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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Dark black pour tan head nice lace Coccoa powder lt coffee tons of roast malt ltly hot alcohols Full well coated & creamy pal Sweet creamy milk chocolate lightly roast malts hints of alcohol Delicious

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/24/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

black with ruby edges, thin fine beige head, thin lace, rich sweet aroma of brown sugar and dark fruits, rich malt flavor, lots of ripe figs, lots of dark sugar sweetness,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2007
A huge thanks to timmcd64 and cquiroga for letting me try this beer when we ran into each other at Lost Abbey. It pours nearly black with an offwhite head. The aroma is of bourbon and vanilla. The flavor is an explosion of chocolate, vanilla & bourbon, the mouthfeel is luscious and creamy. Incredible

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2007
#1700. 22 oz bottle had at Midnight Sun tasting. Deep dark brown in color with a little off white head. Chocolate, roasty caramel bourbon aroma. Roasty, caramel and woody vanilla flavor. Dark fruity notes. Plums, figs, and raisins. Bourbon was not overpowering. Very smooth and drinkable. Chocolaty finish. Complex beer. Smooth and creamy. Alcohol very well hidden. Very enjoyable. Wow. Well balanced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Here it is, ratebeer rating # 3,000 (finally, I am someone!!!). 22oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!). Poured a dark mahogany color with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, light roast, smoke, brown sugar, bourbon (not overpowering) and wood. The woodiness came out more and more in the aroma as the beer aired out. Aromas were very complex and I kept getting more as I smelled each time. Tastes of dark fruits (raisins and plums), caramel, earthy / peaty, woody, candi & brown sugar, and vanilla. Very sweet, not cloying, but any sweeter and it would be. Alcohol completely hidden. Creamy body. The barrel aging was done very well; it complimented both the aromas and tastes nicely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Thanks to hopdog for sharing and congrats on 3,000! Bottle 05-05-05. Pours a deep/dark brown with ruby red highlights when held to the light. Head was average size with a dark creamy tan head with small bubbles and lots of darker tan lacing. Aroma was very strong, dark fruits, lots of vanilla, woody, earthy, bourbon, hints of alcohol and nuts. Flavor is very sweet, almost sticky, lots of roastiness, vanilla, various nuts, roasted almonds, caramel, hints of bourbon. A lot of the flavor comes out in the after taste. Alcohol well hidden in the flavor but still just a little on the sweet side even after sitting for close to 2 years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2007
From a 22oz Bottle. Deep, roasty brown colors with some ruddy cherry hues and a thin layer of desperatly clinging, creamy beige head. Distinctly Belgian malt character in the nose - a plethora of raisins, molasses, fleshy prunes, and a hint of cinnimon spice. Some notes of caramel and vanilla toffee are also present in the bouquet, adding a thick dessert-like quality to the spicy belgian malt concoction that rests beneath the nose. Fantastic full-bodied mouthfeel with a shimmering carbonation that lightens up the weight of the palate, making it full bodied without getting syrupy. Easily one of the best mouthfeels I have ever experienced. Lots of deep caramelly raisin characters with loads of prune and molasses-soaked organic brown sugar. Some sticky fired cured Virginia tobacco gives it a unique woody character. So many wonderful things are going on here its difficult to describe with words, but there really is no need as this one is a truly memorable experience. A well caramelized british raisin pudding topped with a slice of port soaked dried pineapple. Warming finish, but without any harsh edges. Fantastic blend of British and Belgian styles - if there were a conceptual beer to perfectly suit my tastes, this would be it, and this one proves that this concept was an excellent idea. Thanks for sharing, Chris!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (5827) - 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 Ive 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 its 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 Ive had in a very long time. So soft with absolutely beautiful minimalist carbonation, just enough to keep it from being still and boring. Somehow theres 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 Im so happy I chose such a truely amazing beer. Now onto the next thousand!!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - 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.

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