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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
To commemorate the life of a huge-hearted and long-time friend from the homebrewing community, Midnight Sun Brewing Company brewed a very special beer in honor of David Yanoshek, who was fondly known as “Yano”.

This big strong beer celebrates the abundant life of an incredible man with an enormous yet ever engaging laugh. Yano pursued life with a Viking spirit, endless love and boundless energy for family, friends, scouts…and beer.

A big strong beer for a big strong guy, The Viking Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale boasts a beautiful balance of character and complexity. Dark roasted malts, Belgian yeast, star anise and sweet-ripened raisins come together in an amazing ale that can be enjoyed now and cellared for later celebrations.

As you lock horns with this commemorative ale, toast to Yano. With his incredibly stoic spirit and his irrepressible laugh, Yano was the gentle giant who will forever touch our lives. Pröst!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Rated on 5-30-2009 at Fort Wayne, IN Tasting (Bottle) This beer forms a very fizzy tan head with good retention, opaque body, and a fair amount of lacing. The Aroma is roasted malt, yeast, sweet, and alcohol. The Taste is malty, dark fruits, alcohol, and has a dry finish. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium-full bodied. Overall, this beer has a very enjoyable flavor to it and I enjoy the way the alcohol plays into it. This is one of my favorite beer styles and this beer did not disappoint me. This is a beer I recommend trying and is a beer I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
22 oz. bottle served in a Portsmouth tulip. Huge thanks to Tnudish for the rare Midnight Sun tick. A: Pours a dark brown color with some darker plum like hues around the edges. A light tan head forms on the pour and recedes a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace behind. S: The slightest cardboard smell rises up from the glass, but it’s quikly overshadowed by roasted chocolate malts, prunes, pit fruit and a malt sweetness. T: The taste is more of the same. The slightest wet paper taste is present, but it more dark prunes and figs with some cherry pit, sweet cherry flesh, and some chocolate malts. M: Medium to heavy bodied. Smooth and oily in the mouth. The carbonation is at a minimum, but it’s well received in a beer like this. O: This beer has held up very well and I was fortunate enough to try it. If you are still hanging on to one I would suggest drinking it now as the oxidation is still in its infant stage and I can’t see this getting any better. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-14-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dunt (310) - Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Received this guy from Savnac. Thanks a bunch for this rare treat Ira! Pours a deep black with brown hues around the edges. There is about a half fingers worth of golden yellow head upon the pour. Nose is dominated by dark fruits, raisins in particular. There is also some caramel and yeast. A lot of similar themes in the flavor. It is a lot dryer than I thought it would be, but this is still tasting exceptional. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, with some booziness, but it balanced and smooth. I was a little concerned that this may be fading, but it’s holding up exceptionally well. Really happy I got the opportunity to give it a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
A generous extra from Ira - thanks! Pours dark brown with a decent but quickly fading tan/brown head that reduces to a slick. Aroma is heavy sweet raisin, candied sugar, roast, and a bit of burn from the alcohol. Taste is sweet raisin, candied sugar, some oxidization notes, and alcohol. Very unique, hard to pin down flavor profile. I’m guessing this beer was in better shape a few years ago but I still found it enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Thanks to Alex for this, sadly I think its past its prime... the body is dark coca cola with a nice tan head... the aroma is a bit of roast with molasses and alcohol, pretty nice... the taste doesn’t come through, the roast is gone and tastes like an over the hill quad, prunes, oxidation, rough alcohol finish that’s over carbonated... I’d wait until a new batch comes out to get this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle... Poured dark, ruby-ish/brown with a tan head. Lots of dark fruits here with mild hop spice and floralness. Some sweetness from the malt, burnt sugars. Fruit tones came off like cherries and plums. Mild roastiness even.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 4, 2011
A: The beer pours a dark brown with a large brown head and excellent retention. S: Surprisingly roasty, but it works well. Lots of dark chocolate and some coffee notes, as well as a hint of licorice. Sweet malts, dark fruits (raisins, currants, black cherries), and toffee. T: Really a rich flavor. Tons of the dark fruit character you expect for the style but a bit more aggressive on the roasted malt. Lots of caramel and toffee with a hint of vanilla and coffee. Some booze, but it works well enough. M: Definitely full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. O: One of the best Midnight Sun beers out there. Too bad this one is so hard to come by as I’d be happy to have it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Amber pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of aromatic and choclate malts.. Flavor is dominated by dark fruit and candi sugar. Very nice stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
22oz bottle provided by Todd Rock from Hangar 24, huge thanks Todd. Pitch black with a light tan head. Nice chocolate aroma with a real light roast. Light sweetness and a bit more roast, real good stuff. (1382)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1610) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle shared by Gillard. A: Pours a nice shade of dark brown with a tall tan head. Excellent retention and lace. S: Lots of sweet candy malts. Chocolate, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. The is a nice booze blast as well. T: Malty sweetness in the flavor as well. Lots of booze soaked dark fruit, earth, and light hops in the finish. M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, sweet, and smooth.

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