Midnight Sun Espresso Stout - Yukon Brewing Company

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 107
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Yukon Brewing Company visit their website
Yukon, Canada

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: lipschitz on 04-12-2004

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Photo of pootz
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in the 1 liter bottle with ceramic stopper/wire bail. Poured an impressive deep dark opaque cola color that defies light to pass through the glass. Rich tan cap that lasts. Aromas of sweet malts, cocoa, fresh cappuccino and spices. Starts a bit thin and sweet then builds to an oily mouth feel where the hop bitters and chunky cocoa-coffee tastes overpower the sweet malts. The finish is glorious....dry with lingering coffee/chocolate-dry after taste...then the warming feel of the 6.2%ABV...a wonderful stout...and I like stouts. I want to get this one and keep it cellared for cold winter nights. (609 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark, almost black in colour (unable to see through it) with right amount of head.

Smell: Roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate undertones.

Taste: Immediately hit with espresso flavour, with a little bit of a roasted taste. Pleasant aftertaste with a lingering coffee flavour.

Mouthfeel: Goes down very nice and smooth. Perfect amount of bubbles for this style of beer.

Overall: This is one of the best flavoured stouts I have ever tasted. I cannot think of a single thing that would need improvement. I highly recommend it for a cool, crisp day in the fall or winter (it'll warm you right up!). A true classic from Yukon Brewing. (653 characters)

Photo of ablaze
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful 1L bottle with a nice yellow-orange label, a raven clutching a coffee bean in it's beak.

Pours a solid black with a nice creamy-foam brown head. Lacing slides down the glass nice and thick.

Smell is a musty dark chocolate and espresso, delivering well on it's claim.

Tastes mellow and robust with an initial hit of bittersweet spicy espresso forming into juicy chocolate with a slightly dry, earthy, and toasted finish. Lingers nicely.

Feel is thick, smooth and rich, with a slight tartness.

After awhile this one's a bit cloying and sweet.

This is a memorable brew from the Yukon. Presentation is nice and inviting, and they have combined stout and espresso very well. I had this with soft pumpernickel and butter, but this would be remarkable to finish a juicy gravy and roast as well. I will be seeing this one several times over this coming fall and winter. (879 characters)

Photo of BigBry
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Litre flip top bottle. Pours dark, almost black, full tan brown head. Foam recedes but doesn't disappear, leaves sticky lacing. Hold up to the light, and only the slightest touch of red shines through the edges. The aroma is total coffee, not just the coffeeish notes like in other stouts. Full rich flavor, roasted malt, smoke, and chocolate tastes to go with the coffee. Full-bodied, with mix of sweetness, coffee, and crisp finish. Thick and oily (but in a good way) that coats your tongue with all that complexity of flavors). I want to finish every big meal with this instead of a coffee. I think I have a new favorite! Must always keep a bottle on hand. (661 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer poured out of a bottle into a sample glass at the Mondial de la Biere in Montreal.

A-Poured black with a nice tan head.

S-very strong roasted coffee smell

T-toast, some balancing sweetness but the espresso flavor is really on display here but not in any overpowering way

M-thick but not too dry on the palate

D-one of my favorite beers of the festival. Really delicious. You know you are drinking beer but you also know that it definitely tastes like espresso. (480 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into 400ml DAB glass nov11 2009

A black as night with a thumbs width of mocha head that leaves a few rings of lace

S coffee and chocolate as expected, well I suppose I expected espresso but it's not quite that strong, good nonetheless

T again fresh ground coffee and dark chocolate with just a touch of booze, quite well done and perhaps one of the most under rated beers from western Canada

M thick but no knife and fork required, good carbonation dose it no harm and it's pretty smooth too

D this is a very well rounded beer most worthy indeed, no real flaws make it just that much more drinkable

from a forgotten (or unknown) brewery that keeps making good beers under the radar of most of us BA's. I've found Yukon's ales too be much better then expected and this brewery will slowly grow a good reputation as more and more people try it. I'm thinking when these beers get some more ratings we will be seeing them on the Canadian top 25, well this one and Lead Dog Ale anyways are most worthy (1,026 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on May 31, 2009.

Wow, how to finish a month to drink this remarkable beer. Mine says 6.1% ABV, not 6.2%.

