BrianDorry55 (356) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sample. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is burnt coffee, dark fruits, and licorice. Flavor is strong of java, chocolate, dark fruits, and burnt wood. Full body with amazing warmth. Overall...this is great. MS continues to impress.
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4oz sample. Pours a jet black with a medium brown head. Aroma is java coffee. Roasted malts. Nuts and raisins. Taste is coffee, roasted malts. Raisins and chocolate. Palate is pretty good. Heavy mouthfeel. With a bit of stickyness. Overall this is an excellent brew
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A big thick mollassy roasted imperial stout. Is it a beer? Is it a meal? It is great
How: Bottle 22oz. This bottle was vintage 2008. Consumed when about 1.5 year of age. Sent to me by ygtbsm94 and brewolf. Thanks a lot Brad and Michael
The look: Black body topped by a tan head of foam
In long: The beer smells “big”. Aroma of some kind of molasses cake. Taste is medium roasted, big cushiony cake like maltiness, dominant flavor of molasses cookies, moderate barrel presence with only a little bourbon, warming alcohol sensation, a tiny little bit vinous. Body could not be any more full. There was some alcohol presence but nowhere near the actual almost 13%. And that’s not because I had a tiny sample at the end of tasting session. This was the second beer of the day after a 5% jolly pumpkin, shared with two people, and the alcohol and size of the beer wasn’t aggressive at all. I could drink pints of this monster beer. Another excellent beer from Midnight sun. I wonder if Sarah Palin can see the Kremlin from the brewery.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Murky, tarry opaque black body, medium creamy brown head. Thick, smoky nose, with tarry burnt sugars, molasses, maple, coffee, and musty oak. Inky, salty body, thick and viscous but pleasantly carbonated, with molasses, roasted malts, coffee, and maple, leathery, tannic, and rich. Best enjoyed as a few-ounce sample, the overwhelming flavor profile becomes cloying after a few draws. Still, this is quite good.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black pour with minimal, fading beige head. aroma of huge licorice, tobacco, molasses, cocoa, maple and vanilla. flavor is a huge sugar mess, ala bells 9000 or avery impys..big fig and raisin. huge tobacco finish with just a touch of anise. oak is everywhere without being overbearing
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, courtesy someone at a tasting. Pours black as night, lots of thick veiny lacing and a creamy dark head. Nose is big on the dark chocolate, caramel, rich booze, molasses, vanilla and a big dose of espresso in there as well. Flavor is big with dark sticky fruits, molasses, coconut, and a lovely harmony or chocolate and coffee. A pretty unique flavor, as Midnight Sun is apt to do. Thick, rich, oily body, drinks like a seltzer though. Real nice.
markwise (4867) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with inflatablechair. Thanks, Sam! Pours dark brown/ black with dark brown head. Thick and viscous, the way I like it! Nose is dark malt, chocolate, molasses, espresso, booze, slight smoke, maple, and a TON of yellow lace. Flavor is equally deep and complex with some slight hop character emerging and a bit more noticeable smoke behind this mountain of complexity they call an ale. Excellent beer. I wish I had one to lay down for a few years.
Grovlam (4167) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10 Blind tasting at Papsoe 27-03-2010:
Bottle. Small brown light creamy head that mostly lasted. Fair display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma of dried fruit, molasses, hint of mild roasted malt. Over the palate came strong notes of roasted feel and dry grainy feel as well. Hint of vanilla and light hoppy notes and a hit of smoke. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and light alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet and light bitter flavor. Lingering thick light roasted and molasses sweet finish.
8 / 3 / 8 / 4 / 17 = 4.0
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by durhambeer. Thanks Bob! My first MS brew! Appearance was an oily black with a thick dark brown head. Beautiful. Aroma was a sweet roasty malt. Sweeter than anything that dark ive smelled before. Taste is anise, black licorice, and roasted malt. Dry mouthfeel. Definitely a beer to split with a few people. Don’t think I would have enjoyed a full pour of it. Almost too sweet but still good
joeneugs (4305) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like used motor oil. Extremely thick with a deep dark brown disappearing head. The aroma is molasses, maple syrup, black licorice, and heavy roast. Some fruitiness comes out as it opens up with fig, dates, and raisins. The flavor is powerfully alcoholic and prickly on the tongue. It’s not as sweet as expected. There’s some vinous dark fruity notes with hints of molasses, syrup, vanilla, caramel, and oak. This is really evil stuff.