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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%


Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Rugged yet smooth, Kodiak Brown Ale balances caramel and roasted malts with enticing Northwest hops. Perle and Willamette hops accent without overpowering this American brown ale's intrepid maltiness. The result is uniquely delicious.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-28-2002)
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Amber brown two fingers of tan foamy head with medium lacing.
S - toasted grains, caramel malts, some roasted hazelnut, light earthy hop tones.
T - Sweeter on the malt, but you get a decent nutty quality, definitely some mild earthy hop notes that help balance it out.
M - Creamy, yet semi-dry.
O - A good drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 04:06:58 | More by Omnium
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DoubleJ

California

3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounces of Alaskan brown ale to drink. On to the beer:

A half-inch of creamy head sits on top this dark brown beer. The retention on top is good and some strings of lace work around the glass. The aroma is decent with the potential to be good, as it shows a pleasant nutty yeast and a kiss of toffee. Regarding flavor, the profile is more bittersweet (not literally). There is that brown ale nuttiness and sweetness which I like in my brown ales, but in Kodiak Brown, there's also a dose of offsetting graininess and even a note of cardboard. The potential is there, but is not realized.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:22:37 | More by DoubleJ
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown body with some dark red edges around the lower half of the body, one finger foamy off white head that leaves some speckled lacing that slides around in a spider web sort of way

S: nutty, malty, and a little bit of chocolate coming through in an earthy sort of way, really not as hoppy as the label suggests, but there is some entering as the beer warms

T: nutty, slightly malty and a little bit of caramel there as well; nutty malty aftertaste, dry finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable, the carbonation is definitely felt, one of the harsher mouthfeels I've noticed in an American Brown Ale

O: good American Brown Ale that I'm pretty sure I'd have again

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 03:40:01 | More by BeerKangaroo
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, ruby-tinged chestnut coloring with a low profile, dense, light, tan head that settles into a filmy surface coating. Aromas of roasty nut sweetness, hints of Kahlua, and an earthy character. Flavors are very sweet forward, but remain light on a crisp body. Nutty sweet, hints of caramel, roasted notes, and an earthy highlights. Tangy sweet aftertaste with roasty linger, the beer has a slick, clean finish. Very easy to drink, but rich and robust throughout.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 22:57:14 | More by GarthDanielson
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argock

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).

A: Dusky brown with short 1/2-finger light beige head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Smells of fresh dark caramel malts and chocolate rye bread greet the nostrils followed by herbal, honeysuckle, and light citrus and piney hops. No yeast character discernible. A fairly hop-forward brown ale.

T: The flavor is not quite as nice as the aroma, although there's nothing really wrong with it and a lot right with it. The bready caramel maltiness carrries this along nicely with a very prominent chocolate note. The hops are more subdued than in the aroma, but they still contribute mainly piney and light citrus notes to an otherwise malty beer. Bitterness is light-to-medium. Faint cocoa in the aftertaste along with some caramel.

M: Fairly light in body with fine carbonation that layer this beer on the palate nicely. I wish this had a bit more body without any additional sweetness.

O: A fine example of the American brown ale style with a nice hoppy twist on a chocolate laced brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:41:03 | More by argock
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not sure where everyone is getting the "can" I got the 22oz bomber from halftime beverage for 7 bucks.

A - Off to a great start full 1/2 inch of mocha head with excellent lacing, Color is a deep brown hue far from pitch but very clear.
S - Sweet malts, some brown malts, a touch of chocolate and a bit of bittering hops.
T - Warmed up this beer is excellent the hops and malts meet pretty well with little metallic twang. Chocolate malts and brown malts are apparent sweet but light. I like it.
M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy as expected for the style.

Overall to pull the trigger again I would rather get something more local but this is a nice introduction to Midnight Sun. Maybe someday I will pull the trigger on there 12+ dollar pumpkin stout. It's been a personal tick for a while but I don't usually spend that much regardless of where it's coming from...

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 05:24:37 | More by DrDemento456
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/13/2012. Pours lightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, toffee, earth, herbal, and a light metallic note. Nice and pleasant aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, molasses, and light earthiness. Hardly any bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, molasses, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. A light metallic off note was present; but it was only noticed after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good brown ale. Nicely robust and balanced in flavor; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 07:59:34 | More by superspak
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gockets (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a fizzy slight fluffy 1/2 finger slightly darker colored head that fades at a med to slower pace with some decent lacing, over semi clear semi hazy mahogany toasty brown with a touch of a cranberry colored hue.

Nose starts quite sweet smelling, sweet molasses and brown sugar galore, plenty of caramel and nutty aromas, brown malts toasty and sweet, candi sugar and candy syrup, a light marshmallow, and plenty of caramelized toffee.

