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Bar Fly - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 645
Gots: 52 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smoked imperial stout aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

2014 Batch (Oak Bourbon Barrels): 11.6% ABV

(Beer added by: largadeer on 03-18-2011)
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4.15/5  rDev -5.5%

mdaschaf, Monday at 03:08 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

jbaker67, Sunday at 12:06 PM
Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color, with very good head retention andlots of sticky dark foam lacing all around. The nose is every bit as good in this beer, as I pick up light bourbon, vanilla, light milk duds (always a good sign), dark chocolate and light coffee. This beer just smells like it will be yummy. On the palate, the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but the molasses just seemed a bit excessive. There's a lot going on in this beer (I get a hint of smoke, but was expecting more, given the description on the label), but I felt like the molasses flavor really dominated. The beer is fairly sweet, but not overly so, as the light smoke and molasses keep that in check. Mouthfeel is great, as the beer displays a long, soft creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile. You can tell it's up there, but it's not the least bit obtrusive.

This beer is excellent, no doubt, but I preferred the earlier version, which I was fortunate enough to have at a bottle share several years ago. It was the cab barrel version, and it seemed like the wine flavor played well and better with the smoke and molasses. The current version is still quite excellent, but it's hard to forget the earlier version I was able to try some years back. Also, I wonder if some short term cellaring might improve this beer a bit, and perhaps smooth out some of the rough edges.

Regardless. This is a very nice effort from the folks at MS.

John_M, Saturday at 08:40 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

duceswild, Sep 12, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

ncelauro, Sep 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

wrightst, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

I_Like_Beer, Sep 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

jaasen64, Sep 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

nicole309, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Cynic-ale, Sep 03, 2014
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4.67/5  rDev +6.4%

Papa_Lafayette, Sep 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

DCLAguy11, Sep 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

blabaer, Sep 01, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -6.6%

Rado, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

drewone, Sep 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

NickThePyro, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

koopa, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

wils1705, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

PG2G, Aug 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Pete27lax, Aug 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

blindpiggie, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

The beer pours out black like motor oil.

The aroma is sweet chocolate, cocoa, thick and chunky chocolate, hints of umami.

The flavor follows with that sweet milk chocolate throughout. Hints of smoked flavor, but it is very hidden. Molasses on the back end. No alcohol detected. A rounding flavor and a few spikes of bourbon, but it is not an bourbon forward beer.

A full chewy mouthfeel.

An incredible brew that reminds me of a more bourbon forward Abyss.

dar482, Aug 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Lare453, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a motor oil sludge black color. Huge brown fluffy head that slowly settles into a puffy cap. Small wall of lacing on the glass. 4.25

The aroma has some chocolate note, sweet bourbon and vanilla, and a sour berry twang. The smoke comes through every now and again but you need to pull to get it. Standard issue bourbon barrel aged stout. 4

The taste is of a big malty stout. The roast is moderate, not overly aggressive, and has more of a milk chocolate flavor. The smoke pops out more in the flavor but its not dominate. The bourbon brings a caramel ribbon with some vanilla. A sharp sour berry and/or oak note. A bit acidic. 4

The feel is full bodied. Sweet, sour, and bitter on the palate. Some stickiness in the finish. 4

A flavorful BBA stout. It needs more smoke to make it stand out more from the rest. Its well made but it doesn't stand out from the others. 4

Gmann, Aug 24, 2014
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Bar Fly from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.