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

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4.29/5
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198 Ratings
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 Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Somber and smoky, BARFLY saunters into the room slowly. Thick smoke. Cool swagger. Good wood. Too much brass. Sticky leather. Slow glances. Lingering looks. The only thing that didn’t make the glass was maraschino cherry. Bring your own and wear out your welcome.

Malt: Smoked malt
Other: Molasses and Brown Sugar
IBUs: 45 Int'l Bittering Units

Available: Special Edition

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,369
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
198
pDev:
6.99%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
36
Trade:
6
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Photo of beergoot
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Midnight black body topped with a dense, creamy, light brown head. Nice roasted grain and cocoa aroma. Rich flavors of mild chocolate, fudge, subtle booziness; vanilla bean. Heavy body; rich, dense and creamy; velvety (almost sludgy); alcohol heat to counterpoint the chewy sweetness; coats the palate.

I don't pickup up any smokiness per se, but the heavy, chocolatey sweetness and bourbon-barrel aging meld together nicely.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at 2018 RIS share. Dark black pour, small beige head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, ash. Taste amps up the ashy, smoky notes, gritty dirty, earthy, woody.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Astor31
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – One finger head on a nearly opaque clear brown body

Aroma – Strong roasted malt, less smokiness than expected, some molasses and light sweetness, a little boozy at the end.

Taste – Smoky, rich malt, molasses, and a bit of bitter roasted character on the finish.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and creamy, good viscosity, just thick enough.

Overall – Although the smokiness wasn’t as present in the smell, it came through in the flavor. Nicely done.

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4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

A vigorous pour unfurls a ponderous earth yellow cap that recedes to a miniscule collar surrounding a murky, sooty, seal-brown liquid. Spotty lacing; poor retention; syrupy uniform legs.

Sweet booze-laden aroma with a touch of smoke. Tobacco, vanilla, and oak reveal the bourbon.

Very slow building flavor profile, initially sweet but with a residual tang resolving to a long, increasingly smokey, increasingly dry decay. Earth, wind, fire, BBQ - lots of depth here, and quite liberal with the specialty malts. Low bitterness both from a bittersweet chocolate note and a touch of forest-floor/citrus-kissed hops. A few hints of dates and molasses too. Burly, but not without subtlety.

Medium-full bodied, almost oily but with good carbonation; warming but not fusel; tannins are restrained despite all the smoke.

Best shared with others, and while not exactly a dessert beer, it would pair well with a creamy/nutty soft-ripened cheese.

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4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakecattleco
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nataku00
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle dated 11/23/15 plucked off a shelf in Seattle, WA, & removed after several years on my wants list. Split with my wife. Don’t tell her there are smoked malts in it.

Black. What will they think of next. Nose is tame – little smoke, little chocolate, little sweetness. No barrel detected.

Bar Fly would benefit from microwaving straight out of the fridge. The bourbon is soft rather than aggressive, touching gently rather than slapping my ass. Underneath is long, slow roast, slight ashiness that I’ll attribute to the smoked malts, backdrop of sweetness, ending with a heavy dose of wood. Plenty of alcohol, both in the taste & in my faulty typing. Half a bomber is good by me.

A bit quieter than my previous experiences with Midnight Sun, but a very good beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Agentveba
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bar Fly (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 198 ratings