Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Midnight Whistle | Tin Mill Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
80
good
15 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Midnight WhistleMidnight Whistle
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tin Mill Brewing Company
Missouri, United States
tinmillbrewery.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Typically a winter beer, due to its popularity, we have been brewing Midnight Whistle all year long. We hand roast the malts in small batches for a heartier flavor. This full-bodied beer is for beer drinkers who want to experience everything a beer has to offer.

Added by karst on 09-08-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
28
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
22.62%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 28
Photo of TATURBO
2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle to a Pint Glass. Beer purchased December 26, 2011. Midnight Whistle Dopplebock. Label different from what's pictured here though.

Appearance is really good. Typical coloring for most "Bock" styles I've had. Dark Copper/Brown.

Smell: Malty but can't really distinguish more.

Taste: This is where I was pretty disappointed. First sip and on I got a strong "Ashtray" flavor. (I don't smoke, and had this beer at home away from any smoking/ashtrays)
As I've gotten to half the glass slowly drinking, I'm really not impressed. I feel this to be below average in taste compared to most if not all Bock styles I've had. Seriously not really liking this.

Mouthfeel is average, not too light or heavy. Mid pack here.

Overall the taste ruined it for me. I'll more than likely offer up a few bottles at a tasting I have coming up for others to try and see what opinions others get. I'd take a New Glarus Uff-Da Bock to this anytime. Also forgot to mention this was my first beer of the night and the palate was clean.

 1,028 characters

Photo of Keeton
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visited the brewery today to pick up a couple christmas presents and check out the facilities. The doppelbock is one of my favorite styles and this was the beer I was excited to try. The beer didn't disappoint... The color was spot on even though the nose wasn't that powerful malt that I was hoping. The taste and mouthfeel were malty and surprisingly smooth for the style. I was expecting it to be a little bigger beer than it turned out to be but I thought over all it was a well brewed beer.

 495 characters

Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as Tin Mill "Midnight Whistle".

A: Pours a dark Mahogany color with a small head and bits of lacing.

S: Smell of roasted nuts mixed in with some bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

T: Taste begins with a crisp bitterness then a coffee and bittersweet chocolate mixture. Has a slightly bitter finish.

F: Fairly moderate body, quite smooth.

O: No bad, but doesn't seem like a Doppelbock. Reminds me more of a Dunkel. Nice change of pace beer. worth a try.

 466 characters

Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong malt (a noticeable freshness), sweet malt, and hint of hop. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of hops, hint of yeast, and slight roasted malt. Overall, the malt flavors and aromas are overly dominant, otherwise good feel.

 436 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark, dark burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. It left some thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - Not much here. Some caramel and toffee but it is all fairly faint.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel, rich malt with chocolate and toffee flavors. There is a mild grassy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied brew with a relatively dry finish.

D - This is impressive because it is a good tasting dopplebock but lacking the ABV typical of most dopplebocks,

 512 characters

Photo of clegolfski
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After reviewing this and subsequently reading other reviews I think the biggest thing impeding this brewery is their lack of proper license. By having to limit the alcohol they are forced to compromise. So I really think they could do a great job if had more room to work with.

A = Pours with a nice light brown head that quickly disappears with minimal cling. The color of the beer is really beautiful, deep dark reddish brown.

S = Smoke and caramel barely. It took a few big time quaffs to get anything at all.

T = Lacking more than most of their beers. No hop character at all, very cloyingly sweet caramel and a slight hint of smoke. As it warms some chocolate comes up. I guess it could be a good beer if the flavors were more pronounced but they are barely there at all. Admittedly this is one of my least favorite styles but I am trying to be objective. Same story again with these guys. Don't be afraid of flavor! Put it out there and they'll have some tasty quality brews.

M = Not very much. Very thin which is something that you would not suspect from a doppelbock.

D = I guess the thinness makes it something you could really put down. However the sweetness limits its drink-ability.

 1,201 characters

Photo of cannon800
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap in the brewry.
Appearance: Dark roasted malts give this a great color. One finger of head.

