Moscow | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed as part of our 2011 World Tour series, MOSCOW Rye Russian Imperial Stout is a hefty, opaque black liquid that pours slowly and soulfully into your snifter. A high percentage of spicy rye and roasted dark malts create a dense, chewy yet elegant winter wonderland of flavors. And from AK we say: Let it Snow…in Moscow.

Added by Rifugium on 12-31-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
280
Reviews:
64
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
58
For Trade:
5
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2.46/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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3/5  rDev -27%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of GT2. Served in a Midnight Sun goblet. Pours near black with a short mocha head. Nose has quite a bit of roast along with some ash. Strong roast and a bit of chocolate. Flavor has quite a bit of ash. Medium body. Slightly viscous. Ashy and dry. A bit bitter. Not a huge fan.

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3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Pours with no head, but then it wells up a nice mocha head. Thick mocha collar. Rebuilds with every swirl.

Smell - Chocolate. I think I smell the rye. Alcoholic and a little ashy.

Taste - A significant improvement. Fruity. Chocolatey. Some smokiness. A little bitter and sweet in the finish. Tastes like a Baltic porter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Odd body. Kinda thin. Again like a lager in the finish.

Overall - Not sold on this. All over the place. Some is good, some is bad.

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3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer from Midnight Sun. Heard great things about them. This particular beer combines two of my favorites: rye and Russian imp stouts. Big expectations for me.

Look: dark as night. Head is tan and fairly mild. Bit of bubbles.

Smell: not much on the nose. Standard roastiness, dark chocolate, little spicy rye.

Taste: bitter baker's chocolate, astringent roasted coffee, black bread, general spices. Finish is very bitter.

Mouthfeel: this is where the beer is weak. The body is airy and not thick enough. There is no enjoyable thickness that you expect with a big stout. There is an unpleasant carbonation and effervescence here as well.

Overall: disappointment. The rye didn't shine through much. The mouthfeel really overshadowed the positive qualities.

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3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a sluggish jet black which presents a nice mocha colored cap. Some good head retention leaves a good trail of bubbles around the glass and some lacing after a few moments.

S: Rather lackluster. Some soot, chocolate, booze and rye pretty much sums it up.

T: Initial taste has some soot or ash like notes as Thorpe called it with a buried dark chocolate, dark fruit, a rye presence pops but mellows out and a little booze sting which lingers on throughout the taste. Their is a big underlying roastiness throughout.

M: Full body, agressive on the palate, well carbonated. Just not much going on for me but this beer coats the palate well but i wish it were coated with better tasting notes and flavor

O: Not a bad beer, but a letdown at the pricepoint.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Poured at room temperature into a wine glass.
A - Poured a very dark brown with 2 fingers of chocolate brown head. The head was long lasting and left a nice lacing.
S - Lots of dark roasted malt smell with coffee notes. A moderate amount of hoppy notes.
T - Coffee and bitter chocolate with hints of the added rye.
M - Has a moderately heavy mouthfeel and a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - A little overbalanced on the roast with insufficient unroasted malt to balance it out. There are a lot of RIS out there. I would choose a Narwhal or Fouders Imperial stout over this given a choice.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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