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BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 73
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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California

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-13-2012 21:49:11 | More by CEDAMA
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tcanaday

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

California

5/5  rDev +19.9%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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

California

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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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

New York

4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:30:39 | More by cosmicevan
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Greywulfken

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-06-2012 18:25:51 | More by Shmeal
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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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-14-2011 00:00:12 | More by spycow
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lakersfan16

Alaska

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-18-2011 23:03:41 | More by lakersfan16
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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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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Creator: Jeremiah
Type: Espresso Black Bier
IBUS: 17

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 14:52:47 | More by Jeffo
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

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

Thanks a ton for the great gifts frank, we had a fun night with all of these for sure!

a wonderful dark pour yields a nice two inch head of tan that is reluctant to move anywhere as it sits on top and clings to the sides for its life. big look, almost stoutish.

aroma is huge coffee and roasted malts. you could smell this one a mile away. nice rich roasted coffee beans and a wonderfully well rounded, dark profile. flavor carried through just as well with enormous notes of coffee and peat, campfire like flavors fill in the finish and leave you looking for more.

overall a wonderful beer that straddles the lines of many styles. would not mind having another at all!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:40:33 | More by mikesgroove
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mattdev

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 08:34:07 | More by mattdev
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womencantsail

California

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with brown highlights that had a half finger of tan head and left some frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was filled with espresso notes chocolate malts, roastiness, vanilla beans, and slight caramel notes. Like the nose the espresso character dominated the taste long with chocolate malts, caramel, and roasty accents. It also had grinded down coffee bean and vanilla bean notes mid palate. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, slight astringent, roasty, creamy, and mild dry finish, it drank really good and was really tasty. It was one of my favorite from the brew crew series.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 19:08:27 | More by Gobzilla
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nkersten

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, thanks to Alex for bringing this. Poured into a tulip, color is opaque brown with a small tan head, good retention and some lacing. Smell is chocolate, espresso, raw grains and molasses. Bitter coffee dominates the flavor followed by some hops, roasted malts, some sweetness, and finishes with more coffee. Medium bodied with a light carbonation. This is a decently drinkable beer, maybe a bit high on the ABV for the style, although the alcohol was not present in the flavor or smell. Probably a bit more coffee bitterness then I would have liked for the style. A good beer but probably not the best schwarz I have had (although it definitley falls in my top 5 coffee lagers, thanks again Alex!).

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 01:45:01 | More by nkersten
BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.