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Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 922
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 932
Gots: 254 | FT: 37
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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Rollzroyce21

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-12-2012 03:33:57 | More by Rollzroyce21
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litheum94

California

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.

Deep, cherry wood body. Small brown head that leaves a thin covet with moderate lacing.

Almonds, toffee and caramel. Very sweet smelling. Some salted meat aromas. Brandy and oak. Awesome smelling!

Lots of toffee and caramel. Salted nuts and some charred oak. A huge assault of sweet and toasted malts. Plums and a little bit of cherry, with some brandy tones. I don't even know if this is aged on brandy barrels, but it had a ton of brandy tones.

This is a great barley wine! Definitely worth the price. This is right up their with King Henry. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 03:22:26 | More by litheum94
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Michigan

5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-10-2012 21:39:09 | More by Scout11
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California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-10-2012 17:03:10 | More by dbellizzi
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California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

03-09-2012 16:31:57 | More by roblund
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-06-2012 04:52:45 | More by johnnyboy76
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mulder1010

Australia

5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Arctic Devil

Shared with Mr Kennedy
Review #500 YEA!!!

A-- Poured a dark but clear amber. Settled a near black color. Somewhat black and somewhat brown. No ruby with this, just an odd but neat sort of color. One finger light brownish yellow head that had somewhat of a glow to it. Very neat looking. Head fell to film and stuck at film through drinking, leaving a yellow brown film at the bottom of the glass.

S-- Whisky, oak, stewed plumbs, figs, old leather, tobacco, red wine. First time in a long time I thought I was smelling a wine. Excellent.

T-- Whisky, oak, dark fruits, (started to get apricots), leather, tobacco, and port. Whisky and oak drop off and leave a combo of the leather, tobacco, fruits and port. Flavors changed and came in waves.

M-- Thick and rich. Very chewy. Left tannins on my gums. Just warmth from the alcohol, it feels every bit the 13.4 % but hides it in the feel so very well. Well balanced and just plain decadent.

O-- Slow sipper. Glad I shared this as would struggle on a whole bottle of this. Can not think of a barleywine that comes close to this in the complexity and depth that this had. First beer I have had in a long time that afterwards I just have an instant longing to have again. Unreal

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 13:20:43 | More by mulder1010
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Arbitrator

California

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review of 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a clear amber body with quickly-receding tan head.

S: Caramelly bourbon with mild vanilla, leather. It has a strong grape nose (wine? brandy?) along with plums. Oak. I sampled two different bottles and found that one was much less pungent than the other.

T: It is evidently aged in multiple barrels, as there is a mild brandy presence along with bourbon. Vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee. That being said, the beer lacks the complexity of previous vintages. Leather and oxidation are missing, and the booze is noticeable. It's good, but it could be more outstanding given what previous vintages have accomplished.

M: The beer suffers a bit here. My notes of the 2008 vintage mention it being viscous. This vintage is more medium-bodied and less substantial on the palate. The booze is also noticeable as a moderate burn. I don't hate it, but it weakens the beer.

O: I was a big fan of the 2008 vintage, which I gave a 4.93. This one feels rushed in comparison, though I admit some of it is that other competitors have come out and raised the bar. I enjoy this substantially more than Abacus / Sucaba, but it is less bold than King Henry.

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First bottle: 2008 vintage, purchased with ramnuts' help. Thanks Frank.
Re-review off a 2008 bottle. Thanks Ted.

A: Pours a clear amber body in the glass. Its tan head is composed of fine bubbles that vanish quickly into a moderate collar, leaving no lace.

S: Caramel, whiskey, mild oak, leather, tobacco. A small floral nose. When cold, it reminds me of Old Stock, with a dark fruit presence: grape/raisin (perhaps wine barrels?), plums.

T: Very, very tasty. Caramel, toffee, whiskey, soft tannins. It is a little hoppier than expected, with a floral component. Substantial dark fruits entice my palate: raisins/grapes and plums, giving it a vinous component that I really enjoy. I'd liken it to cognac, actually. I get some "old ale" flavors in the finish, namely leather and tobacco, which are surprising but very welcome and interesting.

