Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 348
Hads: 1,161
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
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Gots: 288 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  13.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-24-2005

Arctic Devil Barley Wine, aptly named after the ferocious wolverine of the north, is an English-style (meaning malt-inclined) barley wine. Though the recipe and process for Arctic Devil have evolved over the years, it is brewed once a year then aged in oak barrels for several months before the entire batch is blended, bottled and released.

In its youth, Arctic Devil gnarls and snarls its way across the palate. Containing this beast of a beer for long periods in oak barrels--some having previously aged port, wine or whiskey--tames the unleashed malt and fierce hop flavors, melding and mellowing this powerful liquid into an incredible elixir worthy of a brewer's table.

Each annual batch of Arctic Devil Barley Wine represents the brewers' resolve to create an intriguing and sought-after barley wine by precisely brewing to well-designed specifications, carefully selecting the type and combination of barrels to use for aging, and meticulously checking the beer as it ages. Distinct nuance and complexity are contributed by the wood's previous tenants, resulting in unique flavor profiles in each batch that continue to change over time. We invite you to savor Arctic Devil Barley Wine upon its release then cellar some for future enjoyment.

20 IBU
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Photo of russpowell
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased from bottletrek $16, plus delivery. Here's hoping it lives up to the hype!

Pours an effervescent ruby tinged chestnut with 2+ fingers of fluffy sand colored head. Average lacing & head retention for the style, nice viscous look

S: Oaky, vanilla notes along with other bourbon notes, plus figs

T: Rich dark fruit, singed dark sugar, molasses, & a bit of booze warmth/burn up front. English Christmas pudding, a bit of chocolate, dryness & subtle leafy/herbal hoppyness as this warms some more. Finishes dry, with tons of dark fruit, leafy hops, & more Christmas pudding, if I could give this an A++ I would

MF: Gooey, with near zero carbonation, luscious!

Drinks great for the style & this is a great English Barley wine with a bit of a twist, this devil will get to you before you get to him! Great offering, better than this rating! But very few beers/wines or liquors are worth this price (unless bootlegged) (926 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. No bottle date but I believe this is this year's version. ABV is listed as 13.4% on bottle. This is being served at just under 50 degrees, but will warm slightly as I drink it.

Appearance: Pours black with a half-finger tan head, which fades slowly to a layer atop the black beer.

Smell: Delicious, strong bourbon and vanilla definitely out first. Chocolate, slightly roasted malts, dark fruits. Really delicious aroma.

Taste: Bourbon out front again mixed with vanilla, chocolate, figs, malts, and finishes with some woody oak. Pretty sweet, really well balanced, and absolutely delicious. Alcohol is masked brilliantly. Phenomenal.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation and a really creamy, thick body. Wonderful.

Overall: This is an all-around outstanding beer. The bourbon comes through in the perfect amount for me, and the other flavors, all of which are delicious, blend together for a fantastic profile. Some beers with a similar profile to this are overly sweet, but this one is just perfect. (1,036 characters)

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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! (326 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle (22oz.) of this some time ago at The BeerMongers... must have been sitting on it in my 12 Deg. C cooler now for over 6 months... I only bought 1 bottle... so I am a bit disappointed by that. Not the beer.

- Poured into a rather narrow French, roughly 17.5 oz. mug... not much head to speak of... though not a bad thing for me. I like my barleywines to pour this way. Slowly a thin blanket of velvety cream colored head road above the clear, rather dark brown, and molasses-like colored brew. As it sits... a nice solid ring exists with a spot in the center (so the nose doesn't get a fluff of head) of none. This is a clean and solid looking barleywine. Wish Shakespeare were here to see it.

- Pleasant brown sugar, molasses.. burnt or charred sugars.. cane.... brown... grains and oats.. all together... mingle without being a strong candy blast. The vanilla from the barrels seems to have calmed, and melded this into perfection. Somebody knows what they are doing here.

