Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.76/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a bomber into a snifter. No bottle date but I believe this is this year's version. ABV is listed as 13.4% on bottle. This is being served at just under 50 degrees, but will warm slightly as I drink it.
Appearance: Pours black with a half-finger tan head, which fades slowly to a layer atop the black beer.
Smell: Delicious, strong bourbon and vanilla definitely out first. Chocolate, slightly roasted malts, dark fruits. Really delicious aroma.
Taste: Bourbon out front again mixed with vanilla, chocolate, figs, malts, and finishes with some woody oak. Pretty sweet, really well balanced, and absolutely delicious. Alcohol is masked brilliantly. Phenomenal.
Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation and a really creamy, thick body. Wonderful.
Overall: This is an all-around outstanding beer. The bourbon comes through in the perfect amount for me, and the other flavors, all of which are delicious, blend together for a fantastic profile. Some beers with a similar profile to this are overly sweet, but this one is just perfect.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2013 22:41:49 | More by Resuin
4.29/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to Boozecamel for my first taste of Midnight Sun!
Poured from a 650ml. bottle.
Appearance: Thick, dark brown pour; gorgeous cascading effect of the dark brown foam. Good retention and minimal lacing.
Smell: Vanilla beans, powerful bourbon, heady aroma, some caramel.
Taste: First flavor is like licking caramel followed by oak, bourbon, vanilla, classic barleywine candy flavor, layers of flavor here.
Mouthfeel: Brash yet melts in your mouth, textured yet deceivingly easy to drink.
Overall: This is an excellent barleywine, very fortunate to have tried this.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2013 14:48:01 | More by papat444
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This Review is for the 2012 Vintage, had recently at the brewery.
I have had other batches of Arctic Devil, and every one does seem just a bit different, this "new" 2012 batch seems to have lost some of the fruity notes from years past... but in their place there is an overwhelming blast of roasted malts and sweet bourbon, leading to a semi-dry finish that is quite a bit more boozy, however it is less so when it opens up (probably should be drank near 50-55 degrees). Maybe MS has ditched some of their port and cabernet barrels for more bourbon, because thats the direction that this vintage is headed for. Mouthfeel on the beer is, as always, velvety and sublime.
Serving type: on-tap
09-06-2013 11:03:48 | More by oceanman907
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.