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Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 943
Gots: 258 | 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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Photo of ricke49
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When considering english barleywines. if you divided the relatively low alcohol ones (i.e Anchor OLD Fofhorn defining the style) and the high alcohol ones (Arctic Devil establishing the bar); this barleywine - acrtic devil by Midnigth Sun is the premier high alcohol english style barleywine, in my humble opinion. Wow! smooth and 13% abv don't normally exist in the same sentence, but this wonderous brew manages to pull it off. The full malt/raisen/fig complex is present as is the warmth....but the bite is nowhere to be found (well....maybe at the very back of the taste perameters). A great brew!

ricke49, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle of this with Matt today. Thanks!

2008 vintage

A: Dark brown with crimson hues appearance and a one inch head. Initially, there is a sheet of lacing, but it fades after a few moments.

S: The aroma is fantastic. Sweet malts with dark fruits. No heat in the aroma. 13.4%?!?

T: Fabulous taste! Wow. This is my new favorite English Barleywine.
Very complex, with dark fruits and delicious malts.

M: 13.4% alcohol is completely hidden. Not sure how they did that.

D: Awesome. Highly drinkable. Best barleywine I've had to date.

Huhzubendah, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes 2008 vintage. Thanks Gabe! Poured into a over sized wine glass.

A- pours very dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to light. 2 fingers of a tan head that recedes to a thin ring. Some lacing left on my glass.

A- wow really nice. Big malts with no detection of any hops at all. Smells very sweet. Molasses leads the way with some oaky notes. There is a nutty aroma that kicks in as it warms. There is also a slight hint of booze present.

T- nice! Very sweet with brown sugar, toffee, and molasses in charge. The oak and nuts that I got in the nose come out in nice fashion. There is also vanilla and a hint of bourbon present. This just explodes with different flavors as it warms.

M-on the thicker side. Nice amount of carbonation. There is a slight burn that I feel in the back of my throat, but it's pleasent. It finishes sweet and oaky.

D- one of those beers that u open when u want to really take your time drinking it. I enjoyed sipping on this for about an hour. I was really impressed at the complexity of it. The flavors really transform as the beer warms. A heavenly experience. I have one more left that I will be putting a little time on. I would highly suggest u seek this out.

urwithdave, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Turbid chestnut brown with a light tan head, tiny ring of retention has a little leg.

S: Dark raisins, figs, sponge-toffee, marmalade, sherry, beer nuts and a light spicing.

T: Alcohol forward; a little overly boozy. Figs, dark raisins, prunes, maraschino cherries, brown sugar, sponge toffee, marmalade, roasted nuts, hints of cocao, resiny bitterness, a little over-the-top for an English Barleywine.

M: Full body has some residual sweetness, modest carbonation.

D: A bold sipper.

Over-rated.

Derek, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of kbeals
3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to rhinos00 for getting me this at DLD!!

A- Vigorous pour yields a murky brown brew with a half inch of tan head. Head dissipates down to a crown leaving a small amount of lacing.

S- Vanilla, lots of caramel malts with even a touch of bitterness detectable in the smell. Slight licorice aroma comes into play in the background as well.

T- Licorice seems to dominate up front followed by huge doses of caramel, vanilla and even some chocolate. A bit boozy IMO, not sure of what vintage this is.

M- Nice heavy body with little carbonation. Pretty much what I expected.

D- Well, the booziness and sweetness of this beer got to me after a while. A good beer but there are better examples of the style out there.

Thanks again for this one Alex!

kbeals, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dmeadows for the share. We did the 2007 and 2008 side by side. The 07 was 10% while the 08 was slightly stronger. Looks like I wrote 1?.4

A: The 07 had more carbonation. The 2008 was a little bit darker. Both are a nice garnet color with some ruby color in there as well. Really a great looking english barleywine.

S: The 07 was so mellow and nice. The 98 is sweeter and a little boozier. More malt. The nose has a ton of malt. The barrel gives it that smooth nose. Just blended everything together.

T: More oak in the 08. More booze as well but still smooth. The thing I could not get over was how smooth the 07 was. Reminded me of a 1998 JW Lees. Just so well balanced. One of the best barleywines I have ever had. Excellent use of barrel aging.

M: Very smooth. Nice carbonation. Both vintages.

D: Amazingly drinkable. Just so smooth. I really loved this beer. Deserves to be in the top 100.

aerozeppl, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of mikeyv35
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Date: 05/31/2010
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2008
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a brown mahoghany in color w/ a skim coat light brown head w/ little to no lacing. Nose was of toffee, caramel, dark fruits, and light tobacco. Taste was the same as the nose w/ a great bitter hop backbone that balances out the brew nicely. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the tobacco and flavors really hung on the palate. Drinkability was my only drawback on this brew, as the booziness really started to get to me before I was finished w/ my snifter. If the ABV was kicked down a notch or two, I would have rated this brew as world class. Overall, great flavors and aromas, but pretty disappointed at how hot it was at even two years of age.

mikeyv35, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Kevin for opening this one during the Bruery 2nd Anniversary.

