daknole (8006) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black. Beige head. Dry, roasty, burned toast aroma. Char, ash,roast and bitter chocolate.
cstuartj (853) - Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black as a cloudy night. Roast, coffee, malt, burnt sugar on the nose. Attack is sweet, overripe fruit, bitter slow finish.
robertjm (718) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One finger head, the color of light brown sugar. Sticks around after the pouring. Ultra dark brown opaque body. Some bubbles coating side of glass. VERY slight toasty aroma. Good body that could be a little heavier to be a foreign stout IMHO, but not bilge water thin either. Light roasty flavor. Very drinkable.
mcberko (4811) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, toasted bread, espresso, and bitter chocolate. Flavour of bitter espresso, burnt / roasted malt, toasted bread and some caramel - quite dry, bitter and burnt. The flavour profile dissipates toward the end, leaving a rather empty palate, that is quite dry and burnt.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Blackish beerwith a light brown head. Malt and light roast aroma with light coffee. Malt and toffee flavor with coffee and light roast. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and earth lingers with light roast, light coffee, and light chocolate.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. The dark mahogany body shows glints of chestnut brown translucency at the edges. A thick and frothy head of dark mocha to light brown foam slowly recedes to a short but lasting blanket, bubbly at the center and smooth at the edges. Dense, craggy, cobweb-like swaths of lacing coat nearly the entire glass. The nose is heavily caramelized, showing loads of burnt sugars, followed by notes of dark, bittersweet cacao, earthen dark fruit, fading green hops, and a strong suggestion of minerals. I’m getting alot of nickel and wet stone, along with some hefty roast. The yeast contingent is oddly fruity, and just a bit "off". Flavors also miss the mark. While the burnt caramel and dark chocolate are nice enough, and the roasted barley component is solid, there are some oddly savory fruit elements, along with an abrasive, mineral-heavy, metallic element that lingers on the finish. There’s a touch of stale coffee in there as well. The palate is medium-plus in body weight, with moderately lively carbonation up front that shifts towards a dry, kind are cardboard-like finish. Eh....there are some bright spots, but the total package falls well short of my standards for Midnight Sun. I guess even the best breweries have off days.
johnnnniee (1826) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a fairly solid black color with a smallish creamy tan head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of caramel, licorice, and roasted grains up front, Smooth vanilla and chocolaty aroma countered by a firm earthy hop punch. Taste is creamy chocolate and vanilla mixed with a bit of sweet milk sugar along with roasted grains and earthy hops. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very nice easy drinking smooth flavorful stout. Damn they can brew up there in AK.
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beer Revolution. It pours very dark brown almost black with a brown head. The aroma is very dirty with cigarette ash and dark bitter chocolate. The flavor is big on dark chocolate bitterness with some light ash in an abrupt finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a 7.8% stout. Tasty and satisfying but a bit one dimensional.
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a black body and a large tan head that leaves good lace. Aromas are of chocolate, toasty, roasty, bread, some vanilla, light smoke and a hint of anise. Very nice smelling. Flavors are earthy, nutty, roasty, licorice and milk chocolate. Light coffee. Medium bubbles with a full body.
MatSciGuy (906) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] pours black WI a large, fluffy tan head. Aroma is initially quite hoppy - of the cannabis variety, Lilly resinous and herbal. Some coffee and chocolate, but generally pretty fresh and airy. Flavor is a hoppy stout. Fairly thin, roasty, bittersweet chocolate, not much else.