Midnight Sun | Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Midnight SunMidnight Sun
BA SCORE
3.91/5
161 Ratings
Midnight SunMidnight Sun
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
williamsbrosbrew.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wl0307 on 06-11-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,109
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
161
pDev:
10.49%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of MisterBanks6
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark and silky black which become lacy and carbonated, almost like a glass of coke in appearance. The flavour remains as roasty mix of coffee and slight chocolate. Unfortunately, although the ginger was present, it was very distinct and didn't add much of a spice or extra flavour to it. Mild hints of ginger in the smell along with dark chocolate. Still a good porter.

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Photo of Vader444
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle poured into pint glass. A decent porter, nothing more. The ginger is pretty subtle; to be honest if it wasn't written on the bottle I'd struggle to identify the slightly unusual taste. This is a perfectly good beer for chatting with your mates in the pub but doesn't really reward deeper contemplation. Cheers.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steverx8
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wessel
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 3.88 (Including tax)/500 mL bottle ($ 0.229/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
BB Jul 2018 L2001 1019 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – fairly mild roasted malt
Head large (Maximum 4.8 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to a three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing – fair. Mostly drag from the ring as levels fall, but some small partial rings as well
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor – begins with toasted malt (Mild) followed by a mild bitterness and no hop flavor
Palate medium, watery, very soft carbonation, nearly flat

A decent English-style porter having some of the characteristics of both brown and robust porters. Worth trying, particularly at cellar temperature, if you’ve not had the style.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Oleg85
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hdtrice
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dentist666
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint.
Pours opaque black with thin creamy tan head, low retention, quick reduction to some bubbles on the top.
Smell - ginger, roasted, chocolate.
Taste is the same.
Light body, soft carbonation. Rather simple porter, additionally and not very successfully flavoured with ginger.

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Photo of Saviour
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papposilenus
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mytu420
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours black with a low tan head. aroma chocolate and roasted malt. Taste chocolate, roasted coffee, earthy hops, a little ginger. Dry coffee lasting aftertaste.

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Photo of 123321123321
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FZR23
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Honeybourne
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avitallo
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottles with BB date of July 2016 and 11/2017.

Looks great, with a generous tan head over an essentially black body.
Full body with medium+ but soft carbonation.
but ...
the aroma is overall unappealing. My initial impression was that the ale was infected, but with further consideration I've concluded it is just an unfortunate mix of the roasted grains and the fresh ginger root. The flavor largely follows but is more appealing, especially after further warming.

O: mildly disappointing but interesting and worth a try.

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Photo of Audrais
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GimmeAGuinness
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of killcore
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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Midnight Sun from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 161 ratings
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