I picked up Midnight Sun Moscow Russian Imperial Stout on a whim while at Jimbo’s Liquor.  I had never heard of Midnight Sun Brewing Co. out of Anchorage, Alaska.  I saw that it was a strong stout, weighing in at 11% and brewed with rye and bought a bottle of it.  Gave it a pour in a pint glass at slightly colder than room temperature, I am guessing this beer was in the high 50 degrees, Fahrenheit.

Midnight Sun Moscow poured black with a thick tan head that sticks around and leaves little lacing but coats the glass with oily, dark caramel looking layer.  I often prefer stouts to not have a white head, so visually, this ale was gorgeous!  The smell was absolutely wonderful.  I got notes of sweet chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts and molasses.  The taste was of spicy rye, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, alcohol and milk chocolate.  The taste was even better than the aroma. There were really no detectable hop flavor in this beer, and that is how I prefer it.  Unlike Stone’s Russian Imperial Stout, where the hop notes are present.  The mouthfeel was thick, creamy and syrupy, with little carbonation and some alcohol warmness.

I am not sure how limited this beer is, but if you can find it, buy it.  It really took me by surprise and now I want more.  It really could pass for a barrel-aged stout.  I would recommend this to fans of Alesmith’s Speedway Stout or Green Flash’s Double Stout.  I will be keeping an eye out for other releases from Midnight Sun after having such a masterpiece like Moscow.  If you are anywhere near Jimbo’s Liquor, and they don’t have it in stock, tell them you read about it on BeerAlien and perhaps they will order more .

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