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

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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark with a super dark tan head, thick and creamy.

Smell is super dank and deep dark malts, nice roast, chocolate. Really grows in appeal as it warms, without getting too sweet, extracty. Maybe a flutter of lactose, but if so, it's executed with a deft hand.

Taste is also super rich and chocolatey, this is a really nice RIS. The rye provides a really nice touch of spice. The roast is not overly strong, but lingers very pleasantly.

Mouthfeel is super thick, creamy and soft, like an RIS milkshake. The extreme viscosity is well served here.

Drinkability is very god. It's an excellent RIS, with the rye providing a nice little punch of extra. Do I want another? Hell yes. Today? No way. And that's alright.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a midnight sun snifter.

a - brew poured a majestic rich black from the bottle...settled as deep shiny black in the glass with a reasonable foamy dark tan chocolate head. head was gone relatively quickly and left streaky lacing. looks fairly thick. coats the glass with beer when i tilt it for a swig.

s - dark black malts and a glazing of rye. dark chocolate. thickness.

t - thick and lush black malts with rye to give it an almost RIS with straw kind of vibe. dark fruit and chocolate with a nice serving of grain. the rye kind of makes it feel like an oxidized hop.

m - a meal in a glass. fairly thick and might be a bit of a chore to tackle this on my own, but i'm down with this item on the honey do list.

o - overall, a very solid beer from midnight sun. the rye is an interesting twist. i do dig rye beers quite a bit, but in a RIS...is interesting. really good RIS and worth checking out.

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Photo of Gmann
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a dense reddish brown head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is quite meaty with plenty of soy notes. Molasses provides a deep sweet aroma. A subtle hint of smoke and charred wood. A dark berry sweet sour note as well. Very nice deep aroma.

Big roast flavor with notes of burnt coffee. Scorched caramel and molasses and perhaps a touch of vanilla. Plum and carob provide a sweet and sour note. Not much smoke in the flavor but still quite woody. Light anise. Big RIS flavors.

The feel is thick with soft carbonation so it has a smooth feel. Sweet and bitter on the palate. Sticky and chewy in the finish.

Very good stout. Big and bold and what an imperial stout should be.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottles of this from Masterski and claaark13. Love this brewery and especially love their stout beer. Thanks heaps for the bottles of this stuff gents!

From a bomber into a snifter
2011 World Tour Series (see edit below)
Imperial Stout brewed with Rye

APPEARANCE: Pours out thick black, sludgy and syrupy, and yields a small, tight, creamy, dark mocha head that fades to a faint wisp and ring. Pitch black body, thick and viscous, with no carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving nice lacing down the glass. Head could be a little more persistent, but this is a thick, viscous, meanacing looking imperial stout. This is how the style should look. Take note beerworld.

SMELL: Nice nose with lots of roasted malts, dark, pure chocolste, as well as some coffee. More than this, however, a good dose of burnt, charred malts steal the show. This is a very bold, burnt stout. Love it.

TASTE: Very flavorful, with lots of burnt, charred, and roasted malt up front, as well as some pure chocolate in there as well. A hint of sweet cream at the swallow, then a huge and relentless finish of burnt and charred flavors, lots of pure, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt espresso beans, and tobacco. Very flavorful and plenty of charred, burnt malts, much like some European examples of the style. Might be somewhat too burnt for some people, but this one is right up my alley.

PALATE: Full body with modest levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Just a touch of heat lingers on thise one. Very full, creamy, viscous, with just the right amount of heat. Just awesome.

OVERALL: This might be the best beer of the year for me. It's really European in its flavor profile, with charred, burnt malt aromas and flavors that rival any big De Molen or Mikkeller imperial stout. The quality that brings this one to the next level, however, is the feel, which is thicker, creamier and more viscous than its European cousins. This is one hell of a beer and I'd love to see it come out again, or even put in barrels some day. Thanks heaps for this stuff guys, and anyone who knows me, don't be afraid to drop one in my lap. This really is a world class beer. Highly recommended.

