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RATINGS: 130   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (5005) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2007
My 1000th rating!!

22 oz bottle, via BA timmcd64. Pours a deep rich brown body with some mahogany edges. Similar in color to tobacco juice. The head is fairly small, about 1 cm in height, very tight bubbled and creamy, brown in color, and retained as a thin creamy film. Nose is very thick and deep, one of the most complex Iíve encountered. Heavy thick malt, dark fruits, light soy, belgian yeast, light alcohol, vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon, caramel, belgian candi sugar, and lots of other subtle nuances. Flavor is quite unique. So soft and well rounded yet assertive. Big toffee and fruity malt with some light bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, raison, and belgian yeast. Finishes with some coffee, tobacco, light oak tannins, and a little alcohol. Sweet, but not overly so. The perfect amount of barrel influence, this beer with all itís complexities really stood up well against the bourbon that can overtake many lesser beers. Very interesting and unique. Mouthfeel is the most creamy and silky textured beer Iíve had in a very long time. So soft with absolutely beautiful minimalist carbonation, just enough to keep it from being still and boring. Somehow thereís minimal stickiness on the finish despite the super hefty malt bill and all the candi sugar. With all the special beers that I have in my cellar, this seemed like a logical one to choose for #1000, and Iím so happy I chose such a truely amazing beer. Now onto the next thousand!!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Courtesy of Pailhead. Dark brown mahogany with light beige head. Super sweet aroma. Full of caramel, mollasses, toffee, butter like bourbon character. Flavor much the same, huge sweet malt through and through, with even bigger bourbon kick through the middle and finish. Warming affect in finish. Great mouthfeel considering the huge malt bill, would expect more syrup like body. Well done, wold score even higher without the huge bourbon and alcohol kick towrds the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6131) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Gently lacing fading beige head covers the dark brown body. Exquisitely toasted maltiness reaches the nose and penetrated the mind with maple richness and pancakes succulence. Rich, but not too aggressive. It is immensely sweet, but kinda fitting. The bourbon oakiness mostly appears in mouth, otherwise the beer is an opus to malt. Considerable grape character evolves on the palate toward blackberries, while vanilla laden minty flavours corroborate the initial brown chocolate sweet barrel aspirations. Grenadine syrup eventually joins the race to caramilk land. Building layers of fun to decorticate malt elements that ensures its legend to stay well alive among beer geeks. Thick bodied, low carbonation, decadent, if not quite my style.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gorbalev (2926) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
Thatís quite a story on the bottle. Generously shared by Blankboy with Hogtown Harry and myself. Pitch black, small tight beige head, looks fantastic. Slightly sour, roast aroma - an interesting combo that works - tons of roast, malt, and chocolate. Wow, what a silky mouthfeel - this is as good as a beer can "feel" in your mouth. Where to start with flavour? Sour tart fruit, tons of chocolate, icing sugar, leather, oil, alcohol, vanilla, and lots of bourbon that never dominates. One of the most stunning beers I have ever had. So balanced, alcohol kept in check. Complex! Drinkable! Thanks for sharing Paul!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Poured a very dark clear ruby color with a small light tan head. Tan legs. Mlaty aroma of sweet dark fruit, raisins and woody. Like a red wine. Moderately sweet malty flavor with more dark fruits. Light bitter finish with tannin notes. Semi-dry. Full bodied. Yummy and goes down nicely.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6067) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of biz82. Pours a dark ruby-brown with an average size diminishing creamy off-white head. Nice aroma of caramel malt, chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, mild hops and so much more, man thereís a lot going on here! The flavour is even better then the aroma and it frigginí blew me away! Bourbon, chocolate, dark malt, dark fruit, hops, vanilla and on and on -- WOW -- thereís just so much going on and itís so complex. Not much sign of that 11.6% alcohol. Medium to full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. This is simply a spectacular Barley Wine and Iím thrilled that I got to try it, thanks to biz82.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 <b>Bottle (650ml)</b>. <i>Shared with blankboy and tupalev, blankboyís bottle</i>. Looks like an impy stout - opaque brown-black with a good-sized light brown foamy-creamy lasting head. Roast malt aroma, molasses, burnt brown sugar, some mild hops, sneaky alcohol, your dadís leather armchair, vanilla, hints of dark fruit ... nice. Taste ... holy Jesus; sour cherry, molasses, alcohol, bourbon, hops, yeast, leather, other fruits, french vanilla ice cream - smooth, balanced, aggressive, in-your-face and sophisticated; unlike anything Iíve ever had. Mouthfeel thick, roasty, alcoholic, acidic, syrupy, thick - amazing ... more of an over-amped impy stout with more fruit - long finish, lovely aftertaste. THANK YOU to blankboy for sharing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3167) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shadey (1903) - 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.


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