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Moscow - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 60
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.7%

djrn2, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

zestar, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

acurtis, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

nmann08, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

metter98, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Texasfan549, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

kjkinsey, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -2.7%

ygtbsm94, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Knapp85, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
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
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

largadeer, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

SocalKicks, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

MasterSki, May 17, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

drabmuh, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -2.7%

oline73, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Rifugium, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

mendvicdog, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

mdfb79, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

MarkyMOD, Tuesday at 07:28 AM
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -2.7%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 29, 2013
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Moscow from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.