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BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 71
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Combining jet black color with incredibly smooth texture and decadent coffee flavor, BREWTALITY breaks the expectations of both rich espresso and dark beer to create a whole 'nuther beast. While brutal in alcoholic strength, this biggie beautifully showcases its roasted malt and coffee flavors without bringing on bitterness and bite. This is the first of two lagers in the series.

17 IBU

(Beer added by: AKBelgianBeast on 03-01-2009)
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-08-2014 23:29:35 | More by muskiesman
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frozenjogurt

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-08-2014 02:48:38 | More by frozenjogurt
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daryk77

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-07-2014 21:56:54 | More by daryk77
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ImperialStout

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07-05-2014 18:30:31 | More by ImperialStout
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-30-2014 00:53:29 | More by Dactrius
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jdciencia

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-22-2014 04:48:14 | More by jdciencia
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-12-2014 19:30:01 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured awfully thick for a lager this holds a deep ebony color under a cap of nice even foam.

The nose is malty, smoky and chocolatey but do I smell peanut butter? If I did it was fleeting. This has a dry roast coffee at the end.

The flavor is a dry malt ,coffee bean, chocolate and then a slight espresso sweetness.

The feel is thick and smooth for a lager and is more akin to a dry coffee stout.

Very enjoyable beer for a new and unusual style.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2014 01:02:00 | More by KYGunner
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-11-2014 15:09:50 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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jkball01

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-10-2014 18:02:45 | More by jkball01
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big roasted espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, molasses, light char, licorice, raisin, light alcohol, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of big roasted espresso, dark/roasted malt, and light yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big roasted espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, molasses, light char, raisin, light smoke, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark roasted espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, molasses, light char, raisin, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of roasted espresso, dark/roasted malts, and light fruitiness; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome coffee infused Baltic porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of espresso, dark/roasted malt, and light fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 03:53:21 | More by superspak
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ArsMoriendiOU818

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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juanbon

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-02-2014 01:07:35 | More by juanbon
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Iowacraft

Iowa

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-19-2014 20:59:03 | More by Iowacraft
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marianbilheimer


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-06-2014 22:06:46 | More by marianbilheimer
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locustking

California

5/5  rDev +19.9%

04-13-2014 21:04:19 | More by locustking
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a pilsner glass to a jet black beer with a finger and a half of dense tan head that is slow to fade. I think this may be the first time I poured a beer and watched the droplets dance across the head before finally penetrating. This beer has some decent lacing during the drink
S: Smells of coffee, chocolate, aslight amount of roasted malt
T: Taste is espresso, chocolate, some roast malt, and slight hop bitterness. The swallow brings a big smack of espresso, roasted malt and dark chocolate.
M: This beer sits somewhat heavy on the palate but it isn't oppressive. Carbonation is adequate and just shy of prickly. The finish of this beer is neutral but leaning toward refreshing
O: Overall, this is an excellent beer. It has great flavors, a fantastic smoothness, and drinks surprisingly easy for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 05:36:14 | More by SHODriver
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itracy63

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-04-2014 02:28:53 | More by itracy63
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: pitch black beer with light bubbles on the body. Dark ram head rises to roughly, 1/4"

Smell: Strong coffee, with a strong alcohol smell. You feel almost like a sugar touch to go with it. That f'n great.

Taste: Complex, has a sweet bitter taste. Alcohol strength is obviously evident but ridiculously smooth. Coffee with roasted caramel sugar, did I mention complex.

Mouth: Smooth feel, the sugars at the end give it a distinct flavor.

Overall: Awesome beer, probably one of the best "black beers" I've had. Would love to have again and if I see it again might have to clear out the shelf. Grab a glass and fall in love. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 01:25:40 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Baab200

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-16-2014 02:22:51 | More by Baab200
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-08-2014 06:45:16 | More by Kurmaraja
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Butch_DeadLift

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-07-2014 02:01:09 | More by Butch_DeadLift
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JoeMans

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-07-2014 01:33:07 | More by JoeMans
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to John for the bottle, and for scratching this one off my list!
#1 schwarzbier on BA as of this review.

Poured into a MS cervoise, an opaque obsidian color, with a tiny rim of dark brown around the edges. A full finger of rich mocha head receded to a thick ring and held there, leaving splotchy lacing on the glass. Sweet dark malts in the nose, coffee, light fruit esters, doughy, with a scent of lager yeast. In the taste, dark malts and coffee, roasty but smooth with a slight bitterness, unsweetened cocoa, uncooked dough, lager yeast, some neutral alcohol detracted from the taste a bit giving a sensation of oxidation, but it was still within tolerance, and faded a bit as the beer got closer to room temp. It is 9.7% after all, and there was some heat. The coffee wasn't overdone at all, which--based on other reviews--makes be think this bottle had some time to mellow out, though it did come out more as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel was nice, smooth, bordering on porter territory, medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish. My only gripe was the higher alcohol that left a bit of an uncomfortable aftertaste, clashing with the roastiness, but again, this started to fade when the beer got closer to room temp, so I guess I shouldn't have refrigerated it that long. Good brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 19:44:59 | More by Rifugium
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Alron

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-24-2014 12:03:00 | More by Alron
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BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.