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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
On this 10-year mark, Midnight Sun Brewing Company proudly releases its 1000th batch of beer - a larger-than-life Belgian-style Barley Wine (if such a style exists) simply called M - in commemoration of the enduring spirit that founded and sustains this little brewery in the extreme Northwest. Making M required a massive grain bill - seven seductive malts - boosted by strength-inducing Belgian candi sugar. Once original gravity hit 37 Plato, a frenzied fermentation ensued: four completely fabulous yeast strains, two of Belgian origin, transformed this sweet concoction into all that is beer. But not just any beer. A beer of madcap magnitude - 11.6% ABV. Character and complexity increased exponentialy while M meddled and mellowed for several months in all-American bourbon oak barrels. Blending the aged beer before bottling ascertained smoothness. M is mesmerizing, pouring dark and silky. Caramel and spice waft up from the glass; bourbon, molasses, leather and vanilla follow. The first taste proffers tobacco, burnt sugar and raisin with a sublime port-like finish, but bourbon - smooth, sensuous, brooding bourdon - is ever-present. The finish, a bit edgy like an American take on barley wine, provides the necessary leap toward overall balance. M is a precious gift to ourselves as well as you, seekers of beer-that-is-beyond-beer adventures... We are but mere mortals in the presence of M.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - SEP 21, 2016
650 ml bottle shared at the original Chez Moeder Lambicís cellar. Hazy copper brown color with beige brown head. Malty aroma, caramel, chocolate, nutty, hazelnuts, vanilla, dark dried fruits, raisins, wood, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full oily silky body with soft carbonation. Great!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8205) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2016
Extreme & manifold thanks to kermis!!! 650 ml. bottle sampled. 2005 Vintage presumably. Nose carries clear oxidation over a sweet base of caramel syrup, toffee, thick malts & sugar. While unfavorable oxidation, thinned by age is clear in the nose, I found none in the taste which is extremely sublime. Taste is insane richness, thick toffee malts, sweet vanilla, almond, sweet walnut syrup, warming perfect sugar syrup, warming, soft carbonation, faint fruits leading into an almost chocolate-like finish. Really builds supreme complexity. I expected it to be past its point & just hype but this turned out to be amazingly supreme. Too bad that they donít know how to remake it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kraddel (6361) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
@ A day to sink all seasheppards. Thnx for sharing, everyone !! Pours unclear, dark brown. No real head. Smell is intense, sweet, caramelized malts. taste is intense, dark malts, sweet, some vanilla, some bourbon, some oak. Very silky MF. Dark fruits, full-on intensity ! sticky aftertaste. Low ( perfect) carbo. The beers keeps evolving during drinking, and Always make you crave for more. insane how good this has held up. The best one of the mega-tasting, so it seems !!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kermis (11211) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle shared at A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. Fairly clear dark reddish brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of big caramel, toffee, floral notes coming out, rich malt, fruity notes developing, butterscotch, vinous notes and raisins. Flavour is heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Beautiful stuff, so complex building and developing with each sip. Superb and lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet dark fruit, spice, chocolate, candy and caramel aromas. Tootsie roll perhaps, chocolate, roasted, candy, caramel, vanilla and a bunch of sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2015 Bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose and taste of bourbon, molasses, caramel, oak, tobacco and port - medium body. Smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2014
Thanks to Hallinghansen for the bottle. Much, much appreciated. Dark brown color, light tan head that falls away quickly to a thin layer. Thick ABV legs on the sides of the glass. Nose starts off oxidized but falls off to prunes, cherries, figs, brown sugar, red grape and Belgian chocolate. After the oxidation this nose is top notch. No hints of bourbon or oak though. Taste is very complex. Belgian chocolate, red grape, red cherries, figs, plumbs, brown sugar, and red wine. Very vinous. At the end it did get bourbon, coconut and vanilla. Long lasting in the palate. Sweet and sticky. Big mouth on this. The long lasting feel is what set this apart from anything else I have had. Has it dropped off?? Probably but still world class in a massive way. Few fresh ones can come close to this. Worth what gave up to get this. Only a couple of none BA versions come close to this beer. Must have been a beast a few years ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (6377) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2014
4200th rating! Thanks to cheapbeerbuzz for trading this one I feel that drinking this on the same night as completing the top 50. This marks an end to a very long fun journey to seek the best and drink the best. I will still continue to tick, but try to focus my efforts more towards local quality and sharing with friends, rather than saving and trading for the next best thing. Anyways, on to the rating. Poured an intimidating very dark brown to black with a miniscule beige head. Aroma was Bourbon soaked dark fruits, digs, prunes, caramel, toffee and light oxidation Flavor was incredibly balanced, figs, berries light roast, vbourbon, toasted caramel, light vanilla, and only mild booze. Incredible how this has held up after 9 years. I really wish I could have tried this new. Glad to have shared this with Artmcd8, Lithy, Charule, and hornydevil, and hope to share many more in the future. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Art (3150) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle split with beerman6686 in a trade. Thanks for setting this trade up, Dan. Glad I could have my close beer friends in attendance to share this beer. I feel like there should be a cool story associated with searching for this beer but there isnít. It sorta just fell in my lap and I couldnít pass up the opportunity. The beer is 9 years old at this point but the bottle looked brand new. It pours a thick dark brown, nearly black without a head. Some bubbles rise to the surface. The aroma is of oxidation, must, caramel, butterscotch, dust, slight chocolate, dark fruits like candied raisins. The taste is sweet, tastes like liquid caramel and raisins. It is almost like a lighter JW Leeís. The beer was definitely built to last for awhile. The mouthfeel is medium thick even with the lack of much carbonation. It was a wonderful way to kick off a great night of drinking with friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (2178) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle super thanks to Beerman. Poured blackish with no head. No carb med bod. Aroma of alcohol soaked raisins. Prune booze taste with some barrel. Excellent

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