Midnight Sun Espresso Stout - Yukon Brewing Company

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very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
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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Photo of QuestionableScum
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
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 notdan
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of chickenm
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of sprucetip
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
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 -19.1%
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 ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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)!

Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 jneiswender
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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 eat
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 Derek
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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 markaberrant
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of ablaze
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 litre growler sent to me by vanrassel, thanks man! I've been wating to try this for a while. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a completely opaque black oil colour, thick and good. 1/2 inch frothy brown head, lazy carbonation appears on the sides of the glass. Aroma is simple with lots of sweet chocolatey notes to back up the strong roasted coffee aroma, mild caramel and roasted malt. Not complex but nice.

Taste is much the same as the aroma, with lots of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt with a bit of milk chocolate sweetness to balance, caramel, and light general hop acidity and sourness. Not too sweet, not too bitter, very well balanced, just the way I like it. Thick mouthfeel, fairly creamy, with a spot-on mild carbonation. This is a solid coffee stout, drinkable, and one I'd come back to, especially on tap.

Photo of Shadman
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought the big 'honker' 1 litre bottle with the 'old-style' ceramic stopper.

I laughed out loud when pouring this one. looked exactly like used oil....or the dark Sumatra roast I'm addicted to from a local coffe shop.

nice coffee/malt/chocolate smell

very nice chocolate/coffee/malt taste..finishes quick and clean and then the nice coffee afterkick

thick and chewy with just the right amount of carbonation
would make a very nice finish to a good 'ol Alberta BBQ steak supper instead of a coffee..will have again

Photo of oakbluff
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of bloberglawp
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge 1 l bottle from CanBIF, thanks Irondjinn! Served in staight pint like glasses... around 20c.

Immediate coffee smell, not overwelming. Pours pitch black with medium light brown head that dissipates quickly. Taste of roasted barley, bitter coffee and pure chocolate. Amazingly very well balanced.

mattt

Midnight Sun Espresso Stout from Yukon Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.