Mammoth Extra Stout | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
106 Ratings
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
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
50
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
14
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 50
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened at the August Baltimore BA tasting.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a layer of tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing.

Smell: This is a smokey stout with some dark chocolate and mild vanilla notes. Just a touch of sweetness here as well.

Taste: Again, I'm getting some smoke right away. Not overly sweet. Bitter roast and some mild hops. The finish is full of smoke and roast with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a rather smokey stout. I enjoyed it, but it is rather intense. I'd have another, but only if I was in the mood.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another one to try from a great brewery that I wish I could get a lot more of. Thanks to gockets (Reddit).

Pours a darker colored fizzy smaller head that fades at a slower pace, nice lacing almost everywhere, pretty much pitch black beer.

Nose brings plenty of dark malts, black patent, some roast, a bit of smoked malt as well, faint dusty cocoa and even light creamy choc, dry clean toasty stout,

Taste starts with more dark malts, thick rich bitter roasty malts, some black malt, little roast, light smoked malt, dusting of cocoa, but also a light creamy cocoa. Quite dry overall, with an earthy dusty char that also brings some bitterness. Then hops too, quite bitter spicy chewy briney spicy hops and light acrid bitter roast combine to a very bitter taste. The dark malts bring a light char acrid taste, as well as faint bready biscuit malted milk ball flavor. Finish is super dry, very bitter with acrid charred malt bitterness as well as earthy spicy bitter hops, light cocoa and acrid char with roasted coffee too.

Mouth is fuller bodied, very dry almost gritty, decent carb, touch of warming booze.

Overall ok, just too much acrid roast char bitterness and combined with the spicy earthy chewy hops just gets overbearing, and it's very hard to actually enjoy this beer because of that.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep, dark, and delicious black beer. Pours a nice beige head on the dark stuff. Quite foamy and carbonated on the tongue. A thinner body than the imperial stouts, with a distinctive dark roast and sharp tang. Just a hint of sweetness before the charred flavors and hops take over. Bitter chocolate taste and just a hint of booze.

Seems like a little much of the bitter hops on top of the burnt malt. No safe haven here. Worth a try but expensive. 22 oz bottle from Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a small, frothed, beige head.

Smell: Dark malts with notes of creamy milk, chocolate, roast, dark caramel sauce.

Taste: Dark malts with a sweetish blend of caramel, chocolate, and whole milk questionably close to the expiration date. Mild earthy bitterness. Splash of fresh coffee. Lightly sweet, chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, well-made stout. I dug it!

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber bottle, picture of a wooly mammoth on the label that is the official state fossil of Alaska. Month & week bottled date notched on the side of the label.

Appearance: Nearly pitch black with a smudged ruby tinge, healthy yet thin tan lace is cradled on top of the brew.

Smell: Espresso, unsweetened dark chocolate and mild charcoal in the aroma. Smells a bit of tart unripe berries in the nose also.

Taste: Big full in the mouth body, ample crispness to match the thick creamy and slightly crisp mouth feel. Carbonation is held tighter in the thick body. Agreeable burnt charcoal roasted malt flavour flexes on the palate to show the brawniness of an export stout. A suggestion of black currant fruitiness melds well with the acidity of the roasted malts. Malt sweetness is a strong point with the roasted taste to help the hops keep things in check. Hops are present and ready to balance with a pointed yet even bitterness, both yeast and hops lend an earthened flavour to the brew. Mild esters soon follow with a light warming and pleasurable alcohol. Roasted character dwindles to a small but noticeable coffee after taste.

Notes: A big strong footed stout, needs to be consumed at cellar temp. A stout of strength and girth with enough alcohol to keep things right. This would pair well with a molten chocolate cake.

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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 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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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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 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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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at City Beer in San Francisco. Certainly an interesting take on the style. I poured it along with chocolate cake expecting some cocoa character, but this was instead heavy on the coffee (like an earthy french roast) and black barley. The body was appropriately on the thinner side for a strong stout—just right for an extra stout. Mammoth also lacks that sugary sweetness Dragon and Lion are known for, btu frankly I prefer this take on the style to the more traditional foreign stouts. Check it out if you dig the style, just don't expect a dessert beer.

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Mammoth Extra Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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