Earth - Belgian Style Chocolate Milk Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.83/5 rDev +22.3%
Big thanks goes out to Frank for sending me down this gem. I had been dying to try another planet series. A Belgian milk stout, what more could I ask for! Very nice twenty two ounce bomber was served cold and allowed to warm up inside the glass to cellar temp. Poured into an oversized wine glass and consumed on 09/29/2008.
The pour was very nice, a rich and very deep dark brown, pretty much completely opaque with a ton of rich and thick, creamy side glass lacing. Almost a three inch head of tan coming up over the top before settling down to a thin layer that covered the top while keeping the sides thoroughly coated.
The aroma was rich with chocolate. Super sweet milk chocolate aroma coming off this one, with hints of sugar, light vanilla and a touch of molasses. The flavor was more of the same. Super sweet and creamy stout here. The feel and flavor defied the low ABV in this case. I had no clue that this was as low as it was. It was utterly shocking to me to be honest. It was magnificent it was so good I was beside myself to be honest. Thick as hell and creamy like a milkshake this was one of the fullest beers I can remember coming across. The taste was just super sweet and loaded won with chocolate from the very first sip. Just ripe with dark fruit as it starts to warm, this one was about as close to the complete package as I have come with regards to the style. Super enjoyable as I found myself taking bigger and bigger sips as time went on. The flavor almost had a somewhat barrel like taste to it at times. I just could not believe that they fit this much taste into this beer. The carbonation had the velvety like fine bubbles that really just could not quit. Every part of this one was just top notch.
Overall I really thought this one was outstanding. One of the better stouts I have ever tried and one of the best beers I have had from Midnight sun hands down. I was in love with Mars but I think I will marry Earth. This was a superior beer that others need to seek out.
10-01-2008 10:39:14 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
Much thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this 22 oz bottle.
Appears an opaque black with a small, tan cap that slowly fades into a mild film and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is lightly tart, cocoa, caramel, ripe, dark fruit.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas in an interesting, yet enticing flavor that mixes complex flavors of chocolate, fruit, and caramel together.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sweet, dry, and fruity. I really enjoyed this one and kept coming back for more. Thanks again, Tom.
12-04-2008 02:40:46 | More by weeare138
4.43/5 rDev +12.2%
22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.
Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of malted milk balls, cocoa, roast, and vanilla. Tastes of roast, cocoa, some dark fruits, and vanilla.
Notes from 8/13/08
11-09-2008 02:41:32 | More by hopdog
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
Secret Santa treat from jtrockchalk. Deep black color with a huge cocoa head that goes on for quite a while. Deep chocolatey aroma with a lingering sort of lactic wang. Velvety smooth cocoa malt flavors. The more I get into it the smoother it gets. Had a sort of Belgain sour flavor at first glance but that is quickly gone. Somewhat grainy flavor. Nice mellow bitterness to it. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel-like a milkshake. A great beer and an even better belgian stout. Lacks the off Belgian flavors that I dont like in those types of stouts. The sweetness and creaminess really smooths this puppy out.
12-26-2008 02:36:01 | More by lackenhauser
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
Bottle courtesy of jw347 poured into a snifter.
A: Pours almost black and completely opaque out of the bottle with a huge, dense dark tan head that shows great retention and leaves sheets of lacing. It's a wonderful looking beer.
S: Smell is very sweet with milk chocolate and roasted malts dominating. There is a very strong lactose undertone in the aroma with some licorice and vanilla as well.
T: The taste follows the smell and the complexity is really surprising given the low ABV. Bitter bakers chocolate and lactose are present up front with a big roasted malt backbone. The finish is a mix of vanilla sweetness and the bitter cocoa.
M: Like the taste, the mouthfeel is much thicker and creamier than I could have ever expected in a low ABV stout. Lots of carbonation add to the lingering creaminess.
D: This may not be the most drinkable milk stout I've had, but it's definitely the biggest and most complex session stout I've had in recent memory. Highly recommended!
10-08-2008 02:17:06 | More by gford217
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
On tap that the MSBC loft - dark brownish black with a creamy tan head, decent last to the thick skim, leaving sheets of foamy lace.
Smell is big lactose and some roasted malt, not to strong.
Taste is good, more robust then the nose, with heavier roast then lactose, which I'm happy to see, as I find a little lactose goes a LONG way. Not getting a ton of character from the Belgian yeast though, some dark, cured fruit, that comes out more as it warms.
