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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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alexk307

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18.7%

02-16-2014 00:47:07 | More by alexk307
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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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Kurmaraja

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.7%

12-29-2013 18:58:38 | More by BullBearHawk
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WMEugene

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

12-15-2013 02:09:33 | More by WMEugene
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Hophead717

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

12-01-2013 16:24:16 | More by tommyguz
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.4%

10-17-2013 07:42:53 | More by strongaf
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BillHilly

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

10-06-2013 17:11:47 | More by BillHilly
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justwork

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-26-2013 00:59:32 | More by justwork
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bishopdc0

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 23:53:05 | More by bishopdc0
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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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Anonymous1

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.7%

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

08-24-2013 23:31:54 | More by imperialking
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SGToliver

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +22%

08-22-2013 16:43:14 | More by SGToliver
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-15-2013 09:23:35 | More by sliverX
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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

07-15-2013 00:33:45 | More by laxer8811
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pitch black with a bit of brown head around the edge. The nose has a strong aroma of booziness paired with assertive roasted malts. Beneath that is some mellow coconut with notes of carob, cacao, and dark fruits. There is something harsh going on too. The taste starts with some coconut and malty sweetness in the form of dark cherries followed by heavy dark chocolate notes. The different components of the flavor profile compete and make for a very forgettable taste. The mouthfeel is way hotter than a 8.3% beer should be. Carbonation is light but still feels a bit prickly. Overall, I am very underwhelmed by this beer. I was looking forward to this after reading its description, but it seems that the execution of flavors just didn't happen.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 06:56:16 | More by homebrew311
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a deep brown, black even, with a short lived tannish head which left a nice ring of bubbles clinging to the edges of the glass

S: Coconut, bakers powder cocoa, sordove "grainy" lack of barrel influence and some wood. I really did not pick up any bourbon, vanilla or molasses here

T: Initial feeling was "meh". A roasty, grainy presence upfront with coconuts and some wood. A cheap bakers pwder like cocoa shows up to party but this party is a bit bland. Some bitterness is present and a lingering bitterness on the end with a cheap chocolate mouthfeel. No bourbon, little vanilla.

M: Medium bodied, A bit thin feeling, perhaps overcarbonated, nothing really bad here but not what I was expecting. Nothing creamy or decadent about this beer. Some bitterness,

O: Not bad but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 18:05:15 | More by barleywinefiend
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-09-2013 00:16:41 | More by Soneast
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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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Midnight Sun / Black Raven Sun Of A Beak from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.