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

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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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Photo of Jeffo
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from ScottO in a recent box. One of my favorite stout brewers in the world, and one of my favorite beers in the world. Excited to drink some of the new incarnation of this gem. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 45
Bourbon barrel aged variant

APPEARANCE: A syrupy, thick black pour is evil looking. Black and menacing looking, just like the older batch. Pour yields a one finger, medium-thick looking, mocha colored head with excellent retention, eventually fading to a slight wisp and ring with lacing clinging on to the glass. Thick, opaque, sludgy black body with no real carbonation evident. A ring and dots of wisp remain leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Doesn’t get any better than this really. Wonderful looking monster of an imperial stout.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark, pure chocolate, molasses and bourbon on the nose. Complex and enticing. Vanilla, oak, and milk chocolate from the barrels, and a touch of smoked malts linger in the back ground. Bold and interesting aroma with a touch of booze for good measure. Really lovely, though just a touch more smoke would be nice for a perfect score.

TASTE: Much like the first batch, but more bourbon instead of just oak, and there’s a bit more smoke in the flavor than the nose had lead on. Roasted malts and sweet molasses with a touch of smoked malt up front, then some oak, bourbon and sweet toffee and molasses flavors at the swallow. Very sweet for sure, with lots of sweet malt and sweet barrel flavors on this one. More so than the first batch. Big and lingering finish with lots of sweet complexity, including bourbon, oak, vanilla and sweet cream, milk chocolate, toffee, some molasses and a touch of bitter pure chocolate as balance. A bit of smoked malt and some booze provide a solid foundation for this mammoth construction of a brew. Decadent with layers of complexity, though where the first batch needed just a touch more smoke for top scores, this one is just a hint too overly sweet. A bit more bitterness, or perhaps a bit more attenuation from the yeast, would push this into God level. Lovely.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Lots of weight, very creamy, slick and smooth, goes down smooth with a bit of a bite at the swallow and finishes very slick and sticky on the palate. Definitely sticker than the first batch. Higher FG probably on this one, which would explain the drop in ABV as well.

OVERALL: This is outstanding. Compared to the first batch, there are more sweet flavors in this one, assumingly from the bourbon barrels, and the feel is thicker and syrupy, most likely due to a higher finishing gravity on this batch. Both batches of this beer are excellent, though there are enough differences to warrant tracking them down individually if you’re into comparing beers. For myself, I enjoyed the bourbon qualities and the slightly thicker and more syrupy feel on this batch a touch more than the older one, but it’s really pulling hairs, as both batches are fantastic. Another wonderful stout beer from Midnight Sun and I’m very glad to have had the opportunity. If you have the chance to check this one out, don’t hesitate. Thanks again ScottO! Much appreciated.

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle generously shared by Chico1985 on Christmas at night. Full review taken during consumption.

A- Truly an oily pour from the 22oz bottle with nothing but black hues all around the glass. A light brown head ends up right around a finger. Creamy cap dies out to a smaller ring after several moments. Spotty lacing around the glass as a slick oily beer recedes back down after each sip.

S- Raw molasses and dark sugars are quite large here with a barrage of charred, roasted grains rounding it out. Smokiness seems to weave in and out the previously mentioned characteristics of the aroma but it truly feels necessary. Dark cocoa and raisin or cherry-like fruits add some richness and complexity. Quiet barrels here.

T- Deep and decadent flavors of mostly malts in all forms. One thing I am not too sure of besides a slight vanilla sweetness and toasted feel is the oak whiskey barrels, they are certainly secondary to the rich grains. Balanced, flavorful notes of black-strap minerally molasses, roasted barley, brownies, cocoa powder, caramel, brown sugar, earthy honey sweetness, raisins and burnt wood salty smokiness. Sweet but certainly not cloying.

MF- Big old rich and thick body as an oily slickness coats the taste buds during each sip. Carbonation is low-medium but perfect for the rich flavors extracted from the grains. Some sips finish rather warm while others end with a semi-sour (not tart, like whiskey) maltiness.

Malt richness done right in a big, high ABV stout without having to rely on a cocoa, coffee and one dimensional roastiness. Pretty much busts out all the brown to black malt flavors in a winning combination.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

This pours a dark, sludgy looking black, with a small head, and no lacing.

Roasty and moderately smoky malt comes to the nose first here, with just the slightest hint of subtle bourbon, and some chocolate malt.

I wish this new batch was aged in red wine barrels like the '11 batch- I could tell that sort of flavor would work well here. Nonetheless, this is pretty tasty. The smoke level is moderate, tasty, but not overbearing. It's warm, dark, and like a campfire, with some chocolate, heavily roasted malt, and only a little bit of barrel. There's a good level of dark sweetness too, the molasses speaking.

This is medium bodied, not super chewy, but thick enough, with just a hint of syrupiness. As the beer warms, it gets just a little bit boozy.

This is another great BA beer from Midnight Sun. I haven't had a bad one yet.

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

Thanks to familynight (Reddit) for this one, 2014 vintage, shared with rudzud and threelions.

Pours like crude oil, thick sludge, light fizzy dark color head fades quickly, legs just coat the glass.

Nose is as expected, tons of dark malts, thick sludgey chewy black malts, little roasty blackness, fudgey cocoa and nougat, some dark fruits in the middle, like candied fruit jellies, faint bourbon in the background, little molasses sweetness too, very light smoke.

Taste is very nice, dark malts plenty, fudgey, chewy cocoa with a nice smoke in there, fluffy nougat with the dark choc and mild creamy thick chewy fudgey thing. Mild toasty and bourbon barrel, little vanilla, bourbon, etc, little ssh fruit jelly thing, light molasses too. Finish, is nice, good bitterness, nice bourbon note, light molasses again and smoke, little thick syrupy fudgey choc, etc.

Mouth is thick mild syrupy, chewy, booze is hidden fairly well, nice carb.

Overall very nice, great beer, smoke is a bit too light on the nose but nice on the flavor, good barrel notes, toasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of rudzud
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing this with me and Threelions at my little birthday celebration. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a super dark motoroil black hue with no real head but left really really great legs.

S - Aromas of smokey char, dark fruits and chocolate, fudge, nougat, super faint bourbon.

T - Taste is smokey, dark fruits and darker chocolate, fudge, light bourbon notes. Faint barrel, sweeter malts. The alcohol is hidden quite well.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, lightly carbed. Definitely drinks like its over 8, but not nearly this high.

O - Overall this beer was a tasty treat. Nice to have a decent nonvintage midnight sun beer.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Afroman
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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 Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky viscous black. Nice mocha head. Mediumcollar. Stains the glass.

Smell - Lightly smokey. Black patent malt and some licorice. Kinda boozy.

Taste - Lots of black patent malt. Fudge. Molasses. Licorice. Oak. I get almost no bourbon. Smokiness is present in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a long way from the original Bar Fly. It has a weird finish. Otherwise, it would be a nice RIS, but I still don't get the barrel.

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Photo of DCgolfpro
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Kevincredible
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 drone
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmlund
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwgduke
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 Basoos1
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of rjp217
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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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