MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2011 Bottle thanks to Brewboone. I shared this at a private BA tasting. I had seen this aging in barrels last summer when I visited the Midnight Sun brewery and was very much wanting to try this. Pours black with a light-brown head. Nose is of smoky bacon and maple. Taste is chocolate, smoky malt and hot peppery spices. Mouthfeel is medium with some bitterness. Very different and impressive.
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to hophead84. Pours with a black body with a medium sized, lasting tan head. Aroma is very strong, rich, vinous, smoke, dark fruits, chocolate and a hint of windex or some sort of chemical in the finish. Taste is big, very vinous, rich, dark fruits, and milk chocolate. Tons of raisins, dates and light smoke. Big bodied, creamy, heavy and intense. Interesting.
brokensail (10735) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The beer pours a nearly impenetrable black color with a finger of tan head.
S: There definitely is some smoke to the nose, but it’s not overpowering. Lots of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee as you would expect. The lightest hints of oak in the background and vanilla and molasses give a touch more sweetness.
T: I liked the nose, but the flavor is simply better. Sweeter than anticipated with vanilla, chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel, and molasses all playing a role. The roast qualities are there and there’s a bit of coffee with just a hint of smoke.
M: Medium to full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.
O: After a lot of let downs from Midnight Sun, it was nice to have a really solid beer from them.
Sean9689 (272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
MI Mega Tasting III. 22oz bomber, poured into RBSG 2010 snifter.
A - Pours black as night with nothing else much going on. Just black stout in my glass and that’s about it. There’s a yellow hue left after swirling the glass around a bit...motor oil-esk.
S - Bitter dark chocolate, slight smoke, roast, nice oak character. A little bit of this and that, blended together, equals awesomeness.
T - Not quite as much dark chocolate on the palate as the nose, but it’s still there. The slight sweetness comes out from the cabernet barrel. Smooth booze, slight roast, very complex. 12.6% alcohol, you say? No way...barley noticeable/very impressive.
M - Full body, smooth, rich, with light carbonation.
O - Hard to find any flaws at all with this one. The alcohol is seriously well-hidden, which impresses me most of all. The chocolate and oak are not overdone and contribute instead of mask mistakes, which I find with other stouts. Another excellent brew from MS...recommend!
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 12many.
I was not expecting this beer to be this damn good. It’s certainly one of the most flavorful I’ve ever had. I won’t even attempt to name all of the flavors that you could possibly pull out of this beer. I’ll just say that it was a masterpiece combination of smoke and oak added to an already intense base stout. And the alcohol burn lasts several minutes after the last sip. My favorite Midnight Sun beer to date.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at the RBWG-this is there things got pretty crazy at the tasting-pours pitch black with no head. big woody/campfire nose, burnt tannens. dark fruit, char ,roast, surup. boozy dark malt flavors with alot of burnt notes and that alcohol there the whole time. ugh this is a huge beer-good but not my thing anymore. huge palate-lush and oily left a huge film on my glass that took like 3 rinses to get out! big licorice on the finish. alot of the smoke has seemed to fade on this beer but its a H"UGE beer!!!!
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle courtesy of savnac. thanks, ira! pours a gorgeous, oil-slick, viscous black with a rich, creamy, dark beige head leaving great legs and soft rings of lace. aroma is absolutely wonderful with rich, heavy, charred malts, bitter dark chocolate, and toffee with elegant notes of savory bbq, wood smoke, and molasses backed by subtle notes of oak, bourbon, and dark fruits as it warms. flavor is about as good as it gets folks with a beautifully complex balance of dark, roasted malts, rich baker’s chocolate brownies, and molasses up front backed by smoked cedar, ligh ash, espresso, and licorice with subtle notes of oaked vanilla, toasted coconut, and prunes on the back end. palate is silky smooth, rich, and perfectly carbonated with a long, smokey, bitter chocolate finish. overall, another world class imperial stout from midnight sun.
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to savnac, thanks again Ira for another fantastic MS beer!. Pour is an intense, viscous black with a thick dark brown head. Aroma is loaded with roasted malt, huge chocolate milk, light brown sugar, and a faint smokiness. The smoke is very much in the background. Flavor is intense yet smooth with notes of rich dark chocolate, rich roasted malt, and very faint sweet smoke. Maybe the best palate of any beer i have tasted. So rich and so smooth. Not overly in your face but so smooth and drinkable. Alcohol nowhere to be found. Just a great beer, thanks again Ira.
Cavie (3783) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy Americanbrew. Pours a very dark and thick black. Lovely legs on the glass. Aroma is sweet chocolate, light smoke with maple syrup and dark roasted notes. Huge tingle on the tongue. Roasted flavor with a gentle bit of ash. Nicely done.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Alex for opening this bottle at DLD 2011. Served in a snifter.
Pour yields a near-black brew with a good mocha-ish-colored head and a nice cap as it falls down. The nose is really quite nice with an underlying smokey character throughout. On top of that comes some light chocolate as well as a dusting of coffee and some roasted malt. Everything is layered with the smoke quite well. Very nice touch. The flavor is really nice, hiding the alcohol quite well. Impressively well, in fact. Smoke mingles with chocolate, roast, and espresso. What’s not to love? Good full body and appropriate carbonation. Very nice. Thanks again, Alex.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-11-2011