Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Reviews by everetends:
4.55/5 rDev +3.9%
A 22 oz bottle that I got from the amazing Reino. This beer has eluded me for quite a while and I have been wanting to try it for a while. Leave it to Reino to ship it to me. you the man. Served up in a snifter. **just updated that this is a 2007 vintage**
A: This is an incredibly dark brown. Probably the darkest brown I have seen. It doesn't look black at all, never leaves the brown family. Very dark, not going to see through it at any point. Got about a half a finger of cream colored head. It has a pretty damned vibrant color. Has a good weight and to it. Nice and thick foam. Puts a nice glaze on the glass, showing how the weight of the beer. The head does coat the glass with lace that slowly slides back into the glass probably due to the glaze and weight of the foam. Just looks amazing.
S: Hey, malty goodness! This is a heavenly nose. It does attack you with alcohol at times but sometimes it is not there, which is really damned weird. Phantom alcohol. The malt shows up quickly and wonderfully. Good amounts of caramel and buttery toffee bringing on the sweetness. Just a touch of cocoa in there. Getting a bunch of almond nuttiness. Such a pleasant aroma. A really nice and rich tobacco aroma behind that. Fruits follow up with some good raisin, prune and red apple skin. This is stupid good.
T: Not much different than the nose, which is fantastic. Lots of malty goodness in flavor as well. Good amounts of roast to the malts. Caramel, toffee and just a touch chocolate and cocoa. The almond flavor is a bit more muted than in the aroma. Alcohol and sugars come through. The thing that really rocks here is the fact that the prune flavor really comes through. Its just a beautiful and big dark fruit flavor with that rich sweetness. The prune flavor is probably the most distinct prune flavor I have ever experienced. Toward the end I get some pine resin from the hops I imagine and a really nice spiced rum flavor that mixes awesomely! Really good.
M: Nice weight to this brew for sure. Really smooth feel to it with just a touch of stick to it. Carbonation is very light. Shockingly the ABV which is so big in the nose and flavor, is not overpowering in the feel at all. Just a nice and slow burn. not too sweet on the palate. Aftertaste is some spiced rum and prune.
D: Uh . . . this is great. It reached all my expectations and that is saying a lot because I have been wanting this beer for about two years now. The flavors and aroma are just so distinct and present. This is probably the best Midnight Sun brew I have had thus far. Just so well crafted its amazing. Rock on, Midnight Sun. Rock on, Reino.
02-05-2010 06:08:47 | More by everetends
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev -7.5%
Before I review I must say beware of this devil it f*ckin will bite you!Just newly bottled on November 5th this bad boy poured a deep amber with a thin off white head,incredible complexities in the aroma vanilla,oak and kentucky whiskey really hits and hits hard really waking up the senses and quite appetizing.Now I really liked the flavors of this beer but whoo they hit ya,very woody and whiskish (if thats a word) with vanilla and caramel standing out as well.The alcohol burn steals the show it actually burned my nose going down.This beer weighs in at 14% alc although the label says 10% that according to the head brewer at Midnight Sun and it feels like more than that.A very good very complex barley wine but these need to be laid down for awhile thats for sure.
12-10-2005 03:19:14 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev -6.4%
Appearance This one poured a nice, glowing brown in color with an off-white head that frothed up good for a high-octane ABV.
Smell Man, this is a big un. The huge, roasty malts are thick and boozy. They are drenched in fruity and refined sugars. This nose is almost overpowering. If you like big Barley Wine bouquets, you have to buy this just for the smell.
Taste The malts from the nose are thick and roasted at the taste as well. The alcohol is sharp but very confident in the flavor profile. The giant table sugars almost make this one feel like an English-style Barley Wine.
Mouthfeel This one is in between medium and full in the body with a nice, almost stinging alcoholic mouthfeel.
Drinkability This is not for everyone, but if you like your ABWs big, bold, and boozy (like I do) than this definitely is for you.
Comments Ms. Skyhand busted out this Barley for her first annual Bring on Da Booze festival, and personally it was the highlight of the evening for me.
09-06-2005 01:37:03 | More by RoyalT
4.31/5 rDev -1.6%
Vintage 2007, big-time thanks to Ed for bringing this one to the tasting and sharing it with the rest of us. Pours a dark mahogany color, 50/50 mix of clarity and haziness, topped off with a small tan-ish head that reduces to a ring around the glass pretty quickly.
