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Midnight Sun / Black Raven Sun Of A Beak - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Porter brewed with birch syrup, molasses and toasted coconut, aged in bourbon oak barrels.

(Beer added by: OakedCanuck on 05-13-2013)
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bishopdc0

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Shard a bottle with my wife. I pulled this from my cellar fride. Upon inspection both my wife and I agreed this needed to warm u

The appearance of this beer is black with a dense head with a nice lace. The bubbles are small and plentiful.

The nose is complex to start. The nose is classic imperial stout/baltic porter. There is a big chocolate coconut and vanilla. The bourbon is present but very much a back seat, nice to see among most overly burboned beers

The taste starts sweet and moves to a chocolate and coconut and an almost earthth berry much like raisin.

Overall I ike this beer not for everyday but very nice A dry imperial stout meets a dessert stout

09-18-2013 23:53:05 | More by bishopdc0
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

01-18-2014 21:47:10 | More by standardcherry
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kevwcamp

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

05-23-2013 21:27:37 | More by kevwcamp
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +1.9%

22oz bottle, thanks to hoppypocket for the trade!

This beer pours a rather opaque, russet brown-tinged black, with basic basal cola highlights, and a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and bloated marshmallow beige head, which leaves an array of approaching Space Invaders lace around the glass as it genially dissolves.

It smells of moderately toasted, grainy pale and caramel malts, weak cocoa, understated woody maple syrup, pithy coconut husk, vanilla, wood plank, and softly alcoholic Bourbon notes, subdued brown sugar, and an unaccounted for hoppy bitterness. The taste is more grainy, red wine-tinted caramel malt, a certain sotted breadiness, innocuous fleshy coconut, a mild smokiness, with very subtle bourbon booze overtones, plain molasses, and softly weedy, earthy hops rounding things out.

The carbonation is fairly fizzy, in a somewhat overwrought, pervasive manner (rather bottle-conditioned in nature, IMHO), the body a steady medium weight, no less, and no more, with an appropriately negated smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt, multifaceted brown sugar essences, lingering pithy coconut, and woody vanillan notes facing little that says otherwise.

Once again, just because you toss a whole shitload of disparate ingredients into the process, doesn't guarantee success, and that is duly evident here - as an overarching sour element kind of takes a good deal of the potential fun out of this offering. So, despite all the wood syrup, coconut, and Kentucky's finest (?) wood, is this porter really all that better off? Hard to say, but I'm going to say no, even though I've not yet sampled the underlying beer itself.

10-30-2013 01:22:43 | More by biboergosum
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

06-27-2013 19:51:22 | More by mdaschaf
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dirtylou

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

on-tap, chucks

Due to a variety of factors (location, other events, etc), I missed out on the bottle/draft releases of this beer during SBW. When I saw it was on at Chuck's, I quickly made it over for a half-pint.

I got very little coconut, and not a whole lot of barrel either. Charred malt, chocolate, molasses, some artificial coconut flavor. Pretty pedestrian.

06-03-2013 23:37:41 | More by dirtylou
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.16/5  rDev -14.4%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours mostly black. Dark brown, really. Leggy. Small off white head.

Smell - Smells a lot like molasses. I'm not familiar with birch syrup. A little fruity. Some bourbon, but no real barrel character.

Taste - Much nuttier. Lots of dark chocolate malt and nutty malts. Bitter and chocolatey in the back. Definite bourbon flavor, but still no barrel.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Actually, kinda light for the style. Bitter.

Overall - Looked promising, but it isn't anything special. And where's the barrel?

06-09-2013 21:32:05 | More by Alieniloquium
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itracy63

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

06-02-2013 02:08:21 | More by itracy63
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%

Bottle to snifter.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black with a thin layer of light brown head that immediately reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Sweet bourbon and vanilla with char from the oak barrels. The barrel notes really stand out in the nose. Some chocolate and sweet syrup. Not getting any coconut at all.

T - Huge oak/wood flavour is dominant with sweet bourbon, vanilla and molasses notes. Some chocolate and roast flavours throughout. The finish is somewhat astringent, which isn't off-putting but becomes distracting after a while. There is a very light coconut flavour in the background but the coconut is not as prevalent as I would have liked.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O - I have high hopes for this beer and it really disappointed. It seems like the beer didn't stand up to the barrel aging and the overall flavour profile was extremely sweet.

