Modern Romance | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Modern RomanceModern Romance

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In an exciting collaboration, Midnight Sun and Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge—a local artisan chocolatier—designed and brewed a very special dark ale that celebrates our strengths—and weaknesses: sensuous chocolate, warm spice, fiery chili, provocative character and amorous mood.

Raw cacao powder and roasted cacao nibs add an earthy element. But every romance needs some spark. Modern Dwellers’ signature Mayan Spice blend provides sultry, lingering heat that seduces the sweetness of the malts.

37 IBU

Added by largadeer on 05-22-2014

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by ccrida:
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3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is cola dark brown with a small spritzy collar, light tan. No lace. Suspect label.

Smell is chocolate, bakers, a little diacetyl.

Taste is chocolatey, but dry, not sweet chocolate, again, bakers. There some faint heat, no vegetable pepper flavor, which I am happy to do without. Mostly on the back of the throat. I thought it would be richer.

Mouthfeel is medium+, not as thick as it looks or I expected. A little still, definitely lacking the classic MSBC mouthfeel, perhaps the cocoa fats are killing it.

Drinkability is ok, this is a solid "mole" style brew. I have to say at first I was thinking it was a little understated, but this actually has some elegance, and therefore, high drinkability (relative to the style).

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Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of cfadams17
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BenGap
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with some cola highlights. Overall smell pocks up some chocolate but the taste doesnt quite deliver with a short burst of malt and chocolate quickly giving way to a strong alcohol burn. Just not quite my style of beer so take this rating for what its worth.

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Photo of PretzelCity
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of AirborneBeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Rutager
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a nice brownish foamy head. Aroma of roasted malt with some cacao notes is pleasant. Taste is also dominated by some roasted malt with cacao notes and some musty notes that are also noticeable. The chili notes are very hard to distinguish which is somewhat of a letdown. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but not necessarily great either with the chilies notes not coming through strong enough.

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Photo of itracy63
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, a bit of a gusher at first, with only slight residual foam in glass and slight slippery lacing. Aroma of dark biscuit malt, chocolate and a little chili burn. Flavor starts with biscuit malt, Mexican chocolate with cinnamon, then a chili burn quickly builds to a fairly hot level, similar to a chili ale, Finishes malty and chocolatey, but the lingering chili burn is the dominant remaining flavor. Medium bodied with slight creaminess. The malt body is more similar to an old ale than a Belgian, with nice dry biscuit character and the chocolate tastes very close to traditionally spiced Mexican chocolate. The chili is bit high here, would not be out of place in a chili beer, but does detract a little from the chocolate flavors, which would be worth savoring. Interesting and hot, I guess like a good romance, but perhaps to hot for an old guy like me to handle. Except for a slightly heavy hand on the chili, very nicely balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of campfirebrew
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mtomlins
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.
Thanks to iguenard for the bottle!

Pours dark black, with a small mocha head and a bit of lacing. The nose is dominated by dark roasted malt, bitter, burnt coffee. On the palate, it tastes of dark roasted malt, cocoa nibs, espresso; it is dry and a little bitter/burntand a bit of hot alcohol. It has a full mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar. Upon closer inspection, the sides of the glass are dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short light beige head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste has initial flavors of dark fruits along with hints of chocolate. It finishes with strong flavors of spicy chili peppers; these intensify as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The chili peppers lend heat to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer starts out innocently, but once it starts warming up the spiciness and heat from the chili peppers really start kicking in.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nitro, love the spice and the smoothness. A strong ale version of a world class spiced stout like Abraxas

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Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of probert
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 303beer
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dirty thick brown black. Has a thin tan head. The nose is of spice and cocoa powder. The taste upfront is chocolate but very quickly gets spicy. A awhile later the taste of chocolate and pepper merge. I'm not a fan of peppers in beer but I like this brewery enough that I tryed this. It is the best pepper beer I have had although this style of beer is an acquired taste.

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Photo of JoeyStats707
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Modern Romance from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 77 ratings