Obliteration VII | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Obliteration VIIObliteration VII

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
100 IBU

Added by BarrytheBear on 10-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 88
Photo of BierJager89
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a creamy brown head.

S: Earthy dark roast coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate in the nose.

T: Espresso, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate. Surprisingly not bitter.

M: Full bodied and quite smooth.

O: I had this about a year after it came out, and I would imagine it was supposed to be hoppy, but it wasn't. That said, it was delicious.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, cocoa, black licorice, molasses, coffee, earthy hops, vanilla, bit of dark fruit, and a bit of booze.

T - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, bitter cocoa, black licorice, molasses, roasted coffee, earth hops and some bitterness, some dark fruit, vanilla, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick with a sweet, roasted, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Nice imperial stout. Good overall balance and complexity.

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Photo of popery
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, 2/25/11. Chocolate and grapefruit pith. This is an interesting beer - you don’t come across super hoppy imperial stouts all that often - but it’s not really an enjoyable beer. The underlying stout seems really nice, but it’s almost completely overshadowed by the citric bitterness of the hops. This is more a problem for the taste; the aroma actually blends nicely and is quite nice. Mouthfeel is a bit astringent. The beer is black with a small tan head.

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Photo of woemad
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber purchased at Bottles, in Millwood, Washington, quite some time ago. According to the label, it was bottled the first week of December, but no year is mentioned. 2011? 2010(egad!)?

Poured a very dark brown of impressive viscosity, with a large, tan head that left lots of lace on the sides of a nonic pint glass. Said head took it’s time dropping.

Big, big aroma of brown sugar, raisins, coffee and tobacco. Surprising how much of a nose there is for a beer that is more than (at least) a year old.

The taste is an even match of sweet and bitter, with the bitter receeding slightly as things go on, but never going away. There’s also a nice milk chocolaty thing happening in mid-taste that lends variety and balance without becoming too sweet. According to the label, this beer has 100 IBUs, and hops don’t seem to have faded too much, with a nice, dry zap to the palate at the swallow.

The body is somewhere between medium and full, with a creamy, sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is right where it needs to be.

Although I was taken aback to see how long I’d let this bottle sit, it seems to have aged rather gracefully. I just wish I’d had one when it was fresh for the sake of comparison.

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Photo of Etan
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle sent to me by Coby. Must be going on 2 years old now (bottled near the end of 2010, I think).

A: Pours an inky jet black with a creamy light tan head. Lots of nice lacing.

S: A lot of piney hop, thick roasted malts, chocolate, citrus.

T: Sharp bite of smokey, charred bitterness. Aging yet still strong hop notes, coffee and mild caramel sweetness.

M: Thick and creamy.

O: The charred notes are a bit too harsh. I don't think any amount of age is going to calm this beer down.

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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pours almost black with some red at the edges. There is a layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet and roasty. Mild chocolate and caramel notes behind the roast. I'm also getting some hops and dark fruit.

Taste: Really roasty and quite hoppy. Caramel in the background with some dark fruit. The hops and roast get together and make the finish super bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with a medium amount of carbonation and a finish that is just a bit dry.

Overall: This was a good enough beer, really intense. I might have it again if I was given the opportunity.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red amber, appearing black in the glass. Aroma of sweet and roasted malt and hops. Hoppy start followed by light toasted malts, coffee and light fruits. Finishes astringent and bitter. Nice flavors, but the finish is not well integrated with the other flavors and the hops are not aromatic enough to counter the dry bitter finish. Decent, but not great.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice thick dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with some medium dry hops notes. Taste is a mix between some deep roasted malt with some pretty astringent hops which doesn’t make me want to drink too much of this beer. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I understand this is an experiment but not sure I am a big fan of Magnum and Warrior hops which are too astringent.

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

A: Pours black with a 1" mocha head composed of some really big bubbles. Minimal lace.

N: Dark chocolates, roasted coffee, some minor charred oak.

T: Char and ash and roast followed by wet tobacco, coca/chocolate, dark fruits, hoppy and malty.

M: Rich, creamy and thick. Bitter and dry finish.

O: Really a hopped up imp stout. Not the freshest bottle, so certainly surprised to still have it so hoppy. Interesting concoction.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle served in a Boulevard snifter glass. Split between 3 people. Last bottle and it came after CBS and BCBVS...so big shoes to fill.

A: Pours dark brownish black. One finger tight light tan bubble head. Maybe bottle conditioned? Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Tons if hops on the nose, and this is an old bottle. I have had it since early summer. Amazingly hoppy. There are some roasty notes behind all that but it mostly hops.

T: It's more like a black IPA than a stout. Not bad at all, just not what I was expecting. Nice hoppy bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Some roasty notes in the mid mouth along with chocolate and coffee notes. And it has nice crisp hop close.

M: Medium bodied. It coats but the bottle condition and light body help clear palate.

