Midnight Marauder

American Black Ale Due South Brewing Co.


Midnight Marauder, an American Black Ale by Due South Brewing Co.

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Midnight Marauder is an American Black Ale brewed by Due South Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a can.


The ale pours black with a thick head of tan foam that reduces slowly and leaves behind gobs of sticky lace.


The aroma is faint and mixes scents of floral hops and roast.


The palate follows the nose and begins a taste of roasted barley that’s followed quickly by bitter floral hops. Sweet caramel malt rounds out the finish.


Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation and a medium body that doesn’t seem quite adequate enough to support the flavors.


The aroma is pleasant and the flavor is superb. The feel could have a bit more heft but doesn’t detract from what is otherwise a tasty brew.

Tribal Affiliation

Due South was inspired to name this brew after the classic hip-hop album Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest, a favorite among the brewery staff.

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About the American Black Ale

The American Black Ale may also be referred to as a Black IPA or a Cascadian Dark Ale, and the ales of this style range in color from dark brown to pitch black. Its palate features malty notes of light to moderate roast and are often very hoppy from a liberal use of American hops. Its alcohol can range from average to high depending on whether or not the brewery is crafting a “Double” or “Imperial” version. Historically, this is a relatively new style. Depending on whom you speak with the style either originated in the late nineties or after the start of the new millennium.