- Vanilla and wood.... a dry oak flavor exists within a super grainy, and super balanced sweetness that I can not describe. I think I sat on this bottle for the perfect amount of time. I let it oxidize and settle just perfect... or; this brewery just made one of the best barleywines I have ever had. Balanced brown sugars, molasses, charred grain, and robust oats.... touch of bitterness without the strong fruit. I am flabbergasted.

- Thick, but not too much so... heavy... but light on the palate... this is smooth... and a whopping 13.4%? Holy Moses it can not be? But there is a touch of heat... a heat in which I believe would have been stronger if I had it sooner. But with their aging and blending,... I am sure they already knew they had a sleeper.

- What can I say that I haven't? This is by far the best strong ale, barleywine.... or barrel aged barleywine I have had. They are doing something right up there in cold country. Get this... a few times, and sit on a few like a chicken ready to pop.

(2008 Vintage) (2,017 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2008 Vintage. Huge thanks to beerwolf77 for sharing this one! Been a longtime want for me personally.

(A)- Pours a deep dark burnt caramel color that produced a good tan colored head for the ABV that dissipated down to froth.

(S)- A nice rich caramel sweetness. Hints at fig, raisin, and brown sugar. Honey subtle sweetness; toffee too.

(T)- So smooth! Rich and sweet with very similar characters from the smell; caramel and toffee with fig, honey, and brown sugar. Has a very subtle yet sexy dry oak finish.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. Very sweet and rich, but so smooth and easy on the palate despite the huge 13.4% ABV.

(D)- A fantastic Barleywine. Sweet and rich but so smooth for how boozy this is SUPPOSED to be, but is the opposite. Being around 3 years old, this has even more life left in it for the future. Just amazing stuff that is drinking very well currently. (924 characters)

Photo of Manoftyr
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter glass.

Appearance-Deep Mahogany with ruby highlights, gives rise to an inch or so of beige head which lasts for a few sips before fizzling away into a film, surprised to see any head with this high an ABV to be honest. Lacing is truly excellent for a beer of this high ABV, very substantial legs. Hard for me to imagine a more attractive Barleywine.

Aroma-Sweet caramel throughout, notes of buttered toffee, sweetened maple, dark fruits; plums, dates, raisins etc. Alcohol is there but is very well integrated and impressively hidden for such a strong beer. Bourbon is there as well but well integrated, a lot of the time with these bourbon barrel aged beers the bourbon can just overwhelm and dominate everything else in aroma/taste but that's not the case here; a good thing in my book. The aroma is perfect if you ask me.

Taste-Bit of an alcoholic bite upfront reminds you of this bad boy's strength. Sweet malty flavors that follow the aforementioned aroma show throughout, however, the oak and bourbon character is far more prominent than noted previously. The same notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee etc. are there as well, just in a more understated role, to some this would be preferable but I would prefer the bourbon and oak to be a tad more understated. This is purely a matter of personal preference however and this is still an excellent beer I am enjoying immensely.

Mouthfeel-Thick, rich, syrupy, low carbonation. Exactly how a Barleywine should be.

Overall/Drinkability-This is objectively speaking one of the best Barleywines I've ever had. Truly an exceptional beverage. (1,632 characters)

Photo of ajs4bd
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage, into a snifter

A - Dark reddish amber, with a very soft, thin head and small, smooth bubbles.

S - Heavy malty aroma, strong sweet cherry aromas, with hints of molasses, caramel, and prunes.

T - As much as or more than the aroma! This beer is very sweet, with definite hints of sweet cherry. The molasses and caramel also come through, as well as other dried fruits.

M - Very soft, low and small carbonation. A great feeling for a barleywine, nearly ideal. Coats the mouth completely. I can't believe this is only a year old. As full and flavorful as a 10 year old JW Lees.