O: This is a really nice beer that I think I am grading fairly, but after the others....it didn't stand a chance. B+ or A- probably.

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

Bottled 1st week of Dec. Must have been 2010 based on when I got this bottle...

Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Poured black, body appeared medium from the pour. Half a finger of espresso coloured head formed from the pour with decent retention.

S - A big assertive hop nose up front - citrus, pine and peppery/spicy aromas accompanied the bitterness. A robust roasted malt back bone attempted to cut through the bitterness and added aromas of milk chocolate and molasses with a huge overall sweetness.

T - Bitter hops up front with big pine flavours. Some earthy notes come through from the hops as well along with a very faint citrus flavour that was much more subdued than the nose indicated. The bitterness is huge and seems to bet more noticeable with each sip. The malt bill is charred but not unpleasantly so with some sweet molasses and cocoa providing some sweetness. The finish is bitter and dry an lingers on the tongue considerably.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Rutager
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a really deep brown with a finger of foamy tan head.

Smell. Deeply roasted malts, chocolate, burnt wood, with a little molasses.

Taste. Burnt sugar, roasty malts, piney hops, dark bitter chocolate. Really bitter finish. A bit boozy.

Mouthfeel. Full body with low carbonation. Very warm.

Overall. A little too boozy and dry for me, but a decent stout for sure.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL bottle to tasting glass at a NoVA Beer Tasting on 10/23/11
*From notes

A: Dark and brooding. A decent pour yields a 1.25 finger head and moderate lacing.

S: Generous molasses, coffee and cocoa.

T: Too charry. It's like the guy roasting coffee beans fell asleep at the roaster. Just over the top - like someone scraped the bottom of a kettle and ate the burnt ends. Blech.

M: Pretty solid. Nothing to get worked up about, but it's alright I guess. No real complaints.

O: Midnight Sun's Obliteration VII was full tilt dark roast, beyond the point of enjoyment. The rest of the equation is there, but the flavor of well done coffee beans turned me off.

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

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours black, with a finger of sudsy chocolate colored head. This retains with a foamy ½ finger, staying rich around the edges, and leaving back a thick smattering of lace. The aroma smells of chocolate fudge, espresso, some ripe green citrus, and a mix of SERIOUSLY burnt roasted character and some alcohol notes across the back. Man, this has some aggressiveness in the nose.

The taste is thick with dark charred roast and a bold citric bitterness. Chocolate and caramel sweetness is present but is barely keeping things under control, as the alcohol presence here emboldens all of that roast and hops even more. The finish is just beyond aggressive, with dry char and bitter pith that stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied and fairly sharp feeling, with a hefty creaminess that sits underneath. The alcohol here isn’t stinging but does have some POWER here, with intense warmth that just blows the assertiveness of this UP!

This was one off-the-chain Imperial Stout and I for one didn’t mind one bit. It might have helped that I paired this up with some rather decadent chocolate cupcakes, which I think helped draw out more of the sweetness from this to help deal with all of the roast and bitterness, but there is no doubt that this beer has some balls on it. This is definitely a YMMV type of beer and it definitely isn’t for everyone. Vicious but delicious!

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Photo of djbreezy
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very excited. This is my first Midnight Sun beer.

appearance - dark brown, no transparency, foam at first but minor retention and lacing

smell - complex hop aromas mixed with chocolate malts

taste - roasty chocolate and mixed hop profile, pine hops, coffee, a pretty complex mix

mouthfeel - medium/full body but a bit thin for an imperial stout, slightly oily and dry

overall - a moderately complex and highly flavored brew, enjoyable

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Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a local tasting. It poured pretty close to black in color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma is very hoppy with some juicy citrus fruits coming out in it. I also get some roasty bitterness and chocolate flavors out of it as well. Aroma seems more along the lines of a pretty decent Black IPA to me.

The taste shows more of a roastier, slightly burnt flavor then the nose suggested. I get more of the roasty, bitter-sweet chocolate flavors to it up front while the herbal, bitter grapefruit like hops give it a dry, bitter finish. The hoppy and roasty flavors clash a little for me at times.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a decent beer but not a great one. The flavors just didn't come together that well for me and just didn't seem very complimentary of each other.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 to a pint glass. Bottled Dec 1, (presumably 2010)

Appearance: Chocolate brown with a 2" brown, creamy head that resides on the glass walls.

Aroma: Malty and dark fruit sweetness, plums and alcohol warmth/solvent

Flavor: Bitterness up front, followed by dark chocolate malt, and then finished up with more bitterness. Chocolate flavors are present, but not prominent. Citrus is absent and the roastiness is placed up front, though the finish contains some burnt and bitter character The more subtle flavors began to develop as the beer warmed and my palate became acclimated to the more intense bitterness.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black pour with an off white head. Absolutely no lacing or retention. The smell is really hoppy, molasses, and booze. Smells a bit like oak barrels, but I'm not sure if it was aged on them. The hops, chocolate and coffee really come thru in the taste. Deep, but not balanced that well. Hoppy and very boozy. Heavy body, carbonated well, boozy on the back. Weird tasting, not great.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Pours pitch black with 2 fingers of creamy, darker than tan foam. The retention is very good, and activity hard to determine. Thicker than patchy lacing. Good lookin.

