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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
87
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lipschitz on 04-12-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with translucent chestnut edges and a thin cap of fine mocha bubbles. Decent head retention and streaky lacing. Big coffee grounds and caramel aroma, milk chocolate. Quite bitter throughout, from both the hops and the dark malts/coffee. Malted milk sweetness and a hint of chocolate with burnt sugar and nuts in the finish. Low carbonation, silky texture, very smooth, medium bodied, slight astringency. Quite good.

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin light brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee and vanilla. Flavor follows aroma with dark toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel. A quite nicely made coffee stout that is well balanced, almost to the point of making it difficult to isolate the different flavors. The finish reveals a good coffee flavor and light bitterness. Somewhat mellow but well integrated, an enjoyable stout with good light coffee flavor. My second beer from Yukon and another good one.

Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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

Photo of ccrida
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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)!

Photo of andrenaline
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha head, little retention and no real lacing.

S - Espresso followed by dark cocoa and some faint marshmallows.

T - The espresso hits you but is quickly overwhelmed by dark chocolate. Some roasted nutty flavours linger on the tongue on the finish. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied ale that prickles the throat a bit and finishes slightly dry, but is not overly offensive.

D - This is definitely one of the better espresso/cofee stouts to come out of the Canadian craft scene. It comes a close second to Mill Street's offering, though is a little more bitter. Worthy offering to any coffee stout fan.

Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours black with a figer of frothy tan head.

Smell. Roasty dark malts, medium roast coffee and a little molasses and chocolate.

Taste. Dark roasty malts, tobacco and molasses, slightly sour coffee with some smokey dark malt bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, slightly prickly carbonation.

Overall. Good everyday drinker. A little rough around the edges but drinks well.

Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jeffo
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
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!

Photo of IronDjinn
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not and never have been a coffee drinker, but this was far too tempting to pass up, considering I enjoy what Yukon Brewing puts out. If I'm not mistaken I think Red Hook made a coffee stout with Starbuck's way back in the mid-90's, before Starbuck's became the global giant it is and back when Red Hook was actually still quite good. Yet in the present case it's nice to see two small quality local companies teaming up to make a new offering for these parts.

This Midnight Sun Espresso Stout comes in a brown 1 L flip top bottle, yellow-orange label with the Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters logo on it. (BA fun fact: check out gueuzegeek's profile, she has a part of their logo as her avatar). The stout pours out the blackest of black, permeable sunlight need not apply for this gig. Big creamy tan head, but the retention doesn't last very long. Leaves a dime's width of a cap on top most of the way down though, and a thick layer of lacing.

Roasted malt with a big whopping of coffee upfront on the nose, plus I'm picking up a bit of lactose sweetness as well. The flavour is all big roasted malt and coffee, some burnt wood bitterness in the middle, but rounded out nicely by the sweetness that the lactose has to offer. Seems to me like a milk stout infused with coffee, a very nice blend indeed, the espresso presence is smooth and doesn't leave much of a bite at all. The mouthfeel isn't as full as the appearance would initially let on, but this is a real smooth easy-drinker for a stout, would make a very fine after-dinner session beer to share with company.

No sir, I'm not a coffee drinker at all, but I am thoroughly enjoying this. I'll definitely be stocking up on more when I get the chance, cheers to Yukon Brewing once again for staying outside the box (oh how I hate corporate lingo), and making fine use of the resources around them, this is a great collaboration. And many thanks to lipschitz for tipping me off about this stuff, which spurred an impromptu visit to Edmonton mere days later to pick some up.

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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Midnight Sun Espresso Stout from Yukon Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.