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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Porter
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Midnight Sun is a black porter style beer, created from a blend of malted barley, oats, roasted barley and chocolate malt, balanced with a generous handful of hops and a wee bit of fresh root ginger. We really like it and hope you do too!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4286) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2009 2009-12-23 have to lower this rating from 3,8 to 3,4 - the combination of chocolate/coffey and ginger is not so nice anymore... Bottle 10 C, 2009 - 03, Scotland AR: Coffe, ginger AP: Black, light foam F: Coffe, choclate, ginger AF: Wee ginger

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (5392) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2009
500ml Bottle - Black in colour. Coffee and plain chocolate in the aroma with a hint of ginger. The taste is smooth and chocolatey with hints of coffee and ginger. The finish is roasted and spicy with coffee and chocolate standing out. The ginger gives it a bit of a kick.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thepeter (278) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2009
Pours beautiful, black with a nice tan fluffy head that thins out significantly by the time I am halfway through. smells spicy and sweet with a bit of coffee. Lotís more going on, pretty complex but not overpowering at all. Tastes great, sweet malt, spicy ginger, bit of coffee bitterness at the end. Then a slight comeback of the ginger heat in the back of your throat a few seconds after swallowing (as well as in the belch that may or may not follow) soft mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. To me, feels similar to a good black lager. Sure thereís lotís of flavor but a nice dry finish and mild and pleasant aftertaste could have me going back for another one, however most dayís one is enough. Overall it is a great example of style I love and feel that I do not see enough of in the US or UK. Goes great with food, especially curry, and spicy stir fry! It is unique, delicious and very well crafted.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2009
Sweet fruity aroma. Dark mahogany with large off-white head. Flavour is dark roasted malt with plenty of ginger. Medium-bodied, with quite a bit of carbonation. Finishes roast malt and ginger. As ginger is not my favourite spice ever, Iím not too fond of this.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gethinbeer (2180) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2009
Black colour, frothy tan head on the beer. Fruity aroma, little roasted malt flavour. Ginger hints. Smooth texture with the ginger coming through in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours deep reddish dark brown coloured with a huge creamy light brown head. Super lasting head.. The aroma has some cucumber freshness with notes of chocolate, roasted malt and some mint. Flavours of tonic water, roasted malt, licorice and citric freshness (maybe thatís the ginger). Overall a really nice brew. Classic with a well made twist. Well done!

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Enjoyit (3470) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2009
Black of color with a foamy beige head. An aroma of ginger and roasted malt. A flavor of ginger, liqurice and smoke.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2009
Bottle. Bishops Arms Jšrntorget Gothenburg. Almost black colour with a small brown head. Sweet & malty with strong notes of ginger. Then more roastiness and coffee towards the finish. Maybe a bit too much ginger dominated.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardW (1529) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2009
Superb black ale, with a perfect balance of ginger to give a gorgeous tang and slight fizz. Keeps the roast flavour in the background, but it lies underneath and rears itís head to give a pleasant alternative to the tanginess. Fruity hops also in there to perfectly round off a superbly made beer. Well worth the high mark.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 10, 2009
Love the labels on thee Williams Bros. bottles...really great design and classy as hell; much like this particular beer. I had just finished off one of the Good Times bottles and having been impressed with that, then went straight for this. Poured a nice solid black into the pint. The smell was of sour cocoa and wet leaves in the rain. Upon tasting this, I was surprised that they are not listing this as a coffee porter because those coffee flavours are so upfront in this mix...along with licorice, anise, and a slight green apple twist. I love styles like this that donít have to break the rules, but simply bend them a little bit. Lovely stuff.


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