EDIT: Drank a batch two against the original 2011 batch one last night (5 Feb 2014) and they were both fantastic. The 2011 is bolder, slightly more charred with a hint more bitter chocolate than the newer batch, but both are world class. Even after all this time, I still think batch one deserves the 4.88 I originally gave it.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours like motor oil. Black as a Kardashian heart and thick as hell. A dense milk chocolate colored head wells up immediately, leaving a beautiful, dense blanket of tight bubbles. This might be the darkest head I've ever seen. This beer means business.

S: Big and roasty aroma. Wet earth, charred wood, peat, espresso and some faint milk chocolate sweetness. Liking it.

T: A big pop in the mouth of roasted and charred malt right away. Burnt oak, a quick hit of smoke, and some charred espresso. So much roastiness and it is awesome. There's just a touch of spiciness from the rye as well as a respite from the roasted flavors in a flash of milk chocolate and molasses. Finish brings some dark coffee grounds and a lingering note of rye. The mouthfeel is near perfect. It's dense as hell, with an almost milkshake like consistency, coating every inch of your mouth with roasty awesomeness. I've had stouts far higher in ABV, but this mouthfeel is up there with the thickest of them. Amazing stuff.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks dunt!

A - Pours black, very thin tan-colored head, thin collar.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, ash, roast, light char. This is very bitter and roasty/ashy, light rye.

T - Similar to the nose with perhaps even more ash/char, which is a bit off-putting. There's a distinct dark chocolate bitterness to go with the previously mentioned ash/char and some light roast. Alcohol is pretty boozy. Finish is bitter char and roast.

M - Full body, light carbonation, creamy dry finish.

O - One of the least impressive stouts from MS, which is mixed in with the likes of Bar Fly and Berserker. Those are tough stouts to go up against, and this one falls short of those. That said, it's still a decent stout but could use some more time in the bottle to mellow out a bit.

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Photo of harrymel
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2013 release.

This is black with a broken sheet of toasted graham foam. When I first cracked this beer and took a whiff off the bottle, it smelled great. Now that I've poured the beer and let it breath for a few minutes, we have chocolate banana oatmeal. There's some molasses and booze there too, a touch of spiced grains and warm milk. Flavor is sweet, roasted, some metal, some oats, plenty of cocoa and burnt toast, maybe a touch of coconut as it warms. Medium on full bodied with really low carbonation - this all comes together beautifully; honestly a really, really fine body and feel with a wet finish. I'm kinda torn on this beer, on one hand I really dig it, on the other, I think it's an absolute strikeout for the style. Fuck it, grading to taste.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
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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Photo of Kendo
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The bottle is not dated in any way. I believe I purchased this about 4-6 months ago, so I'm guessing it's the 2012 edition. Paid $12.49 for the 22 oz bottle.

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass, slightly aggressively. A slow-forming but thick, chocolate milkshake-type head settles on top - and then stays there. Eventually it settles, leaving a curtain of brown lacing on the glass. It's a nice looking beer at this point. . . .

S: Some chocolate, some spice, some alcohol - and a sense of "old" beer, suggesting oxidation has begun.

T: Interesting mix of sweet and burnt. Some molasses, roasted barley malt and charcoal. Heat from alcohol is felt in the belly. Lingering taste of ash in the aftertaste is not entirely pleasant. A bit of a metallic taste shows up in the aftertaste at times as well.

M: Slick, but not thick enough to be syrupy. Carbonation is nearly non-existent.

O: Not impressed with this one. Too sweet, too ashy, the feel is too slick.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

22oz bottle from BeerShip.com. No bottling date but this was an early 2014 release. Served in a goblet.

Pours midnight black with a three and a half finger cap of deep mocha foam. Maintains about an slight layer of head which ocassionally deposits flecks of dark lacing.

Huge dose of rye on the nose. Followed by cocoa, dark fruit and burnt sugar.

The sharply spicy rye remains at the forefront in the flavor. It's near-dominant but there are plenty of rich, traditional Russian imperial stout flavors as well- bitter bakers cocoa, black coffee, smoked bark, dark fruit skins, earthy herbal roots, dark roasted malt, burnt caramel, dirt and a healthy kick of booze. Spicy, sweet, bitter, boozey and rich all at once.

