flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2014 Poured from a bomber (2014 vintage) with a muddled mahogany and a quickly dissipating head. Smells like oaky vanilla, biting spice, caramel, bourbon, earthy roots. Low carbonation with a nice slightly syrupy almost wort like body. Tastes like licking an oak tree oozing vanilla syrup and booze and bitter hops. Also smoked meat and spiced beef jerky. I feel like Midnight Sun’s beers have a distinct earthiness and vegetable root and mushroom quality that I just love and this beer is no different. This devil has been digging underground. I think this this beer is so unique and delicious and super underrated. I’d pick it of Firestone’s Sucaba. It is that good. The only reason I don’t rate it higher, is because I’ve had it aged and it gets so much better.
Minderbinder (1946) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 22oz. [2011 Vintage]
Pours dark burgundy with low beige head. Aroma is of caramel, alcohol, vegetal stuff, resin, malt. Taste is of caramel, sugar, roasted malt, booze, butterscotch. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Malty, sweet. Good.
BMMillsy (1468) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a great trade. Thanks. This goes down as rating #1,001 after my #1,000 disappointment. No bottle date to speak of but pretty sure it is a 2013 bottle. Pours dark brown nearly black with a small khaki colored head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, nuts, rich chocolate. Flavor is big rich sweet chocolate caramel up front, then fades on to a medley of dark fruits, and finally bursts into a big vanilla oakiness that just longer on the palate for a long while. Lots going on here with many layers. Big thick rich mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to ensure it is not syrupy. Not too sweet with the oak showing through very strong to balance. Mmmmmm.
deyholla (6807) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Shane! Pours a near clear deep amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a great combination of caramel, sweet light fruits, sweet grains and vanilla backed by a bit of booze. Flavor starts with grains and bread that grow in sweetness and finishes with caramel and sweet bourbon.
nimbleprop (5076) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz 2013 bottle that I had been saving for the right night. Pours a very dark brown with one thin ring of off white head. Nose is thick with caramel and brandy, woody, vanilla bean, malt, cookie dough, heavy butterscotch, red grape. Flavor is very solid, bitter, resinous, some fortified wine, butterscotch, lots of dried raisin, malt, a little maple, a touch salty. Thick, syrupy finish. 22oz is a lot for one man, but I did it and I’m not ashamed.
Ataraxia (383) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky opaque reddish brown, thin beige head. Very sweet aroma of crystallized brown sugar, sticky caramel, ripened fig, dates, raisin, and apple. Fairly balanced bittersweet flavors, medium-bodied at first and ending on a lighter note. Smooth and rich, but not overly heavy. Moderate alcohol presence in the finish
mathieuc (1442) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Tommy, 2011 vintage. Thanks a lot! Pour is brown with a thin head that leaves OK lacing. Aroma is of alcohol, candies and bourbon. Taste is sweet and syrupy with some light bourbon flavors. I believe I could pour that on some ice cream or crepes and it would be really decadent. Mouthfeel is sticky, finish is sweet. Alcohol is so well hidden it is really hard to believe it is in there. Really well made, quite happy to have been able to sample this one!
czar (4602) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro! pours clear light ruby with a small off-white head, little retention. woody oak-forward, bourbon vanilla, fruity malts - berries, some cherries, hint of acidity, very spicy, aged malts feeling - garbage-like, grass, pepper. moderate to low carbonation, medium body - oily, a bit sticky, although never cloying or boozy, warming fruity-spicy-grassy finish. nice but heavy on wood.
tom10101 (3003) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (22 oz). 2011 vintage. Thanks to heyta for this one! Slightly hazy dark copper with a small/medium beige head and little lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, caramel, fruits, wood, vanilla, sweetness. Surprisingly, it’s not overly boozy despite the high abv. Taste is moderately sweet with bourbon, caramel, fruits, vanilla, tobacco and wood. Warming alcohol. Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Good Barley Wine. Quite complex. Not overly boozy. Excellent sipper!
beechner224 (708) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma is vanilla, oak, bourbon. Taste us the same. Smooth. Alcohol warming. Finish is nice.