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Midnight Sun Espresso Stout - Yukon Brewing Company

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 108
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
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 Garin
2.49/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It poured a wonderful deep black, such a black I haven't seen since Shakespeare Stout... On top is a creamy foamy dense head that leaves nice clingy lace on my glass. Talk about a great start.

On the nose I find coffee, almost more like stale coffee grounds than fresh espresso. Underneath is an ashy charcoal aroma.

The flavour begins with a hit of sharp and bright coffee -- quite thin actually. It fills out with a black malt acidity and bite. The flavour is entirely in the front half of the mouth, it's quite frustrating. I just wish it would round itself out but it doesn't.

The mouthfeel is quite light and thin as well. Interesting. I really wasn't expecting it to feel like this, but here it is.

Overall, it definitely has the feel of stale coffee to me. It's unfortunate, I was hoping for much more, but I don't really find this to be a satisfying stout at all. Ah well. At least I get the cool bottle. (926 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one in a trade with jprime. I'd wanted to try this one for a while, so thanks for helping out man!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A dark pour produces a one finger, medium looking, somewhat noisy tan head with good retention. Black body with zero carbonation evident. Head fades to a ring and decent wisp that persist until the end and leave some dots of lacing down the glass. Good look, but the head needs to relax a little.

SMELL: A mild nose of roasted and smoky malt with some soft espresso coffee notes. Pleasant, but simply too mute.

TASTE: Relatively sweet with very little espresso. Roasted malts and caramel up front with some soft, mild coffee notes at the finish. Mild flavors and slightly watery through the middle. At the swallow, however, things come to life a little. A smoky and sweet caramel aftertaste is bigger and lingers nicely, with touches of bitter espresso as balance. This is just too mild to be memorable, and the espresso flavors aren’t forthcoming enough.

PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation. A little watery on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Needs to be fuller and creamier; too watery.

OVERALL: A little disappointing as an espresso stout. All the elements are there, but it’s simply too mild and watery to even be considered average. Flavors picked up a little after the swallow, but that is only half of the story. Glad to have tried this long time Want, but will not be seeking this one out again. Thanks for the hook up jprime! (1,551 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into my meantime snifter (thx northyorksammy!), Midnight Sun Espresso Stout
is a dark, cola brown, small tan collar, no lace.

Smell is pretty strong coffee, though more acrid then freshly ground beans like you get in better coffee beers, with some chalk and iron notes as well.

Taste is more like a porter then stout to me, more black patent then roast. Coffee is not as strong as the nose. The bitterness is countered by some residual sugar, perhaps lactose?

Mouthfeel is smooth, slick, and medium bodied.

Drinkablity is average. Smooth, easy drinker, but generic. Glad to have tried it though. (624 characters)

Photo of markaberrant
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - completely black, an agressive pour nets just about zero for head. No lacing either.

S - got a nice blast of espresso upon cracking the bottle open. In the glass, it is more subdued, has a dusty/musty element, and frankly is not overly appealing.

T - Taste is fairly bland, some dusty vague coffee, very little roast, and very little malt to round it out. Aftertaste is about the best thing, where finally some roasted flavours emerge.

M - medium body, med low carbonation, can't really say anything bad about mouthfeel

D - the aftertaste keeps making me think it's good, so I take another sip, and then I'm reminded why I don't like it... and around and around it goes.

I had been wanting to try this for awhile, but had been scared off by the 1L swing top bottle priced around $10. So I was quite happy when I heard Yukon was switching this beer to their standard 6-pack packaging for roughly the same price.

Kind of an odd one. I opened this 6-pack last weekend at my inlaws in Calgary. I didn't really care for it at the time, but I chalked it up to nonideal cirumstances (wrong glassware, socializing with family, etc). So I'm trying it again at home by myself, and it's still very much a ho-hum kinda beer. The coffee flavour in this one is flat out unappealling, and the underlying beer seems restrained. Gets better as it warms, but still a let down. I will stick to their excellent Red and Lead Dog ales. (1,423 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - hard pour into a snifter only produces a tiny tan head that's fading fast. Totally black. Medium to heavy carbonation.

S - I could smell the coffee when I opened it. Aroma is tons more plus lot's of roasted malts. Combined the two sort of create this unpleasant aroma like burnt coffee but it's not too harsh as to not be able to separate the two.

T - Roasty. Malty sweetness. Coffee is more subdued in the flavour like hops in an EPA. Bitterness lingers. Not overly complex but nice.

M - Carbonation makes this less pleasant than it has potential to be.

D - If stout are your scene than this could be a really nice session beer. ABV is slightly higher than I'd like in a session stout but the coffee makes me want to come back for more.

