Midnight Sun Espresso Stout | Yukon Brewing Company

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Midnight Sun Espresso StoutMidnight Sun Espresso Stout

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Yukon Brewing Company
Yukon, Canada

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Espresso coffee beans from Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters are blended with eight different malts to create an amazing symphony of flavours.

Added by lipschitz on 04-12-2004

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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 68
Reviews by notdan:
Photo of notdan
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque black with tan head.

Smells of coffee, bit of cherry, roast malt, something lactic. I like it.

Taste not as good as aroma. Coffee is nice, light smoke, bit of fruity tang, but the lactic tinge is not so great.

Smooth beer, but the mouthfeel is a bit too thin and watery.

Not quite as good as I was hoping, but an enjoyable coffee stout.

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Photo of matthaus_2000
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 pack for $12.50 at Calgary Co-op, Poured into a Guinness glass...

Look: Jet Black. Some foam. No lace.

Smell: Espresso

Taste: Espresso. Strong. Bitter. Subtle towards to end.

Feel. Medium-bodied, doesn't have the creamy feel of other popular stout. Refreshing. Not a hint of chemical.

Overall: It is not as refined as those from Deschutes and Dieu du Ciel. But It is a very honest beer. You want an espresso? Have an espresso. The name even tells you this is a straight forward espresso. 6 pack for $12.50 keeps me coming back.

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Photo of Sid_Smith
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really down with this beer.

Smells sweet, molasses, roasty malts and creamy coffee, a hint of alcohol.

Tastes stronger than smell, sweet molasess, followed by roasted malts the on the aftertase, a ton of espresso bitterness, as well as a faint hops bitter.

Have already bought the Dark Side pack 4 times I think, it's a favorite. Comes with the Lead Dog Olde English Ale and Longest Night Cascadian Dark Ale, which are both super good as well.

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Photo of chickenm
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a thin light brown head. No lacing. Really nice roasty aroma of coffee chocolate, with a slight caramel sweetness. The taste is similar although not quite as intense as the smell. Medium bodied with a fairly dry finish. Drinkability is good, this is a nicely done coffee stout from Yukon.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, downed at the Sugar Bowl, on a snowy early winter evening.

This beer pours a solid black, with some reddish basal edges when held to the low light of the pub, and renders a single fat finger of bubbly, foamy pale mocha head, which disappears at a satisfying pace, leaving some random updrafts of mitochondrial lace around the glass.

It smells strongly of cold bitter black espresso, dark chocolate, and overburdened, but still perky earthy, leafy hops. The taste is light roasted choco-caramel malt, late-morning over-concentrated office coffee, mild dry chalky cocoa, and earthy hops. Nothing in the way of alcohol warming presents itself.

The carbonation is mild, but duly supportive, the body a decent medium weight, smooth and somewhat creamy. It finishes dry, the coffee and cocoa really co-opting any underlying, standard stout maltiness.

A rather intense coffee experience at first, but as my jaded virgin java palate softened to that particular form of bitterness, the chocolate and malt impressions slowly arose, making for a surprisingly drinkable stout, all things considered.

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Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good-looking smooth and sweet 1 litre stout. Good session ale. Only criticism: not a lot of different tastes and a bit aggressive on carbonation. Wonderful milky capuccino expresso flavour like a top expresso. And nuts! Little beer taste.

Thanks IronDjinn. Pootz brought a jug and it did it again for me, in March 2005 and was fresh and more approproate carbonation.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with short mocha head that retained a decent covering
S - bitter espresso bean chocolate fudge, light sweet raisins
T - strong espresso (maybe a double shot), with bitter dark chocolate, burnt roasty malt with light earthy hops
M - full body chewy with surprising carbonation with a bitter finish
D - in terms of flavour this is to regular stout as espresso is to regular coffee, and as a coffee and beer lover I can really appreciate this, maybe not for everybody but it is exactly as advertised

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Photo of Orrshow
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark...appears black and opaque but when held up to bright light there is a slight dark red tone. One inch of tan frothy head to start but it falls to just a thin cap after sitting for a minute leaving some nice lacing on my glass. As this one went down the lacing continued all the way down the glass.

Smell – Coffee is what this ones all about. The smell also strongly suggests roasted malts and sweet caramel. This beer is very nice to put up to your nose.

Taste – Wonderful. This beer is so strong of coffee up front. The roasted malts soon make their presence felt with a hint of chocolately sweetness. Once swallowed an almost burnt wood feeling it left on the tongue and it is pleasing.

