Midnight Sun Espresso Stout - Yukon Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
A dark, wicked brew poured into a pint glass with little or no head retention. Smells of coffee, chocolate and caramel tones and I also get a slight alcohol on the nose. The taste is beyond your wildest dreams and packs quite the wallop. I find that this is truly a winter warmer and being that it's from the Yukon, they need all the help they can get! When you don't see the sun for weeks on end and the snow is piled up past your roof, you want to be drinking this while nestled in your Snuggie next to your fireplace.
01-08-2013 21:26:18 | More by zachloveshisbeer
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
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
very drinkable for a strong stout*
10-19-2012 21:43:32 | More by Otterburn
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.38/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
11-03-2011 22:23:13 | More by nighthawk
4.75/5 rDev +23.4%
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.
10-09-2011 02:35:13 | More by leaddog
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
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
09-10-2011 04:00:20 | More by CrazyMike
2.6/5 rDev -32.5%
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!
08-21-2011 18:49:08 | More by Jeffo
3.38/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
08-02-2011 02:22:50 | More by fostachild
British Columbia (Canada)
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-28-2011 02:59:01 | More by Rutager
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
07-02-2011 00:22:41 | More by DrJay
3.58/5 rDev -7%
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.
06-28-2011 00:11:30 | More by Digimaika2
3.58/5 rDev -7%
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.
05-30-2011 16:47:30 | More by spinrsx
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
12-05-2010 21:09:20 | More by andrenaline
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
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!
11-17-2010 22:46:03 | More by MasterSki
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
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
11-11-2010 04:12:08 | More by joemcgrath27
Midnight Sun Espresso Stout from Yukon Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.