BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.9/5 rDev +17.5%
This review is a bit of a love letter to one of my favorite beers. Essentially this beer is a double espresso in beer form, but it is so much more than that. The beer looks fantastic Jet black in color, but not terribly thick w a coffee tan head that lingers down the entire glass... The smell is the only thing that isn't perfect for me, faint coffee and chocolate scents but it is nothing powerful like the taste. Full of rich dark french roast coffee transitioning to a mocha flavor and finishes slightly bitter and surprisingly dry and smooth, the alcohol is totally hidden as well. The mouthfeel is also masterful not much carbonation, which is perfect for a coffee beer and the schwarzbier aspect is what gives this beer a light feel making it the most refreshing black beer i've ever had. One of my favorite beers of all time and anyone who likes coffee and beer should try to hunt it down.
09-12-2013 22:23:26 | More by oceanman907
4.78/5 rDev +14.6%
was pleasantly surprised to hear the news that this recently retired beer was not only back in circulation, but on shelves locally!!! nabbed a bottle earlier today and had to give it a shot. enjoyed from my midnight sun glass.
a - brew poured a deep black with soft subtle even carbonation that swam to the surface continually creating an off tan almost building like a guiness tint to the beer near the surface. the brew boasted a cream colored head that hung out for a while looking like a dessert coffee. chunky lacing coats the glass.
s - i can smell this deliciousness from across the room. roasty coffee with a hint of cocoa powder and chocolate sweetness. the coffee smell is fantastic, really gourmet and fresh.
t - oh my god. this is amazing. big bold flavors. uber fresh gourmet coffee with the perfect amount of roast and creaminess and chocolate. really just fantastic.
m - although the flavor is INSANELY good, the mouth jumps out at me first. it is phenomenally creamy. rich and full bodied.
o - overall, i'm pretty blown away by this beer. i had no expectations coming into this just that it was newly out of retirement and appeared locally from one of the better breweries to recently hit new york. this is quite a surprise and really an out of this world beer. i WILL be picking up additional bottles of this.
10-20-2012 00:30:39 | More by cosmicevan
4.68/5 rDev +12.2%
Bomber courtesy of akbeerfiend. I'd never even heard of this beer, so thanks for suggesting it.
From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2009 Crew Brews
Type: Espresso Black Bier
APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a 1+ finger, medium, fluffy head with very good retention. Black body with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good, frothy wisp. Only a ring remains until the end and leaves no lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Big nose for sure. Jumps out of the glass. Dark malts and lots of roasted and burnt espresso. Pure, dark chocolate jumps out of the glass as well. The espresso and dark chocolate work really well together in the nose, blending into one. Nice licorice and molasses in there as well. Very stout like on the nose; very bold and enticing.
TASTE: Well holly shit. Lots of burnt and roasted espresso. Dark malts are still there, but the espresso and dark chocolate, meshing so well together, are just wonderful. Sweet caramel, molasses and black licorice through the middle and into the finish. Bolder and very persistent aftertaste, overloaded with sweet molasses, bitter, pure chocolate and wonderful roasted espresso, just lingers forever. This is what craft beer tastes like.
PALATE: Full body with lower levels of carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a touch of heat after the swallow and finishes relatively sticky, not quite cloying. Great full, creamy feel and a great finish for the style.
OVERALL: I would like to shake this Jeremiah’s hand. When beerfiend sent me this a while back, I had never even heard of it. It sat in my parents’ basement for a year before I was finally able to open it, and holly Christmas was this ever good. I don’t know if the extra year of age improved the beer or not, but this is drinking superbly right now. Lots of big, bold, stout-like flavors that I love, with a full, creamy palate to support it. A wonderful finish on this one as well, making it surprisingly easy to drink. I polished off this bomber in record time and was checking my basement for more. Disappointed, I moved on to something much worse. Thanks again akbeerfiend. This was outstanding!
08-25-2011 14:52:47 | More by Jeffo
4.56/5 rDev +9.4%
Brewtality... in a tulip at cellar temperature.
A verrry slow pour created a beautiful three-finger, light beige head of incredibly tight-knit, creamy foam, all over what is indeed a black beer. Its presentation in my tulip glass is more elegant than brutal, hehe.
Definitely a good amount of dark, roasty, freshly-ground coffee in the aroma. This is balanced by some sweet, milky chocolate and a fruity raisin scent. A strong, perfect blend of highly complementary smells.
This stuff has a somewhat mind-blowing flavor profile. First it's like I just took a sip of really great black coffee, and then this sweet, smooth chocolate maltiness takes over. And after that, this gentle, earthy coffee bitterness and smoked maltiness lingers in the finish. Alcohol is non-existent.
The feel is thin like a lager, and dangerously smooth and quaffable with subdued carbonation. Somehow this works really well with this beer's intense stout-like traits (which are normally found in thick, viscous imperial stouts, of course).
This is a really memorable and unique creation. Probably one of the best coffee-infused beers too.
11-11-2013 23:19:22 | More by Kuaff
4.55/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours a dark, almost black beer with a light brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma- roasty, maybe black patent(?) and chocolate malt. Light sweetness on the nose. Taste- heavy chocolate, roast, and espresso (kaladi brothers!). It's almost as if you had a mocha in beer form. Heavy raw malted barley flavor. Palate- Full bodied, tons of residual sugars with a crisp, lager finish.
03-03-2011 08:34:07 | More by mattdev
BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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