1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bar Fly - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Bar FlyBar Fly

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

176 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 176
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 645
Gots: 42 | FT: 7
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 176 | Reviews: 74 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BarrytheBear:
Photo of BarrytheBear
BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2%

08-01-2013 02:16:50 | More by BarrytheBear
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a deep black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of dark fruit and anise, with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt mixed in. The aroma is fairly sweet and is very enjoyable.

The flavor is also very complex and interesting. I get a ton of roasted and smoked malt, as well as some sweet milk chocolate notes. The smoke is complimented by a little bit of dark fruit. The alcohol is very well hidden and the beer is very easy to drink.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very glad I got to try this one.

11-17-2011 19:50:10 | More by Mora2000
Photo of BigE90
BigE90

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%

I had several poured directly from the source and I was impressed.

Appearance was a good deep black with no visible light. Half finger head that was dense upon arrival but then faded after a few minutes

Smell was smooth and full of flavor. No over powering of oak or chocolate or coffee. Just a great sense of a blending of flavors to come

Taste was smooth with only an initial hint of bitterness. As it warmed to room temperature the bite mellowed and it left a sweet finish in the mouth that lingered a little.

Overall I was surprised by flavor and finish of such a young stout with this much body. I did not want to leave!

04-09-2011 17:10:06 | More by BigE90
Photo of striker2160
striker2160

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2%

06-27-2014 14:18:55 | More by striker2160
Photo of SpeedwayJim
SpeedwayJim

New York

3.98/5  rDev -9.8%

Thanks to Dan for this one. I've been looking for this for a while now. 22oz bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Reviewed from notes.

Pours pitch black with a thin mocha head with little retention. Spotty lace with thin legs. Solid.

Nose is cocoa, smoke, roast, molasses, sweet grape, fudge, anise and a mellow booziness. Real aromatic and complex.

Opens anise, plum, roasted and smoked malt, chocolate and cocoa. Chocolate in the morning with an addition of plum and grape in the end. Finishes smoky with hints of cocoa powder. Aftertaste is dark fruit. Pretty nice.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Mellow and smooth in the mouth and goes down silky. Messy finish with a filmy, sticky aftertaste. Complements the flavor well.

Overall a pretty good beer and I'm glad I got the chance to try this one. The fruit and barrel aging has mostly fallen off but the smoke, roast and mellow fruit presence keep this an interesting brew.

11-15-2013 02:46:43 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of mikey711
mikey711

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%

A: Deep black with a thin mocha colored head. some lacing, but it was minimal.

S: lots of smokiness as well as molasses. At times it even reminded me a little bit of fresh beef jerky. A bit more vanilla character would have been nice, but the smokiness was quite enjoyable

T: Much of the same as the nose, heavy smoke and molasses, but alos a nice level of chewy chocolate as well. some hints of leather as well as darnk fruit.

M: The alcohol was extremely well hidden and this was pretty easy to drink

D: Overall, while I am extremely pleased to have tried this beer, and would like to try it again, it wasnt life changing or awe inspiring. I greatly enjoyed the smokiness, but felt like something was missing in the end

07-25-2011 19:12:26 | More by mikey711
Photo of PretzelCity
PretzelCity

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

08-04-2014 07:26:44 | More by PretzelCity
Photo of hooliganlife
hooliganlife

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +7%

big thanks to Sean9689 for this. never expected to try this!

pour was deep black, thick, light creamy head.

sweet fruit, deep charred oak, light roasted malt. very vibrant and lively.

simply amazing. a mild sweetness that mixed with a complex combination of dark fruit, light oak, and light smooth smokey and roasted malt. bit of chocolate and coffee. very deep and complex. booze was barely noticeable. this was everything a stout should strive to be.

thick, chewy, mild to moderate carbonation. lined your glass and your mouth.

this blew me away, i loved it. no hype here, just one amazing stout.

11-20-2011 01:17:15 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Ink-staining black. Medium khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Smokey. Oxidized. Red wine acidity. A bit of raisin and dark roasted malt.

Taste - Smoke flavor is still strong. Dark coffee roasted malts. A little sweet. Oak is strong. Red wine flavor is more prevalent in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Still pretty chewy. Not boozy at all.

Overall - The final beer of the night. Excellent in its own right. I really like the red wine component.

05-19-2014 01:08:58 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of mikefuski17
mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

08-16-2014 14:18:07 | More by mikefuski17
Photo of dsgolovin
dsgolovin

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-25-2012 18:08:25 | More by dsgolovin
Photo of thagr81us
thagr81us

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Big thanks goes out to beeruser and funkydelic for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, wood, spices, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, wood, smoke, spices, and molasses. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. How had I never tried this before this??? Wow! This beer was definitely on a whole new level as it was quite enjoyable while being very complex and challenging. All of the right flavors were there for the style and were all there in a nice intense but not overpowering amount. This made it quite easy to drink and very enjoyable. Really glad I got the opportunity to try this one and I suggest you dig in your cellar to do the same. You won’t regret it.

01-15-2013 11:59:45 | More by thagr81us
Photo of ironchefkook
ironchefkook

California

3.75/5  rDev -15%

08-11-2014 01:38:09 | More by ironchefkook
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

11-25-2011 20:41:26 | More by GRG1313
Photo of SpdKilz
SpdKilz

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

A huge thanks to Jason (jrallen34) for sharing this at AgentZero’s birthday tasting. This is a beer I never thought I’d try. Taken from notes and review 700.

