Hollow Bones
Moonraker Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #371
Ranked #3,647
4.48 | pDev: 4.69%
Moonraker Brewing Company
California, United States
Notes: This massive Imperial Stout utilizes a blend of Ethiopia and Honduras coffee beans from our friends at Valiant Coffee Roasters, along with a heavy wallop of maple. Rich flavors and aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, fresh roast, sweet cream, and liquified pancakes.
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle purchased at City Beer Store, San Francisco, CA
Served in a snifter

Oily, viscous, near pitch black appearance. The inky, foreboding looking liquid was topped by a small, saddle brown head that quickly fell to a thin collar. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was amazing. Sweet maple cream notes came through big time. Loads of freshly brewed coffee too. Powdered cocoa was also noticeable. I thought I also picked up a savory, (chili?) pepper-like quality, even though this was not brewed with any. Dark fruit notes notes were also apparent, along with a hint of an oxidative quality. Raisins and plums perhaps. Aged port definitely came to mind.

The flavor was also terrific, albeit not quite as impressive as the nose. Big maple cream notes. Sweet but not excessively so. Espresso appeared next. The beer was anchored by a rich, roasted and caramel malt backbone. Brown sugar came through in the center. More maple cream and espresso on the back end and the finish, along with the slightest hint of lingering roast and bitterness. There was a subtle metallic quality initially, but this disappeared as the beer opened up.

Nice rich, full-bodied mouthfeel. Creamy and fluffy on the palate, like heavy whipping cream. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence that was perfect for the style.

Moonraker’s Hollow Bones was a fantastic pasty stout that showcased both the maple and coffee exceptionally well and also demonstrated a nice balance between the sweetness and the roasty bitterness. I would love to try a barrel-aged version of this someday.

Sep 14, 2019
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augustgarage from California

4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. This batch weighs in at 11% ABV.

Deep seal brown liquid rests beneath an active fallow head that rapidly recedes to a fine collar and vague surface slick; poor retention; faint lacing, dense glue-like legs.

Unctuous, luscious nose with coffee, maple, brown sugar, and coconut/vanilla notes. Smooth malty aroma with low even roast and the slightest hint of booze.

Sweet, cocoa-laden, long, evolving flavor profile. Low esters, mild bitterness (more from roast than hops), and a medium, earthy, slightly fruity (cherry pits, stone fruit) finish. Never quite dries out, although it isn't a dessert beer or a pastry stout. Coffee is at the core, although whatever subtle complexity it yields is overwhelmed by the sweetness and strength of the maple.

Slightly thin, oily, with low carbonation, never acrid with the alcohol well concealed.

An excellent, unique, Imperial breakfast stout - though decidedly an AIS rather than a RIS, and while not cloying, it is definitely on the sweet end to my tastes.

Aug 10, 2019
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Type: 500-ml. bottle
Glass: Pure Project 16-oz. snifter glass
From: Beer Advocate’s DoubleBogey
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received April 4, 2019
Consumed: May 24, 2019
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: No bottled on date

Thanks, Chad!

Got this one from Chad on a recent work trip. Knew going in that a Moonraker beer would be good regardless. Online description had it as, “This massive Imperial Stout utilizes a blend of Ethiopia and Honduras coffee beans from our friends at Valiant Coffee Roasters, along with a heavy wallop of maple. Rich flavors and aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, fresh roast, sweet cream, and liquified pancakes.” Damn that sounded delicious.

Poured an almost pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of dark khaki brown frothy head. Could see a few slow moving bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glass. Outstanding spotty lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled pretty terrific. Got maple syrup, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, buttered pancakes, brown sugar, vanilla, cocoa, sweet cream, espresso, roasty malts and chocolate milk. Had me wanting to try it. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste wasn’t nearly as good. First thing I noticed was how sweet it was. Got maple syrup, toffee, caramel, buttered pancakes, milk chocolate syrup, vanilla, sweet cream, brown sugar, cocoa, espresso, roasty malts and chocolate milk. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky texture. Soft carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75)

Just a tremendous beer. So damn sweet, smooth and solid. (Overall - 4.50)

4.43 | 98 | A

Jul 19, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Opaque and viscous with a small dark tan head. The foam left a sturdy collar around the glass. The aroma not surprisingly featured coffee and maple, and neither one dominated. The first thing I noticed on the taste was the thick feel. Not pastry stout territory, but close. It was a nice backdrop for rich maple, fresh coffee, and dark chocolate flavors. The bitterness was there to balance it out but didn't interfere with the main attractions. A fantastic beer.

Mar 13, 2019
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22Blue from Kansas

4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours black with a nice brown head. Aroma of maple, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is maple, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla. Delicious++

Feb 20, 2019
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark, thick beer with a brown head. The beer smells amazing with rich, roasted malt, sweet maple syrup and coffee. Taste is sweet but not closing with a nice balance of coffee, syrup and chocolate. Great beer.

Jan 20, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep and dark like my baby mama after midnight. I’m feelin’ it like a Joc Pederson walk off. Coffee and chocolate go boom like Thomas the Train at full speed.

Get some!

Dec 23, 2018
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lucius10 from California

4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the 2020 version that has Coffee, Maple, and Pecans added!

Sweet chocolate malty, hazelnut mocha coffee, and hint of maple syrup nose on this one! Ha! Taste follows with some sweet, maple-chocolate upfront and then a slight nutty, roasted coffee swallow. As it warms, the coffee bitterness becomes a bit more pronounced. This has great depth and feel! Really good!

Dec 22, 2018
Hollow Bones from Moonraker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 24 ratings