I'm not even sure how to start this review...I guess the proper way would be to thank Stephen for his generosity in sharing this amazing beer at the "You Bring the Cheese Tasting" which took part on July 25-26th 2009. To say I was excited to try this would be an understatement; probably ecstatic would be the right word to describe my feelings.
The experience began when that dark cola liquid began flowing into my snifter. A thin ring of tan colored foam around the glass and a swirl brought back about a quarter inch of foam that was made up of small, beady, bubbles.
At first encounter I got note of chocolate, molasses, spicy oak with soft hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, Belgian yeast fruitiness, raisins, toast, and dates. There is no sign of alcohol heat whatsoever. The aroma continued with toasted oak, toasted almonds, a bit of earthiness, and chocolate coco cereal. Amazingly complex. A bit of fruity alcohol way in the back. Butterscotch and hints of sweet soy sauce after it warms up. After taking a few sips and combining the aroma with the taste I just had to bump up the score on aroma.
(You'll fall in love with somebody else tonight...)
The first sip of this beer was just a beer revelation and more intense than the aroma. Chocolate upfront, sweet toast, honey, cocoa, toasted oak and almonds, vanilla, caramel, toffee, molasses, sweet cherries, and brown sugar. There is a nice toffee-candy finish with hints of sweet soy sauce. Nice Belgian dark candy flavors and yeastiness. Smooth carbonation with a sweet and syrupy beginning, creamy midway, and coating finish. Amazing drinkability, would easily drink this whole bottle myself and would still be craving more.
This was one of those beers that you take your first sip of and your first reaction is "WOW!" You lean your head back and think for a few minutes, smiling and laughing to yourself, and just sit there in complete admiration for the beer. Truly one of the best beer experiences I've had. I have only had this type of beer 'revelation' status with about 4 beers over the hundreds I have tried, those would have to be: Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter 06, Lost Abbey- Yellow Bus, a ten year old bottle of Cantillon Classic Gueuze (99), and now Midnight Sun- M.
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