Midnight Still
Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Washington, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #50
Ranked #177
4.53 | pDev: 5.74%
Apr 20, 2023
Feb 23, 2016
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Notes: When conceptualizing 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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Rated: 4.25 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Apr 20, 2023
Rated: 4.47 by LumpkinBrews from Colorado

Jan 14, 2023
Rated: 4.27 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 04, 2023
Rated: 4.63 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

Oct 27, 2022
Rated: 4.72 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Oct 10, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Sep 12, 2022
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Rated by Sandis from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2020 version poured from a bottle into a snifter. This is nicely thick with a strong fudge flavor.
Jul 28, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.69 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin

Jun 16, 2022
Rated: 4.74 by MaximumYuks from Oregon

Jun 15, 2022
Rated: 4.99 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 02, 2022
Rated: 4.79 by not2quick from Missouri

May 05, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Lucoli from New York

Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by beerbones from Washington

Apr 07, 2022
Rated: 4.66 by Fireman_RK from North Carolina

Mar 31, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by blackcloud from Alaska

Mar 03, 2022
Rated: 4.77 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jan 26, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

Jan 15, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by OleDixie from Pennsylvania

Jan 10, 2022
Rated: 3.36 by Bugsmcl from Ohio

Jan 06, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by chippo33 from Vermont

Jan 04, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 4 by bret27 from California

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by rbrefbeerman from California

Jul 04, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 20, 2021
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Reviewed by StoutSnob40 from California

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured oily black with a brown head. Most of the head disappeared pretty quickly, but coated the edges of the glass like the ring of a solar eclipse. Aromas of leather, pipe tobacco, coconut pudding, black cherries.
Flavors are rich, with a ton of dark chocolate, oaky bourbon, and charred marshmallow.
Mouthfeel is full, and the dense carbonation smooths it out. Finishes dry with dark chocolate bitterness on the palate.
Mar 13, 2021
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
2020 vintage (released on 2/14/20, so presumably bottled within a few days of that date); consumed on 2/4/21

Pours a glossy, motor-oil black body topped with a barely-formed, mocha head, quickly fizzling to a spotty array of paper-thin islands of cap, expansive, creamy collar, and the occasional strand of short-lived, webby lacing clinging to the walls of the glass.

Aroma expresses dulled notes of brownie batter cut with boggy ethanol as a slight black raspberry accents upfront; dark chocolate, caramel, and touches of pipe tobacco develop sparingly against a core focused intently on rawer bourbon tones and distinctly wet oak barrel; some molasses and burnt brown sugar factor in toward the back end.

Taste bursts intently with waves of silky drinking chocolate, refined and creamy while leveled with a slight nuttiness; molasses progresses as the bourbon character deepens, forming notes of caramel brittle, burnt marshmallow, and brown sugar over the mid-palate as coffee bean meets bittersweet, malty char on the back end; a slightly smoky, ashy char finishes.

Mouthfeel brings put a fluid medium body elevated with a timely, fluffy burst of carbonation rounding into a silky grit over the mid-palate; heavy roast expands on the back end to counterbalance a growing bitterness with ample char, while a slightly sticky character gently coats the palate into an otherwise moderately dry finish.

From initial impressions of muddled heat and subdued malts, a level of forward, confident brilliance is expressed in equal parts sweetness and roast; the final product is an amazing flow of enveloping character, seemingly unending in its influx of intrigue and detail despite any apparent shortcomings.
Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2020 vintage - split with jrc1093 because wowweeweewoah what a champ he is.

Pours a seemingly fluid deep midnight black. A very minimal dark mocha head recedes fast leaving a persistent bubbly collar. The beer clings to glass, draping down and staining it brown. Oil spill.

Nose: Aroma opens very strong and saturated. Notes of bourbon-soaked brown sugar, drippy molasses, burned soft caramel, English toffee, demerera sugar, encapsulated by very heavily charred oak. The roast lends some milk chocolate, cacao nib, and a deep burnish character. Some bramble dark fruit and current highlight brightness, with ethanol fumes are quite apparent, and paired with this densely musty, sopping oak character, detracts from the otherwise rich depth.

Palate: Waves of rich, silken, malt-driven fudgy roast, caramel, toffee, cacao nib, burned brown sugar, and molasses lend an initial sweetness that is rich and decadent, before an almost unrealistic degree of flame-charred, bourbon-soaked oak barrel comes in and cuts it down quickly. Big burly bourbon notes, with toffee, coconut, pipe tobacco, vanilla caviar, and an almost bark-like tannin structure. The barrel and roast overtake the sweetness, and pair together for an exquisitely lengthy finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: Shying away from the thick, vicious, chewy theme, Midnight Still manages to deliver all the fudgy richness from the malt, with the sweetness fading by the finish, and replaced by dense, oily barrel. A nice fluidity allows it to remain drinkable, without ever approaching cloying, surrounded by a soft, fluffy carbonation.

Overall: There's so much going on here that seems so unique to this beer. This is not a replica of another - it is not a waxed Bourbon County. This is a beautifully seamless execution of balance between malt complexity and full-on bourbon barrel assault, with the only real thing dragging it down is the ethanol and musty earthiness in the aroma. This is one for the books.
Feb 05, 2021
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Rated by withoutsorrow from Washington

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2020 Edition. Bourbon Milky Creamy Delicacy.
Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by Hopelessly0 from California

Oct 26, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by Beerbom from California

Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by Stevem68 from Ohio

Sep 08, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jul 27, 2020
Rated: 4.6 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Jul 03, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had this Sep 3, 2016 as part of corpulent's birthday jam. Drank this at that golf course I can't remember the name of up at Lake Tahoe.

Has the requisite 'used motor oil' kind of pour in viscosity and appearance. Aroma went hard on the bourbon and ashtray. Behind that you had some chocolate like fudge notes and an even smaller vanilla quotient.

Once again, bourbon dominates the taste, but it manages to push one of the biggest bourbon portfolio's without being too boozy or by eliminating all other beer aspects. As if KBS was less coffee and chocolate but more bourbon. Drinks smooth while still being able to drop some smoke and ash notes the whole time. Hint of dark fruit creeps in as it warmed up on the back 9.

I don't necessarily think this is better than the all time classics of barrel aging (KBS, Eclipse, BCS, CW), but it can definitely hang with them. Would be interesting to see what the score for this would be if it were a lot easier to acquire, I imagine a little bit less, but not significantly. It is top notch.
Jun 19, 2020
Rated: 4.71 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

May 31, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

Apr 05, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Argento from Rhode Island

Mar 30, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jan 26, 2020
Midnight Still from Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 192 ratings