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Midnight Sun - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

139 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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)
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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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a midnight brown color with a rather impressive head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Black bread, chocolate, caramel and winter spices

Taste: Lightly roasted malt, black bread, chocolate and caramel, up front, with the sweetness and winter spice flavors building in the middle; the earthy hops enable it to dry out toward the finish, but there is a lingering sweetness, nonetheless

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A little sweeter than I would like, this is still a nice Porter that adds some Winter Warmer elements, as another BA noted

brentk56, Nov 18, 2012
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 zeff80
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at 44 Stone Public House, Columbia, MO

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty and floral with some nice toffee notes.

T - Lots of toffee, chocolate and caramel. Just enough bitterness to balance all the sweet flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied porter with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty English Porter. Glad I tried this at 44 Stone Public House.

zeff80, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-cask 1/26/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large dense beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy with flavors of coffee and a little bit of chocolate and fruit. There's also a touch of spices in the background. The roasted malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild but complementary creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while especially if you like casked porters.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice and robust porter (in a slightly more English tone than American). Mild smoked and peaty thing going on. This strikes me as what an English porter should be. Smooth feel. Very easy to drink. Glad to be able to try this one out and, again, glad to see something different from this brewery than their lineup of gruit style ales.

RblWthACoz, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at State Line, enjoyed chilled in a tumbler.

The color is onyx with opaque clarity and thick medium tan cap with rocky look and fine bad. The smell is like bittersweet cocoa -moderately roasted with a slight fruity yeast ester with light hint of caramel from the malt with subtle hop odor which is fragrant with a mild toffee sweet scent. The feel is great -not exceptionally high carbonation yet semi-dry with moderate sweetness level and light spicinesss with a gentle roasted finish with very light alcohol warmth.

The taste is pretty great -dark malt with a variety of roasted and semi-sweet chocolate with some mild raisin-like yeast flavor combined with a slight spicy hop in the background which adds to the complexity with a toffee like dark sugar and mild fig-like flavor. The taste has a chocolate covered raisin effect with mild spice to keep things interesting -a mild dry finish and light alcohol makes it very drinkable. Overall I was really impressed, I have kind of found this style to be less impressive lately but this is an exception to the rule as it was satisfying and drinkable with pretty decent value as a bonus. I recommend this to anyone who likes this style.

Slatetank, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a smaller fizzy fluffy head that fades semi slowly with a touch of lacing over dark black beer with no light.

Nose has a nice creamy porter, light roast, some milk chocolate, light cocoa, touch of oats, some vanilla and light caramel.

Taste is more porter light milk stout, pretty creamy, lactose sugar I think, milk chocolate, light cocoa, light roast, some vanilla and caramel, oats, some malty flavors, and light bitterness more from a bit from the roasted malts and hints of earthy hops. The mild sweetness dries just a touch and the creamyness lingers as it finishes, with a bit more bitterness, malts, chocolate, and more lactose.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, creamy and milky, with lower but decent for the beer carbonation.

Overall not bad, very creamy and lactose, nice malt flavors, not too bitter, nice chocolate and vanilla flavors, but could have had a bit more carbonation and bigger body, and maybe a hint more hops.

