Arctic Alchemy - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 45
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: n/a
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: stingrayvr6 on 03-07-2011

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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 45
Reviews by 57md:
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3.63/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a muddy brown with a copper hue. There is a finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving only a faint trace of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose is sweet like the scent of raw cane sugar. The taste is sweet as well - too sweet. The caramel notes are nice, but the whole offering is just too syrupy. The only thing that breaks up the syrupy sweetness is a hint of dryness from the hops on the finish.

This one is a sipper for sure and not because of the alcohol (which is fairly well hidden). The sweetness was just a wee bit too much to handle.

My sense is that age would do justice to this offering. I thought about purchasing a 25oz bomber, but the $20 price tag was just too much for me to justify on an experiment. (745 characters)

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3.79/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml bottle received as a gift from a non-BA member. 2010 batch. Sampled on June 27, 2015.

Gorgeous chestnut reddish pour.

Full barley and caramel malt aroma even after 5 years. Roasted peat moss and sweet.

Full body.

The taste is delightfully malty, sweet, and mellow with aging. (297 characters)

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4.65/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to have had this on tap at City Tap House in Philadelphia. Poured a clear reddish brown with a thick cream colored head. Great retention and lacing, leaves a thick ring wiht every sip. Smell of sweet and bready malts, molasses, vanilla with dry and earthy hop notes. Taste sweet and chewy up front, coats the mouth with sweetness then a dry lightly citrus hop bitterness. Good carbonation, hides the alcohol incredibly well and very drinkable for such a strong beer. If you have the opportunity, go for it. (525 characters)

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.67/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kramer for sharing this one with us.

A - Pours deep brown with a nice one finger tall white head leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smell is very sweet up front with hints of vanilla, stone fruits, molasses, and some very strong alcohol esters that grow even stronger as it sits in the glass.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet malt slowly giving way to a mix of stone fruits, molasses, vanilla, dark fruits, and a good amount of booze. The flavors help to keep the booze in check in the beginning but they are fighting a losing battle. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the pallet for some time after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet feel initially growing quite dry at the end of each sip.

O - This one was just ok. It has some good flavors but it is nothing spectacular. I wouldn't turn down another sample but I wont be seeking out a bottle for myself. (928 characters)

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Arctic Alchemy from Bethlehem Brew Works
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