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Midnight Sun - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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132 Ratings

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 8
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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4/5  rDev +2%

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.

01-21-2011 23:27:33 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

I poured this drink into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was very dark for sure. Black more like it with a chocolate colored head. The smell of the beer was very chocolate also and I had high hopes for the beer. However the beer tasted like a flat coke or Pepsi. I don't mean just flat I mean it tasted like Coke a Cola. I will not buy again.

01-07-2011 22:59:07 | More by Minkybut
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

12-24-2010 00:15:17 | More by bluejacket74
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New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

12-05-2010 23:24:52 | More by jdhilt
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3.43/5  rDev -12.5%

A - a bit of orange around the edges, tall creamy off white head.

S - very nice, roasted malts, oats and sweetness.

T - Less malts than the scent. More the barley, oats and some bitterness from the hops.

M - solid coating, mild tingle on tongue.

D - I would not shy away from this. Solid for both drink only or with food.

10-17-2010 22:03:53 | More by biglite351
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New York

2.45/5  rDev -37.5%

Appearance-Pours damn near black into the glass with a sizable two or three finger tanned off-white head, very nice retention, tight and rocky and leaving plenty of dabs of lace.

Aroma-Kinda weak unfortunately, I don't get much other than the typical porter characteristics such as darkly roasted malt. Bottles says the beer is 'balanced by a generous handful of hops' but I sure can't smell any.

Taste-Dry, burnt, straight forward and pretty bland actually; I've had better porters.

Mouthfeel-Unacceptably thin, very, very, thin.

Drinkability-This is on its way to being a drainpour so I can't give it much; I didn't like this beer.

10-16-2010 10:55:58 | More by Manoftyr
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

10-05-2010 19:50:27 | More by AgentMunky
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

A darkish dense tan head. Earthy and furry with overwelmingly liquoricish bitterness followed by a strong gingerness towards the finish. Ends very very long and very earthy.
Could do with perhaps some more seemless integration of these elements but still very nice.

09-28-2010 22:39:30 | More by Zimbo
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4.72/5  rDev +20.4%

Pours a fantastic dark black with some wonderful head and decent lacing. Great deep scent, some nice roasted grains with a slight coffee undertone. Great flavor, a deep dark roasted malt taste with coffee tones and a slightly chocolate undertone. Goes down very smooth, if a bit dry. Wonderful porter.

09-26-2010 00:41:21 | More by JamesS
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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Big thanks to my fellow guitar pedalhead DasBeef for hooking me up with this fine Scottish Ale! Cheers Mate!

Pours like a thick coca-cola and floats a dense caramel white head. Smells clean, perfectly roasted, and slightly creamy. And the taste is quite that is smooth. That little ginger root gives it the spice. Not to harsh and just enough kick to make it unique. You Scotts know how to brew a great dark beer. Cheers!

08-24-2010 06:32:23 | More by JordanEllwanger
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4/5  rDev +2%

Has a "best before date Jul 2011" on the back label.

Pours a clear (held up to a light), dark reddish/brown with a large, fluffy, 3-finger, light tan head that leaves ample lacing.
The smell is cocoa followed by an earthy malt.
The taste starts with a burnt, bitter coffee, then chocolate and dark malt flavor and more bitterness in the finish. As it warms there's a bit of sour taste and the bitterness subsides.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Drinkability: This is a very nice, easy to drink porter though it is not a beer of which I would necessarily choose to have 2 in a row. I would be happy to have another in a few days or a week though. Maybe it's the burnt flavor that makes me feel that way but this is a bit different, yet very good, porter.

08-14-2010 18:21:18 | More by meatyard
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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head (some lacing).
Smell : notes of roasted malt aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malt flavors, coffee and ginger notes.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Porter.

07-30-2010 17:39:05 | More by thierrynantes
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South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured from the bottle into my point glass

A - Dark black with an off white head that sticks around.

S - Salt, smoke and roast.

T - Once again a bit of salt mixed with smoke and roasted malts. A bit saltier than I would like. Not as chocolaty as I like. Kinda watered down. This is a decent beer but doesn't stand up to the other great porters.

M - creamy medium bodied with not too much carbonation

D - Decent beer but not great. I would drink this again but wouldn't seek it out or buy if I had other options.

07-29-2010 01:49:46 | More by jpmclaug
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1%

Thin half finger of brown foam which doesn't stick around for long, leaves random islands across the surface, given this, more stickiness in the lacing than expected. Blackish-brown in color, opaque but not in a monolithic manner, light glimmer of burnt orange around the rims. Firm, well-packed nose of cocoa, dry dark chocolate, carob and a strong does of ginger, coriander spices, even a pinch of cayenne, the roast not acrid nor coffee-like, more like slowly roasted grains, has no distinct fruit nor citrus scents, long, if unobtrusive, presence in your nostrils. Medium-bodied, muscular presence, not immobile but you have to exercise those throat muscles to prod it down. The Indian cuisine like spices of ginger, cumin, anise and curry clear enough that they push most else to the side. This also hardens the contours of the cocoa, carob flavors. The carbonation moderate at best but does fit the general tone nicely. Odd that, again, virtually no fruit, citrus or other vaguely "sweet" flavors. This is a very intelligent and well-crafted beer, however, one that should be used in select circumstances, preferably with food.

