hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Clear, dark, garnet lager with a small, creamy, white head. Nose of burning beechwood and pan-fried bacon. Sweet, malty, smokey flavor. No semblance of balance... this one is all about smoked malt. Just a whisper of dark fruit. Full-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Finishes smokey sweet and astringent. World class!
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!). Poured a deep mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of smoked meat, smoked salmon, and some caramel. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, smoked meat.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Any first impressions?
-Shining ruby within sturdy mahogany benefits from a ring of foam dew.
-Delicate smokiness rises from the rich, fruity caramel malts.
-Again, their malt extraction is fabulous, lending all the juicy, candied fruitiness you would want with the athletic smoke.
-Mouthfeel is lip-smackingly nourishing, a scrumptious luxury akin to Schlenkerla’s Urbock, while being a little less carbonated.
What if you dig deeper?
-A plethora of berries agglutinates some cherries into its sublime salad.
-Some alcohol heat develops the back end.
-Earthiness adds complexity to the sweetness.
-This Alaskan brewery’s generous malt helpings are impressing me more and more; they truly are seriously talented craftsmen.
Bottle; 2005 vintage.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a transparent ruby mahogany with a nice, thin tan head. Sweet, smoky liquid caramel aroma has a nice authentic German bock yeast character. Starts with a sweet viscous dark caramel maltiness and lots of nice smoke notes with an authentic bock flavor. Very nice beer that reminds me a lot of Bells Batch 5000.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been sitting on this for a long time. I think it came from DarkElf. Pours mahogany with some floaties and a tan head. Smells of pronounced smoke, some caramel, breaddy, earthy. Tastes of smoke, some caramel, some rosey hints, lots of earthiness on the finish. Great beer!
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 Beautiful dark apricot to brick pour, clear, filtered and unfortunately with barely any head at all. Interestingly salty nose, reminiscent of prosciutto, salmon in its smokiness. Once again for Midnight Sun, the malt richness shows very Americanized complexity, being obviously very sweet, but reaching, in its concentration, levels you would expect from the most potent lagers only, feling more like an ale in this particular case. Nut, orange and peach hints complete the aroma while the flavour adds a great alcohol component in there that I would definitely not have thought would be so upfront from the nose. Still a bit fishy and definitely keeping on those apricot and peardrop like sweet fruit notes, while earthy components may be derived from the hops as they procure the lightest sense of bitterness. The crystallised residual sugars remain cohesive with the whole rounded mouthfeel experience, carbonation being kept pretty low. Alcohol remains an important factor through and through. Thank you Darkelf.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark caramel, hints of ruby, somewhat viscous, moderate beige head, frothy, settles quickly, spotty lacing. Looks like a fine aged Barley Wine. Campfire aroma, smoked malts, seems sweet, somewhat meaty. Super sweet malty flavor, charred wood, campfire, becoming quite syrupy or sickly sweet on the backside. Great start, but its a bit cloying at the finish. Mouthfeel is quite well rounded, body is quite viscous. Smoked finish, strong but not overly done, remains relatively sweet, with a slight touch of citrus peel. I don’t think this brewery can do no wrong.   Super big thanks goes out to DarkElf for the bottle!
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of strong smoked meats, caramel malts, and dried fruits. Taste of caramel malts, some roast, light charred wood, and more smoked meats. Thanks for this one Steve!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoked fish, cherries and cocoa blend together bizarrely well in the thick and alluring aroma. Clear brown body is topped by a low, off white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Big malt base with plenty of residual caramel sweetness that is cut nicely by a perfect hop level that keeps this from being cloying without taking away the spotlight from the smoke character which is wonderfully encompassing without overpowering. Occasional wafts of alcohol. Medium body and sticky texture are a bit syrupy due to somewhat low carbonation. Bottle (2005 vintage) sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Siroy.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, Montreal Sourheads gathering on February 26 2006. A shy head tops the clear, coppery body....ah, a near-perfect smoky nose, smoked meats and burning wood, trout and cherry and dark bread, I could make a fine meal just from this aroma!....the body is extremely sweet, but interesting and not cloying: baked cherry pie with maple sauce and a big side of fine uncured bacon, peppery and smoky and charred....scotch whiskey characteristics permeate the caramelly thick midpalate and a bit of raisin makes and appearance, with the finish turning dry and taking on a new-wood tone...very low carbonation, light bitterness at the end. Excellen!