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Midnight Sun Espresso Stout - Yukon Brewing Company

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Midnight Sun Espresso StoutMidnight Sun Espresso Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yukon Brewing Company visit their website
Yukon, Canada

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: lipschitz on 04-12-2004)
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

graybayou, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of pootz
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

pootz, May 07, 2004
Photo of leaddog
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

leaddog, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of ablaze
4.58/5  rDev +19%
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.

ablaze, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of jneiswender
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

jneiswender, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of BigBry
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

BigBry, May 23, 2005
Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

MrTinnedPEach, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of microwavabledish
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

microwavabledish, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of PJT
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

PJT, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of jrouly
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

jrouly, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of ZorPrime
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

ZorPrime, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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

wordemupg, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Orrshow
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Orrshow, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of Nightwing
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

Nightwing, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Sammy, May 28, 2004
Photo of ptarmigan98
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

ptarmigan98, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

sdm9465, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of highway99
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

highway99, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Erik-P, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Cwrw
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Cwrw, Jun 20, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

NightINgale, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Shawn_Winters, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of CrazyMike
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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

CrazyMike, Sep 10, 2011
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4.16/5  rDev +8.1%

andy1701, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of SitkaSteve
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

SitkaSteve, Sep 28, 2014
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Midnight Sun Espresso Stout from Yukon Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.