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Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 936
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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4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage

Pours a cloudy copper color with an almost full finger light tan head, with nice retention for a high abv beer, and spotty lacing. Has a very nice aroma with figs, dates, raisins, caramel, oak, vanilla, and a little Whiskey. Just a fantastic smelling beer.

Tastes every bit as great as the aroma suggests, and then some. Has a nice sweet flavor, which is not overly sweet, with figs, dates, raisins, caramel, oak, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, and a little bit of Whiskey. I let this one age for a while, and it has aged and developed beautifully.

Medium bodied, smooth, with low carbonation. The alcohol is extremely well hidden for a 13.4 % abv beer. This is an outstanding beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BierJager89
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha ring of head.

S:Vanilla, oak, red grape, red wine in the nose.

T: Sweet fruit, pineapple, vanilla, red grapes/wine and oak.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: An excellent example of what barrel aging can do to an english style (to me, not supper hoppy) barleywine. If you like Sucaba/Abacus, or Bourbon Angel's Share, you'll like this. One of the best example of the style.

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4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark rich brown bordering on black in the glass. Slightly creamy khaki head. Decent retention. Drops to a small cap and collar with minimal lacing.

Smell: Malt and more malt. Loaded with caramelized malt sugars. Caramel, rich toffee, and even some lingering butterscotch. Slightly earthy with some herbal hop notes. Alcohol on the back. Bourbon and oak are assertive, leaving a woody vanilla aroma. Big and sweet with some alcohol spiciness. nicely roasted with some almost burnt bread crust. A bit doughy.

Taste: Butterscotch bourbon. Seriously cooked and caramelized malts. Deeply bready with some slightly burnt and toasted malts. A touch of marshmallow in the back. Sweet malts run heavy on caramel and toffee. Touches of coconut. Bourbon adds a touch of heat, but the base alcohol adds a slight spiciness and warmth. Some almost jammy fruit as it warms. Really sweet, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium pushing full body. Smooth with a moderate carbonation. Hits the mark here.

Overall: Better than the yellow suit version.

A nicely complex take. The year of age has mellowed it and made it a worthy investment.

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4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 1/15/14

Appearance: Dark, dark dark brown - nearly black - pours with a medium-sized, light tan head - almost keeps a solid cap, and leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: In a word, burly - this smells huge, even for a barleywine - huge caramel, cooked malts, toffee, molasses, chocolate, burnt sugar, caramelized everything - liquified donuts - some spice, some sugar, and a a ton of sugar - some ripe, dark fruits - booze, so much booze... this kind of smells like a dessert wine - with some oak

Taste: Thick, rich, borderline demonic - huge malts, huge booze - caramel malts, caramelized grains, caramel syrup, molasses, toffee, sugar, with more sugar - some chocolate, with a touch of roast, coffee, and espresso - tons of dark fruits, as well as some lighter fruits, like cherry skins - somewhat earthy, with a lot of oak, and general barrel - I can't quite discern the barrel, but whatever it was, it was boozy - so much booze here, this more or less demands to be sipped

Mouthfeel: Big, full, thick - not sludge, but somewhat syrupy, oily - adequate carbonation, finishes with booze

Overall: You're not the devil. You're practice.

This is kind of like a night in a bottle. The only reasonable way to drink this is to sip it. It's monstrous, but it's worth it. Maybe this would be a lot better in like 5 years.

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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.

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4.24/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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.

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Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.