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Moscow - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

229 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 61
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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Ratings: 229 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

BeerHunter76, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

kjkinsey, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

brotherloco, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -2.7%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Morey, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

ShanePB, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -2.7%

twelveinches, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Scalawags
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Scalawags, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of vkv822
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz : Teku

Opaque black, with a thin, bubbly brown head.

Big, cocoa and roast malt notes, faint dark fruit and a rye spice backing.

Taste follows the nose, with a slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

Creamy, lightly viscous body, mild foamy carbonation.

A very well done RIS. The rye adds an extra, subtle touch towards the finish of an already tasty base beer.

vkv822, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pitch black and dense; milky chocolate head dissipates quickly, leaving just a trace behind

S: lots of dark roasted malt aromas, suggesting ice cold, black, bitter coffee; sweeter hints of molasses

T: rich, roasty, drenched in wet dark bittersweet malt, drier wood and oak flavors, perhaps something like anise; what I presume to be the rye creates a deeper level with some chewy grain and earthy/herbal seasonings/spices; sugars wash in up front and then fade out, dry and mellow

M: dense, heavy creamy, full-bodied, no palpable carbonation, smooth and slightly coating, dark bittersweet aftertaste

O: warmed impressively - nice, mellow and smooth; bitters are dark and shadowy; the rye and perhaps whatever hops are used create a savory/medicinal component (and perhaps the abv shows a bit, too) - almost like a dark malt tonic - a very nice interpretation of the style.

Greywulfken, Jun 16, 2013
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 notchucknorris
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours like motor oil. Black as a Kardashian heart and thick as hell. A dense milk chocolate colored head wells up immediately, leaving a beautiful, dense blanket of tight bubbles. This might be the darkest head I've ever seen. This beer means business.

S: Big and roasty aroma. Wet earth, charred wood, peat, espresso and some faint milk chocolate sweetness. Liking it.

T: A big pop in the mouth of roasted and charred malt right away. Burnt oak, a quick hit of smoke, and some charred espresso. So much roastiness and it is awesome. There's just a touch of spiciness from the rye as well as a respite from the roasted flavors in a flash of milk chocolate and molasses. Finish brings some dark coffee grounds and a lingering note of rye. The mouthfeel is near perfect. It's dense as hell, with an almost milkshake like consistency, coating every inch of your mouth with roasty awesomeness. I've had stouts far higher in ABV, but this mouthfeel is up there with the thickest of them. Amazing stuff.

notchucknorris, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

bbadger, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

johnnyboy76, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

itracy63, Jun 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

ChumleyX, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

mdaschaf, May 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

reverbking, May 29, 2013
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
Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

KiMiRaiK, May 27, 2013
Photo of lsummers
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours like motor oil. Black and thick as can be with a dark chocolate frothy dark head. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen.

Smells of cocoa beans, raisins, burnt dark chocolate and a touch of coffee. There's a slight nutty toffee note. You can almost smell the creaminess.

Taste hits with the burnt roasted cocoa beans and transitions into a more raisin and burnt caramelized brown sugar sweetness. Ends with some great dark chocolate aftertastes. Roasted caramel malts mix in throughout.

Mouthfeel is fairly viscus yet moderately carbonated. This is perfectly balanced on the tongue and maybe a bit too drinkable for the abv. Not a bad thing though.

Overall, This is a top Russian Imperial Stout. A definite try and retry. Can't wait to find this again.

lsummers, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

PerHops, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

drewone, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jaminjohnson, May 08, 2013
Moscow from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.