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Moscow - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 57
Gots: 47 | FT: 7
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Bottle pour courtesy of DarthKostrizer at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, rye, cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

07-24-2012 01:53:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-12-2014 19:15:21 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Bottle courtesy of GT2. Served in a Midnight Sun goblet. Pours near black with a short mocha head. Nose has quite a bit of roast along with some ash. Strong roast and a bit of chocolate. Flavor has quite a bit of ash. Medium body. Slightly viscous. Ashy and dry. A bit bitter. Not a huge fan.

12-15-2012 18:37:54 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11-03-2013 04:09:06 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high mocha colored head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and licorice are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate, dark malts and licorice along with hints of roasted malts and spicy rye. No sweetness is perceptible. The spices linger though the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O:I liked how this Russian Imperial Stout used rye as it helped mask some of the sweetness that is typically associated with beers in this style and made it easier to drink.

07-28-2013 02:36:18 | More by metter98
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zestar

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-30-2013 08:19:49 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-12-2014 19:26:09 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

07-03-2013 03:08:21 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-03-2013 03:27:07 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-09-2012 23:19:40 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-12-2013 06:09:22 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

07-07-2013 01:21:07 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured out as a thick oily black color color with a deep brown colored head, the retention is very thin, some scattered lacing as well. The smell is lightly roasted with some sweet molasses on the nose. The taste is sweet and roasted with a nice bitterness in the finish. Some decent spicy notes in there as well from the rye. The mouthfeel is thick, oily and lightly carbonated. Overall it's a big thick beast of a beer. Very good stuff.

06-15-2013 00:35:55 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

12-21-2013 23:12:33 | More by oberon
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-11-2013 16:40:47 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

10-19-2013 21:00:30 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

01-29-2014 04:55:12 | More by SocalKicks
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Thanks to Tnudish for the share. Served in a Kuhnhenn goblet.

A - Dark mocha foam settles to wisps, a collar, and a glass-coating brown film. Very dark, opaque and solid, black body.

S - The rye is front and center, and it's supported by charred malts, bitter dark chocolate, smoke, yeasty bread, and a hint of booze.

T - The taste is quite similar, with a heavy doses of char, rye, roast, dark chocolate, and so forth - very little residual sugar. There's a mildly fruity yeast character that combined with the intense roast is evocative of Scandinavian stouts. Wrong side of the Baltic Sea, I know, but much closer to European stouts than American ones.

M - Smooth body, melted chocolate, texture, viscous and chewy finish, and lower carbonation. Some moderate warming alcohol, so this is definitely a sipper.

D - A very nice RIS, and completely different from Midnight Sun's other offerings. It's like they made a very nice Mikkeller beer, but without the oppressive burnt flavors in the finish. This should age quite gracefully.

05-17-2012 06:16:03 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Bottle shared by someone at a recent tasting, thanks. Served in a snifter. Beer is black, insanely dark ink black and thick. syrupy, dark brown head, small bubbles, low retention.

Aroma is roasty a little spicy, interesting.

Rye is in there but mostly this stout is huge and heavy. Thick, strong, nice. It is pretty bitter on the backend. I enjoyed it a lot. I would have it again. Very nice stout.

06-19-2012 16:13:17 | More by drabmuh
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

First had: bottle share at Beermongers, Portland, OR

Thanks to whoever shared this bottle (don't know your username). This is a RIS/rye beer.

The beer poured a thick black, like spent engine oil, a small, creamy, dark chocolaty head forming quickly and retaining quite well. Lots and lots of roast in the aroma. Taste of big, dark, roasty malts, with a heavy rye profile and licorice spice that combined very well; obvious alcohol taste comes in after the taste buds adjust to the roastiness. Full-bodied and chewy, lingers in the mouth with a roasty bitterness. Very good overall.

12-31-2011 18:03:33 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-25-2013 02:12:37 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

3.91/5  rDev -4.9%

From 02/11/14 notes. Thanks to Adam for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Think this was a 2012 vintage bottle.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of chocolate, rye, roasted malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, cocoa, and burnt malts. Nice nose; rye comes through a little bit, but I like it.

t - Tastes of milk and dark chocolate, rye, caramel malts, roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa nobs, toasted malts, burnt malts. Taste has more rye and caramel than the nose had. Think I like the nose a little better but this is good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very thin for a big stout and seems a bit oxidized.

o - Overall a pretty good stout. I'd be interested to try it fresh as it seemed a bit old and oxidized. Worth checking out.

02-12-2014 21:30:39 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

09-22-2013 16:10:10 | More by mendvicdog
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-18-2013 00:36:27 | More by Rochefort10nh
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-29-2013 12:53:53 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Moscow from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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