07-19-2010 22:12:37 | More by farrago
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

06-24-2010 01:21:30 | More by Tone
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

A-Black. There was only a very little bit of light that could be seen through the edges of the glass, the head comes on thick and lingers,

S- roasted Malt, light coco, and spices

T- The roasted malt hits you head on and just keeps on coming. Starts out more so the coco and malt with it just being that nice roasted malt lingering after

M- With how the head came up it was not as bubbly/carbonated as it seems it was going to be, creamy body with a medium to high in thickness.

D- Enjoyed it very much, would drink my other one if it was not already part of a trade deal.

05-30-2010 00:24:34 | More by BeerShirts
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4/5  rDev +2%

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.

05-05-2010 02:45:48 | More by Bung
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Served from a FRESH cask at Max's on Broadway, Baltimore, Maryland on 3/30/2010.

A- Poured from the beer engine with a thin brown head, which quickly evaporated... no substantial lacing. The body was a seemingly uncarbonated opaque jet-black color.

S- A very interesting nose that combines aromas of roasted and black malts, oats, earth, perceived juniper (presumably a reaction between the ginger and the malts used in the brew), and just a very mild touch of smokiness. A very artisanal nose, which I enjoyed quite a bit.

T- The nose is replicated nicely on the palate- roasted-malt-dominant with nuances of oats, earth and peceived juniper throughout. The touch of smokiness emerges in the finish, and lingers in the aftertaste.

M- A very nice medium body, particularly given the low ABV; Textured with unattenuated sugar and suspended yeast, and complimented by a soft and delicate carbonation from the cask.

D- Drinks quite well. I would have had multiple glasses of this if there weren't so many other beers to try tonight!

03-31-2010 11:52:39 | More by jgasparine
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United Kingdom (England)

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

03-11-2010 17:53:23 | More by BlackHaddock
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

02-11-2010 23:47:28 | More by StJamesGate
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District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

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?

11-25-2009 03:13:20 | More by Daniellobo
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District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Appearance was one shade shy of midnight black, giant bubbles that settle quickly. Medium lacing.
Smell had caramel and milk chocolate.
Taste was smooth cocoa and dilute coffee, but sort of unbalanced; slight smoke finish.
Interesting; memorable; unique.

11-14-2009 01:15:40 | More by Travlr
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Yukon (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours like black coffee with a fizzy and thin head. No real lacing

The aroma was coffee, expresso, chocolate and some roasted barley

The flavour was spicey and peppery, coffee, chocolate, roasted grain, some nuttiness. Ginger is on the ingredient list and adds to the spice and depth of the beer. Vanilla bean and toffee make up the sweet notes and the beer is bitter and dry in the finish

The mouthfeel for me was much too carbonated, very sharp and hard carbonation, with a medium to thin body

06-15-2009 12:05:38 | More by EatsTacos
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United Kingdom (England)

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

Cherry black with a head that might make other porters jealous: tall, smooth, camel-colored, firm, and resilient. Wonderfully upfront with aromas of chocolate, coffee, malted milk, and a mellow ginger vibe, plus a nice mango/peach fruitiness, a wink of vanilla and just a hint of herbal hops. Tastes very reminiscent of root beer, no doubt from the combination of caramelized dark sugars, vanilla, herbal hops, and the light spice of ginger. The flavor segues from cherry cola into coffee, closing with a bitter finish of mocha and citric hops. Quite dry, although I fear the dryness comes at the expense of a fuller mouthfeel and richer malt character - but of course, this is a porter, not a stout, so the lighter body is not really inappropriate. Overall, this is delicious and interesting; the ginger is a welcome innovation, subtle yet noticeable enough to make this stand out among standard porters.

06-02-2009 14:35:35 | More by soulgrowl
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

A - Poured very well. Pitch black with a thin creamy brown head.

S - Complex. Couldnt really pick out one particular smell. Hints of chocolate, coffee and some spices. Everything mixed together very well.

T - Again the chocolate and coffee as well as a roasted/burnt flavor. A little bitter and a spicy/fizzy feeling along the tongue.

M - More watery than I expected from the look but very smooth.

D - Very easy to drink but I think after a couple in a row I would move on to something else.

05-01-2009 12:30:10 | More by tatoodkelt
Midnight Sun from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.