1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Arctic Devil Barley WineArctic Devil Barley Wine

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,012 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 934
Gots: 262 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,012 | Reviews: 336 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of moneynoobject
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

moneynoobject, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%

2013 bottle, opened Sept. 2014

A – Stellar looking barleywine. Deep cranberry and sienna body with golden ruby and black cherry highlights. Beige white head pours half a finger high.

S – Wonderfully smooth. Great golden raisin note with peat moss, sweet molasses, prune, oak, cream soda, light vanilla, caramel, and heavy cream.

T – Sweeter than I expected (even for an English barleywine), but still outstandingly bold and delicious. Black cherry, molasses, smooth melted caramel, vanilla, oak, and woody hops with a creamy gingerbread finish.

M – Full bodied and relatively smooth while maintaining a pleasantly barleywine-esque boozy warmth.

O – An outstanding brew. This just might be the 4th best barleywine I've had to date, behind Sucaba, Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine, and BCB Barleywine.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
4.45 Arctic Devil
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Anth- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.75 4.75 ------- 4.75 4.75 10%
S - 5.00 4.75 ------- 4.75 4.83 20%
T - 4.25 4.25 ------- 4.25 4.25 40%
M - 4.30 4.00 ------- 4.25 4.18 10%
O - 4.40 4.40 ------- 4.50 4.43 20%

vfgccp, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of ncelauro
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%

ncelauro, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +3%

wrightst, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Camel242000
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Camel242000, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev -8.5%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of ubenumber2
4.84/5  rDev +10.8%

ubenumber2, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Seabass1964
4.95/5  rDev +13.3%

Seabass1964, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of smross22
4.72/5  rDev +8%

smross22, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of WynnO
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

WynnO, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of zbodnar1
4.5/5  rDev +3%

zbodnar1, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of NEO68710
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

NEO68710, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%

ArmedsouthernEr, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Jas45678
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Jas45678, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of RedDon
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

RedDon, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Oxymoron
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Oxymoron, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Hopheadhiker, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -54.2%

BGsWo22, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Whimpers
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Whimpers, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of sblanton83
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

sblanton83, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of IndyDad
4/5  rDev -8.5%

IndyDad, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of wils1705
4.5/5  rDev +3%

wils1705, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Dicers, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of bbrown12
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

bbrown12, Aug 11, 2014
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.