writerljberg (487) - Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. 2011 vintage.
A: Red raspberry with brown hints. Very thin lacing. Grips the glass.
N: Tons of caramel and oak. Lots of toffee. Smoothly sweet like caramel being layered in a commercial. Smells like a fresh coffee cake with specks of brown sugar.
T: Very well blended. Has a distinct oakiness that lends peppercorn and vanilla. Caramel and toffee flavors are subtle. Raisins and licorice bitterness. There’s a pronounced hop presence/some pineapple. Could use a little more sweetness, IMO, but I can’t really knock the execution, either.
M: thinner than I might like, but it keeps the beer from being a choking hazard. Alcohol is really well hidden.
O: One of the best barleywines out there. Strong execution all around, and highly recommended. So smooth and complex.
furthur (93) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark amber, no head. Aroma raisin, molasses. Flavor strong raisin, dried plum, caramel, vanilla. Body rich, sweet, subdued carbonation. Finish sweet, body rich, carbo subdued.
fitwitchik (173) - USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 bomber poured into a snifter @ 50 degrees a almost black with a thin head that disappeared quickly.
Aroma is rich. Licorice, coffee, dark fruit some booze.
Flavor is a syrup thick with malts. Picking up some chocolate here & plenty of cherry prune with some bourbon. Noticed the lack of "in your face" booziness. A brewer that makes a high ABV without immediate slap it in your face has my respect.
On the palate is pretty much perfect for an English style. Sweet, subtle & so good.
Definitely in my top 5 of barleywine which include Sucaba & Abacabus.
cernjoh (39) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma of bourbon vanilla. Appearance is clear dark reddish brown almost black letting almost no light pass through it. Rich in flavor, vanilla, bourbon, liquorice, prune, and cherry with a slight hoppy bitter finish. This is a fantastic Barleywine in my top 5. Palate is slightly viscous going down very smooth. A sipper for sure as the 13.4% abv makes itself know as you drink this. This is dfinitely a bottle worth sharing. Added note ... try this with peanut butter or peanuts.
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
With several years of experience now behind me I now have the palate to appreciate this huge BW from Midnight Sun. Pours a cloudy copper from the 22 oz bomber, An aroma of licorice and an unknown essence. Slides smoothly across the palate and spreads a warmth that is very pleasant. This is a special experience to be savored and remembered. Way to go Midnight Sun.
hockeybeerguy (893) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My go to barleywine - gee I wonder why, oh yeah, its where I live.
The appearance had a fairly dark brown body with a half finger white foamy head that quickly dies to a film coating the top of the body. Lacing is there but a bit messy and all over the place.
The smell has a huge sweet aroma of roasted malt intricately combined within a molasses, vanilla, coffee-ish complexity, light caramel and a subdued alcohol note take a secondary place.
The taste is sweet through previously mentioned flavors, but yet balances through some bitter coffee notes. Light black licorice seems to come through in the flavoring, black licorice aftertaste but done nicely and not overbearing, dry finish.
The palate was a medium to heavy, more of a sipper than drinkability. Carbonation seems to be done very well for an English Barleywine and is pretty good to me.
Overall, what a nice English Barleywine that I would have again every winter.
stoutnick (377) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Barcade, Brooklyn. Murky brown like brown sugar syrup. Aroma is of a sweet dessert. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, dates, but never cloying or overly sticky. Bourbon is in the mix but not the whole of the story; booze. Overall, nice Barleywine - very caramelly.
ineedbeer (543) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 Vintage bottle.
Aroma has a moderate caramel and toffee with a faint roast character and moderate burnt toast. Moderate fruitiness with dark plum, fig and prune along with moderate raisin. Some alcohol spice. Medium light bourbon charger and light oak.
Pours a dark, burnt amber with some brown hues with a small, somewhat thin tan head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers a bit. Light lacing and fairly long legs.
Flavor has a fairly strong malt character and light sweetness. Lots of dark toast, caramel, toffee along with some biscuit and cracker. Medium fruit notes of plum, fig, prune and raisin; surprisingly fruity for a barleywine. Moderately strong bourbon character with some light oak. Moderate bitterness and medium light oxidation. Moderate alcohol spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Medium astringency and medium alcohol warmth.
Overall an alright beer but it hasn’t aged gracefully. Lots of dark fruit, astringency and faint soy sauce that seems to have been accentuated by oxidation. Lots of whiskey notes as well. The malt notes are a little odd.
mattkorsgaard (10) - Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn good barleywine. Pours medium brown. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. Barrel prominant but doesn’t dominate. Good balance. Very smooth, hides alcohol well. One of my new faves.
JasonNYC (19) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sometimes bourbon-barrel aging is over-the-top, meaning you wonder if the brewer would rather be making bourbon. Not so here. The bourbon is well suited to the barley wine style and at the right level to not overtake the awesome malt notes. Look forward to trying much more from Midnight Sun.
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mikedR (923) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid. Syrupy sweet. Heavy on the malts. Big flavor, with a good infusion from the barreling. No booziness, which is amazing.