D - A definite cool weather beer, but not too sweet or overwhelming that it would only be a nightcap. Easy to drink a bottle without completely blowing out the palate. (759 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains quite well before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing trickles down the glass leaving a thick ring behind.

S- Sweet aroma of roasted malt that's abound with complexities of cocoa, molasses, caramel, vanilla and coffee cake. Very lovely with a surprisingly small amount of alcohol fume.

T- Dark roast hits first then comes the sweetness of brown sugar, chocolate, toffee and more molasses. Very tasty as there's a slight hop bitterness that balances things perfectly. The alcohol is insanely well masked as more and more sips are easily taken. Slight note of black licorice. The only thing I'm missing is a lot of oak presence but that's easily excused since it's delicious enough without it.

M- Very creamy and decadent. Medium carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- Good God, this beer is incredible. Probably my favorite barleywine bar none. (1,084 characters)

Photo of Beersnake1
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage. Poured from fridge temp to a tulip. Look is a beautiful murky brown with some good carbonation. Smell is amazing - strong caramel. Vanilla, sweetness, and a bit of bourbon. Taste is absolutely incredible and follows the nose. Plenty of caramel and barrel coming through, with some nice brown sugar. Truly amazing. Mouth feel is great. Overall, this is a phenomenal BA barley wine. (403 characters)

Photo of atalayafr
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Beautiful deep caramel. No head, almost syrupy in appearance.
S-Outstanding oak and bourbon along with a mild aroma of sweet red wine. Alcohol is also abundantly noticeable.
T-Wonderful. Starts a bit sweet-but not too sweet-with wine hints at first. The the bourbon, pepper and oak begin to develop. Finishes like a gentle bourbon. This barley has layers of taste. Extremely complex but also very drinkable considering it's 13.4% ABU.
M-Very smooth, walks the 'not to heavy-not too dry' line very nicely.
O-In a word: Delicious. Enjoying a scotch or bourbon now and then perhaps this beer fits my particular niche. But I would presume anyone new to barley's would enjoy this outstanding beer. Another winner from MSB. (722 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark reddish copper brown.

The beer has sweet bourbon, lots of caramel and toffee, a hint of nuttiness, some vanilla. The middle has cherry skin There is some tobacco, oak, woodiness, earthy, and bourbon on the finish.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth without being syrupy. It's chewy and gorgeous. The alcohol is very hidden and tastes more towards at 10% beer.

Absolutely delicious barrel aged barleywine. One of the best I've had. (453 characters)

Photo of slaintemhor
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried an '08 of this last night, that i had been sitting on since January '09. The color was a garnet brown with just a smidge of head. The nose was sweet with burnt caramel and dark amber syrup. On the palate, a small burst of carbonation followed by sweetness, caramel, burnt toffee, dark fruits, Christmas pudding, treacle, unsulphured molasses, brown sugar and gently cloying long finish. This is a delightful English style barley wine that I look forward to every year! (474 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz 2009 bottle.

Pours a dark, cloudy amber brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is a decadent blend of roast, oak, bourbon, vanilla, plum, raisin, brown sugar, caramel, and cherry. Extremely creamy and smooth body with a rich flavor similar to the nose; maple, cherry, raisin, plum, vanilla, bourbon and oak dominate the flavor. An all around, smooth, well balanced and complex barleywine. (396 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been wanting to try this for quite some time now… Very boozy but also very Carmely and delicious! One of the better barley wines I've had for sure! Would be even better with some age on it! (193 characters)

Photo of pjkelley82
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage

Dark like a stout and simple, quickly evaporating head

Aroma is fantastic. Lots of vanilla, bourbon, toffee/caramel, molasses and a little port-like vinous note in the background.

So much is happening on the palate. Big bourbon gently numbs the taste buds with vanilla, sweet maple syrup and toffee with a little oak giving a long, long, long finish. Definitely a sipper but at 13% it goes down quicker than I thought it would.

