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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 beertunes
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black, no translucence, With about 1/4 inch of dark brown head that had medium retention and good retention.

The aroma was a nicely solid roast that still didn't cover up the base grains. There was just a trace of hops in the background. On the tongue the story was pretty much the same, just more well defined and focused. The bold roast notes were solid but not overpowering.

The body was very good, solid, full and even without being heavy. Drinkability was very good for a brew of this size and strength.

Overall, a good brew that's worth seeking out.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

New Ulcerate album and an old 5ive album up for music. AWESOME!!!

This beer pours pitch black. Wonderful, creamy dark tan head that leaves nice lacing. Strong roasted chocolate malt dominates the nose. Hints of espresson, dark chocolate, and black licorice in there. Nothing groundbreaking but nice none-the-less. This is like Jennifer Aniston: all the pieces by themselves don't seem to superior, but all together the entire package is gorgeous. Flavor is a being unto itself. Roasted chocolate malt blasts you in the face. Super tangy malt and espresso just pummeling your tongue. While the aroma and pour are the latter day Aniston (more refined and less filled out), the flavor profile is early Friends era Jennifer Aniston: all filled out curves and nicely rounded. It's astonishing, really. Anyone ever see that picture of Aniston in the waterfall?? The flavor is that "WHOA!!"...It's almost an abomination of excess, but it's excellent. It's almost too much, and will be for some. The front, with all its malt fury, gives way to a middle crammed full of hop bitterness. It's really a blast furnace of flavor. I would say the flaws in here are the excessive hop bitterness and noticeable alcohol in the finish. Oh, did I mention the blue-balling price of $11.99/bomber??!! This is like Freinds-era Aniston getting to your house after a nice dinner, taking off her clothes and then saying, "you know what, I'm just gonna take a bath and go home"...WHAT!! ABV is 8.5% which is promising but not excessive. The fact that it's noticeable in the drink is a drawback.

What I like most: The crazy, almost to excess, flavor profile and the refined aroma profile.

What I like least: The crazy bitterness in the finish and the PRICE!!

Verdict: A novelty that you'll try and brag to your friends that you enjoyed it, even if you really didn't.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a jet black with good carbination and tannish head

S: Roasted malt, chocolate and cocoa in pure domination

T: Booze, toasted malt, coffee, cocoa and a light bitter aftertaste. Very tasty from start to finish

M: Bitter cocoa, booze, big body and plenty of flavor. Nice tasty, warming feel

D: Good indeed, easy to drink and the draft version really unleashed alot of muted flavors hidden in the bottle

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Photo of AwYeh
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into snifter; received via trade from ScreamForMe. Thanks Mark!

A: Pours stout black; no light passes through this one until the glass is almost finished, and the edge of the beer takes on a beautiful dark bourbon color. 1/2 finger fine, dark tan head.

S: Spruce and grapefruit hops are immediate stand outs here, even with the strong malt backbone in place. Lots of roasted malty goodness- cocoa and roasted coffee beans.

T: Initially similar to a black IPA; as it warms, it seems much more like the stout it's classified as. Hop bitterness starts things off as the taste's most prominent feature (not quite as much as 100 IBUs might lead you to believe; there's still plenty of room to taste the other flavors). Roasted malts and chocolate come out pretty strongly, with a pleasant bittersweet dark chocolate finish. Hints of coffee here and there.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation (thinner and more carbonated than most imperial stouts). Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D: The thin body and complex flavors make this easy going down. Pick it up if you get a chance!

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a Brooklyn Brewery Chalice

Perhaps the prettiest Imperial Stout I've ever seen, jet black, thick mocha colored foam and even lace as the beer comes down the glass, I can't think of anyway you could make it prettier.

Wild mix of smells, big part chocolate milk, quite a bit of dark rummy aromas, big part of it is roasted coffee aromas, a smaller part is just a bit of grapefruit and lemon peel. Nice stuff.

Starts like an Imperial Stout and finishes sort of like an IPA. Opens with chocolate, espresso a bit of rummy liquor that then gets overridden by heavy flavors of lime bitterness a bit of pineyness. Very interesting

Very smooth and oily mouth feel, medium to low carbonation, the after taste is sticky, the whole mouth gets coated with the odd convergence of the sweet, malty, dark roasted goodness of a Russian Stout and the astringent, slightly sour hop character.

This beer is a very interesting twist on one of my favorite styles, I'm quite interested to see how it ages because even though they were shooting for a hop bomb, I wonder how much better the malt character would be and what the faded hops would taste like in a year or two. I wonder how it would compare to a barleywine that is brewed with a huge quantity of hops. It should also be noted that it's hard to judge a beer like this, it's certainly not trying to be the same all of those other Russian Stouts.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this tonight at Brewforia for $15... gahh!! Beautiful brown head... 2 fingers and sits steady for probably 5 minutes until it drops back leaving very nice lacing.

The nose is seriously hoppy... no joke. Boatloads of citrus and resinous pine hops coat the inside of your nose and barely let the rich chocolate and roasty notes break through.

Flavor is very reminiscent of a thicker ... maltier (only slightly) ... Black IPA. Despite the nose, this is not obnoxiously slammed with hop bitterness... instead the hops are actually mainly mid to late on the palate and seem surprisingly restrained. Good cocoa and dark malt are held together by a nice yet minor maltiness mid palate... the hops combine with the roasted malt and make for a lingering finish..

Body seems lite for a big stout, but I have to remind myself that it is only 8.5% and not 13 like the GI stouts... nice carbonation maybe a touch too high, but it is small bubble and lends toward a pretty smooth mouthfeel... dangerously drinkable.

I would love to see one of the Obliteration series done the same way with a little bit more body and sweetness and then spiked with a spicy Belgian yeast.... hint hint hint... come on... I dare you.

I will certainly be buying more of these, but the price tag is gonna be cost prohibitive. Also, I don't think cellaring this brew is going to add anything to the overall picture. This was made hoppy and is supposed to be enjoyed hoppy. My bottles will stay in the fridge.


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Photo of NWer
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown appearance with brown coffee-like foam head. Head retains well especially considering the high alcohol content.

S - Nice aroma - coffee, coacoa, citrus.

T - IBUs 100? You would never know it. Not that it's not a hop bomb, it clearly is. But it's not overpoweringly hoppy. Malt / Hop balance makes for a totally pleasant experience. Best of both worlds carefully blended: Blurs the lines between a Stout and a Dark IPA.

M - Smooth. No dry feeling to speak of. A 100 IBU beer would normally leave me feeling numb but not this one. Some bitter notes in the aftertaste.

D - In spite of the 8.5 ABV it is not overpowering and well hidden making this a very drinkable beer.

Update 09/23/11 Just grabbed another from the cellar to see if it improved at all with a little age.
Not much. Second impression is good but not great so knocking my score down a little.

Note: Worth seeking out. Give it a try while you can if you can.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super dark with ruby highlights and a monstrous billowy head. Courtesy of Delta Airlines, where growlers fly free due to milwaukeeclassic's silver medallion status.

Scents of black anise jelly beans and some vegetative hops. There's some dirty porter here too.

Tastes like Storm King on steroids. Earthy, hoppy, and very chalky. Finishes very abrupt and drying, which leads to further drinking.

Carbonation here is through the roof. This growler traveled in luxury and arrived in ideal shape.

Thanks Duane. A nice treat indeed.

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Obliteration VII from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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