Midnight Still
Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #68
Ranked #302
4.54 | pDev: 5.51%
Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Washington, United States
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Notes: When conceptualizating Midnight Still, our goal was to create a %100 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout that never incorporated any "fresh" beer in its blends. The first batch of Midnight Still was brewed in October 2014 and laid down in Kentucky Bourbon barrels where it ages for 15 months. The second batch was brewed in July 2015 and aged for 6 months. This blend incorporates beer taken from both batches and clocks in at 12.5% ABV.
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4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Novare Res Stoutfest 2020.

A- Oil black pour from the waxed bottle into a snifter. A small nutty brown foam layer appears on top of the beer with decent retention leaving spotty lace.

S- Bang on balance of roast bittersweet stout and decadent sticky, aged distillery basement and oak bourbon barrels. The Bourbon alone is unreal, peppery spicy sticky booze and fruit notes. Fudge and rich cocoa balanced perfectly by boozy whiskey. Roast barley. Hints of vanilla. Truly Bourbon mastery.

T- No arguing that the Bourbon is the star of the show but there is enough malt character to balance to near perfection. Bitter roast barley and fruity dark chocolate bars, french roast coffee beans, pepper, vanilla hints, brownies, boozy edge, caramel, oak wood degradation and nuttiness. Again it tastes like Buffalo Trace's sticky sweet bourbon barrel house. Strong oak bourbon malts but all pretty balanced, just HUGE.

MF- Thick and slick oily monster. The booze tames the hefty body quite a bit finding a nice middle ground. Slightly creamy and chewy. Ends warm.

The Bourbon barrel character in this beer is basically unmatched from what I have come across in the last ten years. A great surprise to be able to drink this brew in Maine and one of the best beers I have had in quite some time. Hopefully can visit this brewery again some day.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Jan 22, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2019 bottle purchased at the July 2019 release enjoyed on 9/26/19.
L: Dark deep brown black with fizzed lacing. No retained head.
S: Inviting pleasant bourbon, chocolate, boozy raisins, and stone fruit.
T: Smooth barrel aged roasted stout malt. Sweetness of layered chocolate, essence of coffee, whisky barrel and toasted sugar caramel.
F: Sticky, silky, just thick enough. Subtle bourbon bite, and lingering tacky sweetness.
O: Beyond expectations, smooth, and extremely drinkable for the strength. Delicious.

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Herbertly from Washington, Sep 27, 2019
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5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal beer. All of the right flavors. Chocolate mixed with dark fruits, coffee and bourbon. Everything is extremely well balanced. Reminds me of Dogfish Head World Wide Stout or when KBS and Bourbon County was before being bought out and mass produced. Exquisite.

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asaxon08 from Washington, Jul 14, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This big, dark roasted malt stout has a very woody, almost smoky character imparted by the barrel. It has a mild but delicate heat, and goes down semi-dry.

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 23, 2019
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4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep black pour, but not super thick. This reminds me very much of Kuhnhenn barrel aged beers, with lots of tobacco and leather and dark fruits in he nose. The flavor follows those notes with the base beer also contributing with a sweet roasted malt flavor.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage bottle - pours like an oil and thoroughly coats the glass. Rich chocolate nose with a huge barrel presence - smooth and finishes very clean.

Incredible beer.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Jan 03, 2019
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4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Ong this is so decadent. Smells like a freaking chocolate truffle. Tastes like one too! Holy smokes!!! I taste chocolate ganache, the flavor and texture! Looks like a sludgy cup of oil coffee. My favorite beer.

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mintzmeet from Washington, Oct 07, 2018
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4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark appearance with nice rich light brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a sweet caramel and rich bourbon that is exceptional. Taste is a very nice caramel and bourbon with a slight alcohol aftertaste that will be eliminated with a little aging in the bottle.

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Radcpa from Washington, Mar 02, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L:pours thick, pitch black and only a film of head that fades to a ring quickly
S: big fudge, rich smooth bourbon
T: bittersweet chocolate, bourbon notes last through the finish accompanied with a bakers chocolate finish.
F: thick and sticky. Highly carbonated, lots of tiny / prickly bubbles. The barrel brings a welcomed warming presence.
O: a let down after the cognac and coconut variants.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black as midnight the beer..with a lovely tan head. Aroma is deep dark yet creamy chocolate, cocoa fudge and turkish coffee. Taste the same with hints of rum drenched plump raisins. Mouth feel so luxuriant. Excellent beer.

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Reidrover from Oregon, Jun 10, 2017
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4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wax dipped 16.9 oz bottle from the brewery. Aroma is oak, light bourbon, coconut, cashew brittle, raisin, molasses. Pours black as a butthole (an inky butthole?) with a thin dark tan head that reduces to a thin ring fairly quick. Taste is sweet with flavors matching the aroma; alcohol is hidden well, although it does warm the gut. Basically what we have here is a flawless barrel non-adjunct imperial stout that does everything the greatest in the world have to offer but doesn’t go any further than that. I can find nothing wrong here, but also I don’t see it pushing any pre-existing boundaries. If I can repeat myself, it’s flawless, delicious, and should be on any serious beer geek’s radar. There’s a peak when it comes to any style of beer, where it’s damn near impossible to go any further. Perfect is perfect, and that’s what this is. However, I can name a handful of beers I’ve had in my life in the same category that are of the same caliber, and they all nearly taste pretty much the same. I don’t think that’s a detriment, though. It’s just as far as a brewer can go within one particular style. This is about as far as you can go in a barrel aged imperial stout with no adjuncts.

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4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with tan head.

Roasted malts all around. Lots of chocolate and bourbon. Oak and vanilla. Light char.

Full bodied.

I like this beer, but it is was too roasted. Has a lot of potential if they can dial it in and balance it out.

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mothman from Minnesota, Jul 04, 2016
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4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the bottle, aged a few months.

A - deep brown almost black. Opaque. Thin layer of tan head
S - chocolate vanilla oak bourbon and roast
T - chocolate and vanilla some roast and a mild bourbon finish
M - velvety full and rich. Definition of decadent.
O - thoroughly enjoyed this at the release but was a touch hot at that point. A few extra months in the bottle has this almost perfect. This is an exceptional beer. Holy Mountain can't miss.

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Kellee from Washington, Jun 05, 2016
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4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot of bourbon, oak, and a little bit of roast in the nose. Smooth and creamy chocolate, very oaky, a little vanilla coming through as it warms. Great BA stout from Holy Mountain, can't wait to see what they do for blend 2!

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dddddddd from Washington, Mar 14, 2016
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4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the smoothest bourbon barreled stouts I've ever had, initial tastes of chocolate coffee and vanilla, definitely the creamiest stout I've ever had. Tastes like a rich mans bourbon county

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Srqb from Washington, Mar 01, 2016
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4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Popped a bottle in honor of the variant announcement.

A - Deep opaque brown, bordering on black. Thin tan head.
S - Notes of vanilla, chocolate, molasses, marshmallow, and bourbon.
T - Follows the nose with some added roast and moderately boozy finish
M - Rich, creamy, and velvety. Ridiculously smooth.
O - This is easily near the top of the list for best BA stout I've had. As someone else posted, this is like a rich man's Bourbon County. Holy Mountain continues to outdo themselves.

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jtirpak22 from Washington, Feb 29, 2016
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4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a more velvety and airy light BCBS, but with an added cocoa powder note in the finish. No bite, just a perfect balance of flavors. Incredibly well done.

Holy Mountain is doing to barrel aging in WA, what de Garde did in OR. These guys are the new sheriffs in town, and I expect beers like Midnight Still to have national notoriety in 1 - 2 years.

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B4CCHU5 from Washington, Feb 24, 2016
Midnight Still from Holy Mountain Brewing Company
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