Obliteration VII | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Obliteration VIIObliteration VII

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

Style: American 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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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 57
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%
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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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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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3.33/5  rDev -8%
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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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
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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3.73/5  rDev +3%
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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Obliteration VII from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 88 ratings