nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2011
Bottle courtesy of ajm -- thanks! Pours charcoal in color with a brown head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Smells and tastes more like a black IPA than a stout -- loaded with hops, bakers licorice, toasted malts, and cocoa. The flavor was like a mood ring that changed with ever sip. Really interesting beer. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 26, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #52. Thick black darkness with a nice light brown head. Sweet, lightly roasty chocolate aroma, dried fruits and molasses. Medium bitterness, dark chocolate with a big hoppy aftertaste, creamy mouthfeel and all around just real tasty. (1681) MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2011
black with a thick cream beige. Creamy oatmeal, heavy dank resinous earth, brownie chocolate and roast, very nice interplay even through the creamy-if-lightly-oily palate, the roast surviving any sweetness though perhaps too much hop in the flavor. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2011
A-pours an opaque black with a thinner tan colored head and somewhat bubbly.
S-the nose has a fair bit of hop sweetness up front, lots of peat moss, light note of smoke, citrus hops in the back.
T-the taste is more roasty than the flavor, still has the peat, lightly smoked, fair bit of hop in the back and light citrus.
M-medium to full body, very creamy, lightly oily in the back with a hint of driness and low carbonation.
D-fairly drinkable, rather smokey, decent complexity. still fresh and well attenuated. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle shared by Lunch--thanks, Paul! Served in a Bruery tulip.
Pour brings forward a very dark beer that is bordering on black with a short mocha head and a few bits of spotty lacing as it begins to fall down my tulip. The nose brings forward quite a bit of roasted malt along with some chocolate and a faint presence of coffee. There’s also something resembling a bit of black licorice plus a slightly hoppy component. The flavor is a bit toward that latter bitterness with a bit of astringency that I had trouble placing. I kept getting an odd bitterness, especially in the finish. Other than that, the flavor was a bit toward the plain end of the spectrum and not what I normally expect from Midnight Sun. Overall, this was drinkable enough, but not something I would seek out regularly.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-08-2011
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2011
Very dark brown opaque pour with a tan head. Hoppy aroma with notes of pine. Lots of toasted malt. Flavor is meaty with lots dark roast and hints of chocolate. Piny hops dominate the bitter finish. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
22oz bottle: Pours an oily opaque with a spotty-lacing dark tan head. Has a fresh piny citrusy hoppy nose with a good amount of dark roasted maltiness. Starts with a chewy roasty dark maltiness with lots of earthy hops and roasty bitterness before a very dry, slightly warming finish. An enjoyable and true to style American imperial stout. BeerandBlues2 (13706) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roast, dark fruit, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, citrus, spicy, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, alcohol, prune, and wood. Flavor is heavy malt (roast, dark fruit, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, citrus, spicy, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, alcohol, prune, and wood. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation and a dry finish. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2011
Tap @ The Beer Mongers... Poured black with a tan had. Nose had lots of roast with some charred, chalky, grain tons. Flavor very similar to the aroma. Oats, cocoa and coffee too. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a small tan right of brown atop. Leaves spotty lacing behind.
Aroma: Dust and cocoa powder.
Taste: Bitter and burnt roast, chocolate, dust and spicy hops.
Mouthfeel: Dry, fizzy, full bodied.
Overall: Too burnt and roasty for me. I know there are some who love a dry stout, and hate super sugary Imperial Stouts, so this beer is for you my friend.