Midnight Sun | Williams Brothers Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
160 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
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.49%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of fountainofyouth
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness glass.

Appearance: Decently large head with fine bubbles, tan. The body is dark brown, but not black -- good for a porter.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt and herbal hops in equal amounts. Again, browner than black. Reminds me almost of a bock. Brown sugar.

Taste: Nutty and sweet. Some toffee and chocolate. Very light roasted flavor. The back end carries the hops you get in the nose. No off-flavors. Overall it's good, but not quite bold enough for me. The flavor palate is fine, but I was hoping for a little more of it. Maybe a little hoppier than I expect from an English porter, but not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth up front. Some dryness in the back. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: Good porter, probably fits certain tastes better than others. Closer to the brown ale end of the spectrum than the stout end.

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Photo of Schmoog
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Kevincredible
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at State Line, enjoyed chilled in a tumbler.

The color is onyx with opaque clarity and thick medium tan cap with rocky look and fine bad. The smell is like bittersweet cocoa -moderately roasted with a slight fruity yeast ester with light hint of caramel from the malt with subtle hop odor which is fragrant with a mild toffee sweet scent. The feel is great -not exceptionally high carbonation yet semi-dry with moderate sweetness level and light spicinesss with a gentle roasted finish with very light alcohol warmth.

The taste is pretty great -dark malt with a variety of roasted and semi-sweet chocolate with some mild raisin-like yeast flavor combined with a slight spicy hop in the background which adds to the complexity with a toffee like dark sugar and mild fig-like flavor. The taste has a chocolate covered raisin effect with mild spice to keep things interesting -a mild dry finish and light alcohol makes it very drinkable. Overall I was really impressed, I have kind of found this style to be less impressive lately but this is an exception to the rule as it was satisfying and drinkable with pretty decent value as a bonus. I recommend this to anyone who likes this style.

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Photo of tzunoi
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Suds
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer is an utterly black ale. It has a lastin brownish head and a multifaceted roasty, malty, earthy aroma. There is a little fruit...some plum and berry. The taste is semi dry, with a lot of dark malt and roasted grain. Chocolate milk and mild bitterness. Malt. It is a mildly heavy Scottish ale. Dark and luxurious,

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Photo of aswaller
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Maxwell
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark black in color, like a good black coffee. The beer pours with a half a finger’s width of small bubbles the color of sand dunes, which leaves a lacing of medium bubbles that leave a sticky, thin webbing on the glass. In body, the beer is too dark to look through. On the nose, the beer smells light and bakers chocolate with nice toffee notes and hints of coffee with cream and sugar. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with a good drying bitter from the light roast, and a soft touch of fruity acidity in the finish. In flavor the beer begins as light dark fruit notes, dancing somewhere between plum and raisin, though never touching upon the richer raisin notes. This light fruitiness slowly blended with smooth roasted malts, smooth and a touch of metallic flavor. The finish rings with light roast and a touch of lactic sugar, while the aftertaste gives light hints to the ginger in the middle of the throat. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a soft carbonation that tickles the tongue with a light scrub. The beer feels slick and leaves a little coating of saliva as it exits the tongue, leaving the mouth wet yet roasty dry. Overall, this is a damn good English (Scottish?) Porter with some nice unique notes from the ginger that help to give fruitiness to the beer. Try this beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TheHammer
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, time to see if Williams Bros can brew more then just gruit.

Appearance: Poured with a finger and a half of head that didn't lace but did manage to retain quite well. The body is as black as night, no highlights. It's as dark as a midnight sun...go figure.

Smell: A big presence of chocolate caramel as the malt dominates the nose. Notes of coffee and tea are apparent in the background. Warming really helps the smell come out.

Taste: A nice well roasted malt is present throughout the beer, but it masterfully stops short of burnt. It really starts out the beer on a good note as I even detect a slight note of spice as the chocolate aspect slowly assert itself and then end with a bitter, slightly dry coffee note.

Mouthfeel: It's slightly drier then I'd like, but the exceptional transitioning, creamy carbonation, smooth texture and nice coffee & malt aftertaste that lingers for just the right amount, more then makes up for it.

Drinkability: Only slightly on the heavier side of medium bodied, which is what I would expect from the style. The dryness takes a bit away but the smooth texture, interesting taste and the fact the beer sits down very well makes me a happy camper.

Final Thoughts: This is a very well done Porter and walks that line of being easy and interesting very well. With this Williams Bros has earned its place as one of my favourite Scottish Breweries. I suddenly want to hunt down a bottle of one of their Scottish Ales.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice and robust porter (in a slightly more English tone than American). Mild smoked and peaty thing going on. This strikes me as what an English porter should be. Smooth feel. Very easy to drink. Glad to be able to try this one out and, again, glad to see something different from this brewery than their lineup of gruit style ales.

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Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Dethklok
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jp312
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of EFR94
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mick303
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint it is black in colour with a creamy tan hed of foam, shows really nice retention and excellent lacing and film.

Smell has some real solid roasty bready malt, coffee bean, and chocolate, some dark fruits, some melon character, soft bitterness, good balance.

Taste is a really nice coffee bean maltiness, a strong earthiness, woodiness and leafy forest, a bit of a damp hay note, some pepper on the finish. Lots of dark malt, but an excellent overall balance. The taste is pleasant round, quite a rich malty flavour with some nice intricacies. On the finish more dry soft coffee bitterness, dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel is moderate, roasty feel to it, soft refreshing carbonation. Full malty body, really smooth. Altogether very easy to drink with a nice refreshing crispness. Sessionable porter.

Really tasty and flavourful porter. A really solid example of the style with lots of nice rounded flavour and easy to drink. Not too imposing or bitter, and it actually has a pretty respectable complexity for being quite light. I would like to try it on cask.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Midnight Sun from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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