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Mammoth Extra Stout | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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50 Reviews
Mammoth Extra StoutMammoth Extra Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark and full-bodied, Mammoth Extra Stout provides a cozy blanket of warm and fuzzy flavors, including chocolate, caramel, coffee and nut. Huge portions of pale and specialty malts give this mammoth brew a complex palate while hops provide well-rounded balance.

50 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
106
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
14
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 106
Photo of brewernelz
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the finest examples of a commercial foreign extra I have ever tried. It is also my favorite of the Midnight Sun regular production lineup. Visit this brewery if you're ever in Anchorage. All the staff I met were very informative and generous with samples of the eight or so different styles on tap. They are the epitome of a great micro with a relatively small production capacity and truly adventurous spirit.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark black, no light coming through this one at all with a nice tan head of about two inches capping the top. Nice lacing settling down but eventually a mostly bare top was left without much around the sides.

Aroma is very roasty and smoked. Nice hints of underlying bitter chocolate and sweetness laying around as well. Feel was a touch thin, but other then that seemed to work well as the deep roasted chcocolate came across clearly and the nice roasted and smoked malts

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber that clocks in at 7.8%ABV, not the 6 listed here. Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours an opaque dark chocolate color with a thin tan head. Looks like there is some good foam/lace retention on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is dark chocolate, mocha, roasted malts, some coffee, and some milk chocolate malts.

Taste is a very decadent brew--rich, malty, with some bitterness at the finish. Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Also some milky sweetness. Coffee is in there as well. Superb rich, substantial flavor profile. Also has a bit of an earthy quality with some faint notes of dark berries. Caramel notes and roasted nuts round out the tastes.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. You can really sink your teeth into this one. Carbonation is just right for the style. A pleasure to let this one roll across the mouth and sample the variety of rich malty flavors.

Overall, this is an outstanding stout. I'm not clear on how it was classified as a foreign/extra stout. Regardless this is a heck of a good stout in all respects. And from what I hear, it's a year-rounder now.

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasty! This one is really tasty. Kaki head is full to start with but soon fades away. Sweet chocolate starts the taste experience. This being a stout you get your normal roasted qualities. Coffee beans and such. Yeah, those Chocolate dipped coffee beans you get a the drive threw espresso stand. Berries. Tart like the huckleberries I pick from my front yard for my pancakes. This beer is Alaska!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly solid black color with a smallish creamy tan head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of caramel, licorice, and roasted grains up front, Smooth vanilla and chocolaty aroma countered by a firm earthy hop punch. Taste is creamy chocolate and vanilla mixed with a bit of sweet milk sugar along with roasted grains and earthy hops. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very nice easy drinking smooth flavorful stout. Damn they can brew up there in AK.

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Photo of Steezballs
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought from The Bruery Provisions. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: super fuckin dark. oily, a bit of a caramel brownish head. intriguing.

Smell: roasted malt, espresso, chocolate. surprisingly mild though.

Taste: bitter, roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate. a bit of a smokey aftertaste. the flavors are complex and complement each other very well.

Mouthfeel: medium body, decent amount of carbonation. more than I expected, but it works. it drinks very smooth, 7.8% ABV goes down like nothing. this stout is silky smooth.

Overall: Another great, flavorful brew by Midnight Sun. Those guys have a worldly knowledge of beer. This stout has an intoxicating taste and the body to back it up. I'm eager to see how the oak-aged compares.

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Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #2 in Round 6. another bomber, mine poured into my Sly Fox Goat Race mugh, Vickie's into her Victory thumb-notch glass cause she doesn't do pint glasses (see https://store.victorybeer.com/prod ... ar-glass/)

A-Jet black, completely opaque with a nice creamy mocha head that leaves great sheets of lacing. 4.0

S-Excellent blend of caramel malt, roasted malts and earthy hops. I would guess we are in Black IPA territory, and I like it. 4.0

T-I am going to stick with my style guess here though Vickie is not so sure. There is an underlying creaminess in the flavor that we would not necessarily expect from this style. Maybe there's some oatmeal in this one? It is sort of a hoppier Stoudt's Fat Dog in a way. Whatever it is, I like the balance of roast and sweet malts here. Very nice. 4.5

M-Medium bodied, nice lingering earthy hop bitterness blends beautifully with the smooth creaminess. 4.5

O-Another winner here. Great flavors, terrific body, really nice. 4.5

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Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell is used espresso grinds foremost, with burnt caramel and fig newton notions playing backup.

Color is pitch black, a gentle pour produced a perfect head telling me this is aggressively carbonated. Head is tan, pillowy and bumpy with generally average lacing. Great looking stout.

There is so much good going on with the flavors here, I love it. If Garcia is espresso, then Wier is dark chocolate. Aside from that, some sips are burnt and almost smoky, while others show their sweet side with toffee and prune undertones. Sharp burnt ashy overtures keep it all in check.

