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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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Photo of stakem
2.78/5  rDev -23%
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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Photo of gford217
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hopburster for this bottle.

Pours pitch black with a big tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is still has some citrus hops up front, oranges especially, along with faint pine resin. There is a light roasted malt backbone, a little lighter than I was expecting. Some licorice and chocolate as well.

Taste is also hoppy up front with lots of pineapples and oranges. The background is light sweet chocolate malts, but the hops are still dominate in this one. It almost tastes like a "black IPA", if that's a real style.

The mouthfeel is certainly on the lighter side of impy stouts if that's what we're calling this. It's just about right as a black IPA. Good carbonation and very bitter with hops.

If we're going to consider this one an impy stout, then I can't say it's great as it's certainly not up to Darkness or Night Stalker as far as hoppy stouts go. But it's just a lighter, lower ABV beer, so I'd be more likely to compare it to a great black IPA. Good beer no matter the category. Judging from some of the other reviews, I'm glad this one isn't super fresh as I don't get the abrasiveness that others have mentioned.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours an opaque black with a thinner tan colored head and somewhat bubbly.

S-the nose has a fair bit of hop sweetness up front, lots of peat moss, light note of smoke, citrus hops in the back.

T-the taste is more roasty than the flavor, still has the peat, lightly smoked, fair bit of hop in the back and light citrus.

M-medium to full body, very creamy, lightly oily in the back with a hint of driness and low carbonation.

D-fairly drinkable, rather smokey, decent complexity. still fresh and well attenuated.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Holiday Wine Cellar while on vacation in San Diego. Poured a deep black color, with about a finger of brown head on top. Aromas of citrusy hops, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Medium bodied, with flavors of citrus, chocolate and roasted malt. Very similar to a black ipa (or a black ale or an india black ale or a cascadian dark ale or...whatever)

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Photo of AgentZero
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared by MasterSki, a gift given to him for successfully completing the ancient right of manhood passsage: Alaskan Rabbit Hunting.

A - Black beer, head is a touch lighter than I like in a double stout, but no real complaints on the look.

S - A hoppy stout. Roasted malts, chocolate, and molasses, with some alcohol. I'm always curious about hoppy stouts, particularly after having Night Stalker last year when it was first bottled. The hops are quite noticable, nothing subtle here.

T - Kind of a hard beer to rate taste-wise. As Hoppy Imperial Stouts is not a category, I would say the taste is merely average for a big stout, meaning I do enjoy it to a certain extent. It is quite hop forward and overly bitter. The stout notes consist primarily of roast and some cocoa. It just gets too bitter to be enjoyable, and it becomes less of a hoppy stout, and more of an overly hoppy beer with stout qualities.

M - Full bodied, a bit syrupy, lower than medium carbonation.

O - Well, it was an interesting attempt, but it just didn't go quite right. Points for trying, but it is a bit hard to drink. Midnight Sun does awesome beers, and I would't classify this as bad, although I think there is a decent percentage of people who just will not like this.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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 brotherloco
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottled 1st Week of December 2010.

Pitch black, light only makes it a couple millimeters through this one. A finger of mocha tinged foam. Lots of lacing. Looks great.

Smells very much like a Black IPA to me (Cascadian Dark Ale?). Good blend of sweet roasty malts and bright piney hop notes.

Initial taste is very well balanced roasted malt and hoppy bitterness. Middle brings on a lot more roasty malt bitterness. Not as fond of that. The finish cranks the bitterness up even more. Much like a strong coffee drink, I suppose it's a matter of taste whether you like it or not. It's not my favorite part of the beer, but I don't hate it.

Good creamy mouthfeel and mostly hidden alcohol keep things drinkable.

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Photo of Overlord
1.93/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a thick, viscous black with a deep tan head. Gorgeous beer. Shame it's so awful.

Smells like burnt, acrid hop cones with burnt malt and burnt wood and burnt charred childhood dreams. So friggin' harsh.

