SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at hellbilly’s hellraiser 3 gathering. Bottle courtesy of Sparky27. Deep black pour with a small creamy brown head. Big bourbon aroma, along with chocolate and molasses. Flavor is dominated by bourbon and wood, with some vanilla and caramel coming through. Very good stuff. Thanks Eric!
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle courtesy of Sparky27 @ Hellbilly’s Hellraiser 3.0 Tasting...THANKS ERIC!!! Deep rich mahogany pour just shy of ebony with spotty lacing and a small latte colored head. The strong whisky aroma that rose from the body of the brew crossed my eyes at first...and then more subtle caramel, chocolate and brown sugar were evident. Molasses, Jack Daniel’s, and significant woodiness dominate the flavor. Robust. A little thin in the mouthfeel. Still a good beer, for sure.
neepsntatties (1164) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 bottle courtesy of, "AKfaust". Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah, hallelujah, halle-lu-u-u-jah!!! Is this fantastic stuff or what?! Colour... infinitely black with a corpulent tan head. Nose... exuding anise, dark roasted coffee, DARK chocolate, molasses and dried, dark fruits. Palate.... chewy, thick, unctuous, viscous, Pedro Ximenez Solera ’27 and Christmas pudding, from the dark side. Finish... loooooooooong and resonant. All hail the Midnight Sun crew!
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle shared with the AZ Crew at hellbilly’s hellraiser 3.0 tasting. Pours black with maroon hues and a small tan head. The nose is oaky bourbon, molasses and roasty malts. The taste is vanilla, wood, brown sugar and bourbon with a light bitter coffee finish. Medium bodies. Good stuff.
jkwalking05 (3619) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color with a small tan head. Aromas are of molasses, coffee, and chocolate. Coffee flavor is prevalent with some cocoa. A smooth, thick body.
lakersfan16 (53) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle.
Pours extremely dense and viscous, with a dark brown head. The taste is extremely complex, very chewy, malty, and syrupy.
Midnight sun usually produces great imperial stouts, and this one is one of the best.
after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Holy crap, what a score you hauled in! Jet black with a burnt tan head. Tons of plum, prune, and dark pitted tree fruit on the nose, along with plenty of coffee and then a blast of creosotey, almost sweet smoke. Creamy medium body. Coffee, roast, fruit, and some light nutty bitterness on the mid-palate. Words absolutely fail to capture the pleasures offered by drinking this beer.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2006 Vintage thanks Brian for the share. Pours an oily black body with a 2 finger tan head. Sweet malty caramel and molasses up front. Chocolate with vanilla accents, a light woodiness with a moderate alcohol warming. Awesome, i love midnight sun these guys just always get it right.
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
courtesy of our jolly gillard.
Pours deep black, with brownish/tan head.
Aroma of wood, roastiness and chocolate.
Taste is just out of this world. Maybe why Alaska is so out there in the north.
Lots of roastiness and malts mixed with nice coffee, molasses. The oaky mouthfeel remains light but adds a load of goodness to the beer.
Leaves a light bitetr chocolate finish, with caramel and sweetness almost vanilla.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle courtesy of alaskajoe and NoonanDBarbarian poured into a snifter.
Pours about as beautiful as I’ve seen in a stout, with a pitch black body and big two-finger mocha head that hangs around as cap for ages and leaves great lacing. Gorgeous.
The aroma is a mixture of sweetness and dark roasted malts. The sweetness takes the form of chocolate, licorice, dark fruits and hints of vanilla. There is a bit of roasted coffee in the nose as well, but the sweetness is dominant.
The big dark roasted malts really come to play in the taste and underpin everything else. There is the sweetness of the dark fruits with vanilla, caramel and lots of chocolate. The finish has the roasted coffee bitterness with a very, very slight woody character.
The mouthfeel is decadent - thick and creamy like a rich chocolate dessert. Sticks all over the palate.
This is one fantastic stout and one of the best beers I’ve had in quite a while. For such a massive beer, it’s very drinkable and the ABV was hardly noticeable. Highly recommended!