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

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Bar Fly (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Bar Fly (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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Reviews: 24
Hads: 113
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 24
Gots: 24 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Alieniloquium on 07-19-2014

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Photo of Jeffo
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from ScottO in a recent box. One of my favorite stout brewers in the world, and one of my favorite beers in the world. Excited to drink some of the new incarnation of this gem. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 45
Bourbon barrel aged variant

APPEARANCE: A syrupy, thick black pour is evil looking. Black and menacing looking, just like the older batch. Pour yields a one finger, medium-thick looking, mocha colored head with excellent retention, eventually fading to a slight wisp and ring with lacing clinging on to the glass. Thick, opaque, sludgy black body with no real carbonation evident. A ring and dots of wisp remain leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Doesn’t get any better than this really. Wonderful looking monster of an imperial stout.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark, pure chocolate, molasses and bourbon on the nose. Complex and enticing. Vanilla, oak, and milk chocolate from the barrels, and a touch of smoked malts linger in the back ground. Bold and interesting aroma with a touch of booze for good measure. Really lovely, though just a touch more smoke would be nice for a perfect score.

TASTE: Much like the first batch, but more bourbon instead of just oak, and there’s a bit more smoke in the flavor than the nose had lead on. Roasted malts and sweet molasses with a touch of smoked malt up front, then some oak, bourbon and sweet toffee and molasses flavors at the swallow. Very sweet for sure, with lots of sweet malt and sweet barrel flavors on this one. More so than the first batch. Big and lingering finish with lots of sweet complexity, including bourbon, oak, vanilla and sweet cream, milk chocolate, toffee, some molasses and a touch of bitter pure chocolate as balance. A bit of smoked malt and some booze provide a solid foundation for this mammoth construction of a brew. Decadent with layers of complexity, though where the first batch needed just a touch more smoke for top scores, this one is just a hint too overly sweet. A bit more bitterness, or perhaps a bit more attenuation from the yeast, would push this into God level. Lovely.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Lots of weight, very creamy, slick and smooth, goes down smooth with a bit of a bite at the swallow and finishes very slick and sticky on the palate. Definitely sticker than the first batch. Higher FG probably on this one, which would explain the drop in ABV as well.

OVERALL: This is outstanding. Compared to the first batch, there are more sweet flavors in this one, assumingly from the bourbon barrels, and the feel is thicker and syrupy, most likely due to a higher finishing gravity on this batch. Both batches of this beer are excellent, though there are enough differences to warrant tracking them down individually if you’re into comparing beers. For myself, I enjoyed the bourbon qualities and the slightly thicker and more syrupy feel on this batch a touch more than the older one, but it’s really pulling hairs, as both batches are fantastic. Another wonderful stout beer from Midnight Sun and I’m very glad to have had the opportunity. If you have the chance to check this one out, don’t hesitate. Thanks again ScottO! Much appreciated.

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle generously shared by Chico1985 on Christmas at night. Full review taken during consumption.

A- Truly an oily pour from the 22oz bottle with nothing but black hues all around the glass. A light brown head ends up right around a finger. Creamy cap dies out to a smaller ring after several moments. Spotty lacing around the glass as a slick oily beer recedes back down after each sip.

S- Raw molasses and dark sugars are quite large here with a barrage of charred, roasted grains rounding it out. Smokiness seems to weave in and out the previously mentioned characteristics of the aroma but it truly feels necessary. Dark cocoa and raisin or cherry-like fruits add some richness and complexity. Quiet barrels here.

T- Deep and decadent flavors of mostly malts in all forms. One thing I am not too sure of besides a slight vanilla sweetness and toasted feel is the oak whiskey barrels, they are certainly secondary to the rich grains. Balanced, flavorful notes of black-strap minerally molasses, roasted barley, brownies, cocoa powder, caramel, brown sugar, earthy honey sweetness, raisins and burnt wood salty smokiness. Sweet but certainly not cloying.

MF- Big old rich and thick body as an oily slickness coats the taste buds during each sip. Carbonation is low-medium but perfect for the rich flavors extracted from the grains. Some sips finish rather warm while others end with a semi-sour (not tart, like whiskey) maltiness.

Malt richness done right in a big, high ABV stout without having to rely on a cocoa, coffee and one dimensional roastiness. Pretty much busts out all the brown to black malt flavors in a winning combination.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Afroman
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky viscous black. Nice mocha head. Mediumcollar. Stains the glass.

Smell - Lightly smokey. Black patent malt and some licorice. Kinda boozy.

Taste - Lots of black patent malt. Fudge. Molasses. Licorice. Oak. I get almost no bourbon. Smokiness is present in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a long way from the original Bar Fly. It has a weird finish. Otherwise, it would be a nice RIS, but I still don't get the barrel.

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Photo of DCgolfpro
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmlund
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwgduke
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Basoos1
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rjp217
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of buzzy
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of itracy63
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of foxyaardvark27
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer from Midnight Sun. Huge flavors of bourbon and oak. A bit of caramel sweetness and vanilla notes. Highly recommended.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black and viscous, really just about the the closest thing I've ever seen to the used oil from my old VW van just before I had to have the engine rebuilt. I had to smell it to make sure it wasn't oil. Fine one finger brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma is rich dark toasted malt with char and smoke, molasses, hints of chocolate. No engine oil here. Flavor is also rich; dark toasted malt and chocolate, close to malted milk balls, raisins, light tart cherry and plum, molasses. Hints of bourbon and smoke. Really amazing heavy, creamy body, again reminding me of 40 weight, but creamier. This is one excellent heavy weight stout. The bourbon barrel influence is subtle and the smoke is not that strong, but it really doesn't matter, there is a lot going on here. The thick mouth feel combines with the rich flavors to make every sip a pleasure. The light tartness adds a bit of interest, but makes it just a bit unbalanced. Still, really delicious. This is the way I remember my first bottle of the Abyss blowing me away, although this is a bit more complex and not as smooth and malty (because of the light tart fruit flavors). This was in short supply and I only got one bottle, but glad I made the effort. Excellent.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.32/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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