Taste is like to scorch my taste buds. The base of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and ... stout ... if any such ever existed, has been demolished by an overwhelming acrid mess of bitter burnt hops and scorched/kilned driftwood.

This is one horrible, bitter, charred mess of a beer. Nice thick mouthfeel, though.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black with a large, fluffy, frothy, pillowy, light cafe head. Very nice retention and a nice layer of lace. Good looking beer.

S - Sweetened coffee and sweet chocolate are strong on the nose. Roasted malt also in there. Quite hoppy with a fruity and piny aroma.

T - Strong roasted malt with some burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Bitter and resiny hop flavor. Not as fruity as the nose suggested. The hop bitterness has a huge kick at the finish.

M - Thinner side of medium body with average carbonation. Slick and smooth but I would like it to be a bit creamier and fuller.

D - A little too much bitter and resiny flavor from the hops. If there would be a bit more of that hoppy fruitiness in the flavor that would help. When paired with the strong roasted flavors it's a little much.

Notes: A little strong with the strong roasted, bitter, and resin flavors. I like the mix of hops in a big stout, but would like something other than just pine/resin from the hops. I liked it, but did not love it, and I could only see myself drinking a little of this on rare occasions.

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Photo of HeadwatersFinest
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at the brewery. Unfortunately, a very thin nitro head and the cascading effect stopped before I picked it up from the bar. Nitro is one of my first presentations, but his one fell short. It gained back some appearance points because of it's amazing lacing.

Aroma is straight up floral hops on this one. Mist be uber-fresh. Can't detect the roasty malts and sweetness I've detected in aged bottle versions.

Taste is sweeter. Some fruity hops, a strong, sweet chocolate malt, with an ashy bitterness at the end. Unfortunately I feel my pallete has been spoiled to some amazingly smooth, intense imperial stouts lately (KBS, Mokka Bomb, Abyss) and this doesn't hit what I was hoping for. The hops clash with the ashy bitterness, rather than mesh. Maybe some barrel aging would smooth this out.

Not really searching for another one of these. Just okay.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lunch brought this to a tasting recently, thanks Paul.

Beer is dark black with a thin dark tan / brown head that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and ashy, strongly roasted malts, mild coffee and sugar as well.

Beer is medium in body and has a spiciness to it that I'm interpretting to be the mixture of hops with the sweetness and the roast of the malt. Pretty hop forward stout. The hops don't play well from a bitterness stand point with the rest of the coffee bitterness. Overall it is average as a stout, nice attempt though.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.54/5  rDev -29.6%
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 Docer
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bottle a couple months ago... pulled right from my wine cooler at 12 deg. C.

- Pretty stout.. big dark bubbly mocha colored head.. larger bubbles than usual... leaves spotting and lacing all over the snifter... steady layer of foam over a jet brown brew..

- Rather fresh green grassy roasty brew.. lots of bittering pine hops, and a slight sweet cocoa syrup scent.. like a freshly opened can of hersheys syrup. Grain, oats.. biscuity.. very hoppy.

- Nice cocoa flavor, bit of roasty grain.. super bitter hops.. liking that it isn't too much of an aroma hop.. was scared a bit after reading that it has 100 ibu's... but at least that is all in the bittering. Super bitter which isn't a bad thing.. closer to an Irish stout. Light cocoa..

- A touch thin for an imperial.. slightly watery in feel, but wasn't in flavor. Somewhat drying, and also cloyingly chalky due to its bitterness.

- Quite drinkable, though not quite up to the standards that I am used to seeing from Midnight Sun. It's good, different.. but forgettable. I want to see a complex creamy 10% imperial stout. I wouldn't mind a slightly dumbed down version of this one as a regular house stout.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, yes. The old blank page. It's been a while my friend, but necessity has called me out of hiatus.

The latest installment of the obliteration series has been released, and this time Ben Johnson and the boys have shaken it up a bit. Departing from the consistent DIPA theme that the series has followed so far, they have released an imperial stout armed with a 100 IBU punch. As long as we've got triple digits up there this one fits right in with the series mantra.

