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Bar Fly - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%


Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Smoked imperial stout aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 03-18-2011)
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-19-2014 22:19:07 | More by jzeilinger
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huntermop

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7%

04-02-2014 05:17:22 | More by huntermop
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with a (now) peeling label, from the 2010 "Pop Ten Series". Received this bottle as a 40th birthday gift from my friend, Justin, over 2 years ago; it's been in the fridge or cellar ever since. Split with my wife on a fairly average Wednesday night, the only reason being we needed a strong/smoky beer to pair with some awesome split pea & ham hock soup she'd made. Two large snifters.

Label says 12.6% ABV & 45 IBU

A: Extremely dark pour with a leathery brown head, short - 1/4" at best. Impenetrable, so there's no carbonation showing. What head there is fades to a thin star-shaped swirl with a thin ring that drags with each sip into speckles of slowly falling lace.

S: With probably close to 4 years of age on this, aromas have muddled but not faded. Very good molasses-like sweetness, with brown sugar, cocoa, sweet bourbon. There are hints of ash/wood that come off as almost "meaty" - think maple-glazed bacon - although a little subtle. Regardless, a savory-sweet and enticing scent.

T: What first struck me was a syrupy and lightly medicinal cherry (cough medicine) sweetness. Once that initial flavor subsided, a tastier vanilla and praline/candy sweetness developed. Cocoa powder/Ovaltine with modest oak. Smokiness appears in the finish as a charred/grainy and balancing bitterness. Again, I think of candied bacon, even of a red wine reduction. Deep and ever-changing flavors.

M: After a few years in the cellar, a VERY smooth sipper. Velvety level of light carbonation. Creamy, sublime. Medium body, no real "heat" from a 12%+ ABV content.

O: A very enjoyable beer, one that has held up very well and that was, truly, a shame to finally finish. Knowing that this will likely be the one chance I get to enjoy this beer, I made sure to let it linger and to savor each sip. I think the smokiness and barrel/oak flavors have waned, but nonetheless it was a delicious beer that I'd love to have the chance to try again. Thanks again, JustinatBeaumont!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 04:26:35 | More by msubulldog25
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-19-2014 22:31:21 | More by millerbuffoon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

01-19-2014 22:10:47 | More by Knapp85
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baybum

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7%

12-13-2013 19:48:56 | More by baybum
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 02:46:43 | More by SpeedwayJim
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CityofBals

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.9%

09-12-2013 18:10:04 | More by CityofBals
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justforrazors

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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nkeckhar

New York

4/5  rDev -9.9%

08-11-2013 20:10:55 | More by nkeckhar
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

08-01-2013 20:39:27 | More by madtowndmb1
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

08-01-2013 02:16:50 | More by BarrytheBear
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kyle and Todd for bottles of this elusive beer.

Midnight Sun brews stouts that are incredibly pleasing to the eye, and this is no exception. Jet black, with a thick, dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a gorgeous stout. The nose is great. The smoke character here is delicate, moderately earthy and a little meaty, and the wine barrels are an inspired choice. Pairing well with the robust chocolate, roast and espresso of the base stout, the fruity vinous notes are excellent. Mildly jammy as well, the wine character is expressed very well .

The palate is truly unique. Very jammy and fruity from the wine, this is among the fruitier imperial stouts I've had. Flavors of blackberry and black cherriy come to mind, before the base stout, powerful in depth and balance, takes over. Plenty of dark chocolate (85%ish?), heavily roasted malts and a mild smoke character are present. The smoke character is really mellow here, most noticeable as an earthy, smoldering wet wood bitterness and flavor that's present towards the finish. A moderate spice character, anise being most prominent, is present as well. The finish is long and excellent, with a great blend of roast, bitterness and chocolate, with the unexpected (but wholly welcome) fruitiness from the wine. Oak character is minimal here. Medium-full in body with soft, creamy carbonation, this feels really great on the palate - so soft and so supple! Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:07:54 | More by DefenCorps
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.75/5  rDev +7%

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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

03-10-2013 01:19:05 | More by JAHMUR
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buzze40

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7%

03-03-2013 01:51:44 | More by buzze40
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enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-21-2013 15:01:41 | More by enelson
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oregone

Oregon

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-22-2013 16:53:45 | More by oregone
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unclekeith

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

01-21-2013 06:13:50 | More by unclekeith
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 11:59:45 | More by thagr81us
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +7%

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tewaris

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Insanely dark, among the darkest beers I have had and equally thick --- thick enough to stain the glass at the sides. Vanilla, sweet booze and spice, subtle smoke, dark fruit in volumes, roast at the end. Pretty darn good. Silky feel and medium carbonation.

Thanks Dan.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 10:39:49 | More by tewaris
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WeisGuy

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

12-17-2012 00:51:55 | More by WeisGuy
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Bar Fly from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.