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Mammoth Extra Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 39
Gots: 14 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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
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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 50
Reviews by JAXSON:
Photo of JAXSON
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin black with a tan head. Nose is bright and fairly roasty, nice melange of berries, dark unsweetened chocolate, and gentle hops on the nose. Thin in the mouth with sharp carbonation. Flavor is very, very dry, very bitter roast on the finish. Green, hoppy, roasted coffee. I actually like this style but this is a bit thin and one dimensional on the flavor. Perhaps the bottle is a bit too fresh.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This was almost midnight all right, midnight black, with an oily head that was very dark brown in color.

Smell – Damn, these dark malts are just rude! This is an in-your-face bouquet, with raw aromas throughout. There’s also some light cocoa powder here and some liquid caramel.

Taste – This is a flavor burst of massive raw sugars and rich, liquid malts. There’s a nice chocolate undertone here as well.

Mouthfeel – This is slightly less then medium-bodied with explosive flavors that activate the salivary glands and a lightly bitter finish.

Drinkability – This is slap happy fun, and the “mammoth” flavors will have you begging for more.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for bringing this over to the last annual Homeless Rick party.

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber bottle, picture of a wooly mammoth on the label that is the official state fossil of Alaska. Month & week bottled date notched on the side of the label.

Appearance: Nearly pitch black with a smudged ruby tinge, healthy yet thin tan lace is cradled on top of the brew.

Smell: Espresso, unsweetened dark chocolate and mild charcoal in the aroma. Smells a bit of tart unripe berries in the nose also.

Taste: Big full in the mouth body, ample crispness to match the thick creamy and slightly crisp mouth feel. Carbonation is held tighter in the thick body. Agreeable burnt charcoal roasted malt flavour flexes on the palate to show the brawniness of an export stout. A suggestion of black currant fruitiness melds well with the acidity of the roasted malts. Malt sweetness is a strong point with the roasted taste to help the hops keep things in check. Hops are present and ready to balance with a pointed yet even bitterness, both yeast and hops lend an earthened flavour to the brew. Mild esters soon follow with a light warming and pleasurable alcohol. Roasted character dwindles to a small but noticeable coffee after taste.

Notes: A big strong footed stout, needs to be consumed at cellar temp. A stout of strength and girth with enough alcohol to keep things right. This would pair well with a molten chocolate cake.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mammoth. I am disappointed i cant find this in bottles anymore as i would like to have more in my cellar. Pours dark black with thin tan head. smells of coffee bean, vanilla, some charcoal and bitter dark chocolate. the taste follows the nose with bitter black chocolate, oak, and vanilla with some espresso (more so than coffee bean). mouthfeel is creamy and goes down smooth. more so than a lot of extras. drinkability is as good as it is for most extras. great brew. put it back in bottles m sun! full curl too ya bastards!

Photo of augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

appearance: sweet label art; served in tyranena nonic pint - black body and a thick foamy tan head

smell: dry roast, bitter chocolate, smoke

taste: smoked malts, bitter bakers chocolate, dry roast, espresso, char, nice milky sweetness, chocolate cake. An enjoyable stout - creamy and full of flavor

mouthfeel: silky body, nice char, alcohol well masked

overall: good

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Orrshow
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Black as night with a solid amount of brown head. The lacing is nice as it goes down.

Smell – Tons of roasted malt and coffee. There is a touch of alcohol and lots of bitter chocolate.

Taste – Up front it’s bitterer than I expected and I like it. I begin to taste quite a bit of roasted malt which followed by rich coffee, chocolate, and caramel flavors. There is a slight essence of dates as well. Interesting, complex, balance, and pleasant.

Mouthfeel – Viscous enough for a Stout. Carbonation was slightly tingly but as it warmed the flavors began to drown that out. I noticed my mouth felt dry afterwards.

Drinkability – Good but not overly great. I didn’t have problems drinking it but I just didn’t have that smoothness like others.

A very nice beer. I hope to get this again in the future and will make a purchase if I ever see it.

Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears black in the glass and a creamy chocolate malt coloured head sits on top. The head is quite sticky, lacing sheets the side of the glass.

As I am letting the beer warm, the first smells I notice are a mix of coffee bean and caramel. Sweet and dry together. Bitter roasted aroma is a backbone for it all. Faint licorice like alcohol is there, but not strong.