Pours dark as night, opaque. Reverse cascading head settles into a large dark and foamy pillow atop the beer. Carbonation seems ample and appropriate as it always is.

The nose is loaded with big hop aroma. Citrusy pine notes fly out of the glass, sort of masking any real roasted malts in the aroma, but they lurk underneath the hops just enough to let you know they'll be apparent in the taste.

Right they were. Huge flavor. If there is one thing this beer ISN'T, it's bland. Roasted malts are vastly more apparent in the taste, and are complimented quite well by the fantastic hop bitterness. Big roasted malt, big citrusy bitterness, as you would expect having read the label. A Black IPA on steroids, but with a much fuller body, and a bit slicker on the palate as it is a bit less dry, and with a little bit more roasted malt shining through. The hop bitterness peaks right where it should on the finish. A dryness does become more apparent here. Strong flavors linger for quite some time after each sip.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Just chewy enough for the imperial stout side of things to be complimented, while maintaining enough dryness on the finish to get that DIPA like smack. Carbonation is ideal.

Drinkability is as good as one can expect out of a beer of this nature. Obviously you're not going to be buying 100 IBU imperial stouts to session at a NASCAR race, that is if you are of average intelligence, but i can easily kill a bottle (maybe more) on my own. Which for an imperial stout, or a DIPA, or a combination of the two for that matter, is of merit.

Overall an excellent concoction. Really like a massive "cascadian dark ale" (God, i hate that name) except with more body and chewiness than one would get out of a normal Black DIPA (probably why this isn't called a Black DIPA) A great idea, and a great beer. At first i was skeptical to see diversity start to peek its head into the Obliteration series, but after this, i certainly can't complain. A fine beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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 Arbitrator
1.87/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Embarrassingly enough, Tickd717 and I both brought the same beer to the tasting. This is the beer geek equivalent of wearing the same dress, I guess. We wound up opening his bottle, although the late chswimmer (RIP) shouted, "Let's do a side by side!"

A: This pours [insert poetic reference to darkness, absence of light, day becoming night, the breaking loneliness of a 14-year-old goth boy] black. Some edge translucence, but you really have to search for it. Nicely dark. What impresses me is that the head, a tan color, has great retention and substantial lace. Must be a lot of hop resins in this beer.

S: Indeed there are. Oh my god. I'm a hophead these days, but enough is enough. One sniff with closed eyes and I picture myself poking my nose into a basket full of green, leafy hop cones. The base beer is pretty much obliterated (OH! I GET IT NOW); the only roasted malt aromas I pick up seem to be from the power of suggestion. This is a horribly overhopped beer. I look around slyly and smugly, expecting the others at the tasting to grimace and agree. Instead, I see nickd717 and chswimmer grinning loopily. Dammit. I forgot. This is rare and uberhopped; how could it be poorly received?

T: Bitter, bitter, bitter. Hop flavors come through, but it's primarily bitter; leafy, green, and tea-like / astringent. God, it's so f***ing harsh. I grimace, because this beer is obliterating (YES!) my taste buds. Unlike the nose, I *can* pick up some roasted malt here. It's stronger in the finish, which carries a beautiful clash of leafy hops, bitterness, and burnt malt.

M: Insanely bitter and poorly-integrated. Painful to drink. Coats the mouth and ravages the palate; it's a good thing we had this near the end of the tasting. It only came before Goose Island Rare, which thankfully is flavorful enough to power through the damage this one caused.

D: This beer is a trainwreck in its simplicity. Jarring, clashing flavors served up in a $12 bottle. They did quite a lot wrong. I've had worse, but not a lot.

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Photo of abecall98
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Loki83 for bringing this beer.

A - pours a dark black, a swirl if cabeza fills the top of the pour. A sticky lacing coats my glass. Looks sexy.

S - faint, slightly off with varying aromas. I catch a hint of hops, a tiny roast, and then that lovely dishsoap aroma ( it's sucky, not lovely). Just off.