M: It's very viscous. Chewy and heavy. Just the lightest warmth, which is impressive for the ABV. I am very glad I didn't try to tackle this beer on my own, though.

D: I try not to use superlatives for effect, so I'm being sincere when I say this is among the best English barleywines I've ever had. I'd drink it again anytime.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 05:14:40 | More by Arbitrator
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doughanson78

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

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California

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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottling picked up tonight at Brewforia in Meridian.. Label says 13.40% abv ... shared with the wife... but the Lion's share goes into my small CC goblet.. no real head or lacing.. the brew is a crystal clear deep amber.

Aromas show thick malt .... raisin and dark plum.. figgy and tons of boozy deep wood.... vinous and thick "Mall caramel" ... damn.. tons of vanilla and hefty malts...

Palate is soooo thick and wonderful.. big plum and fig.. dark fruits melt into caramel and figgy jam... slight citrus zest hoppy notes help balance.. dark raisins linger forever on the finish.

Thick and viscous... pretty much perfect right out of the bottle..

I've enjoyed Arctic Devil quite a few times fresh .... but actually prefer to let it age gracefully.

4.5/4.5/4.5/4/4

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 07:14:08 | More by JohnGalt1
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Washington

5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-28-2012 06:37:36 | More by ithinkimasofa
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-27-2012 16:35:44 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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IpeeA

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-27-2012 05:14:57 | More by IpeeA
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hopburster

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-24-2012 21:12:35 | More by hopburster
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California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-22-2012 06:50:14 | More by ales4baldo
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janetb

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-21-2012 21:38:52 | More by janetb
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MkUltra84

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-19-2012 17:14:05 | More by MkUltra84
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Batch(yep, marked 11/05 on side of bottle, 1st bottled):
A: Poured a golden copper color hybrid with almost a small white cap.

S: Nose is toffee, some bourbon, toffee and caramel

T: Earthy and woody with light caramel and toffee. I felt some of the darker fruits faded, booze was still a bit sharp

M: Mouthfeel is big bodied, lower carbonation

O: Good
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2007 Batch:
Poured a sluggish copper color with almost no head at all. Nose is caramel, dried fruits, brown sugar candied fruits, vanilla and a very light hint of oak and bourbon. Yeah..all of this from the nose. Taste followed suit. Taste is biiig malts up front. Lots of brown sugar, candied fruit, fruits, with vanilla, oak and bourbon on the finish. Mouthfeel is nice, thick and coating. Sooo drinkable and the mouthfeel is great.
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2010 batch. Not amongst the best. Demoted this year due to thinner mouthfeel, cardboard smell on nose and less flavor than I recall.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 16:19:57 | More by barleywinefiend
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chrispoint

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-18-2012 08:29:48 | More by chrispoint
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KevSal

California

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wanted something to celebrate my new job, 2011 version poured into 4 wine glassess

a-dark deep ruby red with a thin skin layer of head. i like it a lot

s- huge caramal apple upfront. layers of aroma on this one. wine scents, vanilla and bourbon. candy apple. the flavor is real good but slightly harsh on the palate.

t- caramel and vanilla right upfront and foward. different flavors from the multiple barrels comes through nice. nice hint of wine and port behind the big vanillla, bourbon and young green apple. the alcohol is hidden but the flavors are slightly harsh on the planet

m- much thinner than i was expecting especially for something so big. medium bodied with good carbonation.

o- this is a great ba barleywine. it taste unique, much different than the typical ba barleywine. its still a bit harsh on the tongue but with age i can see this mellow into something spectacular. wish it was a bit smoother

i am a bit bothered that its more expensive than last year, what the heck? price tag is pushing

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 05:55:48 | More by KevSal
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leschkie

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-17-2012 18:06:08 | More by leschkie
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JupiterJesus

California

5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-15-2012 16:18:30 | More by JupiterJesus
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.