Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Thanks to Kan for sharing with us!
A - Pours black, mocha head, some nice lacing and retention left behind after it all settled down. A very nice-looking RIS we have here.
S - Chocolate, both dark and milk, slight dark fruit, oak, burnt sugars, some alcohol booze in there too and at 10.4%, it’s going to be quite hard to completely hide.
T - Very similar to the nose. Chocolate, oak, caramel, burnt sugars, some booze. A good amount of complexity between the oak, sweetness, and alcohol notes. Very solid.
M - Full bodied, rich, smooth, light carbonation, creamy yet dry finish.
D - One glass was enough for me. A very big RIS monster. I have been looking forward to trying this and wasn’t disappointed after all was said and done. I continue to be very impressed with most MS offerings, this included. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle thanks to MikeTD. Pours inky black with a tan head. Thickly coats the glass when swirled. Aromas of brown sugar, bourbon, chewy, dark fruits, wine, and caramel. Flavors of raisins, dark fruits, vinous, boozy, chewy. Light bubbles. Tasty. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Slightly smoky, very roasty nose, just a touch of dark chocolate and dark fruit. The taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, with lots of milk chocolate, some coffee, some licorice and lots of raisins. It’s just a bit rough and unrefined. manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split with McBerko (thanks!) Pours the expected deep black with a tan head. Aroma is chocked full of fruitcake like potency; boozy raisins, molasses, caramel, slight cocoa and a hint of pepper. Taste is much the same but with a lush and tongue sticking thickness. Alcohol is fairly evident but not amiss. Finish is lingering and warm. Well done. jake65 (3696) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle - thanks brewolf! Intensely dark brown pour with a short lived brown head. Rich aroma is thick with sweetness. Molasses and oak. The maple syrup is evident at first sip and again in the tail. Sweet. More molasses and this time vanilla. Some chocolate. Smooth barrel notes compliment it all. Drank great from cellar to room temp. Excellent.
mcberko (17854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2010
22 oz. bottle, split with manuchampions, pours black with a tan head. Aroma of raisins, molasses and a little roasted malt. Flavour reveals a sort of raisin-bread upfront, with a touch of molasses / chocolate malt and oak, and booze. Thick, syrupy, and heavy mouthful. Delicious iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
22oz bomber, 2008 edition, and the label states oak whiskey casks (no red wine here), also a different label with their usual sun logo cartoon. I think I got this one from JW77--thanks John! Wow--black as black can be with a small oily deep tan head. Molasses, raisins, dark chocolate and roasted grain up front in the nose, some sweet whiskey and vanilla wood behind. Lastly some anise notes work their way in. Flavor definitely has a lot more roast, as well as a little more anise. Even less whiskey noted--actually can’t hardly pick up on any at all other than some dry old woody notes. The flavor just seems like a totally different beer. There’s some salty soy notes midway through, and it’s lost the molasses and most of the rich chocolate notes. Mainly it’s a salty roasty as hell impy in the flavor. Dry finish with bitterness at a 3, some alcohol noted. Huge thick slick body with scant carbonation. If the flavor kept up what the aroma had, this would’ve been a winner. robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Huge dark brown head that you could float a coin on. Eventually falls after a few minutes resting in the glass. Body is dark as the darkest black hole, sucking up any light that you hold directly up to the glass. Light aroma of chocolate and figs. SERIOUS MOUTHFEEL!! This stuff is thicker and chewier than even Older Viscosity from Port, which is saying a lot. The duel aging in red wine, as well as whiskey, barrels adds in interesting twist, muting out the typical vanillas one is used to in barrel aged brews. Flavor has light bit of toasted coconut and plums with bitterness on the back end. Warming in the throat after taking several mouth fulls. Highly recommend sharing this with someone else, or if you’re alone either get yourself a brew cap to save some for tomorrow or don’t plan on going anywhere!! Was interesting to try, but won’t be on my radar to try again with its $18/btl price tag. waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Draft at Brouwers Big Wood IV.
Pours black like ink with a small dark tan head that quickly soared to the glasses edge and entirely dissipated. The nose was oak, roasted coffee and malt (pretty subdued for a stout), slight vinous notes, black licorice, and dark chocolate. The taste was very strong black licorice, slight red wine, subdued roasted coffee and dark malts, oak, and soft vanilla. Mouthfeel was mildly creamy, more watery than expected, but very smooth. Great stout. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Enjoyed at a recent tasting, alongside continuous streaming of the Berserker scene from Clerks. Thanks, Ben!
A: Poured near black with a very dark head. Appeared nice and viscous.
S: Very rich all around. Not getting too much of the maple and probably wouldn’t know it was there if I wasn’t told, but the there is definitely some molasses and a bit of dark fruit alongside roasted malt and chocolate.
T: Similar to the nose but with the addition of some black licorice and a bit of oak, adding in a touch of vanilla. Very nice taste and quite complex.
M: Nice and full without too much of an alcohol kick to it.
D: Very good. Midnight Sun always impresses, and this is no exception. Especially drinkable alongside the aforementioned Clerks scene, which will forever give me very fond memories of drinking this one.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-13-2010