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

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RATINGS: 432   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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4.9
ionutsalex (11) - ROMANIA - DEC 15, 2015
Best beer ever . aroma and taste very good. Appearance very nice andpalate ........5 from 5 Smooth tasty simply the best

4.5
beelsebob (35) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 17, 2013
Pours a very dark, near black, with a dense tan head. The head lasts a long time. The aroma is strongly chocolaty, and biscuits. Taste is a great balance of spicy hoppyness and deep rich malt. Feels silky smooth in the mouth. Very highly recommended.

4.5
beeryswine (7) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2013 does not count
Roast and red wine, a bit of dark chocolate. Dry, rich and robust. I might expect a beer this full flavored to be higher in abv but fortunately at only 5.6% it can be enjoyed safely! I’m surprised to read in the description that there is an addition of ginger, I didn’t taste that at all. Perhaps ginger adds to the complexity without being apparent.

4.5
rondphoto (4448) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 21, 2014
bottle @ John’s Grocery / Iowa City IA --- Opaque black color with 2" tan head that slowly drops to a cover, streaky bands of lace. Aroma is classic peat and caramel malt. Taste is almost precisely what I think of when someone says "traditional porter." Slightly toasted caramel malt dominates the flavor with only a hint of chocolate milk showing in the palate. Bittering in the finish isn’t for show, only for balance, and works perfectly in a limited role. I wish I had purchased ten of these when I had the chance.

4.4
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2011
The bottle is nice looking standard Williams. Pours a minimal tanned head that is focused on the edges. A solid presence. Aromas come from tobacco, smoke, tar, chocolate, coffee, cream, wood, ginger, herbs, a roasted general feel. the body is medium and focused, with a slightly oily and slick texture. carbonation is spot on and tingly. One of my favourites from Williams, one of my favourite breweries also.

4.4
bpreo (2840) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2011
A truly delicious Scottish Porter. This one tastes heavy, but it really isn’t, so if you love that taste of a stronger dark Porter or Stout, but can’t keep up with the traditionally high alcohol content, this beer is perfect for you.

4.4
VMeth (28) - - FEB 24, 2013
Superb dark porter with a smokey bitter chocolate flavour, cut through with spice. Goes really well with haggis.

4.4
Zarrach76 (270) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 1, 2017
Un Porter me direz vous, mais un Porter aromatisé au gingembre. Pari risqué étant donné que j’ai déjà eu des expériences assez désagréables avec des bières au gingembre qui soit sont déséquilibrées, soit sont carrément ratées et/ou chimiques. La particularité est d’avoir associé gingembre et Porter, idée qui peut paraître farfelu mais la suite nous prouve le contraire ! Versée noire, fine mousse beige, rien à signaler. Au nez, première surprise : on sent très bien le gingembre, mais aussi les notes de malts chocolat et café avec un équilibre très bien maîtrisé. Les notes de gingembre se substitueraient presque au houblon avec la même fraîcheur et le même côté floral et agrumes (citron vert). L’épice rajoute presque un côté Lambic avec ses notes acétiques et poivrées, tandis que le mélange avec les malts apportent des touches d’amande effilées cuites, de frangipane, mais aussi de kirsch. Une complexité extrêmement intéressante ! En bouche, la carbonatation est faible (c’est un Porter), la texture est ronde, pas trop sur l’eau avec un minimum de corps, l’alcool est juste, l’amertume 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. Derrière, les malts torréfiés prennent le dessus tout en finesse avant que l’amertume ne parle et que quelques notes poivrées et le piquant du gingembre ne restent sur la langue. Le final ronronne tranquillement, pas très impressionnant étant donné que l’alcool montre ici toutes ses limites en ne soutenant pas toutes les flaveurs à leurs justes valeurs. Le gingembre masque quelques arômes habituels (levure, cuir, résine...) mais en développe d’autres en combinaison avec les houblons et les malts. Quoi qu’il en soit, c’est une réussite dans le genre tout juste limitée par un alcool trop sage et un petit manque de dextrines (pour le corps). Un beau breuvage ! Bouteille 50cl, Boissons du Monde, Saint-Egrève.

4.3
bluejacket74 (1992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2010
500 ml bottle, best before July 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, oats and a bit of coffee. The aroma is nice overall, and mostly sweet. The brew tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some ginger, along with a slight mineral taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it’s smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a good porter, there was just something about the taste of this brew that I liked a lot. I’d buy this again in the future.

4.3
edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2012 16.9oz pours deep brown, black with a big creamy tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits. Taste Coffee, cocoa powder, and roasted malts.


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