Mouthfeel – The body was nice, about right for the style. This beer could use less carbonation in my opinion though and this takes away from it. Still goes down very easily.

Drinkability – An excellent brew. Smooth, full of flavor, and oh so enjoyable.

This beer is a great one and I’m glad it’s Canadian because it will be readily available. Midnight Sun exceeded my expectations being my first from the Yukon brewery.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic. The appearance was a pure black color with a creamy to slight tan one finger head. Messy lacing stuck and then slid after a decent amount of warming. The smell had a large amount of espresso, roasty and bitter. A light sweet milk chocolate balances nicely. The taste was balanced between the roasty, the sweet and the bitter. Everything just seemed right with the flavor. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with even a slight sessionability about it. A nice roasted espresso coffee bean rolled across my tongue. Overall, a really nice espresso stout.

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Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I make a habit of watching English soccer on Saturday mornings with a breakfast of scrambled eggs and sausage. Depending on my mood, I'll drink coffee or Guinness Extra Stout. A coffee stout? It's an awesome compromise!

This beer does the job admirably, pouring dark brown from the 1L caged bottle and sitting opaque in my pint glass. A bubbly tan head topped a fragrant body with a surprisingly subtle burnt/roasted malt aroma. Not to say it wasn't there, but it didn't dominate over a sweet chocolatey smell with a hint of licorice.

The taste started out malty and chocolatey before the coffee kicked in. It left a dry, bitter aftertaste, but it wasn't overwhelming. The coffee taste built up over time, though I was pleasantly surprised how much I was enjoying this beer even as I neared the end of the bottle. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like stout. Jet black with a thin mocha head. You probably couldn't see a flashlight shining on the other side of this stuff (I actually just tried putting it up to a light and literally no light shone through...this stuff is black and opaque). Thick lacing up the sides of the glass. The head almost completely disappeared halfway through drinking this.

Tons of coffee smell. Though I wouldn't say it smells much like espresso; more like a Tim Horton's iced cappuccino. Not exactly a bad thing.

Nice coffee flavour. The espresso comes out more in the flavour than in the smell; this does actually taste a little like espresso as opposed to plain old coffee. Roasted coffee beans are very noticeable. Some dark chocolate in there too, as usual with espresso stout, presenting a nice bitter sweetness.

Not too creamy like some stouts; more of a medium bodied stout. Not much carbonation, but this is fitting.

Very drinkable. I feel like I would be blown away by this is I hadn't already drank a lot of Peche Mortel, which is the absolute gold standard of espresso stouts. This nonetheless is a great beer. I don't think I would buy it again since Peche Mortel is just on a whole other level and very available here, but in its absence this would do. Not a bad beer, just no Peche Mortel.

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Photo of elricorico
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the big 1L fliptop bottle, and I think I let it glug a bit too much, because the head was more than 2 inches tall to start. That settled down however, and now this black beer is crowned by a finger thick chocolate milk coloured head and lacing circles the bottle. Looks about as good as one could hope for as a stout.

The smell is coffee grounds, and a lot of it. Minor chocolate hint and something else that I can't put my finger on. However that something else in my opinion takes away from the overall effect. The closest I can get is to say there is something sour to it.

And when it comes to taste, ground coffee is big. A semi sweet, coffee with cream from front to back. Minor bitterness in the finish, but nothing to compete with the sweet side of this beer. With each taste the coffee flavour builds up. Good taste, even though I'm not a huge coffee fan.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very low in carbonation. I find a bit of film stays in the mouth, especially about the tip of the tongue. About right for a stout but doesn't make any great impression in this category.

Drinkable? Probably more so for a coffee drinker. I think I prefer a stout that brings the coffee flavour more subtly amongst the other flavours. It is a well made brew though, no doubt about that.

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Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours black with a figer of frothy tan head.

Smell. Roasty dark malts, medium roast coffee and a little molasses and chocolate.

Taste. Dark roasty malts, tobacco and molasses, slightly sour coffee with some smokey dark malt bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, slightly prickly carbonation.

