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Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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966 Ratings
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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 936
Gots: 255 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  13.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-24-2005)
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Amazing barleywine, almost more like an Imperial Stout/barleywine hybrid. Deep ruby/brown, almost black color with a remarkably syrupy, mouth-coating body. Flavors of bourbon, brandy, roasted dark chocolate, cappucino, cherries, plums, orange peel, toasted coconut, leather, tobacco, and spices.

There's definitely a good deal of heat, but this only adds more complexity, in a catalyst sort of way. Sucaba WAS my favorite barleywine, but this flavor/texture monster eclipses it.

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Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.