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Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,097
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 956
Gots: 278 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: strong brown color. Fairly strong clarity. A small half finger tannish head. That fades fairly quickly to nothing.

Smell:vanilla, bourbon, maple syrup, sweet malts. Toffee and caramel malts. Strong booze. Hints of figs and raisins.

Taste: opens with figs and raisins. Transitions to vanilla and bourbon. Ends with toffee and caramel malts. Maple syrup plays in throughout.

Mouthfeel: thick and syrupy. Sweet, but with a bit of boozy warmth.

Overall: a very nice big and boozy bourbon beer. Great balance between barrel and non barrel characters. I really like the mapley tastes I get throughout. A worthwhile and delicious beer

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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.

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Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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