Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This bomber is courtesy of googzoid10 - I have sat on this one wayyy too long but it's time. I think the Portsmouth snifter is the proper vessel for this deal.
There's a ginger head that's about 1/2 finger and goes quickly. The body is flat milk chocolate/turbid coffee brown. Color is a little like a cherrywood-ish dunkel.
This is a classic maltbomb barleywine going on. It is pure vanilla sticky sweet with some booziness and some earthy caramel malt - the heavy stuff. Very much a peanut brittle texture. Hop profile is on deep background and I fault nobody for this - it's a creamy old-school barleywine. Wicked solid.
I don't really encounter beers made this way anymore and that's my fault, but this one reminds me of a more robust version of backburner, which I enjoy immensely...but this one is without the apple (fault?) texture. Lots of vanilla and oak...maybe some hop pine but the star is some incredible rich, sweet and comforting velvety dark caramel maltiness. The booze on this reminds me of a couple of bourbon barrels - the color morphs into a dark bourbon after a while...it mixes into the whole effort and doesn't offend.
Palate feel matches nose and palate on this one. It's deep, dark and malty but it doesn't overpower. The oak in here actually soothes the booziness nicely and relaxes the palate after a while. It brings a bit of bourbon to the game to make it interesting.
This sips much nicer than your average bear in the weight class. It has bench strength and depth. Enough hops to intrigue. Excellent.
Serving type: bottle
05-22-2009 01:55:11 | More by IBUnit63
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4.54/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into snifter.
Appearance is a muddled plume juice brown with tiny tan head that dissipates instantly.
Aroma is dates, figs, plum, prune, English toffee, new leather, unfiltered dark honey, peloncillo, dulce de leche, and deep caramelized sugar.
Taste brings about more of those dark fruits with major prune, fig, and dates. The toffee comes through big as well. You get some port and young Cabernet showcasing that fermenting grape character given off by some English Barleywines and Old Ales. Brown sugar, molasses, and caramel making the scene incognito.
Mouthfeel is where it should be for a Barleywine. Medium body with enough carbonation to lend support in keeping the flavors from overwhelming. A bit more carbonation would do no harm.
Overall a fantastic Barrel-Aged English Barleywine. Can stand with the best of them. Too bad places price gouge this quite a bit. I've seen bottles for 30% less than what I paid.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 01:55:19 | More by MarcWP
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.