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Midnight Lightning | Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
California, United States
tioga-sequoia.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,695
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
37
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at T-S tasting room in Fresno. Nice Imp Stout. Very drinkable

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kavinci
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SimcoeKid
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Deerin
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pure black, leaves a chocolate milk head that recedes but persists on the edges.

The smell is dark malt, ash, roasted, vanilla/boozy/sweetness/plum
Taste is deep, deep roasted malt, smooth. Bitter chocolate, coffee, that standard imperial stout taste I can't quite describe. Some fruit in the flavor, fig or plum, but this is not as pronounced, which is how I like it.

Creamy. Not overly chewy. Excellent for the 12% level, would cellar this readily.

An excellent imperial stout, great work once again from T-S.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 10-oz. draft
Glass: Clear, snifter-like glass
From: Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company in Fresno, Calif.
Price: $6.00
Purchased: Oct. 13, 2016
Consumed: Oct. 13, 2016
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: N/A

Specifically went here for the bourbon barrel-aged vanilla version, but they were literally putting tape over the beer label when I got there. Then found out that it was too busy to have tasters. Maybe it was, but it died down pretty quickly and it was still busy. Either way, I went to have some good beer and by God I was going to have some good beer.

Poured an almost dark brown-to-light black brown color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy tan head when I received it. Some light bubbles coming up along the side of the glass. Outstanding lacing. Outstanding retention.. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled roasted espresso, hazelnut, dark cocoa nibs, vanilla, some roastiness, milk chocolate and toffee, reminding me of their Humulous Noctem Black IPA that I had from them in April. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted not quite as good as the nose, getting roasted espresso, milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, bitter chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla and some booziness. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a very good imperial stout overall. Looking back I may have overrated it a tad, but I was rushing it a bit. (Overall - 4.00)

4.08 | 91 | A-

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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014. Nice balance of malt sweetness with plenty of roast. Could have sat another year or two and been fine. Delicious stout!

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oak forward. Vanilla & bourbon. Char and some chocolate, but this one is all a about the oak. Woody. Very good offering. Not overly boozy for the ABV. glad I was able to try.

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppyBastard1
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 5EKF
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of raiderob
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber into pint glass.dirty brownish foamy head with jet black body.that fades away leaving a lattice of lacing,foamy bubbles of carbonation look like golden stars. Toffee caramel aromas with a nice dirty taste.somewhat of a alcohol burn . Prost❗

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Photo of DrSpaceman
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased both the Midnight Lighting, and Barrel Aged Midnight Lightning for comparison. Poured midnight black, thick and oily. Smell is molasses and black licorice. Taste is heavy handed dark roasted malts, very well done. I can't wait to crack open the barrel aged bottle, with such a heavy body it is sure to stand up to the higher alcohol content.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thedemise
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate, malty, roasted notes. A pretty good balanced taste not that boozy not sure when it was bottled but comparing this to their Mocha Midnight that one for me was better than this. But this one is good as well

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I find this to be an above average stout. Lots of roasted tones, nice body and feel. Did show some alcohol taste, but not enough to be a turn off. Definately worth a try

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joey209
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark as midnight, no light passes through, with a rich brown head that settles and laces reasonably well.

S: Dark chocolate, maybe some light maple syrup, a bit earthy, with notable alcohol.

T: Big chocolate up front, dark malt sweetness, a bit earthy, the alcohol is noticeable throughout, especially as it warms. It almost has a bourbon barrel aged quality to it.

M: Full body, relatively low carbonation, pretty creamy, with some warmth.

O: The potential is there for this one if it's given a chance to age and mellow out a bit, but for now it's just too hot with the alcohol.

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Midnight Lightning from Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 37 ratings