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Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,094
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 957
Gots: 276 | FT: 37
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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Ratings: 1,094 | Reviews: 346
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22 oz bomber into a central waters snifter. Got in a trade earlier this year. 2014 vintage

a- pours hazy burnt orange color. light off-white head. low carbonation

s- caramel, vanilla, some oakey bourbon sweetness, some fruit, maybe raisin

t- lots of malty sweetness and booze. again with the caramel and vanilla. as it warms, more dark raisin and bourbon sweetness comes out. light hop presence on the finish. really tasty

m- booze is definitely present...gives off a bit of an after burn but isnt overwhelming by any means. sticky sweet feel. minimum carbonation. very lingering finish. just what i would expect from a beer like this

overall, a very very good example of a BA barleywine. I really wish I had a few more of these to put in the cellar to see how that booze mellows. Would definitely seek this one out again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from BeerShip.com. No bottling date but this is the January 2014 vintage. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours tawny chestnut with a half finger of dirty sand hued head. The foam settles to a modest halo that leaves almost nothing in the way of lace.

Smells of bourbon, caramel, mild vanilla, brown sugar, some dark fruits and a whiff of booze. Aromas deepen as it warms, making it even more inviting.

Taste follows the nose well with it's delicious sweet layers of toffee, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, raisins, butterscotch, brown sugar, hints of currants, earthy burnt oak, leather, bread pudding, faint toast and an appropriately present but not overpowering boozeyness. Every sip reveals a new combination of flavors, particularly as it settles closer to room temperature. Outstanding.

Delightfuly viscous, fairly heavy and almost syrupy feel with fairly soft yet tingly carbonation. Sweet, lingering aftertaste with bourbon infused vanilla, toffee pudding and caramel coating the tongue.

Absolutely fantastic. One of the best English barleywines that I've had. I'm very happy to have procured multiple bottles to enjoy again both soon and as it ages. This is one of an elite few that I would say is truly worth seeking out.

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Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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