Appearance – Pours into my trusty tulip with a dark black color and some great looking mocha colored head. The finger of head dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing.

Smell – Huge chocolate, heavy roasted malts, nice smoke characteristics (though not overbearing), vanilla, oak, and some cocoa.

Taste – I will be the first to admit smoked stouts are not often my thing. I also will state that when a beer is given to me by someone and I did not have to put my blood, sweat, and tears into obtaining it, I could care less whether it was rare or not (not that I rate things higher if I traded heavily for them, but we all know there is most likely some subconscious bumping of scores). That said, wow. A very balanced beer with so many distinct flavors. Begins with heavy roast and bittersweet chocolate. It then moves to the hint of smokiness (again, not overbearing thankfully) and melds with vanilla and tannic oak. Dates, prunes, and raisins mixed with molasses. Ends with more roast/smoke.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes nice and dry.

Overall – Not your “normal” smoked beer in my opinion, meaning it is not overly in your face that no other flavors can be ascertained. A freaking great beer and very happy to have been able to try it.

02-08-2012 04:14:37 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of MattMew
MattMew


5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-03-2012 04:26:30 | More by MattMew
Photo of jsilva
jsilva

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-23-2012 17:23:20 | More by jsilva
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-26-2014 22:02:25 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
Photo of buzze40
buzze40

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-03-2013 01:51:44 | More by buzze40
Photo of hoppymcgee
hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.3%

06-25-2012 02:11:53 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of enelson
enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-21-2013 15:01:41 | More by enelson
Photo of Greywulfken
Greywulfken

New York

4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

2014 edition...

A: oily black beer produced a quick finger of dark brown foam, which slimmed into a filmy mocha collar; oily sheen down glass with an occasional mote of brown lace

S: rich sugars and dark malts accompanied by bourbon's whiskey airs - chocolate, vanilla, molasses, oak, and smoke

T: molasses sweetness for sure, bourbon enriches the sweetness with warm booze notes; roasted chocolaty malts aplenty, slightly charred with hints of smoky alcohol

M: full-bodied without being too heavy, silky and slick; bourbon wafts hit the roof ; some tingle on the tongue; linger of smoke and wood o'er moderately sticky finish

O: bourbon barrel aging a stout is a fairly surefire win so long as the base stout is of reasonable quality - all that applies here - the brown sugar and molasses ensure this is a sweet-drinking stout, and if you like molasses, you can rest assured that it is asserted here. The use of smoked malts is probably where this beer becomes hit-or-miss for some. The smoke is apparent on the nose and palate.

08-12-2014 17:55:28 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

i deserve it, MAC in full effect!

the color was a very deep dark chocolate brown, Some very light, and I mean very light side glass lace formed as I made my way down the glass,

The first thing I noticed was a tremendous amount of port in the smell. smell of roasted coffee then followed, mixed in with what almost seemed to be to be like some kind rich burnt tobacco smell, bit of sweetness in there, albeit small; however, it was there and gave off a caramelized sugar note of some sort, bitter dark chocolate mingling in now and really staring to battle it out with the vineious like port. Notes of oak now hitting the stage, really giving it that earthy tone

Rich dark chocolate notes were swirling around in here, mingling with everything that came there way, including a touch of sweet lactose, which tried to drag some light in here, smoked tobacco that I picked up in the smell, Some hints of vanilla starting to poke around, and then come some black licorice, oak like earthy notes dominate and bring together the chocolate and the vanilla. The finish in a class of its own.

07-12-2011 02:03:48 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of stx00lax
stx00lax

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%

A- pours a real dark brown with mocha colored head. Standard big stout.

S-Fudge brownies and tootsie rolls. Bits of vanilla, molasses and dark fruits creep through.

T- Similar to the smell with more of the tawny port/wine flavors taking over. A bit of oaky booze and smoke round out the finish. This beer is incredibly balanced with all of the bold flavors happening, its definitely one of the more impressive tasting stouts that ive tried to date.

M- Medium bodied liquid velvet. A lower than usual, but appropriate I think, level of carbonation considering the vinous nature of this beer. The oakiness helps to hide the alcohol well and dries out the sweetness a bit ultimately helping to balance things out.

O- Quite exceptional. I think the overall complexity and balance of this one really shine. The blend of stout, wine, smoke and barrel of this one world class.

09-17-2011 04:30:37 | More by stx00lax
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

Bomber shared by westcoastbeerlvr. Thanks, Craig.

Viscous opaque black. The beige head quickly recedes to a thin but lasting film.

Oak, smoke and bittersweet chocolate are heavy on the nose. The smoked malt is very well integrated. There's a good bit of vanilla from the barrel, and a slight vinous fruitiness. I have no idea what kind of barrel was used for this, but I'm guessing primarily whiskey or possibly a blend of whiskey and wine.

There's more whiskey flavor than the nose implies, caramel and vanilla forward with a nice woody smoke flavor that avoids coming off as meaty. Apparently no bourbon -bals were used with this beer, but I'll be damned if it doesn't have a whiskey-like sweetness to it. Roasted malt appears mid-palate. Alcohol is noticeable, but not 12.6% ABV noticeable. Tannic, smoky, woody finish. Pretty awesome beer, another winner from Midnight Sun.

03-18-2011 04:31:37 | More by largadeer
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bar Fly from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.