Bar Fly (2011) | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Bar Fly (2011)Bar Fly (2011)
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Bar Fly (2011)Bar Fly (2011)

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smoked imperial stout aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

Added by largadeer on 03-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 250 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally found my notes from a couple months ago to review this beer.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle split into 2 pint glasses.

A- Thick motor oil black with a 2 finger dark brown head. Small blotches of lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet dark fruits, chocolate and a slight smoke aroma.

T- Similar to the nose with sweet dark fruits coming through, nice chocolate and coffee notes as well.

M- Full body, medium carbonation. Perfect mouth feel, very smooth and creamy.

O- Amazing RIS! Great combination of sweet dark fruits, chocolate and slight smokiness. ISO

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours black with a layer of tan head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet and quite smokey. Lots of dark fruit, I am picking up some wine like qualities. I'm also getting some alcohol heat.

Taste: This is a very smokey beer, especially right off the bat. The first sip reminded me of barbecue sauce. I'm pretty sure it's the combination of the smoked malt and the wine. Things blend together and mellow after a few sips. The finish is a tad bitter with a nice smoke level. There was also a hint of dark chocolate from the malt.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a very good and extremely interesting beer. The wine barrels and smoke worked well together. I wouldn't want all of my stouts to taste like this, but I'm glad this one did.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mulder1010
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big long time want
Thanks to Nicks6217 for the bottle

A-- Poured and settled motor oil black. Thin, half finger of dark leather head that quickly went to a ringed collar. Not too bad a lacing for the size of this. Visually a big beer and a lot of a dark, oily substance left behind through drinking.

S-- Dark coco, oak, dark fruits burnt tires, or rubber, and red wine. Just a huge nose with this. Impressive as heck and very full on.

T-- See above but amped up. Just a full on taste. Lots of chocolate, burnt tires, dark plum and strawberry, red wine, ash and char. Well hidden alcohol.

M-- Full bodied and light to no carbonation. Slick and oily but very velvety and easy to drink. More wine like in a lot of respects with the amount of fruit in the mid and back palate. Finishes quite dry and coating. Almost parching dry. Stunning with it's balance in the mouth. Just bits of smoke in the back of palate.

O-- Seriously a top 5 stout. Dry as heck monster but easy to drink. More fruit than expected, mixed in with enough chocolate. Well hidden alcohol and only real complaint is not enough smoke. One of the best imperial stouts I have tried in the last 18 months. More European than American due to the lack of sweetness and how dry it was. Pleasure to drink.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been stashed away in my cellar for almost a year. Today is as good as any day to try this one. Opened on 5.27.12.

A - Pours a motor oil black with a very small dark tan head that quickly fades to the edges.

S - Mostly chocolate at first, then some subtle coffe and booze come out.

T - Again chocolate is noticeable at first, then a sweet, smokey wonder. Hard to place, but very good. Made me think of beef jerkey, and in a good way.

D - A heavier body and mild carbonation. Velvety smooth in the mouth.

O - So good. Smokey, but very sublte and well balanced. Subtle smoke, sweetness, coffee and chocolate, and some wow!

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Photo of kevanb
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brian for bringing this to our tasting, 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Never thought I'd be trying this one.

It pours a viscous jet black color, no light is getting through this guy. A nice caramel colored head appears, nice tight bubbles, about a half finger to a finger, dissipates quickly leaving behind no lacing but a nice ring of film along the rim of the glass as well as some residual film atop the beer. The aromas are wonderful, nice roasted coffee, charred wood, smokey malt, but I was impressed with how tame to overall level of smoke was. I'm not usually a fan of smoked beers or rauchbiers but the way Bar Fly highlighted smoke, without going overboard was amazing. Notes of dark fruit, chocolate and some sweet alcohol all show up in the nose as well. The flavors are wonderful, nice smooth, rich dark chocolate, dark fruits, cherries, plums, a bit of the wine, transitions nicely into the roastier flavors. The coffee element jumped out at me, nice layer of toasted wood, much fainter smoked malts, a bit alcohol with some caramel sweetness at the finish. The body is perfection, big, smooth, rich, syrupy, low carbonation, but just enough to enhance the richness and give it that big body.

Verdict: Can't say enough about this one. A huge shout out to Midnight Sun for this stout, the flavors are fantastic, not too smokey, but with just enough roast, bold, complex, smooth, rich and decadent, what more could you want in a stout?

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Photo of dsgolovin
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got to try this elusive beast of a stout.

Black pour with a very small chocolate colored head.

Smells like a big American stout. Dark chocolate, molasses, and vinious nose. Not as smokey as I had thought it would be. It's somewhat tame.

Bold dark chocolate fudge flavor. Some smokieness to cut the sweetness. Licorice. Thick coating on the tongue. Cab barrel adds a nice dryness to the beer but the chocolate flavor lingers on. I feel like this beer is somewhat similar to Zukhov.

It was similar to what I imagined it to be. Wished there was more smoke to it though.

