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

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RATINGS: 430   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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3.7
sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2010
(Bottled) Almost black with a beige head. Roasty-coffeeish malt and some chocolate in the nose. Sweetish flavor with pleasant, eathy and salty licorice, roasted malt, not burned. Reminds me of Slottskällans IS, only in a lighter form. Another good one from this brewery.

3.7
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2010
{thoughts} Roasty-toasty focused and thankfully well-attenuated; softly herbal in the background with a sprightly tang.

{elements} Black hue; thick, tan froth. Roasty, lightly smoky aroma with light caramel and honey-on-toast aromas. Off-dry, mildly acidic, moderately bitter; solid char and coffee flavors, nimble with only a dash of sweetness, lightly tangy with a savory mint quality. Heavy carbonation, medium body, silky texture. 50 cl bottle, best before January 2012.

3.5
lusikka (7819) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2010
500 ml bottle. 5,6% abv. BBE Jan/2012.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Good retention and lacy. Aroma of mild roasted malts and coffee. Flavour of roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate and some spices. Medium bodied with a thin mouthfeel.

3.9
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2010
Looks great, black with large foamy head. Smells great, and different. Is that chocolate mint? Seaweed? Heather? Mmm, goes down very well and the carbonation is soft. Delicious and unique flavor profile with lovely chocolate roast, herbal freshness on the tongue, and lasting rich spiced coffee. Now that I know it’s ginger in here, I am tremendously impressed with how subdued and delicately spiced the brew is. Also makes me think that ginger should only be paired with dark malts because I don’t like pale malt + ginger. This, on the other hands, works very well.

3.8
LoFi (1735) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 Dark brown with a large light brown head. Aroma: some coffee and hints of fruit. Taste: bitter chocolate, coffee, some fruit, hops, maybe I get a little bit of ginger in the end, maybe it’s just because I read it on the bottle. Without being spectacular, this is a good and well-balanced porter.

3.7
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Beautiful very dark brown pour with burgandy highlights and a nice thick sustainable rich creamy mocha head. Toffee, milk chocolate, coffee, nutty, roasted, with a mild earthy hop for balance. But it seems a bit starchy and astringent. A bit of cardboard. Creamy moderately full body. Still, this is great stuff.

3.3
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
bottle: had this some time ago, but just uncovered my note. nice dark brown/ black pour. roasty, soda-pop. fairly subdued... but after a few days of drinking macro-lagers, this stuff was pretty nice.

3.5
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Saw this one at Bubbles and decided that fall weather would be perfect for a porter. 500mL bottle perfectly filled my English pint glass with clean dark brown/black liquid and a crystalline frothy finger of tan head. Collapsed to a thin ring, but those sparkly foam bubbles created amazing lace walls on the glass. Aroma is roasty and toasty, toasted nuts, chocolate, roasted coffee. Flavor matches nicely, with deep dark roast coffee and chocolate flavor with quite a bit of saltiness. The only knock is a lack of depth or complexity in the flavor...but still tasty! Smooth and creamy with a nice finish, as expected in a good porter.

3.7
Slipstream (2663) - USA - AUG 29, 2010
The sweet, floral aroma is very nice. Pretty cool looking label and a black pour. This is a very nice porter. It is nicely balanced and has a bit of chocolate, caramel, and grassy hops in the flavor. There is some English character to the brew, but I am not sure what provides that. A very enjoyable porter.

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jvhemert (401) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 AROMA: caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty APPEARANCE: black, clear, sparkling, pours throthy, which disappears almost completely TASTE: very bitter aftertaste PALATE: very full body, oily feel, lively, bitter, long finish One of the best porters I have tasted, must try, difficult to put down. Lovely balance of coffee, burnt caramel and chocolate that comes in waves.


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