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Midnight Sun 2010 Pop Ten: Barfly

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1334) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Thank you for the bottle Ira. Thick black beer with a quickly fading burnt expresso head. Aroma is roast, char, molasses, light chocolate, subtle bourbon/oak, and smoke with a touch of bacon. Taste is big chocolate up front followed by heavy sweet and smoked malt, licorice, molasses, raisin, fudge, bourbon, vanilla, and a dark, almost port or desert wine sweetness through the finish. Bit of a prickle from the alcohol lingers with light bitterness from the char and smoke after each sip. Thick feel in the mouth with a fairly clean finish. Massive body like the Berserker - absolute beast of a beer but oh so well done. I could see this aging well for years and years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
(22oz bottle, courtesy of AmEricanbrew) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of oak, chocolate, rice cake, subtle smoke, and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, raisins, light smoke, chocolate, some burnt grain, and oak with a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2011
bottle, thanks to Americanbrew, dense and black color with a smokey aroma of butterscotch, some ashtray, roast, flavor is malty, char, roast malt, coffee, great smooth lasting finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Big thanks to a great BA for this bottle. Pours seriously dark, oil slick black, with a small but thick mocha head that shows decent retention and leaves sticky legs along the sides. Whoa, this thing has a fantastic nose, massively complex. Starts out with dark, bakers chocolate, licorice and just enough smoke to make me take notice. There is a bit of oak in there as well, but nothing dominates the nose. Everything fits together. The taste is seeming more complex. Itís like the beer takes on three different forms. Starts with heavily roasted chocolate malts, bitter almost. This is swept away with a combination of sweetness, licorice especially, and the smoky notes. The smoke lingers a bit in the finish along with some spicy oak and a return of the bitter chocolate. Damn. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Itís pretty thick on the palate, sticking through the finish. Just coats the mouth completely. Another fantastic beer from MSBC, using the smoke to supplement a great base beer, not letting it dominate. Canít believe the ABV is over 12%. Big ups to the boys in Anchorage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011 Re-review, random Sunday night, time to tick this properly instead of a few ounce pour... pours a dark milk chocolate, some black, a dark tan head rises to full finger cap but is gone fast, not much lacing, the beer looks really thick... the nose is lots of full bodied milk chocolate with with a meaty smoke backbone, the smoke is very thick, almost smells like it was aged in a spirit barrel, has some alcohol... the taste is outstanding, so much going on but perfectly balanced the smoke becomes more of an accent, char comes out with a milky chocolate, not getting any oak, as it warms I get a bunch of prunes and oak really starts to shine, the mouthfeel is great, super coating... really outstanding beer to have if you like smoked stouts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3220) - 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 (3272) - 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 (3350) - 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 doesnít 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 (4574) - 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 didnít carry through to the flavor as I had hoped, but itís still a home run in my book of beer stats.

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