Midnight Still (Coffee & Vanilla)
Holy Mountain Brewing Company

Midnight Still (Coffee & Vanilla)Midnight Still (Coffee & Vanilla)
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
not listed
Score:
97
Avg:
4.57 | pDev: 5.91%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
79
From:
Holy Mountain Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
97
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Midnight Still (Coffee & Vanilla)Midnight Still (Coffee & Vanilla)
Notes: Midnight Still is a coffee/vanilla variant infused with Madagascar vanilla beans and Nine Swans blend coffee from Elm Coffee Roasters in Pioneer Square. (Green Wax)
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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a quarter inch brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, dried plums, bourbon, oak and faint vanilla. Flavor is dark toasted malt, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dates, light dried plum and a little green pepper. Finishes with smooth vanilla, bourbon and dark malt. Nice medium body with moderate creaminess; silky. My bad for leaving this in my cellar. I forgot the green wax version had coffee and should be drunk immediately for good coffee flavors. While I have no doubt coffee would have added complexity and taste to this, it is fine as it is and has mellowed nicely in two years. The flavor is exactly what one hopes for a few years aging; the flavors have integrated and smoothed out beautifully. This deserved a new/aged comparison, but time has passed by that opportunity. Interestingly as I write this review, I'm starting to pick up some light coffee notes in the flavor, which do add to the depth. Big stouts are my favorite style to have brewed with coffee and this has the perfect body for it. Vanilla flavor is clear, but at a nice level that adds to the smooth balance in the finish. This stout deserves it's legendary status. If it is brewed again in the future (and obtainable without standing in line for hours), I'll certainly try it fresh again.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pours pitch black with no head
S: coffee and cream
T: coffee and sweet cream, not a big barrel presence.
F: medium thicknesses and sticky. Smooth with alcohol presence.

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Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, approaching black, with a finger of mocha colored head that leaves a thick crown and solid lacing.

It has a big bourbon aroma ten months after blending. I'm getting cherry, nuts, vanilla and oak. There's some chocolate malt behind. This is delicious smelling.

It's lighter tasting than expected. There's very little heat to it, which surprised me based on the nose. More so, the mouthfeel also seems light bodied for the style, with good carbonation and some definite creaminess.

Again, there's a vanilla bourbon taste up front, with chocolate malts and light coffee notes behind, with the bourbon sweetness competing with the mild coffee and hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Tastes damn good, too.

The vanilla here was very artfully done -- not heavy handed at all. The coffee was on the light side at this late stage, but still added to the taste overall. This one's a definite winner.

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Photo of clay23
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark with a brown foam head, vanilla and bourbon on the nose, tastes are of marshmallow and dark fruits with bourbon, nice fudge and thick feel, overall this is a great beer and one worth seeking out!

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Photo of gibgink
4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared at Pulling Nails b4 release. Had alongside Ground State, and this beer was the winner. Pours black, with really good bourbon notes on the nose. There is a coffee presence, but it doesn't overpower the subtle vanilla and barrel notes. Finish lingers on the palate. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolute showstopper. Fairly standard roasty and bourbon nose. The flavor is marshmallows roasted and mixed with dark chocolate. Huge vanilla. Body is well balanced and the bourbon enhances rather than being in the forefront.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. Black body with a small khaki head. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. Nice. Heavy oak. Tastes of heavy oak up front too. Sweet. Coffee cuts the sugars, but it's still pretty sweet. Oaky finish. Heavy. Much better than the Cherry Rye variant.

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Photo of Morey
4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown in color, almost black. Head is khaki colored, and quickly settles to a thin lace. Aroma features coffee and bourbon, with some faint smokiness, and a bit of vanilla sweetness. The taste follows suit with more bourbon, some dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Mouthfeel was a touch thin, but it had a certain creaminess to it. Overall, it's a good beer, but definitely falls short of the hype for me. It's not as good as the Black Magick that I gave up to get it.

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Photo of rudzud
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin one finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin blanket. Legs could be better.

S - Aromas of nice fudgy chocolate, chocolate biscotti, good bourbon juice, lovely barrel notes. The vanilla notes are more barrel than vanilla bean. Pleasant. The coffee is super faint, more roast malts.

T - Taste really pops. Great raw vanilla beans. Like a vanilla milkshake or lightly melted vanilla ice cream. Wonderful chocolate notes, excellent bourbon juice and barrels. The coffee lends a more mocha flavour thanks to the chocolate. Very powerful, balanced flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is silky smooth, creamy, lightly carbonated. Body is a bit thin, wish it was more chewy.

O - Overall this was a very nice stout. The vanilla and coffee really popped in the taste. Wish this was a more chewy beer, that would make the mouth, appearance, and subsequently overall pop.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing

Nice fluffy dark thick 1/2 finger head fades at a needmed pace decent lacing, pitch black thick beer, decent but not alter thick legs.

