3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

very good
84 Ratings
3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In this ridiculously wonderful world we've created, we make beer- one batch at a time. As the scientist in us demands, we number said batches. And while every batch of our beer is special for us – providing a fresh start on a new day, establishing an experimental opportunity, bringing together our minds and spirits, projecting our company forward – each batch also scores time.

To celebrate our 3000th batch, we present a Belgian-style Barley Wine, simply called 3,000. Luscious layers of flavor begin with barley, wheat and rye malts followed by triple-hoppping with a single varietal. Fermentation, using three distinct yeast strains, achieves complexity in character and, of course, alcohol. This special batch was transferred into red wine oak barrels for eight months to age gregariously yet gracefully. After bottle-conditioning, this exclusive beer is ready for immediate enjoyment although it can be lovingly cellared for future festivities.

As we release 3,000 in January 2013, we hoist our glasses in thankful toast to YOU – our dearest friends in beer!

20 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 12-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of yourefragile
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, thanks Joe.

Pours a dark cola brown with a bubbly, oily khaki head. Fruity Belgian yeast and red wine barrel notes complement each other in the nose, with light leather, molasses, dark malt, and tannins. Thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish that lingers with a blend tannin and leather. Flavor starts with dark malt, chocolate and sweet with a subtle transition of grape and dark fruit to a slightly tart wine barrel presence. Not much alcohol presence but too oaky. Not sure I'd care to try again but some age wouldn't hurt.

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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very dark brownish color, it was pretty hard to pick out anyother hues or highlights since it was poured/consumed in the dark next to a campfire. However, it did provide a nice tannish colored cap with decent head retention and lacing.

S: A sour oxidation like note on the nose, with some big fruits and candy notes. A little booze sting on the nostrils, It's not really overpowering or promising but it smells sweet and "fruity" so lets give it a whirl....

T: Initial tartness from some cherries, grape skins and oxidation....It's backed up by a caramel and toffee candy sugar body. Some waves of oxidation like notes appear and disappear. The finish is sweet, dry and odd with sordove a lingering tartness and booze

M: Medium body, well carbonated, easy to drink with a touch of sweetness and oxidation.

O: Not what I was expecting. Sometimes to much of a good thing can result in a mess. While this beer was not bad it was a letdown in a way. The oxidation notes on the taste smooth out after it warms and airs out.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 2.6.13
Bottle picked up at Brewpub in Anchorage

A - Pours a dark brown-ruby, looks black in the glass with a fine, two inch light brown head that lasts forever.

S - Malty and roasted, then dark fruit and red-wine, followed by some leather.

T - Roasted malt and chocolate, then lots of red wine and oak, followed by leather and vanilla.

D - Good carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Complex and deep. whoa.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Rutager
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Masterski surprised me with this a while back in a canbif box. Cheers man!!

Pours a deep burnt-orange/deep brown, over a finger of tan/creamy burnt-orange head. And at the edges, yes, I do believe ...yes!!! Roooooby tonez!!! Extra points for rooby tones. Always.

Anyhoo, nose is burnt toffee ...like the really dark part in sponge toffee, a bit of molasses, red wine and oaky vanilla, and sweet plums. Taste is brown sugar, raisins and caramel, some sweet oaky red wine. Dark malts and a touch of molasses lingers on the tongue. On the low side of full bodied, medium-low carbonation. Great stuff. Thanks again, Masterski.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffo
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been really impressed with Midnight Sun so far, so I was really happy to see a couple of these from akbeerfiend. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Belgian barleywine aged in red wine oak barrels for 8 mos.

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a two finger, looser looking, foamy tan head with great retention. Bistre brown body, almost black, with loads of active carbonation. Piles of carbonation. A thick foamy cap leaves lots of sticky lacing on the top of the glass. A nice, full, foamy cap remains leaving sheets of lacing down the glass. Calms down a bit after a while, but this one was quite much like a Belgian strong dark for sure.

