Bar Fly (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Bar Fly (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Bar Fly (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Alieniloquium on 07-19-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
178
Reviews:
41
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
7.14%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
37
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 178 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of Nunya
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Agentveba
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color. It kinda poured like motor oil. Thin tan quarter finger head coats the top of the beer. The smell had a big boozy blast of sweet bourbon with an ample amount of smoke and a light sweet maple running underneath my nose. The taste was mainly sweet with a nice smooth smokey underneath. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a really nice sweet smooth bourbon aftertaste leading to a dry finish. Overall, I say this was a pretty good smoked Imperial Stout. I’d bang this again.

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Photo of rawfish
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
I believe this is batch 1 so I'm guessing bottled late 2014

A- pours jet black with one of the darkest brown heads that I've ever seen that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- smells of black strap molasses with a sharp black cherry aroma up front, followed by earthy notes of tobacco and leather. More sweet notes of caramel fig, brown sugar, even a bit of a sherry note. The close gives subtle bourbon oak and just a hint of earthy smoke

T- opens up with tons of dark fruit, specifically prune and fig, followed by sweet notes of molasses, brown sugar and caramel. Mid-palate gives on almost tart dark cherry notes, along with just a hint of smoked malt. The finish gives just a trace of bourbon and oak, with a linger of tobacco, molasses and black cherry

M- heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety smooth, slightly warming finish

O- Every stout I've had from them has been a perfect mouthfeel, thick and creamy. The smoke has faded on this one and the sweetness mellows everything out, very good

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Photo of ccg
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typically inky black stout. The head is thin and clings to the edges but not the sides of the glass. It's dark, almost brown.

The smell is dominated by the smoke. There is also chocolate, malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, oak, and bourbon in the mix, but smoke almost overwhelms the other notes.

Same flavor: lots of smokey malt, some chocolate and cinnamon and brown sugar behind the smoke, and hint of oak and bourbon in the background.

It's a smooth and creamy-feeling feeling stout with its alcohol well hidden. Or maybe it's just the smokiness covering up the alcohol heat.

I think BarFly is a good example of this style of beer. It's not on the same level as Bo & Luke, but it's much better than your average smoked stout.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mar02x
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The nose was very promising, but the lack in body spoiled my enthusiasm. The taste was there, but not blended into a splendid mixture of flavors. Maybe I just waited to long with drinking it.

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Photo of Eziel
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smi69
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 22 fl.oz.•1 pt 6 fl.oz. bottle purchased at DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine, Seattle, WA
11/23/15
Served in a snifter

Absolute pitch black appearance. Super oily and viscous on the pour. The body was topped by a thin, burnt sienna colored cap of froth that quickly dissolved. A clingy, lasting ringlet encircled the liquid.

Smoky notes dominated in the aroma. Super peaty and intense. The smoke was nicely balanced by some brown sugar-like sweetness. Bit of caramel. Touch of chocolate fudge as well. As the beer warmed, the smoke decreased and the sweetness intensified. Maple notes also came forth. Touch of booziness but no discernible bourbon.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma but not quite as punchy or well rounded. Smoky notes still came through rather strong. Peaty and intense. Hefty roasted malt presence. Lots of sweetness too. Brown sugar and caramel notes were apparent. Some chocolate fudge. The beer finished somewhat boozy with more roasted malts and lingering notes of smoke and char. Like in the nose, I did not detect any bourbon.

Nice soft, frothy mouthfeel. Medium-light bodied for the style. Perhaps a touch thin. Creamy and smooth on the palate.

I have tried many a smoky imperial stout, but this one might just be the smokiest. Fans of peaty, smoky beers should definitely seek this out.

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Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dsimenson
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of South2NW
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brpendergast85
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tobelerone
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into stout glass. It pours a dark mahogany-walnut color with an enormous, fluffy mocha-colored head and lacing with great retention. It's as pretty a stout pour as you'll ever see. It smells of roasted malt, char, burnt coffee, chocolate, and caramel. It's a delicious stout with a taste that follows the nose but which also features some burnt sugar, oak, and delightful dark fruit, principally cherry. What I'm not tasting is the bourbon. This stout is medium-bodied, creamy, with light carbonation, and smooth as silk. It amazes me that the 11.6% ABV because it's not boozy at all. Overall, Bar Fly is quite an achievement; it has all the features I love in a BA Stout but it's incredibly drinkable. It's up there with many of the leaders of the style.

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Photo of ambruns1979
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Bar Fly (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.34 out of 5 based on 178 ratings.
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