KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a ruddy, dark brown. Medium sized, light brown head. Aroma of nuts, chocolate, smoked malts. Nice lacing present. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice malt flavor with hints of roasted nuts, spicy rye. Flavor is smoked and spicy. Nice first entry of the Midnight Series. KUTGW.
Beaver (1282) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a creamy reddish tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is rye malts, some candy-like sugars, some chocolate and a touch of fruits.
The flavor is sweet sugary malts, lots of rye, some fruits and some metallic hop/rye notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.
Overall, it’s not very well balanced - lots of sweetness and rye. I remember it being better on draft.
ChainGangGuy (4360) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Terrapin is staying relatively busy these days. Oak-aging just about their entire lineup, there’s always the Side Project series, and now they’ve started up the Midnight Project Series, a collaboration effort with Colorado brewery, Left Hand.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a full, frothy, beige-colored head. Fine layering of lacing on the way down.
Smell: Roasty, nutty, chocolaty nose predominately with large background notes of spiced, bread chock full of grain. Lesser hint of dried fruit.
Taste: Roasty malts with flavors of burnt caramel, baker’s chocolate, roasted nuts, and licorice witness transient hints of malt sweetness before the thriving rye spiciness and resinous hop kick. Slight touch of dried fruits. Bitterness goes round and round with the roasty, increasingly coffee-ish malts and overall ample taste of grainy, fresh-baked bread. Finishes dry with a roasty bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Quite the chewy, velvety body!
Drinkability: I would generally recommend this, sure. I’m typically more of a maltmouth instead of a hophead, but I didn’t find this unacceptably or objectionably bitter as some seem to have. Lookin’ forward to the next Midnight Series release, which seems to be in a year, so please blast me out a polite reminder e-mail sometime beforehand.
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with modest tan head. The aroma is light pulling up notes of roastiness, faint burnt malts, a bit of tobacco and earthiness too. The taste is interesting. It starts both moderately thin yet creamy smooth bringing a quick pulse of sweet malts and brief lactose dryness. Then varied highly roasted malts going right up to burnt malts take over and dominate to the finish with a full rye twang spiciness tagging along. Wow, plenty of rye going on here. YUM.
rajendra82 (949) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This collaboration beer by Terrapin and Left Hand promised to be ’’brew one’’ of the midnight project. I am generally pretty impressed with the individual offerings of both breweries, so a beer where both combined their talents was immediately tempting, when spotted at Bullock’s in Marietta.
The beer poured out dark brown like mahogany, and looked translucent below the extremely stable, two finger thick, creamy head. The smell was milder than I was anticipating, as this smelled like a standard issue brown ale. The toasty, nutty, and caramelized smell was pleasant, but lacked the spiciness of rye that was so proudly a part of this beer’s name. The taste was bready and sweet up front, and astringent and drying in the middle. The finish is where the spicy flavor made the use of Rye apparent. The beer leaned much more on the malts than most other offerings from Terrapin, and was probably a lot closer to the Left Hand Rye Bock in the general approach. Unfortunately, this beer was noticeable thinner than the Rye Bock, and felt a lot less bold overall. That being said, this was a very easy to approach beer, and would probably go well with a lot of red meat dishes.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, dark brown in the glass that has definite ruby tints when held up to light. The head is one-finger tall, tan and recedes very quickly to a ring with little lacing.
The aroma is big on smoked malts and rye. There is a hint of sweetness and a bit of hops but very secondary. Coffee was also floating around as well.
The taste has a sweeter tilt to it with some sweet malts and a little dark fruit in addition to the big rye and smoked malt backbone. The smoke lingers through the finish along with a bit of a hop kick.
The mouthfeel was completely unexpected and super smooth. The carbonation was fairly low but complemented the silky smooth palate. Much, much thicker than I expected.
This was much better than I expected and very drinkable. Highly recommended!
SSSteve (3751) - - OCT 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
viscous pours with a dark brown body under a large orange/brown head. looks like oil coming out of the bottle with very slow moving lace. smells chocolaty but not as potent as the appearance would lead. the thing that really stands out about this is the palate. milky, creamy, thick, viscous. flavors of chocolate, hops(orange), crisp rye pale notes and red apples. hints of almond and vanilla. i can’t remember having a beer this thick and creamy.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of spicy rye, rich chocolate, and light roasted malt. Taste is the same as aroma with a touch of sweet caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness. Very good
Skinnyviking (6936) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Low and quickly disappearing brown heade. Clear dark brown body. Weak and sweet coffee aroma. Flaovr quite hoppy coffee. High carbonation and a long bitter aftertaste.
Ernest (6187) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, toasted nuts/bread, cocoa), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of berries. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. One of the most awkward bottle descriptions I’ve seen in a while, but the beer isn’t so bad. Sure, it’s overly bitter, lacks richness, and it’s a bit too hop accented in the nose for my tastes (was hoping this would be more about the malt), but overall it’s drinkable.