Creamy, full body with moderate carbonation. Finishes rather bitter and spicy with notes of rye, dark chocolate, burnt coffee and biting alcohol.

Moscow is a solid tale on the Russian imperial stout. The copious rye adds a new dimension of spice and bitterness to balance all the sweet malts.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pitch black and dense; milky chocolate head dissipates quickly, leaving just a trace behind

S: lots of dark roasted malt aromas, suggesting ice cold, black, bitter coffee; sweeter hints of molasses

T: rich, roasty, drenched in wet dark bittersweet malt, drier wood and oak flavors, perhaps something like anise; what I presume to be the rye creates a deeper level with some chewy grain and earthy/herbal seasonings/spices; sugars wash in up front and then fade out, dry and mellow

M: dense, heavy creamy, full-bodied, no palpable carbonation, smooth and slightly coating, dark bittersweet aftertaste

O: warmed impressively - nice, mellow and smooth; bitters are dark and shadowy; the rye and perhaps whatever hops are used create a savory/medicinal component (and perhaps the abv shows a bit, too) - almost like a dark malt tonic - a very nice interpretation of the style.

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Photo of farrago
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At first pour the head is thin but then it just slowly escalates close to three fingers in the glass so watch out when you pour, dense, looks like a dark brown murky pond, the lacing is thin and long yet sticks very well. The liquid is the predictable blackest of black, no discernible color and no visible bubbles. The nose is heavy and sluggish, big emphasis on that rye as well as dark chocolate, coffee, milk and toffee crisp, semi-muted plum, fig, date, raisin fruit scents, its relative lack of roastiness allows a floral dimension to bloom, orange zest too, not that complex. Full-bodied, super-creamy texture, however, the booziness adds bite and unsettles overall smoothness. Rum raisin ice cream, chocolate, coffee, the alcohol brings out butterscotch, caramel tones. More roast here, perhaps the rye factors in although on the taste scale it is not dominant. Tar, earth, asphalt as well as dampened campfire smokiness. Light ginger spice and orange citrus, as in the nose it’s all about the rich maltiness. The carbonation has minimal prickle, just helps build that creamy texture. Lingers very nicely, turning pleasingly bitter at the end rather than reaching for maximal sweetness. Drinkable, powerful, just too monochrome to be a benchmark beer.

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Photo of draheim
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a deep, dark, oily pitch black w/ a 1-finger reddish brown head that sticks around, settling to a nice cap of foam.

Aroma is chocolate/cocoa, deep bitter roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses.

Taste is likewise a complex blend of dry cocoa, roasty malt, and bitter chocolate. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating, viscous, but still somehow manages a semi-dry finish.

Overall a really outstanding RIS, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of vkv822
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz : Teku

Opaque black, with a thin, bubbly brown head.

Big, cocoa and roast malt notes, faint dark fruit and a rye spice backing.

Taste follows the nose, with a slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

Creamy, lightly viscous body, mild foamy carbonation.

A very well done RIS. The rye adds an extra, subtle touch towards the finish of an already tasty base beer.

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Photo of ksimons
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-thick almost black pour with a fingers worth of dark tan head that leaves a ring around the top

S-rich malt, roasted dark coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and a bit of spicy rye

T-roasted malt, spicy rye, roasted espresso, dark chocolate. Alcohol gives a slight warming, but the 11% is very well hidden.

M-full body, light to medium carbonation, dry roasted, slight burnt aftertaste

Overall very flavorful RIS with a very nice rich body. Would happily drink this again.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 12 oz glass.

A- Pours pitch black with a 1 finger brown head. Minimal lacing around the edge of the glass.

S- Chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits.

T- Heavy roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate and some coffee.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Slightly dry feel but drinks well for 11%.

O- Very solid RIS. Nice heavy roast stout with some dark fruit notes.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Aoppearance: Opaque black body with a heavy dark tan head in the beginning settling quick. It was originally over a finger's length. Looks stunning.

