Lights Out Holiday Ale
Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
Old Ale
Ranked #56
Ranked #26,793
3.58 | pDev: 11.45%
Dec 23, 2021
Nov 02, 2007
Lights Out Holiday AleLights Out Holiday Ale
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Rated: 3.96 by alexworsnip from North Carolina

Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
From the side label: "PLEASE ENJOY BY: 04-04-21 B-012"

Appearance: The body is a dark reddish brown color. It has very good clarity, allowing dark shadows of shapes through. It has a short off-white head that has a creamy texture. The head fades quickly. There are a few spots of lacing.

Aroma: There is a light toasted roasted aroma with just a hint of carbon. A very faint hint of pine sits below the nose.

Taste: Up front there is a mild caramel flavor with some burnt sugar flavor. Towards the middle there is a stronger carbon flavor and a light woody and pine-like character.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth. Very easy to drink. Medium bitterness from both the hops and the grains.

Overall: It's a decent beer that has a nice, pleasant roasted character to it. It would pair well with sausages and cheeses at a Christmas party, or alone by the fire reading a book enjoying roasted nuts. The highlight of the beer is the smoothness of the body. I could drink it again from time to time. I would recommend it.
Dec 03, 2020
Rated: 3.63 by sisterofba from Maryland

Dec 27, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by PprBurke from Virginia

Dec 20, 2019
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured gently from a bottle into a pilsner glass, less than a finger of cream colored head. Translucent brown color. Smells a bit of malt and hops. Haven't had many old ales, but this one tastes of malt and hops. Doesn't make think "holidays" at all. Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Probably not a fan of old ales in general, not something I would get again.
Dec 11, 2019
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On draft, served in a Willi Becher type glass

Dark brown, fairly opaque, cream colored head. Rich malty aroma - bready, medium caramel. Similar flavor, but not too sweet. Flavorful but drinks smooth and easy. Very enjoyable.
Nov 14, 2019
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Reviewed by SoccerSeuss from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin white head. Notes of toasted malt and spice on the nose. Bread and malts on the front with a spicy finish that lingers on the tongue. Medium bodied.
Nov 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Trailboss76 from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Light, somewhat spicy aroma. About the color of a Pepsi. Thin tan head. Initial smoothness followed by a little bitter kick which lasts across the palate. Pleasant drinker all by itself but also paired up well with some peanuts.
Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Jason_cs from Florida

Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by beerrat from Virginia

Nov 30, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by BeerSexLove from Virginia

Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 3 by bigred89 from Maryland

Mar 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Riff from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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.
Nov 17, 2016
Rated: 2.25 by Santiagocpr from Virginia

Jan 04, 2016
Rated: 3.4 by VirginiaBeerMan from Virginia

Dec 25, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by jvodom from Maryland

Dec 23, 2015
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Reviewed by delta490 from Virginia

2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
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.
Dec 19, 2015
Rated: 4.28 by RBorsato from Virginia

Dec 18, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by cbyrd4088 from Virginia

Dec 16, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by zp6167a from District of Columbia

Dec 09, 2015
Rated: 3.16 by brocktune from Virginia

Dec 06, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by bigbutter from Virginia

Dec 04, 2015
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Reviewed by gopens44 from Virginia

2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
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".
Nov 23, 2015
Rated: 3.28 by robebo44 from Virginia

Nov 17, 2015
Rated: 3.6 by AMCPhD from Virginia

Nov 06, 2015
Rated: 3.39 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Oct 28, 2015
Rated: 3.09 by hophugger from Virginia

Mar 01, 2015
Rated: 3.22 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Feb 28, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by mpolewan from Ohio

Feb 08, 2015
Rated: 3.42 by DRBiser from Maryland

Feb 06, 2015
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Reviewed by Jeffreysan from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
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.
Jan 14, 2015
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

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!
Jan 02, 2015
Rated: 3.02 by Dur921 from Maryland

Jan 02, 2015
Rated: 3.42 by kb2250 from New Jersey

Dec 27, 2014
Rated: 3.89 by MisledTitan from England

Dec 25, 2014
Rated: 3.7 by Mattyb79 from Virginia

Dec 23, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by JandJMD from Maryland

Dec 11, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Aewachiw from Maryland

Dec 09, 2014
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Reviewed by SportsandJorts from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
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.
Dec 07, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by JMUbrewz from Virginia

Dec 07, 2014
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