Midnight Still
Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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From:
Holy Mountain Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #53
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
99
Ranked #191
Avg:
4.53 | pDev: 5.74%
Ratings:
180
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 05, 2022
Added:
Feb 23, 2016
Wants:
  108
Gots:
  27
SCORE
99
World-Class
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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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4.79 by not2quick from Missouri on May 05, 2022
 
4.5 by Lucoli from New York on Apr 30, 2022
 
4.43 by beerbones from Washington on Apr 07, 2022
 
4.66 by Fireman_RK from North Carolina on Mar 31, 2022
 
4.5 by blackcloud from Alaska on Mar 03, 2022
 
4.77 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jan 26, 2022
 
4.44 by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts on Jan 15, 2022
 
4.5 by OleDixie from Pennsylvania on Jan 10, 2022
 
3.36 by Bugsmcl from Ohio on Jan 06, 2022
 
4.58 by chippo33 from Vermont on Jan 04, 2022
 
4.5 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Jan 03, 2022
 
4 by bret27 from California on Jan 03, 2022
 
4.43 by rbrefbeerman from California on Jul 04, 2021
 
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 20, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by StoutSnob40 from California

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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4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

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, as well.

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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4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

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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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by withoutsorrow from Washington

2020 Edition. Bourbon Milky Creamy Delicacy.

Feb 02, 2021
 
4.27 by Hopelessly0 from California on Oct 26, 2020
 
4.28 by Beerbom from California on Oct 24, 2020
 
4.35 by Stevem68 from Ohio on Sep 08, 2020
 
4.5 by BEER88 from Washington on Jul 27, 2020
 
4.6 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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
 
4.71 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on May 31, 2020
 
4.75 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin on Apr 05, 2020
 
4.5 by Argento from Rhode Island on Mar 30, 2020
 
4.24 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jan 26, 2020
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4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by cbutova from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 22, 2020
 
4.6 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Nov 17, 2019
 
4.5 by trygelski1 from Pennsylvania on Nov 08, 2019
 
4.5 by Virby44 from Wisconsin on Oct 29, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Herbertly from Washington

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.

Sep 27, 2019
 
4.28 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Sep 02, 2019
 
4.47 by KT123 from Pennsylvania on Aug 23, 2019
 
4.47 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Aug 12, 2019
 
4 by GRG1313 from California on Jul 30, 2019
 
4.44 by eire from Alaska on Jul 22, 2019
 
5 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jul 18, 2019
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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by asaxon08 from Washington

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.

Jul 14, 2019
Midnight Still from Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 180 ratings