Lights Out Holiday Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery
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Reviews by droomyster:
4.2/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
10-29-2011 00:06:57 | More by droomyster
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3.25/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
02-19-2009 03:12:01 | More by prototypic
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
10-23-2008 02:27:24 | More by Proteus93
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
12-27-2010 17:39:30 | More by BZero007
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
11-26-2013 02:23:08 | More by obywan59
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
06-12-2011 04:18:10 | More by plaid75
4.2/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
12-09-2010 00:37:40 | More by dball
3.43/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
12-19-2012 03:58:42 | More by dbrauneis
2.98/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
12-09-2010 11:40:11 | More by Thorpe429
3.05/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
11-14-2010 22:59:59 | More by MetalHopHead6
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
11-19-2011 19:28:33 | More by AlCaponeJunior
2.65/5 rDev -27.2%
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.
02-14-2011 19:24:23 | More by CuriousMonk
Lights Out Holiday Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.