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BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 152
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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Photo of joefuzz

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a thin looking deep brown with a small light brown head. Smells of red grapes, plum and raisins. Taste is very sweet up front lots of dark fruit and some slight smoke flavor and goes down with a light espresso aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the thiner side with pretty low carbonation. Overall a very good beer...not much coffee going on but still very good.

12-22-2012 04:06:20 | More by joefuzz
Photo of thebigredone


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-15-2012 21:32:57 | More by thebigredone
Photo of 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
Photo of JAHMUR


3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

12-06-2012 22:40:31 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of sneaks2210

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-05-2012 19:59:19 | More by sneaks2210
Photo of drewone


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-05-2012 09:16:08 | More by drewone
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is much the same with a really nice coffee flavor and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is extremely tasty and easy to drink.

12-03-2012 23:09:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of redlegacy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-01-2012 18:24:07 | More by redlegacy
Photo of 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
Photo of sevenarts

New York

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Dark, dark black. Smallish head even with an aggressive pour, and it quickly fades to almost nothing with no lacing left behind.

S: Smells really rich: sweet chocolate, intense coffee, boozy alcohol, roasted malts.

T/M: Even richer and more flavorful than the smell would suggest. Loads of rich dark chocolate, milk, bold and bitter espresso. The sweetness does a good job of balancing the bitterness of the coffee as well as the underlying alcohol, which is fairly well hidden but still shows through. This is a beer that will quickly get you drunk if you're not careful, because it's so sweet and delicious but so heavily alcoholic. The finish has a bit of a dry bite to it as well as a velvety rush of throat-coating chocolate.

O: An amazing, intense, incredibly flavorful beer, a really interesting take on the coffee beer. It would perhaps be even better if it toned down the sweetness just a touch, but it's already wonderful as is.

11-20-2012 22:27:35 | More by sevenarts
Photo of EgadBananas


3.88/5  rDev -7%

Pours black, looks thick. There was a small near finger of dark tan head. No lace. Roasted nose, espresso and coffee, and some slight dark fruits. The taste is sweet. Some bitter, roasted coffee notes, dark fruits. Bit of noticeable alcohol. The feel is medium, somewhat thin. I guess it's pretty substantial for the style.
Unique, interesting, tasty, but not mind-blowing.

11-18-2012 05:06:42 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of CEDAMA


5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-13-2012 21:49:11 | More by CEDAMA
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

11-04-2012 05:15:12 | More by tcanaday
Photo of DrunkinYogi


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-03-2012 19:54:10 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of Akshay


5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-03-2012 03:49:39 | More by Akshay
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-02-2012 14:08:54 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
Photo of t0rin0


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

10-29-2012 00:46:20 | More by t0rin0
Photo of brotherloco


4.23/5  rDev +1.4%

22oz bottle. 2012 Edition. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very dark opaque brown. A small head settles quickly to a thin dark beige ring. Some bits of lacing.

Aroma is rich with chocolate and coffee notes. Sweet, roasty, and slightly bitter. Mild hop presence. A touch of alcohol at the end of the draw.

Flavor is a lot sweeter than I was expecting. Like a delicious melted coffee ice cream, or sweetened coffee drink. Tons of chocolate notes as well. Finish dries up a little, but some long lingering sweet coffee remains. Alcohol is very nicely buried.

Medium full bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. Drinks really well and maybe gets a touch thick on the finish.

The sweetness of this beer may be too much for some, but I love the way it offsets the stronger coffee notes. Another great brew from Midnight Sun.

10-28-2012 01:53:39 | More by brotherloco
Photo of roblund


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-26-2012 14:30:29 | More by roblund
Photo of rudzud


4.38/5  rDev +5%

Received in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep dark brown with a one finger mocha head that faded to leave thin clouding and a nice thick halo. Pretty nice.

S - Wow, this is pretty nice. Smells like an iced coffee almost. Lots of good rich espresso notes, light chocolate, and some light roasted malts.

T - Taste is delicious. Strong coffee notes, very good quality coffee. My only thing is that this is WAY too sweet for me. A super sweetened iced coffee. That said, its delicious, just not the way I like my coffee. Also, no alcohol whatsoever. Crazy.

M - Mouthfeel is good, very, very light carbonation. Really drinks like a sweet ice coffee. The booze will creep up on you though.

O - Overall this was a delicious beer. Excellent coffee notes just too sweet for my tastes. Still, well executed.

10-26-2012 03:03:12 | More by rudzud
Photo of BigE90


4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

10-23-2012 03:56:07 | More by BigE90
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

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
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

A: black body with barely translucent brown edges; finger or two of dark tan foam that slipped away into a slim collar

S: espresso-like scents, some roasted dark malt

T: a different flavor than American black ales - the malts aren't as dominant, and bitter flavors are lighter and sharper; espresso flavors are the most obvious, background chocolate and mild roastiness; vanilla and maple (?) accents

M: thinner, slimmer, and lighter than most beers this dark would be; slick, bitterness has a tartness that lingers; mild carbonation; heavier abv than you'd think, because it is well-masked - only a little alcohol astringency slips out; has a wine-like quality

O: the only German black beer (bier) I've had - som my flavor comparisons are mostly from American black ales, as well as ales from the porter and stout family... I thought it a nice beer - a lager, based on the label, thinner than the American versions (which are ales), but just as formidable. I drank it slightly colder than I would an ale, supposing it appropriate. It nicely melded that light, lager fell with darker, more complex and rich flavors.

10-20-2012 00:22:05 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of Shmeal


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-06-2012 18:25:51 | More by Shmeal
Photo of nanobrew


2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

04-19-2012 06:34:37 | More by nanobrew
BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.