3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.19/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
06-22-2013 02:15:08 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.49/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
11-25-2013 21:05:44 | More by barleywinefiend
4.23/5 rDev +11.6%
Was lucky enough to have this on tap at the brewery this week, 6oz. serving
My first impression of this beer was excellent. From the woody stone fruit smell (reminiscent to me of ripe plums toasted on an oak campfire) to the blast of cordial-like alcoholic sweetness (reminiscent of a cherry wine) with a finish that was very vinous indeed. The look of this beer is just as epic, slight tan head with a very dark rich almost purple hue. maybe its this color that makes me think this is a beer for a king... The thick viscous quality of this beer also fits wonderfully (and like many of the dark beers from MS) this one truly feels epic all the way down your throat. My only gripe with this beer was that it was very sweet almost a cordial beer, but it fits nicely as a special after dinner sipper without a doubt.
09-05-2013 11:29:47 | More by oceanman907
3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.