Williams Brothers Midnight Sun (Bottle)

Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Porter
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Midnight Sun is a black porter style beer, created from a blend of malted barley, oats, roasted barley and chocolate malt, balanced with a generous handful of hops and a wee bit of fresh root ginger. We really like it and hope you do too!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zarrach76 (236) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 1, 2017
Un Porter me direz vous, mais un Porter aromatis au gingembre. Pari risqu tant donn que jai dj eu des expriences assez dsagrables avec des bires au gingembre qui soit sont dsquilibres, soit sont carrment rates et/ou chimiques. La particularit est davoir associ gingembre et Porter, ide qui peut paratre farfelu mais la suite nous prouve le contraire ! Verse noire, fine mousse beige, rien signaler. Au nez, premire surprise : on sent trs bien le gingembre, mais aussi les notes de malts chocolat et caf avec un quilibre trs bien matris. Les notes de gingembre se substitueraient presque au houblon avec la mme fracheur et le mme ct floral et agrumes (citron vert). Lpice rajoute presque un ct Lambic avec ses notes actiques et poivres, tandis que le mlange avec les malts apportent des touches damande effiles cuites, de frangipane, mais aussi de kirsch. Une complexit extrmement intressante ! En bouche, la carbonatation est faible (cest un Porter), la texture est ronde, pas trop sur leau avec un minimum de corps, lalcool est juste, lamertume douce mais efficace. On retrouve en premier lieu les notes de gingembre qui se marient vraiment bien aux houblons avec de belles notes de jasmin. Derrire, les malts torrfis prennent le dessus tout en finesse avant que lamertume ne parle et que quelques notes poivres et le piquant du gingembre ne restent sur la langue. Le final ronronne tranquillement, pas trs impressionnant tant donn que lalcool montre ici toutes ses limites en ne soutenant pas toutes les flaveurs leurs justes valeurs. Le gingembre masque quelques armes habituels (levure, cuir, rsine...) mais en dveloppe dautres en combinaison avec les houblons et les malts. Quoi quil en soit, cest une russite dans le genre tout juste limite par un alcool trop sage et un petit manque de dextrines (pour le corps). Un beau breuvage ! Bouteille 50cl, Boissons du Monde, Saint-Egrve.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radassace (257) - SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2017
Pours jet black, tan coloured head. Aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, spice, dark sugary fruits. Nice medium mouth feel, smooth from the oats. Taste is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, some fresh ginger and a orange peel bitterness. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LomYst (879) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2017
kruidig, koriander? geen ginger... later wat drop en licht gebrande mout... veel carbs, licht kruidige afdronk

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle. Black with reddish tinge. Very Malty; liquorice, roast malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, burnt sugar. Fruity; tangy, dark fruits. Spicy; some ginger. Hoppy; spicy, peppery hops. Fairly lively carbonation. Sweet roast malty taste with a sour edge. Dry mildly bitter finish. Nice beer! (2008)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TEJA (2972) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2017
Big brown head. Lasting brown head. Dark red-brown color. Big coffee, chocolate and rubber aroma. I dont find the ginger ( but as I usually dont like that it is for its good). Small sweetness and balanced bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MayumiH (1214) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle at home. Dark brown black colour. Roasted malty taste with a hint of spice. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sarauckelman (520) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2016
Black with no head. Almost no aroma. Sadly lacking the ginger flavor or heat. Oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
uckelman (773) - Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2016
Pours dark brown. Medium brown head. Mild ginger and cocoa aromas. Strong ginger flavor right at the start. Texture is "fluffy".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JackMandarin (347) - Aberdour, SCOTLAND - NOV 9, 2016
Bottle from Tesco. Pours a dark chocolatey brown. Very light tan head. Aroma has some burnt chocolate notes. A light note of balsamic. Quite meaty. Dark brown malted loaf. The ginger is there but providing some solid support. Taste is creamy with a cheap chocolate ice cream note. Ginger snaps. Bitter coffee notes. Cola. Medium length bittersweet finish. Slightly spicy on the palate in the finish. Medium to light carbonation and a medium to light mouthfeel. Potent porter with a twist that sets it apart....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (2298) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 21, 2016
I prefer March Of The Penguins but this is a common sight and usually a cheap, dark option in most Scottish pubs.
Pours a decent dark, clearish cola-brown with a soft fizzing brown ringed head. Nose is soft soily leather, pepper and light roast with some drinking choc notes later on. Taste is much the same - fairly clean with a roasy and spice edge on the finish. Carbonation from the bottle solid throughout, nice sweet kiss to the rounded mouthfeel on the linger.

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