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Obliteration VII - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

100 IBU

(Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 10-16-2010)
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4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a creamy brown head.

S: Earthy dark roast coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate in the nose.

T: Espresso, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate. Surprisingly not bitter.

M: Full bodied and quite smooth.

O: I had this about a year after it came out, and I would imagine it was supposed to be hoppy, but it wasn't. That said, it was delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 19:55:46 | More by BierJager89
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South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 01:31:01 | More by mikesgroove
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4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a jet black with good carbination and tannish head

S: Roasted malt, chocolate and cocoa in pure domination

T: Booze, toasted malt, coffee, cocoa and a light bitter aftertaste. Very tasty from start to finish

M: Bitter cocoa, booze, big body and plenty of flavor. Nice tasty, warming feel

D: Good indeed, easy to drink and the draft version really unleashed alot of muted flavors hidden in the bottle

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2011 00:56:08 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 21:36:54 | More by NWer
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

08-08-2013 03:10:38 | More by AngusOg
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

09-29-2012 20:53:00 | More by vande
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4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into snifter; received via trade from ScreamForMe. Thanks Mark!

A: Pours stout black; no light passes through this one until the glass is almost finished, and the edge of the beer takes on a beautiful dark bourbon color. 1/2 finger fine, dark tan head.

S: Spruce and grapefruit hops are immediate stand outs here, even with the strong malt backbone in place. Lots of roasted malty goodness- cocoa and roasted coffee beans.

T: Initially similar to a black IPA; as it warms, it seems much more like the stout it's classified as. Hop bitterness starts things off as the taste's most prominent feature (not quite as much as 100 IBUs might lead you to believe; there's still plenty of room to taste the other flavors). Roasted malts and chocolate come out pretty strongly, with a pleasant bittersweet dark chocolate finish. Hints of coffee here and there.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation (thinner and more carbonated than most imperial stouts). Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D: The thin body and complex flavors make this easy going down. Pick it up if you get a chance!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 01:08:14 | More by AwYeh
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4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a Brooklyn Brewery Chalice

Perhaps the prettiest Imperial Stout I've ever seen, jet black, thick mocha colored foam and even lace as the beer comes down the glass, I can't think of anyway you could make it prettier.

Wild mix of smells, big part chocolate milk, quite a bit of dark rummy aromas, big part of it is roasted coffee aromas, a smaller part is just a bit of grapefruit and lemon peel. Nice stuff.

Starts like an Imperial Stout and finishes sort of like an IPA. Opens with chocolate, espresso a bit of rummy liquor that then gets overridden by heavy flavors of lime bitterness a bit of pineyness. Very interesting

Very smooth and oily mouth feel, medium to low carbonation, the after taste is sticky, the whole mouth gets coated with the odd convergence of the sweet, malty, dark roasted goodness of a Russian Stout and the astringent, slightly sour hop character.

This beer is a very interesting twist on one of my favorite styles, I'm quite interested to see how it ages because even though they were shooting for a hop bomb, I wonder how much better the malt character would be and what the faded hops would taste like in a year or two. I wonder how it would compare to a barleywine that is brewed with a huge quantity of hops. It should also be noted that it's hard to judge a beer like this, it's certainly not trying to be the same all of those other Russian Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 09:13:23 | More by Donnie2112
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4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super dark with ruby highlights and a monstrous billowy head. Courtesy of Delta Airlines, where growlers fly free due to milwaukeeclassic's silver medallion status.

Scents of black anise jelly beans and some vegetative hops. There's some dirty porter here too.

Tastes like Storm King on steroids. Earthy, hoppy, and very chalky. Finishes very abrupt and drying, which leads to further drinking.

Carbonation here is through the roof. This growler traveled in luxury and arrived in ideal shape.

Thanks Duane. A nice treat indeed.

Serving type: growler

10-16-2010 00:48:08 | More by BarrytheBear
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4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber purchased at Bottles, in Millwood, Washington, quite some time ago. According to the label, it was bottled the first week of December, but no year is mentioned. 2011? 2010(egad!)?

Poured a very dark brown of impressive viscosity, with a large, tan head that left lots of lace on the sides of a nonic pint glass. Said head took it’s time dropping.

Big, big aroma of brown sugar, raisins, coffee and tobacco. Surprising how much of a nose there is for a beer that is more than (at least) a year old.

The taste is an even match of sweet and bitter, with the bitter receeding slightly as things go on, but never going away. There’s also a nice milk chocolaty thing happening in mid-taste that lends variety and balance without becoming too sweet. According to the label, this beer has 100 IBUs, and hops don’t seem to have faded too much, with a nice, dry zap to the palate at the swallow.

The body is somewhere between medium and full, with a creamy, sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is right where it needs to be.

Although I was taken aback to see how long I’d let this bottle sit, it seems to have aged rather gracefully. I just wish I’d had one when it was fresh for the sake of comparison.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 22:53:36 | More by woemad
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4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, cocoa, black licorice, molasses, coffee, earthy hops, vanilla, bit of dark fruit, and a bit of booze.

T - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, bitter cocoa, black licorice, molasses, roasted coffee, earth hops and some bitterness, some dark fruit, vanilla, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick with a sweet, roasted, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Nice imperial stout. Good overall balance and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:40:32 | More by ngeunit1
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4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 06:42:35 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber shared with friends on 9/20/11.

A - Oily, black and ominous with ruby and deep royal purple hues and a foamy burnt tan crown that diminished to a thin, patchy veil and a bit of spotty lace around the glass.

S - Leafy, resinous hops abound with dark roasted malt, chocolate, tobacco and a hint of rich coffee beans. Whoa! Is this a Black IPA?! Aroma is quite earthy overall with a bold hop character.

T - Obliteration VII packs an intensely aggressive palate-wrecking bitterness. Earthy, resinous and piney hops provide an all-out assault on the tongue, while the rich malt character imparts mild astringency as well as a hint of sweetness. This is a hop bomb that is not for the faint of heart!

M - Full-bodied with a slick, oily texture and assertive bitterness on the palate resulting in a very dry finish.

D - One of the hoppiest, if not THE hoppiest, Imperial Stouts I've ever had. This was pretty awesome, in my opinion. But hey, I love American Imperial Stouts, so there you have it!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 04:31:08 | More by ffejherb
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 01:56:48 | More by Mora2000
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-01-2012 13:38:12 | More by acurtis
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 08:15:51 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 18:12:07 | More by Kegatron
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 15:31:40 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:24:33 | More by wethorseblanket
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-15-2011 18:10:44 | More by IrishColonial
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-23-2012 02:50:43 | More by JRod1969
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-04-2012 00:24:54 | More by klipper
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-13-2011 23:56:52 | More by spycow
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-25-2011 01:41:40 | More by Exiled
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

03-03-2012 21:39:01 | More by leedorham
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Obliteration VII from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.