Holy Moly
Cathedral Square Brewery

Holy MolyHoly Moly
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #794
ABV:
10%
Score:
88
Ranked #29,706
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 12.17%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
59
From:
Cathedral Square Brewery
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  11
SCORE
88
Very Good
Holy MolyHoly Moly
Notes: Brewed in the Russian Imperial Stout style, this offering boasts plenty of malt character and an aggressive amount of hops. A rich, flavorful ale with a finish you won’t believe.
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Reviews by TheSarge:
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TheSarge from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking at this brew... This is the best looking beer from this brewery. Pours perfectly with a two finger thick tan head that has awesome retention. The body is black with dark ruby red hues showing off in normal light.

The aroma is woody, coffee, metallic, cocoa, and vanilla.

The taste has chocolate, tea, and vanilla.

By far this is the best beer from this brewery.

Jan 08, 2012
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in SC.
Pours with a nearly opaque black-brown body and a weak tan head.
Nicely complex aroma with faint smoke, dates, raisins, dark bread and a hint of chocolate.
The flavor is also above average with good complexity, very good balance, and well hidden ABV.
Feel: light carbonation in a body that seems a touch too thin.
Overall: very good RIS, especially for the price ($10/6 pack).

May 09, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black liquid.

Dark khaki head; a curtain of lace.

Rich milk chocolate smell, with a hint of coffee. Enticing.

Thick mouthfeel.

Nice roasts chocolate coffee flavor, but this has been hopped too aggressively, making it biting & overly bitter on the back end. Still good.

Apr 07, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with a brownish head. The smell is of highly roasted grain...a touch of smoke, some alcohol, and a hint of rich malt. The flavor is strong...grain, some chocolate, highly roasted malt, and dark fruit. The beer hides its alcohol very well...it is hard to know that it has 9% abv. Full in body. This is a reasonably good imperial stout.

Apr 04, 2015
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Gagnonsux from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Oct 12, 2013
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour an effervescent mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: A little dark fruit & carob, vanilla & boozeyness once warm

T: Faint smokeyness & prunes, some carob up front. More prunes as this warms, some carob & black currant, a little bit of minty hops & chocolate, plus woodiness. Finishes dry, woody & with a bit of prune & chocolate

MF: Medium body, near flat carbonation, becomes stickier & a bit fuller once warm

Kind of a middleweight in a division of heavyweights, worth a try, but not very memorable. Got a little better once warm

Mar 24, 2014
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JMBSH from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -14%

Jun 22, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two-finger, tan head of thick foam. It had nice retention and left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee, roasted malts and some dark chocolate.

T - Good bitter piney hop bite with a blend of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and burnt molasses.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a smooth finish. A nice alcohol heat.

O - Best beer from Cathedral Square yet. I really enjoyed this one.

Dec 10, 2011
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sampx from Missouri

3/5  rDev -20.6%

Jan 11, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque yet still relatively clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy foamy dark tan head that reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts, dark fruits (plum/fig/raisin), and lighter aromas of dark chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor of dark roasted malts with a light to moderate flavor of dark chocolate. That is followed by some moderate flavors of dark fruits (plum/fig/raisin) and a light to moderate amount of earthy hops. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth though slightly thin in the finish.

O: Enjoyable but not outstanding which is tough in this style as there are a lot of outstanding examples. Easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. Worth grabbing, though I would be interested in trying the bourbon barrel aged version.

Aug 07, 2015
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kemoarps from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Jun 16, 2013
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle,
A 3.5 - black with a creamy tan head that fades rather quickly
S 4 - sweet nose with dark chocolate, roasted barley, anise, earthy hop
T 3.75 - lots of dark chocolate with caramel, roasted barley, french roast coffee, anise, earth, pine, oats perhaps, some dark fruit especially as it warms
M 3.75 - medium-full body but feels thin at times, creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation
O 3.75 - I liked the abundance of dark chocolate notes, but it all doesn't meld perfectly for me for some reason. Either way, it was still very enjoyable.

Oct 26, 2014
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Nov 12, 2013
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Florida9 from Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I figure this one was going to be play on a Mexican mole. I was wrong....
Black in color with a very large light tan colored head. Very good retention, but far more heady than I'd expect for a RIS. Aroma isn't bad. Roasted malts, coffee and a bit of citrusy hops. Taste is okay. Nothing too impressive. Roasted malts, sour coffee, cola, and pine. Chocolate on the back end. Heavy medium body, but rather thin for the style. Slightly acidic.
A fairly average RIS. Probably not worth the calories.

Dec 21, 2014
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly pitch black. Creamy tan head with descent retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

Roasted aroma, reminiscent of charcoal. Lots of bourbon in the nose. Earthy hops also.

Burnt bitterness of wheat toast, coffee, charcoal and tobacco hits the tongue and lingers for a while. Subtle molasses sweetness attempts to balance but is not match for the roasted malt. Assertive level of earthy hop bitterness compliments the roasted flavor. Finish is dry with a tart flavor.

Luscious full body with good carbonation. Creamy feel mid-drink and dry in the end.

Good stuff. Hard to screw up a Russian Imperial. Very complex and tasty.

Feb 12, 2012
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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take a RIS, pleasing quality matching the middle bracket for the style.

Presentation: 22 oz brown bottle. Pretty poorly designed with a light green label showing a cartoonish image of monks holding brews, and the overall branding. Small side narrative goes over style and main characteristics. Served into a snifter.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, rich brown head, moderate retention and some lacing.

S - Light nose with roasted malt, chocolate, and a fruity hop insinuation in its bitter-sweet sense…

T - Nice roasted profile, coffee, and a hoppy closing touch, nicely woven. Small grassy hint,

M - Medium to full body with fine carbonation and a smooth and creamy feel.

O - Nothing to come out of one´s way but rather enjoyable...

Notes: And I´m glad to try it, label aside… This brew deserves a different image.

May 20, 2012
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EROCK75 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

May 13, 2013
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14%

Nov 02, 2013
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buzze40 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Aug 15, 2013
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soju6 from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a black color with a tan head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate with some roasted malt and bit of caramel.

F: Flavor of bittersweet chocolate, coffee with some roasted malt. There is a bitterness throughout with a dry finish.

F: Fairly full body, quite smooth. No hint of the 10% alcohol. nice balance.

O: Very nice Imperial Stout from a local brewer. worth a try.

Feb 11, 2012
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IkariBattousai from Nebraska

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Sep 12, 2012
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Nov 02, 2013
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FUwolfpacker from South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14%

Jul 22, 2013
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crobinso from Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Sep 29, 2014
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shanblur from Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in St. Louis, MO. Poured from 22oz bomber into a snifter. No date on bottle. A - Dark black with an off white head which leaves extensive lacing. S - Dark chocolate and roasted malt. T - Coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Rich and decadent. M - Light to medium body with a generous carbonation. A good imperial stout. Very dark tasting. Liked the Hail Mary better though.

Jan 16, 2012
Holy Moly from Cathedral Square Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 59 ratings