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Midnight Summit | Highland Brewing

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4.13/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
highlandbrewing.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smooth, creamy vanilla blends with notes of chocolate and coffee. Perfect for getting cozy around a roaring campfire!

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
22
pDev:
6.3%
 
 
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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of BoodahMoogle
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick viscous jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown + chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense creamy sudsy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of lightly roasted + toasted + caramel malts with light to moderate amounts of lactose sweetness. Moderate aromas of roasted coffee + dark chocolate and light to moderate aromas of vanilla. Hints of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of lightly roasted + toasted + caramel malts with light to moderate amounts of lactose sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of roasted coffee + dark chocolate and light to moderate flavors of vanilla. Finally there are hints of earthy hops. Light to moderate amount of bitterness that lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable with a slightly lighter than expected mouthfeel and I preferred that it was not overly sweet while still highlighting the vanilla, chocolate, and coffee.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, clean milk stout- not too sweet, not spiced just clean slightly sweet lactic flavors, some light chocolate bitterness and a pleasant dry ashiness that is particularly noticeable just after first pour. Quite pleasant.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThreeJs
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buckeye55
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one dark beer, could not even see the light of my phone through it. Long lasting brown/tan head.
Very full bodied taste with vanilla tones throughout to the mouth feel.
Slightly bitter aftertaste, although to be expected from this type.
Another Homerun from Highland Brewing.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ntanner83
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tgdavis
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a 2019 canning date stamped on the bottom; from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC; $1.89).
Pours clear but very dark reddish brown, essentially opaque in the glass, with a short but durable beige head. Spotty lacing.
Strong and hoppy aroma for style with toast, dark roasted grains, alcohol and dark chocolate. Not harmonious.
Flavor: follows but with less obvious alcohol, more chocolate. and more apparent vanilla.
Feel: near full body with medium carbonation. A bit lower carbonation might work better.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFC21
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Definitely leaning more towards a Black IPA (is that a style yet). Nearly a perfect meld of a stout and an IPA. As a home brewer, I find this intriguing and delightful (my house brew is something very similar).

Full toasty nose. Hop are there for support. More roast in the flavor, but the hops do lend a particularly nice bitterness and flavor.

Total home run here.

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Photo of jak
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SmokySignals
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark, practically black. Fizzy tan head disputes fairly quick.

Smell is roasty malt and vanilla. And more vanilla.

Sweet dark malt, Vanilla, malt coffee Vanilla Vanilla. Hops do keep the perceived sweetness down a little, but vanilla. Did any one say vanilla?

The feel is much lighter than one would think from its appearance and being a milk stout. Speaking of milk, I neither taste nor feel the richness of a Duckrabbit milk stout. The feel of Midnight Summit is its best quality. And by midnight, this is a great nightcap with any fine dessert. Probably a good early beer with brunch if you're on that "next morning " schedule.

I'd prefer this be richer, maltier and creamier, with much less vanilla. It seems to be overpowered with vanilla, be it real or otherwise.

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Photo of kell50
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Clemson_OB
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very delicious vanilla milk stout!

Look: Very dark body with a 2 inch tan head. The head was retained for much of the drinking experience and left a nice lacing.

Smell: You're immediately hit with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. It's subtle, but you can also smell the vanilla. As the beer warns, the mostly chocolate smell turns more to coffee.

Taste: Whereas the smell can seem fairly heavy with coffee, the taste is mostly vanilla and chocolate with a subtle bitter bite of the coffee.

Feel: The beer has a very creamy feel to it, but still has mild-moderate carbonation and a nice bitter bite to balance it out.

Overall, one of my favorite milk stouts!

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Photo of AngusOg
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure if this is the same recipe as the “Vanilla Milk Stout” that was on the small batch menu at Highland last summer (my guess is that it probably is, same description, same abv, same taste as my fuzzy memory tells me), but I’m going to rate it the same. Very good! Really like alot of what Highland has been doing lately. A nice addition to their seasonal line up.

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Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/1/19 can

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Photo of sisterofba
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of baklo
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Midnight Summit from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 22 ratings