Taste starts with malt, brown malts and plenty of them, a nice toasty brown malt, tons of caramel, toffee, syrupy flavors, brown sugar and molasses out the wazoo, and some nutty malts, like toffee with nuts around them. Smooth and rich, with a little syrupy flavor, fairly sweet but not too sweet. On the back end is some hops, bringing a decent bitterness with a light earthy and herbal hop, little biscuit like malt brings a nice toasty brown malty caramel candy cookie like flavor. Quite nice. Finish lingers with a bit more bitterness, coats the mouth with caramel and toffee, brown sugar, caramelized toffee, etc, and just a bit of earthy hops, and mostly dry without being too syrupy.

mouth is med to fuller bodied, a bit rich, just a bit syrupy, good carb.

overall I'm digging it quite a bit. Lots of great brown malt flavors, syrupy additions, sweeteners, etc. With just a bit of hops and bitterness to balance, nice full bodied without being too syrupy. Quite tasty, it's like a dessert for me. i quite enjoyed it and wish I could get this regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 00:10:58 | More by jlindros
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a clean deep amber/brown, 1" of tan head which quickly diminished.. excellent retention.
a very sweet toasty smell of chocolate, tobacco, toasted oats, caramel, coffee.
taste is just like the smell. very sweet, very tasty. roasted bitterness balances it out perfectly.

medium body with high carbonation.. slightly creamy.
a great brown ale. very tasty flavors alongside high carbonation make this very drinkable :)

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:36:35 | More by facundoCNB
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Deep brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is a hair below average and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big toastiness with almond nuttiness close behind. The result smells a good bit like dog kibble, which I sort of like. Caramel after that. Semi-dry. Not overly complex, but powerful and pleasant.

3.5 T: Tastes even more like how dog kibble smells. Toasty and nutty. On the drier side, but still well balanced. Light caramel. Big, bold flavors that work well.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Excellently creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: A bit strange tasting, but I like it and the mouthfeel is awesome. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 04:54:30 | More by DavoleBomb
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u2carew

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber
A) pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly leaving a thin lacing on top. Clear mahogany color. No lacing on the drink down.
S) Doughy. Roasted malts. Hints of chocolate.
T) Toasted malts. Caramel. Astringent bitterness in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Dry. Body is medium light - a bit light for a brown ale.
O) Not a great brown ale. The aftertaste is a turnoff. I think this beer has gone south, which is a bit sad since I'm drinking it 3 hours from the brewery. No "born on" date either.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 04:28:22 | More by u2carew
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cosmicevan

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed on 7/8, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my midnight sun tulip.

a - brew poured a deep brown with amber highlights. Two fingers plus of frothy head that dissolved leaving chunky lacing on one side of the glass.

s - amber malts. nutty, a hint of pot pouri. some nutmeg sweetness.

t - really nice rich thick flavoring. cherries and nuts. nutty and caramel amber malts. some cocoa powder on the finish.

m - great feel. thick and lush. full bodied with vibrant carbonation. leaves a tingle in my mouth. ends a bit dry for all that lushness.

o - overall, i've been digging on browns a lot lately and this one is a must try. really lush and rich. the flavors dance through the spectrum. really refreshing and bold.

bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:38:34 | More by cosmicevan
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark garnet red in color and has a very slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a large collar around the edge of the glass along with a patch of bubbles in the center on the surface.
S: There are nutty aromas of malts in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is malty and is dominated by flavors of nuts along with some hints of caramel and roasted malts. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good brown ale if you like nutty flavors. It is very easy to drink and would make a good pairing with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:33:28 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium brown in color with hints of dark amber and garnet red when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts and some roasted malts. There are light to moderate notes of nuts.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted and caramel malts with very light amounts of sweetness. Pretty significant notes of nuttiness and light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink with some real pleasant nutty flavors. Definitely one to get again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 23:01:27 | More by dbrauneis
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Can't tell the actually date from the notches, but appears like 08/11. This has been in my fridge way too long, so probably not doing it justice. Poured into a Russian River goblet.

A: Pours a dark ruby reddish brown. Off white thin head. Basically forms a ring around the edges of the glass. Carbonation has faded.

S: Smells of oxidation and roasted malts. Some nuttiness. No hops currently, but that has to do with the age I assume.

T: Wish it was newer. No hop character. Totally dead. Malt but no roast. Some strange metallic flavors coming through, which is my fault.

M: Medium bodied. But a thin.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 14:29:15 | More by inlimbo77
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T-Luv

Alaska

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown tint, but light enough to see through. Very little head, and what is there dissipates rather quickly.

S:Hint of Hazlenut, maybe almond? sort of malty as well.

T: Not as nutty as your usual nut brown, but with a hint of chocolate and a light body, this is a great springtime beer.

M: Light, a little watery, very little fizz.

Nut brown is one of my favorite beer styles, and i'm biased to like this one, as it's made here in Anchorage, and was the first of this style I ever tried. I've had many browns since, and though in comparison there are much better out there, this one is the one i compare the rest to.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 01:26:13 | More by T-Luv
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SHODriver

California

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown with minimal tan head with poor retention
S: Smells slightly belgian with notes of dark fruit but overall caramelly sweet
T: taste is slightly roasty with a decent amount of caramel sweetness. Aftertaste is clean with lingering bits of lightly roast malt
M: light carbonation is slightly prickly at times but the beer is overall medium bodied and sits well on the palate
O: Not the best brown ale I've ever had but certainly not the worst. this drinks pretty easy and is generally inoffensive. It's no moose drool though.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:09:16 | More by SHODriver
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beergod1

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown body with a small, light beige head. Smells of roasted Malt and toasted nuts, but with light notes of caramel and chocolate. The roasted malts brings out a flavor of earthy, toasted nuts with a subtle caramel sweetness. Slight hint of dark fruit.There’s not much hopiness going on beyond a little light bitterness. Makes for a decent balance, and a somewhat dry Mouthfeel. Medium Bodied and Carbonation. Somewhere between an American Brown, and an English.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 19:00:44 | More by beergod1
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Midnight Sun Kodiak Brown

Appearance: dark brown, medium-small head, and some lacing.

