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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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by xybreeder:
Photo of xybreeder
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Riff
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.

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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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hyoung41
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of prototypic
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Laulau
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hophugger
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of zp6167a
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robebo44
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BZero007
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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 VirginiaBeerMan
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JasonTaverner
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of obywan59
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
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 plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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 gopens44
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".

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Photo of Cook82
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Lights Out Holiday Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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