A: Dark black color. Very opaque. Nice color!
S: Not a strong smell. Coffee beans, slightly roasted. Hints of chocolate. It would be best if the smell was stronger!!
T: Taste is strong. Expresso coffee taste. It appears that I'm drinking a coffee... no it is a beer. I like it!
M: Full bodied beer with a taste that stays in the mouth for a long time just like a good expresso.
D: So easy to drink it is crazy!

Note to myself: Go get more to stash some in the house in case it is not a regular one at SAQ anymore. (629 characters)

Photo of Nightwing
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from bottle. Great aroma of coffee and chocolate. Pours black with minimal tan head. Medium bitter taste. Full bodied, creamy texture, with soft carbonation. Overall an excellent stout that is just bitter enough, well balanced. (235 characters)

Photo of Orrshow
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark...appears black and opaque but when held up to bright light there is a slight dark red tone. One inch of tan frothy head to start but it falls to just a thin cap after sitting for a minute leaving some nice lacing on my glass. As this one went down the lacing continued all the way down the glass.

Smell – Coffee is what this ones all about. The smell also strongly suggests roasted malts and sweet caramel. This beer is very nice to put up to your nose.

Taste – Wonderful. This beer is so strong of coffee up front. The roasted malts soon make their presence felt with a hint of chocolately sweetness. Once swallowed an almost burnt wood feeling it left on the tongue and it is pleasing.

Mouthfeel – The body was nice, about right for the style. This beer could use less carbonation in my opinion though and this takes away from it. Still goes down very easily.

Drinkability – An excellent brew. Smooth, full of flavor, and oh so enjoyable.

This beer is a great one and I’m glad it’s Canadian because it will be readily available. Midnight Sun exceeded my expectations being my first from the Yukon brewery. (1,155 characters)

Photo of Cwrw
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could scarcely wait to try this, after sampling what else Yukon Brewing offered. Though not an avid coffee drinker, I do enjoy a finely roasted cup now and again.

This poured with that glorious shimmering, wavy, draught appearance, as if the bottle had a widget. Impressive: it pours as if on tap. Stunning appearance for a bottled stout. Brown sugar head, sometimes darker, very sticky, with much lacing, and nice film that stays. The head also foams and churns healthily like something living: I actually found myself staring at the foam just watching for a couple minutes. Rich heavy blacks, with deep brown and red in there somewhere too. For looks, this is way up there with the absolute best of stouts. The aroma is definitely the strongest coffee smell yet in a beer I have tried. Rich, grainy, creamy vanilla, smoky, roasted, "warm" somehow, dry, and very unique. Raisins, slight sour smells, salt, baker's chocolate, creamy coffee, dare I say it: tar-like smells, leathery. Overall a very wintry warming aroma; unfortunately I am drinking it in the heat of summer. Coffee drinkers will love this. The taste fulfils the aroma, giving flavours of dark chocolate, raisins, mollasses, dark roast, tobacco. Very dry on the finish, sweet up front, coffee in the middle. Full-bodied, needless to say. The mouthfeel is adequately carbonated, tingling nicely on the tongue, but leaving slightly sour sensations after 1 or 2 glasses. For coffee drinkers, beer drinkers, or coffee/beer drinkers, this a real treat. I had my doubts, but they managed to combine the two smoothly and artfully. 3 cheers! An exceptional after-dinner drink, perfect with chocolate cake. Also paired brilliantly with Quebec brie, though the mild brie is lost beneath the heavy malting a little.

This Yukon Brewing Company never ceases to amaze. Just what kind of alchemy are we dealing with here? By far one the best far-north breweries. And another great name for a beer. (1,955 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good-looking smooth and sweet 1 litre stout. Good session ale. Only criticism: not a lot of different tastes and a bit aggressive on carbonation. Wonderful milky capuccino expresso flavour like a top expresso. And nuts! Little beer taste.

Thanks IronDjinn. Pootz brought a jug and it did it again for me, in March 2005 and was fresh and more approproate carbonation. (373 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black appearance with a thick brown head that quickly disappears leaving good licensing. Smell consists of roasted malt, strong coffee, chocolate and smokiness.

Taste has a strong espresso hint to it, thought I was drinking coffee at first. Picked up roasted malt, smokiness, toffee, grain with a hint of chocolate and vanilla as well. Surprisingly light bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a beer version of the aftertaste for coffee.

This is definitely a unique stout, I didn't expect "Espresso Stout" to be so literal. On top of the dark complex taste, it is very drinkable. A must try if you’re a coffee fan (633 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a light tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Big coffee, dark chocolate, black strap molasses & hints of licorice.

