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Midnight Sun - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

136 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 06-11-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

puboflyons, Apr 23, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

oberon, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

tbryan5, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Satyr179
4/5  rDev +2%

Satyr179, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of kaneel
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

kaneel, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of WeissGary
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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!

WeissGary, May 13, 2012
Photo of mhenson42
3/5  rDev -23.5%

mhenson42, May 12, 2012
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2%

Ciocanelu, May 27, 2013
Photo of Lion088
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

Lion088, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Iaido
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Iaido, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of mapofthedead
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

mapofthedead, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Kevincredible
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Kevincredible, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Bung, May 05, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

bluejacket74, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Gottesverachter
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Gottesverachter, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

aswaller, Sep 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

LJWalker, Jan 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Pelicanrocks, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ryanmcd, Jul 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Liquoric3, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color; traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin tan head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted malts and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of chocolate and roasted malts along with some hints of coffee beans and nuts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, a bit watery and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but I’m not sure if I could have more than one of these in a single sitting.

metter98, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml Brown bottle, best before May 2010, drank and reviewed 11 March 2010. Poured into a vase shaped 'Old Speckled Hen' pint glass.

looked impressive, deep, dark and rich black with a good solid tanned foaming head sat on top. The head left some good thick lacing on the glass.

A burnt, roasted malts smell hides a smoother dark chocolate aroma which in turn allows some liquorice esters to show themselves.

The rear label mentions 'root ginger' and there is a hint of 'hotness' in the taste, but I'd never have gone for ginger as being the reason. The taste follows the smells almost to the letter, toasted malts, dark chocolate and liquorice all appear along with the aforementioned hotness trace.

Smooth, rich and very 'moreish', I liked this a great deal.

BlackHaddock, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of obywan59
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a tan head. Rather thick looking.

Aroma of sweet dried plums with a hint of spice.

The taste is dryer than I prefer in my porters, but it is excellent nonetheless. A slightly woody molassas like taste predominates, and a tart citric quality, faint dark chocolate, and the bite of ginger round it out. Just the barest hint of sweetness.

Medium to medium-thick in body. Smoothness of oats is evident, with the ginger giving a nice bite on the tongue and some warmth in the throat. Somewhat drying.

Very nice, An easy drinker. I could have whizzed through a few more of these. I wish I had bought more. A welcome twist and change of pace from my usual porters.

obywan59, Dec 14, 2012
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Midnight Sun from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.