T - Bland. Bland. Can't say much more. There is nothing going on in this beer. It is one dimensional, if that. It tastes like water, with a tiny hint of flavor. Hey, they mask the alcohol, but mask everything. Where is my bitterness, citrus, roast, malt? What the hell?

M - I review to individual components. The mouthfeel was good. It was perfectly carbonated, mouthcoathig, and you can feel the head with the swallow (innuendo?).

D - the beer isn't bad. It isn't off-putting or nasty. However, the beer doesn't excite me. Not much making me want more.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.21/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle. Poured into DFH tulip glass a dark black/brown color with a tan head that coasters on top. Strong aroma of hops and roast in the nose along with dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel. Slightly sweet start that quickly turns to a super roasted flavor with a strong flavor of hops. I get it, I understand that this is the point of the beer but the roast and the hops are way over done and not in a good way. Lingering burnt flavor. Unfortunately, this one is bound for the drain for me.

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Photo of mothman
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
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 woosterbill
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Thanks to Chris for opening this at a tasting.

A: Absolutely opaque black body with a finger of fine chocolate-hued foam. Dark and rich.

S: Hugely hoppy, with piney and herbal notes dominating. Generically roasted malts behind. Super, super hoppy stout.

T: Rather muddled blend of dark chocolate malts and resinous, piney hops. Ridiculously dry, bitter finish. Crazy bitter, and not the best for the style.

M: Full-bodied with moderate, spiky carbonation. OK.

D: No, not really. Too bitter/astringent to be drinkable.

Notes: This was my first encounter with a Midnight Sun offering, and it was a little bit of a let-down. I love a good hoppy stout (Nightstalker is one of my all-time favorite beers), but this one really doesn't do the trick. It's too roasty for a Black IPA, too hoppy for a stout, and too astringent for a good beer.


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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a medium white head, leaving very good lace along with a solid head retention.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, nice notes of dark fruit/fig, molasses, good complexity.

T: Dark chocolate malt and roast is considerable, light bitter hint of hops. Good flavour, not a lot of complexity.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, a bit chalky at times.

D: Solid imperial stout, but nothing wowing.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled the first week of December, 2010. 8.5% ABV for this batch. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass (probably should have used a tulip - oh well). Served lightly chilled.

Opaque bistre body with a tall stand of tan soft peaks. Recedes slowly but steadily. Good retention once it settles. Thick crystaline lacing that isn't able to maintain a foothold amidst the glossy tears.

Bitter roast coffee and some fresh/pale malt notes as well. A touch of caramel, licorice (or maybe fennel pollen), and a brief blast of herbal hops in the nose.

Dark roast, balanced by some turbinado sugar and light spice. The hops contribute some bitterness, but not especially high for the style. This bleeds over with some bittersweet chocolate notes. Lightly spicy, earthy finish with black pepper and a touch of citrus and cherry pits in the finish. Fairly gentle profile really - not as bitter or hop-forward as I was expecting. Well balanced.

Velvety, medium-full bodied, with uniform moderate carbonation.

We live in an era of monster stouts, so a solid middle-weight entry like this can easily get lost in the crowd, but it is a well executed example of the style with some subtle originality. Worth a try.

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Photo of largadeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of veinless
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The spurs just beat the lakers at the buzzer - as a lakers hater I had to celebrate. Poured an opaque oily black, with lots of light tan lacy head.

Aroma is unique, with the scent quickly moving from pungent, bitter hops to toasty, coffee malt. It isn't two distinct smells, it's more like one blended up mishmash which is really nice.

Tastes initially of a rubbery (in a good way) coffee malt, then moves on to bitter hoppy astringent flavor enhanced by the slight booze heat. Finish is a blend of coffee and a hoppy dry finish - and along with the alcohol taste, combines to leave the palate absolutely parched after every sip. Not the most pleasant sensation, but I can appreciate something different.

Texture is very well balanced, with plenty of creaminess to go with a smooth fluidity. Drinkability is also actually pretty high because that parched finish makes you want to have more. Really solid offering from midnight sun, they just crank out world class beers.

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Obliteration VII from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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