Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 186 | Reviews: 116 | Display Reviews Only:
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
07-19-2011 03:35:23 | More by CapitalGains
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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,
07-15-2011 01:34:05 | More by mikesgroove
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
04-01-2011 23:51:54 | More by Agold
3.7/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-05-2011 06:05:30 | More by madvermin
3.93/5 rDev +8%
A- Deep mahogany, garnet on edges, thin tannish head settles and leaves some lacing.
S- Smell is nutty (chestnut and brazil nut variety), a bit of toast and a slight hint of chocolate.
T- A hint of sweetness followed by a dry roasted nut flavor that lasts through the finish. Slight bit of mineral notes in finish.
M- Medium body, slightly dry.
D- A good brown ale. Not in the upper eschelon but good nevertheless.
01-10-2011 22:44:00 | More by jsprain1
4.15/5 rDev +14%
This is an excellent brown ale, balanced, characterful.
Deep reddish brown, almost black, it has a medium tan head that soon thins to a foamy ring.
Aroma is caramelised toasted barley, some dark bread, hints of wine, coffee/mocha, dark fruit. It's gentle but very nice and has some good complexity.
Taste ts as above, gentle and restrained but very well-balanced with firm character and a little complexity. It has faint hints of licorice and ginger bread, some caramelised brown bread, prune hints, dry toasted crust and light earthy-woodiness. It is lightly on the sweetish side before a dryer finish.
11-29-2010 22:38:19 | More by Offa
2.85/5 rDev -21.7%
A: poured a dark brown with maroon highlights with a very thin khaki colored head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: the overall aroma of the beer was pretty faint but i was able to detect very slight nuttines, caramel malt, toffee, and faint hops as well.
T/M: I was able to taste a little maple, some hops and maybe nutty notes but that is about it. A let down so far. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a very slight nutty, sweet, and very mild hop finish.
D: it drank good but was very dissapointed on the overall experience of this beer. It had hardly any smell and taste which to be perfectly honest I would have rather drank a newk as far as brown ales goes.
10-27-2010 03:56:57 | More by Gobzilla
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
Appears medium bodied brown with a large creamy tan head.
It smells nutty and of caramel and brown sugar. There is a slight hint of citrus in the beer as well.
There is a brown sugar like sweetness and a nutty flavor as well as a very slight smokiness. There is also a very mild caramel like flavor as well. It is a very smooth beer and the sweetness is not overwhelming.
The carbonation is moderately low. This is a semi rich and sweet beer so I don't think I would want to drink a bunch of these but the drinkability is probably average for the style.
Overall it is a decent little beer nothing amazing but it is serenity enjoyable.
08-20-2010 21:58:32 | More by chumba526
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
Picked this one up during my trip to Alaska. 22oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A: appears a deep dark brown with some clarity, nice foamy brown head, great retention and lots of lacing
S: notes of roasted malts on the front with a considerable amount of hop bitterness which makes for an earthy quality
T: roast and coffee notes, less prominent than what you would get in a stout, but melds nicely with an assertive hop profile. Like the nose, the taste has a lingering earthiness from the hop bitterness which is a bit spicy.
MF: creamy and smooth body
D: not a bad English brown, lots of bold and interesting flavors which are balanced quite nicely.
08-17-2010 19:59:22 | More by homebrew311
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a Jolly Pumpkin pint glass.
Pours a deep brown with a nice brownish head.
rich malty coffee type smell, lots of roasted malts come through.
The taste was good especially when it was warmer, I find it deep with lots of malting while having some bitterness, pretty well balanced.
Fairly easy to drink though because of the thick mouthfeel and lots of malts it was a little overwhelming. I would have preferred to have split the bottle up.
08-14-2010 19:32:35 | More by psiweaver
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
Draft, City Beer Store. This beer pours light brown to auburn with a tight beige cap. It has some mild piney hops and light caramel malt, but it's mostly spicy walnuts in the aroma. It's a very nutty beer, but it lacks the caramel malt necessary to back up this note for me. It's more pronounced in the taste probably because the beer is quite dry for a brown ale. I bet Midnight Sun went this route intentionally - they seem to love making dry beers - but it just doesn't work for me. This flavor profile isn't what I'm looking for in a brown ale, and the nutty notes, though good and strong, just can't shine without more sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit rough and thin for the style. I appreciate the effort, but I won't be revisiting this beer.
06-15-2010 05:37:56 | More by popery
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
Bomber from K&L Redwood City. Hell yeah, Midnight Sun in the Bay Area! This one is a little underrated IMO, as I thought it was just excellent for the style.
The appearance is really phenomenal. The beer pours a clear, deep, dark mahogany brown color with a one-finger light tan head that lasts and leaves great lace.
The aroma is extremely nutty, about as nutty as I've ever experienced. Chocolate and roast come through to a lesser extent.
Flavor is excellent with roasted nuts - almond, pecan, cashew, and Brazil nut - as well as a hint of milk chocolate and caramel. Not very sweet at all.
The palate is very dry with medium-body and a long finish.
