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Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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990 Ratings
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Ratings: 990
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 943
Gots: 260 | 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%

jb3304, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a great trade. Thanks. No bottle date to speak of but pretty sure it is a 2013 bottle. Pours dark brown nearly black with a small khaki colored head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, nuts, rich chocolate. Flavor is big rich sweet chocolate caramel up front, then fades on to a medley of dark fruits, and finally bursts into a big vanilla oakiness that just longer on the palate for a long while. Lots going on here with many layers. Big thick rich mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to ensure it is not syrupy. Not too sweet with the oak showing through very strong to balance. Mmmm.

Wow as this warms it really starts showing its chocolate and bourbon character, where colder it had showed more fruit, but, and dry oak. On the warmer side the flavor is comparable to something like a BA Speedway chocolate and bourbon character. Awesome.

BMMillsy, Jan 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

HoppyBastard1, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

BuckTuckian, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The pours like a barley wine should with a high degree of thickness and a firm foamy head. The color was a cloudy mahogany an it laced brilliantly.

Not surprisingly this has a lot of barley and wine aromas. The barley is easily distinguishable while the wine aromas are not alcohol strong but more fermented grape. I get a little raisin light caramel malt and an end of light fudge.

The flavor is very chocolatey with a little bit of smoke. Barley grain, dark fruit and a hint of anise make an appearance at the end.

The feel is downright velvety with not a stitch of the high ABV to be felt.

KYGunner, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

jkball01, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of bum732
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Rich maltiness, caramel candy, bourbon sweetness

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head that dissipates

T: Intense toffee brittle sweetness with a rich maltiness. Low bitterness, bourbon sweetness comes through next. Touch of chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee roastiness. Butterscotch into the finish. Finishes semi-sweet with some oak.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation.

Great stuff, just a fantastic BA barleywine.

bum732, Jan 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

unclejazz, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

birchstick, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

egrace84, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

1Sundown2C, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

nuckbuc, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

DCon, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

warnerry, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage

Dark like a stout and simple, quickly evaporating head

Aroma is fantastic. Lots of vanilla, bourbon, toffee/caramel, molasses and a little port-like vinous note in the background.

So much is happening on the palate. Big bourbon gently numbs the taste buds with vanilla, sweet maple syrup and toffee with a little oak giving a long, long, long finish. Definitely a sipper but at 13% it goes down quicker than I thought it would.

Nice carbonation and a body that is not too sticky and syrupy. Not as amazing as King Henry, but definitely in the top 5 Barleywines I have ever had the pleasure to drink. King Henry>Great>Arctic Devil>Sucaba.

Aging this for a year PROPERLY really did a trick.

ironchefmiyagi13, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of cbutova
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Notes taken live at our huge Barleywine tasting last weekend. So glad I randomly found this in NYC last year. 2012 bottle drank in December 2013. (~1.25 years or so old).

A- Somewhat hazy dark amber bodied, bordering on ruby red with a small frothy and creamy off-white head. Falls fairly quickly to a creamy ring around the edges. Lacing is spotty but there are a good deal of those spots and lots of legs after each sip.

S- Super smoothed out Bourbon barrels atop a big old syrup laden Barleywine. Almost semi-tart dark red fruits come to mind as well as spiced raisin. Nice oak, vanilla and caramel.

T- Bourbon comes to life a bit more here but still kept in check by the huge malty Barleywine base brew. Peppery Bourbon is nice and the barrels give off nice oak and vanilla dessert notes. Toffee, raisins, caramel, spicy yeast, dark fruits from the English yeast. The complexity between the yeast, malts and barrels is balanced and intense.

MF- Moderately high carbonation for the style but it works out nicely and reminds me of some Stouts carbonation level. Good heat from the alcohol but not even close to 13.4% (in flavor and feel). Thick bodied with a good creaminess with agitation.

This beer is pretty unique to me after having more than a few Bourbon barrel Barleywines. The bourbon flavor is unique, it has a peppery feel but only mixes and does not dominate the flavor. The English yeast only makes it all the better with a great raisiny dark fruit spiced feel.

cbutova, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

CharlatanSin, Dec 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

xnicknj, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Nunya, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

kbrown, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

MrNate, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of nickapalooza86
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to KangarooAdam59 for this one!

Pours a deep murky brownish amber

Smell is toffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, figs, raisons, dark fruit, black licorice, slight earthy hop character which is very light.

Taste is incredible sweet toffee, dark fruit plum and fig most prevelant, caramel, oak, light earthy hop bitterness, char, vanilla, bourbon, light chocolate note, black licorice, roasty malt character, finishes sweet but not overly so.

Mouthfeel is full, light to medium carbonation, slightly drying on the finish.

Holy cow, how have I never heard of this beer mentioned when people are talking about the best of the best in Barrel Barleywines, I think this may be it. I rated Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine a perfect 5 and go through at least a case of it a year. But this is just as good if not better holy cow I am truly thankful for the opportunity to try this beer.

nickapalooza86, Dec 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Docrock, Dec 13, 2013
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 990 ratings.