Midnight Sun - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

70 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 145
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 6.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wl0307 on 06-11-2008

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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 145
Reviews by kmacphail:
Photo of kmacphail
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up from the Tesco in the Inverness retail park, easily the widest variety of beers in Inverness with the possible exception of Morrisons in the city centre.

The beer poured a very dark brown colour with a thick, dark cream head.

The nose was a complex fusion of a wide variety of aromas that worked well together, complex but not too overpowering. Spices, chocolate and coffee were the main notes but these are only a small number in the overall mix.

The taste of malts, chocolate and a lingering aftertaste of coffee and a slight note of peat. However this is a bit of a weaker taste than expected. The beer is very heavy bodied, whilst I enjoyed it I do not think I could have more than a couple.

Very nice beer, but don't buy a case, try as part of a mix or simply pick up a couple off the shelf, if you can find it. (838 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a near jet black except for a few ruby highlights when held to the light,a 1/2 finger beige colored head that held well.Carred aromas with some black licorice really standing out as well,a bit of dark fruit and bitter chocolate as well.Heavy roast and charred dark fruit flavors,I was surprised at the dryness and the roast it was alot like an American style porter in my mind.A little sharp and thin in the feel but its a nice roasty porter,one I would buy again. (494 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

A Porter with a twist. Dense and rich-colored froth adorns the top of the dark-brown-leather-colored ale. Smells of muddled raisins, brown sugar and vague spicing from the hops and alcohol. Medium body. Dry toasted malt with hints of brown bread, touch of molasses and an even more faint charcoal and crystallized ginger flavor. Woody hops, kiss of ginger, nutty oats and a drying cocoa powder all in the dry finish. The small addition of ginger root works extremely well here. A versatile beer: sessionable, or an easy beer to pair with. (596 characters)

Photo of Satyr179
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kaneel
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of avitallo
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
2.89/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

500 ml bottle with a BB date of July 2016.

Looks great, with a generous tan head over an essentially black body.
Full body with medium+ but soft carbonation.
but ...
the aroma is overall unappealing. My initial impression was that the ale was infected, but with further consideration I've concluded it is just an unfortunate mix of the roasted grains and the fresh ginger root. The flavor largely follows but is more appealing, especially after further warming.

O: disappointing. (488 characters)

Photo of WeissGary
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a lovely porter, pours quickly and easily creating small head which doesn’t dissipate completely throughout the drink. Quite a spicy, dark and thick beer with a bitter quality throughout the taste. Another fine product from the brilliant William Brothers Brewery, this is one of my favourite beers and a frequent buy when I am in the mood for a Scottish ale! If you can get a hold of it, give it a pop! (410 characters)

Photo of mhenson42
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Lion088
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Iaido
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mapofthedead
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black in color with a dark off-white/pale brown head which lasted well down the glass.

S: I got hints of chocolate and coffee, quite sweet smelling with some very feint hints of spice.

T: Chocolate and coffee again but a more bitter taste than the sweetness of the smell. There was a hint of the alcohol in the background taste.

M: Seemed quite light, almost watery, but pleasant and smooth.

D: Nice, easy and smooth to drink.

Notes: 500 ml bottle poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Best Before Date on bottle was MAY 2010. (551 characters)

Photo of Kevincredible
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle. Very dark brown pour not quite black. Off white head about a finger that decreases fairly quickly to a thin layer.

Aroma is roast malt and cocoa, fairly straight forward.

Taste is light roast malt and some chocolates. Not quite as dry as I would have thought. Finishes with some roast malt, peat, cocoa and light coffee.

A tad thin, but not watery. Carbonation causes a not quite creamy body but pleasant. Very drinkable. Not a whole lot to it, but a good drinkable Enlgish Porter. (497 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml. bottle stamped L0808-1011. Sampled on April 23, 2014.

The pour is a very dark opaque brown to black with a modest, short-lived cream colored head.

Porters are pretty straightforward dark beers and this aroma is no exception. Everything fits including the dark barley malts, chocolate, sweetness, and muted hop notes.

Thin to closer to medium body with a slight dry and bitter finale.

The taste has the Porter qualities I tend to look for minus the smoke. It features the more traditional chocolate and barley malt flavors, a decent sweetness, and a dry finish that lingers briefly at the end. (613 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (667 characters)

Photo of Gottesverachter
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Midnight Sun from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.