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Bar Fly - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 643
Gots: 26 | FT: 4
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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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

10-29-2012 00:55:21 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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
Photo of Thorpe429


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

Big thanks to Alex for opening this bottle at DLD 2011. Served in a snifter.

Pour yields a near-black brew with a good mocha-ish-colored head and a nice cap as it falls down. The nose is really quite nice with an underlying smokey character throughout. On top of that comes some light chocolate as well as a dusting of coffee and some roasted malt. Everything is layered with the smoke quite well. Very nice touch. The flavor is really nice, hiding the alcohol quite well. Impressively well, in fact. Smoke mingles with chocolate, roast, and espresso. What's not to love? Good full body and appropriate carbonation. Very nice. Thanks again, Alex.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 10:42:48 | More by Thorpe429
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South Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:03:48 | More by mikesgroove
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4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Shane!

A: The beer pours a nearly impenetrable black color with a finger of tan head.

S: There definitely is some smoke to the nose, but it's not overpowering. Lots of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee as you would expect. The lightest hints of oak in the background and vanilla and molasses give a touch more sweetness.

T: I liked the nose, but the flavor is simply better. Sweeter than anticipated with vanilla, chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel, and molasses all playing a role. The roast qualities are there and there's a bit of coffee with just a hint of smoke.

M: Medium to full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: After a lot of let downs from Midnight Sun, it was nice to have a really solid beer from them.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 14:26:29 | More by womencantsail
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-12-2013 06:07:21 | More by spycow
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

04-14-2012 21:12:53 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

01-19-2014 22:10:47 | More by Knapp85
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

11-25-2011 20:41:26 | More by GRG1313
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

03-10-2013 01:19:05 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of largadeer


4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 04:31:37 | More by largadeer
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

11-15-2011 01:10:55 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the brewery. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - A half-finger of dark mocha foam settles to a thin ring, leaving behind no lace. Black body, with the faintest red glint at the bottom of the glass.

S - Big dark chocolate malts, light smoke character, mild vinous notes, dark fruits, light vanilla and oak, heavily roasted grains, and a faint hint of alcohol as it warms up. Not a mind-blowing aroma, but one with fantastic depth, balance and complexity.

T - Taste is, again, a great blend of roasted malts, cocoa, black cherry and plum notes, light oak and vinous character, molasses and a dark chocolate finish. Sweetness increases as the beer reaches room temperature, and alcohol is remarkably well-hidden.

M - Low but present carbonation, medium-full body, well-hidden alcohol with only a hint of warming. Roasty, dry, and tannic finish that helps blunt some of the sweetness and keeps things from getting unbalanced. Not sure what else I'd want from a barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

D - A wonderful reminder that barrel-aged Imperial Stouts don't have to be brash and in-your-face, nor do they have to be obliterated by the barrel-aging process. The cabernet sauvignon barrel is an inspired choice, as it was presumably used multiple times in the vineyard and therefore reduced the amount of oak character. The dark fruit wine character also integrates well with the base stout. An extremely well-crafted beer and surprisingly drinkable considering the formidable 12.6% ABV. Believe the hype on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 21:18:42 | More by MasterSki
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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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4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 19:50:10 | More by Mora2000
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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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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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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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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +7%

04-23-2012 22:00:33 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

11-15-2011 21:59:00 | More by imperialking
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District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Alan at TJs during the latest Philly BA intervention.

Pour yields a near-black brew with a good mocha-ish-colored head and a nice cap as it falls down. Aroma is rich and sweet blend of fruit/port with strong roast malt and milk chocolate. Flavor is more of the same, extremely balanced yet a little sweeter than your typical stout from the barrels used I assume. Not as much coffee presence as other reviews have mentioned; seems like the barrel is becoming more prominent. Still a strong roast malt and chocolate presence however. Medium thick body with moderate carbonation and a silky presence on the palate. Trying this side by side with Czar Jack it's hard to nitpick either and pick a favorite. However this one made me slow down a little more, where Czar Jack seemed like the perfect example of the style, this was a pleasant, subtle tweak on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 19:06:20 | More by yourefragile
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District of Columbia

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

Bottle shared by craytonic. Thanks Matt.

The beer is on the verge of black, with a wispy, thin beige cap. The aroma is of heavy roast, booze, oak, chocolate, and hints of vanilla. The flavor is toasty, with booze and chocolates. Vanilla and oak flavors are there as well. Soft smokey, campfire notes. The feel is thick, with fairly low carbonation. Booze lingers on the palate, offering a delicate warmth. Well done. While alcohol is present, it's well integrated into the taste profile and completely unobtrusive. This beer is not the usual imperial stout. Unique and refined. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 05:37:10 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

06-03-2014 08:56:37 | More by zestar
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4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Looks like motor oil as it glugs out of the bottle. Two fingers of creamy froth linger for a minute, giving way to some lacing.

S: Rich, luscious milk and dark chocolate with just the right amount of oak. Smoke is light and adds depth to the chocolate profile. I detect marshmallows. Faint grape and plum notes linger in the background. Lightly roasted, with a subtle molasses presence. Alcohol is faint. I know this was in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, but I get a light bourbon note, as well as some caramel and vanilla. There's something Belgian about this, perhaps it's the yeast.

T: Caramel, milk and dark chocolate, and oak, with a little molasses. Vinous notes are of plum and grape, with a little raisin. Lightly smoky, it's very, very faint. I get fudge and chocolate brownie with light marshmallow notes. Lightly roasted. Upper moderate sweetness.

M: Full in body with upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, sticky, and smooth. Fantastic.

Overall: An awesome beer from Midnight Sun. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 14:56:11 | More by HopHead84
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-07-2012 17:39:48 | More by TurdFurgison
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Bar Fly from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.