Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Swimsum busted this out at a recent tasting. Thanks a ton Brent! Bottle dated January 2009.
Poured into a Cigar City snifter.
Appearance: Heavy, tawny-colored body with brown-gold edges. Absolutely no head on this one; even vicious swirls can only generate a few splotches of off-white bubbles that dissipate immediately. No lacing either. I dig the colors, but this looks flat otherwise. I know low carbonation is typical for this style, but I'd like to see a bit more carbonation/head than this.
Smell: Tobacco, molasses, red currants, chocolate chip pancakes, and rubbing alcohol. From a distance, the nose is alright; deep whiffs garner the heavy, fusel notes. Wonder if this is a little past its prime.
Taste: Caramel, lightly toasted grains, tobacco, and leather play primary roles; cocoa, roast, Tootsie Roll, and earth are a bit more subtle. Very complex and smooth with absolutely no inkling of the alcoholic potency. Finishes with a delicate balance of residual sweetness and bite. Quite possibly the best-crafted barleywine I've ever tasted.
Mouthfeel: Big, malty, and a touch syrupy on the tongue, although the beer finishes more clean and dry than you'd expect. Very lightly carbonated. Good amount of warmth and some light prickliness to boot.
Overall: As soon as I tasted this one, I forgot all about the alcoholic nose. What an amazing barleywine! Seek this one out!
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2011 01:08:50 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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4.73/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
The beer comes in a dark reddish copper brown.
The beer has sweet bourbon, lots of caramel and toffee, a hint of nuttiness, some vanilla. The middle has cherry skin There is some tobacco, oak, woodiness, earthy, and bourbon on the finish.
The mouthfeel is silky smooth without being syrupy. It's chewy and gorgeous. The alcohol is very hidden and tastes more towards at 10% beer.
Absolutely delicious barrel aged barleywine. One of the best I've had.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 01:55:40 | More by dar482
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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