Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Reviews by airohead2001:
4.3/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Been waiting to try this one for a while - thanks glazeman.
Appearance is actually very nice, which is something on which I rarely comment. Color is dark brown/red, maybe even black with a nice one finger mother-of-pearl head that fades to a nice thin film with a 1/4 finger head that lines the edge of the snifter. The beer just looks very elegant and appetizing in the snifter. Impressive.
The smell is very complex. I get rich aromas of dark fruits such as figs and prunes, with licorice, booze, cough syrup, and sugar.
The taste is incredible. One of the best barleywines I've had that hasn't been aged in bourbon barrels. Sweet, rich bubble gum up front with candied, dry, dark fruits and molasses and licorice. The finish is a nice combination of roasts and hops.
Mouthfeel is great - thick and sticky. Perfect.
Overall, this is a great barleywine - one of the best I've ever had. However, the huge ABV is very noticeable, and it clearly hinders this beer's drinkability.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2011 01:39:40 | More by airohead2001
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4.56/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Picked this up in a great trade with Evan! An aggressive pour yields a caramel-colored two finger head with decent retention and great lacing. Dark brown, nearly black pour is probably the darkest Barley Wine I've seen. Rich, bold nose with huge dark fruits, bourbon, and oak along with hints of vanilla, figs, toffee, raisins, and sweet brown bread. The taste follows suit with tons of oak and dark fruits along with hints of vanilla, maple, butterscotch, subtle chocolate, molasses, brown bread, and toffee. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, but creamy smooth with a subtle warming finish. The 13.4% ABV is nowhere to be found for this unbelievably drinkable beer. Overall, this is a world class Barley Wine. Bold, flavorful, complex, and extremely drinkable. It's time to start trading for more...
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 21:07:19 | More by beerdrifter
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.