I've had better stouts but this is a decent one from a brewery I didn't have great expectations for. (847 characters)

Photo of fostachild
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a pitch black color, with a small tan head.

smell was of chocolate, mocha. fairly nice.

taste was decent - heavy coffee, malt, and a slight bitterness to it.

overall is was pretty average stout, didn't find it to stand out amongst other similar styles i've had in the past. (283 characters)

Photo of QuestionableScum
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours opaque black with small tan head that dissipates quite quickly.

Smell- I get roasted malts, coffee, sweet cherry and some sweet malt.

Taste- Initially I get whalloped with malty sweetness (molasses comes to mind). Next, you get lots of roasted malts and coffee, as well as a mild smoky flavour. Finishes with a slight bitter espresso aftertaste. Overall, a pretty good flavour profile, although I found this a little bit sweet. I think that the coffee, roasted malt, and smoke characteristics get overshadowed by the initial malty sweetness.... Still pretty tasty though, but I expected more espresso.

Mouthfeel- A bit too thin for my tastes. Quite sticky, but not as viscous as I think a stout should be.

Drinkability- I think the sweetness of this beer takes away from its drinkability. One is alright for after supper for dessert, but I would not want to drink any more than one, or two at most.

Overall, a pretty good espresso stout, but perhaps a little bit too sweet, and not enough espresso in the flavour. (1,029 characters)

Photo of notdan
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque black with tan head.

Smells of coffee, bit of cherry, roast malt, something lactic. I like it.

Taste not as good as aroma. Coffee is nice, light smoke, bit of fruity tang, but the lactic tinge is not so great.

Smooth beer, but the mouthfeel is a bit too thin and watery.

Not quite as good as I was hoping, but an enjoyable coffee stout. (365 characters)

Photo of oakbluff
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- very dark stout pours with a nice head. The nose is chocolate with a hint of coffee- surprising as I was expecting strong coffee smell. Taste- good roast flavours, and just like the smell, the espresso is subdued initially. May be because beer is too cold. Carbonation level is appropriate for the style. As get more into the beer, the espresso taste begins to develp more. Its probably a good thing that it was initially subdued. Mouthfeel is average for a stout. Great bottle as well- will be good for homebrew (1 litre flip top). Overall good effort. (565 characters)

Photo of nighthawk
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle with date notched in label poured into pint glass. Noticed too late that this beer is two months past its best-by date. Oh well, let's give it a shot anyway.

Pours a deep enough brown to be confused with black, only hints of oaky brown at the edges when held to light. Mocha head is a finger high and bubbly, fades quickly, but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Nose is a nicely potent coffee, roasted grains, hints of chocolate and caramel.

Coffee holds back a bit in the flavour. It's still there, but I get more of a caramel and roasted/charred bread and grain flavour up front, and some fruity esters and mild bitterness on the finish.

Smooth body, nice carbonation, but a bit too thin for my liking.

Overall this is a good espresso stout, and if I lived in Montreal, I would likely buy this regularly if it were available all winter. It's no Peche Mortel, but it's tasty. (894 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Black, thin mocha head fades fast, active, spotty lacing.

SMELL coffee, faint roast, faint sweetness. Not much.

TASTE roasted grains, bit of booze and coffee that it not overly aggressive and balanced by faintly sweet maltyness. A bit of bitterness in the finish. Not amazingly bold or complex, but smooth and balanced.

FEEL thin side of medium body, mild alc warmth, slightly viscous, and a mildly bitter by clean finish.

OVERALL Being not especially bold or aggressive, it drinks pretty easily. I had had this before and remembered it fondly, but this sample didn't live up to my memory. Doubt I'll be reaching for it often. But still one of the better offerings from this brewery. (700 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours an opaque black/brown colour with a large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - chocolate, malts, grains, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and most of the taste consists of coffee, chocolate, breads/grains and malts. There is also a bit of a burnt flavour that causes the beer to have a smoky taste. The beer finishes bitter coffee aftertaste.

Overall – The beer needs a little bit of a boost on the carbonation levels.. it felt flat and even a little watery on the tongue. The beer had a decent coffee smell and taste, but the other flavours were pretty weak. Anyways, I'm happy I tried it but I wouldn't buy it again. (882 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a beautiful two-finger creamy mocha-coloured head. Head reminds me of whipping cream a little bit- quite creamy.

S: Very strong espresso aromas, quite alot of dark chocolate, and some faint vanilla. A strong roasted aroma hangs over this, almost bordering on too much- kind of like sticking your nose in a bag of ground coffee beans.

