Tree Hugger | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with organic spruce tips.

Added by dragonWhale on 10-18-2010

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of ccrida
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tree Hugger is pitch black with a tan head leaving Brussels style lace, a tough lighter though but nice pattern.

Smell is dark, charred malt, deep, ashy. Nice little vicks style spruce vapors gives it that fresh, vibrant snap of being deep in a pine forest on an early damp morning inhaling a cool coastal breeze.

Taste is awesome, great synergy of the spruce tips dark chocolatey malt. Really smooth and well integrated. Killer. 2 years old, it's as fresh as the AK air.

Mouthfeel is oily, slick, medium-heavy bodied. Not nearly as big as I thought it would be for such a big beer.

Drinkability pleasantly high. Great beer. Loving this. Lots of room to run. But great now.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of smerrell
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is smooth, with slight hints of chocolate in the finish. The spruce tips add a hop-like character, without the bitterness. The roasted qualities of the malts are in the aftertaste. it improves as it warms. The head doesn't stick around long.

Very drinkable, and the alcohol (the label says 12.6%) is barely noticeable.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of HopHead84
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Thanks for sharing. Snifter.

A: Deep brown with subtle reddish notes and a thick dark beige head.

S: A pleasant milk chocolate presence in the nose with faint spruce notes and a little plum. Molasses accompanies licorice and lightly roasted dark grains. There's a little pine in there as well.

T: Dark chocolate and raspberry seed and flesh with restrained spruce character. It took me one hearty belch to pinpoint what I'm tasting: raspberry red velvet cake. Pretty excellent. There's a low bitterness with earth and pine.

M: Full body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and sticky.

Overall: A damn good beer and a tasteful use of spruce.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason - thanks! Served in a 3 Floyds tasting snifter.

A - Thin tan foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and minimal lacing. Black body with a glint of brown visible at the fringes of the glass.

S - This is definitely an export stout in the mold of something like Guinness John Martin - lots of sweet chocolate, dark fruits, and caramel, with only mild roast characteristics. The green spruce aroma is present, but is deployed with a deft and delicate touch.

T - The taste takes a bit of a left turn, with roasted malts and chocolate dominating, and an unexpected red berries and licorice flavor making an appearance. There's some definite bitter spruce flavor in the finish and the herbaceous character grows mildly fatiguing after a few ounces.

M - Medium-bodied, with smooth, lower carbonation and a bit of dry wood in the finish. Alcohol doesn't really make an appearance here.

D - A fairly enjoyable beer with well-integrated spruce flavors. Hard to consume in large volumes but pretty interesting in small servings. My appreciation for the Pop Ten (err..Nine?) series has definitely grown over time.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

an outstanding overall beer maybe my favorite of the recent run of midnight sun stuff i had, but i wanted a lot more spruce in it! the pour from the bottle is gorgeous, creamy tall headed shiny black beer, relatively dense and impenetrable to light, but also extremely lively. spiderweb lace as it drinks down. in the smell and taste there is a lot of dark roast that screams fresh ground espresso beans and charred wood. hops and pine come in a little later on and in much lighter proportion. i love spruce in beer, and saw a lot of potential for it in this big burly northern stout, but the spruce is an accent flavor at best, well behind the dark grain here. it does finish with the taste of trees though, like untouched pine forest sort of thing, very alaska in its vibe even with the lighter spruce character. the base stout is of amazing quality too, its hard to argue against that, its so frothy and full bodied and sturdy, without being sweet or boozy in the least. creamy feeling and dry at the same time. awesome beer overall, although i do think adding more spruce to it would kick it up an additional notch. huge thanks to my alaska buddy for bringing this (and all the midnight sun stuff) down from alaska!!!

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a finger of dark khaki/beige head. Lacing and retention are both excellent.

Smells of bakers chocolate, roasted malt, dark berry esters.

Dark bread, bakers chocolate, roast, ash, dark berries. Finishes quite smoky.

Rich, full bodied, velvety. Mouthfeel is excellent.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Anchorage. Two years old and only 4 reviews? Opened on 5.24.12.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a good sized dark tan head that slowly fades down.

S - Mostly some subtle chocolate. Not much else.

T - Chocolate up-front, then the spruce tips come out and sub in for the hops. Pine is the closest way to describe it. Almost even minty.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Very different tasting, but very lively for a stout. Chocolate with a spruce kick.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dragonWhale
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant! As a proponent of Doug Fir tips, spruce tips, etc. in beer, I heartily approve of this message.
On tap at the Midnight Sun house, it is a deep dark brown, nearly black, with plenty of roast and spruce tips blazing through. It is definitely a bit astringent, and I can't be sure if that is from the roast or from the spruce, but nonetheless, a very tasty brew. If I were to make one, I think I'd tone down the roastiness a little bit and keep the color with some debittered. The spruce itself works really well, the beer is a bit resiny.
Spread the word along to my brew partner and he cooked up a dark doug fir saison in honor of this beer. I can't wait to try it.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by someone at a recent tasting, thanks. Beer is black and thick with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, low retention.

Aroma is roasty and a little hoppy like pine or fruity.

Beer is roasty and sweet with a fruity / spruce / pine flavors, it is odd and served side by side Moscow Rye from Midnight sun this beer loses by a lot. Not a repeat for me.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is black with a quarter inch of tan head. The aroma offers some light roast, hints of pine. Relatively light (at least compared to the other stouts we drank that day) with sufficient carbonation. Decent flavor - certainly drinkable and enjoyable. A tad sweet with some chocolate notes. Simple and straightforward.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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