Mouthfeel is creamy, but with a sharp bite to it, medium bodied, with a lingering, roasty finish.
Drinkability is really good. A much better beer then I was expecting, as I normally don't care for milk stouts.
07-23-2009 02:32:36 | More by ccrida
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
Many thanks to AKBelgianBeast for this brew.
A - Pouring it into a chalice glass gives a good inch of dark brown head. The head is very thick and almost looks like a melted milkshake. The head has great retention and leaves a ring of lacing. The beer itself is a deep black with no light making its way through whatsoever. It looks heavy and appetizing.
S - Chocolate is the most prominent aroma, there is also a cappuccino-like smell.
M - A medium bodied beer. It feels nice and creamy. Maybe a tad too much carbonation, but just about right.
T - The roasted malts hit first, then the milk chocolate flavor takes over the middle. At the end are the Belgian spices which finish well with the beer. A chocolate flavor lingers on your tongue after you swallow. I found the combination of ingredients to be very delicious.
I have to give a hand to Midnight Sun for making such a unique brew. It's very easy to sit back and enjoy.
09-09-2008 01:34:16 | More by boralyl
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
22oz bottle at 56 degrees.
Pours opaque black with a dark brown head that at first reluctantly built, then rushed to the rim. A full three inches in a tulip glass of porous foam sank somewhat quickly to reveal a placid surace and some spongy lacework.
Loads of dark chocolate lead off the nose, with cocoa powder and Oreo shells following through. Hints of espresso grounds, brownie bits, and Hershey's syrup finish up.
Thick, chewy, and tongue-wrapping mouthfeel.
A very soft and lush body.
Rich chocolate, malted milk, and fudge chunks start the palate. Black forest cake batter and espresso dusted cocoa nubs follow through.
Finishes with lingering dark chocolate, and a drying yet sweetish goodbye.
A very rich brew. Almost like a chocolate malted milkshake reduction.
No Belgian character to speak of though.
More mega-ups to Tim in Alaska for another great "wild ale".
12-12-2008 01:42:59 | More by brewandbbq
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
While chocolate beers normally are dessert or dessert beers; this one is not. However, the chocolate is very apparent and delicious except it's a drier chocolate experience than other chocolate beers. Earth flows out dark brown with a sturdy, tall, hot cocoa colored head. Cocoa nibs with a cocoa powder dryness are prevalent in the aroma. There is also some slight sweetness to add balance. Very inviting. The mouthfeel is amazing. The belgian in this beer seems to come from the relatively light body but firm and billowy head that rollicks around my mouth. While this is going on, the lactose adds slickness which contrasts wonderfully with the head.
The flavor is full of cocoa. It's got a medium body with high CO2 and quite low hop bitterness. (13 IBUs according to the label) It is one of the driest chocolate beers I've ever tried. But, the lactose presence again adds great contrast to the otherwise light and fluffy beer. Very tasty and unique.
05-12-2008 07:54:18 | More by beersabound
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with AKBelgianBeast, thanks to Frank for the opportunity, split with my friend tonight, poured into a pint glass
A-Looks quite black but a small shed of light through the top, very dark though, big one inch soapy medium brown head that stays around for five minutes, nice retention, very good lacing
S-Sweetness, milk, dark chocolate, roasted malts, lactose, cream, vanilla, black licorice, and light sugar
T-When I first opened it and it was chilled, roasted malts dominated the flavor and I did not see many if any Belgian qualities, once it warmed sweet chocolate and milky cream came to the surface, then this one started to taste great, only downfall is that it is more malty than milky, this would have benefitted from being a little sweeter and less roasted, by the end there was some nice complexity with the sugar and the malts, the milk played a big role but could have been stronger, very enjoyable overall
M-Thick, creamy, roasty, sweet, and milky mouthfeel, carbonation is slightly high but that keeps it from being too syrupy, body is medium but on the fuller side, taste lingers well
D-Fairly heavy on the stomach, cannot taste much alcohol but that is expected in a five percent beer, more of a dessert or sipper but still went down pretty easily, nice drinkability appropriate for the winter
This was my third beer from the planet series and my favorite so far, much more complex than other Belgian-style stouts I have had in the past, Midnight Sun represented our planet well with this one, would like to drink again, recommended
12-01-2008 03:05:36 | More by Floydster
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
Had this once before when it was first released almost a year and a half ago. It seemed pretty young at the time, and I was a bit underwhelmed. The time has done it some good.
