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BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 71
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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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-30-2013 14:14:07 | More by sholland119
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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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unclekeith

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-20-2013 23:21:58 | More by unclekeith
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blackcloud

Alaska

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-16-2013 04:25:15 | More by blackcloud
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-07-2013 13:54:21 | More by duceswild
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-07-2013 13:25:19 | More by oriolesfan4
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

01-06-2013 23:55:14 | More by mendvicdog
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-05-2013 18:53:43 | More by DRBiser
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-02-2013 01:34:57 | More by rbrefbeerman
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smithj4

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-25-2012 22:22:48 | More by smithj4
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joefuzz

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 04:06:20 | More by joefuzz
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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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Gmann

New York

2.75/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:47:11 | More by Gmann
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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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sneaks2210

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-05-2012 19:59:19 | More by sneaks2210
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 23:09:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

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
BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.