Lights Out Holiday Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Lights Out Holiday AleLights Out Holiday Ale

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2007

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Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep bronze color with lacy half finger off white head atop.The aromas are pretty lackluster with some faint green apple and brown sugar noticed.Obviously malt driven wich it should be for the style.Some malty fruity notes on the palate with some"cakiness",as it warm I pick some nuttiness even more so in the finish.The first of many holiday beers I am sure of this season,not bad but it lacks a little.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, clear, deep, dark mahogany color, speckled with some reddish highlights and an eighth of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Toasty malt, freshly baked dark bread, dark chocolate, dark molasses, coffee, and caramel.

Taste: Very malty and bready, like freshly baked rye or pumpernickel bread. Strong notes of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness, balanced with some sweetness of brown sugar and dark molasses. Finally, the beer finishes with some decent hops flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very tasty beer. I really like the flavors of coffee, chocolate, dark bread and molasses. I’ll certainly get another bottle or two of this next winter.

Photo of prototypic
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to guinnesdoc for the bottle. Much appreciated, man.

Appearance: It's a nice looking mahogany brown color. For the most part, it's clear and a fair amount of light bleeds through giving it a nice garnet hue. It's topped with a tan head that's roughly a finger and a half deep. It receded pretty quickly, but left a solid lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is underpowered, but still manages to be above average. Caramel malts are prominent and sweet smelling. Smells a tad sugary. There's some light holiday spices present. Primarily, it's cinnamon and a little nutmeg. Smells a tad yeasty. It's not particularly dazzling, but it's pretty good. Just a little more muscle, please.

Taste: The flavor is pretty consistent with the nose, but the flaws are more glaring here. Caramel malts are sweet and give it a nice, solid base. There's some roasted malts here that were not apparent on the nose. They probably drive the flavor up to average. Cinnamon and nutmeg spices complement the malts well and give it an okay flavor. It's yeasty on the tail. No alcohol is noted. What's the problem? Well...there's absolutely no depth or pizzazz. It's just a little too ho-hum.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a nice, smooth feel. Carbonation is well done and doesn't negate its smooth feel. Drinkability is pretty average. The flavor just doesn't really grab me in any way. I'm good with the single bottle.

Lights Out is not exactly lights out beer. It's an okay beer, but it sorely needs some punch. A nice dose of hops would probably do much to improve it. They would give it just the zeal it needs. As it is, it's maybe a little above average overall. But, there's a load of great holiday beers that are far superior. It's not something I'd seek out. But, I'm very grateful for the opportunity to give it a go.

Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see this finally bottled! Poured into a snifter.

A: Deep red, adding to a cola coloured brew... a finger of head topping it, slightly off-white.

S: Roasted malts and alcohol spice. A slight nose of dark currant. Almost a burnt character to the malt profile. Quite nice and rich.

T: Spicy alcohol, a deep roasted malt flavour. Like the aroma, there is a currant like hint of fruity sweetness in there. Both the aroma and the flavour have much in common.

M: A medium body, rather soft and smooth, with a lower carbonation just adding a little character. With a few swirls to get the most of the aroma, that prickle dies off.

D: A fairly mellow sipper, and a nice tasting beer. Another fine offering from Blue Mountain. I'll be looking forward to a bit more over the season.

Photo of BZero007
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another entry from a great local brewery. Poured a dark amber hue in the glass. Head formation was minimal but enough. Aroma was minimal but carried a strong sweetness to it with a toffee malty undertones. The flavor was not overly sweet but not malty enough for old ale for me. I felt th 7% needed to show just the slightest bit in the flavor. The flavors hide the 7% alcohol level almost to well. Mouthfeel was great and drinkability is dangerously high on this one!!
I enjoyed and enjoy sending it with the full nelson as extras to others.

Photo of obywan59
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into an over sized wine glass.

Rather dark in color. Almost mahogany, with ruby highlights. Held up to the light it had a darkly vinous look to it. 1 1/2 finger light tan head Bubbles of carbonation initially resting at the base of the glass.

Sweet toasted maltin the aroma. Some tart or spicy aspects as well. Together they give the faintest impression of coffee. Slightly grapey.

Taste is light sweet malt upfront, then sour which gives another vinous impression. The bitter finish is borderline for me, just a bit over the top.

Decent prickle of carbonation, especially early on. Medium full in body. Lightly sticky and a bit drying. Nicely warming.

A decent brew. The appearance certainly fits the holiday theme. The bitterness was a bit beyond my range, somewhat overbalanced. The sour aspect was fine, but I think I would have enjoyed st sweeter to compensate for the bitterness.

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep mahogany hue with a two finger creamy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a burnt caramel, raisins and an herbal hop.

The taste consisted of an earthy toasted malt, a little smokiness and a lingering hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a tasty ale that perhaps lacks the depth of other old ales.

Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed rustic brown with a thin, lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of light toast, caramel, earthy notes and dark-ish fruits. Mild, but pleasant.

The taste is of toffee/caramel some dark-ish fruit and earthy, lightly toasted notes balance malt sweetness. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

It is creamy, smooth.

A nice, enjoyable old ale. A good choice of style for the winter!

Photo of dball
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blue Mountain makes great beer. This one is a household favorite for both my wife and me. The smell is strong and sweet and malty. In the glass it is a true brown and pours with very little head. It does not lace in the glass very much. I can taste and smell a delightful caramel hint. It goes down like a medium brown beer and comes in at 7abv, classic for an old ale.

It is great for a Holiday beer because it isn't too sweet and isn't spiced. We can dring it from Halloween to New Years and it is consistently good.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA.

A: Pours a clear dark copper in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and light ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that slowly fades to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of burnt sugar and caramel malts with a touch of toasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruit (raisin). Very subtle notes of spices with some herbal hops as well.

T: Moderate flavors of caramel malts and toasted malts with a very light hint of roasted malts as well. There is a moderate amount of sweetness upfront from the caramel, burnt sugar, brown sugar, and dark fruit (raisin) flavors. Light notes of spices towards the finish - likely cinnamon and nutmeg.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very much a malty beer though I was hoping for a bit more depth and complexity to the flavors - the alcohol is pretty well hidden and the beer is reasonably easy to drink.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Columbia Firehouse in Alexandria, VA.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head that sticks around for a bit before falling down to just a few bubbles. The nose is decent enough with some notes of dark and sweet fruits along with caramel and a bit of raisins.

The flavor is really quite bland. The sweetness kind of takes over and all of the better fruit characteristics from the nose are essentially lost, giving way to a bit of a brown-sugar edge. There is a touch of alcohol, but not overpowering at all. The feel is quite a bit too light for the style and for the flavors in general. This went down fairly easily, but the one-dimensional flavor and light mouthfeel are not what I'd like out of this style, or many beers for that matter.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a nice light brown with plenty of ruby colored hues. a two finger white head with strong retention and leaving behind a strong lacing. good clarity and a strong brightness.

Smell: roasted malts. earthy hops. some sweet caramel malts. slight alcohol.

Taste: a mix of earthy hops along with some toasted grains. grain depth develops a bit into some roastiness and sweet caramel malts. light dry fruit character consists of mostly raisins to maybe some plums.

Mouthfeel: medium to full body. lots of earthiness. some light bitterness. fairly dry. some warmth to it.

Overall: fairly green as fair as old ales go, but I see some potential in this one. The smell doesn't represent the nice taste. and the flavors show some potential for some age. certainly something I plan on trying with some age on it.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blue Mountain Lights Out is malty sweet, yeasty, and slightly spicy.

It poured a beautiful deep dark copper with rust tints, a short and short-lived tan head. It left a smattering of lace on the glass. The smell was metallic and the flavor was extremely sweet with a subtle lingering hint of spice--possibly cinnamon or nutmeg. The feel was smooth and fleeting, with a slightly dry finish but not much else to remember.

As holiday ales go, Lights Out is mundane and as Old Ales go, it's weak and thin.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown and clear, head was about a half finger and lace was pretty good.

Smell is light but very pleasant. Caramel malts and a bit of mixed fruits and a touch of spice come to mind.

I find the flavor rather tasty. This reminds me a little of a marzen, but spicier. The malts are smooth and caramel dominates, with a little breadiness. The spices are nicely done. I don't like holiday type beers that are over spiced, but this one isn't.

Body is quite light and a little tangy with carbonation, leaving a slightly spicy, caramel malt aftertaste.

This beer ain't bad at all. It's easy to drink and would go nice with a holiday football game after the turkey dinner.

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.67/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Pours almost prune into the glass, with a nice soapy eggshell head that leaves thick lace. The nose has lots of fruity sours with some toast and malt. The flavors are sour (very reminiscent of biting down on a fresh pine needle... that initial sour bite), toasted malt and finishing with a nice lingering bitter. The mouthfeel is slick and easy (due to the many esters at work). A decent old ale overall.

Photo of xybreeder
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice dark brown, hints of red & orange. Average to small head, decent lacing.

S - Malty, hint of cherry, slight oak smell. Overall smell isn't too pronounced.

T - Sweet, smooth, caramel, hints of spice, slight cherry & chocolate flavors. Little to no bitterness or hop flavor. Surprisingly not getting a lot of warmth which was expected with a 7% ABV.

M - Carbonation is almost perfect here, maybe could use just a little bit more. Medium to full body.

