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Mammoth Extra Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 106
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 36
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 50 | Hads: 106
Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small off-white head of thick, bubbly foam. It left some sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - Good roasty aroma of a big stout. Good toffee, burnt molasses and chocolate notes.

T - Very tasty. Strong roasted malt flavor with chocolate, toffee and burnt molasses with a touch of bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a subtle alcohol warmth.

O - This is a really good version of a Foreign/Extra Stout. Loved it!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a small, frothed, beige head.

Smell: Dark malts with notes of creamy milk, chocolate, roast, dark caramel sauce.

Taste: Dark malts with a sweetish blend of caramel, chocolate, and whole milk questionably close to the expiration date. Mild earthy bitterness. Splash of fresh coffee. Lightly sweet, chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, well-made stout. I dug it!

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Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep, dark, and delicious black beer. Pours a nice beige head on the dark stuff. Quite foamy and carbonated on the tongue. A thinner body than the imperial stouts, with a distinctive dark roast and sharp tang. Just a hint of sweetness before the charred flavors and hops take over. Bitter chocolate taste and just a hint of booze.

Seems like a little much of the bitter hops on top of the burnt malt. No safe haven here. Worth a try but expensive. 22 oz bottle from Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly solid black color with a smallish creamy tan head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of caramel, licorice, and roasted grains up front, Smooth vanilla and chocolaty aroma countered by a firm earthy hop punch. Taste is creamy chocolate and vanilla mixed with a bit of sweet milk sugar along with roasted grains and earthy hops. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very nice easy drinking smooth flavorful stout. Damn they can brew up there in AK.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a big loose head. The smell is big and roasty with a pronounced grain smell and a touch of sourness on the finish. Taste is very balanced and smooth, with a winey flavor and a bit of malty sweetness at the end. The roastiness is present throughout, as is a touch of sourness. Good thickness and carbonation, and interesting flavor combos make this drinkable.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black with nice brown cap

S: Big cocoa, light caramel nice and subtle roastiness

T: Taste is rich and sweet, smooth milk cocoa, light roastiness, light booze presence and lighlty bitterness on the end

M: Big body for a low ABV beer, coating sweet, tasty

O: Good

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, slight roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, slight nut, yeast, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a foreign / export stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight earthy malt, slight hop, and slight oatmeal. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, feel, and blend.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of ccrida
3.66/5  rDev -9%
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...

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Photo of Immortale25
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #2 in Round 6. another bomber, mine poured into my Sly Fox Goat Race mugh, Vickie's into her Victory thumb-notch glass cause she doesn't do pint glasses (see https://store.victorybeer.com/prod ... ar-glass/)

A-Jet black, completely opaque with a nice creamy mocha head that leaves great sheets of lacing. 4.0

S-Excellent blend of caramel malt, roasted malts and earthy hops. I would guess we are in Black IPA territory, and I like it. 4.0

T-I am going to stick with my style guess here though Vickie is not so sure. There is an underlying creaminess in the flavor that we would not necessarily expect from this style. Maybe there's some oatmeal in this one? It is sort of a hoppier Stoudt's Fat Dog in a way. Whatever it is, I like the balance of roast and sweet malts here. Very nice. 4.5

M-Medium bodied, nice lingering earthy hop bitterness blends beautifully with the smooth creaminess. 4.5

O-Another winner here. Great flavors, terrific body, really nice. 4.5

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Mammoth Extra Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.