Smell: Strong coffee and dose of vanilla bean. Very strong...the kind of stick aroma that stays with you for a while. /

Taste: Coffee beans that feel more like a full effect hit of espresso. A sweet bitterness to it...you can taste molasses and a pinch of a unique sourness to it that becomes pretty addicting. Complex?, yes it is!

Mouth: Medium body with mocha finish. Sticky and hard to judge but the minimum rating is at least four and a quarter.

Overall: Raw quality beer, Midnight Sun Brewing has established itself in it's own class with the last couple of brews I have had from them. This brew is at the top of the food chain when compared to others, if I see it again I would definitely grab another bottle. Salud!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg, thanks Matt! This is a 2011 bottling.

The pour is very viscous and thick looking, jet black with very little tan head.

The smell is very roasty, some nice fudge sweetness and molasses as well. Anise like notes as well. Pillowy almond and alcohol.

The taste is ok, has nice roast to it and a decent amount of malt to back it up. But overall seems like the flavor is a little thinner than I had hoped, it seems to have very little going on mid palate. Rye is fine but maybe a littl much. Definite coffee bitters at the finish. Some cream flavor to sweeten it up.

The feel is decent, thinner than most imperial stouts, but semi coating overall.

A good but not great imperial stout.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a slender amount of head which looks to have okay retention. The head is a very dark beige with dark umber and hints of purple, almost gritty looking. The body is a opaque and dark chocolate black.

Nose- A bit muted for an Imperial stout but still quite nice. Not much difference from the bottle to the glass. There was a slight bit of formic acid, deep bittersweet chocolate with a slight vinosity on the initial sniff from the bottle but now it's pretty much the same as the glass: milk chocolate, cocoa, cream, and malted milk balls. If I didn't know better, I would think this was a milk stout.

Taste- Starts off with a hint of the nose (some chocolate, cream, cocoa) but the rye and coffee with roasted malts start to take over. Definite spice from the rye with some woodiness on the backend. Slight sweetness starts to peak out, think raisins. Lots of bittersweet chocolate. More cream starts to rise while the woodiness begins to fade. This is pretty much all about the bittersweet chocolate and coffee of the middle with some rye on the end. The rye gives this some breadiness with a slight sour quality. I wish there were more and while this is a pretty solid beer, it's average for an Imperial stout in my opinion. Covers the basics but doesn't branch out to show different flavors and nuances. The raisin aspect is a little cloying and sours on the linger a bit. While the complexity might be lacking, this does mellow out to be a quite enjoyable and balanced beer. It still reminds me of a milk stout in ways. Also, I get not hint of the alcohol at all. In between good and really good at this point.

Mouthfeel- Between medium and heavy bodied. Some smoothness but it's somewhat canceled out by some over-carbonation. It's not too bad but it does become noticeable at points.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing- no hint of heat anywhere. It would be dangerous if it were a little more complex but it's still a pretty good beer. Around 11 bucks is pretty solid but I'd probably look around for something else at that price. Ten Fidy maybe? The rye isn't enough of a distinguishing characteristic in this beer.

Overall- Good to pretty good beer, closer to pretty good. Solid and enjoyable Imperial that needs to express more rye. It would be interesting to try this beer aged in rye barrels. Definitely worth a try and just needs a few tweaks to get close to great. Probably wouldn't purchase again though. But you never know.

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Photo of Treebs
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Tnudish for this rare Midnight Sun tick. 22 oz. bottle served in a Portsmouth tulip.

A: Pours a dark dark black. Did I mention it's dark? Light wouldn't even go through a thimble of this stuff. A very deep brown head forms on the pour and it recedes to a thick dark ring that leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Light rye spice up front with toasted malts, raisins and figs and deep dark chocolate.

T: Nice rye and wheaty spice up front with heavily roasted malts, some anise, and heavy dark fruit with raisins and fig in the mid palate. As it warms more of the dark chocolate comes out with just the slightest bit of char as well.

M: Heavy and chewy with an oily and viscous mouthfeel. The carbonation is medium to low, but it has enough to keep you the beer interesting on the palate.

