Allagash Midnight Brett - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
The beer pours a dark maroon with brown sugar highlights, it forms a small head of fizzing lightly yellowed, tan bubbles with mild retention. In body, the beer is a dark, opaque murk. On the nose, the beer smells of bristling tannic oak with raisin and dark cherry accents and a hint of plums and chocolate. Subtle brown sugar softens the edges of the nose, as well. The beer unfurls more and more as it warms in the glass, and is full of quite a few layers of complexity. On the tongue, the beer begins as tart, nearly sour with fruity accents that unfurl and then are coated in thick roasted malt bitters. The finish is lightly dry and bitter. In flavor, the beer begins as tart dark cherry pie coated in dark sugar with hints of plum. These flavors unfurl into dark, caramelly bread with roasted coffee and burnt toast character. Slight bitter, herbal hops and oak tannin enter on the finish to give structure and further complexity to the sip. The aftertaste is of bitter roast and cherries. As the beer warms, the tart cherry flavors begin to blend in with the middle and finish of the sip, which is lovely. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body, with a strong carbonation that scrubs the tongue. Mouthfeel is luxurious and smooth, with a crisp bite from the carbonation. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly dry, but with plenty of saliva on the edges of the tongue, and a slightly bitter stick to the tongue. Overall, this is a lovely dark sour with phenomenal funk and roast. If I had to label it, I would say more sour brown porter than sour stout, but honestly this beer defies modern categories; it’s a new style that needs to be further explored. This is a lovely sipper that could pair superbly with darker meats or chocolate raspberry desserts. This is a beer to try.
07-27-2014 23:04:30 | More by Maxwell
3.34/5 rDev -13.7%
375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 10-16-2013 date.
(A)- Pours a very dark brown; almost pitch black color. Minimal tan froth.
(S)- Smells a bit like jerky. Slight smoke meets some dry, slightly funky Brett. Subtle raisins and dark fruits.
(T)- Slightly funky, but with that meaty jerky character from the smell. Brett is present but subtle. Finishes strongly of raisins.
(M)- A good carbonation level. Its just a bit odd with the jerky character to this; kind of throws it off for me.
(O)- This is a bit of a weird one for me, was not expecting this dried meat aroma and smell to the beer overall. Might benefit from time, but its a strange beer considering Allagash made this.
07-24-2014 13:04:16 | More by sweemzander
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
375ml C&C bottle poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.
A - Pours a dark brown/near blackish color with a thick, several finger cap of grayish tan foam that is super dense and shows neverending staying power. After the shape holding cap of foam finally dissipates a bit, tons of thick foamy lacing is left on the glass.
S - Mildly tart and sour up front, loads of fruity berry aromas, sour cherries, mildly earthy funk, a bit of sweet tarts.
T - Nice hop bitterness that wasn't evident in the aroma gives the first impression on the tongue. Tartness is extremely mild...almost disappears. Earthy, medicinally bitter brett character kicks in nicely, traces of phenolics, light roast, fairly dry overall.
M - Fairly light in body, thin but not watery with a mild carbonation that edges on the foamy side. Phenolic, faintly tart, earthy, medicinal...
O - Interesting, a bit different, but just ok overall. Not one of my favorite Allagash offerings - I guess they all can't be winners, but they have a pretty good track record with me. This one is fine, but I won't run out to grab the stragglers left on the shelves either.
07-15-2014 22:52:46 | More by portia99
Allagash Midnight Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.