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Midnight Sun 2010 Pop Ten: Barfly

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 378   ABV: 12.6%
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Smoked Imperial Stout. Part of the 2010 Pop Ten Series. December 2010.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2011
black, rich dark tan head. Plum, ash, light chocolate in nose. Flavor is sweeter, more brownie, lightly chalky, only slightly oaky and vanilla, light hints of ethanol shooting in and out. Thick body, toasty, burnt ash finish. Prefer nose to mouth, overall a bit sweet but very hefty and rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3187) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours like used motor oil with brown icing. Nose is licorice, dark chocolate, prunes, raisin and plum but only a whiff of smoke. Thick and coating with a vibrant tang. Taste is chocolate, dark fruit, espresso and toasted coconut. Molasses sweetness fades leaving hints of fruitwood smoke. Everything about this beer is huge except the smoke. Killer Impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2011
UPDATED: APR 18, 2011 22oz bottle. Big thanks to Alex for swinging this out.. pours a darker stouty viscous black pour with barely any lighterness emminating towards the edges and topped with a thin light beige head... Aroma is somewhat smoky lightly meaty wth some ash to go along with some wine barrel red fruitiness which is a nice component that doesn’t add too much from the wine barrel. Ash and smoke pervade but the sense of chocolate and sweetness remain dominant... Flavors are a continuam of the same with excacerbations if malty chocolatiness in addition to some nice smoke and red wine aspects. Thick full mouthfeel which works very well with the style very much a big fan. Choco rain to follow this up but from aroma alone barfly takes it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4418) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
Courtesy of Alex

Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, fruit, vanilla, and a touch of smoke. It pours a dark brown with a few sporadic bubbles for a head. The flavor starts with chocolate, molassea and caramel. The finish has vanilla, roasted coffee, and minimal smoke. Medium-full bodied with a somewhat oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a creamy tan cap of froth. Leaves behind a brown coating.

Aroma: Smokey roasted malt, bourbon and dark fruit.

Taste: Light roast, bourbon, dark chocolate. Finishes rather sweet and dessert-like.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and warming.

Overall: Pretty fantastic, of the same ilk as Berzerker. The smoke didn’t carry through to the flavor as I had hoped, but it’s still a home run in my book of beer stats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 3, 2011
black pour with small brown head. Big roasty/smoky aroma with some chocolate. The flavor is similar, with some anise/licorace and a warming bit of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bomber. Thanks, Craig! Darkest brown pour wiu a small brown head sitting on top. Big intense aroma with lots of dark chocolate, molasses, anise, smoke, and some booze. The flavor is also really big. Dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, anise, smoke, and hops. I like the hoppy finish and the smokiness is rather restrained, which is good for a change. Fairly full-bodied and intense with a low carbonation level. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle shared by Mike. Thanks! Pours thick jet black with than head. Aroma is roasted malt and smoke. Dense and creamy mouthfeel. Almost as if it was made with oats. Taste was very nice meld of smoke, peat, coffee, roasted malt, and an herbal note. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle shared during RBWG. Pour is deep brown with a beige head. Aroma shows notes of brown sugar, molasses, cocoa powder and light smoke. Flavor shows the same with bittersweet dark chocolate, moderate roast, dark fruit and licorice. The smoke was definately more present in the flavor than in the nose, but overall it was well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle at RBWG 2011. Pours opaque black, thin dark tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is big dark fruit, light booze, smoke, creosote. Flavours of fruit/berries, smoke/soot/creosote, tar. Barrel flavours come out to play in the finish. Killer brew.

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