Mountain Boomer | Schooner Exact Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Schooner Exact Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Hoppy Holidays

Added by RedDiamond on 12-03-2009

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Eisen:
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3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

For a beer called Hoppy Holidays, it is lacking in hops. However, it is just as the description tells: chocolate and dark fruits. poured into a Rouge hoppy Holidays glass, it pours a solid light black with a thick white head that stays. It smells of one sided darkness. Flavor mostly of old figs and chocolate and some burnt coffee; there is not much hops as far as aroma or hoppy flavor go. But, if a burt winter warmer is what your locking for, this beer is for you. Goes great with dark chocolate and dark chocolate cake! Would recommend splitting a bomber for a night cap, but as far as drinkability go beyond that, I couldn't do more than two without unpleasantries. The toasted malt/coffee/chocolate lingers too long on the tongue relative to other flavors.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HoppySeb
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of scootpolute
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes: Overall: This is a pretty good winter-warmer...Although not as good as the other styles from this categorie...say like Sierra Nevada, The beer from Bend, or what about Jolly Roger from Ballard (Seattle) 'for cryin' out loud!!!!'...Good beer although would be hesitant to try again (due to the competition these days!!)...Oh I guess price 'does' matter to some, this was a pretty good 'deal' at $5.00 for a bomber...Bottom line, 'good' not 'great' and definitely NOT horrible...CHEERS :~)

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Photo of DOCRW
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a semi-opaque dark orange amber. Nice light tan head and lacing. Nice aroma of caramel, malt and light hops. Malty start with dark fruits and hops in the middle and end. Finishes hoppy and spicy. The finish is somewhat unrefined and bit bitter, but the overall taste is moderately reserved with excellent complex malts, hops and dark fruit. I like this. It is in the top rank of winter warmers for me.

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Photo of Mole_Playing_Rough
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Braz
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at the Schooner Pub and Galley. Clear amber in color with bubbly white head. Very aromatic. Citrus hops and spices too. Tastes much like the nose. Busy flavor. Lots of hops and various spice notes. Body is above average. Too me this is like a winter IPA. Would drink again but may be a tad heavy on the spices.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of oregonskibum
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Relytme
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark chestnut brown in the tall Timmermans goblet, with a thin but persistent cap of foam. Plenty of spritz on the tongue. Expansive warm and rich malty flavor. Lots of roasted grainy flavor with an appealing touch of sweetness.

Some dark chocolate flavors and something like a touch of mince meat pie spices with that raisiny tang. The hops are distinct but play discretely in the background. There is just a modest lingering bitterness in the aftertaste along with some honey.

One of the better winter brews and a new one to me. Beautiful label, too. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wine World and Spirits in north Seattle.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of inquisitivequin
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful brown ale; dare I say a nut brown ale. Light chocolate and nuttiness mixed with whole wheat bread on the taste. The hops are light but ad an earthy/dank bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bifrost17
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of philbertk
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schooner Exact Brewing Company Hoppy Holidays Winter Ale--Bottle # 2104--2011 32 oz. Growler Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 60 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lace thin off white head. Clear dark bright amber copper bronze color. Toasted floral hop malt spice front. Mellow sweet toasty roasty spiced malty mild fruit rich crusty Winter Ale body. Smooth balanced hop crusty mild sweet end. Rich smooth & well done. Sampled 1/22/2011. Purchased for $10.25 including $5.50 growler deposit at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 1/22/2011.

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Photo of benbjb
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Chris-1911
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MdMcBee
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of PacNWDad
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 offering; poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours with a fair amount of head, that dissipates quickly leaving lace on the side. Root beer color; fair clear. Lots of roasted malt and barley on the nose, with caramel and dark chocolate, some grass and earth in there too. Taste is the crust on a creme brulee, with some salt and chocolate. Finish is bitterness from the hops, but does not linger that long. Medium carbonation, less so than some other holiday offerings. Overall, an enjoyable holiday beer!

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