3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
trappist glass. dense dark brown body with a rich, creamy and fine-bubbled dark tan head, lasting retention, beautiful swirling pattern. nose nails the dried apricots i’m sitting here eating... rich caramel and sticky toffee is infused with a red wine/sherry note (mild) with light barrel tannins. rich, tangy and full, frothy on the back, lightly peppery up front. body is exceptionally dense but well-suited for the texture and level of sweetness. light pepper/nutmeg/allspice notes here and there, huge chewy munich/caramel/light roast malt flavor. the base beer speaks more than the barrel, as it should be. dried apricots, dried prunes, dried dates, that thick and chewy character of the dried fruit is perfectly mimicked by the chewy malt body. sweetness is substantial but not overdone, with dark candy sugar and caramelized prune juice coming to mind. resinous damp wood notes in the finish with a light wine/red grape/dried peach touch of sweet. awesome beer throughout.
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber thanks to brewboone. Pours black with a tan head. Nice lacing. Nose is of oak, vanilla and roast malt. Seems similar to other Midnight Sun brews. Taste is of oak, vanilla and malt. Mouthfeel is sweet. Very nice.
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of MaltOMeal. Dark brownish red color. The Aggie fans here are pissed to hell. Not good for the team. Smells of a nice coffee bready porter. Tastes of heavy malts with rich ABV flavor.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. big thanks to kan for sharing. this baby poured dark ruby-brown with a foamy beige head. the nose of brown sugar, cocoa nibs, belgian yeast, raisins, vanilla, and oak. the flavors are raisins, toffee, alc, yeasty, mild oak and vanilla. not much barrel but this is really good and is very much in line with the trappist abt/guads, and is probably in the back end of my top 5 abt/quads.
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, chocolate), with notes of Bit O Honey, peanut butter candy, date, overripe banana, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Too sweet to drink very much of it, but it’s quite luxurious and elegant. Would have loved to tried it much younger, but I’m surprised how it’s holding up.
pantanap (3356) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Todd. Thx again my friend... Pours a dark raisin plum brown with a thick, fluffy light tan head... Rich dark fruit and toffee malts. Not too much barrel influence in the aroma from what I can tell but still very nice for an abt.... Flavors are robust and assertive with focus on booze soaked raisins and plums. Semi-dry finish. Such a nice creamy texture and feel to this beer. Barely detectable abv that slowly creeps up on you. Quite solid I must admit even with little
wine barrel aspects.
daknole (9055) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by JW77. Reddish pour. Tan head. Sweet and malty aroma with molasses, yeast, honey, and some black twizzlers. Flavor has some of the licorice, yeast, fruit, molasses and some light tartness. Good damn beer!
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a opaque dark brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was dark malt and dirty sock. The semi-thick mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. Thestrong ale flavor contained notes of dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
jsquire (3437) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep mahogany amber color with a sticky beige head. Captivating nose of anise, molassess and hairspray. Big, alcoholic, spicy beer with tons of licorice, chocolate, fruit cake (with lots of rum in it) and a gentle alcohol burn. There are lots of complex, subtle flavors hidden in this big beer. Very nice beer.
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6/16/2009: Midnight Sun VENUS has an aroma that brings to mind root beer and anise. It tastes like a black licorice stick with because lots of star anise flavor comes through at first. This beer is chewy nd mild with so much character and depth. In the middle I detect flavors and depth similar to port with a tanin-like creaminess. It seems to sweeten when it gets warmer and more of the caramelized malt and candi sugar flavors become apparant. It also softens a bit in the finish with some addition earthy and herbal notes comine through the dark chocolate. This beer has a tin and frothy tan-colored head and is opaque with a dark, dar amber-brown color. It also has a medium-full body and has a very smooth and creamy texture. Wow, this is quite a bee that hides a ton of alcohol inside a massive amount of wonderful flavor!
Draught (6 fl. oz. sample; 14.3% Alcohol by Volume - 30 IBU) at the Midnight Sun Brewing Company Loft in Anchorage, Alaska. Rating #47 for this beer.