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Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Arctic Devil Barley WineArctic Devil Barley Wine

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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%


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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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours very thick and deep dark brown, nearly black in the glass and topped with a finger of thick tan head that fades to a skim.

Smell. Sponge toffee and brown sugar, sweet bourbon and oak barrels, sweet dark malts, chocolate and vanilla, and some dark fruits.

Taste. Sweet molasses and nice smooth bourbon, toasted oak, dark malts, a bit of chocolate, raisins, and maybe some dried figs. A little booze is there, but nothing overwhelming.

Mouthfeel. Thick and full, perhaps a little syrupy. Low+ amount of very creamy smooth carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. One of the better barleywines I've tasted for sure. Surprisingly strong with the molasses smell/flavour, but it works.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 02:31:44 | More by Rutager
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in my favorite snifter glass.

Appearance: This brew pours a hazy mahogany color and when pressed against the light; you do see bubbles creating an off-white head rising to roughly about 1/3".

Smell: A caramel malt bomb, literally as I am pouring this beer into the glass you can breathe in toffee and wood notes.

Taste: Complex taste to it if you ask me, and if you really want to know it friggin incredible. The worst part is putting the glass down with heavy toffee and strong whiskey notes. I am falling in lust with this brew. Feels sweet, with a smooth alcohol taste that is a tender strong if that can make sense. Caramel meets a little whiskey plus a slight wood feel.

Mouth: Medium bodied finish, feels a notch light but some serious stickiness to it.

Overall: This is the second best English Barleywine that I have had with first one being a retired gem and probably my favorite Midnight Sun beer period. You get everything you will need when asking for quality. As far as availability is concerned I don't think you will find a better barleywine out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 05:31:41 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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mhksuccess

California

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 poured from a 22oz bottle into ballast pt snifter
pours a reddish dark brown color with little or no head
slightly sweet smell kind of nice and get the smell of barrel aging
taste of this barrel is unique
overall kind of sweet taste of toffee
the alcohol is hid very well and it is smooth and easy to drink
definitely will get again

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 15:33:47 | More by mhksuccess
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A 2013 bomber poured into a snifter, at cellar temperature, of course. It's 13.4% ABV this year.

Midnight Sun's Arctic Devil Barley Wine has about as much of a head as can be expected from a beast of its kind. It's very small (maybe a half-finger), tan in color, and dissipates to a swirling sheet of film (in which I can see lively carbonation) relatively quickly. At first glance, I thought the beer to be a deep ruby, but dark mahogany is a better term for it. It isn't totally transparent, but it's pretty clear. A rugged-lookin' ale!

The aroma is simply wonderful. It smells of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel, with a little dark fruit and bourbon.

Just about everything in the smell is also in the taste. It took me a while to think of what this reminds me of, and then it hit me: salted caramel! It's sweet like caramel candy, but there are other things in here that are complementing the sweetness in a similar manner to salt. It might be the little bit of bitter hops and breadiness that comes out in the aftertaste. There IS some alcohol heat as well, but it doesn't really detract from anything at all, and hey, it's 13.4%. With the intense taste and the high ABV, this one demands to be sipped. Overall, outstanding.

The mouthfeel is really awesome as well. High carbonation, buttery creaminess, and stickiness which I can feel on my lips... it all comes together to create an excellent feel for an English barleywine like this one.

Arctic Devil is aptly named after the wild and vivacious wolverine , for it presents a snarling (but sophisticated) blend of bold flavors in a natural-feeling harmony. This is one of the best offerings from a brewery which has a LOT of fantastic beers. Totally wicked.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 02:27:38 | More by Kuaff
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gkatsoris


4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pitch black; exactly like an RIS. No head at all, but there is lacing on the glass as I drink.

S: Black cherries, brown sugar, peaches, pineapple, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, butterscotch

T: Butterscotch, brown sugar, vanilla. Raisins, molasses, and butter.

M: Thick & chewy and thick & chewy. Foam-a-licious. Perfect!

O: God this is delicious! Please come to PA!

thanks Beership!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:57:55 | More by gkatsoris
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notchucknorris

California

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. Got 2 bottles of this, so I wanted to try one fresh.

A: Pours a really dark brown color, nearly the color of a stout. A one finger khaki colored head fades quickly, leaving a clear view of the ominous looking beer.

