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Blue Mountain Long Winters Nap

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The biggest beer we’ve ever brewed at Blue Mountain, coming in at almost 12 percent alcohol by volume. But it’s also one of the lightest-colored brews we’ve ever created! Brewed solely with Pilsner and Vienna malts, and we used the same amount of barley it would take to make 1000 gallons and packed into just 500 gallons worth of the smoothest, fullest-bodied, strongest winter brew you’ve ever had. This lager defies most standard beer categorization (Germans would put it in the Doppelbock category), but we’re calling it a blonde Triplebock. The name says it all... It won’t take many of these and a long winter’s nap will be all you’re capable of doing.

2010 - 12% ABV
2011 - 10.5% ABV
2012 - 10% ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4972) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2015
Clear, crisp copper coloured body with a golden glow and a very rich, four centimetre tall microfoamed tan head with a zillion small bubbles constantly rising from the bottom. Bright aroma of pit fruits, apricots, earth, yeast, curacao, caster sugar, alcohol and a bit of oak - definitely smells more of a belgian ale (and looks, too) than a doppelbock. Full-bodied; Rich, candy sugar flavour with a nice malt note, some apple and pear flavours, a touch of oak and dry flavours and a hint of cognac and whiskey on the finish as well. Aftertaste is rich and subtle at the same time with only a bit of the grain getting through, but tons of sugars, a good amount of fruit and a nice full complement of oak and dry tastes showing at the tail end. Overall, a nice beer with perhaps a mildish flavour, probably due to it being a lager, but a good robust beer with a nice character and a good description from the brewery itself. Not worth searching out for, but if the price is nice, not a bad beer to welcome Spring to. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Mom’s Organic Market in Alexandria (Mount Vernon Avenue), Virginia, a few blocks from home on the other side of the river/run for US$11,29 on 14-March-2015 sampled at home in Washington on 22-April-2015.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (11888) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 25, 2015
Heller spritziger Antrunk mit trockener Herbe. Geringer Hopfen, helles Malz, insgesamt nicht sonderlich intensiv. Herb bleibend, rund, ok. 10/9/11/9//9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (9473) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2015
Klare dunkel goldgelbe Farbe, große weiße Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv getreidig, malzig, gering hopfig, wenig fruchtig. Geschmack kräftig malzig, der Alkohol versteckt sich gut, scharf getreidig, gering hopfig fruchtig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2533) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Hazy orange color, big frothy head on top. Malt, bubblegum nose. Grainy , sweet with a bit grit in the finish . Bubblegum comes also through on taste. A bit soapy in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivo (2618) - GERMANY - DEC 29, 2014
Deep cloudy orange. Bubble gum in nose and taste. Gritty dirty bitter end that leaves a little cardboard flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2486) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Golden pour with huge foamy head. Bread aroma. Sweet malts and grainy finish. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (5369) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Keg @ Blue Mountain. Light Amber with a small head. Honeyed white toast. Apricot jellies. Taste is slightly hot. Booze and bread. Syrupy. Classy euro strong lager manouvres. Full body, soft carb. Actually good for what it is. Grolsch Kanon has nothing on this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
abcfan (802) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Decent. Pours hazy orange/yellow with a creamy white head. Interesting aroma, notes are malt and light fruit. Light booze notes, sticky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
keanex (1596) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle, best by July 2014.
Appearance: Clear golden orange body with sediment in suspension. The head is huge and fine, fading semi-quickly. The head has a light tan hue.
Aroma: Big and malty, biscuits, butter, caramel and playdoh. The aroma is malty with an odd assortment of characteristics.
Taste: A bit too malty, caramel and biscuit are strong with a slight butter presence. Booze is present from start to finish, though mildly, but noticed mostly on the finish. Very malty but not very pleasant. There’s a slight metallic tinge by the finish.
Palate: Full-bodied, light in carbonation.
Overall: I really wanted to like this, but it falls a bit flat. I get that it’s malty but I’m getting some diacetyl and mild tinny flavors that shouldn’t be here. I’d give this a try again next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (4449) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite, 3/24/14

Aroma: The nose is sweet, with caramel malt, dough, spice, and some German yeast
Appearance: Pours a clear orange color with a creamy off-white head and some fairly strong lace
Flavor: Similar flavor component-wise, complex, rich, and sweet, with a light bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-full (leaning full), with a smooth feel, and a soft carbonation
Overall Impression: This is a pretty interesting beer. I think they did a good job with this beer. There’s a lot going on here, but it doesn’t come off as muddled. Good to see a flavorful and interesting lager, we could use more of these in the American craft scene.

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