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Bar Fly - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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142 Ratings
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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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Photo of scottfrie


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

Bottle generously shared by ipa247. Poured into Jackie O’s snifter.

A: Pours black with a good long lasting collar.
S: Very roasted and sweet notes with a bit of smoke as an afterthought, similar to barbque. I get some raisins as well.
T: Big notes of raisins and other dark fruits including plums and prunes, with a great dose of well-integrated smoke in the aftertaste. Caramel is low.
M: Super smooth, bubbly carbonation, and a soft mouthfeel. This beer is thick, but not crazy. Alcohol is just noticeable in the finish, but for almost 13% ABV, it’s hidden very well.
O: Overall a great balance between the sweet and roasted/smoky flavors. Alcohol is well done, and the smoke is not overpowering or off-putting in flavor. Thanks again for sharing, Jeff, I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 23:28:33 | More by scottfrie
Photo of mikesgroove

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
Photo of Overlord


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

Huge thanks to Hophead84 for breaking this out at a sour festival. Kudos, little buddy.

Pours a heavy, oil puddle black with a small bit of light tan head. The head quickly vanishes leaving some bubbles. Some carbonation, but no real head.

Smell is excellent. Some wood/oak, but heavy on the milk chocolate, roasted malt, a bit, just a bit of raisins, and a really nice vanilla aroma that I almost never comes across. Whiff of unidentifiable booze.

Incredibly balanced flavor. The malt has just a touch of roast/smoke, so much so that calling this a "smoked" beer on the label is just false advertising. Black tar molasses mixed with milk chocolate mixed with a ton, A TON of vanilla, and the raisins/dates round out a slightly boozy aftertaste. It's a predominantly sweet beer, but the balancing agents of the touch of acrid roast, along with the dark fruits really make this heavenly.

Mouthfeel is thick, smooth, viscous, could use a tad more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 02:52:42 | More by Overlord
Photo of RodneyX


5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black beer with some foamy, lighter than expected head and decent legs. I like the smell of this one quite a bit as it has good roast and vinous notes to go with it. It has nice -bal notes in general with oak and vanilla. The taste is a really great blend of smoke, char, sweetness and some dark fruits as well as bourbon and chocolate. It has a very smooth and full body beer. Overall I find this to be an great example of the style and also unique.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 19:45:24 | More by RodneyX
Photo of womencantsail


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
Photo of yourefragile

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
Photo of khumbard


4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BigE90 for this hard to find brew.

A - Pours big and black, with a one finger tan head. Pretty thick, and coats the glass. Nice looking stout.

S - The two main players here are chocolate and smoke. Also some well integrated roasted malts, as well as a slight barrel character. Quite a bit going on, but nothing stands out too far on its own.

T - This is one of the most balanced big stouts I've had in quite some time. The flavors all work very well together. Dark chocolate, roasty sweetness, just enough meaty smokiness, and finishes with almost a port-like sweetness. Very, very good.

M - Thick, viscous, as a nice big stout should be. The carbonation is just about right as well.

O - One of the better stouts I've had recently. A very well balanced beer which is hard to find in this style. I'd put it on par with the quality of a stout like Abyss. Maybe slightly better with the level of smoke and dark chocolate. I'm very glad to have another bottle left of this one, great stuff. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 04:07:37 | More by khumbard
Photo of HopHead84


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
Photo of Arbitrator


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

Updated 09/23/11: Either there's some bottle variation, or it's starting to oxidize and increase the perceived sweetness. Scores lowered a bit. Still a great beer.

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of the late, great chswimmer (RIP). Thanks. From notes.

A: Pours a slick, pitch black body with minor legs upon swirling. It generates a very light head with agitation, but nothing that retains.

S: As soon as I sniffed this, I fell in love. It boasts aromas of wine, oak, vanilla, smoke, coconut, chocolate, roasted grain, figs. It's so well-integrated that it takes several minutes to pick out everything and write it down, and I'm convinced I missed some of it. Nothing is dominant; it's all in balance.

