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Moscow - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 58
Gots: 50 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
First brewed as part of our 2011 World Tour series, MOSCOW Rye Russian Imperial Stout is a hefty, opaque black liquid that pours slowly and soulfully into your snifter. A high percentage of spicy rye and roasted dark malts create a dense, chewy yet elegant winter wonderland of flavors. And from AK we say: Let it Snow…in Moscow.

(Beer added by: Rifugium on 12-31-2011)
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Ratings: 236 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Khazadum:
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Khazadum, May 20, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as oil slick with a creamy deep beige head that holds together without ever really subsiding.Vanilla and chocolate at first whiff along with mild smokiness,obviously some big black roast is present as well.A full creamy feel it just gldes down with ease,just creaminess and big and chewey at the same time.Flavors of dark fruit and vanilla that meld into a big smokiness that really hits hard, with just a tinge of the sharp rye in the finish along with sticky sweet alcohol.Now this is a different and unique beer just the type of stuff I like to drink this time of year.

oberon, Dec 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

77apm, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

aquazr1, Feb 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

BigE90, Feb 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jaminjohnson, May 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

standardcherry, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

dc55110, Apr 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

acurtis, Apr 12, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%

Brewcycler, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

mdaschaf, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Griffith, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

blabaer, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Kevin73
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a gorgeously thick, syrupy, chewy beer! One of the thickest beers I've ever come across. Pours a beautifully opaque and deliciously sludgy brownish black with a caramel head, but unfortunately with almost no lacing. Looks great while you're pouring it as the head sinks swirling artfully into the abyss. Feels wonderful in the mouth, not too oily, coating disappears quickly and leaves very little aftertaste. The flavor was not as complex as I'd like, dominated by the roasted malts, with very subtle chocolate, fruit, vanilla and a bit of tartness on the finish. I did not find it to be a particularly well balanced flavor, a problem I find with a lot of imperials. That being said, there are worse flavors to dominate than dark malts. This is not a bad tasting beer by any stretch and is one of the better imperial stouts I've tried. The rich thickness of it is amazing.

Kevin73, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

PretzelCity, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Pours with no head, but then it wells up a nice mocha head. Thick mocha collar. Rebuilds with every swirl.

Smell - Chocolate. I think I smell the rye. Alcoholic and a little ashy.

Taste - A significant improvement. Fruity. Chocolatey. Some smokiness. A little bitter and sweet in the finish. Tastes like a Baltic porter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Odd body. Kinda thin. Again like a lager in the finish.

Overall - Not sold on this. All over the place. Some is good, some is bad.

Alieniloquium, May 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Jpoo, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of atalayafr
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep french press dark but with obvious texture. Really dark! No head.
S-Mild rye, gentle alcohol. Pleasant.
T-Quite a bit more rye in the taste than was present in the smell. A bit more alcohol on the tongue and moderate alcohol effervescence as well. A subtle hint of cherry.
M-Buttery but not slippery. Starts slick but becomes drier once the rye and alcohol land.
O-A pretty pour. So dark there's some trepidation to it. But it's not overwhelming in rye or alcohol and mouthfeel keeps it drinkable. A good Russian Imperial Rye!
S-22oz Bottle

atalayafr, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Nage37, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of Gmann
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a dense reddish brown head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is quite meaty with plenty of soy notes. Molasses provides a deep sweet aroma. A subtle hint of smoke and charred wood. A dark berry sweet sour note as well. Very nice deep aroma.

Big roast flavor with notes of burnt coffee. Scorched caramel and molasses and perhaps a touch of vanilla. Plum and carob provide a sweet and sour note. Not much smoke in the flavor but still quite woody. Light anise. Big RIS flavors.

The feel is thick with soft carbonation so it has a smooth feel. Sweet and bitter on the palate. Sticky and chewy in the finish.

Very good stout. Big and bold and what an imperial stout should be.

Gmann, Jul 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Steve_Oldrati, Sep 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Keith_R, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

JSBILK, May 01, 2014
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Moscow from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.