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Midnight Sun - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

135 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 135
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 Iaido
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Iaido, Apr 29, 2014
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 Chemister
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Chemister, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of imscotty
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours very dark black/brown, has fair carbonation, a nice tan head, some lacing.

S: Light malt, coffee, light alcohol, some dark fruit.

M: I thought the mouthfeel was a little watery for a Porter, a little creamy, good carbonation.

T: The taste is good and reflects the aroma. Light malt, light roast, light alcohol, and some dark fruit. This beer definitely does not have as much roast malt flavor as some porters. Still, nicely balanced and pleasant. The finish is dry, modestly bitter and lasts for some time on the tongue.

This is a solid beer. The mouthfeel and taste leans more towards a Black Ale than a Porter I think. Not a World Class beer, but I got this at a great price and I think it represents a great value.

Serving type: bottle

imscotty, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of fountainofyouth
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness glass.

Appearance: Decently large head with fine bubbles, tan. The body is dark brown, but not black -- good for a porter.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt and herbal hops in equal amounts. Again, browner than black. Reminds me almost of a bock. Brown sugar.

Taste: Nutty and sweet. Some toffee and chocolate. Very light roasted flavor. The back end carries the hops you get in the nose. No off-flavors. Overall it's good, but not quite bold enough for me. The flavor palate is fine, but I was hoping for a little more of it. Maybe a little hoppier than I expect from an English porter, but not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth up front. Some dryness in the back. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: Good porter, probably fits certain tastes better than others. Closer to the brown ale end of the spectrum than the stout end.

fountainofyouth, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Schmoog
4/5  rDev +2%

Schmoog, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

hansavijaticar, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev +2%

leitmotif, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +2%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +2%

dcmchew, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of Kevincredible
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Kevincredible, Oct 08, 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 07, 2013
Photo of tzunoi
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

tzunoi, Sep 18, 2013
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 14, 2013
Photo of aswaller
4/5  rDev +2%

aswaller, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

CwrwAmByth, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Maxwell
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark black in color, like a good black coffee. The beer pours with a half a finger’s width of small bubbles the color of sand dunes, which leaves a lacing of medium bubbles that leave a sticky, thin webbing on the glass. In body, the beer is too dark to look through. On the nose, the beer smells light and bakers chocolate with nice toffee notes and hints of coffee with cream and sugar. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with a good drying bitter from the light roast, and a soft touch of fruity acidity in the finish. In flavor the beer begins as light dark fruit notes, dancing somewhere between plum and raisin, though never touching upon the richer raisin notes. This light fruitiness slowly blended with smooth roasted malts, smooth and a touch of metallic flavor. The finish rings with light roast and a touch of lactic sugar, while the aftertaste gives light hints to the ginger in the middle of the throat. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a soft carbonation that tickles the tongue with a light scrub. The beer feels slick and leaves a little coating of saliva as it exits the tongue, leaving the mouth wet yet roasty dry. Overall, this is a damn good English (Scottish?) Porter with some nice unique notes from the ginger that help to give fruitiness to the beer. Try this beer.

Maxwell, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

mrfrancis, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of TheHammer
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, time to see if Williams Bros can brew more then just gruit.

Appearance: Poured with a finger and a half of head that didn't lace but did manage to retain quite well. The body is as black as night, no highlights. It's as dark as a midnight sun...go figure.

Smell: A big presence of chocolate caramel as the malt dominates the nose. Notes of coffee and tea are apparent in the background. Warming really helps the smell come out.

Taste: A nice well roasted malt is present throughout the beer, but it masterfully stops short of burnt. It really starts out the beer on a good note as I even detect a slight note of spice as the chocolate aspect slowly assert itself and then end with a bitter, slightly dry coffee note.

Mouthfeel: It's slightly drier then I'd like, but the exceptional transitioning, creamy carbonation, smooth texture and nice coffee & malt aftertaste that lingers for just the right amount, more then makes up for it.

Drinkability: Only slightly on the heavier side of medium bodied, which is what I would expect from the style. The dryness takes a bit away but the smooth texture, interesting taste and the fact the beer sits down very well makes me a happy camper.

Final Thoughts: This is a very well done Porter and walks that line of being easy and interesting very well. With this Williams Bros has earned its place as one of my favourite Scottish Breweries. I suddenly want to hunt down a bottle of one of their Scottish Ales.

TheHammer, Jun 22, 2013
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
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

jpd7374, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Ciocanelu, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Dethklok, May 07, 2013
Midnight Sun from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.