T: It begins with roasted grain, lending a mild bitterness that segues into chocolate, molasses, toffee, licorice, and figs. A touch of smoke is noted, then it finishes with clean barrel character: a blend of wine, whiskey (not bourbon -- I'd actually guess rye whiskey), oak, and vanilla. Again, nothing is dominant. All the elements are in balance and each one is well represented. The finish brings out a touch of smoke, spice, and chocolate once more.

M: A velvety, full body that leaves nothing to be desired. The flavor lingers without being unpleasant. Great, long-lasting finish that makes each sip an experience.

O: This beer is underrated. And that's coming from a guy who almost always says the opposite.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 05:32:40 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of ktrillionaire


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

Big thanks to Alex for the share

A - Pours black and oily, with a little bit of legs, it is capped with a modicum of froth; it looks like an Imperial Stout, no doubt.

S - The nose is fairly complex, offering notes of smoked dark-dried fruit, roasted and naked grain, molasses, berry-ish vinousness, tannic oak, and also a hint of vanilla, coconut and baker's chocolate, to round it out.

T - The flavor is again very nice and sublimely complex, as it offers much of the same as the nose, but with differing apportionment. For one, the barrel is more pronounced in the flavor, and suggests more of a subtly sweet whiskey character, whereas the nose suggests more tannic oak and wine. The smoke is a bit stronger in the taste, as well; in this regard, I think the beer will age phenomenally as some of the smoke subsides. Dark and dried fruit is suggested, and where I perceived molasses in the nose, I am getting more of a toffee note in flavor. Good stuff; MS does it again...

M - The feel is silky and rich.

O - Awesomeness.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 15:20:03 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of KevSal


4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to lakersfan16 for this guy!

22oz bottle into a snifter

A- Look spot on! completely dark with a deep brown, maybe half inch head. disolves to a a dark ring around the glass

s- YES! this guy fills the room! Smokey, sweet chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate. a strong particular smell reminiscent to hunahpu and apple brandy zhukov actually. full body aroma fills your nose.

t- bitter chocolates. smoke flavors are present but not over-bearing. all the flavors are balanced very well together. bitter chocolate after taste. delicious

m- mouth feel definitely helps the flavors come out. thick and chewy. perfect carbonation.

o- very well crafted beer. every works together really well. the nose is just amazing. was surprised to see this guy sit at 12.6! only .4 less than bcs, but nowhere near the heat. thank goodness i got another!

EDIT: this guys a creeper. it goes down so smooth it'll f*ck you up rightquick

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 07:55:01 | More by KevSal
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
Photo of JAXSON


4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a thick black with a small mocha head. Nose is rich, earthy malt, lightly ashy, with some smoke and wood. Very thick and rich in the mouth, fairly sharp carbonation. Fairly sweet flavor with fudge brownie, light wood, and a long roasted, smoky finish. Very nice, I enjoy the smoke and wood elements of this a lot. A lot of residual sugars...a bit more attenuation would have made this just killer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 00:39:11 | More by JAXSON
Photo of AgentZero


4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man I love me some smoked stout. Thanks to Alex for bringing this one (I think).

A - Dark black beer with a tiny mocha head that didn't stay for long and left nothing on the sides.

S - Roast, little bit of smoke, some chocolate, and some sweetness. Nothing jumps out at you, rather the aromas blend together nicely and can be individually picked out.

T - This is a well balanced stout. The sweetness sticks out a little bit in the form of chocolate and toffee, but combines nicely with the roast. Smoke is present, but I wish it were just a touch stronger, although there is nothing to complain about. For some reason I'm thinking of Czar Jack or BA Speedway when I'm drinking this, but it might just be my imagination. Great taste.

M - Full bodied and smooth.

O - Really great beer, I have yet to drink something by MS that isn't a quality brew. This is quite well balanced and offers something for everyone. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 23:32:39 | More by AgentZero
Photo of gford217


4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to a great BA for this bottle.

