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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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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.


3.9
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6031) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2005
dark brown/chestnut color. light tan head. vinuous bourbon aroma. flavor is smoky sweet malt. carmelized candi sugar flavor too - brown sugar? sweet sherry in the finish. this is my kind of barley wine! big thanks to DarkElf for this crackin’ brew!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Devil’s Night At Mullman’s. Big thanks to Mullman for sharing this gem. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is really something. Mild bourbon, sweet malt, molasses, and oak. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel malt, bourbon with a strange, but good tart finish. Very nice beer!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4414) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of DarkElf via trade. Excellent aroma. Lots of malt. Caramel, toffee, banana bread, and light bourbon. Pours a very dark brown with slight red hilights when held to the light. Insignificant off-white head. Lots of caramel, toffee, and maple syrup up front. Moderatge bourbon with hints of roasted malt, chocolate, and light bitterness in the finish. I don’t get much burn as I would expect from such a big beer. Big mouthfeel. Thick and syrupy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Shared at Mullman’s Devil’s Nite Bash. Wow is right! Smelled and looked like an Impy stout. Lots of body to this dark monster. Good head. Full of fizzy bubbles that helped to carry the complex flavors around the palate. Tons of Licorice in the after taste, very nice. There was some flowery-barley wine after taste, other wise, I would have called it a stout. Very nice, try nice! Thanks to Mullman!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2005
WOW!!!!!!!! Poursa deep brown hue with a small tan head. Aromas of raisins, prunes, oak,..... Alcohol isn’t noticable in the flavor.....Chocolate overtones, dark fruit and a nice roastiness......Thank YOU DARK ELF!!!!!!!!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
The aroma had a slight alcohol ester with dark fruit, plums, raisins, roast, malts, and a slight oakiness. The beer poured a deep brown color w/ red hues; almost no head and slight lacing. The flavor had apples, plums, raisins, dark fruit, and oak. The mouthfeel was creamy and well-rounded w/ a full bodied. This beer was absolutely fantastic.... Thanks Darkelf!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2005
First, a HUGE thanks to biz82 for sending this my way! Pours an opaque dark brown, about the color of a cola, with a thinned lazy tan head. The head fades out around the edge of the glass and becomes small bubbles. Aroma is VERY nice! Lots of raisins, molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, bourbon, wood, light vanilla, and alcohol soaked fruits. Very much like Sam Adams Triple Bock. Oh. My. God. This is absolutely delicious! Lots of brown sugar, dark chocolate, raisins, molasses, bourbon soaked wood notes, rum soaked fruits, vanilla, and light tobacco notes. Indeed very port-like and sweet. Body is not quite as syrupy as expected. There’s a mild carbonation feel to it. Some obvious alcohol warmth. Creamy at times as well. Very nice. Finishes with lots of raisins, light figs, bourbon and wood, molasses, vanilla, rum cake, chocolate brownies, and brown sugar. Very rich and very good! I wish I had an extra to age....


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