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Bar Fly - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

142 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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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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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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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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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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tarheels86

California

3.63/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

651mL thanks to CaptainCougar. Pours an ink color- used motoroil. Opaque with a large, dense, deep brown head. Yessss. Nose...apples and similar to CCB Hunahpu nose. Cocoa, dark chocolate, red apple. Taste is rich, mild smokiness and bacon, big sweetness, small lemon, big strawberry and brown sugar. Sort of a disappointment with not much smoked character. 7/5/7/4/14=3.7

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 16:18:59 | More by tarheels86
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Kyle for opening this one. One of the most intense and balanced imperial stout I’ve had. Molasses, chocolate cake, vanilla and oak. Alcohol join the sweetness and intensity from the malts and brings this beer to a whole new level. Some dark fruits in the taste. Very rich and lovely palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 18:32:17 | More by Luk13
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fiver29

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mike. Thanks! Pours thick jet black with than head. Aroma is roasted malt and smoke. Dense and creamy mouthfeel. Almost as if it was made with oats. Taste was very nice meld of smoke, peat, coffee, roasted malt, and an herbal note. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 12:10:29 | More by fiver29
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cosmicevan

New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

massive thanks to vitese for the kind trade. enjoyed from a midnight sun tulip. Notes from 8/29.

a - dark and thick, like motor oil with a thin creamy head and streaky lacing. looks like a stout aught to look.

s - smoked indeed. some peat. some oak. some char. more porter than stout from the smokiness. good chocolate fruity roasty notes.

t - Wow...that's GOOD! really perfect amount of smoke. chocolate malts. some peat and smokiness from the wood. the roast is great. doesn't feel like red wine barrels, but it is a stout so haven't had many aged in red wine barrels, but upon realizing it was aged in red wine barrels, i can definitely believe it. there are some nice dark fruit notes in there which very well could be from the red wine barrels.

m - thick, rich, velvety. highlight of the beer is the mouthfeel. the ABV is totally invisible. i was shocked to see the number tied with the ABV.

o - overall, one of the best smoked beers i've ever had. really great chocolate notes intermingling with a perfect amount of smoke. this is what a smoked stout should be.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:51:39 | More by cosmicevan
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raveskdr

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Always been a want. Smoked beer in wine barrels? Don't mind if I do! Huge ups to starrdogg for this mini whale. Poured into my FFF Teku.

A - Dense and dark, very viscous when pouring. Medium brown head that laces decently well.

S - Super slight touch of smoke right up front, lots more dark fruit and roastiness. There is this really bizarre metallic smell when first poured. (note: this dissipates when it warms up). Concerning.

T - Boom. The smokiness and juicy, fruity red wine right up front. They blend together perfectly, crazily enough. There is a big amount of roast and smoke on the back end.

M - Silky smooth, crazily slow for the smoke/barrel. Not a touch of alcohol in any facet. Amazing.

O - Wow. I was both super intrigued and dubious about this beer. Needless to say, even after the rocky start, this beer delivers and some. I don't know if I'll ever be able to drink it again (or how long it'll hold up), but I can't imagine this beer isn't right near it's sweet spot right now. A mini whale that stands up to the hype!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 01:03:55 | More by raveskdr
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.25/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul at Woodshop

Look: Black as hell with a small maybe 1/8 inch tan head (small pour) with ok retention and some spotty lacing left on the glass

Smell: The nose was rather faint. The label says smoked imperial stout so I was expecting quite a bit of smoke and it is there but very faint. Following the smoke is some chocolate and oak

Taste: Again damn it where is the smoke??? Very faint smoke and just quite malty. There is a some roasted malt mid palate and has a fair amount of oak on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with medium to low carbonation.

Overall: This is one of those beers that I am glad I did not trade for as I am quite let down. Based on the other reviews it almost seems like I had a totally different beer from everyone else or this beer was improperly stored and time has been harsh to it. Either way the beer was very lack luster at best and most definitely not worth the headache. I would love to try it again in the future to see if maybe I just had a bad bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:09:39 | More by DarthKostrizer
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some slight soy sauce aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make it pretty easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 02:06:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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schmoopsbeer

California

4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in to firestone tulip
served at cellar temp

Color: Pours almost jet black. Hints of mocha shine around the edges of the glass. A nice tan one finger head forms in the glass, but it dissolves quite quickly.

Nose: Just superb! Light smoke, roast, and great oak presence. Hints of roasted coffee beans, mellow chocolate, with hints of tobacco. Quite complex.

Palate: Medium to full bodied. Extremely drinkable with the perfect amount of carbonation. The abv is well masked throughout the beer. On the tongue you first get the smoke followed by waves of roasted coffee and tobacco. At the back end the vanilla and cab barrel presence begins to show.

