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

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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Bottle: Filtered.
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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Pours an opaque black with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a dry roasty, nutty nose with a touch of smoke and piny hops. Starts with average fullness and a light malty sweetness with some roasty smoky notes before a drier, bittersweet finish. A pretty smooth and very drinkable porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6718) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2010
A black pour with a tiny bit of red visible. A small tan ring is the only evidence of a head. Aroma is chocolate with anise and could be bigger. An interesting creamy feel slides on the tongue. Dark chocolate, lactose, roasted notes, faint hop bitterness, light smoke. This is complex but somehow understated. Quite nice.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (3234) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Meh...a below average porter. Aroma was OK. Chocolate malt with not much else and not very strong. Pour was a nice deep dark black with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was very weak and pretty bland. The carbonation (which is mild) is enough to drown out most of the flavor. The dark chocolate is there as well as a subtle coffee aftertaste. It’s just very faint. Par for the course from this brewer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (5644) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Coffee, charcoal, and raisin nose. Dark mahogany, with a medium tan head. Rather dry with subtle coffee notes. Finishes with smoky thistle. Nice mouthfeel. Good porter, nicely hopped.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2010
500ml Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, slight lactose, and a hint of soy sauce. Poured very dark brown/black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan/light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, slight sugar, light chocolate, wood, light resin, and a hint of lactose. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate, resin, and hop finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2010
The aroma is very roasted with oats, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and peat. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma with a slightly ginger like finish. The palate is smooth but a bit thin. Overall not great beer but still a good beer and different.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2010
500 mL bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear but extremely dark brown color. Opaque in the glass. Large brown head with good head retention and lacing. Aroma of dry roasty notes, tobacco, hops and just a hint of sweet caramel in the finish. The taste is roasted malts, smoke, tobacco, faint leafy hops and a bitter of leather. Very dry and roasty throughout. Medium bodied. Decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tommann (3345) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is of roasted barley and liquorice. Chocolate is on the taste with some sweetness with a medium bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thick with some carbonation. long finish. This beer is spot on.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Roasted barley on the nose with bitter chocolate notes and hints of licorice and coffee liqueur. Pours black with a thin off white head. Roasted barley and bitter chocolate with molasses notes with hints of ginger in the background. Nicely spiced. Slightly thin but with a great dry finish. Great porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2010
500ml Bottle at Home 10/05/2010 Small beige head. Fruit and some spiced aromas. Low carbonation. Black smooth on the palate fruity and hoppy with bubble gum and slight ginger flavours. Dry chocolate roast finish.


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