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Midnight Sun - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

70 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 145
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 6.39%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 06-11-2008

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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 145
Photo of fountainofyouth
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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!" (606 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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? (1,031 characters)

Photo of mapofthedead
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black in color with a dark off-white/pale brown head which lasted well down the glass.

S: I got hints of chocolate and coffee, quite sweet smelling with some very feint hints of spice.

T: Chocolate and coffee again but a more bitter taste than the sweetness of the smell. There was a hint of the alcohol in the background taste.

M: Seemed quite light, almost watery, but pleasant and smooth.

D: Nice, easy and smooth to drink.

Notes: 500 ml bottle poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Best Before Date on bottle was MAY 2010. (551 characters)

Photo of maxk
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of Travlr
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (254 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black as the night itself - with a small bubbly head.

S - Coffee, toffee, heather and lavender. Not exactly heather and lavender, but these were the closest aromas that I could conjure. Weird.

T - Initially a mild coffee flavor which is quickly joined by heather, lavender and rosemary. Aftertaste is a light charcoal flavor with a bit of toffee.

M - Smooth, watery, no carbonation (as one would expect from a cask), refreshing.

D - Pretty good. In spite of the intense, bizarre, herbal flavors - it is still pretty good. (529 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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, (322 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of sprucetip
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500ml brown bottle with nice label; best by September 2012. Kudos to another British brewery who actually puts dates on their beer! Split this with my wife, as she's the one that picked this out to try.

Appearance: Dark brown, nearly black, with dark walnut highlights when held up to the light. Good-sized light tan head which shows good retention.

Smell: Dark fruit, cherries, a hint of dry dusty roast, and a hint of earthy yeast. Pleasant, if a bit mellow.

Taste: This is mostly about the dark fruit, with just a bit of roast on the finish. Earthy yeast and dark malt, along with juicy dark fruit and a bit of cherry. Hint of smoke on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, almost like an on-cask feel.

Conclusion: Don't remember how much this cost, but thinking it was $4-5. A solid, if not particularly standoutish, traditional English stout.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.05/5  rDev -22%
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. (1,108 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.89/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

500 ml bottle with a BB date of July 2016.

Looks great, with a generous tan head over an essentially black body.
Full body with medium+ but soft carbonation.
but ...
the aroma is overall unappealing. My initial impression was that the ale was infected, but with further consideration I've concluded it is just an unfortunate mix of the roasted grains and the fresh ginger root. The flavor largely follows but is more appealing, especially after further warming.

O: disappointing. (488 characters)

Photo of Manoftyr
2.49/5  rDev -36.3%
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. (637 characters)

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Midnight Sun from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.