Overall, this is great for the style. It's not quite on par with some of the brown ales that Cigar City does, but it's better than probably 90% of the brown ales I've had. Midnight Sun does it again.
05-09-2010 02:28:17 | More by nickd717
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a dark and slightly cloudy brown color with a smaller off white head.
Bready and spicy nose. Some cream, coffee, and nuts.
Flavors are like the nose, some dark bread, creamy malts, light coffee, and roasted nut flavors. Finish is dry with a mineral hop bite.
Mouthfeel is good, full feeling, not heavy, and well carbonated.
Drinkability is good too. Nice brown ale, reminds me of a nut brown ale. Easy and pleasant drinking, quite sessionable.
05-02-2010 01:06:38 | More by flexabull
3.53/5 rDev -3%
A - Maple syrupy brown/amber with a thin crop of dense, light tan foam. Good clarity.
S - Roasted nuts and a malty-sweetness come to the front. Lighter caramel and a toasty aroma linger in the back. Hops hard to detect but traces of citrus seem to be present.
T - Toasty malt, slightly nutty and a dose of cocoa. Moderately/moderately-low bitter. Slightly sweet finish.
M - Medium bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation. Smooth.
D - Decent example of the style though I likely wouldn't order a second.
03-22-2010 04:38:56 | More by BrewerB
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
Two minute warning in the Super Bowl, so I quickly went down to the beer fridge and picked this one out to drink next. As soon as I cracked it it started overflowing from the bottle and I had to run for paper towels. Finally got it to settle down and poured it into the glass.
Pours a very bubbly and frothy brown color. It poured with at least 3 inches of tan head that I had to wait to settle until I took the first drink. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass once it settled down a bit.
Aroma is nutty and malty with with some caramel sweetness to it. There is a slight spicy earthy to it that I presume comes from the hops. Taste is similar to the nose in that it's all about the malty, caramely, nutty flavors. it's moderately sweet with a slight spicy bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. The carbonation is too high for me, I almost thought I had an infection but there isn't a hint of sourness to it. As I said it started gushing out as I opened it and didn't get better from there. Drinkability was hurt by the carbonation, the taste is fine but the over carbonation makes this not something I can drink much of.
02-08-2010 00:57:20 | More by billab914
4.15/5 rDev +14%
Pours dark brown with a huge, light tan head. The smell is roasted malt with some caramel as well. Not much of an aroma. The flavor is malty sweetness with some nuttyness mixed in. The finish is where the hop bitterness comes in. The beer is highly carbonated and very drinkable. I really like English Brown Ales and this is one of the better ones I have tried.
12-28-2009 20:31:48 | More by Mora2000
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
A: Pours a deep, clear nutty brown colour, with a nice 2" of tan coloured head. The small bubbles hold nicely as it settles a bit. Head hangs around for the duration of the glass.
S: A great nutty scent wafts out towards one's nose. Toasty roasted barley, and a light spicy rye/cocoa note.
T: Toasted nuts are my impression with the first sip. A little roasted malt makes itself known, but only in the presence of light caramel malt and a slight fruitiness from the yeast. Creamed corn. Crisp finish with toasted nuts and spicy rye/roasted malt lingering. Very sweet, perhaps a bit too much so.
M: Very creamy mouthfeel, with a medium-to heavy body for the style. Low to medium carbonation.
D: Very flavourful and full bodied, which may limit consecutive consumption. One bomber will easily be enough, but this is a very tasty brew.
12-27-2009 06:44:58 | More by darklordlager
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
22 oz bottle that arrived at my doorstep thanks to the beautiful Molly. I am forever in her debt. Served up in a Terrapin pint glass (banjo turtle crossing sign one, love this glass).
A: Very dark brown off the pour. The label says they are "not afraid of the dark", and they prove it. Much more dark than I expected, hell I thought it as black at first. Held to the light it has more brown hues coming through. The beer is crystal clear when held to the light with a lazy carbonation activity. Got about a quarter of a finger of off white head off the pour but falls quickly to a thin ring. Touch of stickiness to the glass with some light lace. Not bad at all here.
S: Its all malt here. Lots of caramel coming through. Lots of roast here and almost a woody smell as well. There is also a bit of a smell that I can only describe as slightly burnt chocolate chip cookies. Don't know if its good or bad, but it is interesting. Not much else working here.
T: Malty goodness once again. Yet again, a lot of caramel taking stage center. Other roasted malts working, touch of chocolate on the faintest side. Little bit of bitterness from the hops I imagine that works nicely with a touch of green wood flavor. That chocolate chip cookie flavor (light on the chocolate chips). Thereis a touch of metallic flavor on the back end, but the malt really covers that up.
M: Light side of medium in body. Carbonation is much lower than expected and really want in this beer. Its actually pretty low period. ABV just has smallest amount of comforting warmth on the back of the throat. Aftertaste is mostly sweet malts but that metallic flavor does linger a bit between sips.
