thedm (5423) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, 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 (4060) - 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 (3589) - Cincinnati, 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.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of my buddy from AK Chaz! Holy!!! Nose is Booze, Rich malt sweetness, liquorice, belgian spicy yeast, ripe dark fruits and wood. Flavor is an intense medley of bread, liquorice, sweet roasted malt, chocolate, slight tart fruit, vanilla, wood and figs. Body is chewy. Damn fine beer.
BeerandBlues2 (11711) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 8, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a large, creamy, off-white head, mostly lasting with excellent, thick lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), light hop (grass), average yeast (earth, broth) with notes of figs, dates, apples, oak, wine, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a sweet, slightly dry finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness and acidity, light bitterness.
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Medium body and full carbonation. Sweet aroma and taste of chocolate, cookie dough, nuts and brown sugar.
beernbourbon (1488) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2009 Big thanks to savnac for this one. Pour is beautiful deep brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is very rich; full of brown sugar, vanilla, notes of wood, and dried fruits. Flavor is luscious and full. Roasted malt, vanilla and light sweetness to start. Then the barrel comes through; wood, fruits, and the Cab comes through way at the end. It lingers. It’s earthy with plums, dates, and a hint of sweetness. Alcohol is no where to be found. Wow, wonderful stuff.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Opened up this bad boy to celebrate National Homebrew Day. The aroma is dominated by the Cabernet Sauvignon barrels (wine, fruit, oak, alcohol). Deep brown with a huge bubbly head that leaves an even bigger lace. The taste is mostly sweet, there are toasted malt, wine, and alcohol flavors. The mouth feel is incredible very silky smooth with a mild carbonation and a slightly dry finish. An incredible beer, I can’t believe this is over 14% abv, the flavors are perfectly balanced.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours dark brown/black with a very thick tan head. Aroma was pretty intense. Very much a dark roast malt, some caramel, and some dark fruit. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavor was butterscotch, caramel, malt, vanilla, and finished with a slightly malty sweet twang from the booze. But not over the top. Was done very nicely. Thanks Mike for sharing this one.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
JW77--thanks a ton, Jonathon. 22oz bomber--very excited to try this. Clear deep reddish brown with w big three finger beige head, great retention. Red wine and oak is unmistakable in the aroma (though it is by no means dominant). There is also plenty of caramel, light strawberries, sweet cream and vanilla, raisins and candi sugar, and some faint Belgian yeast. The flavor adds a fair amount of peppery alcohol, as well as a little tinge of roast. Dry finish with bitterness @ a 3-4.Overcarbonated with a full thick body. Good.