Mammoth Extra Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

50 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 106
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 4.93%
Wants: 39
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 brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006

Pours opaque black with a two inch head of dense tan foam. A slow retreat revealed plenty of spongy lacework and a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with dark chocolate, espresso, fudge batter, and charred embers.
Hints of nougat, vanilla, and Kahlua follow through.

Full bodied with a lush, creamy mouthfeel. Very soft but with solid gription.

Rich chocolate, coffee dust, Oreo shells, and roasted malts start the palate. Nougat, Black Forest batter, and cocoa follow through.

Finishes with lingering roast, dark chocolate, and barely warming.

Very rounded and soft after two years in the cellar. Highly drinkable with plenty of finesse. Yum.

Mad props to my bro Tim for the hookup. This one was from trade numero uno! (773 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
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.  (634 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,229 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared @ Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian ID. My bottle says 7.8% abv. Poured into a tasting snifter.

A: Dark brown with chestnut hues when the the light strikes the glass...creamy tan head.

S: To me the nose is dominated upfront by milk chocolate sweetness, but there is a lot to it...pretty hefty dark chocolate malt bill with lots of roast, herbal hops...really nice and inviting.

T: Follows the nose with a decent amount of bitterness...there is a lingering roastiness that dominates the chocolate malt, but there is also some sweetness that makes me think caramel? Earthy hops and coffee/roast bitterness on the way out.

MF: Straight up medium body in my opinion, with some lingering dryness.

O: Impressed, this thing leans towards a RIS with its depth, hop character, and bitterness, but its supremely approachable and drinkable. My first Midnight Sun beer. Real nice! (890 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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! (526 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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! (752 characters)

Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 (628 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.37/5  rDev -17%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of claaark13
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber that clocks in at 7.8%ABV, not the 6 listed here. Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours an opaque dark chocolate color with a thin tan head. Looks like there is some good foam/lace retention on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is dark chocolate, mocha, roasted malts, some coffee, and some milk chocolate malts.

Taste is a very decadent brew--rich, malty, with some bitterness at the finish. Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Also some milky sweetness. Coffee is in there as well. Superb rich, substantial flavor profile. Also has a bit of an earthy quality with some faint notes of dark berries. Caramel notes and roasted nuts round out the tastes.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. You can really sink your teeth into this one. Carbonation is just right for the style. A pleasure to let this one roll across the mouth and sample the variety of rich malty flavors.

Overall, this is an outstanding stout. I'm not clear on how it was classified as a foreign/extra stout. Regardless this is a heck of a good stout in all respects. And from what I hear, it's a year-rounder now. (1,097 characters)

Photo of isualum12
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of jtw5877
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark reddish black color with a 1/2 inch tan head, roasted malt smells & flavors, nice rich chocolate/coffee tones. A very nice stout, one which gets better as it warms up. I would recommend this beer for anybody who likes stouts. Thanks to my Brother for bringing me this from Alaska. (298 characters)

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of Orrshow
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of MrNuggets
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasty! This one is really tasty. Kaki head is full to start with but soon fades away. Sweet chocolate starts the taste experience. This being a stout you get your normal roasted qualities. Coffee beans and such. Yeah, those Chocolate dipped coffee beans you get a the drive threw espresso stand. Berries. Tart like the huckleberries I pick from my front yard for my pancakes. This beer is Alaska! (396 characters)

Photo of suncrust
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,227 characters)

Photo of Steezballs
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of brewernelz
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the finest examples of a commercial foreign extra I have ever tried. It is also my favorite of the Midnight Sun regular production lineup. Visit this brewery if you're ever in Anchorage. All the staff I met were very informative and generous with samples of the eight or so different styles on tap. They are the epitome of a great micro with a relatively small production capacity and truly adventurous spirit. (429 characters)

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