Midnight Still (Coffee & Vanilla)
Holy Mountain Brewing Company

Midnight Still (Coffee & Vanilla)Midnight Still (Coffee & Vanilla)
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
not listed
Score:
98
Avg:
4.57 | pDev: 5.91%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
79
From:
Holy Mountain Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
98
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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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Reviews by kemoarps:
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kemoarps from Washington

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.

Jun 12, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

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.

Aug 11, 2016
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Srqb from Washington

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.

Jun 06, 2016
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Kellee from Washington

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.

Jun 05, 2016
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rab53 from Washington

4.66/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 29, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 07, 2016
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Morey from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 09, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

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.

Jul 19, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

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.

Feb 22, 2018
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.53/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 12, 2017
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buyyourfreedom from New Mexico

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jun 22, 2016
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jun 13, 2016
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mdaschaf from Indiana

4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 14, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

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

Jul 07, 2016
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 29, 2018
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ford0626 from Washington

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

Jun 07, 2016
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 14, 2016
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BMart from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 30, 2016
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crowellbw from Washington

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

Jun 05, 2016
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 20, 2017
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 24, 2016
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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Feb 04, 2018
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bmf5581 from North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 01, 2016
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SadMachine from New Jersey

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

Sep 05, 2016
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dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 29, 2016
Midnight Still (Coffee & Vanilla) from Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 79 ratings