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Bar Fly - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 645
Gots: 51 | FT: 11
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.

2014 Batch (Oak Bourbon Barrels): 11.6% ABV

(Beer added by: largadeer on 03-18-2011)
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PretzelCity, Aug 04, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +8.4%

Bar Fly, snifter, cellar temperature. Note that it's now aged in bourbon oak barrels and has an ABV of 11.6%.

The head, while non-existent, is pretty sheet of fading dark brown froth. And like Midnight Sun's other imperial stouts, it's the absolute blackest of the black. IT LOOKS LIKE TAR.

Its aroma is ridiculously good, packing caramel, vanilla, raisins, cherries, red wine, leather, oak, and sweet maple or molasses. Some rich chocolate in there, too. An alcohol presence is obvious, and welcome. Damn!

This stout brims over with leathury, oaky, caramel and bourbon-like flavors. However, it's also brilliantly balanced with a complex sweetness of maple, molasses, and vinous fruitiness mixed with the dark fruits. The alcohol isn't shy, and, once again, it's welcome. The finish is earthy and smoky. Incredible.

The body is full, thick, syrupy, and sticky as hell. Very viscous. Doesn't get much better than this.

An unapologetic, extravagant show of decadence in a beer bottle.

Kuaff, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Holland, Jul 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

chippo33, Jul 27, 2014
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HaveUSeenMyCellar, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Hagbert, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

random846, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

noperative, Jul 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

striker2160, Jun 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jophish17, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

zestar, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Mbrown44, Jun 02, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev -4.1%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Ink-staining black. Medium khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Smokey. Oxidized. Red wine acidity. A bit of raisin and dark roasted malt.

Taste - Smoke flavor is still strong. Dark coffee roasted malts. A little sweet. Oak is strong. Red wine flavor is more prevalent in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Still pretty chewy. Not boozy at all.

Overall - The final beer of the night. Excellent in its own right. I really like the red wine component.

Alieniloquium, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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huntermop, Apr 02, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +0.5%

22 oz. bottle with a (now) peeling label, from the 2010 "Pop Ten Series". Received this bottle as a 40th birthday gift from my friend, Justin, over 2 years ago; it's been in the fridge or cellar ever since. Split with my wife on a fairly average Wednesday night, the only reason being we needed a strong/smoky beer to pair with some awesome split pea & ham hock soup she'd made. Two large snifters.

Label says 12.6% ABV & 45 IBU

A: Extremely dark pour with a leathery brown head, short - 1/4" at best. Impenetrable, so there's no carbonation showing. What head there is fades to a thin star-shaped swirl with a thin ring that drags with each sip into speckles of slowly falling lace.

S: With probably close to 4 years of age on this, aromas have muddled but not faded. Very good molasses-like sweetness, with brown sugar, cocoa, sweet bourbon. There are hints of ash/wood that come off as almost "meaty" - think maple-glazed bacon - although a little subtle. Regardless, a savory-sweet and enticing scent.

T: What first struck me was a syrupy and lightly medicinal cherry (cough medicine) sweetness. Once that initial flavor subsided, a tastier vanilla and praline/candy sweetness developed. Cocoa powder/Ovaltine with modest oak. Smokiness appears in the finish as a charred/grainy and balancing bitterness. Again, I think of candied bacon, even of a red wine reduction. Deep and ever-changing flavors.

M: After a few years in the cellar, a VERY smooth sipper. Velvety level of light carbonation. Creamy, sublime. Medium body, no real "heat" from a 12%+ ABV content.

O: A very enjoyable beer, one that has held up very well and that was, truly, a shame to finally finish. Knowing that this will likely be the one chance I get to enjoy this beer, I made sure to let it linger and to savor each sip. I think the smokiness and barrel/oak flavors have waned, but nonetheless it was a delicious beer that I'd love to have the chance to try again. Thanks again, JustinatBeaumont!

msubulldog25, Jan 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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baybum, Dec 13, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -9.3%

Thanks to Dan for this one. I've been looking for this for a while now. 22oz bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Reviewed from notes.

Pours pitch black with a thin mocha head with little retention. Spotty lace with thin legs. Solid.

Nose is cocoa, smoke, roast, molasses, sweet grape, fudge, anise and a mellow booziness. Real aromatic and complex.

Opens anise, plum, roasted and smoked malt, chocolate and cocoa. Chocolate in the morning with an addition of plum and grape in the end. Finishes smoky with hints of cocoa powder. Aftertaste is dark fruit. Pretty nice.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Mellow and smooth in the mouth and goes down silky. Messy finish with a filmy, sticky aftertaste. Complements the flavor well.

Overall a pretty good beer and I'm glad I got the chance to try this one. The fruit and barrel aging has mostly fallen off but the smoke, roast and mellow fruit presence keep this an interesting brew.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 15, 2013
Bar Fly from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.