08-14-2013 00:34:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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nataku00

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

06-07-2013 15:56:00 | More by nataku00
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +16%

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with one finger of fine light brown head. Great aroma of dark toasted malt, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate with hints of oak. Unusual flavor of charred black coffee, chocolate, bourbon and coconut. The coconut lightens the darker malt and coffee flavors in an interesting way. Finish of creamy chocolate and coconut with faint hop bitterness. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A very unusual American porter; the strength of the coconut flavor almost seems to verge on dominating the taste, but the rich malt component keeps everything balanced. A very interesting experiment that worked very nicely. The richness of the flavor profile gives the impression of a much higher ABV porter. Very limited, but I hope to find another bottle of this before it's gone. I liked this a lot. Two favorite breweries worked quite well together.

05-23-2013 03:49:29 | More by LiquidAmber
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

10-24-2013 18:29:22 | More by ShanePB
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bespin15

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

05-25-2013 14:37:11 | More by bespin15
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Birdlegs

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

05-27-2013 06:27:44 | More by Birdlegs
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Hophead717

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

12-05-2013 01:39:50 | More by Hophead717
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Anonymous1

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.7%

09-09-2013 20:37:17 | More by Anonymous1
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TheBrewViking

Alaska

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-31-2013 18:01:03 | More by TheBrewViking
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Kurmaraja

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-06-2014 23:30:20 | More by Kurmaraja
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510a

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-15-2014 18:51:50 | More by 510a
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blackcloud

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-28-2013 20:18:41 | More by blackcloud
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%

Bottle opened on 6.4.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a soapy, big bubbled brown head that fades pretty quickly to the edges.

S - Some coffee, touch of malt, slight smoke, bourbon, a tiny hint of coconut.

T - Wood-toasted and smokey, subtle bourbon and very, very faint coconut. A bit more as it warmed, but not much.

D - Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O - I wish there was more bourbon and coconut. I think the molasses just over powered it.

06-20-2013 03:33:53 | More by HuskyinPDX
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tomholland

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-13-2013 21:53:37 | More by tomholland
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draheim

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

22oz into a snifter. Pours a deep dark chocolate brown w/ a thin tan head that settles out to a narrow collar and a wisp of foam.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, molasses, syrup (although I'd think it was maple if I didn't know it was birch), vanilla, bourbon, coconut, and chocolate.

Taste is dark fruit, molasses, root beer, and brown sugar. Lots of residual sugars mixed up here. Just a hint of oak, and no bourbon to speak of.

Mouthfeel is moderately heavy while simultaneously feeling oddly thin, w/ slightly fizzy/prickly carbonation.

Overall a rich, complex beer that didn't quite live up to what it might have been. It's good and I like it, I just don't love it.

06-14-2013 04:49:08 | More by draheim
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.06/5  rDev +10%

This one just recently hit my area, and being a lover of so many Midnight Sun beers, I just had to try it. Poured in a snifter around cellar temperature.

The appearance is pretty stout-like. A two-finger khaki head on a nearly black body that's transparent brown around the edges.

The smell is GREAT. I get a lotta milk chocolate, some molasses and vanilla, all melded awesomely with a buttery, roasted coconut aroma. Some cherries too.

The taste has everything the smell has and more, but to me, it's somehow unbalanced. Anyway, there's chocolate, birch syrup (which is a little more bitter than maple, I think), some tart cherries, sort of a roasty, woody, leathery, tobacco aftertaste (maybe from the bourbon oak barrels?), and subtle coconut. Coconut MILK, to be precise, which tastes a little weird to me... BUT, this beer is pretty true to the ingredients on the label, and it's an interesting blend for sure. Midnight Sun and Black Raven deserve some praise for doing something unique here.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, which is good, but the carbonation feels too high to me. I think this kind of carbonation should be saved for Belgian ales.

There might be a little too much going on here with so many flavors pulling in different directions, but this is still really good. Worth trying at least once. The crazy complexity might really appeal to some.

06-17-2013 22:45:57 | More by Kuaff
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-13-2013 20:13:22 | More by twenty5
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Midnight Sun / Black Raven Sun Of A Beak from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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