Nice carbonation and a body that is not too sticky and syrupy. Not as amazing as King Henry, but definitely in the top 5 Barleywines I have ever had the pleasure to drink. King Henry>Great>Arctic Devil>Sucaba.

Aging this for a year PROPERLY really did a trick. (716 characters)

Photo of mikeale
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks TexasStout for this one.
Served in a snifter.

A. opaque dark rust ruby body, caramel head fades quick.

S. Caramel, toffey, citrus hops are faint

T. toffey, creamy vanilla, alcohol, leather notes.

M. wow! this is almost chewey, mouth coating, rich,

D. I started this on Saturaday 11:00 A.M. still enjoying over an hour later. Well balanced, I did'nt find the alcohol overpowering.

Yummalisus! (407 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber with month & week bottled: J 2&5 notched on the label. I'm pretty sure this is the latest vintage in any case. It pours a dark mahogany (brown coppery-red) with decent viscosity and ample carbonation. The head rises up to almost 1/2" in a Duvel tulip with an orange tint of beige and good retention, but no clingy lace.

The aroma is of sweet and rich caramel maltiness. Dark caramel, toffee, shortbread, brown sugar, plum, hazelnut and vanilla for the most part. It smells malty and oak mellowed with a bit of alcohol as it warms.

The taste is just that much better, with loads of the afore mentioned and more. Rich and chewy kind of flavor if you will, filled with toffee and caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar and molasses, oak, vanilla, fig, plum and hazelnut. The flavor is divine and really reminds me alot of the Angel's Share. Truly awesome flavor that I can't get enough of.

Good full body with ideal carbonation that's silky smooth and creamish. Good dose of alcohol that never gets in the way and really adds to the delivery of the flavor. This is one barleywine that is as drinkable as they come...it's great now and becomes even greater with some age on it, a must try if you love B-wines! (1,217 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn fine looking barleywine sitting in front of me. Deep russett color with orange red hues. Head pours to a half inch and is an amazing color of tannish yellow. Hangs around for awhile and fades into a nice ring around the glass.

Complex aromas of fruit, malt, and hop arise from my snifter. You first recognize a thick gooey sweet fig paste aroma full of dates and almonds with a hint of prune and cherry. Following is a blast a toffee rising from the ashes and making its arrival with a blundering announcement. On the end a somewhat piney, somewhat citrus hop aroma adds a little sparkle and gives a layered feeling of substance to the aroma.

This is what a barley wine is all about in my opinion. Huge dried fruit flavors with blasts of toffee and caramel, and a nice alcohol bite at the finish. Hops help tame the sweet malt slightly but aren't over accenuated and making things seem more like a DIPA which always irks me. Viscous and thick toffee with a hint of milk chocolate and vanilla lead way into fig paste, prune, nuts, dried berries, maple syrup, and brown sugar. The slight floral, pine hop comes into the mid palate for a second and than finishes quickly into a alcohol burn in the chest.

Thick and gooey mouthfeel lets you rest you mind and entices the senses on the long finish. Perfect for a cold Ohio night or better yet an Alaskan one. (1,372 characters)

Photo of DucksFan16
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting at the Great Alaska Beer & Barleywine festival.

Dark brown with a faint white head. Aroma of sweet fruity, caramel. Considering this beer is over 14% abv, it does not have an alcohol-dominated taste. Delicious but not overpowering flavor imparted from the oak. Aftertaste lingers for quite some time, making this one a sipper! (336 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle of this with Matt today. Thanks!

2008 vintage

A: Dark brown with crimson hues appearance and a one inch head. Initially, there is a sheet of lacing, but it fades after a few moments.

S: The aroma is fantastic. Sweet malts with dark fruits. No heat in the aroma. 13.4%?!?

T: Fabulous taste! Wow. This is my new favorite English Barleywine.
Very complex, with dark fruits and delicious malts.

M: 13.4% alcohol is completely hidden. Not sure how they did that.

