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Long Winter's Nap - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CrellMoset on 01-12-2011)
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Reviews by Swift989:
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Swift989, Oct 31, 2013
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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10%ABV. per bottle label.Best by May 2013.Picked this at Bestway this week along with it's "sister" beer Blitzen.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear deep bronze with a large fluffy white crown that settles into a frothy mass.Bready pale malt aromas along with some caramel sweetness wich makes for a sweet bread aroma,a mild shot of spicy hops linger.A full but more mellow feel to beer makes it easy in the mouth and more drinkable.A beefed up pale bock on the palate with a hefty shot of caramel and toasty dough,a little hot after awhile but the spicy hops also show thru more as I drink more.to me this is more of a Helles bock in nature, with its aromas,color,flavor,etc....It's pretty damn good but it packs a punch,I make take a long nap after drinking this.

oberon, Dec 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

acurtis, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Sammy, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle at Euro Market for $15. Poured clear gold with a white head. Overall the beer is smooth and well-balanced, but just not that complex. There are big, bready caramel malts and a vague hint of spicy hops, but this is an almost all-malt lager. I'd like some noticeable hops character, maybe some earthy undertones or mild juicy esters. Blue Mountain calls this a triple bock, but I've had more interesting and satisfying maibocks. Nice beer, but not worth the pricetag.

tempest, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

HuntDaddy540, Apr 28, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

VeganUndead, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Cork says Best by: July-2014.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains very well before slowly falling to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Grainy, bready aroma that's slightly sweet and has a bit of an alcohol fume to it.

T- Smooth, somewhat neutral flavor of more husky grain and toasty malt. Slightly earthy and bready. Also sweet with a honey-like characteristic Quite smooth for the ABV.

M- Clean and refined as per the usual for a lager. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This is only the third "Triple Bock" I've ever had and it's pretty good. I'd like to give this to someone new to craft to see if they can tell that it's not only 10% ABV but also a lager because of its high drinkability and it has some character to it as well

Immortale25, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: shaker pint serving, sort of a golden-amber in color, white head with a reasonably retained layer on the surface

s: big pale lager malt presence, bready, full and sweet yet maintaining a clean and focused lager cleanliness, features a wide range of ripe fruit sugars, very modest supply of grassy hop aromas

m: carbonation around moderate with a slick, malty body

t: heavy with sweet, bready lager malts, big on sugar coated fruit flavors - apple, various overripe tropicals, honey, mild noble hop flavors with a subtle bittering in the finish, deliciously sweet without being cloying, rich and satisfying, alcohol rarely shows through - pretty impressive given its weight

d: fairly easy for a 12 percent imperial lager

draft at Galaxy Hut on a night featuring most VA beers

blackie, Feb 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

beerdave, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass; the head eventually completely faded away.
S: Faint aromas of bready and grainy malts are present in the nose along with hints of spicy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, with stronger notes of grainy malts and spicy hops. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel has slight hints of warming.
O: Although you might be fooled by the unusual clear appearance of this beer, it is a good American version of a German style.

metter98, Mar 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

mendvicdog, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of obywan59
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle corked and wired, with a picture of a sleeping bear in a nightcap.

Gorgeous light amber in color with golden edges. A 1 finger pale tan head recedes quickly. Good lace coverage of short endurance. Eventually, only a ring remains with the barest haze on the surface. Approaching the clarity of wine.

Richly sweet, toasty brown bread prevails. Stewed dark fruits with just a hint of spice from the hops.

Sweet dark fruits with light molasses and a bit of tart grapefruit with the peel. Toasted grains throughout with some light bitter hops in the end. Light spicy hops appear on occasion.

Rather full bodied with moderate bite upfront. Syrupy, but not overly sticky. Alcohol is evident on the swallow.

The sweet/syrupyABV interaction pushes the envelope for me. Not quite cloying. Definitely a sipper, and worthy of a slower more deliberate approach. It would be a good winter warmer and perhaps deserving of another month or two of maturity.

obywan59, Dec 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that slowly fades to a thin film covering about half the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted bready malts with some light fruit/apple notes. There are light amounts of spicy hops. Light amounts of alcohol are noticeable.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of toasted bready malts with some honey sweetness and some light fruits (apple but more like sweetened apple juice than apples or cider). Light amounts of spicy hops and alcohol in the finish. Almost no bitterness to this one.

M: Just slightly less than full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly syrupy with light to moderate amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: With the slightly syrupy sweetness (not quite sweet enough to be cloying) and the high ABV which is present, this beer is not the easiest to drink and needs to be slowly sipped to be enjoyed.

dbrauneis, Dec 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

BlueRidgeBeerHound, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Mattyb79, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful light clear, copper color with a very minimal white head that faces quickly. Small scattered amounts of lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet bready malt and some light fruit. Fairly mild aroma.

Taste is bready malt, some fruit (apple and pears) and a little spicing. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable but more of a warming effect rather than a "burn".

Mouthfeel is light, and smooth with a little alcohol presence felt.

Overall a pleasant slow sipper, worth having again.

JayQue, May 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

nmann08, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

hornsup, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"A long winters nap" is certainly on the agenda when popping the top on a 22oz bottle of this German-style Dopplebock that would drink more like a triple Bock if there were such a thing.

The "Barrel House" brew pours with a bright peach-orange-copper coloration. Its brightly clear to show off all those gold highlights. A dainty creamy white head tops the beer and soon dissolves back into its body, largely due to the ales own viscosity and alcohol that fights it. This makes the ale look nearly as much as brandy, equipped with legging, as it does beer.

Boastful sweetness and fruit emerge in aromas. Its succulent sweetness seems of honey, fresh baked bread, and raw barley. A thread of orchard fruit- peach, apple and pear runs through the sweetness and gives a glimpse into the lagers other built-in complexities. As the beer warms though, a scent of brandy alcohol and stone/pitted fruit come out to play.

The beer's dense sweetness is lavish with honey, toffee and a dab of molasses. Only the brandy alcohol taste slices through the sweetness and paves way for the estery blend to take hold. Bruised fruit varieties of those orchard fruits accompany apricot, dates, figs and sultans for an unexpected rich taste. As the sweetness weakens a bit late, herbal hop notes provide just enough bitterness to keep the beer from cloying.

Full, rich, savory and succulent- the beer's deep body is candy-coated as its high residual malt sweetness lingers indefinitely on the mouth. The early creaminess of carbonation is fast -fleeting and results in a long savory draw- much like port or, again- brandy.

Lead by sweetness, booze and apple- every sip of the beer draws direct comparisons to apple brandies. But the drinkability of beer, its barley backdrop, and its carbonation keeps reminding the palate that is very much a beer.

BEERchitect, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/2014. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big biscuit, toast, raisin, apple, pear, apricot, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big biscuit, toast, raisin, apple, pear, apricot, caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of biscuit, toast, raisin, pear, apple, apricot, caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately slick, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice doppelbock. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

BFCarr, Nov 17, 2013
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Long Winter's Nap from Blue Mountain Brewery
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