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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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On this 10-year mark, Midnight Sun Brewing Company proudly releases its 1000th batch of beer - a larger-than-life Belgian-style Barley Wine (if such a style exists) simply called M - in commemoration of the enduring spirit that founded and sustains this little brewery in the extreme Northwest. Making M required a massive grain bill - seven seductive malts - boosted by strength-inducing Belgian candi sugar. Once original gravity hit 37 Plato, a frenzied fermentation ensued: four completely fabulous yeast strains, two of Belgian origin, transformed this sweet concoction into all that is beer. But not just any beer. A beer of madcap magnitude - 11.6% ABV. Character and complexity increased exponentialy while M meddled and mellowed for several months in all-American bourbon oak barrels. Blending the aged beer before bottling ascertained smoothness. M is mesmerizing, pouring dark and silky. Caramel and spice waft up from the glass; bourbon, molasses, leather and vanilla follow. The first taste proffers tobacco, burnt sugar and raisin with a sublime port-like finish, but bourbon - smooth, sensuous, brooding bourdon - is ever-present. The finish, a bit edgy like an American take on barley wine, provides the necessary leap toward overall balance. M is a precious gift to ourselves as well as you, seekers of beer-that-is-beyond-beer adventures... We are but mere mortals in the presence of M.

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3.2
Papsoe (25062) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Dark brown with a reddish glow and a creamy, off-white head. Sweetish aroma with lots of dried fruits. Very full-bodied, lots of roasted malt, lots of dried fruit and some vinous, port-like accents. Extremely - almost cloyingly - sweet, making this hard to drink. Tasted at the Oklahoma Beer tasting March 06 hosted by mjames and lilannie. 240306

4
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Dark/tan and orange body. Maple syrup is strong in the nose with soy and rum. Sharp syrup think mouth. Flavour is complex with sweet maple, plum, brown sugar and dried fruits. Strong cola flavour. This beer sits on the fence between imperial stout and barelywine. Very sweet, most likely what sam adams triple bock wanted to be.

4.4
PhillyBeer2112 (2862) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
A superb beer! Dark garnet showing amber at the edges. Maple, figs, fusel alcohol. A touch of soy? Fruitcake. Rather sweet. This is what SATB wants to be. Yogurty sour milk in the nose, part of an acrid profile that reminds of baltic porters.

3.9
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2006
22 oz bottle, sampled 30 JAN 2006 (release date – 05/05/05): mostly diminishing head that leaves a very thin, wispy taupe head. Sweet, brown sugar aroma with malted, cherry raisins, blueberries, and soft woody smoke. Slight wine grape flavour and sweetness hits the tip of the tongue. Extremely dark mahogany with deep ruby highlights. Velvety smooth texture with mushy berries rounding out the palate. As it warms, the alcohol deepens and a lactic bitterness ensues.

4
Ernest (7721) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
RBSG 2005. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, chocolate), with notes of plum, vanilla, candy sugar, wood. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, soft carbonation. Quite liked this one, though I didn’t expect to (wow, no pungent aromatic hops? yay!). Definitely want to have this again, but looks like that’s gonna be tough to do.

4.4
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Devil’s night at Mullman’s. Sampled originally on the front steps of the convention center in Denver with EDA. Never rated it though. First off- this is a great new style- belgian barleywine. It is pretty much unlike any other beer I have had, yet has all the great characteristics of a great american BW, impy stout, and belgian strong ale. Pours a very very dark brown almost black with amber highlihgts, and a thin creamy head. Aroms is lightly spicy, but dominated by lots of dark and caramel malts, with lots of oak, wood, and vanilla. Flavor is nutty, sweet, lots of chocolate, dark caramel, plums raisin, figs, and a bit of alcohol has it warms. Very smooth overall and a great long lasting finish.

4.2
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2005
dark brown/chestnut color. light tan head. vinuous bourbon aroma. flavor is smoky sweet malt. carmelized candi sugar flavor too - brown sugar? sweet sherry in the finish. this is my kind of barley wine! big thanks to DarkElf for this crackin’ brew!

4.2
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Devil’s Night At Mullman’s. Big thanks to Mullman for sharing this gem. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is really something. Mild bourbon, sweet malt, molasses, and oak. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel malt, bourbon with a strange, but good tart finish. Very nice beer!

4.2
Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of DarkElf via trade. Excellent aroma. Lots of malt. Caramel, toffee, banana bread, and light bourbon. Pours a very dark brown with slight red hilights when held to the light. Insignificant off-white head. Lots of caramel, toffee, and maple syrup up front. Moderatge bourbon with hints of roasted malt, chocolate, and light bitterness in the finish. I don’t get much burn as I would expect from such a big beer. Big mouthfeel. Thick and syrupy.

4.2
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Shared at Mullman’s Devil’s Nite Bash. Wow is right! Smelled and looked like an Impy stout. Lots of body to this dark monster. Good head. Full of fizzy bubbles that helped to carry the complex flavors around the palate. Tons of Licorice in the after taste, very nice. There was some flowery-barley wine after taste, other wise, I would have called it a stout. Very nice, try nice! Thanks to Mullman!


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