wchesser (1166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, oily, opaque pour. Enjoyed 3/23/13. Dark coffee crema fading head and no lacing. Molasses, coffee, caramel, and a touch of vanilla on the nose. Chewy palate, complex taste following nose with definite umami qualities. Rye not particulary noticeable. Very good with both chiles enogados and salted chocolate. Great RIS....glad I have another in the cellar...plenty of life left in this one.
mcberko (6453) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, pours jet black with a small ring of brown head. Aroma of deep roasted malt, soy sauce, cocoa nibs and subtle rye. Flavour is incredibly dense, full of deeply roasted malts, pungent rye and some burnt espresso notes. There are some caramel and soy sauce notes in there as well. Super dense and an all out assault on the palate. Awesome stuff.
Huhzubendah (2525) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer is black with a thin beige collar. The aroma is roasty, ashy, smoky, with a bit of charred malt. The rye character is lost, for the most part. The flavor is bold and aggressive. Full bodied with some alcoholic heat in the finish. Heavy roast and char flavors. A touch of chocolate. Overall, this was a robust stout that was dominated by char and roast, and while these flavors are enjoyable, they overrun the rye component and other more subtle attributes of the beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-03-2012
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color with a tan head. Roasted malt and licorice dominate the nose. Subtle rye spiciness, dark fruit, burnt sugar, coffee, and cocoa powder aromas are also present. Tastes mostly of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. Somewhat bitter, a little bit of rye, some burnt sugar, licorice, and cocoa powder.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Tnudish for this rare Midnight Sun tick. 22 oz. bottle served in a Portsmouth tulip.
A: Pours a dark dark black. Did I mention it’s dark? Light wouldn’t even go through a thimble of this stuff. A very deep brown head forms on the pour and it recedes to a thick dark ring that leaves sheets of lace on the glass.
S: Light rye spice up front with toasted malts, raisins and figs and deep dark chocolate.
T: Nice rye and wheaty spice up front with heavily roasted malts, some anise, and heavy dark fruit with raisins and fig in the mid palate. As it warms more of the dark chocolate comes out with just the slightest bit of char as well.
M: Heavy and chewy with an oily and viscous mouthfeel. The carbonation is medium to low, but it has enough to keep you the beer interesting on the palate.
O: This beer was delicious. Heavy and viscous just like an IRS should be with a incredibly complex flavor profile. I really enjoyed this beer and would drink it regularly if it wasn’t so rare! Chalk up another winner to MS.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-16-2012
Gription79 (2263) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A 22 ounce bomber shared by Mike. Notes of chocolate, raisin, prune, oily, leather, coffee nibs. A big delicious beer. Thanks Mike.
MikeJslc (755) - USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/black, very dark brown head. Complex but slightly restrained nose of pumpernickel bread, earthy rye, toffee, licorice and a little tobacco. Similar flavor with some bakery's chocolate, some dark roasty almost tar-like notes, a pretty firm bitterness, and a big rye note. Very big body, pours thick and oily.
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douglas88 (6021) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 22 ounce bottle thanks to Mike. Pours an amazing black color with medium brown reddish head. A light rye and smoke nose. A sweet cocoa, rye, roast, bitter, dark chocolate, metallic. The big rye is dominant.
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bomber thanks to AmericanBrew at RBWG) thick like oil in the glass, dark brown with tan dark wispy head. Nose of rye, lightly spicy, pumpernickel bread, weeds. Taste is ashy, dark chocolate, and a bit burnt for me.
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A-- Poured black. Ink black, motor oil black, whatever, it was black as heck. Under a half inch of dark chocolate head. Great retention for what was there as a layer of film stuck around through drinking. Lots of lacing and a thick oily substance left through drinking. Great looking and evil looking at the same time.
S-- A bit nondescript at first. Soft roast, burnt tires, dry chcolate and molasses. Once it warmed up a lot got some spiciness from the rye. Very dry nose.
T-- Lots of roast, chocolate, molasses, big dark fruits, burnt tires, char and ash. Just not as oppressive as European RIS can be. Far more restrained in that aspect.
M-- Thick, rich, and dry. Quite dry. Just enough carbonation to carry this and do it well. Full on body but just enough touches of sweetness to make this work. Like a big, massive wine in a lot of ways. Alcohol is well hidden and I guess the best comparison is some of the DeMolen stouts out there.
O-- Dry as heck RIS. If you like sweet RIS then do not try to get this. Full on and big but it works as the dryness really helps this. More like a European RIS but not the massive char and ash that Mikkeller or DeMolen have. Big sipper and excellent beer. Very different US style stout