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

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RATINGS: 373   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!


gowdy's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gowdy (725) - Erskine, - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle at Naomi and Billy’s house. Very dark black. Relatively large head. Licorice overtones.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevnic2008 (7749) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - AUG 15, 2014
Black coloured. Dense light Brown head. Aroma. Cocoa, coffee, liqourice, roast, Brown sugar. Flavour. Roast, liqourice, Cocoa, coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (475) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
Poured from 500mL bottle (best before June 2015). Nearly black with full tan head. Aroma of light chocolate, soy sauce, and vegetable. Taste starts sweet malty lactose with mild licorice and a very subtle ginger undertone and noticeably becomes roast coffee with chocolate notes following the finish. The balance is quite nice and there’s some subtle complexities hidden in there, but it’s a wee bit on the thin side in terms of body for a porter.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rondphoto (1897) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 21, 2014
bottle @ John’s Grocery / Iowa City IA --- Opaque black color with 2" tan head that slowly drops to a cover, streaky bands of lace. Aroma is classic peat and caramel malt. Taste is almost precisely what I think of when someone says "traditional porter." Slightly toasted caramel malt dominates the flavor with only a hint of chocolate milk showing in the palate. Bittering in the finish isn’t for show, only for balance, and works perfectly in a limited role. I wish I had purchased ten of these when I had the chance.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (2768) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle 0.5l from local Alko, Helsinki. Originally rated 18082012. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint (725) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from the Blue Glass, Bedford, consumed at home. Dark chocolate brown, small tan head. A reasonable amount of carbonation. Liquorice and fresh espresso dominate the nose. Gorgeous taste: sweet and spicy ginger with a long slightly bitter coffee-laden finish. Satisfying bittersweet aftertaste. Wonderful in it’s simplicity and balance. I do not normally think much of ginger beers, but it works very well in this recipe. Thumbs up to a fantastic brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicagobears (414) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Pours a dark black into snifter. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is gentle with some roasted notes and a spiciness from the hops. A bit of smoke and licorice. The ginger is noticable in the finish which gives this a soft sour note. Really liking this one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Burgers (304) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 20, 2014
Dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted barley malt, milk and chocolate. Taste light sweetness and trace of sourness. Body fairly thin.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ant_in_wales (8) - Aberystwyth, WALES - JUN 8, 2014 does not count
I really liked this It’s a beautiful drink - very dark with a fine off-white head Not great retention or lacing, and the aroma is a little muted, but for me this is a clever drink A rich chocolate porter, yet it’s surprisingly easy drinking Some porters one is enough, but I could drink this all day I didn’t taste the ginger, but there is a warmth there Mouthfeel is light too

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EtTuCthulhu (1022) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 27, 2014
The color is a clear very dark brown with a reddish tint and with a medium off-white head that fades quickly, and the aroma has roasted, caramel, and chocolate malts. The taste is a very nice blend of mild umami, touch bitter, and slightly sour, which is complemented by the palate due to the slick texture, medium body, soft carbonation, and roasty and malty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7089) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2014
Sehr dunkelbrauens Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig. Geschmack röstmalzig, Kaffee, dunkle reife Früchte, trocken.


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