T: Coffee, roasted grain, dark caramel, bakers chocolate, good bitterness. Flavour seems bigger than it is.

M: Moderate to full body with a dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable. (305 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Free beer from a beer buddy who went to Yukon Brewing company.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin white to off white foamy head that dissipated and left some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer.
The smell had a huge amount of espresso over some nice cocoa flavors.
The taste was balanced nicely between the espresso and the cocoa, roasty and sweet.
The mouthfeel was slightly sharp but not intruding. There's a nice bittersweet roastiness strolling over my palate.
Overall, wow, this was a really nice espresso stout that I could definitely do again. (644 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another day another canadian beer, Thanks Grub.

A: Pours pitch black with a small cream colored head. Okay retention with some spotty lace.

S: Nice big blast of dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and fresh coffee.

T: Mild and drinkable. Nice malt up front. Hints of rich milk chocolate. The coffee appears in the middle. It is a nice roast without being too bold. The finish is more chocolate with a touch of bitterness from the coffee.

M: Medium in body, good carbonation.

D: A darn tasty treat. I really like this one. Would be a great way to start or end your day. (574 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you're looking for a textbook stout appearance, this is it. Midnight black (no sun here) with a tan head that manages to give some lace. Aromas of coffee, cream and anise bode well. Full roasted flavour, with coffee and cream dominating, but with some caramel and bitterweet chocolate in the background. Meium body and carbonation. Another fantastic beer from Yukon. (369 characters)

Photo of chickenm
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a thin light brown head. No lacing. Really nice roasty aroma of coffee chocolate, with a slight caramel sweetness. The taste is similar although not quite as intense as the smell. Medium bodied with a fairly dry finish. Drinkability is good, this is a nicely done coffee stout from Yukon. (310 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A not entirely eclipsing tone of raven black; a little light reveals burgundy stains along the baseline. Still, the body is undeniably opaque and appears daunting and viscous. Its head struggles to support itself but is not entirely hopeless, a khaki outlining persists as does a lacing so lethargic it scarcely budges from the sides of the glass. (And since the oils in coffee beans kill head retention this much is rather impressive.)

There's no mistaking the use of quality, artisan-roasted coffee beans. The scent of bitter, robust, freshly pulled shots of espresso lock in and occupy most real estate in the nasal passage. The malts (apparently 8 varieties) contain just enough chocolaty fudge and cookie dough that they too have been allotted some space in the nostrils. Simultaneously, these two characters taunt and tease you to take a sip.

I suppose how much you'll enjoy the beer depends on how much you like coffee. I'm in the unique position of not liking coffee proper but love it blended into my beers. I'm enjoying the espresso just fine, the taste is rich and bitter and chalk-full of smoky, heavy roast flavour. It is perfectly suited to a filling, stocky stout; the elements of roast and caramelization in both malts and beans are a natural match.

And there's also enough maltiness to procure the decadent taste of chocolate and dark caramel covered honeycomb. It's hard to find beers that can simultaneously appeal to fans of bitters and those with a sweet-tooth; the flavour balance is right on. The texture, however, could use a little upgrading. Flavours fall out of sight quickly and fail to leave any lasting, profound impressions on the palate.

Anyone questioning the integrity and ingenuity of Canada's craft brewers might come to the foregone conclusion that they simply don't stack up to their peers south of the border. That may only be because the Yukon is so often overlooked. It's a shame this brewery doesn't distribute further, I could see them instilling in a whole generation of Canadian beer drinkers better palates and higher standards. (2,080 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle back at the hotel in Montreal. 12oz pours a dark brown with some cappuccino head.

Nose is loaded with coffee grounds and roasting malts, a hint of something sweeter underlining it.

Coffee grounds (not really espresso), bitter chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of oats, some sweetness, a touch of hop bite in the finish. Smooth, slightly lean body.

Very drinkable, a nice Canadian stout for sure. (406 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a big swingtop bottle. Very black, nice tan head forms, laces well. Smells like bitter coffee, earthy, bitter again. Taste is so bitter it bitchslaps you from the bottle. Very bitter espresso right up front, some malts hidden in there somewhere too but the bitterness is overpowering. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, very pleasant to drink, I really enjoyed this one. Thanks pootz! (386 characters)

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive been waiting to drink this beer since more than a month now. Big big big thanx to IronDjinn for providing me a bottle of this beer.

A tarish beer, very dark, black and opaque, a tin head that slowly let herself die on the glass.

