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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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Photo of Soneast
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 6.4.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a soapy, big bubbled brown head that fades pretty quickly to the edges.

S - Some coffee, touch of malt, slight smoke, bourbon, a tiny hint of coconut.

T - Wood-toasted and smokey, subtle bourbon and very, very faint coconut. A bit more as it warmed, but not much.

D - Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O - I wish there was more bourbon and coconut. I think the molasses just over powered it.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one just recently hit my area, and being a lover of so many Midnight Sun beers, I just had to try it. Poured in a snifter around cellar temperature.

The appearance is pretty stout-like. A two-finger khaki head on a nearly black body that's transparent brown around the edges.

The smell is GREAT. I get a lotta milk chocolate, some molasses and vanilla, all melded awesomely with a buttery, roasted coconut aroma. Some cherries too.

The taste has everything the smell has and more, but to me, it's somehow unbalanced. Anyway, there's chocolate, birch syrup (which is a little more bitter than maple, I think), some tart cherries, sort of a roasty, woody, leathery, tobacco aftertaste (maybe from the bourbon oak barrels?), and subtle coconut. Coconut MILK, to be precise, which tastes a little weird to me... BUT, this beer is pretty true to the ingredients on the label, and it's an interesting blend for sure. Midnight Sun and Black Raven deserve some praise for doing something unique here.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, which is good, but the carbonation feels too high to me. I think this kind of carbonation should be saved for Belgian ales.

There might be a little too much going on here with so many flavors pulling in different directions, but this is still really good. Worth trying at least once. The crazy complexity might really appeal to some.

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Photo of draheim
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter. Pours a deep dark chocolate brown w/ a thin tan head that settles out to a narrow collar and a wisp of foam.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, molasses, syrup (although I'd think it was maple if I didn't know it was birch), vanilla, bourbon, coconut, and chocolate.

Taste is dark fruit, molasses, root beer, and brown sugar. Lots of residual sugars mixed up here. Just a hint of oak, and no bourbon to speak of.

Mouthfeel is moderately heavy while simultaneously feeling oddly thin, w/ slightly fizzy/prickly carbonation.

Overall a rich, complex beer that didn't quite live up to what it might have been. It's good and I like it, I just don't love it.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of MasterSki
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Alistair. Served in a tulip.

A - Generous tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and a few specks of lace. Very dark brown body that's a tad lighter at the edges.

S - The toasted coconut dominates the aroma, although there's a sharp woody note than I can only attribute to the birch. Molasses, dark breads, and light notes of bourbon and rye malt. There's also a mild mint note that is evocative of Perennial 17, and I have no idea which of the adjuncts is contributing it. Interesting and complex, but I'm not convince it's wholly integrated.

T - The taste isn't quite as good. More astringent birch, yeasty bread, hints of vanilla, roasted malts, faint coconut, and a lightly charry and bitter finish.

M - Dry, roasty, medium body, with a dry and tannic finish. Lower carbonation, and reasonably well-hidden alcohol.

D - Not bad, but seems less than the sum of its parts. Nice to see a uninfected barrel-aged offering from Midnight Sun. I'd drink this again if offered but wouldn't actively seek it out.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
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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Photo of nataku00
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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