Obliteration VII - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 58 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Overlord:
1.9/5 rDev -47.4%
Pours a thick, viscous black with a deep tan head. Gorgeous beer. Shame it's so awful.
Smells like burnt, acrid hop cones with burnt malt and burnt wood and burnt charred childhood dreams. So friggin' harsh.
Taste is like to scorch my taste buds. The base of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and ... stout ... if any such ever existed, has been demolished by an overwhelming acrid mess of bitter burnt hops and scorched/kilned driftwood.
This is one horrible, bitter, charred mess of a beer. Nice thick mouthfeel, though.
03-29-2011 11:51:44 | More by Overlord
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4.25/5 rDev +17.7%
A - Dark brown appearance with brown coffee-like foam head. Head retains well especially considering the high alcohol content.
S - Nice aroma - coffee, coacoa, citrus.
T - IBUs 100? You would never know it. Not that it's not a hop bomb, it clearly is. But it's not overpoweringly hoppy. Malt / Hop balance makes for a totally pleasant experience. Best of both worlds carefully blended: Blurs the lines between a Stout and a Dark IPA.
M - Smooth. No dry feeling to speak of. A 100 IBU beer would normally leave me feeling numb but not this one. Some bitter notes in the aftertaste.
D - In spite of the 8.5 ABV it is not overpowering and well hidden making this a very drinkable beer.
Update 09/23/11 Just grabbed another from the cellar to see if it improved at all with a little age.
Not much. Second impression is good but not great so knocking my score down a little.
Note: Worth seeking out. Give it a try while you can if you can.
01-01-2011 21:36:54 | More by NWer
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Thanks to bullzeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate. I don't get much alcohol or other notes in the aroma. The flavor is similar. I get a ton of chocolate notes as well as some roasted malt and some piney hops, Low bitterness. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
05-20-2011 01:56:48 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Ahh, yes. The old blank page. It's been a while my friend, but necessity has called me out of hiatus.
The latest installment of the obliteration series has been released, and this time Ben Johnson and the boys have shaken it up a bit. Departing from the consistent DIPA theme that the series has followed so far, they have released an imperial stout armed with a 100 IBU punch. As long as we've got triple digits up there this one fits right in with the series mantra.
Pours dark as night, opaque. Reverse cascading head settles into a large dark and foamy pillow atop the beer. Carbonation seems ample and appropriate as it always is.
The nose is loaded with big hop aroma. Citrusy pine notes fly out of the glass, sort of masking any real roasted malts in the aroma, but they lurk underneath the hops just enough to let you know they'll be apparent in the taste.
Right they were. Huge flavor. If there is one thing this beer ISN'T, it's bland. Roasted malts are vastly more apparent in the taste, and are complimented quite well by the fantastic hop bitterness. Big roasted malt, big citrusy bitterness, as you would expect having read the label. A Black IPA on steroids, but with a much fuller body, and a bit slicker on the palate as it is a bit less dry, and with a little bit more roasted malt shining through. The hop bitterness peaks right where it should on the finish. A dryness does become more apparent here. Strong flavors linger for quite some time after each sip.
The mouthfeel is excellent. Just chewy enough for the imperial stout side of things to be complimented, while maintaining enough dryness on the finish to get that DIPA like smack. Carbonation is ideal.
Drinkability is as good as one can expect out of a beer of this nature. Obviously you're not going to be buying 100 IBU imperial stouts to session at a NASCAR race, that is if you are of average intelligence, but i can easily kill a bottle (maybe more) on my own. Which for an imperial stout, or a DIPA, or a combination of the two for that matter, is of merit.
Overall an excellent concoction. Really like a massive "cascadian dark ale" (God, i hate that name) except with more body and chewiness than one would get out of a normal Black DIPA (probably why this isn't called a Black DIPA) A great idea, and a great beer. At first i was skeptical to see diversity start to peek its head into the Obliteration series, but after this, i certainly can't complain. A fine beer.
03-16-2011 08:15:51 | More by AKBelgianBeast
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
Nicely done RIS, gotten in trade. Black hough not thick it is very smooth. Dry more like an imperial Irish stout, but with good bitter finish. Ageing did this wonders. A nice measure of chocolate, little coffee. Balance towards bitter, almost too bitter, very little malt of taste.
10-02-2011 02:09:10 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Bottled the first week of December, 2010. 8.5% ABV for this batch. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass (probably should have used a tulip - oh well). Served lightly chilled.
Opaque bistre body with a tall stand of tan soft peaks. Recedes slowly but steadily. Good retention once it settles. Thick crystaline lacing that isn't able to maintain a foothold amidst the glossy tears.
Bitter roast coffee and some fresh/pale malt notes as well. A touch of caramel, licorice (or maybe fennel pollen), and a brief blast of herbal hops in the nose.
Dark roast, balanced by some turbinado sugar and light spice. The hops contribute some bitterness, but not especially high for the style. This bleeds over with some bittersweet chocolate notes. Lightly spicy, earthy finish with black pepper and a touch of citrus and cherry pits in the finish. Fairly gentle profile really - not as bitter or hop-forward as I was expecting. Well balanced.