D: You know, this might be one of the better session browns I have had. Not crazy complex but keeps you thinking. So easy to drink and actually quite refreshing. If I had this available to me, this would stay in the fridge. Great session beer and another solid offering from Midnight Sun. Damn Alaskans.:)
12-11-2009 05:44:00 | More by everetends
3.38/5 rDev -7.1%
Pours a deep, opaque brown with almost no light showing through. The head is absolutely massive and very rocky with lots of big bubbles and leaves a huge thick clump of head on top for the duration. The lacing is very impressive as well.
The aroma is pretty subtle and unimpressive honestly with the roasted malts and caramel coming through the most. There aren't any hops that I could get.
The taste is slightly better with the sweetness from the caramel malts coming out a little more with a very slight bitterness in the finish, more from the roasted character than hops.
The mouthfeel is very carbonation, probably over-carbonated in fact and pretty light on the palate.
A decent brown but a little too light and not nearly complex or tasty enough to be considered a great beer. One of the few times I've not been impressed with an MSBC beer.
11-14-2009 01:11:36 | More by gford217
4.18/5 rDev +14.8%
Healthy off-white head over a dark brown beer. Nice sticky lacing, too.
Malty aroma with some raisins and sugar but no hop smells.
Good flavors of roast malts, dark fruit, and quite a bit of residual sweetness. Tiny bit of hops to balance.
Good body and aftertaste but really low carbonation.
I find this to be very drinkable. Listed on the bottle at 5.0% ABV and could be a session beer. Reminds me a lot of Midnight Sun's Scottish Ale (Full Curl).
08-28-2009 22:00:26 | More by joedon
2.65/5 rDev -27.2%
Poured from a bottle, this brown ale hits the glass with just enough head and a medium brown opaque color. Smell is somewhat awful... Cheap sweet rum mixed with cola. Little or no hops to the aroma. Taste is thankfully not anything like the Bacardi that the smell hinted at. Some roasted malts and caramel come through with little to no hop balance, but thankfully no rum... I would definitley like to taste a little more hop presence. Mouthfeel is just as a brown ale should be, not too thick but present and very consistent with its appearance. Drinkability would be higher if I didn't get the smell of rum and coke every time I go to take a sip. My aversion to rum would keep me from buying this again, but it is by no means a terrible example of a brown ale.
08-23-2009 03:51:53 | More by nkersten
4.75/5 rDev +30.5%
The bottle that my father brought back for me from Alaska said "nut brown ale" on it I swear. I took notes, but don't have the bottle. I did write down that it was a "nut brown" though this site doesn't show that. Anyway, here is the review. . .
Brown in color with light beige head. Sweet malt nose in the smooth sense of sweet. Very nice nose. Fresh and smooth attack. Clean malt flavor with hints of caramel. The nust presents itself in the finish and is more pronounced in the aftertaste. Very smooth beer. High quality beer that is well crafted. Just a slight touch of hops is detectable, but the balance is wonderful.
One of my favorite beers, I hope it shows on my "rankings" as such.
08-21-2009 16:59:47 | More by Ragingbull
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a reddish brown color with a slow forming tan head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is toasty, nutty, and slightly fruity. The flavor starts out with some toasted malt. More subtle flavors of nuts, Milk Duds, and some grass. Bitterness is low and finishes neutral. The body seems a bit thin but this beer has fantastic carbonation lending a nice texture. I am a bit surprised by the low scores of this beer. Not the best brown ale I have ever had but it is still enjoyable and very drinkable. The 5% ABV aids in drinkability.
08-19-2009 21:04:14 | More by morimech
3.05/5 rDev -16.2%
Pours a medium brown with a thin beige head. Nose has some bready malts and roasted nuts. Taste is a bit mellow even for a brown ale. Nicely balanced malt profile though. Medium body is a bit under carbonated. Nothing special here, but a good beer to wash down some pub fare.
07-22-2009 20:42:42 | More by rye726
3.58/5 rDev -1.6%
Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Poured and consumed at cellar temps and up. Big thanks to Dev (buckeyesox) for this far-traveling beer!
Pours clear dark copper bordering on brown, with a huge, pillowy tan head that literally exploded in the glass. Took four pours to manage to top the glass off. Eventually settles into a pillowy one-finger cap. Decent stickage leaving some strings of lacing on the walls of the glass. Nice looking beer.
Nose is fruity, hops come through dry and leafy, caramel malt, bit of underlying toastiness.
Taste isn't bad - lightly roasty caramel up front, fruity and toasty, chalky dryness on the back end that lingers a bit. Trace of leafy hops towards the finish. Not bad at all. After reading the reviews, I was expecting a horrible abomination of a beer. This isn't the best brown I've had, but I'm certainly enjoying it. The chalkiness does ten dto wear on you a bit.
Mouthfeel is smooth and light, almost fluffy, which is excellent, but the chalky dryness brings it down a bit. Still, nice.
Drinkability would be better without the chalky, minerally dryness - it tends to build up as you drink in an unpleasant manner.
06-09-2009 16:48:33 | More by JohnQVegas
Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.