Smell of caramel and sugar, I cannot perceived any coffee aroma "yet", actually the smell reminds me more of an imperial stout, very similar to the Welllington.

Now, I must say I am a bit dissapointed, as it say "expresso" so I am waiting for a beer ranking with such beer as pêché mortel de DDC or Imperial Stout from Bieropholie were their coffee aroma is very very present. Well here; at first the stout's like characteric of the type is very present, then aroma of the espresso come and hits you. The coffee aromas are just balanced well, compared to other types I had. Actually I would have like it to be more present. Some malt is present, a tiny bit of sourness is there nothing much just they only say hello and leave as quickly

Okay! Here my second glass, and well everything that were noted.. I must correct them.
The head is quite present now, dissapeared very quickly.
Smell is more of coffee, but the coffee's taste is hitting you right away, now it tastes and smells like coffee. My second glass is totally different from the first pint I just had. Bitterness accompany this beer, actually more sourness reminding me of black coffee.


Something I might consider for my establishment, as the bottle is great!

Again thanx to the IronDjinn for this sample. (1,525 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, downed at the Sugar Bowl, on a snowy early winter evening.

This beer pours a solid black, with some reddish basal edges when held to the low light of the pub, and renders a single fat finger of bubbly, foamy pale mocha head, which disappears at a satisfying pace, leaving some random updrafts of mitochondrial lace around the glass.

It smells strongly of cold bitter black espresso, dark chocolate, and overburdened, but still perky earthy, leafy hops. The taste is light roasted choco-caramel malt, late-morning over-concentrated office coffee, mild dry chalky cocoa, and earthy hops. Nothing in the way of alcohol warming presents itself.

The carbonation is mild, but duly supportive, the body a decent medium weight, smooth and somewhat creamy. It finishes dry, the coffee and cocoa really co-opting any underlying, standard stout maltiness.

A rather intense coffee experience at first, but as my jaded virgin java palate softened to that particular form of bitterness, the chocolate and malt impressions slowly arose, making for a surprisingly drinkable stout, all things considered. (1,105 characters)

Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I make a habit of watching English soccer on Saturday mornings with a breakfast of scrambled eggs and sausage. Depending on my mood, I'll drink coffee or Guinness Extra Stout. A coffee stout? It's an awesome compromise!

This beer does the job admirably, pouring dark brown from the 1L caged bottle and sitting opaque in my pint glass. A bubbly tan head topped a fragrant body with a surprisingly subtle burnt/roasted malt aroma. Not to say it wasn't there, but it didn't dominate over a sweet chocolatey smell with a hint of licorice.

The taste started out malty and chocolatey before the coffee kicked in. It left a dry, bitter aftertaste, but it wasn't overwhelming. The coffee taste built up over time, though I was pleasantly surprised how much I was enjoying this beer even as I neared the end of the bottle. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. (859 characters)

Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like stout. Jet black with a thin mocha head. You probably couldn't see a flashlight shining on the other side of this stuff (I actually just tried putting it up to a light and literally no light shone through...this stuff is black and opaque). Thick lacing up the sides of the glass. The head almost completely disappeared halfway through drinking this.

Tons of coffee smell. Though I wouldn't say it smells much like espresso; more like a Tim Horton's iced cappuccino. Not exactly a bad thing.

Nice coffee flavour. The espresso comes out more in the flavour than in the smell; this does actually taste a little like espresso as opposed to plain old coffee. Roasted coffee beans are very noticeable. Some dark chocolate in there too, as usual with espresso stout, presenting a nice bitter sweetness.

Not too creamy like some stouts; more of a medium bodied stout. Not much carbonation, but this is fitting.

Very drinkable. I feel like I would be blown away by this is I hadn't already drank a lot of Peche Mortel, which is the absolute gold standard of espresso stouts. This nonetheless is a great beer. I don't think I would buy it again since Peche Mortel is just on a whole other level and very available here, but in its absence this would do. Not a bad beer, just no Peche Mortel. (1,300 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small brown head. Aroma is pure coffee with subtle roasted malt. Taste is definitely dominated by the coffee with pure creamy roasted malt and light bitter ending. Wow, I’m quite impressed with that one and I don’t think I ever had a beer with so much coffee in it. Body is above average but could be fuller. Alcohol is also a bit low and I think the beer could have benefited from a higher ABV. Definitely the best beer from this brewery and impressive considering the no-man land it is coming from. (550 characters)

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Midnight Sun Espresso Stout from Yukon Brewing Company
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