T: Espresso and dark chocolate is quite present and pleasing, but there is a surprising kick of earthy hops to even the flavour out. Wasn't expecting that from the overly-coffee aroma. Also picking up raspberry notes in this, as another reviewer pointed out.

M: Rather thin for the style, even coming in at 6.2%. Would prefer a bit more viscosity. Carbonation seems a bit flat, but it doesn't necessarily have an effect with this style.

D: Nice stout, but at $3.50/bottle (SAQ) I don't think I would be reaching for this again. Good offering from a Canadian brewery- great to see this sort of product out there. (970 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its deep cola brown body appears black when the glass is full. A finger's worth of wispy khaki coloured head doesn't have much stick and neither does the lace.

Freshly ground coffee beans and roasted malts compete to be the most prominent character in the nose where there is no clear winner. The latter gives off a dry, slightly smoky note. Silky milk chocolate and cocoa powder really come through as well. Chocolate covered raisins come to mind. Vanilla beans compliment the smooth chocolate character and round out the nose quite nicely. It's not the most pronounced coffee stout I've put my nose to but it is one of the more complex ones.

Roasted malts and coffee beans possess an equal weight in the taste. They come in unison, drying out the entire palate with a roasted, slightly smoky, and subtly bitter quality. These qualities have a dark chocolate backing to them. There's a touch of vanilla and berry sweetness mixed in with the chocolate as well but their presence is faint.

The body is light to medium with a clean feel and dry throughout. The soft creaminess is much appreciated. I like stouts to carry more weight to them and at 6.2% ABV, this one definitely has room to pack more of that in.

Overall, a good and clean coffee stout. The coffee is easily detectable but isn't over powering and is balanced nicely with the rest of the qualities of the beer. If the weight was there in the feel, this would have been great. I still enjoyed it nonetheless. (1,476 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a recent trade with wordemupg. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. No obvious freshness date.

A - Pours with a dime of tan foam that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and a swirl of haze on top, leaving behind no lacing. Black body with a hint of transparent brown at the bottom.

S - Espresso, big chocolate fudge, sugar, dark roasted malts, and cream. It's definitely more cafe mocha in my book. There's a bit of stale coffee ground flavor I pick up in old coffee stouts.

T - The taste is a step back. It's fairly understated, with notes of cocoa and raspberries(?) as well. The fruit isn't tart, so it's definitely not infected. Definitely not as much coffee flavor.

M - A little thin and watery. Carbonation is pleasant, with a little bit of tingle to it. Smooth texture, and no obvious alcohol.

D - This went down easy enough. The only knock is a bit of acidity and the somewhat underwhelming flavor. Best beer I've had from the Yukon! (949 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a deep black with a thinnish brown-colored head.

Smell: The sharp scent of stale coffee grounds is harshly acidic and unpleasant. Not at all like the aroma of freshly ground espresso.

Taste: Acutely bitter taste accentuated by a firm, acidic black malt flavor. Slight hints of wood and anise barely avoid being washed out by the acrid stale coffee bite. Exceedingly ashy tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Slightly oily texture, and low carbonation.

Drinkability: Far too ashy to be enjoyable. Lacks the balancing sweetness and creaminess, which it desperately requires.

(Re-Sampled)

Appearance: Pours a black body with a full, frothy, ecru-colored head.

Smell: Dark malts and dry dark chocolate set against a backdrop of clean-smelling espresso.

Taste: Dark maltiness tasting of dark baker's chocolate. Splash of mountain spring water. Then comes the espresso that's, thankfully, not accompanied by any harsh, acidic, burnt, or ash hints to detract from it. Toast topped with a sprinkling of table sugar, though there's never more than a mild sweetness throughout. Slight bitterness. Plenty of clean-tasting espresso on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's good. A VAST improvement over the previous tasting of this beer. (1,299 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

I've always been a big fan of Yukon brewing's products, and this one has been sitting in my fridge for a while, so I ought to finally get it over with.

It has that great black colour of any stout, albeit with not much head. Very smooth sipping with extremely mild carbonation, but quite big on aroma. You know that smell when you fill a coffee filter with fresh coffee? That's what this smells like, although obviously a little colder.

The espresso really comes out in the taste along with a sweet malty backing. The body is nice and creamy like most other stouts, but lacking a little something. My favourite stouts have a deeper flavour than what is present here, and have a bit of a heavier body. Nevertheless, this is a good specimen. (741 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from my Secret Santa. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, vanilla, molasses, and bitter chocolate, roasted nuts. Flavor of roasted coffee, roasted nuts, and sweet malt. Flavor is better than the aroma. Very nice coffee beer (a touch sweet)! (281 characters)

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

From a bottle, pours a charcoal dark black, looks a little thin and watery. It looks literally like a shot of cold espresso.

