neepsntatties (1206) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this on tap at Humpyís just before the 2012 GABBF (what an amazing "breakfast" beer!). Colour... as black as the singularity of a black hole, with a thick, dark tan head. Nose... lightly smoky and brimming with dark chocolate, booze, wet earth and charred bacon. Palate... chewy, coating, dry, oaky and ashen with loads of bittersweet chocolate, a heaping helping of booze and a deep, dark broodingly tannic feel with anise and black strap molasses at the back of the palate. This is one of MSBCís finest pieces of zymurgistic art!
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.
maxwelldeux (3551) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Iíve poured motor oil thinner than this beer. Pours a very thick and creamy near black color with a moderate brown head on it. Nose is roasty with some chocolate to it and just a hint of some spicy grains. Taste is thick and roasty, with some subtle chocolate and just a hint of smoke. Feels slightly bubbly, which makes it interesting. Hides the 11% well, I think.
Mrnoluv (154) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is up there with Speedway! Coffee, dark fruit, chocolate, coco, rye bready smell, incredible thick motor oil appearance and look head highlights are coco brown and the taste is a milky chocolate/coffee, with that rye/bitter coffee taste that lingers after the swallow. Great kick to it with 11% ABV! This stout is fantastic!
hockeybeerguy (1962) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance that poured like jet fuel - pure black and slow like motor oil (couldíve sworn I heard the "glug, glug, glug" of the beer pouring out); small super tan/slightly brown colored slim looking head, light speckled all over the place lacing.
The smell had a roasted cocoa with a spectacular dose of coffee aromas coming through, I believe Iím also getting some anise - ?? maybe.
The taste had a roasty sweet and ever so slightly bitter cocoa/coffee flavoring with the anise just a tad stronger than before. There is some alcohol in the taste, but I realize Iím having a 11% beer from the growler 3 days after it was put into the growler; super sweet sticky aftertaste (holy coating of my lips, donít think Iíve ever had any beer so sticky). It had somewhat of a dry sweet cocoa finish.
On the palate, it sat about a medium to heavy, yup this beast is a sipper (donít try to dominate this beer, youíre stupid if you attempt) in other words thereís no such word as sessionable for this beer. Carbonation is fairly smooth for an RIS - good for the style and for me.
Overall, big wow from me, though I didnít get the "rye" thatís described, I really like this beer; next time I have this Iím really hopiní to have it next to Old Rasputin just to see which one I actually like better.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 release. Poured into a snifter at room temp. Thick, black pour, with a thin, dark brown head that lasts through out the time in the glass. Deep, complex layers of perfectly roasted grain, dark dried fruit, roasted nuts, almond husk, dark chocolate, soy, and bitter coffee. 11% alcohol is well concealed by the intense flavors. A hint of sweetness, though overall, its definitely on the drier side. Low carbonation, with a viscous med-plus body. Long, mildly bitter finish echoing the above mentioned flavors. Awesome stuff.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
Travlr (11145) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Totally black, massive thick brown head with phenomenal retention, solid lacing. Aroma of intense dark cocoa powder and over-roasted coffee beans. Taste is rich dark chocolate, moderate spice, pepper, burnt espresso. Bitter finish. Delicious.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle with huge thanks to deftim13. thanks so much, tim! pours a rich, silky, jet black capped by a menacingly dark, thick, chestnut brown head that leaves intense sheets of oily lace on the glass. aroma is absolutely amazing, truly unique, with heavy roasted malts, espresso, and bakerís chocolate complimented marvelously by spicy, toasted rye, smoked meats, and black licorice with subtle notes of graham cracker, molasses, and blueberries as it warms. flavor is wonderful as well with more imposing smoke notes layered atop bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee beans, peppercorns, and sweet caramel with pumpernickel toast, raisins, port wine, and dry, bitter earth notes holding up the back end. palate is full, rich, and imposing yet not as decadent as Bar Fly or Berserker with smooth carbonation and a dry, spicy, smokey, bittersweet finish. overall, another world class imperial stout from Midnight Sun.
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 itís dark? Light wouldnít 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 wasnít so rare! Chalk up another winner to MS.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-16-2012
wchesser (1151) - 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.