adnielsen (9814) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Steve’s house, courtesy of arminjewell. Thanks! Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a thin brown head. Anise, herbal, somewhat bitter, dark chocolate, fig, dark fruity aroma. A bit goopy, dark chocolate, light caramel, licorice, slightly sweet, a touch boozy, fig flavor. Carbonation is a bit low. Pretty tasty but not my favorite.
Westmeister (1981) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Haven’t had too many Midnight Sun brews, so I was super excited about this one. It was good, but just didn’t live up to my hopes and dreams. Aroma of dark bitter chocolate, tobacco, thick molasses. The viscosity was just a tad under my desired level. The taste was milk cocoa, dark roasted malts, some dashes of rye spice that perhaps leads to an unsettling finish. Not bad, just off a bit. Perhaps the rye is not my friend.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle from SHIG (quite a while ago). Aroma is chocolate, soy, rye, black cherry, and burnt sugar. Flavor is much of the same with the soy, rye and burnt sugar taking center stage, but this is a very complex beast. Palate loses points for the moderate carbonation, but has a nice, thick mouthfeel that is rather oily. Excellent beer, pleasantly surprised.
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Beerman6686 (5054) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was rye, roast, dark chocolate. Flavor was bitter, lightly Smokey, and dark chocolate. OK impy but was hoping for a bit more from midnightsun.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. Pours pitch black. Tastes of chocolate and maybe a little bit of expresso. The carbonation level seemed a little low. A little more carbonation puts it up with the elite beers.
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danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from B&V. The appearance is a deep thick black hue with a big frothy brown head. The nose is full of roasted rye and some cigar smoke tones. The flavors follow with huge roasted malts, ton of rye, a real flake characteristic to it. Nice peppery coffee tone at times too with a bit if smoke. Mouth is full and drying with a slight alcohol finish. Delicious!.
umich03jm (2477) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from trade with michaelinwa. 2013 release. Pours very thick, pitch black in color with almost no head but leaves a nice ring around the glass. Great aroma of rich sweet chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, red wine, vanilla, light roasted coffee, light smoke, and rye. Taste is moderately sweet up front with chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and vanilla. Finishes with mildly bitter coffee, dark fruit, rye, and light smoke. Very thick body, velvety smooth mouthfeel. Finish is a bit dry though. Overall, a very nice dense and complex imperial stout. Thanks Mike!
BVery (7442) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tap at City Beer. Super thick dense dark black pour with a monster deep brown head. Gorgeous beer! Rich cocoa, molasses, and burnt espresso. Monster of a beer.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black and thick as hell with a foamy, but thin, espresso colored head. Wafts of dark chocolate, smoky coffee, cherries, and cocoa powder. Intense flavor. Red wine tannins, soy, semi-sweet chocolate, dark berries, smoke, and dry cocoa and some peppery bite from the Rye but not much. Very thick and flavorful but soft and smooth at the same time. Finishes semi-sweet, bitter and dry.
esquetee (7) - Bend, USA - AUG 12, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 edition in bottle; wonderful chocolatey-coffee aroma; midnight black color with a burnt / rusty dark foam - always a promising sign; roasted espresso, almost bitter cocoa flavor and a finishing taste of wine tannins; some sort of interesting flavor blend of toffee, vanilla, almond and hazelnut all equally subtle so difficult to pull apart; smooth and chewy mouthfeel. A delicious, strong beer that begs to be shared and hoarded at the same time.