Smell: nutty, malty, and faint grainy hop.

Taste: nutty grain with lots of malt and a hint of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This has some good flavor but it is slightly watery.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 17:27:56 | More by megahurts4
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle -- bottled first week of April according to the label. Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown with about one finger of head. Not a great deal of lacing. And does not appear to be a heavily carbonated beer.

The nose is quite nice with roasted and caramel malts coming through and a trace of chocolate and roasted nuts.

The taste is heavy on the roasted/caramel malts. Some of the chocolate comes through as well. Very malt-heavy brown ale. Maybe a little fruit in there in the form of figs.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. About right for the style I would say as far as far as the viscosity of the beer.

Overall, a very pleasing brown ale. Perfect accompaniment to the cooler autumn days. Provides a nice rich malt taste that is not as heavy as your winter stouts.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 05:30:56 | More by JohnnyP3
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mjenkins5

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from the "takeout" fridge at The Loft. Served in a Midnight Sun pint glass.

A: Poured very dark brown, no turbidity. A relatively aggressive pour gave a 1 1/2 finger light-brown head that settled quickly, leaving some light lacing on the glass.

S: Immediate roasted malt aroma, followed by light caramel and chocolate notes. Relatively straightforward with little complexity.

T: Again, roasted malts. The caramel is much more noticeable here than in the aroma, accentuated by a light chocolate presence. Some hop bitterness, not much, serves to balance the heavy malt.

M: Medium body with lower carbonation made this a ridiculously smooth brew.

D: Not an amazing English Brown, but definitely a great example of the style. Easily drinkable, this is one of my favorite Midnight Sun offerings, and one I would drink again and again (had I access to it on a more consistent basis).

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 13:47:01 | More by mjenkins5
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CapitalGains

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured and tasted 7/18/11
22 oz. bottle poured into a Deschutes Imperial Pint glass

Pours a very deep, mahogany brown body with a faint tan head that dissipates in under half a minute. Limited transparency, no residual lacing as consumed.
Aroma is chocolate malt and roasted barley, with notes of caramel and perhaps a bit of butterscotch.
Initial taste comes at your with a big malt profile that is followed by, well, more malt. Notes of chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Hop presence is difficult to recognize in this one.
Feels slightly under-carbonated with a relatively balanced mouthfeel (not too thick or thin).
An easy drinking, flavorful brown ale. I think it could stand a slightly increased hop presence (or less malt domination), and this is coming from someone who usually prefers less hops. Picked up a bomber for a little under $5 - that would translate into about $16 for a six pack. I don't think I'd ever see myself paying that much for a six-pack of this. Overall, a decent brown ale with a dominant barley/malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 03:35:23 | More by CapitalGains
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark hazelnut brown. Almost completly opaque save for a few hints of light that were wondering around on the side of the glass, giving it some tiny little hints of a reddish hue,

chocolate of all things. Very welcome and very suprising to say the least. A nice rich milk chocolate sweetness was coming through and really sweetining it up. There was then some hints of caramel malts in the back coming up and really letting you know this was a sweet little brown ale. Lots of sweet notes not coming through as well, sugary caramel and some light chcocolate notes are predominant here, with a nice touch of earthy grains making up the backround very nicely. Somel ight hints of wood and vanilla come through as it warms up and really deepen the profile,

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 01:34:05 | More by mikesgroove
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Pixieskid. Really happy to get a chance to try this. It pours very dark, bordering on porter dark, with some ruby hints around the edges. There is about a quarter inch of just off white head which recedes to a film after a minute or 2. The aroma is very subtle. Its really hard for me to pick out much aside from a little bit of chocolate malt and toastyness. Not that impressive. The beer more than makes up for it in the flavor department though. Great toasty roasted malt character with a great balance of a mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and light with a good amount of carbonation. Enjoyable beer. Really happy I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 23:51:54 | More by Agold
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madvermin

California

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very, very dark brown, with reddish tinges at the edges. Head was large and foamy, with not as much lacing as I was expecting for the fluffiness.

Smell is of nuts and a little bit of chocolate, and also a weird wet towel smell I haven't had from a beer before.

Taste thankfully has none of that, with nuts and a little bit of hop bitterness to start, a roasted semi-sweet bready middle, and a balanced chocolate finish that is intoxicating. Really, really solid taste for how strange the aroma was.

Mouthfeel is good, with the texture pretty smooth and silky. Drinkability is decent, as it's only a 5% abv brew, but I could see the very strong malts getting a little much after a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 06:05:30 | More by madvermin
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Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.