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Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 936
Gots: 255 | 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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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark copper color with a beige head. Aroma is of filled with dark fruits, oak, vanilla, bourbon soaked raisins, cherries, caramel, toffee and earthy notes. The flavor follows the nose with nice amounts of barrel character, again lots of oak and vanilla, bourbon soaked raisins, caramel, toffee, earthy notes, cherries and nice sweet notes. The body is full with a silky and slightly sticky mouth feel.

jbaker67, Oct 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

lonewolfcry, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

hophound, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

2beerdogs, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

savagepm, Oct 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

iatethecloudsfor, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Goobastic, Oct 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.5%

Franch, Oct 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

bonez05404, Oct 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

calcnerd, Oct 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Phobicsquirrel, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Resuin
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.

Resuin, Oct 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Strelnikov, Sep 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

CommanderOfAwesome, Sep 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Maillard, Sep 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

josephwa, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Beerontwowheels, Sep 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

bstyle, Sep 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

strongaf, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of papat444
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.

papat444, Sep 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

chileman, Sep 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

davistabuff, Sep 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Jacob007, Sep 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

huddyball, Sep 14, 2013
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.