Modern Romance - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 63
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: n/a
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 05-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

In an exciting collaboration, Midnight Sun and Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge—a local artisan chocolatier—designed and brewed a very special dark ale that celebrates our strengths—and weaknesses: sensuous chocolate, warm spice, fiery chili, provocative character and amorous mood.

Raw cacao powder and roasted cacao nibs add an earthy element. But every romance needs some spark. Modern Dwellers’ signature Mayan Spice blend provides sultry, lingering heat that seduces the sweetness of the malts.

37 IBU
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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 63
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, spice, earth, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, cocoa nib, earth, char, spice, and slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and earth bitterness and chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that still has a nice mix of cocoa, spice, and chile characteristics even though this one is a bit old at this point.

Serving type: bottle. (728 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar. Upon closer inspection, the sides of the glass are dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short light beige head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste has initial flavors of dark fruits along with hints of chocolate. It finishes with strong flavors of spicy chili peppers; these intensify as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The chili peppers lend heat to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer starts out innocently, but once it starts warming up the spiciness and heat from the chili peppers really start kicking in.

Serving type: bottle (780 characters)

Photo of nicole309
4.54/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I rarely like this style because I either find the beer to be too thin or the chili flavor just doesn't come through and linger like I would like it to. This beer, in my opinion is the best example I have seen of this style.
It has a great mouth feel with just enough heat. The other spices are present, but not overdone. The only thing I would change is just a little more cocoa flavor, but that's just being nitpicky. (420 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev n/a

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a nice brownish foamy head. Aroma of roasted malt with some cacao notes is pleasant. Taste is also dominated by some roasted malt with cacao notes and some musty notes that are also noticeable. The chili notes are very hard to distinguish which is somewhat of a letdown. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but not necessarily great either with the chilies notes not coming through strong enough. (480 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
3.75/5  rDev n/a

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.
Thanks to iguenard for the bottle!

Pours dark black, with a small mocha head and a bit of lacing. The nose is dominated by dark roasted malt, bitter, burnt coffee. On the palate, it tastes of dark roasted malt, cocoa nibs, espresso; it is dry and a little bitter/burntand a bit of hot alcohol. It has a full mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. (429 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.86/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is cola dark brown with a small spritzy collar, light tan. No lace. Suspect label.

Smell is chocolate, bakers, a little diacetyl.

Taste is chocolatey, but dry, not sweet chocolate, again, bakers. There some faint heat, no vegetable pepper flavor, which I am happy to do without. Mostly on the back of the throat. I thought it would be richer.

Mouthfeel is medium+, not as thick as it looks or I expected. A little still, definitely lacking the classic MSBC mouthfeel, perhaps the cocoa fats are killing it.

Drinkability is ok, this is a solid "mole" style brew. I have to say at first I was thinking it was a little understated, but this actually has some elegance, and therefore, high drinkability (relative to the style). (742 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.1/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-almost black in color with a fingers worth of tan head that

S-roasted malt, some roasted coffee, and lots of sweet and bittersweet chocolate

T-taste is pretty similar to the smell, beer does have some roasted qualities but with lots of sweet chocolate. The chili spice leaves a tingly finish.

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation

Overall a really well made beer, love the spiciness that the chilies give! (418 characters)

Modern Romance from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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