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Bar Fly (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Bar Fly (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Alieniloquium on 07-19-2014)
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

freemanj, Oct 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

unclekeith, Oct 25, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

joe1896, Oct 21, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

sprucetip, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

MisfitIK-9, Sep 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

MarkyMOD, Sep 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Sep 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

masterofsparks, Sep 02, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%

Wowcoolman, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Murderously dark. Motor oil comparison is certainly apt. Minimal very-dark-brown head.

S - Nice. Bourbon is much more noticeable than the smoke. Vanilla, toffee.

T - Sweet and sticky. Bourbon character was good and definitely came through. The problem, however, was that - following the nose - there was very little smokiness. A little oak arrives on the finish.

M - Sticky with nice carbonation but I found it a little thin.

O - This beer threatened greatness, having as it did a really strong sweet, bourbon presence. Yet without the savoury, smokey aspect that was advertised it lacked balance. As a result it was just too sweet and a bit too one-dimensional. Close, but not quite.

abeeronthebeach, Aug 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

alexsergio, Aug 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

OrangeAmps, Aug 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

TheBronze, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Holy crap. Pours an ridiculously thick jet black color with a muddy brown head that sluggishly rises to about 1/2 a finger and then slowly recedes back down. A pretty rich curtain of milk chocolate colored lace with each sip.

S: Really deep aroma here with a touch of smoke and ash upfront, light raisin and prune, molasses, charred barrel, chocolate covered malt balls, dark chocolate covered cherries and milk chocolate. This smells seriously good.

T: Not quite as good as the smell, but still pretty exceptional. Opens with some milk chocolate and a lot of plum and dark cherry. Molasses, burnt raisin skin and some mocha. Finishes on a bit of a sour dark cherry skin note with just a little smokiness and some bittersweet chocolate. Definitely worth a try. I prefer Moscow to this, but I really enjoyed both of them. The smokiness is very, very mild as is the bourbon character. I didn't really pick the bourbon up at all in here, actually. Mouthfeel is velvety and chewy, becoming more and more viscous as it warms.

notchucknorris, Aug 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

nicole309, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

SocalKicks, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of MarcWP
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Toppling Goliath chalice.

Pours like syrup. Thick as a beast! Black as black can be, small to no -existent burnt toffee colored head. Does leave a nice thin ring at the edge which is nice.

Aroma is molasses heavy, bourbon, vanilla, oak, light smokiness, some rich melted chocolate, and some chewy dark dried fruit along the range of raisins and prunes.

The taste comes with almost identical nuances as the nose. Molasses, caramel, vanilla, smoke, bourbon, oak, scorched prune, older raisins, and a little grade b maple syrup.

Mouthfeel is thick like bourbon county. Syrupy, sticky, low carbonation. I mean as thick as this is you wouldn't expect there to be any carbonation. It's really slick.

This is a nice, hearty barrel aged stout that is meant for full blown winter. Right now it's the heart of summer and hot as hell outside but I had to change it up from so many saisons and sours. Has a good balance of flavors and drinks thick like a liquer. I like molasses so enjoyed that aspect if it thoroughly along with the light smokiness. If you are not a fan of smokey beers don't fret, this is not overwhelmingly smokey in any way.

MarcWP, Jul 25, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter

A: Pours like oil (don't take that lightly because everyone says beers pour like motor oil...this one is very, very dark and thick and silky). very small brown head that dissipates quick but leaves a brown film on top.

S: smells of sweet brown sugar and molasses...like the bottle states, a little oak aroma

T: first taste is SMOKEY and sweet. the smoke and molasses/brown sugar really play the role in this brew. The finish is contrary to the sweet start, with bitter coffee lingering. I do not get that much oak barrel bourbon taste at all, that is the only bummer part for me, but when it is room temperature it comes out a little.

M: Full bodied, nice light carbonation and silky feel, very thick.

Overall: lives up to its name pretty well. The description on the bottle tells it all (and I really like when a brew lives up to its bottle description). If you want your stout smokey, try it, you will love it.

trippytbta, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

itracy63, Jul 20, 2014
Bar Fly (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.