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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 bigred89
4/5  rDev +2%

bigred89, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Aethien
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, ink black with a nice tan head and great retention.
I get smoke, malt, caramel and some grassy notes in the smell.
Mostly the same in the flavour, fairly straight forward and the smokey, charred flavours dominate. I didn't detect anything of the root ginger the label claims is in the beer in the smell nor in the taste, disappointing as I really like ginger.
It feels a little watery and light with a good amount of carbonation. A bit too light for the beer really.

It's a good porter but it's not what I hoped for.

Aethien, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +2%

jaidenjb, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Arborescence
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Arborescence, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of sprucetip
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black but thin enough to let light through and add highlights. Good activity, root beer colored head that dawdles briefly and falls.

Mellow roast and some light malty sweetness. Not bad, but not much in the way of depth or complexity.

Pretty much like the nose, some modest roast and faint malty sweetness with little depth or complexity. Again, not bad, but not all that interesting either.

Fairly strong carbonation, thinnish/medium body, and very light bitterness on the end.

This a well made, decent tasting but largely unremarkable beer with little depth or complexity.

sprucetip, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of joecast
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite viscous and about as dark as any porter can be. Thin lightly tanned head. Looks like a text book dessert beer. Lucky I finished all my dinner.

Very appealing aroma. The malt sweetness and spices are at the forefront. Together they make a very good combination. Spices are sort of nutmeg/cinnamon with a touch of grainy breadiness and some floral hops to round things off.

Taste does well to pull back the spices and let the beer do the talking. Just feel if the balance of the smell was copied in the flavor it would have distracted too much. As it is, the spice compliments the dark chocolate and light roast of the malt very well. Bitterness is low but the beer remains balanced as its fermented quite clean.

Only criticism, and it's a small one, is the mouthfeel could be just a tad heavier to help add some weight to the malt and spice flavors.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. One nice side effect of the thinner body is that it goes down so easily. One question I am left with is would this be as good a beer without the spice. Of course, I don't know. But as it is it's pretty damn nice.

joecast, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of BierBliss
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: coffee, slight spice of some sort

Appearance: pours black, 1/2 inch head that fades, light lacing

Flavor: coffee, some maltiness and spice

Mouthfeel: nice mouthfeel

Overall: not what I expected, sort of like a winter warmer meets porter. Drinkable but not something I would go out of my way for.

BierBliss, Feb 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

NightINgale, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a quarter inch mocha head with average fade. The body is a dark burnt umber brown color, almost coffee. The smell is very mild for a porter, even warm, but there's some roasted malt and cocoa. The taste mirrors and exceeds the smell. It has a nice oatmeal stout texture, smooth, creamy, almost milky. A good porter.

MoreThanWine, Jan 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

micky67, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of gskitt
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Rattle and Hum in NYC. Served at room temp, pours a deep brown, not quite opaque. Cask pour had no head to speak of. Had a slight smoky scent, peat maybe. Not overpowering in any way. Taste was remarkable, slightly sweetened plums or other dark fruits, smoky peat, whiskey attributes. Smooth, easy to drink, had no carbonation to speak of. A really nice offering.

gskitt, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of crusian
4/5  rDev +2%

crusian, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev +2%

bluesplit63, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

windypete, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of maxk
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a 500mL bottle from Great Grog in Edinburgh. Poured into a pint glass, well chilled.

A: Pours a very dark brown, minimal light getting through, with a latte-esque colored head. Very nice lacings.

S: Coffee, brown sugar, toffee, a tiny bit of alcohol in the nose too. There is some, slightly spicy scent which I can't quite put my finger on in there too.

T: A very nice roasted malt flavor is the first taste I get, followed by a prominent taste of coffee. There is a hint of chocolate in the aftertaste, as well as a tiny bit of the spiciness I smelled.

M: This beer has a great mouthfeel. It has a great viscosity to it, not too watery, but not syrupy, somewhere nicely in between. Good carbonation too.

Overall, I like this beer, it's a tasty, solid porter which is more interesting than many other UK porters. It's good, but not great.

maxk, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Pellinore1, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, caramel brown head that goes fast to leave thin soapy lace.

S - Dark roasted malts, some coffee, some toffee, roasted barely. Dark chocolate and a touch of spice at end.

T - Strong coffee taste, some rich, dark malts & a sweet toffee flavour. Hints of spice & creamy bitter finish with some ginger.

M - Medium, strong carbonation, rich & creamy smoothness, slight tang & very dry finish.

O - Quite a nice, refreshing beer that went down pretty well and had a good creamy feel to it. The root ginger worked well but the dryness in the finish was a little much for me.

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flyingpig, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Zraly
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Park Lane Pub in Hampton, Virginia.

Opaque and dark as night, this ale has a slight peat and smoke note up front. Very little head and minimal lacing.

The flavor profile is quite lovely. There is an interesting yeast note upfront and then the malt and roasted grains come out in the backside of the initial tasting. Some hints of chocolate. Silky mouthfeel with a mild spiceness -- likely due to the addition of ginger. Light to medium bodied and extremely easy drinking, especially on cask -- no over carbonation and the temperature really lets the roasted grains and spice notes shine.

Very nice porter that is great for eating some psuedo-English pub fare. I had more than one!

Zraly, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of charlatan
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks good: very dark and opaque with a little head around the rim. The nose is an earthy liquorice or maybe fennel seeds to me, suggesting this will be a sipper and maybe on the sweet side.

The taste is a liquorice, chocolate oatmeal combination with a sweet carbonated start giving way to subtle herbal hoppiness and then a metallic liquorice finish.

This is actually quite complex and definitely a sipper as the nose suggested. My limited experience suggests this is fairly idiosyncratic so well worth a try.

Then I read the label...ginger. That's it. Ginger not liquorice. A sort of Christmas Ale version of a porter.

charlatan, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of jjboesen
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a sweet Scottish porter brewed with oak and barley; it pours a dark body that, when settled, is caped by a crown of vanilla froth. The glass is ringed with a moderate amount of lacing.

There is a mild nose somewhat reminiscent of apple and bread; the palate detects the requisite bits of cocoa powder along with a strange, but intriguing, combination of malt and marshmellow.

This is a very non-agressive beer that offers a fine balance along with some crispness. All in all a fne quaff from a small Scottish brewer. Check it out if you come across it, because "if it's not Scottish, it's crap!"

jjboesen, Oct 17, 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
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, black with a big creamy tan head and streaks of lace.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits and a light hint of ginger.

T - Coffee, cocoa powder, roasted malts, dark fruits and ginger that lingers long into the finish. The ginger builds as it warms.

M - Light side of medium with low carbonation. A little creamy.

D - Solid porter with a nice twist of ginger.

brewcrew76, Sep 05, 2011
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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
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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
Midnight Sun from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.