D: Awesome. Highly drinkable. Best barleywine I've had to date. (544 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from gclarkage in a recent trade for a bunch of goodies. I've been looking to land this brew for quite some time but didn't want to pay the shipping costs to Alaska. Glad it's in the lower 48 now. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a hazy reddish orange with a soft dirty tan foamy head that dissipates fairly slowly. When it's gone though, it's gone basically leaving no cap and a ultra thin collar.
Smell- The nose is slightly sweet with a big burst of toffee that could be the most intense I've smelled in a Barleywine. Some woody oak and plenty of vanilla mix well with the sweetness and the occasional waft of alcohol. Some light over ripened raisin adds a bit of fruitiness but this one tends to stick toward the brown sugar side of things. The hops are lightly fruity and vibrant but the nose is dominated by the malt and wood.
Taste- Not as sweet as the nose led me to believe but a nice bit of brown sugar and light molasses shine. Some light wood and vanilla really come out strong once the beer warms as does a bit of fruit. Prunes, raisins and dark cherries all are fairly prevalent as is a bit of alcohol. For 10% though it's hidden extremely well. Finishes with a bit of lingering cherry and toffee.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich with a super creamy feel and ultra light carbonation.
Drinkability- Reminds me of homemade grain alcohol cut with burnt sugar and cherries that I had at a bachelor party one time (170 proof and tasted like cherry syrup, dangerous stuff). Except this actually tastes good. Extremely smooth, extremely drinkable and probably the best Barleywine I've had since Old Ruffian. Crazy good stuff, mucho recommended. Thanks Chris! (1,702 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - judging by the bottle it's a 2007 vintage and has only a sub-10% ABV.

Pours a hazy honey-copper color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with light toffee and vanilla aromas. Also present are slight amounts of milk chocolate and dry honey.

Tastes similar to how it smells, yet somehow even more complex. Moderately sweet caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by equal parts butterscotch and toffee flavors. Midway through the sip light vanilla and slight bourbon flavors make an appearance. Finally, hints of oak smooth things out near the end of the sip, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a huge fan of this beer, something I normally can't say about aged barleywines. An amazing beer that is very much worth a shot. Also worth setting one down for a few years if you're lucky enough to have multiples. As a quick note that was tasted side-by-side with Mother of all Storms and came out on top. Both fantastic beers but it really wasn't even a competition to decide my favorite. (1,331 characters)

Photo of grub
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Viggo shared this one. big thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled may 9/09.

pours deep red-brown with a bit of haze. a thin layer of very fine dark tan head forms, dropping fast and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is excellent. light alcohol. bit of american hop bite - pine, grapefruit. tons of dark fruit - raisin, date, fig. dark caramel and toffee. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. brandy, calvados, vanilla. really complex and interesting.

taste is great. rich caramel and toffee. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. lots of rich dark fruit - date, fig, raisin. bit of earthy character. vanilla and raw oak. hints of dark chocolate. loads of depth and complexity. while the aroma gave me a bit of an american impression, this is decidedly english now.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced. great depth and complexity. the alcohol is still a bit warm, but goddamn i love it anyway. i'll be looking for more of this! (1,006 characters)

Photo of jabocu
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 edition 22 oz. bottle.

Pours a deep mahogany with reddish hues, A thin one finger tan cap that dissipated into thin lacings. Aroma is sweet caramel and molasses, estery figs, some citrus and floral hops, and a little alcohol. vinous aroma. Explosive rich flavor of figs and molasses, a little tropical fruit, toasted buttery cashews, whiskey, vinous quality, very nice subtle floral and tangerine hop bitterness, undertones of spice and pepper. Alcohol is noticeable with a deep warming effect. Mouthfeel is viscous with a full body, with med-high carbonation, and finishes dry. Exceptional and half-way done with bomber and already feeling good!!! Glad I have a couple more of these cellared. (701 characters)

Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.