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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 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 fostachild
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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 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 Digimaika2
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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 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 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 joemcgrath27
3.88/5  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

Photo of QuestionableScum
3.38/5  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.

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 notdan
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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
3.78/5  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
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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 +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 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 ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.75/5  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 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 jneiswender
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
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
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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
4.05/5  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 eat
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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