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BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

BREWtality - Espresso Black BierBREWtality - Espresso Black Bier

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%


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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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 49 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by blackcloud:
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blackcloud

Alaska

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-16-2013 04:25:15 | More by blackcloud
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locustking


5/5  rDev +19.9%

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

California

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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Dope

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No date spotted.

A: Pours jet black with a mid-sized and fizzy light brown head. Head fizzes out somewhat quickly but with decent retention. Moderate splotchy lacing.

S: Interesting aroma. Lots of burnt coffee bean with a strong dark fruit element.

T: Similar to the aroma. A rush of earthy coffee beans with lots of dark fruits. Raisins and cherries primarily. A touch chocolatey in the finish with a constant sweet dark fruit flavor everywhere. Finish has more dark fruits lingering with that earthy coffee aspect back in.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and easy drinking.

O: Interesting brew, a schwarzbier with coffee. Very fruity, very earthy. Feels way lighter and smoother than 9.7%. Easy drinking for a big coffee beer, I think the lagering process is responsible for that. Almost no bitterness at all which is surprising given the coffee. I give it extra points for mouthfeel and drinkability but I wasn't really a fan of the flavors on the whole. Not sure if the coffee works quite right in a schwarzbier. Maybe I prefer the bitterness of your typical coffee beer? Not really sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 06:38:08 | More by Dope
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Ego

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

eyes...
low sizzle, cocoa themed foam that only rises about 1 finger and settles in rather quickly, lacing is quite good with a nice sheet of uniform microbubbles, absolutely pitch black, light doesn't bother trying to pass through lest it meet with the same fate as the woeful denver broncos... nice looking brew

nose...
jet black coffee -yeah! one of the better coffee aromas I have sniffed on a beer in some time, really deep espresso tone, the malts are detectable but man the coffee just kicks you in the face, and I love it

taste etc...
a decent coffee taste, I was expecting more based on the nose, this drinks almost like a mild milk stout with not as sweet a finish, some mild bitterness actually trails through the whole swig and then at the tail end you get some coffee flavor but mostly near sweet chocolate malt,
a nice beer but nothing so great

verdict?
a bit underwhelming for me. not bad but there is no brutality to brewtality (yeah... I thought of that all by myself). This is worth checking out but is no means the best coffee brew around, but to be fair I like bitter ass burnt as shit coffee, like only starbucks dark roast or brooklyn gorilla stuff... so keep that in mind when I talk about coffee, I drink it with maybe some milk, usually skim and no sugar, that doesn't make me bad ass, it is just the way I like coffee

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 06:09:40 | More by Ego
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vermilcj

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-25-2014 06:02:36 | More by vermilcj
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-20-2014 04:39:07 | More by Sammy
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-19-2014 08:16:38 | More by zestar
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xungmound98

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-17-2014 03:06:59 | More by xungmound98
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown that is opaque in the glass, with a half finger brown head that dissipates slowly to a thick ring around the glass. Aroma of quality coffee, toasted malt, dark chocolate and a hint of alchohol. Flavor is wow, rich latte coffee, toasted malt, chocolate and coffee liqueur, wonderfully integrated. Finishes with sweet coffee, light lactose, licorice and sweet dark malt. Creamy medium to heavy bodied. This is a beautifully made coffee ale, with great balance of flavors. The alcohol in the aroma is well covered in the taste, but this is warming and warm. If a great bartender made a mixed drink out of a well made light stout and a quality coffee liqueur, this is how I imagine it would turn out. This could be my favorite coffee beer I've ever had. Well done and recommended. Not available in Seattle, but bought this in southern California. (Most Midnight Sun is available here). Hope some fall off the truck on the way down next year. Beer distribution is so utterly weird.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 04:45:19 | More by LiquidAmber
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Zkscharf

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

01-13-2014 17:37:35 | More by Zkscharf
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Nage37

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-12-2014 07:32:51 | More by Nage37
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sfr26

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-04-2014 19:06:03 | More by sfr26
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a half finger, foamy, brownish head. Dissipates quickly but not completely, leaving a thick beer ring. Effervescence is lively. Full, persistent spider web lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, a little black licorice, cut with molasses and brown sugar, and dark chocolate.

T: Charred espresso beans. Dark unsweetened chocolate. A little black licorice.

M: Thick and syrupy. Pungent and peaty. Higher ABV is apparent. A little boozy.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Slight head, effervescence, and slight yet persistent lacing. Nose is coffee, black licorice, dark chocolate, and brown sugar. Char roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate and a nice balance of licorice and molasses. Boozy with a bit of a peaty finish. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 00:17:00 | More by bmwats
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This thing is no joke!

Into a pilsener:

A: well, all I have to say you'll never see any Schwarzbier that pours a smoother jet black color than this beer, holy smoothness - pure black, awesome one finger white to off white - maybe somewhat of a tan colored head, no lacing whatsover

S: dark and very roasty espresso up front, some light milky chocolate does come out eventually

T: smooth espresso and milk chocolate flavoring that pierces the taste buds in a fine sort of way; smooth espresso aftertaste, dry espresso/chocolate finish

M: this wants to be somewhat light, but due to the ABV and the darkness of it - I wanna say it actually sits pretty "medium" on the mouth, I say awesome try to Midnight Sun to try to make a somewhat sessionable Schwarzbier of that ABV, but this does hit ya after a while - this beast does show its strength - don't think this is any "kitten;" carbonation - wow exceptionally smooth - boy oh boy, personally I don't think I've ever tried any Schwarzbier this smooth if I ever find any Schwarzbier so smooth I will definitely seek this one just to compare

O: Schwarzbier, this is a Schwarzbier (I wish someone could actually hear my tone right now), ok, Schwarzbier really? I need an emoticon in this review, but I don't know how else to say it, but this is one odd Schwarzbier to rate to style, though I absolutely love it for me as the espresso just overpowers everything else for the most part and the smoothness of a normal Schwarzbier comes out, the ABV does "bite" just enough to say "go easy with this" - its a beast in disguise that really says "don't take me for graned"

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:10:30 | More by BeerKangaroo
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ncelauro

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

12-26-2013 16:40:38 | More by ncelauro
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-22-2013 21:33:08 | More by billab914
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BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.