Nose big thick fudgey cocoa dark choc, caramel biscotti, little fluffy nougat, some vanilla, a little sweet caramel and coffee, not sure if coffee from fresh coffee or roasted malts, no over roast, faint biscuity cookie, sweet candy fudge, vanilla barrel and faint whisky little toasted oak.

Taste brings tons of thick lush dark chocolate and fudge, bitter bakers choc, rich hot cocoa, into nice earthy vanilla, raw vanilla, mild vanilla barrel and a little toasted oak, touch of sweet bourbon, some mild biscuity cookie dough and sweet biscotti, little coffee with mild roast, no acrid or char, decent bitterness. Finish tons of lush fudgey chocolate, touch of bitter roast, more toasted vanilla oak barrel, a little whisky, bitter hop, cocoa, some vanilla.

Mouth is fuller bod, lush creamy but not really chewy and thick, decent but not great carb, very little booze.

Overall very nice, a few minor things could make this stellar.

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Photo of NJBrews609
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the bottle, received via trade.

A - Pours a deep brown, nearly black but not quite, looks and sounds thick as it pours. Thin layer of tannish brown head.
S - WOW! Rich coffee is the main attraction here with notes of vanilla adeptly playing co-star. Hints of chocolate and just a touch of bourbon round it out.
T - Rich coffee with moderate roast. Incredibly smooth. Again the vanilla plays a perfect complementary role. Chocolate comes in the form of milk chocolate, smooth and creamy. Just enough bourbon to know that it's there without being overwhelming or obvious. The flavors all come together in a perfect symphony.
M - Rich, smooth, creamy, full bodied, and moderately carbed. This has flawless feel.
O - If I could bottle my dream stout, this would be it. This beer is perfect from appearance, to aroma, taste, and feel. Wish I had more!

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 bottle, green wax...
clugs and chugs when poured, a sure sign of nice thickness...
smell is immediately pleasing, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla on the backend...
taste is fabulous, the right amount of smooth coffee (not bitter to me), milk chocolate--really reminds me of a Hershey's bar--and light vanilla and bourbon, all melding together seamlessly with lively carbonation...
along with the flavors, the best part of this stout is it isn't too sweet!... has the perfect balance of some sweetness, light bitterness, and a dry finish.....Excellent and crushable!

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Photo of kemoarps
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours velvety not-quite-black... more of a dark molasses brown with about half a finger of brown wet head that settles in to its ceremonial film in short time. Mesmerizing points of carbonation work their way lazily to the top.

Nose is a beautiful concoction of rich dark chocolates and black coffee. Faint creamy vanilla treats at the edges of perception, but the coffee is really the star of this first movement. As it sits and warms, the oak and the vanilla become more pronounced.

Flavour is bitter coffee and chocolate again; silky fudge and rich dark roast. Holy (Mountainous) hell...
This time the chocolate is really the frontrunner, while the coffee is more the 1A or even 2. Vanilla is much more subtle, as is the wood, and the bourbon is nothing but a compliment flown on a breezy day.

So smoothe. Carbonation is definitely present, though not overwhelming, but the body between the bubbles is smoothe silky sticky chocolate.

This is, simply put, fantastic. I didn't want to buy into or feed the hype. Contrarian/understater (admittedly in an overly verbose manner) and all that. But, uh, this is incredible. Would love to have been able to try the cherry edition, but alas it was not to be. Once again pretty grateful for the multitude of fabuluos beer being brewed in this beautiful city.

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Photo of Srqb
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Out of the bottle day after the release.

Just like the original, the best mouth feel on any stout I've ever had. Lots of coffee, but really high quality flavors. Subtle vanilla that comes out as it warms.

Overall a superb stout that can be described as velvety and amazing.

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Photo of Kellee
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour at the release.

A - Opaque black. Small layer of tan head.
S - bold notes of coffee and vanilla. No hint of bourbon. Incredibly inviting.
T - follows the nose. Lots of coffee and vanilla here. Bourbon barrel and slight warming finish.
M - rich and full.
O - this is exceptional. My ideal stout. The coffee and vanilla are perfectly integrated and there's just the right amount of bourbon in the finish. Otherworldly.

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Photo of jtirpak22
4.99/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6oz pour at the release.

A - dark brown bordering on black. Thin layer of off white head.
S - big but not huge coffee and vanilla
T - taste follows nose. Not as much coffee and vanilla as expected from the aroma but wonderfully balanced with the barrel.
M - big, creamy, full, and smooth.
O - this is absolutely phenomenal. Not the huge adjunct bomb that's been the rage these days (not my style) but an ideally crafted BA stout. Doesn't get much better than this.

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Midnight Still (Coffee & Vanilla) from Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 79 ratings