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Bar Fly (2011) - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Bar Fly (2011)Bar Fly (2011)

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245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 614
Gots: 52 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: largadeer on 03-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Smoked imperial stout aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.
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Thick and sticky. Not much smoke. Nice in a 4-6oz pour but might be hard to power through much more.

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The beer pours the expected blackish brown color, with very good head retention andlots of sticky dark foam lacing all around. The nose is every bit as good in this beer, as I pick up light bourbon, vanilla, light milk duds (always a good sign), dark chocolate and light coffee. This beer just smells like it will be yummy. On the palate, the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but the molasses just seemed a bit excessive. There's a lot going on in this beer (I get a hint of smoke, but was expecting more, given the description on the label), but I felt like the molasses flavor really dominated. The beer is fairly sweet, but not overly so, as the light smoke and molasses keep that in check. Mouthfeel is great, as the beer displays a long, soft creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile. You can tell it's up there, but it's not the least bit obtrusive.

This beer is excellent, no doubt, but I preferred the earlier version, which I was fortunate enough to have at a bottle share several years ago. It was the cab barrel version, and it seemed like the wine flavor played well and better with the smoke and molasses. The current version is still quite excellent, but it's hard to forget the earlier version I was able to try some years back. Also, I wonder if some short term cellaring might improve this beer a bit, and perhaps smooth out some of the rough edges.

Regardless. This is a very nice effort from the folks at MS.

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Bar Fly (2011) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.