BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

BREWtality - Espresso Black BierBREWtality - Espresso Black Bier
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Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Ranked #3
Ranked #5,359
4.13 | pDev: 9.44%
Feb 19, 2022
Mar 01, 2009
BREWtality - Espresso Black BierBREWtality - Espresso Black Bier
Notes: Combining jet black color with incredibly smooth texture and decadent coffee flavor, BREWTALITY breaks the expectations of both rich espresso and dark beer to create a whole 'nuther beast. While brutal in alcoholic strength, this biggie beautifully showcases its roasted malt and coffee flavors without bringing on bitterness and bite. This is the first of two lagers in the series.

17 IBU
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Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Feb 19, 2022
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 24, 2020
Rated: 3.82 by Nunya from Ohio

May 19, 2019
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Rated by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Looks like from other reviews that this one is polarizing. It was a partial drain pour for me unfortunately. Love these folks stout program though.
Apr 20, 2019
Rated: 4 by user785335 from Florida

Mar 24, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 11, 2018
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

May 13, 2018
Rated: 4.01 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Mar 26, 2018
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
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Reviewed by braker649er from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass. Very good and smooth. However--a lot sweeter than I anticipated. Yes, coffee, but not that much compared to other beers, and also a lot of vanilla on the scent and the flavor. Interesting this was on a clean lager base and black beer. Definitely hid the 9.7% ABV. Just too sweet for me, but clearly still flavorful and a well-made beer.
Nov 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The appearance well, all I have to say you’ll never see any Schwarzbier that pours a smoother jet black color than this beer, holy smoothness - pure black, awesome one finger white to off white - maybe somewhat of a tan colored head, no lacing whatsoever. The smell had a dark and very roasty espresso up front, some light milky chocolate does come out eventually. The taste was smooth espresso and milk chocolate flavoring that pierces the taste buds in a fine sort of way; smooth espresso aftertaste, dry espresso/chocolate finish. On the palate, this wants to be somewhat light, but due to the ABV and the darkness of it - I wanna say it actually sits pretty "medium" on the mouth. I say awesome try to Midnight Sun to try to make a somewhat sessionable Schwarzbier of that ABV, but this does hit ya after a while - this beast does show its strength - don’t think this is any "kitten." Carbonation - wow exceptionally smooth - boy oh boy, personally I don’t think I’ve ever tried any Schwarzbier this smooth if I ever find any Schwarzbier so smooth I will definitely seek this one just to compare. Overall, Schwarzbier, this is a Schwarzbier, and a really nice one.
Jun 06, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by rarigney from Washington

May 21, 2017
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Rated by rkarimi from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Feb 13, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Feb 02, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by Rick778 from California

Nov 03, 2016
Rated: 4.2 by Bubbawilly88 from California

Oct 10, 2016
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Reviewed by ricke49 from Oregon

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Midnight Sun is an absolute gem in the frozen north. Their Brewtality perfectly meshes stout with expresso, to provide a smooth, very tasty brew. Coffee is restrained while the imperial stout aspects predominant. At sub 10% Abv this brew provides a nice option to high alcohol imperial stouts.
Oct 07, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by crob3888 from California

Aug 28, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Houser from Pennsylvania

Aug 21, 2016
Rated: 4 by AlvinLin from New York

Jul 21, 2016
Rated: 4.57 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Jun 08, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Jun 07, 2016
Rated: 4 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania

Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 4.43 by shelby415 from Oregon

Mar 28, 2016
Rated: 3.62 by mothman from Minnesota

Feb 27, 2016
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pokal glass

This beer pours black, almost stout-like. It is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves some lacing.

The smell has some coffee and anise aromas.

The taste is exactly like the smell. I get some coffee, but anise seems to rule the day.

Full mouthfeel

This is one of the most flavorful lager that I have ever had. I bought it a little over a year ago. I should have definitely drank it sooner to enjoy the coffee more, but it is still fantastic.
Jan 25, 2016
Rated: 4 by twelveinches from Washington

Dec 10, 2015
Rated: 3.37 by kmanjohnson from California

Dec 06, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by Kevinpitts from Illinois

Sep 04, 2015
Rated: 3.56 by nmann08 from Virginia

Aug 20, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by DaveHack from Pennsylvania

Aug 20, 2015
Rated: 4 by greenspointexas from Texas

Aug 09, 2015
Rated: 4.08 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Jul 16, 2015
Rated: 4.27 by South2NW from Oregon

Jul 02, 2015
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Reviewed by VashonGuy from Washington

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I was surprised by this beer. I was expecting, based on description and reviews, a strong coffee ale ... well, a strong coffee lager, that is.

What I tasted instead was something fairly sweet, chocolatey or molasses, with a bit of coffee if you looked for it. The sweetness overtakes and dominates the espresso too much.

I usually don't put sugar in my coffee or my lattes, so the sweet aspect didn't work for me.

The beer looks good, smells good, and it is pretty good overall. Just not quite to my taste, and not comparable to other coffee beers I've had.
Jun 21, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by exl_90 from Texas

Jun 02, 2015
Rated: 4.53 by macesq from California

May 21, 2015
Rated: 3.82 by MrDave from California

May 11, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by Mikexw from New York

Apr 30, 2015
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Reviewed by SierraFlight from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into tulip. Part of duct tape surprise bottle share at Beachwood. Very dark, nearly opaque brown body with a half-finger tan head that leaves patchy lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa. Taste is slightly sweet initially with molasses and dark fruit flavors then an espresso roast bitterness follows. Medium-full body, sticky and thick texture, soft carbonation, and a dry, bitter finish.
Feb 28, 2015
BREWtality - Espresso Black Bier from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 214 ratings