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3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 72
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

In this ridiculously wonderful world we've created, we make beer- one batch at a time. As the scientist in us demands, we number said batches. And while every batch of our beer is special for us – providing a fresh start on a new day, establishing an experimental opportunity, bringing together our minds and spirits, projecting our company forward – each batch also scores time.

To celebrate our 3000th batch, we present a Belgian-style Barley Wine, simply called 3,000. Luscious layers of flavor begin with barley, wheat and rye malts followed by triple-hoppping with a single varietal. Fermentation, using three distinct yeast strains, achieves complexity in character and, of course, alcohol. This special batch was transferred into red wine oak barrels for eight months to age gregariously yet gracefully. After bottle-conditioning, this exclusive beer is ready for immediate enjoyment although it can be lovingly cellared for future festivities.

As we release 3,000 in January 2013, we hoist our glasses in thankful toast to YOU – our dearest friends in beer!

20 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-29-2012)
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mike for the opportunity. 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a big, frothy 3 finger dark cream colored head with excellent retention. Beer is a super dark, almost opaque mahogany. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. A superb looking beer all the way around.

Nose smells like a soured dark beer all the way around. Sour wine notes mix with caramel, toffee, brown sugar and a touch of roast. Some wet wood and burnt malt lingering in the background. Deep and aromatic. But the combination of flavors is a touch odd.

Opens with some tart fruit wine notes. Caramel and toffee sweetness linger nicely in the background and play oddly with the tart/sweet grape and cherry present. A little weird and not at all "Belgian-y". Brown sugar, more toffee, and a touch of boozy sweetness at the end. Finishes with hints of oxidized sweet purple fruit. Aftertaste of just a touch of sap hop bitterness. Very strange but I like it.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and slick with some bubbles in the mouth. Goes down smooth with a touch of booziness. Finishes messy with a lingering, sweet, filmy aftertaste. Pretty solid. Considering the huge ABV, this is very, very drinkable.

This beer is a touch odd and its certainly no M. However, I think with what is going on here, this will develop into a very interesting brew down the line. The flavor combination is very unique and although certain notes feel out of place, it has a lot of room to integrate and change. I'm glad I have a couple cellared.

SpeedwayJim, Jun 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

HollyHops, Oct 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

MaseFace, Oct 18, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -18.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

WILD-THING, Sep 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

orangesol, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Kegatron, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Axnjxn, Jul 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

KevinGordon, Jun 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bsuedekum, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

zestar, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

baybum, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

WillCarrera, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

enelson, Apr 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

facesnorth, Mar 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Lare453, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

vande, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

BARFLYB, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

zekeman17, Jan 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Texasfan549, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

kjkinsey, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very dark brownish color, it was pretty hard to pick out anyother hues or highlights since it was poured/consumed in the dark next to a campfire. However, it did provide a nice tannish colored cap with decent head retention and lacing.

S: A sour oxidation like note on the nose, with some big fruits and candy notes. A little booze sting on the nostrils, It's not really overpowering or promising but it smells sweet and "fruity" so lets give it a whirl....

T: Initial tartness from some cherries, grape skins and oxidation....It's backed up by a caramel and toffee candy sugar body. Some waves of oxidation like notes appear and disappear. The finish is sweet, dry and odd with sordove a lingering tartness and booze

M: Medium body, well carbonated, easy to drink with a touch of sweetness and oxidation.

O: Not what I was expecting. Sometimes to much of a good thing can result in a mess. While this beer was not bad it was a letdown in a way. The oxidation notes on the taste smooth out after it warms and airs out.

barleywinefiend, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Holland, Nov 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

andy1701, Nov 21, 2013
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3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.