Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Have had several of the 2011 vintage, just not in the same league as the 2008. Flavors more subdued. As it warms, some of the wonderfulness from 2008 peeks through, but it's not like I remember it. Still a very good beer, just couldn't replicate the awesomeness this time around. Adjusted the score down.
original review: 4.95
2008 vintage, 22oz bottle. Barrel aged barleywine, midnight sun...drum role please. Attacking this bomber alone.
Pours dark red/brown with bubbly carbonation that quickly disappears, white ring remains.
The smells: Cherries, port wine, bourbon, multiple dark ripened fruits. Tobacco. Leather. Carmelized sugars.
Complexity defined. I smelled, then smelled some more. I didn't want to drink, I was worried it couldn't live up.
But it did. Alcohol more present, which is OK, works well with everything going on here. No solvents, deep rich alcohol mixing with everything mentioned above.
Thick, viscous, just enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy. Slides down the throat, assaulting every last taste bud it can find.
A bourbon barrel barleywine sipper that I had a hard time sipping. I'd put my money on this against any barleywine, no matter the whale status.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2012 01:40:22 | More by caskstrength
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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.
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