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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
Originally reviewed: 4/8/09. 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 didnít mind it. Flavor was of a tad sour grass mixed with a nice bitter bite. The bitterness is not overpowering in any way, itís 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.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (790) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2010
I found this beer to be surprisingly refreshing after tasting it immediately after the pour. A reasonable head,bread, cereal, floral on the nose. a hazy golden ale.Iím a big fan of ESBs and Iíd characterize this as a medium bitterness, bitter. enjoyable

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2010
Bottle pours a slightly hazed, pale golden body with a small white head that leaves just a trace of spotty lace. Aroma is faint, with hints of herbal hops and biscuity malt. Taste is dry and herbal, a bit grassy. Crackery pale malt offers little in the way of sweetness. Drinkable, but not very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2009
From a 12oz bottle this ale pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Aroma of malt, grasses, honey and some citrus. Very mild, easy drinking brew with a taste of hops, grasses and some maltiness. Great session beer - I had 3 of these put away in no time (I did say they were easy drinking). Big fan of Highland Brewing Company and this one did not disappoint.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
UNCCTF (513) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Bottle, picked up from the local BP in Sylva. Pours a light hazy yellow beer with prety much no head. Aroma is spicy and lightly hopped. Flavor is earthy and grassy with a light hop finish. Body is thin to medium and the end is bitter and dry. Nothing tooo special but its decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - FEB 12, 2009
Taste 2/9 Bottle. Looks: Clear golden body with a thin top. Aroma: Mild yeast must and a mild sweetness from the malt. Taste: Nice pepper spice and must. A little hint of lemon. A nice mild/english ale. Session worthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brownaler (415) - 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.

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