Roasted barley and black malt are prominent at first. Digging underneath, I find a little bit of malty sweetness and similar amount of boozy heat. Not finding the hops, or much else. ... Later, finally, getting some of the green floral goodness combing through loud and clear. But the synergy is with the roasted elements isn't stellar.

Black patent and roasted barley are dominant and roughly equal, and joined by some malty sweetness. Bitterness is present but restrained from the start through the middle, but lingers after the finish. I can detect some floral and fruity hops, but it takes some effort.

Well carbonated, moderate warming, very rich and full body, high viscosity, and a mildly bitter roast finish.

Well, it is called Obliteration. So it is aptly named. There is nothing nuanced or subtle about this beer, and if it weren't called Obliteration, the occasional harshness might be more offensive. But since I was warned, I'll cut them some slack. It is not particularly balanced or complex, but the hops do somehow poke through the roasted grains that define the palate of this brew.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Great beer store.

Pours a very dark, but rather fluid black—the body is relatively light and flexible. Head is a wondrous muddle of mocha brown, forming a silky crown to the beer. Excellent sheeting, solid lacing. Looks good.

Nose is roasty and smoky, almost to excess, leavened with a spicy, struggling hop aroma, that is only noticeable as the most potent characters of pine and resin. It's actually a wacky and oddly satisfying combination.

Taste whacks you in the mouth with its dryness. Wow, instead of the smooth, creamy sweetness I expected, I get heavily roasted grains, dark coffee and even perhaps an oily hop presence on the back. Feel is so light it's almost obscene—this gives the dry, roasted bitterness free reign to run riot over the palate, leaving it ashy and black in the mouth.

Urgh. An exhausting brew to drink, but I should accept such a beating from a beer called "Obliteration". Incredibly dry, incredibly roasted and exceptionally bitter. It's a beer to respect, but hell no, it's not a beer I want to drink again in a hurry.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nicely done RIS, gotten in trade. Black hough not thick it is very smooth. Dry more like an imperial Irish stout, but with good bitter finish. Ageing did this wonders. A nice measure of chocolate, little coffee. Balance towards bitter, almost too bitter, very little malt of taste.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber shared with friends on 9/20/11.

A - Oily, black and ominous with ruby and deep royal purple hues and a foamy burnt tan crown that diminished to a thin, patchy veil and a bit of spotty lace around the glass.

S - Leafy, resinous hops abound with dark roasted malt, chocolate, tobacco and a hint of rich coffee beans. Whoa! Is this a Black IPA?! Aroma is quite earthy overall with a bold hop character.

T - Obliteration VII packs an intensely aggressive palate-wrecking bitterness. Earthy, resinous and piney hops provide an all-out assault on the tongue, while the rich malt character imparts mild astringency as well as a hint of sweetness. This is a hop bomb that is not for the faint of heart!

M - Full-bodied with a slick, oily texture and assertive bitterness on the palate resulting in a very dry finish.

D - One of the hoppiest, if not THE hoppiest, Imperial Stouts I've ever had. This was pretty awesome, in my opinion. But hey, I love American Imperial Stouts, so there you have it!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black as night with a light tan head of maybe an inch and a half across the top. This faded down to about a quarter inch but never got any lower then that. Lots of side glass lacing all over the sides as it went down. The aroma was a touch boozy, with tons of chocolate and roasted malts coming through. Almost a licorice like smell as it warms, incredible. As I take my first sip I am floored, rich vanilla and cocoa taste with a large dose of roasted malts. Tons of flavor here, with bourbon notes really coming through on this one. I am literally drooling as I write this that I dont have any left. The finish was soo smooth, and chocolate filled, it was a dessert beer to the extreme. ,one of the thickest beersI have ever run across.

Overall all, floored, this beer needs to get out more as this almost blows the category up.

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Photo of GradyS1
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black with a small half of finger head. Nice lacing that sticks around. The smell is not as bold as I had been hoping for. There is a faint smell of hops but mostly roast and malt. Small hints of chocolate, but everything is rather faint. Taste is pretty good, there is definitely chocolate up front, coffee and malts. Hops are present in the finish. Smooth on the tongue at the start, full bodied, finish with slight carbonation tingle

Overall, I was hoping for a little more from midnight sun judged on the stouts and others that I have had in the obliteration series. Still a nice stout with a hop twist to it.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bullzeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate. I don't get much alcohol or other notes in the aroma. The flavor is similar. I get a ton of chocolate notes as well as some roasted malt and some piney hops, Low bitterness. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Obliteration VII from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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