The taste is very satisfying, it has what I look for in a strong stout yet doesn't get over the top like some of the Imperials do. Very smooth roast coffee with a nutty caramel flavour. Finish is slightly bitter, but this one is heavy enough in the malts that it doesn't show too much.

Very low carbonation and a thickened body is just right for the style. It moves slowly through the mouth, allowing you to savour it.

Very nice beer, works just right on a cold evening. Many thanks to orrshow and his parents for the hook up from Alaska.

Photo of claaark13
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Docer
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is 7.8% ABV.

Appearance: (4.5)
- Wonderful dark jet brown brew.. chalky look, can't see through a single bit of it. Wonderful frothy mocha colored head.. slowly settled to a thin layer which looks like a very dense and bubbly foam. Lacing all over the glass. A very pretty stout indeed.

Smell: (3.5)
- First hit with a mild sweet chocolate, followed by some grassy and earthy bitter hop aromas.. mainly grass, some pine, woodiness. Some esters going on.. raisin.. light alcohol aromas. Not bad, but the viscous fluid seems to be hiding much more.

Taste: (4.0)
- Great stunning chocolate and cream tasting stout. Balanced very well with some citrus and bitter hops which too are quite grassy and herbal. Nice roasted touch, and sweet fruit. Earthy woodiness as well.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Not as thick as I thought it would be. It is however a bit dry, and chalky like many stouts, but it's balanced sweetness keeps the palate moist. Overall very easy to drink, and perhaps dangerous.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a solid, and balanced stout. Very drinkable for it's strength. Overall it's not a super impressive beer.. but it does stand out among many others. I can only imagine what this would be like on a nitro tap.

Photo of isualum12
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really nice beer that holds it's flavor.

Look. Black as night. With a frofy heAd

Smell is good but not strong.

Taste is really good with punch of bourbon rolling through not your classic stout but really good

Overall this is a really nice beer that I enjoyed with a gorgonzola ravioli.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of suncrust
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Appearance: Dark black body and a brown fluffy head. Very textured look that poured on the thick side. The bottle art is pretty sweet too.

Smell: Syrupy milk chocolate, light oak, mild whisky barrels, and roasted coffee textures round out the dominant aromas. Kind of a damp and dark roasted smell. Maybe a touch milky with faint sweetness.

Taste: Huge dark roasted backbone to this beer. Smoke and char shine (especially when warm) a bit over the richness of the roasted body. Mild wood, bitter chocolate, and maybe a hint of booze in the finish. Small vanilla in there for good measure. Makeup is mostly awesome dry roasted flavors, bitter chocolate nibs, and a slight milky sweetness all packed atop roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel: A bit dry on the tongue in the aftertaste, lightly charred and gritty. Very reminiscent of coffee with that burnt, roasted mouthfeel. With that said, this is still a smoothly drinkable beer with a grainy/gritty base.

Overall: Fuzzy, big bodied, rich roasty notes, with lots of drinkability. The huge roasted coffee and bitter chocolate tones make this beer delectable. Paired nicely with truffles, helping enhance the subtle smokiness. Superb stout. Definitely seek this one out.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark black, no light coming through this one at all with a nice tan head of about two inches capping the top. Nice lacing settling down but eventually a mostly bare top was left without much around the sides.

Aroma is very roasty and smoked. Nice hints of underlying bitter chocolate and sweetness laying around as well. Feel was a touch thin, but other then that seemed to work well as the deep roasted chcocolate came across clearly and the nice roasted and smoked malts

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

stoked to find this one on tap... listed as 7.8%? pours a jet-black in the glass with a dark brown caramel tinged thin head that leaves minimal slick looking lacing.

aroma is rich toasted malt, burnt caramel, hints of coffee. hefty earthiness comes across as oatmeal. bit of bitterness and some cream.

taste is complex, vibrant and rich with molasses, burnt caramel, some almond nuttiness and a decent herbal bitter kick. toasty, a bit bready, good sweet but definitely well balanced.

mouth is moderate with some hefty carbonation that makes it seem almost a touch thin... but certainly fits well with the style.

all in all, a pretty solid export stout with some nice complexities and solid flavors. Deliciously rich. wish the mouth was a bit more lush and a touch less fizzy, but i'm certainly not complaining.

Photo of Immortale25
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of ThickNStout
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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. 

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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!

Photo of Steezballs
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Mammoth Extra Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.