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Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 965
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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4/5  rDev -8.7%

nicole309, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Will_Rivera, Jul 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

vande, Jul 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

FalconOne, Jul 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

GClarkage, Jul 09, 2014
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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...

beerdrifter, Jul 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

matt2591, Jul 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

mrbigpappa, Jun 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Ryrylee91, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Zach136, Jun 28, 2014
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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.

pjkelley82, Jun 27, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of cola with a frothy, loose, tan-colored head that slowly dissipates into a soapy slick. Nose reveals toffee, figs, and burnt sugar. Taste consistent with nose with a light, residual ethanol presence that cuts the sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even carbonation. This has been a long-time want of mine and I was not disappointed. Top notch - wish I had more.

Jwale73, Jun 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

ucsbmullet, Jun 21, 2014
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MarkyMOD, Jun 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Mickeyp2814, Jun 21, 2014
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PeakedInHighSchool, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

trevor_s, Jun 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Matthew1788, Jun 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

williamjbauer, Jun 15, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage -

Very bourbon dominated. Aroma of strong caramel, soaked oak, slight vanilla, straight bourbon whiskey. Slighter vinous fruit notes. Taste similarly dominated with bourbon, great rich barrel notes, caramel, booze. Mouthfeel is slick, smother, very low carbonation. Fantastic barrel aged english style barleywine that is on the hotter side and could benefit from some cellar time.

timc100, Jun 15, 2014
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PG2G, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

KornWallace, Jun 12, 2014
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blindmike, Jun 12, 2014
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.