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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-03-2014 05:17:04 | More by Hagbert
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-30-2013 14:14:07 | More by sholland119
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-20-2013 23:21:58 | More by unclekeith
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-01-2014 02:22:32 | More by crowellbw
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-06-2014 22:06:46 | More by marianbilheimer
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-03-2013 16:33:39 | More by IPAyForHops
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-09-2014 20:38:26 | More by rojapa
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-02-2012 14:08:54 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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05-27-2013 19:29:04 | More by Soneast
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-18-2013 03:29:54 | More by Goobastic
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 BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: pitch black beer with light bubbles on the body. Dark ram head rises to roughly, 1/4"

Smell: Strong coffee, with a strong alcohol smell. You feel almost like a sugar touch to go with it. That f'n great.

Taste: Complex, has a sweet bitter taste. Alcohol strength is obviously evident but ridiculously smooth. Coffee with roasted caramel sugar, did I mention complex.

Mouth: Smooth feel, the sugars at the end give it a distinct flavor.

Overall: Awesome beer, probably one of the best "black beers" I've had. Would love to have again and if I see it again might have to clear out the shelf. Grab a glass and fall in love. Salud!

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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Bottle sample at local BA gathering.

Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting and produced excellent lacing. Moderate roasted malt, bread and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted dark cofee flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

Solid standout brew and very good for style.

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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Bomber thanks to akbeerfiend on BA, shared at a tasting of many, many accomplished tickers.

Pours pretty black in color with a one-finger light tan head and good lacing.

The aroma has lots of awesome espresso, roast, and dark chocolate.

The flavor is really dominated by coffee. A nice sweetness to it with dark chocolate.

Slick mouthfeel with fairly light body.

Awesome for the style. Would like to have tried this fresh, but am impressed with this even with a year or more on it.

08-18-2010 21:19:52 | More by nickd717
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Bomber strait from Jerermiah's private stash, for which I owe him a huge thanks! Poured into their tall pils glass, Brewtality is a dark brown tinged black with an off-white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is huge espresso and toffee, a touch of alcohol vapors. Robust and very enjoyable.

Taste is fantastic, wow. Loads of chocolate and caramel, with plenty espresso as well. Super rich, but smooth, with the alcohol fairly well hidden in the taste.

Mouthfeel is MSBC's typical super creaminess. A bit on the sticky, viscous side, but on the lighter side for the size.

Drinkability is very good, a great coffee beer. Split with my dad, we savored ever drop. My first strong dark larger, a true hybrid, with both great vision and execution. Really happy I got to try this, thanks again Jeremiah!

06-29-2009 08:19:15 | More by ccrida
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Big thanks to Ira for this bomber, poured into a tulip.

This one comes out of the bottles dark brown but looks pretty close to black in the glass. The head is big and tan, receding fairly quickly and leaving decent lacing.

The aroma is massive with the roasted espresso dominating from start to finish. There are hints of sweet malts in the background, but honestly it's all about the espresso.

The taste dials back the espresso just a bit. It's still there but there is a lot more sweetness than the aroma would suggest. Plenty of sweet malts forming a backbone with some chocolate sweetness and even a bit of molasses in the finish balancing the espresso bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of things for the style and thick on the palate with soft carbonation just coating the mouth completely.

Honestly, this one really blew me away, though my love of coffee in beer probably contributed a good bit. It's certainly the most original and probably the best schwarzbier I've had. Just another great beer from Midnight Sun and I'm really excited about the new series.

04-26-2009 02:23:42 | More by gford217
Photo of tpd975


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Huge thanks to timmcd64. You are the man!

A: Pours a rich deep flat black hue with a nice creamy tan head.

S: Wonderful rich espresso nose. Notes of bold roast, and bakers chocolate.

T: Wow coffee, er espresso to the max. Wonderful earthy espresso. No real acid though which makes this one ultra enjoyable. Lots of smooth chocolate, and a touch of creamy caramel. Light waves of vanilla and a perfect roastiness. Beneath all there espresso is a nice sweetness that really pulls this one together.

M: On the thinner side of full, wonderful carbonation, with a smooth slick mouth feel.

D: Great, this is a wonderful coffee beer. One that the coffee beer lovers MUST seek out!!!

11-27-2009 03:47:32 | More by tpd975
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4.38/5  rDev +5%

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust espresso with dark malts serving as a backbone. Also present are hints of roasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by even smoother coffee flavors. The roastiness subsides midway through the sip, allowing the coffee flavors to shine even more and allowing room for hints of dark chocolate. The chocolate fades out quickly allowing dark malts and coffee to carry through to a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have a few more.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, it's one of the better coffee showcase beers out there as the other flavors augment rather than overpower. Well worth a shot.

09-21-2010 00:50:05 | More by glid02
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
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown that is opaque in the glass, with a half finger brown head that dissipates slowly to a thick ring around the glass. Aroma of quality coffee, toasted malt, dark chocolate and a hint of alchohol. Flavor is wow, rich latte coffee, toasted malt, chocolate and coffee liqueur, wonderfully integrated. Finishes with sweet coffee, light lactose, licorice and sweet dark malt. Creamy medium to heavy bodied. This is a beautifully made coffee ale, with great balance of flavors. The alcohol in the aroma is well covered in the taste, but this is warming and warm. If a great bartender made a mixed drink out of a well made light stout and a quality coffee liqueur, this is how I imagine it would turn out. This could be my favorite coffee beer I've ever had. Well done and recommended. Not available in Seattle, but bought this in southern California. (Most Midnight Sun is available here). Hope some fall off the truck on the way down next year. Beer distribution is so utterly weird.

01-16-2014 04:45:19 | More by LiquidAmber
BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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