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Bar Fly - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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world-class

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 645
Gots: 30 | 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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Ratings: 153 | Reviews: 72 | Display Reviews Only:
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

05-02-2013 18:29:57 | More by ChugginOil
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Oregon

4/5  rDev -9.7%

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

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +1.6%

01-12-2013 06:07:21 | More by spycow
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

01-10-2013 14:03:12 | More by starrdogg
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -4.1%

12-17-2012 00:51:55 | More by WeisGuy
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teddyarrowhead

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

12-16-2012 06:14:53 | More by teddyarrowhead
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

11-24-2012 01:26:07 | More by ReeseMax3
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

11-13-2012 18:20:18 | More by surlytheduff
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -21%

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

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

10-16-2012 18:30:19 | More by popery
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MattMew


5/5  rDev +12.9%

10-03-2012 04:26:30 | More by MattMew
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tarheels86

California

3.63/5  rDev -18.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +1.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +7.2%
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 -26.6%
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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Momar42

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

07-24-2012 03:22:05 | More by Momar42
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
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
Bar Fly from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.