Midnight Sun 2010 Pop Ten: The New Black

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Part of the 2010 Pop Ten Series. Belgian Black Bier - oak-aged with Brett, black currants. July 2010.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
furthur (1120) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle at midnight sun, 2010 vintage. Color opaque black walnut, small tan head, no real lacing. Flavor cherries, wet grass, goat?, oak, flavor lemon, feta cheese, and yes, black currant. Palate smooth, carbonation just right. Finish is sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcartamdg (3359) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Pours dark brown almost black. Aroma of Brett, chocolate and roast. Taste is roasty and malty upfront and tart and funky in the finish. This is a crazy complex beer. I love this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (6058) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Rating #3700!!! Deep dark brown coloured body with a fully opaque look when held up to a bright light, all with a three centimetre tall light brown head - very nice looking. Aroma of super complex flavours - sour and very noticeable brett going on, with a lot of lighter fruit based sugars and a still pungent note of roasted malt, anise and a bit of earth. Medium-bodied; Assertive sour and bretty notes at first then transition to an almost porter-like beer with a bunch or roasted malt flavours coupled with caramelised sugars and a very earthy flavour. Aftertaste is very complex with some sour notes mashed with mostly deep and roasty/robust flavours. Overall, a very nice beer and well-crafted along with being a different style/innovative beer makes a perfect choice for a landmark beer (3700 for me) and im very happy that I brought this back down with me and wish it was more available, as most of the Midnight Sun beers. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Brown Jug (Old Seward Location) in Anchorage, Alaska on 18-June-2011 for US$7.99 sampled at home on the opposite end of the country in Washington on 05-December-2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2012
In short: A acidic/tart funky black ale with plenty of dark fruits. Good stuff
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed 1.5 year after its release (assuming only one batch was made). Bottle sent to me by MaltOMeal, thanks a lot Bill
The look: A gusher. Black body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose has a good amount of funk (horse blanket-ish) and plenty of blackcurrants and light notes of bourbon. Taste starts with an intense attack of dark fruits (blackberries, blackcurrants, prunes) wrapped in chocolate with a funky acidity. The attack if very juicy-fruity and really feels like biting on fresh dark fruits dipped in chocolate. Then the beer turns bone dry with the funky acidity dominating the finish. The oak barrels (I suspect bourbon/whisky) are present from start to finish but not overwhelming. This is thankfully one of the too-few American Sours that do not fall into vinegary territory. This beer is not really sour, moderately funky yes, quite acidic yes, sour not really. Named in honor of a new employee of the brewery, an african-american, nobody remembered his name when they made the label and Gary from marketing decided against using the n word.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Thanks GT2! Very dark, near black with a frothy tan head. Nose holds big currant, black cherry, tartness, and earth. The flavor holds more beautiful tart dark fruit, light roasty bitterness, and a nice earthy smoke presence as well. Light on the palate, but a really really nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Thanks GT! Super dark black pour with a thick rich foamy tan head. Huge cherry and currant notes with earthy sourness and roasty caramel chocolate. Medium body with great carbonation and a super dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 14, 2012
651mL thanks to savnac. Pours deeper to near black with a medium, frothy, darker mocha head. Big, webby lace. Slight gusher coming out of the bottle. Sharper funk in the nose with mild roast, raisins, brighter fruits than expected like peach and nectarines. Taste is tart up front, minerally, earthy, and quite dry. Mineral water palate with heavy carbonation. Mild salty finish. Quite the nice, quenching palate. Good stuff- not sure if I would cellar these any longer. Still quite roasty and bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (4366) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Out of the bottle at the brewpub. This has the funky Brett nose that raises the hackles on the back of my neck. It has taken a long time but I am getting to appreciate the sours a little more. Dark beer with a thin khakhi colored head. Lots of Brett in the taste with hints of strawberry, moldy hay and a sour/tartness that I assume comes from the currants. Interesting beer but not my favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle... Erupted when first opened. Poured dark, near black with a light brown/tan head. Quite drying on the palate with tart, mildly acidic yeast spices. Dark fruit esters, candied sweetness. Vinous with fruit and yeast flavors once I got past the tartness. Thinned out towards the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2011
bottle thanks to americanbrew. poured dark brown with a beige head. aroma was belgian yeast with lots of fruity notes. the flavor was so odd that I couldnt identify anything. A definite unique experience.

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