Moscow - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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3.96/5 rDev -3.6%
Appearance- Pours up a slender amount of head which looks to have okay retention. The head is a very dark beige with dark umber and hints of purple, almost gritty looking. The body is a opaque and dark chocolate black.
Nose- A bit muted for an Imperial stout but still quite nice. Not much difference from the bottle to the glass. There was a slight bit of formic acid, deep bittersweet chocolate with a slight vinosity on the initial sniff from the bottle but now it's pretty much the same as the glass: milk chocolate, cocoa, cream, and malted milk balls. If I didn't know better, I would think this was a milk stout.
Taste- Starts off with a hint of the nose (some chocolate, cream, cocoa) but the rye and coffee with roasted malts start to take over. Definite spice from the rye with some woodiness on the backend. Slight sweetness starts to peak out, think raisins. Lots of bittersweet chocolate. More cream starts to rise while the woodiness begins to fade. This is pretty much all about the bittersweet chocolate and coffee of the middle with some rye on the end. The rye gives this some breadiness with a slight sour quality. I wish there were more and while this is a pretty solid beer, it's average for an Imperial stout in my opinion. Covers the basics but doesn't branch out to show different flavors and nuances. The raisin aspect is a little cloying and sours on the linger a bit. While the complexity might be lacking, this does mellow out to be a quite enjoyable and balanced beer. It still reminds me of a milk stout in ways. Also, I get not hint of the alcohol at all. In between good and really good at this point.
Mouthfeel- Between medium and heavy bodied. Some smoothness but it's somewhat canceled out by some over-carbonation. It's not too bad but it does become noticeable at points.
Drinkability- Pretty easygoing- no hint of heat anywhere. It would be dangerous if it were a little more complex but it's still a pretty good beer. Around 11 bucks is pretty solid but I'd probably look around for something else at that price. Ten Fidy maybe? The rye isn't enough of a distinguishing characteristic in this beer.
Overall- Good to pretty good beer, closer to pretty good. Solid and enjoyable Imperial that needs to express more rye. It would be interesting to try this beer aged in rye barrels. Definitely worth a try and just needs a few tweaks to get close to great. Probably wouldn't purchase again though. But you never know.
02-15-2014 05:44:29 | More by artoolemomo
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
3.59/5 rDev -12.7%
The bottle is not dated in any way. I believe I purchased this about 4-6 months ago, so I'm guessing it's the 2012 edition. Paid $12.49 for the 22 oz bottle.
A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass, slightly aggressively. A slow-forming but thick, chocolate milkshake-type head settles on top - and then stays there. Eventually it settles, leaving a curtain of brown lacing on the glass. It's a nice looking beer at this point. . . .
S: Some chocolate, some spice, some alcohol - and a sense of "old" beer, suggesting oxidation has begun.
T: Interesting mix of sweet and burnt. Some molasses, roasted barley malt and charcoal. Heat from alcohol is felt in the belly. Lingering taste of ash in the aftertaste is not entirely pleasant. A bit of a metallic taste shows up in the aftertaste at times as well.
M: Slick, but not thick enough to be syrupy. Carbonation is nearly non-existent.
O: Not impressed with this one. Too sweet, too ashy, the feel is too slick.
01-26-2014 02:30:13 | More by Kendo
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
Moscow from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.