Cosmic - Black Witbier - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Cosmic - Black Witbier
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86
very good

13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Close your eyes. The delicate aroma, flavor, texture of this beer whisper “witbier”. Now open your eyes. The color is deceiving. You take another sip. Yes, witbier … but black as night. It is something quite peculiar—BuT it is brilliant—something shimmering and [not so] white.

17 IBU

(Beer added by: AKBelgianBeast on 10-20-2009)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a big off-white/khaki colored head.

S: Slightly sweet wheat bread on the nose with some definite chocolate/cocoa powder going on. Overall, though, it's fairly bland and does not have much of the spice that the style usually does.

T: Very highly carbonated, too much so, which gives the beer a strong taste of CO2. Some decent chocolate flavor and perhaps a hint of coriander underneath, but not very easily noticed. I also get a moderate chocolate flavor and roasted malt.

M: The body is medium with a pretty darn high level of carbonation.

D: Easy enough to drink, but not really that great in terms of the flavors that are actually there.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is toffee, brown sugar and some leather notes. I also get quite a bit of yeast in the aroma.

The flavor is toffee, grass and wheat, with a little bit of yeast. I don't get any of the citrus or coriander that you get in a regular Belgian White.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis...
Appears a dark brown, nearing black with chestnut toned edges when held to the light. A small, tan head slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar.
Smell is of caramel, light cocoa, orange peel, spices, and chamomile.
Taste is of the aromas with a cocoa, and caramel flavor pulling on top of the Belgian White base.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, spritzy, sweet, and a tad thin in the finish.

Photo of ccrida
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tumbler, Cosmic is a cola dark brown with a tight light sand head leaving light, scattered lace.

Smell is very nice, classic wit esters, a nice fruitiness, with a hint of citrus. Authentic, and I'm not sure I'd be able to call the color at first if I wasn't looking, although caramel and chocolate come out as it hits room temperature. I love wit esters, and really love this.

Taste is nice, this is a pretty interesting beer, at first blush it seems pretty classic wit, but on the finish, you get a little extra umph of alcohol, a bit of that generic malt taste you get in a lighter porter, which plays nicely of the citrus, reminiscent of a Cascadian dark ale, less the hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, a dry crispness.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I don't really think the dark malts do it any favors. Everything I like about it, I'd like without the dark malts. That said, it's a well made, tasty beer, and successful experiment.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with brown highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was not too grainy or wheaty but did have roatiness, spice, slight citrus, and malty sweetness. The taste had more spice character with belgian yeast, citrus, and roasy accents but had some underlying coriander notes the added to the overall spice. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, yeasty, malty, spice , and citrusy finish. It drank good and was glad to try the vertical brew crew courtesy of torino. Good lookin ouit dawg.

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ira for another MSBC brew, poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, chocolate brown with a creamy off-white head that shows excellent retention and some spotty lacing.

The aroma is almost like a chocolate-covered banana. It has plenty of dark roasted malts with a mild sweetness from the wheat, in the form of banana in the nose. There is a faint Belgian spiciness, but it's not very prominent.

The taste is a little different. It starts with the same chocolate malt and banana combo, but the more I sip, the more I get spices coming out. Maybe some coriander and white pepper. It definitely leaves a tingly feeling on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely lively on the palate with strong carbonation and spiciness working in tandem in the finish.

A creative take on a witbier with the dark malts mixing well with the wit character. MSBC delivers again...ho hum.

Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice ink black with a tall tan head. Dies to a cap and leaves behind some nice spots of lace.

S: Mild aromas of light toasted malt, with a blast of yeast.

T: Light roast, Belgian yeast, Coriander, and Clove. Rather subdued flavors, not up to Midnight Sun standards.

M: Light, zippy carbonation

D: Drinkable, but not the most flavorful.

Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber via trade thanks to akbeerfiend.

Pours dark brown in color with a one-finger off-white head.

Decent aroma - wheat, orange, coriander, and cherry (interestingly).

The flavor has lots of cherry, as crazy as that is, and it's a good thing. Wheat, Belgian yeast, spice, and mild roast as well.

Medium body with a nice, fairly lively carbonation level.

Interesting beer, pretty good. Better than some of the other "black wits" I've had.

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the cellar.

Pours dark mahogany with blackish shades and ruby-like tinges in the shoulders of the glass. A quickly fizzling, cola-like head of beige quickly gave way to a placid surface with barley a whisp of bubbles. Lacework is tough to find.

Aromatics lead off with spicy phenols and citrus. Cloves, coriander, tangerine, bubblegum, and a trace of spruce bark. Lighty roasty with a bit of licorice. A slight tinge of Pledge in the background gives the nod to Chamomile.

Medium bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel.

Roasted malt, spice, and cola syrup start the palate. Sweetish caramel with notes of bright citrus and lemon-sprited cloves follow through.

Finishes with lingering dark caramel, warming spice, and faint lemon oils.

This ones a bit sweet for the style, and there is a lot of similarities to cola. The spicing is a bit big for a Witbier, and I'm not a big fan of the Pledge-like character that Chamomile adds. An interesting beer nonetheless.

Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at the Brewery! Pours black, as a black Wit-beer should. Thin head on a 6 oz pour faded, and left patchy lacing. SMELL wheaty, hoppy, boozy, grainy, and fruity. Belgian yeasty character comes through, and the armoa improves more generally as it warms. TASTEs like the nose. Smooth, wheaty, hoppy, fruity, Belgian yeasty. Less complex than the nose. FEEL is fizzy bite, med body, soem warming, clean finish. Very easy drinking, interesting and sessionable beer.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here we go again with another Brew Crew series release. This time its marketing master Gary's creation. The bottle states 6.2% abv and 17 IBUs, brewed with orange peel, coriander, and chamomile.

Well, appearance is hard to rate here, becuase the color is intentionally 100% bassackwards from what it should be, and because of that, i will not include color in the numeric rating here. Pours a deep black with ruby highlights and a large very light tan head that retains extraordinarily well and leaves excellent lacing.

Nose is a touch thin and tough to grasp, but the spice profile and belgian yeast peek their way though.

Hmmm. There is definitely a witbier in there somewhere. The spice profile is much more subtle than I had expected, but i like it. Quite thick for a witbier. The wheat yeast is not as strong a presence as i would like, but its there. The finish is slightly dry, but minimally crisp. Aftertaste lingers with spices. Absolutely no roastiness at all, which was the brewers intent, so good.

The mouthfeel is pretty heavy here for a wit. Considerably more viscous than your usual wit. The carbonation is a tiny touch low for the style as well, but not terribly significant or anything.

Drinkability is solid. For a great flavorful beer, this one drinks pretty easily. The mouthfeel is somewhat heavy, which hampers it a touch, but still remains quite drinkable. A couple bombers would be no problem.

Well, first M sun gave us the belgian IPA that was "dry hopped with wet hops" and now a black witbier. All about bucking tradition, I like it. Overall, definitely an interesting beer, and one that really forces you to use your palate. I would have liked a stronger wheat yeast flavor in here, but its ok as is. Another good session beer from the brew crew series. Pretty good beer for some marketing guy! Nice work Gary!

Photo of lakersfan16
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Cosmic - Black Witbier from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.