Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Williams Brothers Brewery's Midnight Sun Dark Porter Ale

Williams Brothers Brewery is located in the New Alloa Brewery in Alloa, Scotland. It was started by Bruce and Scott Williams in 1992. They have about a dozen beers and the Midnight Sun Porter is the strongest at 5.6% ABV. This bottle first grabbed my eye because of the badass label; black, white, and reflective gold. You know if you see a guy drinking this not to mess with him. He's a loner Dottie, a rebel.

The beer has won a shitload of award for probably being really good. I didn't really read what they were because that is irrelevant in this review. The have a beer called the "Heather Ale" which was their first and flagship style beer at their brewery, initially called Heather Brewery. So long story short, some old lady came up to the Williams Brothers and said she has a rough beer recipe written in gaelic. She had claimed it came from the 17th century based off of some story. The story basically goes this Scottish King wanted a beer recipe to he captured a Pictish prince and beat the shit out of him in order to get it. The princes dad, Pictish king, was pissed and jumped off a cliff; reasonable. So if you want to believe that story, go ahead. Again, irrelevant.

Behind that badass exterior lies a fantastic beer. This porter is thicker than your average porter. The head has a strong, brown coloring than most and the beer has a aroma of thick accents of cocoa and coffee. The taste is similar but not as bitter as some other porters reviewed. They claim to add a little ginger to the mix but I don't taste it for one, and I hate ginger.

This is easily complimented with a chocolate chip cookie, as I am doing right now. I actually made a special trip to the kitchen to get one. You can't exactly slam a bunch of these in one sitting but it's a great beer to sip on...with cookies.

This beer is a pretty good bargain. It was $4 a bottle and that's about how much gasoline would cost to pick it up from Scotland yourself, give or take.

Drinkability: 6/10
Taste: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Curb Appeal: 8/10

Overall: 7.25/10

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