Overall. Good everyday drinker. A little rough around the edges but drinks well.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small brown head. Aroma is pure coffee with subtle roasted malt. Taste is definitely dominated by the coffee with pure creamy roasted malt and light bitter ending. Wow, I’m quite impressed with that one and I don’t think I ever had a beer with so much coffee in it. Body is above average but could be fuller. Alcohol is also a bit low and I think the beer could have benefited from a higher ABV. Definitely the best beer from this brewery and impressive considering the no-man land it is coming from.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nightwing
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from bottle. Great aroma of coffee and chocolate. Pours black with minimal tan head. Medium bitter taste. Full bodied, creamy texture, with soft carbonation. Overall an excellent stout that is just bitter enough, well balanced.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on May 31, 2009.

Wow, how to finish a month to drink this remarkable beer. Mine says 6.1% ABV, not 6.2%.

A: Dark black color. Very opaque. Nice color!
S: Not a strong smell. Coffee beans, slightly roasted. Hints of chocolate. It would be best if the smell was stronger!!
T: Taste is strong. Expresso coffee taste. It appears that I'm drinking a coffee... no it is a beer. I like it!
M: Full bodied beer with a taste that stays in the mouth for a long time just like a good expresso.
D: So easy to drink it is crazy!

Note to myself: Go get more to stash some in the house in case it is not a regular one at SAQ anymore.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin light brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee and vanilla. Flavor follows aroma with dark toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel. A quite nicely made coffee stout that is well balanced, almost to the point of making it difficult to isolate the different flavors. The finish reveals a good coffee flavor and light bitterness. Somewhat mellow but well integrated, an enjoyable stout with good light coffee flavor. My second beer from Yukon and another good one.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge 1 l bottle from CanBIF, thanks Irondjinn! Served in staight pint like glasses... around 20c.

Immediate coffee smell, not overwelming. Pours pitch black with medium light brown head that dissipates quickly. Taste of roasted barley, bitter coffee and pure chocolate. Amazingly very well balanced.


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Photo of Garin
2.49/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It poured a wonderful deep black, such a black I haven't seen since Shakespeare Stout... On top is a creamy foamy dense head that leaves nice clingy lace on my glass. Talk about a great start.

On the nose I find coffee, almost more like stale coffee grounds than fresh espresso. Underneath is an ashy charcoal aroma.

The flavour begins with a hit of sharp and bright coffee -- quite thin actually. It fills out with a black malt acidity and bite. The flavour is entirely in the front half of the mouth, it's quite frustrating. I just wish it would round itself out but it doesn't.

The mouthfeel is quite light and thin as well. Interesting. I really wasn't expecting it to feel like this, but here it is.

Overall, it definitely has the feel of stale coffee to me. It's unfortunate, I was hoping for much more, but I don't really find this to be a satisfying stout at all. Ah well. At least I get the cool bottle.

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Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev +5%

Great beer - very strong rich flavours.

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Photo of mmurphy525
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not and never have been a coffee drinker, but this was far too tempting to pass up, considering I enjoy what Yukon Brewing puts out. If I'm not mistaken I think Red Hook made a coffee stout with Starbuck's way back in the mid-90's, before Starbuck's became the global giant it is and back when Red Hook was actually still quite good. Yet in the present case it's nice to see two small quality local companies teaming up to make a new offering for these parts.

This Midnight Sun Espresso Stout comes in a brown 1 L flip top bottle, yellow-orange label with the Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters logo on it. (BA fun fact: check out gueuzegeek's profile, she has a part of their logo as her avatar). The stout pours out the blackest of black, permeable sunlight need not apply for this gig. Big creamy tan head, but the retention doesn't last very long. Leaves a dime's width of a cap on top most of the way down though, and a thick layer of lacing.

Roasted malt with a big whopping of coffee upfront on the nose, plus I'm picking up a bit of lactose sweetness as well. The flavour is all big roasted malt and coffee, some burnt wood bitterness in the middle, but rounded out nicely by the sweetness that the lactose has to offer. Seems to me like a milk stout infused with coffee, a very nice blend indeed, the espresso presence is smooth and doesn't leave much of a bite at all. The mouthfeel isn't as full as the appearance would initially let on, but this is a real smooth easy-drinker for a stout, would make a very fine after-dinner session beer to share with company.

No sir, I'm not a coffee drinker at all, but I am thoroughly enjoying this. I'll definitely be stocking up on more when I get the chance, cheers to Yukon Brewing once again for staying outside the box (oh how I hate corporate lingo), and making fine use of the resources around them, this is a great collaboration. And many thanks to lipschitz for tipping me off about this stuff, which spurred an impromptu visit to Edmonton mere days later to pick some up.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

2.25/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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Midnight Sun Espresso Stout from Yukon Brewing Company
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