A: The pour is a slightly hazy dark amber color with a medium off-white head on it.

S: A really top notch bouquet on this one. Rich caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, and dark fruits. Some bourbon, vanilla, and some more caramel for good measure.

T: The sweetness is certainly present, but it is not cloying at all. The caramelized and "burnt" sugar flavors offer some balance and interact wonderfully with the cherries, plums, and vanilla.

M: A smooth and silky mouthfeel, nearly chewy but not syrupy. A low to moderate carbonation and a pleasant alcohol warmth.

D: Easily one of the best barleywines I've had and one of my new favorites.

womencantsail, May 24, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a stemmed tulip glass. Bottle marked 2008 vintage.

A= This ale poured a viscous deep amber color with a 1/2" cream colored head that quickly fell to a thin ring.

S= Heady mix of sweet malts, rich candied fruits, bourbon, and even a hint of hop aroma. Nice.

T= Started off with rich caramel and toffee notes, which in turn lead into the fruitiness of plums, cherries, and fruitcake. The bourbon and oak are there but somehow never overpowering. Hops played a similar role. All in all quite balanced through the middle. Things heated up in the sweet and boozy finish, but that was expected at this abv.

MF= Heavy body with a carbonation that tries to hang in there but ultimately gets overwhelmed by the sheer girth of this ale. Nice tongue coating quality.

D= Not one I would drink too often or in great quantity, but still a very very good English barleywine. The abv never feels as big as it is which makes this a dangerous one for sure!

spointon, May 18, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. Served in a tulip. Beer is dark brown and hazy. Forms a thin off white head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Head falls away and breaks, gravitates toward the glass.

Aroma is strong, sweet, boozy, and malty.

Medium body, some carbonation in the mouth, really sweet up front, lots of flavor. Some liquor like components, raisins, plums, sweetness, lots of fruit. Finishes a little dry. Its a big beer and I'm doing my best to slay it but at 22 ounces and 13.2 % its an uphill battle. It is quite heavy but it hides the alcohol well. The fruitiness of the body makes this a great drinking beer but it is better split two ways. Good barleywine though, probably improve after 2 or 3 years.

drabmuh, May 11, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 bomber shared by Arbitrator at a tasting.

Pours clear medium brown with a nice small light tan head that fades to a ring.

Aroma is awesome - really strong barrel notes - oak, whiskey, and vanilla. A lot like Perfect Storm. Toasted coconut, caramel, and toffee as well.

Flavor is awesome too. Excellent base barleywine with caramel malt and lots of sweet toffee. Lots of wood, whiskey, vanilla, and coconut

Mouthfeel is straight-up amazing. A little dry with ridiculously full body and lots of alcohol warmth.

Damn, this beer is great. I'm cellaring a bottle of what I think is '07 right now. Looking forward to having this again.

EDIT: Ticked the '07 vintage from the bottle (well, poured into a glass) recently. UN-BE-LIEVABLE. Great -bal character and just so much going on. Nearly the perfect -bal aged barleywine. Just amazing.

nickd717, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review numbers from 08 Vintage.

2009 Vintage

A-deep hazy mahogony in color. The head is tan, tight, and creamy with little retention and lace

S-the nose is quite big and has more hops than expected but still favors the malts. Brown sugar, candied fruits, and caramel dominate the aroma. A light hop presence lies in the back with floral hops

T-wow, the taste is huge! Carmelized brown sugar comes in right away. An underlying caramel malt sets in next. Candied fruit and some raisins and plums come in towards the back. The hop presence is faint but floral hops and a touch of bitterness make up the finish

M-this is full bodied and chewy. It is extremely big, one of the biggest barleywine's I have ever had. The texture is so syrupy but still smooth on the palate. The carbonation is just right giving it a light bite and crispness at the back.

D-are you kidding me? The only thing keeping this from a five is some warming in the back from all the booze. The balance is there, malts run wild, sweetness is high but it doesn't put you off. Everything you could want, and did I mention this thing is huge!

****
2008 Vintage drinkin on 6/18/10. Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pretty clear with a dark ruby red, hints of brown with an extremely light tan head.

S-the nose is nice, big but soft. notes of candied sugar, caramel, port wine. still hints of earthy floral hops in the back with just a touch of oak.

