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Midnight Sun - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

137 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 137
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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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 Errto
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Best Yet Market, Harlem, New York, NY.

Pours a deep black with barely a hint of color. Light tan head, quite bubbly, not much retention.

Smells of chocolate, a bit of some kind of spice (nutmeg maybe?). No sweetness, alcohol or hops to speak of in the nose.

The taste matches the smell, although a malt body is more present here. Again, that spice I can't quite place comes through and is a pleasant change from most of the Porters I'm used to. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light.

Overall, this is a fairly modest and unassuming beer, but it has just enough richness in the flavor to keep it interesting. At 5.6% and a bit on the dark/roasty side, it's surprisingly refreshing as well.

Errto, Apr 04, 2011
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 Jeffo
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours dark brown and yields a 1+ finger, medium-thick looking, fluffy, light beige head with good retention. Dark brown in color, clear, with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A splotchy wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Dark and roasted malts with some cocoa powder and chocolate aromas. Hints of oats are there and a slight earthy hop note and some spices. Muted, unfortunately, but nice.

TASTE: Dark and roasted malts and some toffee and cocoa notes as well. Oats and hints of leather and earthy hops. Mild and short lived aftertaste with some cocoa, earthy hop notes and some slight bitterness.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Relatively creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes crisp and slightly dry on the palate. Pretty good for the style.

OVERALL: A decent beer for sure, but I would choose Fuller's, or even St. Peter's before this one. Glad I was able to give this one a go, but I don't think I'll go back.

Jeffo, Feb 09, 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 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 Minkybut
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Minkybut, Jan 07, 2011
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 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 biglite351
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

biglite351, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Manoftyr
2.45/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Manoftyr, Oct 16, 2010
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 Zimbo
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Zimbo, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of JamesS
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

JamesS, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

JordanEllwanger, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of meatyard
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

meatyard, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of thierrynantes
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thierrynantes, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

jpmclaug, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

farrago, Jul 19, 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 BeerShirts
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerShirts, May 30, 2010
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 jgasparine
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

jgasparine, Mar 31, 2010
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 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
Midnight Sun from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.