brokensail (16436) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
A: The pour is a fairly viscous and black one with a mild tan head forming.
S: The nose is fairly complex with plenty of dark chocolate and molasses coming out right away. The oak and vanilla notes are a bit more subtle and the roast and coffee are not quite as in your face as in many stouts.
T: A pronounced licorice character comes through on the palate that I did not expect from the nose. Again, plenty of molasses and chocolate going on with a fair amount of oakiness. A moderate bitterness is present as well.
M: The body is medium, not quite to the full range, with a smooth carbonation that eventually ended up dying out as I went back for my subsequent pours from the bottle.
D: For a 10% imperial stout, this is quite drinkable, I will say. Not necessarily amazing, but still enjoyable and definitely different. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle courtesy of brewengineer on 04/12/2010. Dark black body with a medium creamy brown head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma with some caramel. Sweet roast, chocolate, rum-soaked fruit and caramel flavor. Medium full body with low carbonation.
Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2010
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom. It’s pitch-black with a dark brown, creamy head, and the aroma is vinous with notes of roasted malt, plum, prunes, licorice and a little dark chocolate. The flavour is vinous and sweet with notes of roasted malt, licorice, plum, dark chocolate, dark fruits, light wood, weak hints of smoke and the finish is slightly dry and bitter. It’s harmonic, vinous, soft and nice!! scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Red wine nose, dark mocha nose. Inky black, dark tan head. Licorice, chalky middle, dry burnt finish, heavy body. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 2, 2010
22 oz bottle shared at Footbalm’s place - I can’t remember who provided the bottle, but thanks! - Totally opaque black color with tiny brown head. Aroma has roasted malts, notes of tart cherries, light caramel. It is creamy, slightly salty. Flavor is malty, with bitter roasted malts, caramel, oak, and a bit of ash. Finish is slightly sweet.
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2010
2008 bottle courtesy of Smellysell from TBS. Thanks! Pours a pitch black with a brown head, starting to lose carbonation. Smell is strong and somewhat tart, sharp. Taste is definite coffee and very roasty. Like a cup of black coffee. Very creamy without a ton of carbonation. Very good. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 27, 2010
2009 Bottle - Thanks Buckeyeboy!! - Pours thick and almost black with a large dk brown head...aroma is just as bold, rich cocoa and caramel, astringent burnt wood and tons of dark malt, light dried fruit...flaovur is very similar, rich and velvety in the mouth, very little alcohol is noticable, tons of cocoa and dk malt, not too much barrel that I was able to pick out, but pretty tasty... BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle sample. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is burnt coffee, dark fruits, and licorice. Flavor is strong of java, chocolate, dark fruits, and burnt wood. Full body with amazing warmth. Overall...this is great. MS continues to impress. steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2010
4oz sample. Pours a jet black with a medium brown head. Aroma is java coffee. Roasted malts. Nuts and raisins. Taste is coffee, roasted malts. Raisins and chocolate. Palate is pretty good. Heavy mouthfeel. With a bit of stickyness. Overall this is an excellent brew Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
In short: A big thick mollassy roasted imperial stout. Is it a beer? Is it a meal? It is great
How: Bottle 22oz. This bottle was vintage 2008. Consumed when about 1.5 year of age. Sent to me by ygtbsm94 and brewolf. Thanks a lot Brad and Michael
The look: Black body topped by a tan head of foam
In long: The beer smells “big”. Aroma of some kind of molasses cake. Taste is medium roasted, big cushiony cake like maltiness, dominant flavor of molasses cookies, moderate barrel presence with only a little bourbon, warming alcohol sensation, a tiny little bit vinous. Body could not be any more full. There was some alcohol presence but nowhere near the actual almost 13%. And that’s not because I had a tiny sample at the end of tasting session. This was the second beer of the day after a 5% jolly pumpkin, shared with two people, and the alcohol and size of the beer wasn’t aggressive at all. I could drink pints of this monster beer. Another excellent beer from Midnight sun. I wonder if Sarah Palin can see the Kremlin from the brewery.