Midnight Still
Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #78
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
98
Ranked #296
Avg:
4.53 | pDev: 5.52%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
166
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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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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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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, 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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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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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
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Jan 22, 2020
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Herbertly from Washington

4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Sep 27, 2019
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asaxon08 from Washington

5/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Jul 14, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

May 23, 2019
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Apr 15, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Jan 03, 2019
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mintzmeet from Washington

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Oct 07, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Mar 02, 2018
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.44/5  rDev -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.

Nov 05, 2017
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Jun 10, 2017
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poisoneddwarf from Idaho

4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Jun 05, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Jul 04, 2016
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Kellee from Washington

4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Jun 05, 2016
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dddddddd from Washington

4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Mar 14, 2016
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Srqb from Washington

4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Mar 01, 2016
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jtirpak22 from Washington

4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Feb 29, 2016
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B4CCHU5 from Washington

4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Feb 24, 2016
Midnight Still from Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 166 ratings