The detractor here for me is the level of carbonation-just too much to let this linger in the mouth or the oils to cling, which in this case I think is a shame. It makes the beer light and pillowy in the mouth, but in this case I want this beer to sit heavy and be itself, pull up a chair, put its feet up.

I really do like this beer. As I said, the carbonation i think really holds it back from being something more. The flavor is, how shall I put it...kick ass.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark reddish black color with a 1/2 inch tan head, roasted malt smells & flavors, nice rich chocolate/coffee tones. A very nice stout, one which gets better as it warms up. I would recommend this beer for anybody who likes stouts. Thanks to my Brother for bringing me this from Alaska.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, char, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with moderate hops. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, char, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Moderate floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, char, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors; with nice hop bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation medium-full body; with a creamy, chalky, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Export stout! All around great balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with moderate hops; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small off-white head of thick, bubbly foam. It left some sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - Good roasty aroma of a big stout. Good toffee, burnt molasses and chocolate notes.

T - Very tasty. Strong roasted malt flavor with chocolate, toffee and burnt molasses with a touch of bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a subtle alcohol warmth.

O - This is a really good version of a Foreign/Extra Stout. Loved it!

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared @ Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian ID. My bottle says 7.8% abv. Poured into a tasting snifter.

A: Dark brown with chestnut hues when the the light strikes the glass...creamy tan head.

S: To me the nose is dominated upfront by milk chocolate sweetness, but there is a lot to it...pretty hefty dark chocolate malt bill with lots of roast, herbal hops...really nice and inviting.

T: Follows the nose with a decent amount of bitterness...there is a lingering roastiness that dominates the chocolate malt, but there is also some sweetness that makes me think caramel? Earthy hops and coffee/roast bitterness on the way out.

MF: Straight up medium body in my opinion, with some lingering dryness.

O: Impressed, this thing leans towards a RIS with its depth, hop character, and bitterness, but its supremely approachable and drinkable. My first Midnight Sun beer. Real nice!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006

Pours opaque black with a two inch head of dense tan foam. A slow retreat revealed plenty of spongy lacework and a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with dark chocolate, espresso, fudge batter, and charred embers.
Hints of nougat, vanilla, and Kahlua follow through.

Full bodied with a lush, creamy mouthfeel. Very soft but with solid gription.

Rich chocolate, coffee dust, Oreo shells, and roasted malts start the palate. Nougat, Black Forest batter, and cocoa follow through.

Finishes with lingering roast, dark chocolate, and barely warming.

Very rounded and soft after two years in the cellar. Highly drinkable with plenty of finesse. Yum.

Mad props to my bro Tim for the hookup. This one was from trade numero uno!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

appearance: sweet label art; served in tyranena nonic pint - black body and a thick foamy tan head

smell: dry roast, bitter chocolate, smoke

taste: smoked malts, bitter bakers chocolate, dry roast, espresso, char, nice milky sweetness, chocolate cake. An enjoyable stout - creamy and full of flavor

mouthfeel: silky body, nice char, alcohol well masked

overall: good

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Photo of augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Samuel Smith nonik.

Umber liquid, dark enough to be opaque topped by a thin head of fallow colored foam which settles to a delicate yet robust collar and lasting surface slick. Pasty lacing leaves a thin veneer of tears in its wake.

Roasted, gently toasty aromatics suggest nuts, treacle, coffee, and specialty malt.

Rich chocolaty palate entry leads into a deep roasted malt base which never quite becomes grainy or astringent. Low bitterness persists throughout both from hops and roast. Faint coffee and cocoa nibs are suggested in the finish which is medium-dry and very well balanced. No diacetyl or esters...definitely on the "export" as opposed to "tropical" side.

Medium-full velvety body with low but sufficient carbonation and a hint of warmth from alcohol.

A very well crafted example of the style - just as rich as Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, but with a bit more balance and smoothness. Lovely, albeit expensive.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a 100% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and sporadic spots of surface foam. Jagged ring of lacing .

S- Rich milk chocolate aroma. Some alcohol twinge but nothing too serious.

T- Chocolate in the start leads to a dark roasted char taste and then a metallic finish. Somewhat sweet with some faint hops in the background. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M- Chewy, creamy and a robust body. Medium carbonation. On point with the style.

O- A hearty, full-bodied stout with great drinkability and lots of chocolate flavor which is a plus for me. Thanks to SatlyMalty for the recommendation!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black. Fine one finger brown head with good retention and lacing. Light aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor of bitter roasted and charred malt, light caramel malt and coffee. Nicely integrated. Finishes with a toasty, pleasant charred bitterness with a slight sourness expected in the foreign stout style. Creamy medium to heavy bodied. Nicely made. This seems more like an imperial stout than a foreign/import stout, but good either way. Another great beer from Midnight Sun.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always up for trying a new (to me) Midnight Sun production.

