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BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BREWtality - Espresso Black BierBREWtality - Espresso Black Bier

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

151 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 74
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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Gmann

New York

2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

Pours a deep brown color with a minimal beige head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is sweet with some caramel notes with a very light hint of coffee. I dunno I am just not picking up much from this one.

The taste is of a brown bread malt with a faint kiss of coffee. I pick up a strong presence of dark fruit; raisin and plum. Perhaps some fig as well. There is some caramel sweetness and some milk sugars. There is a subtle tart cherry flavor. Me thinks this brew did not hold up well on its trip from Alaska. There is a little bit of a roast flavor but it is quickly over-taken by the dark fruit flavor.

Moderate feel with spritzy carbonation; good for the style. Sweet for the style but does have some roasty bitterness.

Man, what happened to this brew. Very much not like an "espresso black beer". It doesn't taste funky except for the dark fruit flavors. I am hoping this is a bad bottle.

April 5, 2014 update

I stand by my review. Not much if any coffee flavor. The beer itself is good but I don't get much coffee at all, thus my grade.

12-08-2012 02:47:11 | More by Gmann
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nanobrew

California

2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

04-19-2012 06:34:37 | More by nanobrew
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

12-06-2012 22:40:31 | More by JAHMUR
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%

Bottle shared by Alex into a tulip...A dark brown beer with a light tan head that rises about a finger. Thin head and lacing...The aroma is SUPER strong coffee which is nice however there is a super strong undertone in there that almost makes me gag. I can't quite place if its nuts or super sweet chocolate but its unpleasant to me. The robust aroma is complex showing off coffee, molasses, cocoa nibs on steroids...The taste is like eating a coffee cake injected with esperro, chocolate and cocoa nibs. The coffee notes are nice but the rest is a strong mess, a nice bitter finish.

This has the makings of a good beer but there's something that I can't put my finger on that I don't like.

10-03-2010 19:14:04 | More by jrallen34
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womencantsail

California

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color without much of a head.

S: Smells sort of like what you would expect. Very roasty with a fair amount of coffee and chocolate. There's a bit of acidity which I tend to find in a lot of schwarzbiers.

T: Nice and roasty with a decent amount of coffee flavor. There's a mild to moderate bitterness as well as some bittersweet chocolate flavors. A touch of molasses seems to be present as well.

M: The body is light to medium with a low to medium carbonation.

D: Not bad at all. A bit higher in alcohol than I was expecting, but at least it wasn't boozy.

12-10-2010 23:36:15 | More by womencantsail
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-11-2013 02:49:19 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-11-2012 07:23:21 | More by ygtbsm94
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bird22

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

07-03-2013 07:35:37 | More by bird22
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Tom-Peters

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-22-2013 21:52:21 | More by Tom-Peters
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redlegacy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-01-2012 18:24:07 | More by redlegacy
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AApparel

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

07-30-2014 03:41:37 | More by AApparel
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jvillefan

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

11-12-2013 03:58:07 | More by jvillefan
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

11-15-2011 01:12:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

07-21-2014 14:58:16 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Stumpy29er

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

04-08-2013 01:02:51 | More by Stumpy29er
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

06-18-2013 02:19:47 | More by thegerm87
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with very faint mahogany edges when held to a light source. Half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey, deeply roasted dark malt aroma with a robust gourmet coffee presence that's nicely integrated without obliterating every other characteristic of the beer. Some smoked meat and charcoal along with burnt toast, fresh espresso bean and bitter dark chocolate. There's also a subtle lactic presence along with some sweet desert-like bakers chocolate. Smells kind of like flour less chocolate cake.

On the lower end of medium body with tight carbonation and a bitter, deeply roasted espresso/coffee bean flavor that dominates the palate. Doesn't live up to the aroma with a light mouthfeel, a bit too much carbonation and slightly one dimensional flavor profile. Dry and bitter with a slightly burnt, acrid espresso flavor with hints of smoke, charcoal, barbecued meat and burnt toast. Under all of the roast, there is some nice coffee flavor and sweeter chocolate malt notes. The high ABV is well masked but it's still a bit too harsh and roasted/burnt tasting for my preference.

09-28-2013 05:24:16 | More by corby112
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%

Another MS beer shared by MasterSki.

A - Dark brown beer with a finger of brown head. Faded to a partial cap with some decent lacing on the sides.

S - Huge, almost knock-you-over, coffee aroma, which is really good. Nice roasty notes and chocolate. Really pretty interesting for a schwarzbier. Has a bit of that acid tone you would expect, doesn't really work with the coffee though.

T - Roasted coffee flavor with a little bit of molasses and some acidity. Has a lot of roast in there, finishes off with a bit of bitterness/acidity that isn't the greatest finish on the beer.

M - Soft carbonation, medium bodied, slightly astringent finish.

O - Solid beer, although it was kind of a srange combination. Not bad, I liked it, but didn't love it.

07-25-2011 03:52:59 | More by AgentZero
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

Appearance: Pours a coal black color with a film of a head that leaves a few dots and dashes behind

Smell: Black bread, dark fruit and coffee

Taste: Roasty, but surprisingly sweet, up front, with a molasses, mint and a brown sugar character; coffee, black bread and dark fruit arrive in the middle but the sweetness returns, after the swallow, and continues into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting something quite different when I saw this was listed as a Schwarzbier, but the sweetness here is just a bit overwhelming

11-22-2012 20:49:28 | More by brentk56
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Ego

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

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

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-26-2014 02:18:06 | More by DownInToMyBelly
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-05-2012 09:16:08 | More by drewone
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-15-2012 21:32:57 | More by thebigredone
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Jtrigonis

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

11-23-2013 08:09:23 | More by Jtrigonis
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-07-2013 01:27:24 | More by thebouch01
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BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.