Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured black with a thin copper head. aroma was bourbon, dark roast, coffee, vanilla, and veinous. flavor was bourbon, peat, and alcohol. body was slick with low carbonation.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2010 Updated rating 8/5/8/4/17 = 4.2. 2009 bomber, courtesy dchmela. Man, this fresh version is so much more impressive than the aged 2008 batch I tried (see original rating below). Most of my prior notes still apply, but this new batch seems better focused in nearly every area. The nose is significantly more balanced, with the fresher hops calming the sweetness of the dark, fudgy chocolate, molasses, and maple. Flavors too are better defined and balanced, with the bourbon seeming more velvety, and the vanilla really imparting a smoothness not present in the older batch. The body is thick and viscous, as it should be, finishing just a bit on the sweet side. Damn good stuff. Best consumed fresh.
Original rating 7/5/7/3/16 = 3.8. 2008 bomber, aged over one year. The body is absolutely pitch black and impenetrable by light. A foamy, dark, mocha colored head slowly fades to a thin film, leaving uniform rings of lacing on the glass. Aromas are rich, sweet, and complex, showing a blend of dark chocolate, fudge, dark raisins, figs, and blackened caramel in the malt base. Cake batter and vanilla lend further sweetness, while mild spice (perhaps cinnamon) offers a hint of earthiness. Bourbon is subtle on the nose, and I’d consider the aroma to lack balancing hoppiness. Flavors show more of the same, again complex, yet primarily based in sweet chocolate fudge, burnt sugars, and dark fruits, with a soft, vanilla kissed barrel presence and low to moderate hop bitterness. The sweetness shows on the palate as well, which is thick, sugary, and mouth coating. A positive, however, is that the sweetness has covered up any semblance of alcohol burn. Having sampled a good number of excellent Midnight Sun beers, this one is a bit disappointing in that it’s lack of balance and congruence causes it to fall short of my lofty expectations. Still a fine beer, but they are capable of much better.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle:   Pitch black, moderate to thin brown foamy head, sparce lacing.   Sweet graham cracker roasted malt nose.   Lots of sweet roast graham cracker on the tongue.   Rich and sweet, yet also a bittersweet hoppy chocolate infused malt base. Fairly simple, and certainly not as complex as I would have thought.   This is certainly not worth $13 for a bomber.   Good, but not THAT good.   This is worth half that.   A little miffed.   So far only the Midnight Sun M has been worth its weight on gold.   Good Imperial Stout, just not as special as they make it out to be.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to beerlando for sharing! Rich tobacco and molasses on the nose with bitter chocolate. Pours opaque black with a thin tan head. Rich intense chocolate malts with vanilla and molasses flavors with hints of tobacco, very rich but not as intense as the nose lets on. Excellent beer!
MrBunn (2507) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber with eternal gratitude to scrizzz. Pours a dark brown with a medium head and dark fruit aromas that have a sort of molasses undercurrent. Flavor is a nice enough mix of the above with a little bit of dark chocolate and leather. That said, I wish there were a little more of a malt presence across the palate.
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
huge thanks to thirdeye11 for this bottle. pitch black with an espresso head with a red tint. deep roasted malts, wood, vanilla, chocolate and a whole lot more. extremely smooth palate, great wood, roasted malt flavor, chocolate and vanilla. ridiculous beer right here.
Cavie (3842) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11. Very dark pour. Black color but very little head. Smells of roasted malts and oak flavoring. Taste has woody notes with a slight edge of whisky. Roasted finish.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating 1900. Thanks to UncleJedi for sharing! Thick inky black pour with a frothy beige head and drippy lace. Aroma is dominated by molasses, oak and coffee. Sweet upfront with hints molasses, oak, vanilla and chocolate. Finish is dry with hints of maple syrup and dark fruit
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (thanks to Angeloregon for sharing)... Poured black with a thin -- almost little-to-none -- brown head. Aroma of vanilla and roasted, toasted grains and almost as extreme as a little bit of cheese and greasy meat. Smooth palate, lightly carbonated that hugged my tongue and allowed for easy quaffing. Oaky, vanilla and subtly smoked with that "lavish tobacco" (as described on the bottle) base coming through. Insanely boozy with a sweet chocolate and creme brulee-like finish.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks AgentSteve. Poured thick dark black, dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, alcohol, little black pepper.