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Second Hand Smoke | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Kuaff on 10-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 60
Reviews by Kuaff:
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4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bdudzik
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of PretzelCity
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of kmoen
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of itracy63
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with little light transmission in the glass and a half finger light brown head that dissipates to large patches with light lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, coffee, cocoa and smoked malt. Flavor is smoky dark toasted malt with char, boiled coffee, bitter chocolate, hints of vanilla and licorice. Finishes with residual charred malt and a nice light smokiness. Medium bodied with very light creaminess. A somewhat basic imperial stout base with a pleasant light smoky character. The profile leans towards an import stout, with medium maltiness. Flavorful, but not complex, it supports the smoky malts well. Alcohol well hidden, tastes like a much less powerful stout. I was overdue for a smoked beer and this one hit the spot.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color; when held up to a bright light only ever so slight hints of redfish brown are visible at the extreme edge of the glass. It poured with a dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a minuscule ring of bubbles as a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of charred leather are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by strong flavors of burnt and charred malts and also has notes of leather.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is not a beer for the faint of heart—in some aspects it seems even more intense than a rauchbier. The beer manages to hide its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of fergchri
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mawelge
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not the best imperial stout I have ever had, but this one does have a few nice characteristics in it's favor.

A pitch black beer with no head after resting for 5 minutes. Body is somewhat thin; more of a drinker than a sipper. As the beer warms you can really enjoy the balanced smoke and malt flavors. I would consider this very lightly smoked, which I tend to prefer.

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Photo of b_birra
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of OldDirty
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danny1217
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JoeyStats707
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sat on this for just over a year, which I assume has mellowed it just a bit.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is interesting, as I pick up an aroma of smoked meats, vanilla, dark chocolate and licorice, The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty quickly, though there's something of a burnt toast and dry bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full, though the beer is not at all heavy on the palate. The beer is fairly smooth otherwise, and the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile.

An interesting beer, for sure, but probably not something I could ever see myself ordering again. The licorice and hoppy bitterness combination is a bit much, and it seems to give the beer a slightly medicinal quality on the finish.

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Photo of Shaggy9356
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Second Hand Smoke from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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