Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mdaschaf:
3.71/5 rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2011 Vintage. Review from notes.
A: Pours a brown color with a small tan head on top that quickly reduces leaving a thin ring on top. Minimal lacing.
S: Sort of vegetal, a little caramel and and brown sugar. Some dark fruit mixed in.
T: The flavor is a bit better than the aroma, but was hoping for more. Others who had previously had it said it had certainly fallen off. Caramel and toffee with some brown sugar with a bit of the vegetalness coming back.
M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
O: Really had high hopes, might have just had a bad bottle, or one that might have been a little too old? Will hopefully have this one again and will rereview if needed.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2013 21:57:25 | More by mdaschaf
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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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