S: At first, this smells like nothing but oak. But the more I let it open up, the more flavors started popping to the surface. Brown sugar, toffee, leather, tobacco and a pretty hearty smack of booze. Hints of banana bread and raisin as well. The oak fades a bit, but it's still pretty prominent.

T: Even as it warms, the oak comes through a lot more than I'd like, holding back the other flavors in here. Brown sugar and caramel come through along with a pretty big hit of booze. Some toffee, a slight hint of bourbon, and some more buttery oak on the finish. Definitely way too oak forward for me right now, but I can't wait to revisit this in a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 02:11:40 | More by notchucknorris
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky brown, borderline faint black. Little to no head, just a brown ring of carbonation around the glass. For some reason, beers like this are either a let down or really good.

S - Brown sugar, vanilla, definite bourbon characteristics, oak and burnt caramel.

T - Sweet caramel and dark fruits that blends into vanilla and brown sugar and transforms into a bourbon ending.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation. Somewhat sweet finish that can be off putting. But, overall very smooth and the abv kept in check.

O - Rich, chewy, flavorful, leaves you wanting more... Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 01:07:31 | More by cvm4
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scottfrie

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.5/4.0/4.5/4.25/4.25

12oz bottle into snifter. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a deep caramel color with two fingers of fine, soft looking, light khaki head that slowly faded into a fuzzy film leaving wisps of spotty lace down the glass.
S: Toffee, leather, fruity hops, brown sugar, dark fruit, tobacco, a hint of pepper, woody oak and whiskey.
T: Tobacco, leather, sweet dark fruits, fruity and leafy hops, caramel, peppery barrel and earthy hops. Mild chocolate and solid bitterness in the finish, mellow whiskey and oak in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-thick body, velvety carbonation, rich spicy bitter sweet mouthfeel. Touch slick and greasy.
O: Amazing English Barleywine; one of the best I've had. Not overly sweet. Perfect barrel.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:03:05 | More by scottfrie
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 Vintage. Review from notes.

A: Pours a brown color with a small tan head on top that quickly reduces leaving a thin ring on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Sort of vegetal, a little caramel and and brown sugar. Some dark fruit mixed in.

T: The flavor is a bit better than the aroma, but was hoping for more. Others who had previously had it said it had certainly fallen off. Caramel and toffee with some brown sugar with a bit of the vegetalness coming back.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

O: Really had high hopes, might have just had a bad bottle, or one that might have been a little too old? Will hopefully have this one again and will rereview if needed.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 21:57:25 | More by mdaschaf
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AgentMunky

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Dark red-brown with slight head and nice lacing.

S: Rich grapes and deep booze. Smoke-sweet,

T: Holy bejeezus this is amazing. Rich, spicy, wine-dark meat-sweet, bitter herbs, long, hoppy, beautiful finish.

M: Nice and well.

O: Oh wow...this is great. Recommended without reservation.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 08:57:17 | More by AgentMunky
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ngeunit1

California

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red-brown with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, whiskey, dark fruits, and some booze.

T - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, oak, vanilla, whiskey, brown sugar, dark fruits, toasted coconut, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Fantastic barrel aged barley wine. Great overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 06:38:50 | More by ngeunit1
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mahak213

New York

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Arctic Devil, into a Goose Island snifter-

Appearance- Clear, very dark amber with a light tan head that recedes quickly.

Smell- Brown sugar and sweet booze with a light vanilla and oak presence.

Taste- Starts off with sweet toffee and dark fruits, like a fig dredged in brown sugar, then moves on to vanilla and bourbon. Has a really nice balance between sweet and bitter, and the alcohol presence is integrated perfectly.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, finished sticky and sweet.

Overall- Very impressive beer from Midnight Sun, this and Berserker should surely be on your wants list.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:03:16 | More by mahak213
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Manoftyr

New York

4.73/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 05:54:31 | More by Manoftyr
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DevilsCups

New York

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Super murky muddy brown/mahogany. Very cloudy brew. Small light tan head, settles to a soapy layer. Huge legs. Not ugly, but not pretty.

S - Big bourbon, caramel and vanilla. Smells similar to BCBS's barrel treatment.

