Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +14.2%
Bottled Nov. 2004. Purchased at LiquidSolutions.biz
Appearence: Pours a wonderful dark copper with perfect clarity. The head is creamy beige and leaves wonderful lacing. The ruby tints in the beer are beautiful.
Smell: The smell is a stunning mix of caramel, prunes, raisens, fruits and so much more. The malts are abolutely perfect, balanced, and the alcohol rounds them off eincredibly well.
Taste and Mouthfeel: This is exactly how I want a barleywine to taste. It's incredibly complexed, with caramel, wood, and super sweet notes mixed with a slight hop presence. The alcohol at the end rounds it off perfectly. The belly warming effect is superb. The complexity is huge but is so well balanced and tasteful. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and creamy.
Drinkability and Overall: Ok. I absolutely love this beer. One of the more perfect beers in the world. I know it's hard to find, but if you ever come across this beer you have to try it. Honestly a killer beer that is damn near impossible to beat. I bow before this beer.
04-08-2005 01:37:08 | More by santoslhalper
5/5 rDev +14.2%
2008 Arctic Devil
Shared with Mr Kennedy
Review #500 YEA!!!
A-- Poured a dark but clear amber. Settled a near black color. Somewhat black and somewhat brown. No ruby with this, just an odd but neat sort of color. One finger light brownish yellow head that had somewhat of a glow to it. Very neat looking. Head fell to film and stuck at film through drinking, leaving a yellow brown film at the bottom of the glass.
S-- Whisky, oak, stewed plumbs, figs, old leather, tobacco, red wine. First time in a long time I thought I was smelling a wine. Excellent.
T-- Whisky, oak, dark fruits, (started to get apricots), leather, tobacco, and port. Whisky and oak drop off and leave a combo of the leather, tobacco, fruits and port. Flavors changed and came in waves.
M-- Thick and rich. Very chewy. Left tannins on my gums. Just warmth from the alcohol, it feels every bit the 13.4 % but hides it in the feel so very well. Well balanced and just plain decadent.
O-- Slow sipper. Glad I shared this as would struggle on a whole bottle of this. Can not think of a barleywine that comes close to this in the complexity and depth that this had. First beer I have had in a long time that afterwards I just have an instant longing to have again. Unreal
03-05-2012 13:20:43 | More by mulder1010
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.