Friday, 1 August 2014

Midnight Sun Espresso Stout

Midnight Sun is an espresso stout brewed in Whitehorse, Yukon, by Yukon Brewing. It's brewed using coffee from Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters. It contains a respectable 6.2% alcohol and comes in 341mL bottles that feature a very cool coffee-munching raven. I enjoyed a bottle of this apparently caffeinated stuff in lieu of my morning coffee on my last day in Whitehorse.

It's a very dark brown ale topped with a tawny head. It actually looks quite a bit like black coffee. The aroma has notes of coffee grinds as well as a healthy layer of roasted malt. The underlying stout flavour is quite mild. It has substantial malt and a bit of sweetness early on and some soft hop kick at the finish. However, the addition of the coffee really amplifies the bitterness to give this beer a fuller and more dynamic flavour.

I've certainly had a few better coffee beers, but this stuff was no slouch. It was undeniably enjoyable and nicely made. Recommended.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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