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Midnight Sun 2008 Planet Beers: Venus



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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 429   ABV: 14.3%
P2 = 2nd planet from The (Midnight) Sun
Venus—goddess of love and beauty—exudes grace and voluptuousness. Indulgent with lush dark malts and sensuous star anise, VENUS is decadent and divine in body and spirit. Leisure lounging in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon wine casks results in a lovely liquid feast of fabulously luxurious flavors.

designed to out shine the others. brewed with lush dark malts. cameo appearance by rising star anise. fermented using bodacious Belgian yeast. very brief aging in stainless tank followed by a long leisure lounge in French oak Cabernet Savignon barrels.

AK - draft and 22-oz bottles (limited release begins 11/14/2008)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2015
HMOG 2015. Fun try given the age of the bottle. Some licorice, back strap molasses crept in and made this a tad harsh and overly sweet. Some vinous/dark fruits with lots of maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3334) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Sample at HMOG. Lots of soy sauce and dark fruits. Flavor is intense sweet, gritty texture. Molasses and nuttiness in the flavor. Intense all around with super sweet and concentrated flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (4741) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Pours opaque brown with a creamy light tan head. Malty aroma has brown sugar overtone. Flavor has malty, molasses and sweet caramel notes. Maybe a bit too sweet for its own good - part but this is Venus, goddess of love! Firm, smooth texture has OK fizz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7504) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2014
2008 bomber. Poured a lovely shade of deep brown with a fairly short-lived toasted beige head. The aroma picked up a healthy dose of decadent maltage (biscuity notes, chocolate, and licorice joined by a host of lesser players) topped by warm vinous notes, a kiss of berries, honeysuckle, and peppery alcohol.. no doubt that this was large and in charge, but it somehow held its balance too! The flavor opened with tart vinous notes and oak plus spicy boozage.. licorice led across the middle, joined by rich biscuits and a little cocoa.. oak rounded out the belly-warming finish nicely.. a little oxidation showed up, but it left more of a dignified presence than anything. Heavy-bodied with filling carbonation on the palate.. creamy and almost buttery across the middle.. really great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 5, 2014
2014 year of the whale tasting #1. Hazy dark brown color with lasting tan head. Big sherry, port wine aromas with toffee, spicy yeast, wet wood. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Earthy sweet toasted caramel, dark fruits, dark bread flavors with sweet spicy anise, port wine, nutty flavors___holding up pretty well actually

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (12418) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
22 oz. bottle, sent from BrewtopiaofPJ (thanks a lot, Mark), pours a deep dark mahogany / dark brown with a fairly large foamy beige head. Aroma of red wine barrels, alcohol and dark fruits - very boozy, vinous and complex. Flavour brings out loads of raisins, red wine, caramel and booze. Very raisin-y, with quite a bit of sweet caramel and moderate red wine notes. The near-15% is incredibly well-concealed. It is a big cloyingly sweet, but very well-rounded nevertheless. Drinkable in small doses. Good stuff, but highly overrated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
19th November 2011
Opaque black beer with a big pale tan head. he head imparts an amazingly vibrant treacle toffee! Palate is smooth and semi dry. Dark toffee malt cream with lovely red wine on top, it’s mellow and fruity. Semi dry finish. Delightful! Different and full of flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2012
I had this soon after it came out and then got treated to a bottle at the home of "AKfaust" when I was up in ANC for the 2012 GABBF. Colour... dark golden amber with no head. Nose... hints of the cabernet come through as well as the oak and aromas reminiscent of Oloroso sherry. Palate... it’s lost some of its CO2 and there a smidgen of oxidation but this one still sings with caramel, toffee, dried ’cots, dates and marzipan all leading to a resoundingly sweet and slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Pours amber in color with a big off-white head. There’s a little bit of wine and booze on the aroma. A really nice dak fruit and sweet caramel malt aroma. Might even be some chocolate. The flavor is quite nice. Lots of chocolate and dark fruit notes. A really nice Cabernet flavor. Solid stuff. Medium and medium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (6053) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2011
This poured a lighter to medium murky brown colorw ith a small beige head. Aroma was lots of dark fruits, plums, red grapes, some toffee and light cardboard form oxidation. Flavor was very smooth for the strength of this bad boy, nice spicey yeast notes, many dark fruits, tannins, and some sherry too. Pretty decent.

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