Pours seriously dark, oil slick black, with a small but thick mocha head that shows decent retention and leaves sticky legs along the sides.

Whoa, this thing has a fantastic nose, massively complex. Starts out with dark, bakers chocolate, licorice and just enough smoke to make me take notice. There is a bit of oak in there as well, but nothing dominates the nose. Everything fits together.

The taste is seeming more complex. It's like the beer takes on three different forms. Starts with heavily roasted chocolate malts, bitter almost. This is swept away with a combination of sweetness, licorice especially, and the smoky notes. The smoke lingers a bit in the finish along with some spicy oak and a return of the bitter chocolate....floored me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. It's pretty thick on the palate, sticking through the finish. Just coats the mouth completely.

Another fantastic beer from MSBC, using the smoke to supplement a great base beer, not letting it dominate. Can't believe the ABV is over 12%. Big ups to the boys in Anchorage.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 02:52:05 | More by gford217
Photo of jrallen34


4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex... pours a dark black with out much of head but super dark and good looking... nose is really complex with some much going on but they blend perfectly, roast, oak, lots of smoke and bitter chocolate, very good... the nose is sweeter than you would expect, chocolate and smoke, the wine barrel adds some nice depth, smoke and wine go wonderfully... a little thin but hides the alcohol completely... this is excellent and you need to get it

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 20:14:59 | More by jrallen34
Photo of hopluva1


4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigE90 for the 22 oz. served in a snifter @ 50-55*

This is black with just a slight light brown head. Aroma is not to complex, it is bourbon barrel with a hint of smoke. This beer comes to life when you taste it. Bourbon(not sure if it was in a bourbon barrel), roasted barley, some dark fruitiness and alcohol flavor blend well together. The smoke just lingers there adding one more layer of flavor.

I really enjoyed this beer, hopefully they will produce it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 16:53:26 | More by hopluva1
Photo of Sean9689


4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MI Mega Tasting III. 22oz bomber, poured into RBSG 2010 snifter.

A - Pours black as night with nothing else much going on. Just black stout in my glass and that's about it. There's a yellow hue left after swirling the glass around a bit...motor oil-esk.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, slight smoke, roast, nice oak character. A little bit of this and that, blended together, equals awesomeness.

T - Not quite as much dark chocolate on the palate as the nose, but it's still there. The slight sweetness comes out from the cabernet barrel. Smooth booze, slight roast, very complex. 12.6% alcohol, you say? No way...barley noticeable/very impressive.

M - Full body, smooth, rich, with light carbonation.

O - Hard to find any flaws at all with this one. The alcohol is seriously well-hidden, which impresses me most of all. The chocolate and oak are not overdone and contribute instead of mask mistakes, which I find with other stouts. Another excellent brew from MS...recommend!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 18:09:30 | More by Sean9689
Photo of BigE90


4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had several poured directly from the source and I was impressed.

Appearance was a good deep black with no visible light. Half finger head that was dense upon arrival but then faded after a few minutes

Smell was smooth and full of flavor. No over powering of oak or chocolate or coffee. Just a great sense of a blending of flavors to come

Taste was smooth with only an initial hint of bitterness. As it warmed to room temperature the bite mellowed and it left a sweet finish in the mouth that lingered a little.

Overall I was surprised by flavor and finish of such a young stout with this much body. I did not want to leave!

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 17:10:06 | More by BigE90
Photo of bolojm


4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick, black beer with minimal head and carbonation. Aromas of molasses, dark fruit, licorice, a hint of oak. This is a complex beer on the palate. I was originally afraid of the oak/smoke combination, but smoke flavor is very low, and oak flavor is low, but present. A heavy molasses, chocolate, coffee, roasted (without being burnt) and dark fruit flavors are all there, and balance well together. This is a full bodied beer with medium-low carbonation. Awesome to sip on for an hour or two on a quiet evening at home.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 20:34:16 | More by bolojm
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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Bar Fly from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.