Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, nuts), with notes of sawdust, smoke/ash, tar, rubber, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Surprisingly disappointing, as this is typically a pretty solid brewery. Overly phenolic nose and rather harsh and burning in the mouth...seems 10% or over.
StefanSD (2071) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 23, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a dense viscous black color with a small brown head that slowly recedes to nothing. The aroma is big and bold with smoke, anise, chocolate, cocoa brownies and ashy burnt grains. The taste is bitter hops forward with a big bite of earthy bitter walnuts, this is followed up by smoked grains, anise, burnt toast, cocoa and chocolate syrup. The palate is full and viscous with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering roasted bitter walnuts. Overall: Top shelf stuff.
alexsdad06 (5256) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from City Beer San Francisco shared with drsordr. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized dense khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have meaty smoked malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, some coffee notes, some molasses and char bitterness to the finish. I loved Barfly and this is pretty darn good itself.
drsordr (986) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours opaque black with tan head. Nose light peaty smoke, ham, roast, and sweet malt. Taste bitter roast up front, dark chocolate, lighter smoke. Moderate bitterness through mid palate. Lingering high palate bitter finish. Lighter mouth feel.
nickd717 (3457) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nitro at the brewery. Nearly pitch black with a large lasting tan head. Huge aroma of smoky roasty chocolatey awesomeness with molasses. Big intense flavor. Smoky as hell with thick molasses, anise, and semisweet chocolate. This is second runnings? Dag dogg. Oh yeah, Bar Fly (1st runnings) is AWESOME!!! Thick and nitrogenous, smooth as your mother. HELL YEAH ALASKA BABY! Woo, rare ticks!
mpersinger (347) - , California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sampler pour at Face to Face Beerfest ( f2f.org ): Wins for great name, as well as best second runnings beer...Stands on its own as a tasty dark ale showcasing smoked and dark malts. Smoke lingers, as does dark chocolate...slightly fruity though clean and medium-bodied (not oily or syrupy).
bytemesis (2931) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium creamy brown head that dissipates slowly and laces well. Aroma is roasted malts, smoky. Flavor is heavy roasted malt, campfire, molasses. Light sweet and medium bitter, minor acidity. Fullish body, creamy mouthfeel. Lingering heavy bitter finish.
tmongoose (1188) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber shared. poured a dark brown to almost black with tan head. nice peaty smoke aroma on top with roasted malts and some chocolate and coffee. the flavor was more the same but lighter on the smoke that I thought..would have like just a touch more and it would have been perfect. overall though very good stout.
thirdeye11 (5481) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) deep black, fine tan bubbles. Nose is rich, light smoke, deep chocolate flavor, bit ashy. Taste of ash, light smoke, very roasted, bakers chocolate, dry and bitter but in a nice way. Well carbonated which makes this one go down smooth.
EdInSaltLake (584) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Smoky, sweet, toasty/roasted malt. Cardboard-like?
Flavor: Smoked malt, coffee-like roast, raisin/prune, molasses sweet.