3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.58/5 rDev +20.8%
Bottle opened on 2.6.13
Bottle picked up at Brewpub in Anchorage
A - Pours a dark brown-ruby, looks black in the glass with a fine, two inch light brown head that lasts forever.
S - Malty and roasted, then dark fruit and red-wine, followed by some leather.
T - Roasted malt and chocolate, then lots of red wine and oak, followed by leather and vanilla.
D - Good carbonation with a heavier body.
O - Complex and deep. whoa.
02-18-2013 05:54:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.34/5 rDev +14.5%
3000 poured opaque with a nice, tan head that was persistent and left a nice lacing on the glass. The nose was primarily of oak, from the barrel-aging, with some malt creeping in. At 13.2% ABV, and 25 IBUS, this beer certainly comes in on the malty end of the malt-hops continuum, but I found it surprisingly dry on the palate, compared to say MSBC's Arctic Devil Barley Wine. Don't get me wrong, it's still a big, chewy, sweet beer; it just seemed a little less so than some others. The flavor profile is everything you'd expect from a big, oaked, Belgian quadruple: malt, dark fruits, woody notes, hops purely to balance, and the alcohol barely discernible. As good as this brew is, I look forward to what several years in the cellar will do for it. Good luck finding any bottles for sale, but if you can, get as many as you can to cellar and savor.
02-26-2013 20:53:27 | More by Reswald
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
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
4.16/5 rDev +9.8%
She's a good looker, but, of course, that is of little consequence in the big picture. It's dark brown like a thicker porter, but not inky black like a stout. The head is more brown than tan, fizzes into a couple of more inches then fades to a finger or so. This bit then fades very gradually, leaving a good deal more than film on top as I sip slowly. The lacing is bountiful.
The smell hit me from some distance upon opening. Impressive. It's a delicious aroma that I suspect will improve. The oak and and a sourness, that I assume (perhaps incorrectly) is from the wine barrel are prominent if not overly dominant. A rich malty sweetness gets into the mix, and every now and then I get a strong enough whiff of caramel to confidently identify it. The booze is evident but it isn't as sinus opening as many big beers. The sourness that I suspect is from the wine could be from one of the yeast strains? Whatever, it is somewhat reminiscent of cherries. There is also a vanilla/chocolaty essence that appears occasionally (I've been sipping and sniffin for nearly 2 hours and we have a ways to go yet before we conclude this sensory experience). Overall, it smells well, gells togethers fairly well now, and I suspect it will get even better after some rest down cellar.
Much like the nose but the sour/cherry element is somewhat more pronounced. If I could wave a magic wand and tone it down just a bit I probably would, but that's not to say I don't like it at all. Just that the caramel sweetness that I am fond of would be more of a player if the sourness was less. But that caramel richness is there and balances quite well. It tastes great now, and I believe it will get better.
Well carbonated, gentle warming, and a rich, luscious, viscous, and velvety smooth texture. Mouthfeel generally isn't a very important category to me, but I recognize the exceptionally nice feel of this one. There is some very gentle bitterness on the back end.
This is one of the best beers I've had from MSBC since Gabe left to start Anchorage Brewing. It is no M, but it is very good now and I predict, again, that it will improve. Thanks to Robert, the manager of the only retail beer store in my remote town in SE Alaska, for finding and getting a case of this long after it was supposedly all gone.!
07-21-2013 02:25:13 | More by sprucetip
4.13/5 rDev +9%
Been really impressed with Midnight Sun so far, so I was really happy to see a couple of these from akbeerfiend. Cheers man!
From a bomber into a snifter
Belgian barleywine aged in red wine oak barrels for 8 mos.
APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a two finger, looser looking, foamy tan head with great retention. Bistre brown body, almost black, with loads of active carbonation. Piles of carbonation. A thick foamy cap leaves lots of sticky lacing on the top of the glass. A nice, full, foamy cap remains leaving sheets of lacing down the glass. Calms down a bit after a while, but this one was quite much like a Belgian strong dark for sure.
SMELL: Lots of oak and red wine with a distinct tartness on the nose. Grapes and wine with light lemon and citrus notes a well. Dark bread and rye spices add a solid base to the aroma. Pretty nice.
TASTE: Red cherries and dark grapes up front, with some red wine and oak tartness as well, then some flavors of sweet toffee, leather with lots of spicy rye and more tart wine at the swallow. Big and bold aftertaste of red wine, some vanilla and leather flavors from the oak barrels, lemon sourness and tart flavors, as well as some light bitter chocolate from the dark malts as well. Quite complex with a nice, refreshing red wine tartness the whole way through. No booze at all, which is impressive. This is really complex and enjoyable.
PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, light, goes down fine and finishes somewhat dry. A touch puckering after the swallow. Decent feel, though the higher levels of carbonation just detract in the slightest, keeping this from being the blockbuster it wants to be.
OVERALL: This 13% brew went down way too easily. It is listed as a barleywine, but the red wine barrels have lended a tartness that makes it more like a strong, darker flanders ale perhaps. Except for the overly active carbonation, this is a wonderful brew with lots of complexity and happiness all over the place. Loved this one. Cheers again akbeerfiend!
05-29-2013 13:17:12 | More by Jeffo
3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.