Midnight Sun / Black Raven Sun Of A Beak | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Midnight Sun / Black Raven Sun Of A BeakMidnight Sun / Black Raven Sun Of A Beak

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Porter brewed with birch syrup, molasses and toasted coconut, aged in bourbon oak barrels.

Added by OakedCanuck on 05-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, thanks to hoppypocket for the trade!

This beer pours a rather opaque, russet brown-tinged black, with basic basal cola highlights, and a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and bloated marshmallow beige head, which leaves an array of approaching Space Invaders lace around the glass as it genially dissolves.

It smells of moderately toasted, grainy pale and caramel malts, weak cocoa, understated woody maple syrup, pithy coconut husk, vanilla, wood plank, and softly alcoholic Bourbon notes, subdued brown sugar, and an unaccounted for hoppy bitterness. The taste is more grainy, red wine-tinted caramel malt, a certain sotted breadiness, innocuous fleshy coconut, a mild smokiness, with very subtle bourbon booze overtones, plain molasses, and softly weedy, earthy hops rounding things out.

The carbonation is fairly fizzy, in a somewhat overwrought, pervasive manner (rather bottle-conditioned in nature, IMHO), the body a steady medium weight, no less, and no more, with an appropriately negated smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt, multifaceted brown sugar essences, lingering pithy coconut, and woody vanillan notes facing little that says otherwise.

Once again, just because you toss a whole shitload of disparate ingredients into the process, doesn't guarantee success, and that is duly evident here - as an overarching sour element kind of takes a good deal of the potential fun out of this offering. So, despite all the wood syrup, coconut, and Kentucky's finest (?) wood, is this porter really all that better off? Hard to say, but I'm going to say no, even though I've not yet sampled the underlying beer itself.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shard a bottle with my wife. I pulled this from my cellar fride. Upon inspection both my wife and I agreed this needed to warm u

The appearance of this beer is black with a dense head with a nice lace. The bubbles are small and plentiful.

The nose is complex to start. The nose is classic imperial stout/baltic porter. There is a big chocolate coconut and vanilla. The bourbon is present but very much a back seat, nice to see among most overly burboned beers

The taste starts sweet and moves to a chocolate and coconut and an almost earthth berry much like raisin.

Overall I ike this beer not for everyday but very nice A dry imperial stout meets a dessert stout

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Bottle to snifter.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black with a thin layer of light brown head that immediately reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Sweet bourbon and vanilla with char from the oak barrels. The barrel notes really stand out in the nose. Some chocolate and sweet syrup. Not getting any coconut at all.

T - Huge oak/wood flavour is dominant with sweet bourbon, vanilla and molasses notes. Some chocolate and roast flavours throughout. The finish is somewhat astringent, which isn't off-putting but becomes distracting after a while. There is a very light coconut flavour in the background but the coconut is not as prevalent as I would have liked.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O - I have high hopes for this beer and it really disappointed. It seems like the beer didn't stand up to the barrel aging and the overall flavour profile was extremely sweet.

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look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pitch black with a bit of brown head around the edge. The nose has a strong aroma of booziness paired with assertive roasted malts. Beneath that is some mellow coconut with notes of carob, cacao, and dark fruits. There is something harsh going on too. The taste starts with some coconut and malty sweetness in the form of dark cherries followed by heavy dark chocolate notes. The different components of the flavor profile compete and make for a very forgettable taste. The mouthfeel is way hotter than a 8.3% beer should be. Carbonation is light but still feels a bit prickly. Overall, I am very underwhelmed by this beer. I was looking forward to this after reading its description, but it seems that the execution of flavors just didn't happen.

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Midnight Sun / Black Raven Sun Of A Beak from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 57 ratings