Mammoth Extra Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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89
very good

106 Ratings
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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
Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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

Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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 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 JohnnyP3
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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.

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 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 Scotchboy
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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!

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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 zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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!

Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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 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 MrNuggets
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of jtw5877
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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 brewernelz
4.76/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Mammoth Extra Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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