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RATINGS: 131   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5348) - 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 donít get much burn as I would expect from such a big beer. Big mouthfeel. Thick and syrupy.

   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 Mullmanís Devilís 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!

   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 isnít noticable in the flavor.....Chocolate overtones, dark fruit and a nice roastiness......Thank YOU DARK ELF!!!!!!!!

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5441) - 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. Thereís 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....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Thanks to DarkElf for this bottle. Dark brown, with a small, tan head. Aromas are oak, bourbon, sweet malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Heavy, thick body, with sweet malt, brown sugar, bourbon, dark fruit, and oak. An excellent brew, I need more of this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3179) - Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Very dark brown body is topped by a very fine-textured, creamy head. The aroma is rich. A bourbon barrel aspect is present, but itís far from overbearing or dominating. Instead it meshes seamlessly into the pears, honey, brownies, bananas and a touch of floral perfume. The flavor is definitely sweet, but keeps from quite edging into cloying. The bitterness is balanced, so this obviously isnít in the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot strain of barleywines. The rich maltiness, in addition to what was in the flavor, is a bit like maple syrup and pancakes. Hefty and satisfying. The liquid is very viscous and the carbonation provides an extremely creamy mouthfeel. Thanks to biz82 for the opportunity to try this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 Down in the depths of my fiery home, the beer shines a burnt mohagany. The summons bell wll chime, tempting you and all the earth, with absolutely no head. There is a job to be done, and Im the one, to smell that malty smokey aroma of metallic bandaid.

So come on, jump in the Midnight Sun, So come on...Jump in the Midnight Sun!

With hell in my eyes and with death in my veins, The velvety smooth rivers of molassis flow. Feeding on the minds of man, brown sugar, port and chocolate raisin search you out. Follow me now my child not the meek or the mild, the Vanilla and smokey tastes will make you do as I say...

So come on, jump in the Midnight Sun, So come on...Jump in the Midnight Sun

Jump by your will or be taken by force, that Smeet bitterness will get you either way. Trying to keep the hellfire lit I am stalking you as prey, but that dessertish finish will even make metallica sound NOT-gay.

So come on, jump in the Midnight Sun, So come on...Jump in the Midnight Sun

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
22 oz. bomber, shared by DarkElf, you rock dude! Pours dark brown, opaque with a thick tannish head which left good lacing. Aroma is sweet and rich with dark roasted malts, brown sugar, caramel, wood and whiskey notes (both from the bourbon barrel and the alcohol content) Flavor is rich , dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses, smooth alcohol, dark coffee, port wine notes, wood, earth and dried ripe cherries. What an amazing amalgam of sensory stimulation! Smooth mouthfeel, gentle carbonation and very drinkable - dangerously so for an 11.6 abv monster. This is one rockiní brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2450) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
Rating #1000. Bottle. Deep brown - near black - in colour with a thin tan coloured head. The aroma was candyish, some yeast, lots of brown sugar, quite sweet with some roasted malts. The flavour was quite sweet as well, lots of brown sugar again, candied fruits, dark cherries, chocolate malt and caramel. Some minor alcohol present, thick mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a lingering light bitterness, slightly dry. Midnight Sunís 1000th batch and my 1000th rating, what could be better then that?

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