MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2010
Taste thanks to SSKD814!SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
Hellish obsidian and thin head that is nearly the color of wet earth. I swirled and stared every 30 seconds. Watery flavor of red wine, booze, light vanilla, and an oven of cookies. The flavor is really unique, adding some oak, coconut, and thick cocoa to the already overly sweet malt dominance. This sweetness is unfortunately stretched by the thin body, and though it shows a nice-yet-muddled bouquet, I was hoping for more bitterness and balance instead of the thin alcohol sweetness that controlled this one so singularly.
A-Pours with the darkest head I have ever seen on a beer-which is a very dark brown. Body is opaque, viscous, and black allowing no light to shine through. Head fades to about 1/2 finger and leaves some lacing behind in the glass.
S- Nose is big, rich, deep, and dark. Dark chocolate, anise, licorice, dark fruit, and a good dose of alcohol astringency.
T- Flavor is awesome and much better than the smell. I’m getting a lot of toffee, an unidentified sweetness, and the typical RIS flavors of licorice, anise, dark chocolate, and dark fruit with a mild to moderate roasted malt backbone. A nice surprise for the finish is a woody component of oak is added to the already developing flavors. Great, complex.
M- High carbonation and a very thick- smooth and creamy body. No presence of alcohol in the mouthfeel.
D-This is a great imperial stout and another great brew by Midnight Sun. Solid and offers all the characteristics of a great stout. Definitely in my top 10 stouts overall.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-29-2010 15:48:33 Brigadier (3700) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2010
650 ml bottle
JAXSON (606) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
I’m sure Midnight Sun makes some less than exciting beers (and I have had one or two) but gems like this make up for it in spades. This 2007 release was still excellent. Thanks to buffalohead for the gift which was shared at a tasting. If you have any sitting around and want to free up some space I will gladly take them off your hands.
Aroma / Appearance - Oily and black this was not the thickest imperial stout but right up there with the kings like Dark Lord, Speedway Stout, and (earlier in the night) Hunapas. I could have admired this for an hour before even beginning to drink it. The complex nose contained licorice, coffee, malt, and motor oil. I’m doing it an injustice as my senses were worn from many exceptional beers - just try it for yourself to see how amazingly complicated the weave of flavors are.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate and anise are the first impressions. Next comes a strong malt bill accompanied by coffee. Chewy and dense this beer takes time to work through. This is my first bottle so I don’t know what it was like fresh. I can tell you that age has done it no harm and if you have a bottle drink it soon.
Bottle from Todd. Pours thick, inky black with a rich, frothy espresso head. Head and lacing are thick and heavy, and behave oddly. Fascinating to look at. Of course the nose is rich, heavy on dark fruits, dust of coffee, molasses. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a beer that is so creamy in the mouth, almost like a like dark chocolate milkshake. Heavy dark malts, a bitter coffee-like element, vanilla. more discreet slightly woody tones, molasses. F this is good. nickd717 (4706) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
Bomber from deliriumfest on BA. Shared at my 2nd annual birthday celebration beer fest.
Black with a small fading dark brown head. The head is damned dark on this one. Leaves a murky black liquid after it’s gone. This one is thick and has some legs on it.
Aroma is molasses, roast, anise, and chocolate. Some oak barrel and bourbon poke through. This one lets you know from the get-go that it’s not going to mess around.
Flavor is just crazy. Bourbon and oak, dark chocolate, red wine, lots of molasses, maple syrup, dark fruit, tobacco, and anise all noticeable. So much going on here. A little sweet with a very mild tart note that I’m assuming came from the wine barrels. This is intense and very complex.
Full body with low carbonation. A little boozy and syrupy.
Overall, this is great, but it’s hard to drink a lot of it. This one will really kill you. Make sure you open this with enough people to share it.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2010
Bottle shared by JCB. Thanks, Jason. I think this was aged about 2 years. Pours thick as dark as night... every bit as oily as one might expect from a nearly 13% beer called "Berserker." Nose of molasses, vanilla, mild wood, and tobacco. Even some mild smoke. I love the earthier qualities of this beer as opposed to the typical chocolate/coffee/roast flavors of many imperial stouts. Quite good. MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
(Sample Date: 4/12/2010 Source:BrewEngineer) Bottle at Butters Slutfest. Chocolate with wood roast and molasses and a hint of vanilla. Black with small dark tan head lots of dark fruit then roast then wood then chocolate. Wow. Dry astringent finish with moderate bitterness. Fantastic. Fred82 (2329) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2010
22oz bottle shared by glouglouButters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2010
Appearance : Dark black, small creamy head.
Aroma : Mellow roasted malt with what smells like oatmeal. Some resinous hops. Feels oily.
Taste : Very mellow roasted malt with some bitterness. Resinous hops. Finish nice roasted malt with some hops. Some molasses.
Overall : Very well balanced, alcohol well hidden. One of the best stouts I’ve had. Made me think of the Olde Rabbit Foot. Same balance and molasses sweetness. Awesome beer. Thanks Dany !
Sampled at the Slutfest. Last beer of the night, and damn, what a finish. Pours black with dark brown head ring. Definitely woody. The red wine quality, I assume comes from the barrel, as well as the chocolately bourbon. Very nice. Ratman197 (14976) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2010
Bomber poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, maple, oak, carmel, dates, plum, brown sugar and light soy sauce. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, maple, carmel, bourbon, vanilla, oak and brown sugar with a smooth lingering maple bourbon finish.