Velvety, medium-full bodied, with uniform moderate carbonation.
We live in an era of monster stouts, so a solid middle-weight entry like this can easily get lost in the crowd, but it is a well executed example of the style with some subtle originality. Worth a try.
02-12-2011 03:16:16 | More by augustgarage
4/5 rDev +10.8%
22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.
Pours black, with a finger of sudsy chocolate colored head. This retains with a foamy ½ finger, staying rich around the edges, and leaving back a thick smattering of lace. The aroma smells of chocolate fudge, espresso, some ripe green citrus, and a mix of SERIOUSLY burnt roasted character and some alcohol notes across the back. Man, this has some aggressiveness in the nose.
The taste is thick with dark charred roast and a bold citric bitterness. Chocolate and caramel sweetness is present but is barely keeping things under control, as the alcohol presence here emboldens all of that roast and hops even more. The finish is just beyond aggressive, with dry char and bitter pith that stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied and fairly sharp feeling, with a hefty creaminess that sits underneath. The alcohol here isn’t stinging but does have some POWER here, with intense warmth that just blows the assertiveness of this UP!
This was one off-the-chain Imperial Stout and I for one didn’t mind one bit. It might have helped that I paired this up with some rather decadent chocolate cupcakes, which I think helped draw out more of the sweetness from this to help deal with all of the roast and bitterness, but there is no doubt that this beer has some balls on it. This is definitely a YMMV type of beer and it definitely isn’t for everyone. Vicious but delicious!
11-21-2011 18:12:07 | More by Kegatron
British Columbia (Canada)
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
Appearance. Pours a really deep brown with a finger of foamy tan head.
Smell. Deeply roasted malts, chocolate, burnt wood, with a little molasses.
Taste. Burnt sugar, roasty malts, piney hops, dark bitter chocolate. Really bitter finish. A bit boozy.
Mouthfeel. Full body with low carbonation. Very warm.
Overall. A little too boozy and dry for me, but a decent stout for sure.
12-10-2011 03:05:47 | More by Rutager
3.1/5 rDev -14.1%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice thick dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with some medium dry hops notes. Taste is a mix between some deep roasted malt with some pretty astringent hops which doesn’t make me want to drink too much of this beer. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I understand this is an experiment but not sure I am a big fan of Magnum and Warrior hops which are too astringent.
04-16-2012 19:55:45 | More by Phyl21ca
3.43/5 rDev -5%
Grabbed a bottle a couple months ago... pulled right from my wine cooler at 12 deg. C.
- Pretty stout.. big dark bubbly mocha colored head.. larger bubbles than usual... leaves spotting and lacing all over the snifter... steady layer of foam over a jet brown brew..
- Rather fresh green grassy roasty brew.. lots of bittering pine hops, and a slight sweet cocoa syrup scent.. like a freshly opened can of hersheys syrup. Grain, oats.. biscuity.. very hoppy.
- Nice cocoa flavor, bit of roasty grain.. super bitter hops.. liking that it isn't too much of an aroma hop.. was scared a bit after reading that it has 100 ibu's... but at least that is all in the bittering. Super bitter which isn't a bad thing.. closer to an Irish stout. Light cocoa..
- A touch thin for an imperial.. slightly watery in feel, but wasn't in flavor. Somewhat drying, and also cloyingly chalky due to its bitterness.
- Quite drinkable, though not quite up to the standards that I am used to seeing from Midnight Sun. It's good, different.. but forgettable. I want to see a complex creamy 10% imperial stout. I wouldn't mind a slightly dumbed down version of this one as a regular house stout.
03-20-2011 02:16:00 | More by Docer
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Bottled 1st week of Dec. Must have been 2010 based on when I got this bottle...
Poured in to CBS Snifter.
A - Poured black, body appeared medium from the pour. Half a finger of espresso coloured head formed from the pour with decent retention.
S - A big assertive hop nose up front - citrus, pine and peppery/spicy aromas accompanied the bitterness. A robust roasted malt back bone attempted to cut through the bitterness and added aromas of milk chocolate and molasses with a huge overall sweetness.
T - Bitter hops up front with big pine flavours. Some earthy notes come through from the hops as well along with a very faint citrus flavour that was much more subdued than the nose indicated. The bitterness is huge and seems to bet more noticeable with each sip. The malt bill is charred but not unpleasantly so with some sweet molasses and cocoa providing some sweetness. The finish is bitter and dry an lingers on the tongue considerably.
M - Medium body, creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.
01-14-2012 15:31:40 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.13/5 rDev +14.4%
Picked up this tonight at Brewforia for $15... gahh!! Beautiful brown head... 2 fingers and sits steady for probably 5 minutes until it drops back leaving very nice lacing.
The nose is seriously hoppy... no joke. Boatloads of citrus and resinous pine hops coat the inside of your nose and barely let the rich chocolate and roasty notes break through.
Flavor is very reminiscent of a thicker ... maltier (only slightly) ... Black IPA. Despite the nose, this is not obnoxiously slammed with hop bitterness... instead the hops are actually mainly mid to late on the palate and seem surprisingly restrained. Good cocoa and dark malt are held together by a nice yet minor maltiness mid palate... the hops combine with the roasted malt and make for a lingering finish..
