Brewery: Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina
Seasonal or standard: Winter seasonal
Type of beer: stout
Color: dark, dark brown. The color of Coca-Cola.
Beer in the winter for me is weirdly strange. I’ve never been a huge fan of dark porters or stouts until the weather gets cold and I feel my holiday sweet tooth creep back.
So without holiday cakes and chocolates to reach for, I found myself reaching for this delicious beer.
Highland Brewing’s Midnight Summit is a sweet and warming vanilla milk stout. The name comes from the midnight wheat that goes into this delicious brew. As you read the ingredients that went into this delicious seasonal beer, it’s no wonder it’s a great winter seasonal. Caramel? oats? chocolate malt? Excellent.
Personally, I think it’s best described as an adult hot chocolate.
The sweetness of the vanilla and chocolate flavors hit gently on the first sip like the first bite of a delicious not-too-sweet brownie. It’s followed by a bit of a bitter, coffee taste which balances out the sweetness of the beginning. This is something I would gladly drink with a piece of chocolate cake by the fireplace while snowed in.
Though I’m sure it won’t be available for long, I recommend this beer for anyone feeling reminiscent of the most recent cold season or just prefers the winter.
I would also encourage those who don’t usually go for dark beers to give this one a try. I did and it may be one of the best beers I’ve had lately.
Plus, the can is very cute and nighttime-themed. I’ll be crossing my fingers for a re-release next year.
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