Second Hand Smoke - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
06-16-2014 23:56:37 | More by smakawhat
4.14/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
05-25-2014 23:19:05 | More by b_birra
3.49/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
07-03-2014 05:10:12 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.61/5 rDev +26.3%
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.
10-13-2013 03:00:26 | More by Kuaff
Second Hand Smoke from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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