jlindros, Aug 04, 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 wl0307
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brand new offer by the Williams Brothers Brewery, purchased at the Tesco supermarket. A label on the neck of the 500ml bottle says "Tesco Drink Awards Winner 2008 - Porters & Stouts", so this new brew seems to have already become a success! BB Aug. 2009, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: black in colour, a khaki foamy head with decent retention, carbonation level unknown but certainly not fizzy.
S: the smell is as exciting as deep-running... gingery, heather, and licorice-like herbal+spicy notes as well as orangey-citrusness float upon the chocolatey malty backbone, backed by extra dose of treacle-like rich, sticky sugarness, relatively light nuttiness, sweet berry fruits, and a touch of roasted malts. Overall, it shows good complexity and is quite settled, while the touch of gingery spiciness helps keep a balance in the overall "gravity".
T: rich and sweet chocolatey malts, caramel, and crushed oats upfront, without much ginger though... then turning powdery-malty with a mildly tart-sweet edge of roast maltiness akin to a potent Czech dark lager (e.g. U Fleku), on top of chewy licorice-like bitter-sweetness from both dark malts and hops. The lingering aroma on the palate has a bit more gingery tale to tell in addition to raisins and licorice, but overall everything is mixed so well together.
M&D: the texture is very soft in carbonation, med-plus bodied, very easy-drinking and quietly-delicious. I take this is the fuller version of Williams Black, with additional pleasure coming from ginger and herbal hops... At 5.6%abv., this quaffable porter certainly doesn't taste as such!

wl0307, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger, light tan head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Nose is baked chocolate. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is baked chocolate, some malty sweetness. Nice porter. $4.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

jdhilt, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, roasted malt, oatmeal, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness associated with this brew. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, slight dark citrus, hint of wood, hint of smoke, and slight spice. Overall, good blend, complexity, body, and appearance.

Tone, Jun 24, 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 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
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +2%

mrfrancis, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

dcmchew, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew pours a dark cola hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy fast vanishing two finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is nice and roasty with hints of chocolate,tobacco,coffee,liquorice and spicy hops,the taste is very similar with hints of chocolate,coffee,roasted toasted oats,liquorice and finishes with a spicy hop bitterness and overall a very pleasant porter and very drinkable cheers.

ADZA, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500cL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Midnight-dark brown. Heavy head that has no staying power. Reddish edges, impenetrable body.

S: Spicy (yum), but metallic (ugh).

T: Not bad at all! (By which I mean, this is really good). The label speaks true when it promises a "rich, dark, and spicy porter." Although the body is light, the flavour is very dense. A spicy, gingerly endtaste.

M: Tingling, substantial, and tasty. I like it!

D: A really quality beer. Very interesting and fun. Definitely recommended.

AgentMunky, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Suds
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer is an utterly black ale. It has a lastin brownish head and a multifaceted roasty, malty, earthy aroma. There is a little fruit...some plum and berry. The taste is semi dry, with a lot of dark malt and roasted grain. Chocolate milk and mild bitterness. Malt. It is a mildly heavy Scottish ale. Dark and luxurious,

Suds, Sep 15, 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 bigred89
4/5  rDev +2%

bigred89, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2%

Ciocanelu, May 27, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours purple-black with taupe fuzzy head that fades to trailers of lace. Nose is clay, fudge and maybe the odd blueberry. Cocoa and coffee grounds in the malt, roasted bitterness in the middle and slight medicinal herbal hops to end. Hint of ginger. Tight end with some brown sugar sweetness. Medium feel, oily and round.

Big porter that almost drinks Baltic. Would go again.

StJamesGate, Feb 11, 2010
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 Daniellobo
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing porter on cask.

Presentation: 16 Oz draft serving. Menu offers a brief and fairly accurate description. Chalk ,board notes Alc. by Vol. (5.6%) Served in a pint shaker glass.

A - Black pour with some lighter deep brown edges. Nice 1"+ foamy head, short retention, and some lacing as it goes down.

S - Faint roast aroma with small notes of chocolate and caramel...

T - Good roasted malt flavor... Coffee, and touches of chocolate. Rather subdued. There is a very distant, almost unnoticeable spice, tangy note. It is not ginger but something in that neighborhood.

M - It´s a medium body and the faintest of cask carbonation is present. Smooth and even a bit creamy.

D - Goes well as a porter on cask without being too notable.

Notes: Worth the cask try but nothing particularly memorable. Good brew in any case... I wonder if part of the subdued taste is in part due to being an imported cask being on its last legs. Typically 3 weeks + to cross the Atlantic and get through customs for something like this, right?

Daniellobo, Nov 25, 2009
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Midnight Sun from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.