Obliteration VII | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
15%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
16
For Trade:
2
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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 acurtis
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 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 largadeer
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Opaque black topped by a small but lingering tan head. Hops almost overwhelm the dark malts on the nose. Resiny, sappy, orange oil-like hop notes hover over dark chocolate and burnt bread. The palate is slightly more balanced, roasted malt and chocolate flavors are just as prominent and the citrusy, resiny hops. It's a fairly light and dry beer, sticky and bitter in the finish but not particularly obliterating. Not their best effort, but pretty good.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mothman
2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a chalice.

Pours 1 finger of head. Good retention with some new lace. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Extremely hoppy. Grassy and floral with a hint of pine. Roasted malts with some dark chocolate. Some caramel and dark fruits. Reminds me a bit of fresh darkness 2009. Extremely hoppy.

Taste: Mega roast. Roasted malts and coffee. Waayyyy too much roast. It has some hop resin bitterness. Floral and pine. Chocolate and roasted malts. Wow. Not for me.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and bitter... and then some. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends extremely bitter and roasted.

Overall, this really wasn't for me. It was extremely roasted and extremely bitter. It just wasn't good. I couldn't drink very much of this. A big letdown.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Lunch--thanks, Paul! Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pour brings forward a very dark beer that is bordering on black with a short mocha head and a few bits of spotty lacing as it begins to fall down my tulip. The nose brings forward quite a bit of roasted malt along with some chocolate and a faint presence of coffee. There's also something resembling a bit of black licorice plus a slightly hoppy component. The flavor is a bit toward that latter bitterness with a bit of astringency that I had trouble placing. I kept getting an odd bitterness, especially in the finish. Other than that, the flavor was a bit toward the plain end of the spectrum and not what I normally expect from Midnight Sun. Overall, this was drinkable enough, but not something I would seek out regularly.

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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 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 mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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 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 mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 03/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by Lunch; thanks Paul. Bottle says it was bottled

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, lime, roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and citrus hops. A slight step up from the nose, but still average.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - Not a bad stout, but not really for me. It's a hoppy stout with citrus and lime mixing with the classic chocolate and roasted malts, but I'm not a fan of the lime/citrus. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.54/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: The pour is just about black with a finger of dark brown head that displays impressive retention.

S: An incredibly hoppy aroma with floral notes at first, but quickly followed by an intense fruitiness. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit notes. A really strong roasted malt aroma with a bit of char and ash to it.

T: Surprisingly fruity in terms of the hop flavor. An amazing amount of pineapple flavor which is the best thing about this beer. Unfortunately, it's really quite harsh. Overwhelming ash flavors and a big time alcohol presence.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a harsh astringency and bitterness.

O: It has some pleasant flavors, but this is just too harsh to drink any significant amount of.

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Photo of stakem
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to jconrick1 for the opportunity to try this one. Shared with a couple of friends and poured into several snifters from a bomber.

This brew appears black in color with some faint clarity around the edges when held to the light. Some faint ruby and lighter brown hues shine through the edging. A very dark head forms looking quite creamy that fades to a thin lace and coats the wall with lace. A swirl revives the brown cap back to a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew is bright with fruity hops, pine and some minerals. It becomes lightly medicinal as the fruit scent of the hops mixes with the alcohol's fruity esters. There is plenty of citrus and spicy hops, very very bold that mixes with some roasty chocolate malt that comes across like cocoa.

The taste of this brew is absolutely oily with big brutal west coast hop resins. This brew is excessively oily with a lasting bite of hops that is herbal mixed with grass, fruits and rinds. A roasted grain backing provides minimal bitter chocolate and roasted flavors of malt. An aftertaste of pine and alcohol resides in the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is creamy and smooth upfront but gets excessively oily. The name of this beer is very appropriate, it obliterated my sense of taste. I did a double and triple take at reading this beer's label. This is not a "stout" that I would ever want to drink again. It is way too hoppy, to the point where I wonder if hop shots were used in the brewing process to exaggerate the oily hop character of this brew. As an imperial stout it is average. This brew would best be classified as an imperialized version of an American black ale.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle given to me by Steve (akbeerfiend) while visiting Anchorage. Served in a wine glass at Thai BYOB. I had this on nitro at the brewery as well. Bottle lists ABV as 8.5%.

A - A finger of off-white foam settles to a thick ring and some spotty lace. Body is black with a hint of brown at the fringes.

S - Mammoth hop presence. Herbs, dankness, and pine dominate, which is unsurprising given the hop bill. Plenty of stout flavors in there as well, with caramel, roasted and burnt malts, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, a hints of licorice and unfortunately maybe a bit of black sharpie and alcohol.

T - Flavor is a step back in my opinion. Lots of roasted and charred malts, smoke, and very little hop flavor - what's there is mostly pine in the finish. Bitter builds significantly over time and reaches palate-bruising levels.

M - Medium body seems a bit undersized, although I thought this was a bigger beer when drinking it (for some reason I thought it was 10%). Medium carbonation imparts some bubbly zest, and alcohol adds some warmth at the back of the throat. Finishes very dry.

D - I liked this better on nitro, as it blunted some of the char and chalky flavors and let the chocolate and sweet flavors come out a little more. I would have a tough time drinking 22oz of this on my own, but it's nowhere near as bad as some of the other reviewers are making it out to be. Shows how nebulous the line really is between Black DIPAs and hoppy Imperials Stouts.

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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 IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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