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Midnight Sun 2010 Pop Ten: Hot Mess

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 398   ABV: 13.25%
Belgian Quadrupel - with ancho, chipotle, citrus, ginger, cinnamon, coriander and cumin. September 2010.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (9563) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Bottle from MaltOMeal. Pours a dark brown with a small frothy light tan head. The aroma is a strong pepper and caramel. Chipotle flavor with pepper and lingering spicy finish. A good quad from Midnight Sun.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle from MaltOMeal. Thanks!
Pours a north-Alaska-at-noon-on-December-20 black with a nose of cayenne pepper, black pepper, worsteschire sauce, and light smoked pepper. Flavor is a rush of smoked chipotle with a backbone of black pepper and cayenne. Average mouthfeel. Awesome beer; would be a great marinade for a fine steak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1654) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Hand bottle thanks to maltomeal at the May 2011 Houston RB tasting. Dark brown but clear. Nose is super spicy with coriander and the kitchen cabinet included. Taste is the same with a lot of cayenne pepper and smokiness really spicing this beer up. Sweet, chewy and sticky. Excellent in small doses. I like this one a lot and not anywhere near a traditional quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2011
hand-bottle thanks to brewboone. Pours a dark brown with a ruby tint. It had a thin, tan head which dissipated quickly. Nose is of chili peppers, cinnamon and ginger. Great aroma. Taste is of chili peppers, dark fruit and some smoke. Mouthfeel is medium with a chili bite which left a burning aftertaste. Wow, this one was different in a good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Thanks to MaltOMeal for this beer. Pours a dark brown pour with little brown head. Awesome nose of pepper spices and cinnamon and sweetness as well. Flavor is almost Rauch like, chipotle, with a great kick of spicy peppers. Sweet, peppery and well balanced. This is a very interesting, and well made beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Pours dark mahogany with a thick creamy head that clings to the sides of the glass and just slides down the sides after each swirl. The aroma is sweet with some noticeable spiciness. Namely cinnamon and coriander, but mostly cinnamon. There is lots of sweet candi sugar and dark fruits with the peppers taking on a very smoky character. It doesn’t seem all that peppery in the nose. The taste is initially the same sweetness of the nose with candied fruits, molasses and cinnamon (though less prominent than in the nose). But the kicker in the taste is the massive burn that doesn’t kick in until a few seconds after the first sip. Then it just builds up throughout the glass until it leaves your lips burning at the end. The mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated and the palate is pretty smoked after a few sips with the peppers leaving their mark. This is a creative take on a quad with a whole bunch of stuff thrown in. I like what the peppers bring to the table but the taste might be a little too jumbled to call a great quad. If this thing had some time to mellow it could be outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (6659) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Dark brown color with tan head. Rootbeer spice, spearmint, earthy molasses, anise aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Sweet dark toffee, rich raison, molasses, anise, spearmint spicy herbal flavors. A big chili pepper burn starts mid sip and lingers long into the finish--excellent sweet hot Quad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 21, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 On tap @ MSBC. Pours a hazy brown with virtually no head. Aroma of raisins, cinnamon, smoky chilies, burnt sugar, earthy Belgian yeast and wood. The flavor is sweet dark fruit with lots of various spices and smoke, the chilies hit the back of the throat with mild heat. There is also a light alcohol burn. Medium to full body with hardly any carbonation and a thick, oily mouth feel. Lives up to the name, the numerous flavors kind of clash, especially the spices. The chili are my favorite part, they impart a nice smoky flavor.

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