O - A very tasty brew, especially if you're a sweet malty fan and you can appreciate the sweet & spicy combo. And for a malty sweet beer, surprisingly it's very drinkable at 7% (uh-oh!)...

Photo of JISurfer
2.24/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I think I got a bad bottle. Mine tasted like finger nail polish, mixed with tart fruit, and alcohol. Very strange. Smell was somewhat similar, but not as up front as the taste. I'd be willing to try it again, but for now, I'm going to have to pour the rest down the drain. Sorry.

Photo of hops4me
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a very fizzy noisy head. The light brown head quickly fell into the glass and left no lacing. It is brown to deep amber. Smells very fruity. Brown sugar, banana, and caramel come through. The taste is very similar to the smell. Raisins, fig, and toffee. Kind of winey flavor as well. Maybe some toasted grain in the background. This is medium body and very enjoyable. I will be seeking this out again before the season is over.

Photo of gford217
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of CrellMoset poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper with a decent off-white head that lingers as a swirl on top for a while and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is pretty subtle with some toasted malts and spices in the background. There is a faint sweetness from sugar or dark fruits as well.

The taste has the toasted malt up front with a strong sugary sweetness on top. There are more hops in the taste than the aroma suggests and they linger through the finish. There is also the faintest bit of tartness in the background, possibly from dark fruits but I can't place it.

The mouthfeel is fairly light for the style with lots of carbonation.

This is a very interesting take on an old ale and certainly drinkable. I can't place the tartness in the taste, but otherwise this is pretty solid brew.

Photo of droomyster
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting beer. It's body is very dark brown, with just a bit of tan blooming up before settling to a collar. Not nearly as sweet and syrupy as some of the other old ales that I've had, but delicious all in its own right. The malts are quite toasty, and an earthy, autumnal element looms large. The whole flavor profile strikes me as fall-like, rather than wintery. The carbonation is quite low, and the feel is satisfyingly full. Extremely tasty.

Photo of argock
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by 3/10 on front label. Purchased as 6-pack at Blue Mountain Brewery for $9.

A: Murky brown with 1-finger light tan head with average retention and spots of lace down the glass.

S: Raisin and prune aromas are very strong with a decided herbal, woody, nutty hops note

T: Full-flavored brew with with hefty dark fruit component that shows more chocolate and nutty notes with warming. There is a light sour note as well. Herbal, earthy hops are more intense with warming as well.

M: Smooth and medium-full bodied with low carbonation and caramel and papery malt aftertaste.

D: Big and malty with dark fruit leading the way and some earhty, herbal hops creating a nice finish. Blue Mountain continues to produce great beers in a picturesque, pure environment.

Photo of DIM
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'd like to start off on a positive note by saying I enjoyed my visit to the brewpub and I loved the two beers I had on tap.

a: This was a clear, light copper color. It poured with a smallish fizzy head.

s: Very mild, tea-like cranberry potpourri. I really had to work to find that and there isn't much else here.

d: Mild to the point of being bland. Lightly sweet caramel up front and then a dry, powdery fruit flavored tea. Nothing off about this at all and the alcohol was not evident. It reminds me of Old Fezziwig without the spice.

m: Very thin for an old ale, kind of watery actually.

d: Meh.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 bottle from a six pack.

Appearance: Pours dark brown, but is clear with ruby highlights when held to light. Off white head of about one finger never completely fades, and the lace curtains you get from sipping leave sticky spots on the glass. Looks really good.

Smell: What a letdown. Very little aroma at all. A little sweet malt and not much else.

Taste: Much better than the smell. A surprising amount of hoppiness. The malt is roasty and sweet. There's a little bit of raisin flavor in there too. The finish is roasty and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Not as full as I'd like. Yeah, it feels a little watery.

Drinkability: This is a pretty good beer and its easy drinking enough. I drank a few on draft and really enjoyed them, but this just doesnt stand up to many of the old ales out there.

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty and warming holiday ale on a snowy, wet Central Virginia day. A lot of "holiday" beers are just an excuse for spices and gimmicks - it's nice to find an honest, straight-ahead winter warmer type of beer.

Pours a deep reddish brown with lots of lively carbonation and a slight head. The aroma is bready and yeasty with a sting of bitter hops coming later. Flavor is yeasty and malty, with hints of coffee and intense molasses with a little flowery hop overtone and a nice malt burn. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Photo of rugerj
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last bottle left over from second sixer bought over the holidays. This beer has only gotten better with time as the spice and fruit notes have come forward.

Pours a nice mahogany color, one finger head that fades quickly. Nice toasted malt with subtle spice aroma. Taste is of toasted malt with a spicy finish,some raisin and plum notes. Nice lacing left behind in glass as the beer is finished.

Another good beer from Blue Mountain, one of the better beers they have there. I will look forward to getting more this year around the holidays.

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Lights Out Holiday Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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