mcallister (31) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As the style on the bottle would imply; this beer is black. A
tan mocha colored head is full and tight but fades quickly and
leaves little lace.
Spicey lending toward a soapy quality aroma with dark caramel
malts. Not a lot going on aromas wise however it is not bad
smelling. Dark fruit of black currant, burnt blackberry,
roasted plums, and some dark chocolate. Would be higher but
everything is really laid back.
As much as I love the other Midnight Sun beers I’ve tried this
one just doesn’t seem to meet the standards. Now it is good
but I expected more. Roasty bitter dark chocolate flavors with
belgian spice qualities. Again dark fruits of black currant,
black licorice, burnt caramel and some vanilla. Medium
mouthfeel to full. Finish is long. I will have to see how my
next bottle compares. As it warms more flavors come about and
bring things together. Getting very nice.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an almost opaque black with a light brown head. Aroma is malty, raisins, and clove. Flavor is malty sweet with raisins, some clove and a light yeasty finish.
TheBeerGod (5569) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of hopdog! Tall, brown froth resting atop a blackened abyss. Nose is roasty, soft coffee, mild yeast, burnt caramel and dark fruit. Taste is roasted malts, more burnt caramel, coffee notes, soft yeast and dark fruits. Perhaps this could be described as a abbey dubbel mixed with a stout? Body is creamy, smooth, and medium-full to full on the palate. Carbonation is prickly at times. Finishes with more roasted malts, caramel, soft yeast, faint spices, more pronounced dark fruit (mainly raisin), and hop bitterness. Bittersweet throughout the finish.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SamuraiArtist. Yeast, anice, and some malt in the aroma. Black body. Full palate. Malty taste with yeast and coffee. Very lightly sour actually. Interesting for sure. More like a saison as it warms--getting more hints of alcohol, spices and heavier malts. Good stuff.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown. Aroma is strong, strange, and tough to decipher. Rather meaty, with some licorice, prunes and a spice presence. Odd, but balanced. Tastes of chocolate, spiciness (yeast? cloves?), light roast coffee. Finishes like a yeastier, fruitier/spicier robust porter would. Balanced, full, and interesting enough to keep me wondering. When the glass was done, I still didn’t quite know what the hell I just drank. I’d say that’s something worth seeking out.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spices,alcohol and malt make up the aroma.Pours black with a medium tan head.Lots of malt with a hint of some spice and alcohol in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a malty yeast finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a viscous dark mahogany with a frothy dark tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel malt and earthy bready Belgian yeast with a touch of light fruitiness and cherries. Body starts fairly full, dense and dark caramely sweet with good semi-tart balance and a touch of dark raisins. Thick, sweet, and mildly earthy finish has nice authenticity and complexity. A good dark Belgian strong ale.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown body with tiny off-white head. The aroma is banana, spice, toffee and dark fruits. The flavor is candi sugar, plums and coriander. Medium body with soft carbonation and a warm and astringent finish.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a black body with a medium-sized creamy tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, sour, smoke/ashes, raisins, and chocolate. Flavor of black malts, licorice, roastiness, some coffee, and light sourness in the finish.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark with a light head. this is an odd beer. I would liken it to a Belgian porter. It is most certainly good though.