Nice toasty and roasted tone to this one. Hearty and with a slightly burning spice thing to it. I think of a rye when I refer to that. Carbonation nips at the tongue a bit firmly; mild detractor. Nice robust stout. I approve.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in a great trade with Mike! Pitch black pour with an initial three finger caramel-colored foamy head with good retention and crazy lacing. Big malty, nutty, subtly sweet nose with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and cocoa. The taste is dominated by the roasty malt along with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, cinnamon, soy sauce, toffee, and some subtle licorice and smoke. As it warms, a fair amount of hoppiness emerges as well. The mouthfeel starts off a bit thin and fizzy, but as it comes to temperature it thickens up a bit and was somewhat creamy with a nice bitter hop finish. Overall, this is another solid offering from Midnight Sun. I'll definitely be checking out more beers from these guys!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending me this as an extra! Thanks Hollis!

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of medium brown head. That seems to stay around for a while. Spotty lace.

Smell: fairely one dimensional, yet bold nose full of big roasty malt notes.

Taste: moderately bitter and roasty notes that compliment the bitterness. A bit of smoke and it's almost a charred note. As the beer warms, I can start to detect some black licorice.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth drinker with not a hint of booze! The carbonation is well done and almost has a delecate feel to it!

Overall: Great example of this beer style! Fantastic mouthfeel! To me a foreign/export stout is not a beer style that gets much attention, but this beer does this beer style some serious press! Great job midnight sun for a well made flavorful beer!

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, slight roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, slight nut, yeast, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a foreign / export stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight earthy malt, slight hop, and slight oatmeal. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, feel, and blend.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Black as night with a solid amount of brown head. The lacing is nice as it goes down.

Smell – Tons of roasted malt and coffee. There is a touch of alcohol and lots of bitter chocolate.

Taste – Up front it’s bitterer than I expected and I like it. I begin to taste quite a bit of roasted malt which followed by rich coffee, chocolate, and caramel flavors. There is a slight essence of dates as well. Interesting, complex, balance, and pleasant.

Mouthfeel – Viscous enough for a Stout. Carbonation was slightly tingly but as it warmed the flavors began to drown that out. I noticed my mouth felt dry afterwards.

Drinkability – Good but not overly great. I didn’t have problems drinking it but I just didn’t have that smoothness like others.

A very nice beer. I hope to get this again in the future and will make a purchase if I ever see it.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, no bottled on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black, produces a finger of creamy dark tan head, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Sweet dark chocolate, roasted grains and coffee, aroma is pretty nice overall.

T- Nice straightforward roasted flavor, lots of roasted grain, espesso, and a bit of caramel sweetness, towards the finish the roast and coffee bitterness becomes dominant.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, dry bitter finish.

O- A very nice stout, flavors are pretty simple but are done very well.

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Photo of suncrust
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Appearance: Dark black body and a brown fluffy head. Very textured look that poured on the thick side. The bottle art is pretty sweet too.

Smell: Syrupy milk chocolate, light oak, mild whisky barrels, and roasted coffee textures round out the dominant aromas. Kind of a damp and dark roasted smell. Maybe a touch milky with faint sweetness.

Taste: Huge dark roasted backbone to this beer. Smoke and char shine (especially when warm) a bit over the richness of the roasted body. Mild wood, bitter chocolate, and maybe a hint of booze in the finish. Small vanilla in there for good measure. Makeup is mostly awesome dry roasted flavors, bitter chocolate nibs, and a slight milky sweetness all packed atop roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel: A bit dry on the tongue in the aftertaste, lightly charred and gritty. Very reminiscent of coffee with that burnt, roasted mouthfeel. With that said, this is still a smoothly drinkable beer with a grainy/gritty base.

Overall: Fuzzy, big bodied, rich roasty notes, with lots of drinkability. The huge roasted coffee and bitter chocolate tones make this beer delectable. Paired nicely with truffles, helping enhance the subtle smokiness. Superb stout. Definitely seek this one out.

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Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears black in the glass and a creamy chocolate malt coloured head sits on top. The head is quite sticky, lacing sheets the side of the glass.

As I am letting the beer warm, the first smells I notice are a mix of coffee bean and caramel. Sweet and dry together. Bitter roasted aroma is a backbone for it all. Faint licorice like alcohol is there, but not strong.

The taste is very satisfying, it has what I look for in a strong stout yet doesn't get over the top like some of the Imperials do. Very smooth roast coffee with a nutty caramel flavour. Finish is slightly bitter, but this one is heavy enough in the malts that it doesn't show too much.

Very low carbonation and a thickened body is just right for the style. It moves slowly through the mouth, allowing you to savour it.

Very nice beer, works just right on a cold evening. Many thanks to orrshow and his parents for the hook up from Alaska.

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