T - Tastes like bourbon soaked caramel apples. Vanilla is big on the finish. Awesome. Huge caramel/bourbon notes.

M - Very, very thick and solid carbonation. Thicker than some heavy-hitting stouts. Coats like a boss.

O - So glad I got to try this finally. Very solid brew from Midnight Sun. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 12:32:30 | More by DevilsCups
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. I assume vintage 2013.

Out of the bottle it pours like thick mocha coffee, transparent and clear. Hits the body and makes a huge dark walnut brown body, and matching creamy tan head. Collar is always populated with a solid whispy top and has some nice dark red edges. Very nice.

Spicy on the nose. Spicy whiskey character, and dried fruits almost fig like a Belgian Dark Fruit and spicy character match nicely, almost burnt spruce and barrel charred. Dark red fruits seem to come out matching the currants, vanilla touching softness also. Very nice, reminds me more of rye forward barrel aged than bourbon, lovely either way.

Extremely diverse palate. Wonderful caramel smoothness and silky palate with a hint of fizz and playful carbonation. Big spicy character comes through matching the nose. Lots of toasty wood and barrel notes. The palate has a spicy malt character that's hard to describe and it melds nicely with the caramel sensing and gives of salt which is a wonderful combination. Doesn't even feel that big either in terms of boozy quality making for easy drinking. Big licorice notes as the beer warms up also.

Diverse, great aromatics, memorable. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 23:20:02 | More by smakawhat
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zipper8650

New York

4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Review # 2 and it turned into Battle Alaska ...my first review was a 3 year vertical Alaskan Barleywine. It was my second time having it and I remembered I really liked it....then I had Arctic Devil
Snifter
A - poured out a light amber color, almost like a liquid honey, little to no head. Once the glass was filled it was that great amber/maple syrup color. The color graduation towards the middle was pretty, this is a great looking beer
S - incredible, warm sweet slightly burnt toffee, orange, this is a great smelling beer
T - tastes as good as it looks and smells. It is incredibly smooth for a 13.4, it has some boozy heat but its not biting at all and smooth throughout the taste. The bourbon is so well balanced in this and doesnt hit you in the face, it just works well. this is a great tasting beer.
M - again, no surprise, nice prominent mouthfeel like a barleywine should have...or as my girlfriend put it "so fucking pleasant"
O - loved this beer, I hope they still have some on the self because I am going to get more!
Skol

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 22:53:35 | More by zipper8650
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Greywulfken

New York

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: into a snifter, deep brown body with brief tan head of fine fizz

S: sweet and nutty malts, hints of toffee sweetness and dark, moldy fruit; lighter notes of smoky whisky barrels

T: great complexity - malt-froward, nutty, robust, chewy, and caramel sweet; earthy, and savory; hints of bourbon and wood and smoke

M: smooth, touch of alcohol, medium+ body, slick

O: truly a masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 15:27:24 | More by Greywulfken
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2008 vintage

Bomber into a large wine glass

A - Dark caramel, more opaque than translucent. Pour produces about a one inch head that dissipates to about an 1/8 of an inch that sticks around the entire time. Fair amount of lacing. Really a fine looking beer.

S - Pretty much bourbon and vanilla. Smells great, kind of surprising given the age that so much bourbon holds through. Not complex, but nothing wrong here.

T - Lots of rich rich vanilla, bourbon, some dark chocolate as it warms, maybe some dark fruit, dates? The ABV, even at 13.4%, is non-existent on the palate. A very very well done beer. At 4+ years old, this one has a teeny bit too much oxidation, I would love to try it with 3 years on it. I would also love to try it fresh, but I have to think this thing is an absolute beast fresh.

M - Nailed it. Just the right amount of carbonation to set the flavor profile off. Sticky in a good way, leaves a linger aftertaste for a good 10 minutes.

O - I've been wanting to try this one for a long time and it didnt disappoint. A great complex barelywine where eveything lines up in an equal order, barrel, sweetness, vanilla, chocolate, awesomeness. Where I have found other BA barleywines (even the highest rated) to be a little thin or lacking in complexity, this one nails it. Rich, chewy, great. I will be buying a couple fresh ones to age.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 20:47:22 | More by Beerandboards
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
2013 vintage

300th BA review

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Its opaque and has less than 1/2 a fingers width of mocha colored head, which quickly fades away. Looks like an IS really. Leaves zero lacing.

