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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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238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 633
Gots: 55 | FT: 11
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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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

blindpiggie, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

The beer pours out black like motor oil.

The aroma is sweet chocolate, cocoa, thick and chunky chocolate, hints of umami.

The flavor follows with that sweet milk chocolate throughout. Hints of smoked flavor, but it is very hidden. Molasses on the back end. No alcohol detected. A rounding flavor and a few spikes of bourbon, but it is not an bourbon forward beer.

A full chewy mouthfeel.

An incredible brew that reminds me of a more bourbon forward Abyss.

dar482, Aug 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Lare453, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a motor oil sludge black color. Huge brown fluffy head that slowly settles into a puffy cap. Small wall of lacing on the glass. 4.25

The aroma has some chocolate note, sweet bourbon and vanilla, and a sour berry twang. The smoke comes through every now and again but you need to pull to get it. Standard issue bourbon barrel aged stout. 4

The taste is of a big malty stout. The roast is moderate, not overly aggressive, and has more of a milk chocolate flavor. The smoke pops out more in the flavor but its not dominate. The bourbon brings a caramel ribbon with some vanilla. A sharp sour berry and/or oak note. A bit acidic. 4

The feel is full bodied. Sweet, sour, and bitter on the palate. Some stickiness in the finish. 4

A flavorful BBA stout. It needs more smoke to make it stand out more from the rest. Its well made but it doesn't stand out from the others. 4

Gmann, Aug 24, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev -1.6%

petermethot, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

kevwcamp, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

GClarkage, Aug 22, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%

spw109, Aug 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

kjkinsey, Aug 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

ThatsThatDude, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Whimpers, Aug 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

HoppySeb, Aug 21, 2014
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2.76/5  rDev -37.1%

rdavies899, Aug 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

FLBeerGuy, Aug 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

1Sundown2C, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

muskiesman, Aug 16, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -18.9%

deNerval, Aug 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

mikefuski17, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

alexsergio, Aug 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

kmahe, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Greywulfken
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition...

A: oily black beer produced a quick finger of dark brown foam, which slimmed into a filmy mocha collar; oily sheen down glass with an occasional mote of brown lace

S: rich sugars and dark malts accompanied by bourbon's whiskey airs - chocolate, vanilla, molasses, oak, and smoke

T: molasses sweetness for sure, bourbon enriches the sweetness with warm booze notes; roasted chocolaty malts aplenty, slightly charred with hints of smoky alcohol

M: full-bodied without being too heavy, silky and slick; bourbon wafts hit the roof ; some tingle on the tongue; linger of smoke and wood o'er moderately sticky finish

O: bourbon barrel aging a stout is a fairly surefire win so long as the base stout is of reasonable quality - all that applies here - the brown sugar and molasses ensure this is a sweet-drinking stout, and if you like molasses, you can rest assured that it is asserted here. The use of smoked malts is probably where this beer becomes hit-or-miss for some. The smoke is apparent on the nose and palate.

Greywulfken, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

ironchefkook, Aug 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Akshay, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

sukwonee, Aug 10, 2014
Bar Fly (2011) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.