Grand Ridge Mirboo Midnight | Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

6 Ratings

Brewed by:
Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 02-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Stew41
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this a little hard going. Seemed to play well above the 6.5% and the oak was very noticeable, almost intrusive. Big lifted nose of dark bitter malts and wood, as well as a trace of scotch ale cola. Falls a touch flat on the finish but there’s no denying the oak impact.

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

Pours black with a long lasting tan head.
Nose shows amazing milk chocolate, roasted malt and oatmeal. Subtle hints of oak come through. Reminiscent of hot chocolate...
Flavours are instead dominated by roasted malt and coffee with little else showing. Too roasty with very little complexity.
Very creamy carbonation, nice.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Imagine a hybrid stout & strong ale aged in oak; rich chocolate, coffee, vanilla, coconut with a big boozy finish. It's tasty upfront, but really starts to weight on the tongue and mind. Think of a subpar version of Founders Backwoods Bastard.

It's great for what it is, but it isn't what is could be.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark chocolatey colour. Head is ochre and really, nicely dense, with visible bubbles on top and beautiful lace patterns around the glass. Good retention, good colour. Good beer. Good beer.

Smells very rich and chocolatey but with a big funky oaky aroma as well. Lots of fresh coconut with herbal hints, rich cocoa and a touch of vanilla. Pineapple tinges gives me thoughts of hops and a big melted butter fragrance overriding it all. So it's overall buttery but also dark, sweet, pleasant.

Taste is very woody; oaky throughout. Starts with fresh wood that develops some of that buttery character with peanut butter notes, touch of vanilla as well and a touch of cocoa on the back. Really doesn't taste that dark though; actually quite subdued towards the back and I'd like more black bitterness or hoppiness. All buttery, nutty and sweet but the finish is lacking compared to the rest; not helped by the fairly thin body. A touch of booze warmth as it goes down.

Overall a decent beer that isn't as good as it might have been with the extant flavours in different proportions.

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Photo of dgilks
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dar, dark brown colour with a thick, creamy and long lasting tan head. Some lacing.

Slightly cardboardy aroma lays over the top of mild coconut, chocolate and oak notes. Some caramel. Moderate fruit. Caramelised nuts. Cool.

Smooth chocolate and oak flavours with hints of coconut and caramel. Deeply caramelised nuts. Fruity esters. Moderate bitterness. Really good.

Medium body with modertate carbonation. Mild oak tannins.

A solid effort from Grand Ridge and their first beer that I really like.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to classify based on what they specify. It's too light for an American stout, despite the oak aging which gives it some of those very classic oaky American characters, but then it's not quite hoppy enough for a classic IBA/CDA. Seeing as though American Black Ale is conveniently vague, I'll put it there.

Pours a a deep clear dark brown colour, with a very creamy head of light brown chocolatey foam. Lacing is surprisingly weak, and the body is quite light, especially at the edges. Looks decent enough.

Nose is really very pleasant. The American oak character comes through really pleasantly, giving that classic sweet vanilla and coconut flavour, almost to the detriment of everything else. It's sweet and luscious, although I almost expect a sharp and black charred character to go along with it, and this does not have it. As a result, it's almost too buttery, but still a very pleasant experience.

Taste is nice, although quite short on the palate, and genuinely lacking the dark roasted charred notes that the oaking compels it to have. Here, the smooth vanilla notes give a big sweetness, and the very subtle dark characters blend to give it a nutty finish. But it's very short, and it ends abruptly, leaving almost nothing on the finish.

Feel is smooth, and the oak works well here.

Seriously, the oak character is done well, and it really brings out some of the lovely characters tha American Oak can impart--but this is not quite the right beer to expose them in. It needs to be bigger, smoother, more alcoholic, darker and more intense overall. Here, the oak dominates what is effectively a quite subtle palate.

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Grand Ridge Mirboo Midnight from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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