S: Tons of sweetness. Dark fruits, caramel malts, toffee, chocolate fudge. Barrel characters with bourbon, oak, and vanilla. I also get notes of black licorice and a hint of booze. Incredible aroma.

T: Initial sip is tons of black licorice, followed by some roasted malts on the finish. Cocoa, and dark fruits come next, along with a big degree of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Caramel and toffee come out later. Barrel notes are subtle, with only hints of bourbon and oaky vanilla. Lots of different flavor layers, quiet complex, and very tasty. Only complaint is the bitter component is a bit much, which somewhat detracts from the other characters.

M/D: Fairly smooth, somewhat limited by the carbonation, which is a touch high for the style. Full body, a bit syrupy at times. The huge ABV is well restrained. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, this is an excellent barleywine. It doesnt quite make it into my top, elite-BW tier (with MoAS, Sucaba and Old Nuptial), but its not far behind and is still one of the best BWs Ive had. Intoxicating aroma, just a touch too bitter on the tongue. I wish I had another one to cellar and see if that bitterness fades. Either way, still excellent. Glad I was able to try this one. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 00:33:17 | More by zac16125
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atalayafr


4.73/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 23:04:48 | More by atalayafr
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally the beer ship came in! Poured in to a snifter glass. This beer pours a jet black with a very minimal head. The nose gives deep caramel and toffee. Taste is caramel & toffee with some chocolate, coffee and vanilla. There is a lot going on with this. Some slight tobacco notes are on the finish. Very smooth with some slight bourbon notes! Well done!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 01:06:53 | More by jimmy82063
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Impfan

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 22:22:52 | More by Impfan
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received my box from Beership of 6 of these... been wanting to try this one for a while. Poured into Half Acre snifter. Appearance is really dark, much darker than most barleywines. Small rim of tan head dissipates quickly. Nose is rich and full of layers. Notes of caramel, molasses, chocolate, raisin, vanilla, leather, and tobacco. Taste is just as complex as the nose with highlights of molasses, chocolate, and raisins. The bourbon is mellow and melds nicely with everything going on. Mouthfeel is thick with mild carbonation. Overall, incredibly complex barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 04:15:31 | More by homebrew311
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harrymel

Washington

2.53/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 31JAN13
Pours really dark- like nearly stout. Tan foam and spotty lace
Smells sweet, boozy, nougat, vanilla...actually, this beer is a mess
Taste is sweet booze, vanillas, raisin, marshmallows. Full body with moderate on low carved and a dry, peeling finish. I wasn't happy last time and I'm less impressed now.

Review 08MAR12
3.5/4.5/3.5/2.5/3.5-3.6
Vintage 2011, ABV 13.4%
Pours a dark amber body with fleeting tan head, leaving a sheet of the same. Caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, Brandy(?), seafoam, hints of leather and sherry oxidation. Flavor is similar to the nose, but less impressive and there is an alcoholic tinge to the finish. Thin bodied and low carb, the booze is evident on this one and leaves a burn. This is a good beer, but my favorite was the '08, sadly I didn't review back then, but I recall a fuller body and more refined character in the beer. As it stands, I would advise trying this beer, but not really seeking it out particularly hard, unless you're ChadQuest or other peeps that really dig the BA BW's.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 06:52:09 | More by harrymel
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sukwonee

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage

I have had this beer in and out of possession before but this was my first time having it. and goddamn... It's awesome. My top 5 Barleywine to date.

A: Black with slight red tint. One finger head. some lacing on the side of the glass but not much.

S: vanilla bourbon caramel brown sugar very complex.

T: wow. bourbon aging done to perfection. Caramel molasses vanilla chocolate coffee dark fruits some booze zero hops. you can taste the alcohol but its dangerously drinkable. can't tell its got 13.4%. perfect amount of sweetness for the style.

M: I think this is where this beer really shines. It's Not the biggest beer in terms its thickness but it's just so perfect. good amount of carbonation. for a sweet desert beer the finish is rather dry and clean.

O: Glad I got a few extras to age although it's ready now to drink. This beer is highly recommended!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:59:26 | More by sukwonee
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.