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3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 74
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-29-2012

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
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Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #3000. Figured this would be an appropriate beer for the occasion. Big thanks to Jer for the hook-up. Served in a taster pint with friends.

A - A humongous big tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacing. Very dark brown body that is verging on stout-like, with some ruby-tinged transparency at the fringes of the glass. Quite attractive, although I'm a little unsettled by the high level of carbonation.

S - Massive vinous character, with a hefty dose of oak, light vanilla, and perhaps a mild brett note that gives this a leathery and slightly coppery flavor. Initially heavy on dark fruits, nuts, but yields to phenolic yeast notes as this warms. This definitely seems more Belgian than M did, and it's extremely well-attenuated; doesn't really have the sweetness I expect from this style.

T - The taste is initially quite understated, with a mix of lightly sour and acidic red wine, oak, dates and prunes. Some notes of toffee, caramel, nuts, molasses, and chocolate emerge as the beer warms, and the taste is far less Belgian than the aroma. The malt doesn't totally integrate with the red wine notes, and there's a vaguely juicy quality as a result. Seems a bit oxidized too.

M - The feel is quite nice, with a soft carbonation, medium-full body, mildly chewy texture, and minimal alcohol heat. You really can't perceive the 13.2% ABV, and the beer goes down quite easily.

D - Not sure what to make of this beer. There are some nice qualities to it, but some odd and unexpected flavors as well. I've heard that this was rushed to bottles, and I'd concur with that sentiment. I'd also suggest this is miscast as a follow-up to M, as it's a vastly different type of beer. To me it's really more evocative of an English old ale, but aged in red wine barrels. I also think it will improve with more age, as some of the vinous character fades and the sweetness intensifies. I didn't really have a problem finishing a large portion of the bottle, but that being said, I'd rather have more Bar Fly.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a big head. Deep brown caramel. Thick collar and nice legs.

Smell - Lots of red wine character. Caramel. Yeasty. A slight acidic character.

Taste - Hint of a bright flavor. Touch of acidity. Deeper than caramel flavor. Almost milk chocolate. Red wine comes out in the middle. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Very chewy barleywine. Great body, despite how highly carbonated it is.

Overall - Good, but the red wine barrel doesn't blend as well as I thought it would.

Photo of jegross2
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Midnight Sun 3000 from Midnight Sun Brewing Company out of Anchorage, Alaska.

Score: 85

Bottle is from the January 2013 release. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 03/23/13.

Appearance: Pours just under a finger of tan head atop a deep brown colored body. Good lacing, above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Red wine/grapey sweetness, fruitiness, cinnamon, brown sugar, yeast, vanilla and toffee. This is a complex nose that is different (a lot more vinous) than anticipated. Hops-devoid for an American-style Barleywine. 4.25/5

Taste: The red wine aging is quite apparent on the tongue. This beer has a tangy sweet red grape flavor that has a sour-esque quality without actually being sour. Lots of fruitiness, almost like slightly funky jam in flavor. Vanilla, a little cocoa and toffee too. The flavors do not particularly integrate well, and the "tangy" red wine character really throws me off. Where are the hops (not that I think they would go well with this already messy flavor mix)? 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Not quite full-bodied, but viscous. Average carbonation level. Does not drink like a 13+% ABV beer in the least. 4/5

Overall: I am very glad I got to try this beer and am grateful that my friend could hook me up with it, but found this one to be a massive disappointment. I was expecting a much better integrated beer that was not so vinous in light of the reputation of M. I brought this beer to a group tasting, so I did not have a large enough poor to dwell on the negatives for too long, but there is a good chance that had I had a full pour that I would not have wanted to finish it. Maybe time will treat this beer well, but I am finding more and more that I do not particularly care for stouts or barleywines aged in red wine and port barrels.

Cost: $15 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared by BucketBoy. Thanks Joe.

The beer is dark brown with a bubbly beige head. The aroma brings wine, oak, malt, brett. Rich and full bodied. Moderately low carbonation. Big barrel character. This beer is starting to turn sour. Very tannic. Some fruit tones. Alcohol warmth throughout. This was pretty good.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of yourefragile
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, thanks Joe.

Pours a dark cola brown with a bubbly, oily khaki head. Fruity Belgian yeast and red wine barrel notes complement each other in the nose, with light leather, molasses, dark malt, and tannins. Thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish that lingers with a blend tannin and leather. Flavor starts with dark malt, chocolate and sweet with a subtle transition of grape and dark fruit to a slightly tart wine barrel presence. Not much alcohol presence but too oaky. Not sure I'd care to try again but some age wouldn't hurt.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ReeseMax3
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my first full review. I'm not the best at describing what I taste but ill give it a go. Poured into a snifter.This doesn't look like any barely wine I have ever seen. Dark like coffee and relatively thick. With a tan bubbly 1/4" head that dissipates quickly to a foam that lounges around for the duration. Sticks to the sides of the glass.The smell is of milk chocolate and tobacco and malt. This is a tasty brew. If I wasn't told the style, I would call it a belgian strong dark ale rather than a barley wine. You can tell thus beer was coddled. Not a hint of the 13.2% abv. It's unbelievable how smooth this beer is. Extremely balanced and tastes of chocolate,molasses, tobacco, dark ripe fruit, a little sour( maybe cherry), roasted malt and a hint of smoke. A very nice brew. Definitely worth a try if you can find it. I have a couple to cellar.

* for what it's worth, I gave a lower grade for the look b/c it doesn't look like a barley wine. Who cares? It tastes damn good

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.