Black, 1 finger tan head lingers. Minimal lacing. Inviting. SMELL is malty sweet, milky. Mild but pleasant. A bit like root beer. Some vague roastiness as it warms. TASTE Funky, earthy yeasty character, malty sweetness, creamy, vanilla, bitter chocolate, faintly boozy, nutty with some mild roastiness. FEEL medium carbonation, very smooth and creamy, medium body feels bigger than it is. Clean finish and a hint of warming. OVERALL way better than at the realease party in May of 08. More complex, balanced, nuanced. Feels much bigger than it is. At 5.3%, this may be the smallest MNS brew I've had.
09-26-2009 16:38:50 | More by sprucetip
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
On tap at the brewery the other day.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose one gets cola, coffee, light cherry and licorise. However, the combination of aromas gives this beer an interesting earthiness, which I'm assuming is intended and not a coincidence (hence the name of this beer). In fact my friend, who does not like beer very much, indicated she thought this beer smelled like dirt. I would agreed that one could pick that out as an aroma component in this beer. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except the flavors were a bit lighter then I had expected. That was before I realized that the abv. is right around 5%. Mouthfeel is pretty light and dry, with drinkability pretty good. Alcohol is barely even detectable in this beer.
While not one of the best beers I've had from MS, this was nevertheless pretty solid.
07-05-2009 17:48:31 | More by John_M
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
22oz bottle shared with my buddy Matt. Pours a thick viscous black, almost like a milkshake with a big, billowing creamy dark tan head. Aromas of roasted dark malts off the bat with a nice bitter cocoa as well. Lactose cream is there with a touch of licorice as well. Belgian yeast afterthought. Quite a nice mix of aromas!
First sip brings a dark, roasted malt flavor upfront with a touch of sweetness. Cocoa moves in with hints of licorice as well. Spicy Belgian yeast adds a nice twist to the brew. It flows down with a mellow lactose creaminess. Bitter chocolate on the finish as it ends with lingering roast. Good stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess. Goes down easily. It's a little on the lighter side with tons of carbonation, maybe brought on by the Belgian yeast. My only real complaint is I wish the carbonation was tuned down a bit. Otherwise, tasty brew!
07-18-2008 17:45:09 | More by orbitalr0x
4/5 rDev +1.3%
The Earth has been eyeing me for a while from the beer fridge. Truth be told, it's been hiding behind a forest of bottles. Last night it peeked out . . .
The 22 ounce bomber pours a burnished black into my imperial pint glass topped with a creamy tan head. Good looking.
Not much of a nose, but some roasted malt and chocolate notes apparent. No Belgian funk.
Smooth, creamy, and milk chocolatey. There's definitely some sweetness and dark roast coffee. The Belgian quality is more in the chocolate than the yeast.
Could be a winter session beer. It was a great after-dinner drink shared with a friend.
Cheers to Jeager for the Midnight Sun LIF!
05-12-2009 14:06:23 | More by HopasaurusRex
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
Appearance: Pours a black body supporting a full, foamy, tan head.
Smell: Roasty coffee with a Belgian yeast profile. Hints of cocoa. Lactose character smelling of half-n-half approaching the expiration date.
Taste: Milky cocoa and dark caramel with a mild sweetness. Light roastiness. More dairy products. Slight yeastiness. Grows a bit more roasty. Creamy, semi-sweet chocolate finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Rather tasty, rather creamy, very drinkable. Tons of flavor for such a low-ABV brew. Way to go, Earth!
06-12-2008 23:31:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
The second of the new planet series.
Pours a thick black with a big fizzy tan head. Nose is of dark and bitter chocolate with an almost olivey akwardness. Taste is quite thin. Mostly thin malts with some bitter cocoa nib flavors. fairly underwhelming in the milk department. Next to no bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but with a name including chocolate, milk, and belgian style, one must try to remember that this is NOT imperial. Drinkability is good, but I can think of some others of the genre I would much rather session (namely kalamazoo). Overall I am a bit unimpressed with this one. A good beer, certainly better than many, but I expected just a bit more out of the boys at m sun with this one. Like I said its not bad, but they have been making some great stouts for the last few years, and this one just doesn't seem up to Midnight Sun Caliber. Would much rather see mammoth back in bottles. Try one, its worth the experience, but as far as the planet series is concerned, Mars shines much brighter so far.
05-31-2008 04:47:24 | More by AKBelgianBeast
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
22oz beer poured in a snifter. Thanks to mikesgrove for this extra!
Pours a dark creamy black with a small brown head that fades. Nose is a bit sweet and a bit milky.
Taste is strong and dark and it's a bit sharp. It's got some awesome chocolate tastes as well. Basically the chocolate milk o beer! Very tasty!
09-19-2009 03:18:46 | More by kingcrowing
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
My neighbor Dave brought me this bottle from the brewery on a recent trip of his throughout Alaska, thanks again Dave!Earth is a self titled Belgian-style Chocolate Milk Stout, should be interesting. A slow pour produces a dark dense mocha head of three fingers. As the head slowly drops it crackles and pops leaving behind some moderate but sticky lacing. All this sits atop a black hole of a beer which is a surprise from the lower abv. There's not a hint of light coming through this bad boy and you can see the carbonation colliding with the head along the glass. That dark head eventually falls to a skimming with a thick ring around the glass.
There's an interesting aroma on this Belgian-style stout with roasted malts with a very nutty aroma right off the bat. The roastiness follows through the finish while milk chocolate flashes here and there but only after each swirl of the glass. The cocoa nibs are noticeable on the backend and actually take over the aroma along with a touch of clean alcohol. I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer after the pour but as the head fades the aroma, unfortunately, follows.
The flavor follows the aroma closely at first. Roasted malts lay down a foundation for the peanuttiness and milk chocolate which reminds me faintly of a peanut butter cup. Cocoa nibs make a strong showing mid palate and create a rich and somewhat spiced cocoa quality. The swallow is where the Belgian aspect of this beer comes in. The yeast used throws of fairly heavy spices that would be found in BSDA type beers and they just seem to fight against the other flavors of this beer.
The carbonation is a little too aggressive for the style of beer and creates an airy fast moving mouthful of beer. The body is on the lighter then medium side and flows through quickly. The carbonation isn't that far off, just being picky I guess.
This bomber is going down easily and the high level of carbonation really pushes it through but a bomber in a sitting is enough for me. The out of place spicing on the finish keeps this beer from going down any easier.
Earth is a solid beer from Midnight Sun but there are just some strange components to it that just don't work for me, the spiciness and carbonation being two. I'm glad I got the chance to try this beer because there is some interesting ideas that went into it but it's just not my thing. Thanks again Dave!
08-27-2008 00:02:00 | More by joe1510
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
(sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. Thanks Dak!!). Pours dark brown with a red hue and khaki head. Aroma is soy, coffee and milk chocolate. Taste is sweet malts with some roasty bitterness. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Smooth finish. A pretty good beer that is big on chocolate
06-08-2011 05:15:35 | More by trappistlover
3.35/5 rDev -15.2%
Thanks to timmcd64 who included this as an extra in an awesome trade.
Pours an elegant black with a modest tan head. The smell is outstanding - I was salivating from the roasty nutty goodness.
The taste didn't do so much for me though. There's some chocolate and roastiness, but more modest than expected. There's a metallic lacticity, which I guess is the "milk" bit. I know they weren't intending a sweet beer, but I think this still could stand to be a bit sweeter. Also, make sure you drink this one warm. I had to let it warm up more than most beers to get the real flavor profile.
The beer seems thin and watery to me, yet still slick. And too carbonated for these kinds of flavors.
I didn't quite manage to finish the bomber -- I just wasn't that into this beer. But it's such an odd mixture. And it makes my stomach feel fairly full for something of fairly low gravity.
I give Midnight Sun credit for trying things out here. I like how they push the envelope. This beer is interesting, but in my opinion not up to many of their other outstanding offerings. If offered the opportunity, I would say you try it. It's commendably interesting and unique, but it just didn't really impress me.
05-28-2008 01:26:28 | More by urwatuh8
2.05/5 rDev -48.1%
Another fine Midnight Sun beer from Bobby.
Pours dark brown color with a huge khaki head. A definite acetone aroma to this one. Some weird green apple notes to go along with roast and some mild coffee. There is a little bit of sweetness of malt and chocolate, but there’s too much acetone and green apple. Medium body with high carbonation. Blech.
01-13-2012 20:04:52 | More by womencantsail
Earth - Belgian Style Chocolate Milk Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.