Body seems lite for a big stout, but I have to remind myself that it is only 8.5% and not 13 like the GI stouts... nice carbonation maybe a touch too high, but it is small bubble and lends toward a pretty smooth mouthfeel... dangerously drinkable.
I would love to see one of the Obliteration series done the same way with a little bit more body and sweetness and then spiked with a spicy Belgian yeast.... hint hint hint... come on... I dare you.
I will certainly be buying more of these, but the price tag is gonna be cost prohibitive. Also, I don't think cellaring this brew is going to add anything to the overall picture. This was made hoppy and is supposed to be enjoyed hoppy. My bottles will stay in the fridge.
01-14-2011 06:42:35 | More by JohnGalt1
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red amber, appearing black in the glass. Aroma of sweet and roasted malt and hops. Hoppy start followed by light toasted malts, coffee and light fruits. Finishes astringent and bitter. Nice flavors, but the finish is not well integrated with the other flavors and the hops are not aromatic enough to counter the dry bitter finish. Decent, but not great.
05-06-2012 03:22:35 | More by LiquidAmber
4.35/5 rDev +20.5%
Pitch black as night with a light tan head of maybe an inch and a half across the top. This faded down to about a quarter inch but never got any lower then that. Lots of side glass lacing all over the sides as it went down. The aroma was a touch boozy, with tons of chocolate and roasted malts coming through. Almost a licorice like smell as it warms, incredible. As I take my first sip I am floored, rich vanilla and cocoa taste with a large dose of roasted malts. Tons of flavor here, with bourbon notes really coming through on this one. I am literally drooling as I write this that I dont have any left. The finish was soo smooth, and chocolate filled, it was a dessert beer to the extreme. ,one of the thickest beersI have ever run across.
Overall all, floored, this beer needs to get out more as this almost blows the category up.
07-15-2011 01:31:01 | More by mikesgroove
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.
Opaque black topped by a small but lingering tan head. Hops almost overwhelm the dark malts on the nose. Resiny, sappy, orange oil-like hop notes hover over dark chocolate and burnt bread. The palate is slightly more balanced, roasted malt and chocolate flavors are just as prominent and the citrusy, resiny hops. It's a fairly light and dry beer, sticky and bitter in the finish but not particularly obliterating. Not their best effort, but pretty good.
02-12-2011 02:27:48 | More by largadeer
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
This was opened at the August Baltimore BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours almost black with some red at the edges. There is a layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the pour.
Smell: Sweet and roasty. Mild chocolate and caramel notes behind the roast. I'm also getting some hops and dark fruit.
Taste: Really roasty and quite hoppy. Caramel in the background with some dark fruit. The hops and roast get together and make the finish super bitter.
Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with a medium amount of carbonation and a finish that is just a bit dry.
Overall: This was a good enough beer, really intense. I might have it again if I was given the opportunity.
08-26-2012 00:52:10 | More by oline73
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
A - Pitch black with a large, fluffy, frothy, pillowy, light cafe head. Very nice retention and a nice layer of lace. Good looking beer.
S - Sweetened coffee and sweet chocolate are strong on the nose. Roasted malt also in there. Quite hoppy with a fruity and piny aroma.
T - Strong roasted malt with some burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Bitter and resiny hop flavor. Not as fruity as the nose suggested. The hop bitterness has a huge kick at the finish.
M - Thinner side of medium body with average carbonation. Slick and smooth but I would like it to be a bit creamier and fuller.
D - A little too much bitter and resiny flavor from the hops. If there would be a bit more of that hoppy fruitiness in the flavor that would help. When paired with the strong roasted flavors it's a little much.
Notes: A little strong with the strong roasted, bitter, and resin flavors. I like the mix of hops in a big stout, but would like something other than just pine/resin from the hops. I liked it, but did not love it, and I could only see myself drinking a little of this on rare occasions.
03-27-2011 01:27:44 | More by FreshHawk
4/5 rDev +10.8%
A: Pours black with a 1" mocha head composed of some really big bubbles. Minimal lace.
N: Dark chocolates, roasted coffee, some minor charred oak.
T: Char and ash and roast followed by wet tobacco, coca/chocolate, dark fruits, hoppy and malty.
M: Rich, creamy and thick. Bitter and dry finish.
O: Really a hopped up imp stout. Not the freshest bottle, so certainly surprised to still have it so hoppy. Interesting concoction.
01-21-2012 00:24:33 | More by wethorseblanket
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
22oz bottle sent to me by Coby. Must be going on 2 years old now (bottled near the end of 2010, I think).
A: Pours an inky jet black with a creamy light tan head. Lots of nice lacing.
S: A lot of piney hop, thick roasted malts, chocolate, citrus.
T: Sharp bite of smokey, charred bitterness. Aging yet still strong hop notes, coffee and mild caramel sweetness.
M: Thick and creamy.
O: The charred notes are a bit too harsh. I don't think any amount of age is going to calm this beer down.
10-03-2012 22:21:42 | More by Etan
Obliteration VII from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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