Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Reviews by everetends:
4.55/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2010 06:08:47 | More by everetends
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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
4.74/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Wow... just wow...
Poured from bottle into snifter. About 50-55 degrees.
A- leather brown with ruby highlights, semi transparent. Nice 1 in antique white head, rocky. Went away fairly quick and left a ring for a short time before that faded away as well.
S-Honestly, theres too much going on, in a good way. Figs, dates, caramel, dark bread, almond, vanilla, Malt, slight bourbon scent. Butterscotch, candied plums.
T- just delightfull. Same as the nose. Dominated by the figs and dates with sweet bourbon and a slight alcohol kick at the end.
M-thick and slick, not too sticky or heavy. Light to medium carbonation. A little hot going down.
O-this is a mans drink. I always let my buddies who aren't into craft beer always try the barleywines and always they look at me like im crazy. Im in love with English style brews as in old ales, stouts and barleywines. This is a spot on english style barleywine. Malt foward with lots of fruit. I was surprised by this brew. I now have to have a side by side with bourbon county barleywine as I feel this has a slight edge for my taste.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 01:24:24 | More by pjkelley82
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.