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Second Hand Smoke - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Second Hand SmokeSecond Hand Smoke

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 17.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kuaff on 10-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Kuaff:
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4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new imperial stout I found upon visiting Midnight Sun's brewery. I bought it, brought it home, and poured it into my snifter at cellar temperature.

I has a half-finger, creamy mocha-brown head that settles down quickly. Like Midnight Sun's other imperial stouts, it's unbelievably black.

The aroma has molasses, vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate, raisins, prunes, and just a sublte hint of smokiness. It's kind of yeasty-smelling, like dark rye bread dough. Smells very similar to Moscow RIS, actually, and that is a VEEERRRRY good thing.

Early in a sip, I taste molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee, transitioning into a finish of earthy roasted malts that becomes increasingly smoky the longer I let it unfold. Indeed, it could be said that the aftertaste is a crecendo a smokiness. It is smooth and satisfying for sure. And after drinking it for a while, I find that the smokiness starts doing this little thing with vanilla... the two go off on their own and perform a little harmonized side-show number to my palate's pleasure. I applaud the performance, and an encore leads to another sip.

The feel is between medium and thick, I would say. And the carbonation is fairly high. It allows the flavors to come through splendidly, so I'm happy with it.

A seductively smoky stout.

More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of itracy63
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Very deep walnut brown and almost black pitched body, very opaque and dark. Head makes about a light chocolate brown finger tall head. Settles to a good thick tan collar, and a very full puck if thin, but not oily or weak.

Classic smoked malts. Hints of beechwood, light smoke bbq and jerky like meats. A real nice hint of sweet coffee like cream roast, maybe even a bit of vanilla poking out on this too. Good balance as well.

A good interesting mix. Controlled tasting smoke in the palate, with some mixing classic large roasted malt. Slightly hot, and also a bit wet, but the flavors still carry. Some light coffee angles mix with the smoke and rich malt sweetness.

Overall a very neat stout in the realm, and the smoke character is also very well balanced and integrated in the beer. It just requires a little more depth.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of b_birra
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass - I think I poured too vigorously on this one, the head took up nearly half the glass... it's delightfully dark, and the head is tinged a dark brown; if swirled, there remains a caramelly residue on the glass. The head was frothy and dissipated relatively quickly.

For the smell, I'm getting smokiness, certainly, but also a fruitiness that is primarily dates. Perhaps hints of chocolate. The taste also has the pungent fruitiness, but tempered by flavors of smoke and a dry coffee taste that lingers in the mouth. The body is relatively light on the tongue.

Overall, a very fine stout that blends a variety of flavors well - though I do keep coming back to the dates.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 4.22.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a silky fine dark tan head that fades slowly to clumps on the edges.

S - Snokey, soy sauce, teriyaki.

T - Smooth chocolate, then a huge smokey finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Smoke isn't my thing, but this one is lake fakey then most.

Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of brotherloco
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bcm75
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cwc
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Jeffo
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doopie brought this one out on beer night a couple weeks back. Cheers dude!

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 56
Second runnings of Barfly

APPEARANCE: Pours out black and yields a two finger, medium looking, creamy, dark tan or mocha colored head with good retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a ring and a dotty wisp. Only the ring remains until the end and leaves some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Classic blacker-than-black Midnight Sun stout look, even on a medium ABV brew. Excellent.

SMELL: Bold nose of roasted malts, dark chocolate, smoked malt, sweet cream and some light caramel. Roasted and slightly burnt with some well measured smoked aromas worth well.

TASTE: Smoky and roasted malts up front. Burnt flavors and more smoked grain at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish is roasted and slightly burnt, with some bitter dark chocolate, sweet cream, a touch of leather, and some well measured though restrained smoked characteristics. Quality.

PALATE: Medium-thinner body and a touch watery on the palate perhaps. Goes down a touch prickly at the back and finishes somewhat sticky. Enough weight, but not quite creamy enough for the style.

OVERALL: Good stuff. Plenty roasted and flavorful for sure, with some well measured smoked nuances working well with the stout base. You can definitely tell this is Barfly’s little brother; a weaker, non-barrel aged relative of equal but different character. The feel could be fuller, but that didn’t take away from the enjoyment for me. Cheers doopie!

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Second Hand Smoke from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.