BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a large, creamy brown head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy roast and chocolate malt, light burnt notes with smoke, prunes and figs, and light earthy hops with faint licorice notes. Flavor is complex dark malt, heavy roast and chocolate, prunes and figs, medium earthy hops and bitterness, meaty smoke and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
jgb9348 (5483) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich, deep dark brown body that shows some lighter colours near the bottom, around 75% opaque, all with a rich deep brown head about two centimetres tall. Aroma of smoke (liquid smoke), meat, mushrooms, earth, soy sauce and a lot of roasted malt and light caramel noticeable as well. Medium-bodied; Assertive smoke flavour with some mushroom, meat and Worcestershire sauce flavours as well, but a rather mild malt presence and no real sweetness to speak of at all. Aftertaste is roughly one-dimensional with the smoke and earthy flavours showing strong, but not much else - and especially not much body - this is pretty thin. Overall, a fairly substandard beer, at least in terms of what you’d expect from Midnight Sun, but showing some smoke elements and that’s about it - no real complexity at all, especially at a high price point. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in New York (Bowery), New York on 05-December-2015 for US$11,99 sampled at home in Washington on 13-March-2015, and i’m glad I didn’t fly back home with this one from Anchorage or cellared it any length of time, as this wouldn’t have been worth it.
DCLawyer (2395) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog from the Brony Bottle Share at Travlr’s. Deep brown with no head. Smoke and ash, with coffee and roasted malt, chocolate, booze. Decent.
monk191 (1609) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice smoked beer. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smells smoky, with some vanilla and caramel as well. Taste is nice and smoky, but well-balanced with the caramel and vanilla. Smooth, creamy finish. Had in the bottle.
after4ever (7361) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that billows and billows and then sticks around for quite a while. Big smoky nose, lots of campfire, dark and roasty, some bittersweet chocolate and some coffee. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Campfire, roast, dark chocolate, and some coffee on the mid palate. Long earth dark finish.
gregwilsonstl (1853) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thx AkAndy. Dark black. Smells like smoke. Tastes like smoke. Heavy. Roasted.
baraciisch (2730) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black in color, light tan head... Aroma of smoked malts, chocolate, molasses... Flavor is crisp and light bodied for a stout, mouthfeel is smoked sausage and ash, tons of smoke, some chocolate... Ash on palate... Solid
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
WillRunForBeer (2056) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared by AirForceHops. Thanks, Chris! Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Chris says it’s not awful, so we’re off to a good start. Aroma is very smoky, liquid smoked sausage? Wow. Flavor is dark chocolate, molasses, a bit of roast, then it finishes with a smoked sausage flavor that doesn’t quite overwhelm the stout. Better than expected.
AirForceHops (5783) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml received in a trade with SHIG. Oily black color with fast dying tan head. Aroma is smoke without question. Ash, burnt oak and light traces of chocolate. Thankfully the flavor is mild in smoke, shows a good amount of chocolate in a fuller, hefty body. The texture is rather slick and oily. Good stout character with hidden alcohol. Better than I was guessing, not awful.
Chalumeaux (908) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops via SHIG. Pours dark cola with a thin brown head. Aromas of smoke peat and malt. Taste is similar to aroma with hint of dark chocolate and lingering bitterness.