Smell: Practically no aroma

Taste: No pronounced malt flavor expected for style, little hops character.

Drinkablity: This is the best attribute of this beer. It is very light and would be a good session beer if it was priced lower.

This is clearly not a dopplebock! It is more like a dunkel lager.

 411 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

n8dietz is the man for this hook-up.

Pours a pure cola brown and ruby with a little foam left over after the mountainous foaming pour that overwhelmed my glass.

Teh aroma has a syrupy molasses and powdered Coca-Cola aroma with some light roasted, heavily toasted malts aroma. The coke aroma is a little odd, maybe its not Coca-Cola, but thats the best aroma I can compare it to.

The taste starts ok with light roasted malts lending a fruity plum and prune. But theres a metallic and somewhat medicinal middle through to the finish. At least tha flavor doesn't linger too long.

This is barely OK for a Doppelbock. I suspect they didn't use enough real malt in this recipe or have water issues.

 700 characters

Photo of brownbeer
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-brown color with a light brown head.

Woody in a new oak kind of way, i'm assuming from the malt, light roast and cocoa powder come to mind. As it opens up hints of prune and breadiness show up.

It's a little light for the style, but considering this is still a fairly new brewery and don't have a license to sell beer above 6%, this isn't a bad job.

 360 characters

Photo of psychoholicagogo
2.01/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Absolutely not close to style at all. Thin and watery with little in terms of mouthfeel. No hints of melanoidin or richness at all, with a roasted flavor in the finish not at all appropriate to the style. Very, very far from a Doppelbock, this is closer to an American Dark with its fairly pedestrian characteristics.

 317 characters

Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice brew from Tin Mill, albeit with a bit of an odd finish that's fuller bodied than I expected. Rings of lace let one know that this brew if full of roasted malt.

Coal black pour, opaque with a frothy tan head. Sweet caramel and chocolate in the aroma and quaff. Even a hint of coffee down deep adding to the enjoyment. Tasty brew, on tap it was really good.

I recommend this one for cooler temperatures, more of a winter beer - but a couple in the shade will work too. (or inside in the AC).

 501 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a thin, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Roasty, toasty malt nose with some sweetish hints to it, perhaps even a pinch of chocolate and just a touch of fruitiness.

Taste: Light chocolate flavor with lesser tastes of roasted and toasted malts. Mild sweetness. Hint of dark fruits. Lightly spicy hops and bitterness. Finishes dry and malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though not bad, this one does come up a bit short for a doppelbock. More 'mmph', please! Well, I suppose that concludes my tour of the Tin Mill lineup. Not a bad little brewery, overall!

 642 characters

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear root beer color with a small quickly dissipating head. Smells of sweet roasted malts, caramel, and just a tad of dark fruits. First sip is light, clean and refreshing with the sweet roasted malts giving way to a welcomed slightly bitter finish. Great malty goodness here with almost no hop presence. Lightly bodied and very drinkable. My fav of the Tin Mill line up.

 390 characters

Photo of MTNboy
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- It has dark brown but transparent body, average tan head, thick lace with a lot of staying power.

Smell- Light but noticeable sweet and roasted chocolaty smell.

Taste- The malts in this beer are well roasted without a burnt flavor. It is followed by a nice bitter cocoa taste with some what of a caramel tone.

Mouthfeel- Thin for a beer of this style.

Drinkability- Not bad but I still think it is a little weak for its style.

 444 characters

Photo of karst
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lower abv cap for this brewpub keeps this a little small for a Dopplebock. Very nice dark malt nose and clean lager favors ( little melanoidin - no decoction mashing or additions of melanoidin malt) Slight chocolate malt flavor with clean lager flavor and zero diacetyl. Missing the needed alcohol impression to be classified as a doppel (double) bock. Some fruitiness from a Munich/Carafa malt addition. Noble hops.

Nice place to visit as everything on tap is well brewed and very drinkable if not classic style examples.

 526 characters

Midnight Whistle from Tin Mill Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe