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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012 Huge, huge thanks to Scott for opening this bottle and giving me the opportunity to try some. Served in a Midnight Sun goblet. Pours a very dark brown with a thin light tan head that recedes fairly-quickly, leaving behind a few spots of lacing as it falls to a thin collar. The nose has loads of dark fruits with plum and raisin being prominent. The background is a bit of caramel and toffee with very mild esters. Some barrel character is there, though itís in the background. The flavor adds in a touch of port character along with a very mild oak and vanilla presence. Not the most complex that Iíve had, but quite good. Body is medium with low carbonation and a slight viscosity. Smooth with no noticeable alcohol. Overall, a very delicious beer that I would have at any time. However, at this point, Iíd say that things like King Henry and perhaps Kuhnhenn BB4D are equal or better. Still, what a damn fine experience.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewDad (5005) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2012
Dark brown in color, clear with a thin head. Nice dried fruit aroma with alight Belgian yeast lingering. The flavor was fruity and sticky sweet. I get a dried prune and slight citrus flavors. Very sweet bourbon aromas and flavors linger this brew also is high in alcohol and you can taste it. A terrific brew after all these years. Thanks Midnight Sun for the taste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
callmemickey (2967) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Dark chocolate brown body with a thin to moderate sized khaki head. Light amount of lacing left behind. S: Tootsie rolls, brownies, slight burnt brown sugar, the slightest hints of sherry and booze. T: Chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, sherry, toffee, slight booze, oak, and a hint of vanilla. M: The highlight of the beer. Sublimely smooth with a light to medium level of carbonation. Decadent, silky-sweet finish. Not cloying in the slightest. Perfect. O: This is close to a 19/20 here, but the nose could have been a "tad" better. Well worth the hunt... I am lucky I didnít have to do the hunting. The hype is well deserved and this is (still) drinking great. Thanks, Joe.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2011
This was presented as a surprise bottle by Jon at a tasting. tried to go into this as imparital as possible. poured about 3-4 oz into a large stemed goblet. color is dark brown with a small dense head that falls quickly. clear up to the light. smell is rich dark malts mixed with dark fruits belgian yeast esters and rich barrel oak and bourbon component. notes of dark sugars and tobacco. there is a moderate note of oxidation that almost ties all the smells together. taste is, well, a barrel aged belgian barelywine. perfectly executed. a rich malt base with notes of brown sugar carmel maple syrup leads to a touch of dark fruits rasin and light note of roasty chocolate and a bit of tobacco. belgian yeast esters a touch fruity but clean and kept in check. barrel component adds a vanilla oaky char with a hint of spirit. finish is a touch sweet with a light bitter balance. a touch of alcohol to taste. oxidation is definitely noted but mild and adds another note of complexity. mouthfeel is super smooth and full bodied without much alcohol to feel. carbonation is low lending a creaminess to the feel. the balance of all the components sets this one apart from all the others. I canít thank Jon enough for sharing this masterpiece

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2011
Mega Tasting III. 22oz bottle, wow...really? Iím reviewing this beer? Pinch me. Huge thanks to Derek for this one! A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, small ring around the glass, no head or lacking to speak of. S - Huge sweetness, caramel, molasses, slight dark fruit, ultra-smooth alcohol. Just an excellent combo of sweetness and booze. Lots of chocolate in there as well...wow. The oak is a perfect touch. T - Burnt sugars, caramels, chocolate, touch of oak, dark fruits. This is like a decadent chocolate truffle mixed with sweet caramel and dark fruit. Seriously amazing. Lots going on...just excellent. M - Full, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish. D - Uh, wow. This is just phenomenal. Almost like a BA stout in some ways. The chocolate sweetness and dark fruits are just stellar along with the oak. Jeez...really impressive.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (2455) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2010
LCBS late addition. This was maybe my number one want, and somehow this uncanny crew put it together. Itís a sweet nose loaded with brown sugar, dark fruits, and sweet malt. M is super smooth and creamy with an explosion of sweet malt, molasses, dark fruit, and maple syrup. Simply amazing!!!!!!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
markwise (4516) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Sampled at the same time as the Tampa crew and saved for rating 1500. Greg, you a re a man amongst men. Thank you, humbly, for this share. The man tried the dregs of the second bottle so we could all sample it. Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Thanks for the amazing share, Greg! Pours dark caramel brown with an off-white head. Nose is what I imagine northern purgatory smells like: malt, caramel, some sugar, brandy, plums, brown sugar, raisin, chocolate, toffee, and heath bar. Flavor is similar, but it would be wrong not to name it out: brown sugar, malt, caramel, toffee, brandy, raisins, dark fruit, and a barely noticeable hop presence. Medium to full body and a force to be reckoned with.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 3, 2010
Very tiny hand bottle shared by hophead22...Pours a thick reddish brown with no head. Coats the glass very nicely...Aroma is lots of caramel and alcohol..Flavor is burnt caramel, slightly fruity, raisins and some bourbon...thick...Pretty damn awesome. Thanks Tim and thanks Treyrab!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 3, 2010
Small hand bottle generously sent to me by treyrab, I am in your debt Trey. Rating #104. Muddy brown with virtually no head, just very still and quite hypnotic to look at. Wonderful aroma, huge and bold, molasses, raisins a touch of vanilla and a little bit of bourbon, quite spectacular, I spent a good 10 minutes just breathing in this rare creation. Sweet is the first thing that hits my lips, a little more bourbon, slightly fruity and more dark molasses, but not what I expected after smelling it for all that time, but this was just plain fucking tasty and I look forward to the time when/if I get a chance to try it again. (1162)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeadMe (1323) - Riverview, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2010
I am proud to say I was lucky enough to have this beer twice in a two month period. First bottle provided by matta. Second bottle bonused in a trade by a wonderful BA in the great white north, and shared with the tampa, orlando, and miami crew. A: Pours a nice deep shade of brown with tinges of angry maroon showing through. The head is rather small with little retention or lace. S: Wonderful malty sweetness. Tons of sweet molasses, chocolate, caramel, and over ripe dark fruit. T: This one has gloriously aged. Tons of wonderful malt sweetness. Molasses, caramel, and rich nutty toffee. Dark fruit is there with mild chocolate, mild woody notes and a dash of vanilla. M: On the fuller side of body, rich, bold, smooth, sweet, tasty, with a bit of booze in the finish D: Wonderful, a masterpiece that is not only rare, it is great. One of the best aged beers I have ever had. Wish I had been drinking good stuff to have tried this one fresh as well.


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