BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a inky black hued body with a large and retentive brown head that leaves great lace. Aromas are strong with tobacco, earthy, spicy and bitter chocolate. Freshly baked bread, moderate esters. Flavors are astringent and ashy, tobacco, bitter chocolate. Well hidden alcohol. Not sweet despite the massive body. Viscous and creamy mouthfeel.
wheresyourball (517) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber into a tulip. Pours black with medium brown head. Nose is tobacco, roast, rye. Flavor is rich with bread, ash, roast - not all that sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an imperial stout. Overall average.
brenn79 (1545) - Idaho, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, Alaska’s Most Wanted- Pours inky black with a forced very small dark tan head that reduces to a collar. Aroma is the typical dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, maybe rye. The taste is chocolate milk, creamy as hell, roasted malts, milk duds. Body is very thick, it feels like ink in my mouth, carbonation is low. Overall this is smooth, very drinkable, no harshness at all, very good.
michaelinwa (597) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Always like to try stuff from this fearless brewer. This was a bomber of the 2013 release. Pours black and thick, with a brown head that has fades quickly. Aroma is really nice dark chocolate, malt, vanilla dried fruit and alcohol. Flavor does not live up to the intensity of the aroma, however. It is mainly relatively subdued roasted malt, hints of dark chocolate, and maybe I get some rye; not really so sure about that. Very balanced. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and velvety, I like it. Carbonation is low. Finish is moderately sweet with all the flavors holding up for a while. Overall this is good, but I guess I was expecting to be more impressed, especially for the price.
wchesser (1197) - 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 (6697) - 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 (2618) - 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 (11085) - 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 (2282) - 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.