Aroma is comprised of a nice meshing of oak, bourbon, sweet plums, black cherries, syrup, brown sugar, molasses, and maple. Lots of things going on here - very sweet and very complex. Malty to the core with no real sign of hops or herbals anywhere, but after six years - can you blame it? Amazing how well everything has held up for being this old, and it shows no real signs of oxidation in the aroma.
Arctic Devil hits the palate thick and muddled with a surprisingly substantial amount of carbonation considering its age. Very sweet up front, but still pretty far from being cloying. It's more of a refined and controlled sweetness, albeit very strong. Brown sugar, molasses, maple, light anise, plums, dates, black cherries. Buttery and creamy smooth on the palate - the bourbon and alcohol is noticeable and warming, and becomes even more so with time.
The finish is full of sweet, candied dark fruits and a mild oakiness. Despite the 13.2% ABV, this one remains pretty damn drinkable, making it very dangerous. Even though the aroma didn't show any, the taste reveals some light oxidation - not nearly enough to hinder or really even matter - I mean goddamn, this shit was six years old!
Big thanks again to Ed for opening this one. It was damn delicious. I have no other Arctic Devils to compare it to, but holy shit, this was super-drinkable for a 13.2% barleywine. Very sweet and woody all around, such a pleasure to drink.
02-10-2013 21:38:49 | More by tectactoe
4.47/5 rDev +2.1%
Bottle says 10%...no date so I'm not quite sure of the vintage. Guesstimate 2006 or 2007. Pours into my glass a deeply murky brown with dark red highlights. A small khaki head forms on top and then falls. Aromas start with deep rich malts overflowing with caramel, toffee and a mix of dark fruits. Spicy accents with a bit of woodiness in there as well. Touch of bourbon along with some hops. Vanilla floats in on the back end. Really rich and enticing aroma.
First sip brings a bath of sweet, dense malts upfront that attack the palate. Swirls of caramel, toffee and ripe fruits. Woody, oak accents with a definite kick of bourbon. Vanilla and spice on the way down. Sweet throughout with a nice hoppy bitterness on the finish. Just an awesome barleywine overall.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Not overly heavy and ends up being quite a tasty drink. This is a damn tasty barleywine that holds nothing back. A bit on the sweet side but it works and packs a hefty malt punch with a good dose of alcohol to match.
01-23-2010 04:25:25 | More by orbitalr0x
3.68/5 rDev -16%
The beer pours dark clear brown without much head. Buckets of hops in the nose with chocolate covered caramels. Some nice cherry as well. This thing has tons of hot alcohol, but there's still plenty of malt and hops. Good stuff, but I'd hoped for better.
10-08-2009 23:07:48 | More by tjthresh
4.65/5 rDev +6.2%
Huge thanks to beernut7 for this one....not sure of the year, but I believe it is an '04.
Dark rust in color with less than 1/4 finger of off-white head...disappears rapidly and produces no lacing.
Huge raisins in the nose, caramel malt sweetness, mild alcohol.
The taste is insanely flavorful and rich...huge fig/raisin profile with a malty sweetness that is balanced with a bittering hop profile...finishes bittersweet with no lingering aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is thick as any I've tried in the style and the carbonation is sublime.
A definite sipper at 10%, but so fun to consume it is silly.
So glad to get to try this one, as I have never really seeked it out...I just may have to after this experience.
05-27-2006 21:52:21 | More by warriorsoul
4.78/5 rDev +9.1%
Thanks to beerbeing for a bottle as a gift. I am splitting this bottle with blitheringidiot. This is fantastic. It is classified as an English barley but it is close to an American in taste. Just a little head & is very malty and thick with a hint of sweetness. This is a great sipper. Wow this is good.
Thanks again, Alex!
12-16-2006 01:46:20 | More by SkinnyElvis
3.73/5 rDev -14.8%
750ml bottle poured into a sampler. 2010 vintage.
Pours a deep ruby amber with a small brown head. Nose is malty and sweet, a bit of cardboard .
Taste is sweet, sharp a bit of oxidation but super tasty and a bit tart
Really crisp and quit drinkable. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich.
02-11-2012 19:36:46 | More by kingcrowing
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
Thanks for opening this with me, baybassboy!
Dark chestnut in color, with a small, tightly bubbled light khaki colored head that remains a small ring round the top of the beer for the duration. Small bubbles dot the glass.
Rich, sweet, malt-forward aroma of caramel, oak, earth, candied sugars, and dark fruits. Complex.
The flavor follows the aroma, and the alcohol is marvelously well hidden. The sweet, earthy, and fruity malt characters play nicely against the wood. Complete and very nice.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
06-24-2012 16:35:04 | More by ehammond1
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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