but hey itís here now. Aroma opened up as it warmed , itís lite creamy mouthfeel was nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Pours a soft translucent amber with a one finger frothy offwhite head. The nose is earthy and herbal on the hop side, crisp malty character, some sweetness, mild corn. The flavor is a tad grassy, herbal hops, nice balanced malt sweetness, background bitterness that leaves a residual waxy character. Palate has a very nice balance of malt and hops. Crisp on the out. Nicely balanced and easy to session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Pours a clear light amber hue from 12 oz bottle, forming a single finger white foamy head, bubbles galore rise up through the brew, aroma of lightly malted hops, English hillside grasses. Flavour is of yeasty bitterness initially, grass like hoppage with a particular malty character. Ah, yeah, English Pale Ale, drinkable, but only two dimensional at best. Hey Highland, sheeeesh, try an APA for once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2009
I donít rate much, actually, this is my first rating in 3+ years. I wanted to stick up for this beer. I have been very critical of the Highland seasonals. Iíve disliked them all up to this point and went into this beer assuming I would dislike it. First off, its an English bitter not APA as currently listed. This is without a doubt the best American brewed bottled bitter Iíve had. It probably helps that is very fresh. The big bitter EKG finish is beautiful. You will often get fresh English Pales at brewpubs in the States that end up with a Ďtea likeí beer or watery C-hopped thing. This is a very well brewed bitter. I would love to see more season bitters and milds. I donít know the ABV but I would guess its close to 4% and itís the perfect beer for what it is, a fresh English style session beer. Iíve been very down on Highland and this beer brought back the faith. Viva American brewed small beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottled. I loved the finish, and just how light this beer felt going down. Very refreshing, and the aroma made me think of tea, for some reason. I loved it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brownaler (553) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Faint hop aroma mixed with a bit of malt. Flavor is yeasty up front with a complex bitter finish. Sure itís not a tour-de-force in flavor, but bitterís arenít supposed to be.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Im still astonished they removed Tasgall ale for this line of mediocre seasonal beers. If it aint broken why fix it? Clear gold pour thick white head and drippy lace. Grainy/corny aroma which is very unbecoming in my opinion. Thin bodied easy drinker. Sweet malty flavor with a slight twist of hops. Dry finish.

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