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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Thanks for the amazing share, Greg! Pours a cola brown to black with a thin tan head. Aroma is heaven -- sweet and malty with notes of brown sugar, ripe plums, rum-soaked raisins, toffee, molasses, chocolate, malty goodness. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of brown sugar, overripe dark fruit, maple syrup, chocolate, toffee, sweet, malty goodness. Medium body with a malty and slightly boozy finish. Amazing beer and worth the wait!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2010 Rating #400. Bottle at tpd’s infamous M throwdown, Poured near black with some ruby highlights and a thin tan head. Nose is dark fruit and chocolate up front, later notes of caramel, molasses, and smoke become more apparent. As it warmed I started getting some wood notes in the nose. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a slightly syrupy, creamy mouth feel. The flavor is sweet malt with loads of dark fruit like cherries, fig, and raisin. Flavor also contained big notes of caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, wood, and vanilla. Finishes very sweet almost to the point of being cloying, alcohol is very well hidden. Major thanks to Greg for sharing this gem.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Special thanks to TPD975 for the pour. Amazing generosity. Brown sugar, dates and dried fruits are still kicking in this. Smooth and easy going, surprisingly. Very tasty and still very good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2009
#900 ... thanks tpd975! Pours deep red/brown. Nose is ridiculous toffee, plum, fig and ripe cherries, booze, wood molasses, leather and vanilla. Flavor is full of sweet dark fruits, warming alcohol, musty leather, tobacco, roasty grain, mild smoke, bourbon, fresh wood, an cocoa. Full bodied, rich flavors, oily, complex. What a gem.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JW77 (22) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Thanks to tpd975 for this one. It pours dark brown, almost no head. Smells of caramal, sugars, and wood. Tastes of bourbon, with malt, dark fruits and cherries, light caramel, and some booze. Glad to have tried this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6743) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2009
courtesy of tpd975 pours dark brown, no head. aroma, lots of caramel malts, hints of smoke/tobacco leaves. nice wood/bourbon presence possibly adding to the smoke effect. flavor, malty, dark fruits; mostly currants and dark cherries, light caramel, finish keeps a mild fruit tartness meshed with a nice boozy bourbon mouthfeel and sweetness of vanilla. Really wish there was more of it to share.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11105) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2009
@Tampa Wkly Gathering @tpd975s Thanks Greg-22oz bottle-pours a disappearing tan head with dark brown color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-molasses, dark fruit. Taste is medium/dark malt-molasses, dark fruit, some hops. Minimal carbonation. Smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (9142) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Tpd975 you are the man!!!! Dark brown. Tons of caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, raisins, molasses, prunes and booze. Flavor is so smooth and sweet. Lots if raisins, vanilla, toffee and a great warming from the alcohol. What a treat for my 3000th rating!!!

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Bottle, courtesy tpd75. Pours a very dark brown, red highlights, with fuzzy lacing and a bubbly head. Nose is big on caramel, wood, sherry, licorice, dry vanilla. Pretty routine barley wine nose, but the flavor kicks it up quite a bit. Huge, very smooth malts, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, lots of fine alcoholic, but smooth, malty notes. Sooooo good, extremely complex; each sip presented new flavors and elements not noticed in the previous one. I really liked this one, would love to have more, but I doubt I’ll ever get another shot. Thanks Greg!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ibrew2or3 (6985) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2012 Barleywine Rating #200!

Pours a striking mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma is caramel covered graham cracker and black strap molasses as well as musty aged figs, dates and plums. It smells of smooth yum and is very inviting. The taste is smooth rich creamy goodness with aged minced raisins fully populating a thick slice of pumpernickel and then moving into sweet black strap molasses, creamy caramel and then rich smooth blended notes of prunes, figs and dates. It evens out into the finish a bit with soft notes of chocolate and burnt molasses. This tastes fantastic and doesn’t overwhelm with syrupiness by ending with a high degree of drinkabilty. In fact, I can see myself drinking a little of this every night.


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