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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2006
thanks to silphium for sharing this gem...black appearance with no head...quite possibly the darkest pour i have ever seen...aroma is huge in roasted malts and molasses...flavor is huge in sugary malts, molasses, candied sugars, mocha, and has some sort of a milk stout backbone....perfect creamy palate....an interesting barley wine that seems more like a milk stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Many thanks to DarkElf for this bottle. Deep brown body with red highlights, medium ochre head. Aroma of prune, caramel, and toast, with chocolate and a heavy dose of toffee. Sweet toffee and breads dominate the flavor in addition to caramel and red grape. Tannic. A touch of bitterness around the edges. Good complexity, but a little sweet, reminding me a bit of Pannepot. Medium-full bodied, heavy. Long, sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2011 Dark dark brown color with swirls of cream laced across the top of the beer. Aroma is beautifully rich and malty, chocolate and fruit, candy and alcohol. The body is spectacular, smooth, sticky and coating. This is just an exciting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottle provided via trade from Walt (THANKS!) and served in my Duval snifter: Pours a deep chocolate brown with a fading tan head but outstanding oily legs. The aroma of marzipan, old rye bread, brown sugar, molasses, fig, vanilla bean, walnut, port-like vinous esters, non-aromatic English pipe tobacco and one big musty cellar.

The taste is pure dark sugar at first with a heavy handed over ripened fruit complement. Some undertones of white pepper, clove, star anise, bourbon, vanilla, and french oak awakens the palate. A very rich layer of caramel and rye constantly cover the tongue. The finish is a liquorice and anise smack down with a little help of vinous luxurious snap. The mouth feel is oily and heavy through out but there is enough warmth and spice bite to keep it from becoming overblown and cloy.

Unique for sure, a hybrid of Belguim Strong and Stout mixed with a barley wine base. YUMMY!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Dark brown with a reddish glow and a creamy, off-white head. Sweetish aroma with lots of dried fruits. Very full-bodied, lots of roasted malt, lots of dried fruit and some vinous, port-like accents. Extremely - almost cloyingly - sweet, making this hard to drink. Tasted at the Oklahoma Beer tasting March 06 hosted by mjames and lilannie. 240306

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Dark/tan and orange body. Maple syrup is strong in the nose with soy and rum. Sharp syrup think mouth. Flavour is complex with sweet maple, plum, brown sugar and dried fruits. Strong cola flavour. This beer sits on the fence between imperial stout and barelywine. Very sweet, most likely what sam adams triple bock wanted to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
A superb beer! Dark garnet showing amber at the edges. Maple, figs, fusel alcohol. A touch of soy? Fruitcake. Rather sweet. This is what SATB wants to be. Yogurty sour milk in the nose, part of an acrid profile that reminds of baltic porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2006
22 oz bottle, sampled 30 JAN 2006 (release date – 05/05/05): mostly diminishing head that leaves a very thin, wispy taupe head. Sweet, brown sugar aroma with malted, cherry raisins, blueberries, and soft woody smoke. Slight wine grape flavour and sweetness hits the tip of the tongue. Extremely dark mahogany with deep ruby highlights. Velvety smooth texture with mushy berries rounding out the palate. As it warms, the alcohol deepens and a lactic bitterness ensues.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
RBSG 2005. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, chocolate), with notes of plum, vanilla, candy sugar, wood. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, soft carbonation. Quite liked this one, though I didn’t expect to (wow, no pungent aromatic hops? yay!). Definitely want to have this again, but looks like that’s gonna be tough to do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Devil’s night at Mullman’s. Sampled originally on the front steps of the convention center in Denver with EDA. Never rated it though. First off- this is a great new style- belgian barleywine. It is pretty much unlike any other beer I have had, yet has all the great characteristics of a great american BW, impy stout, and belgian strong ale. Pours a very very dark brown almost black with amber highlihgts, and a thin creamy head. Aroms is lightly spicy, but dominated by lots of dark and caramel malts, with lots of oak, wood, and vanilla. Flavor is nutty, sweet, lots of chocolate, dark caramel, plums raisin, figs, and a bit of alcohol has it warms. Very smooth overall and a great long lasting finish.

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