Black Tide Midnight Flame is a 7% stout from Black Tide Brewing based in Kesennuma, in Miyagi, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal lineup and can be found in both cans and on draught. Black Tide Midnight Flame is brewed using locally sourced cherries, and is also Black Tide Brewing’s effort for Valentine’s Day with the catch line “you can drink with your lover on Valentine’s Day or you can think of yourself and drink”. Black Tide Midnight Flame is also brewed with Mandarina Bavaria hops.
Black Tide Midnight Flame : At A Glance
- Alcohol : 7%
- Style : Stout
- Hops : Mandarina Bavaria
- IBU : Unknown
- Availability : Winter seasonal
- On Sale : Jan / Feb
- Size : 350 ml
- Price : From 7200 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Thick cherry and chocolate aroma with some coffee and roasted black malt.
- Notable Tastes : Cherry and chocolate with a good balance. Subtle black malt roasted flavour in the aftertaste.
Black Tide Midnight Flame : Aroma & Taste
Let’s address the elephant in the room – why is there tartan packaging on this can? I have no idea as to why it is there and it is perhaps the first time I’ve seen it on a beer can.
Anyway, moving onto the important thing – how does Black Tide Midnight Flame smell and taste? Well it poured out a thick black colour with a tiny amount of off-white tan coloured head that left a few bubbles around the side of the glass. The aroma though was of Black Forest Gateau – lots of cherry and chocolate flavour coming though, but no booziness at all – either when chilled or warmed. There was a touch of roasted black malt aroma once Black Tide Midnight Flame had warmed up but it was all about the blending of the cherry and chocolate aromas.
Black Tide Midnight Flame carried on with these two aromas into the body, putting them at the forefront of the drinking experience. The cherry flavour had a natural flavouring to it, and was thick throughout drinking, while the chocolate was lighter in flavour, with none of the bitterness that is associated with dark chocolate. The black malts brought some acidity to the beer, just cutting through the flavours but only just and was a nice distraction from the two main flavours. The beer finished off with the cherry and chocolate flavours fading away together.
Black Tide Midnight Flame : The Bottom Line
Black Tide Midnight Flame is supposed to be sharing, but I am going to think of myself and enjoy this again.
Black Tide Midnight Flame : Where To Buy
Black Tide Midnight Flame can be bought online at the following places: