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

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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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!


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Enjoyit (3460) - 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 Järntorget 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 (1514) - 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 it’s 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 don’t have to break the rules, but simply bend them a little bit. Lovely stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2009
(Bottle) Black with thick off white head - very impressive appearance, like what a Guinness should look like. Roast malt aroma with some spicy hops - rich. Coffeeish roast flavour, again rich, and dry with only a little sweetness. Some spices and a general bitterness. Interesting to say the least, and very nice at that.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty ginger aroma with some hints of chocolate. Roasted smooth malty ginger flavor with some hints of chocolate. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish with some hints of spicy ginger in the aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14044) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 30, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste rich licorice, notes of smoke and coffee. Very good considering the ABV.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - APR 30, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a fully lasting beige head. Rich aroma and taste of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with a hoppy touch. Good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (10530) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 29, 2009
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent mostly lasting head. Very dark red amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Slightly roasted. Moderate bitter flavor. Long nice moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. Balanced beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
greenmanalishi (468) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2009
Excellent porter with real character instead of the watered down, generic porters that taste more like Manns. Pours dark with a decent sized, rose-brown head. Fresh, spicy, tangy flavours mix with roasty malts, mocca, nutty presence. aroma of peat, sweet tobacco, dark coffee-cocoa.


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