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Mammoth Extra Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%


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

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark and full-bodied, Mammoth Extra Stout provides a cozy blanket of warm and fuzzy flavors, including chocolate, caramel, coffee and nut. Huge portions of pale and specialty malts give this mammoth brew a complex palate while hops provide well-rounded balance.

50 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in a great trade with Mike! Pitch black pour with an initial three finger caramel-colored foamy head with good retention and crazy lacing. Big malty, nutty, subtly sweet nose with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and cocoa. The taste is dominated by the roasty malt along with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, cinnamon, soy sauce, toffee, and some subtle licorice and smoke. As it warms, a fair amount of hoppiness emerges as well. The mouthfeel starts off a bit thin and fizzy, but as it comes to temperature it thickens up a bit and was somewhat creamy with a nice bitter hop finish. Overall, this is another solid offering from Midnight Sun. I'll definitely be checking out more beers from these guys!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 15:02:40 | More by beerdrifter
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown close to black colored body with an off-white close to tan one finger head that dies within a minute giving some thick lacing that starts to spider web after a minute

S: potent dark roasted malts, an adequate amount of coffee and chocolate combined nicely

T: sweet at times and somewhat bitter at other times, sticky yet chocolatey aftertaste, dry finish

M: medium to heavy, close to a sipper (probably should've waited until this winter to have this, oh well), carbonation is exceptionally smooth for a foreign/export stout, it really feels very well done, alcohol is not felt on the mouth or tongue

O: the alcohol might not be felt in the mouth, but does catch up with ya eventually, this is still a very good example of a foreign/export stout that I will quickly look for again, best one by Midnight Sun - perhaps...

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 21:30:35 | More by BeerKangaroo
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, char, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with moderate hops. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, char, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Moderate floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, char, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors; with nice hop bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation medium-full body; with a creamy, chalky, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Export stout! All around great balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with moderate hops; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 04:26:04 | More by superspak
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another one to try from a great brewery that I wish I could get a lot more of. Thanks to gockets (Reddit).

Pours a darker colored fizzy smaller head that fades at a slower pace, nice lacing almost everywhere, pretty much pitch black beer.

Nose brings plenty of dark malts, black patent, some roast, a bit of smoked malt as well, faint dusty cocoa and even light creamy choc, dry clean toasty stout,

Taste starts with more dark malts, thick rich bitter roasty malts, some black malt, little roast, light smoked malt, dusting of cocoa, but also a light creamy cocoa. Quite dry overall, with an earthy dusty char that also brings some bitterness. Then hops too, quite bitter spicy chewy briney spicy hops and light acrid bitter roast combine to a very bitter taste. The dark malts bring a light char acrid taste, as well as faint bready biscuit malted milk ball flavor. Finish is super dry, very bitter with acrid charred malt bitterness as well as earthy spicy bitter hops, light cocoa and acrid char with roasted coffee too.

Mouth is fuller bodied, very dry almost gritty, decent carb, touch of warming booze.

Overall ok, just too much acrid roast char bitterness and combined with the spicy earthy chewy hops just gets overbearing, and it's very hard to actually enjoy this beer because of that.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 13:26:13 | More by jlindros
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle kept in fridge, poured into a Deschutes Snifter.
Received in a trade, no bottle dating on bottle.

A- Wow. Seems over carbonated from the get go. A soft pour yields a pitch black looking beer with rocky, sticky mocha colored head that has some great staying power.

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and dark roasted coffee. The usual suspects here. Smells good.

T- Hello dark roasted coffee. Seems to hit you in the face like the first cup in the morning. Followed by huge flavors of roasted malts, all mixed with a faint hint of un-sweet dark chocolate. Tasty.

M- Would like it to feel thicker. Maybe a high medium body on this one, or an extremely low full body. The carbonation is not nearly as high as the appearance seems. Seems spot on.

O- A solid stout from Midnight Sun. All the way from Anchorage Alaska down to good 'ole Missouri this one is one worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 04:14:54 | More by rfbenavi80
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GIVEMEBACKMYSON

Alaska

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell is used espresso grinds foremost, with burnt caramel and fig newton notions playing backup.

Color is pitch black, a gentle pour produced a perfect head telling me this is aggressively carbonated. Head is tan, pillowy and bumpy with generally average lacing. Great looking stout.

There is so much good going on with the flavors here, I love it. If Garcia is espresso, then Wier is dark chocolate. Aside from that, some sips are burnt and almost smoky, while others show their sweet side with toffee and prune undertones. Sharp burnt ashy overtures keep it all in check.

The detractor here for me is the level of carbonation-just too much to let this linger in the mouth or the oils to cling, which in this case I think is a shame. It makes the beer light and pillowy in the mouth, but in this case I want this beer to sit heavy and be itself, pull up a chair, put its feet up.

