Lights Out Holiday Ale | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Lights Out Holiday AleLights Out Holiday Ale

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Todd on 11-02-2007

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 97
Photo of Riff
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

100th rating. Pours a dark brown, clear, with a thin, white head. Smells deep and dark like the depths of winter. Dark breads (think Russian rye), blackstrap molasses, and toasted malts. Little to no bitterness, tastes of malts, caramel, dark breads, and a little hint of hops towards the end. Finishes quite cleanly. Very surprising that it's a 7.0 ABV. I would have liked it to be a little heavier but as is it's quite tasty.

On a side note, with the tendency to see lots of winter brews taking the IPA route, this is more of what I think when it comes to winter. Dark and warming.

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Photo of delta490
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark ruby/brown without any head. There really isn't much aroma. A deep inhalation offers just slight, nondescript malt sweetness. The taste is much the same. The body is a little lighter but still has a nice weight and mouthfeel, just a hint of carbonation. Still, while there's nothing bad, it's severely lacking in taste and aroma.

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Photo of gopens44
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looks nice enough with a deep copper color, clear and off white foamy head with moderate but slightly wet lacing.

Not much nose, just some funky, mealy maltiness and a hint of what I can best explain as a noble hop type bitterness, little else.

Tastes just uninspired or something. Maybe some caramel sweetness maltiness with that bitter edge but with it comes a touch of saccharin and that mealiness in full force.

Finish is slightly dry, something left on the tongue.

This beer is disappointing. I shall call it "Redskins".

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.87/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep copper amber mahogany with a spotty-lacing ring of off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasted nutty dark caramel malty nose with some English hoppiness. Starts with pretty good fullness and sweet toasted caramel maltiness with a touch of dark fruits before a drier bittersweet finish. Well-balanced and quite drinkable.

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Photo of obywan59
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of xybreeder
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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!)...

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Photo of snaotheus
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz beer poured into a large snifter

Pours very dark amber, little or no head, no visible carbonation. Smell is boozy, rich, smokey, sweet, something candy-like. Maybe toffee?

Taste is watery, like a weak echo of the nice aroma.

Mouthfeel is flat and thin. Overall, it's OK.

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Photo of WMEugene
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery - from notes.

A - A really dark reddish amber color, a very thin ring of head with almost no lacing.

S - Notes of malts and spices, nothing too distinct or noteworthy. Very faint.

T - Roasted malts and a mix of spices dominate, it tastes very similar to Scottish-style ales.

M - Medium-bodied, good carbonation with a smooth finish.

O - While nothing special to look at or smell, the Lights Out is a nice holiday ale with good flavors. It's worth a try, even if with all of Blue Mountain's other better offerings I may not have it again.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of droomyster
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.67/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of DIM
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours leaving only a thin foam. Not too lively with carbonation. It has a dark brown color which glows amber in the light, as you can barely see through it. The nose has a decent malty intensity, with hints of raisin and caramel. I almost detect slight notes of chocolate and coffee too, although in the end it's hard to distinguish, and I would summarize it as just a doughy, dark malt character.

Caramel malt taste but with some disagreeable vegetal character. Not bad overall, I like the dryness at the back and decent bitterness that follows. It doesn't taste too intense for an Old Ale, it's more like a slightly heavier brown, but lacking enough flavor hop balance for my liking. Carbonation is decent although the beer could use a bit more thickness to round it out.

I had no trouble drinking this beer, but it didn't impress me much. I found it an odd choice for a holiday beer. It had some decent strength but without any spice I wouldn't have known. Work on the recipe a bit and it could be good, don't keep this as your Christmas Ale though...

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Photo of BZero007
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of dball
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of hops4me
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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