Nose is roasty, espresso beans, bitter cocoa. The flavor is how you would expect after the nose. It is dominated by the espresso, bitter coffee, some vanilla, roasted caramel with some bitter hops balancing in. Overall, this is good, I like it, but not a top tier in the style. (407 characters)

Photo of flipper2gv
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

One year old bottle, dunno what to expect.

A: Pours black, not fully opaque. Aggressive pour does not give a head at all.

S: Some nice roasted characteristics. Eventually, lots of coffee notes in this. A nice malty sweetness backbone: brown sugar, maple syrup and toffee mostly.

T: Lots of coffee in this. Roasted malts are very predominant. A nice sweetness: brown sugar, maple and toffee like in the smell. Some mineral notes in the water, mix well. A bit of smoke. Pretty straightforward, not as strong as expected.

M: Mid body, low low carbonation. Wish it had a bit more carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, very sessionable. It's nicely balanced. (656 characters)

Photo of lipschitz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well this definitely caught my eye in its 1 litre swing-top bottle. I was also quite excited to see a new release from the Yukon Brewing Company. This beer pours with the onyx hue that you expect from the style, nicely topped off with a deep tan head, reaching upwards of 3 fingers.
The aroma is predominantly coffee and charred wood, which sets the stage for what is to come. The taste opens with a very brief flash of sweet-ish malt, which is quickly overtaken by roasted, almost smokey qualities. Burnt toast lingers, with a nice bitterness finishing things off.
Mouthfeel seems thinner than it should be at the beginning, but seems to gain body (and flavour) the further into the litre you go.
This is definitely the most adventurous offering from the Yukon Brewing Company so far. While it becomes a little one-dimensional as you reach the halfway mark, it’s a pretty enjoyable dimension - worth checking out. (919 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the big 1L fliptop bottle, and I think I let it glug a bit too much, because the head was more than 2 inches tall to start. That settled down however, and now this black beer is crowned by a finger thick chocolate milk coloured head and lacing circles the bottle. Looks about as good as one could hope for as a stout.

The smell is coffee grounds, and a lot of it. Minor chocolate hint and something else that I can't put my finger on. However that something else in my opinion takes away from the overall effect. The closest I can get is to say there is something sour to it.

And when it comes to taste, ground coffee is big. A semi sweet, coffee with cream from front to back. Minor bitterness in the finish, but nothing to compete with the sweet side of this beer. With each taste the coffee flavour builds up. Good taste, even though I'm not a huge coffee fan.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very low in carbonation. I find a bit of film stays in the mouth, especially about the tip of the tongue. About right for a stout but doesn't make any great impression in this category.

Drinkable? Probably more so for a coffee drinker. I think I prefer a stout that brings the coffee flavour more subtly amongst the other flavours. It is a well made brew though, no doubt about that. (1,295 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark stout, drawing on tarlike qualities. Let no light through and was only momentarily capped by a medium milk chocolate coloured head.

The aromas, although not overly complex, were very firm and well balanced between the coffee and malt. Notes of espresso coffee and demerera sugar mingled with hints of roasted malt and fresh coffee grounds. Did not notice any signs of hops.

The beer posessed medium bodied, silky (almost oily) texture with solid notes of coffee and malted sweetness up front. Hints of licorice root followed and were overtaken by a firm hoppy/burnt bitterness.

Really interesting and satisfying beer for which I must thank my travelling friend from Calgary... Goodhate. Many thanks again! (727 characters)

Photo of Otterburn
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before november 2012..

Very dark appearance, totally black.
Small beige head, around the glass, poured into my Guinness pint.
I cant see any carbonation..

Smashy coffee espresso smell, stout smell.

Taste vvery much as an espresso, nice torrefication,
Bitterness is alright

mouthfeel: a bit thick, ,low carbonation and long coffee aftertaste

Overall, enjoy
very drinkable for a strong stout* (401 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with short mocha head that retained a decent covering
S - bitter espresso bean chocolate fudge, light sweet raisins
T - strong espresso (maybe a double shot), with bitter dark chocolate, burnt roasty malt with light earthy hops
M - full body chewy with surprising carbonation with a bitter finish
D - in terms of flavour this is to regular stout as espresso is to regular coffee, and as a coffee and beer lover I can really appreciate this, maybe not for everybody but it is exactly as advertised (512 characters)

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Midnight Sun Espresso Stout from Yukon Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.