Finish: Smooth and uber complex. Great texture and layers. An incredible stout that shines above all others out there.

Rating: 97/100

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 21:22:13 | More by schmoopsbeer
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally found my notes from a couple months ago to review this beer.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle split into 2 pint glasses.

A- Thick motor oil black with a 2 finger dark brown head. Small blotches of lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet dark fruits, chocolate and a slight smoke aroma.

T- Similar to the nose with sweet dark fruits coming through, nice chocolate and coffee notes as well.

M- Full body, medium carbonation. Perfect mouth feel, very smooth and creamy.

O- Amazing RIS! Great combination of sweet dark fruits, chocolate and slight smokiness. ISO

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 12:35:42 | More by kawilliams81
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oline73

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours black with a layer of tan head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet and quite smokey. Lots of dark fruit, I am picking up some wine like qualities. I'm also getting some alcohol heat.

Taste: This is a very smokey beer, especially right off the bat. The first sip reminded me of barbecue sauce. I'm pretty sure it's the combination of the smoked malt and the wine. Things blend together and mellow after a few sips. The finish is a tad bitter with a nice smoke level. There was also a hint of dark chocolate from the malt.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a very good and extremely interesting beer. The wine barrels and smoke worked well together. I wouldn't want all of my stouts to taste like this, but I'm glad this one did.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 03:06:59 | More by oline73
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mulder1010

Australia

4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big long time want
Thanks to Nicks6217 for the bottle

A-- Poured and settled motor oil black. Thin, half finger of dark leather head that quickly went to a ringed collar. Not too bad a lacing for the size of this. Visually a big beer and a lot of a dark, oily substance left behind through drinking.

S-- Dark coco, oak, dark fruits burnt tires, or rubber, and red wine. Just a huge nose with this. Impressive as heck and very full on.

T-- See above but amped up. Just a full on taste. Lots of chocolate, burnt tires, dark plum and strawberry, red wine, ash and char. Well hidden alcohol.

M-- Full bodied and light to no carbonation. Slick and oily but very velvety and easy to drink. More wine like in a lot of respects with the amount of fruit in the mid and back palate. Finishes quite dry and coating. Almost parching dry. Stunning with it's balance in the mouth. Just bits of smoke in the back of palate.

O-- Seriously a top 5 stout. Dry as heck monster but easy to drink. More fruit than expected, mixed in with enough chocolate. Well hidden alcohol and only real complaint is not enough smoke. One of the best imperial stouts I have tried in the last 18 months. More European than American due to the lack of sweetness and how dry it was. Pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 14:29:08 | More by mulder1010
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been stashed away in my cellar for almost a year. Today is as good as any day to try this one. Opened on 5.27.12.

A - Pours a motor oil black with a very small dark tan head that quickly fades to the edges.

S - Mostly chocolate at first, then some subtle coffe and booze come out.

T - Again chocolate is noticeable at first, then a sweet, smokey wonder. Hard to place, but very good. Made me think of beef jerkey, and in a good way.

D - A heavier body and mild carbonation. Velvety smooth in the mouth.

O - So good. Smokey, but very sublte and well balanced. Subtle smoke, sweetness, coffee and chocolate, and some wow!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 02:49:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
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kevanb

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brian for bringing this to our tasting, 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Never thought I'd be trying this one.

It pours a viscous jet black color, no light is getting through this guy. A nice caramel colored head appears, nice tight bubbles, about a half finger to a finger, dissipates quickly leaving behind no lacing but a nice ring of film along the rim of the glass as well as some residual film atop the beer. The aromas are wonderful, nice roasted coffee, charred wood, smokey malt, but I was impressed with how tame to overall level of smoke was. I'm not usually a fan of smoked beers or rauchbiers but the way Bar Fly highlighted smoke, without going overboard was amazing. Notes of dark fruit, chocolate and some sweet alcohol all show up in the nose as well. The flavors are wonderful, nice smooth, rich dark chocolate, dark fruits, cherries, plums, a bit of the wine, transitions nicely into the roastier flavors. The coffee element jumped out at me, nice layer of toasted wood, much fainter smoked malts, a bit alcohol with some caramel sweetness at the finish. The body is perfection, big, smooth, rich, syrupy, low carbonation, but just enough to enhance the richness and give it that big body.

Verdict: Can't say enough about this one. A huge shout out to Midnight Sun for this stout, the flavors are fantastic, not too smokey, but with just enough roast, bold, complex, smooth, rich and decadent, what more could you want in a stout?

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 19:52:48 | More by kevanb
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got to try this elusive beast of a stout.

