Long Winter's Nap | Blue Mountain Brewery

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66 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
bluemountainbrewery.com

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CrellMoset on 01-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
For Trade:
1
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of SadMachine
2.59/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tons of off aromas and flavors. Maybe this was a bad bottle, not I felt like I was being generous with this rating!

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of hophugger
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light toned golden color, crystal clear. OK head and really nice lacing. Aroma is malt forward. Slight alcohol burn, but lightens as you drink. An average beer but not below average.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Ego
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

cork sez best by July 2014

eyes...
orange hue with a white foam cap about half an inch high, ample carbonation is keeping the head alive and lending to lovely lacing, a nice enough looking brew

nose...
musty dark honey, biscuity (slight), slightly herbal hops, pretty mellow and steady

taste etc...
banana with a sweet finish, no alcohol in the flavor but immediate warming in the stomach, the carbonation feels really low - barely there in the mouth, medium weight which aids drink-ability, kind of leaves a slick on the tongue with mostly sweetness but some slight bitterness on the edges, very easy drinking,

verdict?
a little sweet for me, not bad, very easy going down but I don't love it by any stretch, the ABV is extremely well hidden and will probably lead to a nice nap (sorry, couldn't resist the hack urge)

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3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

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3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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