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Midnight Sun / Black Raven Sun Of A BeakMidnight Sun / Black Raven Sun Of A Beak
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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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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 14
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1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours mostly black. Dark brown, really. Leggy. Small off white head.

Smell - Smells a lot like molasses. I'm not familiar with birch syrup. A little fruity. Some bourbon, but no real barrel character.

Taste - Much nuttier. Lots of dark chocolate malt and nutty malts. Bitter and chocolatey in the back. Definite bourbon flavor, but still no barrel.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Actually, kinda light for the style. Bitter.

Overall - Looked promising, but it isn't anything special. And where's the barrel?

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3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a deep brown, black even, with a short lived tannish head which left a nice ring of bubbles clinging to the edges of the glass

S: Coconut, bakers powder cocoa, sordove "grainy" lack of barrel influence and some wood. I really did not pick up any bourbon, vanilla or molasses here

T: Initial feeling was "meh". A roasty, grainy presence upfront with coconuts and some wood. A cheap bakers pwder like cocoa shows up to party but this party is a bit bland. Some bitterness is present and a lingering bitterness on the end with a cheap chocolate mouthfeel. No bourbon, little vanilla.

M: Medium bodied, A bit thin feeling, perhaps overcarbonated, nothing really bad here but not what I was expecting. Nothing creamy or decadent about this beer. Some bitterness,

O: Not bad but not great either.

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3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is murky brownish black with a small tan collar leaving very light, foamy lace.

Smell is sweet ethanol, a little woody, toasty.

Taste is pretty strong on the coconut, the barrel presumably amplifies it, as the bourbon is on the aftertaste. There's a weird, almost minty note to this, maybe the birch and molasses, but some fusels as well I think. This just doesn't come together for me. The coconut is extract tasting.

Mouthfeel is sticky, not as soft as usual per MSBC.

Drinkability is ok. It's got some interest to it, but it's also rather robust, the coconut was a bit too much.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on-tap, chucks

Due to a variety of factors (location, other events, etc), I missed out on the bottle/draft releases of this beer during SBW. When I saw it was on at Chuck's, I quickly made it over for a half-pint.

I got very little coconut, and not a whole lot of barrel either. Charred malt, chocolate, molasses, some artificial coconut flavor. Pretty pedestrian.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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