O: This beer was delicious. Heavy and viscous just like an IRS should be with a incredibly complex flavor profile. I really enjoyed this beer and would drink it regularly if it wasn't so rare! Chalk up another winner to MS.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky, oily black with a smudge of short lived chocolaty looking head. Somehow there is still quite a bit of lacing stuck to the tulip as I head for the home stretch. Not the faintest bit of light penetrates it when backlit.

I was underwhelmed with the aroma when I first poured it, but it improved. Still not amazing, but good and respectable. I am mostly getting cost, licorice/molasses, and some booze. I'm not getting caramel exactly, but there is some sort of malty sweetness in the background. And there is something else that is less familiar and hard to identify. Could it be the rye? But what is there, whatever it is, is balanced nicely and is plenty potent after warming.

Rich malty sweetness some sort of bitterness from either hops or roast or both, a bit of booze, and a molasses/licorice influence. The elements play well together. This is a really good, very smooth RIS. I'm glad I had my friend score me more than a couple when he was in Anchorage.

Modest but adequate carbonation, rich full body, medium viscosity, and a roasty finish.

Yum. Good. My first go at this one, so perhaps I'll change my opinion, but it strikes me as just a wee nip below the elite of the elite. The "Russian" part of the Imperial Stout comes through loud and clear, and it didn't make any claims about using coffee, chocolate, bourbon barrel or any such thing. So it seems they have pretty much hit their target here. I'm satisfied, and glad I have several more for the future.

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Photo of cvm4
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours really thick, motor oil, with a really brown espresso head and tight bubbles.

S - The rye is the star of the show as well as dark chocolate and light roasted malts.

T - The taste follows the nose to me with may'be a little bit of sweetness to it.

M - Medium to full bodied, not one of the heavier stouts I've had. The carbonation is a little too high and prickly for me.

O - It's a solid rye stout and it shines through. But, a bit messy in execution.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip
Thanks to Nicks6217 for the bottle

A-- Poured black. Ink black, motor oil black, whatever, it was black as heck. Under a half inch of dark chocolate head. Great retention for what was there as a layer of film stuck around through drinking. Lots of lacing and a thick oily substance left through drinking. Great looking and evil looking at the same time.

S-- A bit nondescript at first. Soft roast, burnt tires, dry chcolate and molasses. Once it warmed up a lot got some spiciness from the rye. Very dry nose.

T-- Lots of roast, chocolate, molasses, big dark fruits, burnt tires, char and ash. Just not as oppressive as European RIS can be. Far more restrained in that aspect.

M-- Thick, rich, and dry. Quite dry. Just enough carbonation to carry this and do it well. Full on body but just enough touches of sweetness to make this work. Like a big, massive wine in a lot of ways. Alcohol is well hidden and I guess the best comparison is some of the DeMolen stouts out there.

O-- Dry as heck RIS. If you like sweet RIS then do not try to get this. Full on and big but it works as the dryness really helps this. More like a European RIS but not the massive char and ash that Mikkeller or DeMolen have. Big sipper and excellent beer. Very different US style stout

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Photo of _RL_
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent, thick, oily pour. Not a ton on the nose. Some earthiness and roastiness on the nose but quite subtle. The taste is faint - not overpowering or boozy at all and the weak point in the beer, mostly roast/burned flavor. The mouthfeel is excellent - thick and chewy. Only thicker beer I've had is Assassin.

Exceptionally smooth, especially for the ABV. Wish this was stuck in some kind of barrel as some bourbon, oak, cognac, etc. could really take this beer to the next level.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours flat black into the glass and forms a medium sized mocha head. Dark streaks slowly descend after a quick swish around the glass, lively body.

S - Big charred roast and chocolate malts along with smoke and spicy rye.

T - Smoke and roast bring out some big char characteristics. Rye comes out toward the middle and rides to the charred finish. Not acrid or overly bitter but dominated by the char. Nice flavors but somewhat one dimensional.

M - Big thick, chewy feel with medium carbonation for the style. Feels nice

O - Good RIS from Midnight Sun, would be a great winter time sipper. Kind of one dimensional, some sweetness wouldn't hurt it at all.

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