BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev -1%
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.
01-02-2014 00:17:00 | More by bmwats
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
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
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
4.11/5 rDev -1.4%
Freshness Date: None
A: Black with a moderate thickness topped off with a light brown head of microbubble foam. The head has a decent resiliency and an overachieving glass cling.
S: Strong espresso and cocoa notes with a solid foundation of wood and earth. There are also notes of caramel and brown sugar.
T: Again comes the espresso and cocoa up front. There are also a good amount of smokey wood and earthiness essentially following the nose. Then comes raisins and notes of dark fruit. The finish is syrupy sweet with moderate rum-esque alcohol and minimal bitterness.
M: Velvety smooth with a medium feel and long syrupy linger. Minimal carbonation.
O: An interesting beer which marries espresso and malt while leaving out the hop bitterness. In a hop dominate craft brew world this beer is interesting and refreshing.
08-26-2013 04:34:57 | More by ElSid
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
A: Pours a clear very dark brown in color (approaching but not quite black) with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a minimal amount of light tan head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee with some lighter amounts of roasted malts.
T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some moderate to strong amounts of freshly brewed coffee. Just a touch of malty sweetness. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish that lingers for a short amount of time.
M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well hidden and this beer is easy to drink - definitely the best schwarzbier that I have ever had. Wonderful flavors and aromas of coffee.
05-18-2013 21:03:56 | More by dbrauneis
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that dissipated almost instantaneously, leaving only some wispy laces of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate amounts of coffee and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee, dark malts and dark malts along with some hints of malty sweetness. No bitterness or roasted malts are present.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a refreshing change of pace for lovers of coffee beers as it drinks smooth and has virtually no bitterness or roasted flavors. It also hides its alcohol rather well.
05-18-2013 21:00:42 | More by metter98
BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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