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Bar Fly - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 643
Gots: 27 | FT: 5
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.

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

California

2.78/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes.

Bar Fly
Pitch black with a finger of beige head. Decent lacing. 4.5
The nose is honey and charcoal. Booze and dark fruits. Licorice. Too smokey. 2.5
Taste is honey, chocolate, a bit boozy. Licorice. Not enough barrel. Yucky dark fruit. 3
Mouthfeel could be heavier. Low carbonation which is good, but on the whole shitty. 2
Lame. 2.5

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 22:25:04 | More by billshmeinke
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vissai

California

3/5  rDev -32.4%

01-16-2012 15:36:46 | More by vissai
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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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

10-29-2012 00:55:21 | More by t0rin0
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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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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

08-01-2013 20:39:27 | More by madtowndmb1
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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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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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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -9.9%

11-25-2011 20:41:26 | More by GRG1313
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.9%

06-25-2012 02:11:53 | More by hoppymcgee
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MrHirschybar

California

4/5  rDev -9.9%

12-27-2011 23:06:19 | More by MrHirschybar
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KHM

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -9.9%

11-14-2011 23:39:22 | More by KHM
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Beerlistman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-05-2012 01:47:47 | More by Beerlistman
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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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oregone

Oregon

4/5  rDev -9.9%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.9%

11-23-2011 16:08:11 | More by brystmar
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monitorpop

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-05-2012 04:48:18 | More by monitorpop
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.9%

12-08-2011 06:56:07 | More by Exiled
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CityofBals

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.9%

09-12-2013 18:10:04 | More by CityofBals
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kenm2118

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.9%

11-29-2011 06:14:35 | More by kenm2118
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mrbubbler

California

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-21-2012 01:00:33 | More by mrbubbler
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jerz

California

4/5  rDev -9.9%

03-03-2012 03:48:08 | More by jerz
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 19:12:26 | More by mikey711
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jeffo brought this one to my house. Nice!

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

What do I see? A motor oil thick fluid. No head at all. It looks like something that would be very bad to your health. Awesome.

A nose that presents oak, vanilla and malt sweetness and some booze. I expected smoke but can't detect that.

Flavors of dark chocolate on a bed of oak is probably what a French waiter would say. I'd say this stuff tastes great.

A medium to full body. Nice carbonation flavors linger with a touch of booze.

Great beer. It's worth the hype. Make sure you keep this fom the hazardous materials in your garage because it looks like some automotive waste product...

Great call on this one Jeff!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 12:38:21 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: ? somewhere in Portland, OR

I have this beer in my notes, but damn if I can remember where exactly I had it. It's on the same page as my Apex notes, but I'm sure I didn't have it there. I'm going to assume it was part of the bottle share we had at Beermongers with writerLJberg. And if so, thanks to whoever provided the bottle.

Poured a dark black with a moderate tan head. Lots of roast in the nose, cocoa, coffee, dark malts, the usual suspects, with hints of vanilla'd oak and smoke. Complex taste that follows and augments the aroma, dark malts, roastiness, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, molasses, a non-offensive dose of smoky charcoal and grape skins, imparting a slightly bitter and dry quality. Heavy-medium body, smooth and flavorful, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 05:38:02 | More by Rifugium
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Bar Fly from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.