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Anchorage - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnnyP3 on 01-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 4
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 8.8.12 right after London.

A - Pours a opaque medium brown with a one inch light tan head that is foamy and has good retention.

S - Malty, corn, carmel, leather.

T - Corn, wheat, leather.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a creamy finish.

O - Malty, sweet, creamy, nice to try, once I guess.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this one has been available (in its limited distribution) for 3 months or so and only 2 reviews so far? I know MSBC brews are not readily available, but this still surprises me. Maybe folks aren't so into eisbocks?

Light mahogany liquid with decent activity and a thin light tan head that recedes shortly after the pour and doesn't leave any lacing. Has exceptional clarity and looks good, though that matters little to me.

I can feel and smell the booze, when I stick my nose in the glass and take a big whiff. I also find dark fruit, and some general malty sweetness. The nose, to me, is not as well developed as some of the other categories. It's not strong, takes some work to find, and is not especially complex and the elements don't have great synergy. But what I get is enjoyable.

The taste is primarily malty sweet with mild hop bitterness and a cherry-like dark fruit element. There are some additional layers added by the yeast, but I'm having a hard time coming up with proper descriptors. It's quite deep, though I haven't actually described so many influences, and very well balanced too. It definitely starts on the sweet side, as per the style, but there is a drying sensation heading into the finish. I vaguely sense the prodigious amount of booze in this, but only as an afterthought.

Good carbonation, rich full body, highly viscous, moderate warming, and a gently drying finish.

This is a very good beer that is well done to style, and what I believe to be a fairly difficult style to brew effectively. It's maybe not quite Kulmbacher or Aventinus, but it's a damned good eisbock that you might believe was made in Deutschland if you didn't know any better.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one, and presumably to Steve for sending it down from Anchorage. Served in a tulip.

A - A solid finger of white foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind no lace. Transparent chestnut brown.

S - Your typical collection of bock flavors - nuts, red berries, honey cake, bread, caramel, slightly burnt sugars. There's a hint of alcohol, but it's reasonable for the listed 10.9%.

T - The taste is a tad less sweet, with more bread and toasted grain character among the brown sugar, red fruits, nuts, and hint of chocolate. The alcohol is better hidden here, but it seems to come at the cost of some flavor complexity.

M - Smooth texture with a touch of crystallized sugar grit to it. Lower carbonation, medium-full body, and some warming alcohol presence.

D - I'm going to give this a bonus half-point for being a tough style to get right. Midnight Sun has come up with a very good take with well-hidden alcohol and enjoyable, yet traditional bock flavors. Certainly a nightcap sort of beer, but a highly enjoyable one.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. The last installment in the MSBC 2011 World Tour series. This beer is somewhat unusual for Midnight Sun as they don't brew too many lager-style beers. According to the label, this ice bock has a mere 14 IBUs, which is consistent with the style. Lots of malt and minimal hop action.

This brew poured a dark amber with about one finger of head that simmered down to a thin cap over the lager.

The smell was dominated by sweet malt aromas: caramel, brown sugar and some noticeable heat from the alcohol level. Also picking up burnt sugar and a hint of winter fruit -- stewed pear.

The taste is a sweet malt tour-de-force. Think molasses and burnt brown sugar. Caramel and a hint of chocolate can be found as well. Something also makes me want to say maple syrup. Finished sweet (burt sugar sweetness) with some warming heat from the alcohol. I would also characterize the taste as somewhat like a brandy, but not as much fruit in the flavor. Here there is a very slight hint of winter fruit. Don't look for much in the way of balance from hops. This ice bock is all malt.

Mouthfeel is syrup-like. Smooth and sweet and just enough carbonation.

Overall, a very warming, substantial brew that I found to be quite enjoyable and a nice change of pace from Midnight Sun. This is a great time of year for this style of beer.

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