savnac (2364) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2009 22 oz bottle. Pitch black with a tan head. Massive aroma of coffee, roasted grain, caramel, smoke and alcohol. The flavor is big and sweet with a bitterness that comes from the coffee and roasted grain. Full body with a thick creamy mouth feel and a mild carbonation. As this warmed up the coffee and roasty flavors really came out, the alcohol aroma came out more as well.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colored brew. Espresso, roasted malts, sweetness. Soft, smooth, licorice, caramel. Nice.
Damico (2213) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours unclear dark coffee with a creamy beige head. The aroma brings sweet chocolate coffee and espresso and vanilla, so nice in the nose. The flavor brings chocolate, light bitter malts, and light vanilla on a lighter creamy body, so nice on the palate.
vtafro (2173) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Shared at Ryan & Maxís Tasting @ Paulís. Black pour, had no idea this was a lager, coffee brew isnít overpowering for a 9.7 percent beer.
SDalkoholic (2017) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Olive Tree Market: Poured a jet black liquid that looked similar to actual espresso. Almost no formation of head but did start out with some foam on top. Aroma does have strong evidence of espresso coffee bean and dark chocolate malts. The drink is strong with a taste of medicine that is probably due to the unmasked alcohol content. Flavor is also heavy with dark roast malts that when combined with the espresso seems to be overwhelming. Has a dry finish and a pleasant lingering resin of sweet sugar and dark malt.
Gription79 (2007) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks to Mike. Spicy coffee, chocolate, caramel, milk chocolate in the flavor. Very nice. A well balanced beer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Ira for this bomber, poured into a tulip.
This one comes out of the bottles dark brown but looks pretty close to black in the glass. The head is big and tan, receding fairly quickly and leaving decent lacing.
The aroma is massive with the roasted espresso dominating from start to finish. There are hints of sweet malts in the background, but honestly itís all about the espresso.
The taste dials back the espresso just a bit. Itís still there but there is a lot more sweetness than the aroma would suggest. Plenty of sweet malts forming a backbone with some chocolate sweetness and even a bit of molasses in the finish balancing the espresso bitterness.
The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of things for the style and thick on the palate with soft carbonation just coating the mouth completely.
Honestly, this one really blew me away. Itís certainly the most original and probably the best schwarzbier Iíve had. Just another great beer from Midnight Sun and Iím really excited about the new series.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is loads of roast, coffee and hints of cocoa. This is a really good brew.
blklab2007 (1781) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Alaskaís most wanted series. Pour has a very dark brown color and a thin coating of off white head that fell to a ring on the glass. Aroma has bitter coffee, dark baking chocolate, more malt as it warms, and weaver hits it dead on with the tootsie rolls. Fantastic descriptor! Mouth feel is medium light and the carbonation medium low. Flavor brings in some malt, espresso beans, light bitterness, chocolate, and my new favorite tootsie rolls! Much better as the bottle warmed up.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 22 oz. bottle - thanks frank!! pours dark brown and clear with foamy tan head fading quickly; rich aromas of chocolate, caramel and tons of sweet, milky coffee; drinks with a faint alcohol burn and a mind bending amount of sweet coffee; no abrasiveness or over roast from the coffee in any way, but rather an extreme level of sweetness from the lagering; so much so that it results in an almost bourbony flavor; super dry, rich and malty, yet remains quite thin in overall texture; easily one of the top coffee beers Iíve had; wow, just a killer brew and one of my fav midnight sun offerings to date; so glad to hear that a second batch is being brewed this winter!!!!!!
Update 10/16/09: bomber - batch 1; knowing the new batch is almost ready, I cracked this beast without any reservations; forget exactly when released, but this has at least 8 months on it and 4 months since originally tried; not very much age Iíd admit, but I couldnít wait; dense brown, thin tan head; syrupy chocolate, sweet espresso, dark candy malt, almost banana like notes from the booze; this one really goes beyond coffee; such smooth sweetness; cookies, chocolate, vanilla; flavors have slightly chilled making the booze a little more obvious; texture also slightly thinned out; damn good stuff; batch two is out soon :)