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Photo of mrsdrabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Poured into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate, smokey malts, lightly toasted and burnt malts, some wine, oak, and sweet fruit. Very nice nose; very roasty and chocolatey, and the smoke is light and nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, oak, sweet chocolate, alcohol, smokey malts, molasses, burnt malts, and toasted malts. Still quite nice but the alcohol comes out in the taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth and creamy body. Perfect mouthfeel for a stout for me.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good stout. The nose was great and the mouthfeel was perfect. A little more alcohol then I would like in the taste but world class and would love to have it again.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a midnight sun glass. Beer is black and dark with a thin tan head of small wispy bubbles. Some lacing. Low carbonation.

Aroma is boozy, sweet, anise, nice. A little boozer than I thought.

Medium to big in body. Fudge, sweet, smoke, licorice, nice. Good finish. Mildly bitter. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Onslow
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle .. Team Tubes #46 .. Shared at the first get together at Matt's .. I was excited about trying this one!! .. a smoked imperial stout! very intrigued! .. . Pours a deep brown black, medium foam, good lacing of light brown smudges .. . aroma of roast, light bbq pit, and burnt wood- quite balanced .. . similar tastes, just less smoke and more tar .. . wow, i really enjoyed this, a well made brew, but next time guys, add more smoke .. . Oh, so they have Internet on computers now!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

Bar Fly pours completely black with a small tan head. The cap stays around for a minute before fading to a few wisps.

The aroma is fairly sweet; sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and molasses.

The flavor is very smooth, blending all of the flavors together in harmony, and follows the nose while being a little bit less sweet. There are some red wine notes and slight tannic nature in the middle of the sip. Lactose, chocolate, roasted malt base, red wine, a bit of coffee, vanilla, and oak.

Silky smooth, thick, creamy, chewy, and viscous. The carbonation is creamy.

Overall this is a pretty fantastic beer.

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Photo of billab914
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Portsmouth tulip. It poured thick looking and pitch black in color. A thin, frothy, dark colored head barely covers the top of the beer and is already sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma is showing a really nice chocolatey flavor with some red wine and dark fruits to it. I get some woody oak and vanilla mixing in along with just a hint of smoke. A little bit of alcohol is present, but not bad for the abv. Great aroma overall, it had some really good, bold flavors to it but they really come together well.

The taste blends the roasty, chocolaty, slightly smoky flavors of the Imperial stout with the Cabernet barrel characteristics perfectly. The base imperial stout really comes together well, it's extremely smooth and flavorful. I get some oak and vanilla coming from the barrel aging, but the slight wine like, dark fruit character that comes out in it is what really impresses me. It gives it a little bit of a chocolatey wine character that I'm really liking. Some darker, bitter-sweet chocolate seems to balance out the finish. The flavors really compliment each other in it, with so much going on I'm extremely impressed how well it came together.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and somewhat slick. Carbonation is on the lower side. Overall it was a fantastic beer. Everything came together pretty much perfectly in it. I loved how well the wine barrel complimented the imperial stout flavors. It was so smooth and so flavorful. I'm buying the hype on this one, I thought it was really something special.

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Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of hardy008
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark black with a two finger mocha head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma is amazing. Chocolate, cocoa, black licorice, smoked malt, and molasses. If this tastes as good as it smells, this should be phenomenal.

The taste is sublime. Chocolate, cocoa, black licorice, smoked malt, molasses, vanilla, and oak combine beautifully to make one of the best Imperial Stouts I have had. There is also a light amount of roasted malt for some balance. Given the flavors, one might expect this beer to be cloyingly sweet, but it is not. This is just a very well made beer.

Full bodied, rich, and creamy with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, and a pleasure to drink. the alcohol is well disguised. I can't believe this beer has 12.60 % abv from the taste. It is a shame this beer was only brewed once. In my opinion, this beer should be an annual release.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to Jason (jrallen34) for sharing this at AgentZero’s birthday tasting. This is a beer I never thought I’d try. Taken from notes and review 700.

Appearance – Pours into my trusty tulip with a dark black color and some great looking mocha colored head. The finger of head dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing.

Smell – Huge chocolate, heavy roasted malts, nice smoke characteristics (though not overbearing), vanilla, oak, and some cocoa.

Taste – I will be the first to admit smoked stouts are not often my thing. I also will state that when a beer is given to me by someone and I did not have to put my blood, sweat, and tears into obtaining it, I could care less whether it was rare or not (not that I rate things higher if I traded heavily for them, but we all know there is most likely some subconscious bumping of scores). That said, wow. A very balanced beer with so many distinct flavors. Begins with heavy roast and bittersweet chocolate. It then moves to the hint of smokiness (again, not overbearing thankfully) and melds with vanilla and tannic oak. Dates, prunes, and raisins mixed with molasses. Ends with more roast/smoke.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes nice and dry.

Overall – Not your “normal” smoked beer in my opinion, meaning it is not overly in your face that no other flavors can be ascertained. A freaking great beer and very happy to have been able to try it.

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Photo of AshleyMiller
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Bar Fly (2011) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94.8% out of 100 with 250 ratings
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