SMELL: Lots of oak and red wine with a distinct tartness on the nose. Grapes and wine with light lemon and citrus notes a well. Dark bread and rye spices add a solid base to the aroma. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Red cherries and dark grapes up front, with some red wine and oak tartness as well, then some flavors of sweet toffee, leather with lots of spicy rye and more tart wine at the swallow. Big and bold aftertaste of red wine, some vanilla and leather flavors from the oak barrels, lemon sourness and tart flavors, as well as some light bitter chocolate from the dark malts as well. Quite complex with a nice, refreshing red wine tartness the whole way through. No booze at all, which is impressive. This is really complex and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, light, goes down fine and finishes somewhat dry. A touch puckering after the swallow. Decent feel, though the higher levels of carbonation just detract in the slightest, keeping this from being the blockbuster it wants to be.

OVERALL: This 13% brew went down way too easily. It is listed as a barleywine, but the red wine barrels have lended a tartness that makes it more like a strong, darker flanders ale perhaps. Except for the overly active carbonation, this is a wonderful brew with lots of complexity and happiness all over the place. Loved this one. Cheers again akbeerfiend!

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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

Massive but still a good sipper, complex but pretty approachable, strong but still manageable. Happy batch #3000, an amazing beer to add to their portfolio. Nothing but epic on the lips. Hunt this beer down.

STYLE: Belgian-style Barleywine
ABV: 13.2%

LOOK: Thick head, nearly black

SMELL: Very oaky, red wine, mildly tart, carob, dark fruit, spice, faint phenols

TASTE: Thick, slick, smooth, woody, vinous, charred wood, modest hopping, tart apple, burnt raisins, sizable alcohol, bready, caramel, very fruity, medicinal herbs, tart cherry, mild wood tannin, yeast, drying finish

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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mike for the opportunity. 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a big, frothy 3 finger dark cream colored head with excellent retention. Beer is a super dark, almost opaque mahogany. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. A superb looking beer all the way around.

Nose smells like a soured dark beer all the way around. Sour wine notes mix with caramel, toffee, brown sugar and a touch of roast. Some wet wood and burnt malt lingering in the background. Deep and aromatic. But the combination of flavors is a touch odd.

Opens with some tart fruit wine notes. Caramel and toffee sweetness linger nicely in the background and play oddly with the tart/sweet grape and cherry present. A little weird and not at all "Belgian-y". Brown sugar, more toffee, and a touch of boozy sweetness at the end. Finishes with hints of oxidized sweet purple fruit. Aftertaste of just a touch of sap hop bitterness. Very strange but I like it.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and slick with some bubbles in the mouth. Goes down smooth with a touch of booziness. Finishes messy with a lingering, sweet, filmy aftertaste. Pretty solid. Considering the huge ABV, this is very, very drinkable.

This beer is a touch odd and its certainly no M. However, I think with what is going on here, this will develop into a very interesting brew down the line. The flavor combination is very unique and although certain notes feel out of place, it has a lot of room to integrate and change. I'm glad I have a couple cellared.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jegross2
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Midnight Sun 3000 from Midnight Sun Brewing Company out of Anchorage, Alaska.

Score: 85

Bottle is from the January 2013 release. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 03/23/13.

Appearance: Pours just under a finger of tan head atop a deep brown colored body. Good lacing, above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Red wine/grapey sweetness, fruitiness, cinnamon, brown sugar, yeast, vanilla and toffee. This is a complex nose that is different (a lot more vinous) than anticipated. Hops-devoid for an American-style Barleywine. 4.25/5

Taste: The red wine aging is quite apparent on the tongue. This beer has a tangy sweet red grape flavor that has a sour-esque quality without actually being sour. Lots of fruitiness, almost like slightly funky jam in flavor. Vanilla, a little cocoa and toffee too. The flavors do not particularly integrate well, and the "tangy" red wine character really throws me off. Where are the hops (not that I think they would go well with this already messy flavor mix)? 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Not quite full-bodied, but viscous. Average carbonation level. Does not drink like a 13+% ABV beer in the least. 4/5

Overall: I am very glad I got to try this beer and am grateful that my friend could hook me up with it, but found this one to be a massive disappointment. I was expecting a much better integrated beer that was not so vinous in light of the reputation of M. I brought this beer to a group tasting, so I did not have a large enough poor to dwell on the negatives for too long, but there is a good chance that had I had a full pour that I would not have wanted to finish it. Maybe time will treat this beer well, but I am finding more and more that I do not particularly care for stouts or barleywines aged in red wine and port barrels.

Cost: $15 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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