Second Hand Smoke | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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64 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Kuaff on 10-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
14.32%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of South2NW
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A second-runnings of their regular smoked imperial stout, this is an extraordinarily balanced stout—smoked or otherwise. Nice cappuccino-colored head, not as prolific as I might expect, but solid nonetheless. Flavors of dates, plum jam, campfire, burnt malt, black and green peppercorns, and very dry grass. Nose of pine-sugar, natural charcoal, burning pine-nettles, and overripe plums. Big, but pleasant, lingering elements.

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Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rcollyer
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with little light transmission in the glass and a half finger light brown head that dissipates to large patches with light lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, coffee, cocoa and smoked malt. Flavor is smoky dark toasted malt with char, boiled coffee, bitter chocolate, hints of vanilla and licorice. Finishes with residual charred malt and a nice light smokiness. Medium bodied with very light creaminess. A somewhat basic imperial stout base with a pleasant light smoky character. The profile leans towards an import stout, with medium maltiness. Flavorful, but not complex, it supports the smoky malts well. Alcohol well hidden, tastes like a much less powerful stout. I was overdue for a smoked beer and this one hit the spot.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sparky44
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OldDirty
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mawelge
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not the best imperial stout I have ever had, but this one does have a few nice characteristics in it's favor.

A pitch black beer with no head after resting for 5 minutes. Body is somewhat thin; more of a drinker than a sipper. As the beer warms you can really enjoy the balanced smoke and malt flavors. I would consider this very lightly smoked, which I tend to prefer.

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Photo of bobv
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of halo3one
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmoen
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vande
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared last night at the meeting.
Solid black color, roasty smokey body a bit thin. smoke very faint. Decent.

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Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trentt2
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Very smokey. Feel not awesome but the smell is heavenly.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sat on this for just over a year, which I assume has mellowed it just a bit.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is interesting, as I pick up an aroma of smoked meats, vanilla, dark chocolate and licorice, The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty quickly, though there's something of a burnt toast and dry bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full, though the beer is not at all heavy on the palate. The beer is fairly smooth otherwise, and the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile.

An interesting beer, for sure, but probably not something I could ever see myself ordering again. The licorice and hoppy bitterness combination is a bit much, and it seems to give the beer a slightly medicinal quality on the finish.

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Photo of Bandi
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color; when held up to a bright light only ever so slight hints of redfish brown are visible at the extreme edge of the glass. It poured with a dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a minuscule ring of bubbles as a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of charred leather are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by strong flavors of burnt and charred malts and also has notes of leather.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is not a beer for the faint of heart—in some aspects it seems even more intense than a rauchbier. The beer manages to hide its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

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Second Hand Smoke from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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