I really do like this beer. As I said, the carbonation i think really holds it back from being something more. The flavor is, how shall I put it...kick ass.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 06:00:51 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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Steezballs

California

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought from The Bruery Provisions. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: super fuckin dark. oily, a bit of a caramel brownish head. intriguing.

Smell: roasted malt, espresso, chocolate. surprisingly mild though.

Taste: bitter, roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate. a bit of a smokey aftertaste. the flavors are complex and complement each other very well.

Mouthfeel: medium body, decent amount of carbonation. more than I expected, but it works. it drinks very smooth, 7.8% ABV goes down like nothing. this stout is silky smooth.

Overall: Another great, flavorful brew by Midnight Sun. Those guys have a worldly knowledge of beer. This stout has an intoxicating taste and the body to back it up. I'm eager to see how the oak-aged compares.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 07:43:20 | More by Steezballs
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a 100% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and sporadic spots of surface foam. Jagged ring of lacing .

S- Rich milk chocolate aroma. Some alcohol twinge but nothing too serious.

T- Chocolate in the start leads to a dark roasted char taste and then a metallic finish. Somewhat sweet with some faint hops in the background. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M- Chewy, creamy and a robust body. Medium carbonation. On point with the style.

O- A hearty, full-bodied stout with great drinkability and lots of chocolate flavor which is a plus for me. Thanks to SatlyMalty for the recommendation!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 03:37:47 | More by Immortale25
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snaotheus

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split between a pair of large snifters

Pours opaque brown-black with a thin ring of light brown head and a couple floating lumps of bubbles. Fair amount of fine, very slow carbonation going on. Smell is licorice, yeast, a touch of woodsmoke, a little coffee.

Taste starts out with sweet cherries and licorice, and fades to smoke, chocolate, and coffee. Some kind of strong sour twist in there, too, gives it a lemony sense.

Mouthfeel is gritty and fizzy. Overall, it's not bad. It might improve as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 21:26:14 | More by snaotheus
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending me this as an extra! Thanks Hollis!

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of medium brown head. That seems to stay around for a while. Spotty lace.

Smell: fairely one dimensional, yet bold nose full of big roasty malt notes.

Taste: moderately bitter and roasty notes that compliment the bitterness. A bit of smoke and it's almost a charred note. As the beer warms, I can start to detect some black licorice.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth drinker with not a hint of booze! The carbonation is well done and almost has a delecate feel to it!

Overall: Great example of this beer style! Fantastic mouthfeel! To me a foreign/export stout is not a beer style that gets much attention, but this beer does this beer style some serious press! Great job midnight sun for a well made flavorful beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 03:14:55 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened at the August Baltimore BA tasting.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a layer of tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing.

Smell: This is a smokey stout with some dark chocolate and mild vanilla notes. Just a touch of sweetness here as well.

Taste: Again, I'm getting some smoke right away. Not overly sweet. Bitter roast and some mild hops. The finish is full of smoke and roast with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a rather smokey stout. I enjoyed it, but it is rather intense. I'd have another, but only if I was in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 00:43:37 | More by oline73
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, no bottled on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black, produces a finger of creamy dark tan head, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Sweet dark chocolate, roasted grains and coffee, aroma is pretty nice overall.

T- Nice straightforward roasted flavor, lots of roasted grain, espesso, and a bit of caramel sweetness, towards the finish the roast and coffee bitterness becomes dominant.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, dry bitter finish.

O- A very nice stout, flavors are pretty simple but are done very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 06:22:33 | More by WillCarrera
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing at bu11zeye’s 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt in it. The flavor is very similar. I once again get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, but those notes are complimented by a hint of cream. The beer is very dry overall. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 04:30:42 | More by Mora2000
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arizcards

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from the Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido in late March for $11.99.

Beer poured black as night with an nice tan head on initial pour that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is nice, mocha and roasted malts with some cocoa stand out.

Taste had hints of licorice initially, roasted malts predominate with a good measure of dark cocoa. There is enough hop presence to keep this from being too sweet. I would rate it 4.25 if there was such a rating.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth. For me this makes the beer stand out.

Overall this is a solid beer with some very good qualities albeit a bit pricey. Glad to have finally tried a Midnight Sun brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 02:45:19 | More by arizcards
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claaark13

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a little colder than I wanted it, but I had to get it prepped to drink. Sipped slowly in a Hill Farmstead tulip. Thanks Husky. Officially my first MS stout.

A - Thick and creamy tan head on a black body. Doesn't seem that thick, but it really has some legs.

S - Dry, roast and chocolate. Small amount of hops coming through, coffee notes as well.

T - Dry coffee, roast, chocolate, hops, sweetness emerges towards the end, coffee comes through again in the finish. You can almost taste the creaminess.

M - Creamy medium body feels good on the palate. Actually feels thicker than many RIS that I've had.

O - Good beer overall. Tough for me to rate to a style that I don't have much experience with, but it is good for a dry stout. I'd have a tough time saying that I could expect more out of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 00:43:20 | More by claaark13
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at City Beer in San Francisco. Certainly an interesting take on the style. I poured it along with chocolate cake expecting some cocoa character, but this was instead heavy on the coffee (like an earthy french roast) and black barley. The body was appropriately on the thinner side for a strong stout—just right for an extra stout. Mammoth also lacks that sugary sweetness Dragon and Lion are known for, btu frankly I prefer this take on the style to the more traditional foreign stouts. Check it out if you dig the style, just don't expect a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 23:26:31 | More by tempest
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ccrida

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark with a tan head leaving foamy lace.

Smell is dry, oxidized chocolate, milk duds. Just fine, a fairly distinct aroma to me.

Taste is pretty good, this is a smooth export stout, robust enough to satisfy without being to much to overwhelm. Faint malted milk, nice lingering char and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, dry and heavy, winston rodney style.

Drinkability is alright. A clean, strong stout that just doesn't quite burn my spear...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 08:56:12 | More by ccrida
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ehammond1


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black throughout with a small brown head that leaves small dots of stick down the glass.

Somewhat simple, straightforward aroma of some roast, mild coffee, and some licorice.

The flavor is similarly simple, with roast, coffee, and licorice present alongside a moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good enough, but unexciting and simple.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 22:50:24 | More by ehammond1
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always up for trying a new (to me) Midnight Sun production.

Nice toasty and roasted tone to this one. Hearty and with a slightly burning spice thing to it. I think of a rye when I refer to that. Carbonation nips at the tongue a bit firmly; mild detractor. Nice robust stout. I approve.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:23:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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SHODriver

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a small tan head, it looks the part
S: Smells intensely roasty along with some coffee and dark chocolate. it smells good but not quite to the point where all you want to do is smell it.
T: tastes of heavily roasted dark malt, chocolate and coffee, most bitterness seems to come from the roast malt though. aftertaste is more roast malt and coffee that lingers for some time
M: slightly light in the mouth for a stout but not too light, carbonation is ample and builds to prickly levels
O: a pretty solid and easy drinking beer. reminds me a lot of fade to black vol 1 by left hand which was a phenomenal beer

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:18:37 | More by SHODriver
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augustgarage

California

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Samuel Smith nonik.

Umber liquid, dark enough to be opaque topped by a thin head of fallow colored foam which settles to a delicate yet robust collar and lasting surface slick. Pasty lacing leaves a thin veneer of tears in its wake.

Roasted, gently toasty aromatics suggest nuts, treacle, coffee, and specialty malt.

Rich chocolaty palate entry leads into a deep roasted malt base which never quite becomes grainy or astringent. Low bitterness persists throughout both from hops and roast. Faint coffee and cocoa nibs are suggested in the finish which is medium-dry and very well balanced. No diacetyl or esters...definitely on the "export" as opposed to "tropical" side.

Medium-full velvety body with low but sufficient carbonation and a hint of warmth from alcohol.

A very well crafted example of the style - just as rich as Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, but with a bit more balance and smoothness. Lovely, albeit expensive.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 02:42:17 | More by augustgarage
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vkv822

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a thick, foamy light brown head.

Very nice roasty, coffee notes.

Lightly roasted malt and coffee, with some semi-sweet cocoa notes.

A medium body with subtle, prickly carbonation.

A well done Export Stout, and though while I did enjoy it, it isn't something I would probably feel the need to pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 07:27:13 | More by vkv822
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle to Duvel tulip.

A - Black with one finger of bubbly light brown head.

S - A big smoke aroma up front with roasted malts, licorice and some light chocolate notes.

T - Heavily roasted malts, char, smoke and a hint of licorice up front. As the beer warms up milk chocolate flavours become noticeable. There is an overall sweetness that is present throughout and just enough bitterness to balance it out.

M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 16:35:11 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black. Fine one finger brown head with good retention and lacing. Light aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor of bitter roasted and charred malt, light caramel malt and coffee. Nicely integrated. Finishes with a toasty, pleasant charred bitterness with a slight sourness expected in the foreign stout style. Creamy medium to heavy bodied. Nicely made. This seems more like an imperial stout than a foreign/import stout, but good either way. Another great beer from Midnight Sun.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 05:58:14 | More by LiquidAmber
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle ordered from Brewforia.com. 12.89. Served in a snifter. 

Pours near black with chestnut tinged edge. A small quarter finger light khaki head. Decent lacing all the way down. 

Light smells of roasted malts, sweet raisins and expresso. 

Taste of bitter coffee hits first. Burnt malts and dark chocolate follow. Long, dry, bitter finish. Very rich overall. 

Full medium body with a lot of carbonation. 

Pretty darn good. The taste is rich and complex. I won't be paying the price & shipping for more but if it somehow showed up in Georgia I'd certainly drink some more. If you like stouts this one is worth a try. 

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:45:32 | More by ThickNStout
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Mammoth Extra Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.