Black pour with a very small chocolate colored head.

Smells like a big American stout. Dark chocolate, molasses, and vinious nose. Not as smokey as I had thought it would be. It's somewhat tame.

Bold dark chocolate fudge flavor. Some smokieness to cut the sweetness. Licorice. Thick coating on the tongue. Cab barrel adds a nice dryness to the beer but the chocolate flavor lingers on. I feel like this beer is somewhat similar to Zukhov.

It was similar to what I imagined it to be. Wished there was more smoke to it though.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 17:21:24 | More by BearsOnAcid
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mdfb79

New York

4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Poured into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate, smokey malts, lightly toasted and burnt malts, some wine, oak, and sweet fruit. Very nice nose; very roasty and chocolatey, and the smoke is light and nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, oak, sweet chocolate, alcohol, smokey malts, molasses, burnt malts, and toasted malts. Still quite nice but the alcohol comes out in the taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth and creamy body. Perfect mouthfeel for a stout for me.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good stout. The nose was great and the mouthfeel was perfect. A little more alcohol then I would like in the taste but world class and would love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 17:50:58 | More by mdfb79
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a midnight sun glass. Beer is black and dark with a thin tan head of small wispy bubbles. Some lacing. Low carbonation.

Aroma is boozy, sweet, anise, nice. A little boozer than I thought.

Medium to big in body. Fudge, sweet, smoke, licorice, nice. Good finish. Mildly bitter. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 17:54:24 | More by drabmuh
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Onslow

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle .. Team Tubes #46 .. Shared at the first get together at Matt's .. I was excited about trying this one!! .. a smoked imperial stout! very intrigued! .. . Pours a deep brown black, medium foam, good lacing of light brown smudges .. . aroma of roast, light bbq pit, and burnt wood- quite balanced .. . similar tastes, just less smoke and more tar .. . wow, i really enjoyed this, a well made brew, but next time guys, add more smoke .. . Oh, so they have Internet on computers now!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 19:19:52 | More by Onslow
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

Bar Fly pours completely black with a small tan head. The cap stays around for a minute before fading to a few wisps.

The aroma is fairly sweet; sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and molasses.

The flavor is very smooth, blending all of the flavors together in harmony, and follows the nose while being a little bit less sweet. There are some red wine notes and slight tannic nature in the middle of the sip. Lactose, chocolate, roasted malt base, red wine, a bit of coffee, vanilla, and oak.

Silky smooth, thick, creamy, chewy, and viscous. The carbonation is creamy.

Overall this is a pretty fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 18:35:55 | More by KickInTheChalice
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billab914

Virginia

4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Portsmouth tulip. It poured thick looking and pitch black in color. A thin, frothy, dark colored head barely covers the top of the beer and is already sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma is showing a really nice chocolatey flavor with some red wine and dark fruits to it. I get some woody oak and vanilla mixing in along with just a hint of smoke. A little bit of alcohol is present, but not bad for the abv. Great aroma overall, it had some really good, bold flavors to it but they really come together well.

The taste blends the roasty, chocolaty, slightly smoky flavors of the Imperial stout with the Cabernet barrel characteristics perfectly. The base imperial stout really comes together well, it's extremely smooth and flavorful. I get some oak and vanilla coming from the barrel aging, but the slight wine like, dark fruit character that comes out in it is what really impresses me. It gives it a little bit of a chocolatey wine character that I'm really liking. Some darker, bitter-sweet chocolate seems to balance out the finish. The flavors really compliment each other in it, with so much going on I'm extremely impressed how well it came together.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and somewhat slick. Carbonation is on the lower side. Overall it was a fantastic beer. Everything came together pretty much perfectly in it. I loved how well the wine barrel complimented the imperial stout flavors. It was so smooth and so flavorful. I'm buying the hype on this one, I thought it was really something special.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 00:08:31 | More by billab914
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark black with a two finger mocha head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma is amazing. Chocolate, cocoa, black licorice, smoked malt, and molasses. If this tastes as good as it smells, this should be phenomenal.

The taste is sublime. Chocolate, cocoa, black licorice, smoked malt, molasses, vanilla, and oak combine beautifully to make one of the best Imperial Stouts I have had. There is also a light amount of roasted malt for some balance. Given the flavors, one might expect this beer to be cloyingly sweet, but it is not. This is just a very well made beer.

Full bodied, rich, and creamy with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, and a pleasure to drink. the alcohol is well disguised. I can't believe this beer has 12.60 % abv from the taste. It is a shame this beer was only brewed once. In my opinion, this beer should be an annual release.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 03:09:20 | More by hardy008
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Bar Fly from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.