T-the taste relieves the hops, huge flavors. tons of caramel and brown sugar, candied sugars, notes of port but very faint. oak towards the back, a good bit of vanilla, very sweet with some heat in the finish.

M-huge full body, quite syrupy with a good bit of carbonation, smooth and creamy on the palate.

D-this is a big beer, lots of flavors. barrel flavors are present but overpowered by a lot of malty sweetness. still the flavors work well.

cpetrone84, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade a few months back. Been sitting in my fridge for the right moment. Easter Sunday seemed right. No idea on the vintage. Can't find a date anywhere on the label.

A: pours very dark reddish brown with very little head and hardly any lacing to speak of

S: burned sugar, raisins, wood, vanilla, dark sour fruits, molasses and faint alcohol. complex to say the least

T: first couple drinks were sugar sweet and boozy as it warmed up the flavors started to show up more. again, molasses, caramel, raisins, dark tart fruits, oak, not much hops that I can notice, typical English style.

M: feels thick, syrupy and chewy but oddly light on the tongue and palate. (if that makes any sense)

D: a little to sweet at first but developed very nicely as it warmed up. the flavors really came through and the alcohol burn mellowed considerably.

Overall and very wonderful English style barley wine.

Side note: bottle I'm drinking says 10% abv but is listed at 13.2% on the site. Definitely tastes like the higher side but can't really say for sure.

CosmoHopHead, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of Docer
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle (22oz.) of this some time ago at The BeerMongers... must have been sitting on it in my 12 Deg. C cooler now for over 6 months... I only bought 1 bottle... so I am a bit disappointed by that. Not the beer.

- Poured into a rather narrow French, roughly 17.5 oz. mug... not much head to speak of... though not a bad thing for me. I like my barleywines to pour this way. Slowly a thin blanket of velvety cream colored head road above the clear, rather dark brown, and molasses-like colored brew. As it sits... a nice solid ring exists with a spot in the center (so the nose doesn't get a fluff of head) of none. This is a clean and solid looking barleywine. Wish Shakespeare were here to see it.

- Pleasant brown sugar, molasses.. burnt or charred sugars.. cane.... brown... grains and oats.. all together... mingle without being a strong candy blast. The vanilla from the barrels seems to have calmed, and melded this into perfection. Somebody knows what they are doing here.

- Vanilla and wood.... a dry oak flavor exists within a super grainy, and super balanced sweetness that I can not describe. I think I sat on this bottle for the perfect amount of time. I let it oxidize and settle just perfect... or; this brewery just made one of the best barleywines I have ever had. Balanced brown sugars, molasses, charred grain, and robust oats.... touch of bitterness without the strong fruit. I am flabbergasted.

- Thick, but not too much so... heavy... but light on the palate... this is smooth... and a whopping 13.4%? Holy Moses it can not be? But there is a touch of heat... a heat in which I believe would have been stronger if I had it sooner. But with their aging and blending,... I am sure they already knew they had a sleeper.

- What can I say that I haven't? This is by far the best strong ale, barleywine.... or barrel aged barleywine I have had. They are doing something right up there in cold country. Get this... a few times, and sit on a few like a chicken ready to pop.

(2008 Vintage)

Docer, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of goethean
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Served from a tumbler @ 50F. Flavor is of dark, chewy caramel, dark toffee, and light molasses. Extremely thick and full-bodied. Surprisingly, finish is dry with the faintest touch of hops. Really fantastic, well-balanced, and robust flavors.

goethean, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage, supplied by Joe1510. Served in a mini-pint NotLA taster glass.

A - A half-finger of light tan foam that leaves some spotty lace and a thin ring. Body is a hazy raisin brown color. Looks like a typical barleywine.

S - Burnt sugar, raisins, caramel & toffee, tart apples, dark fruits, and light alcohol. Very excellent example of the style.

T - Super smooth combination of brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. The booze has really mellowed out over the last few years. Lots of sweet flavors, but never verges on cloying somehow - perhaps there is some residual hop bitterness that keeps things in check.

M - Medium-full body, smooth, sticky, low carbonation, and minimal heat. All the things I like in this style of beer.

D - Surprisingly easy to drink for 13.2%, although my resolve started to fade after about 6oz or so. Still, I wish this were available more places, as it'd be one of my go-to barleywines.

MasterSki, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, wood and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is another standout beer.

tmoneyba, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this bottle in a trade last summer; the bottle is not dated, so I have no idea how old it is. Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Pours a rich, dark brown, with a nice, fluffy tan head. The head dissapates quickly, leaving scattered bubbles across the surface. Some oxidation up front on the nose, followed by dark fruit (raisins, sour cherries), red wine, oak and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. On the palate it is very sweet and vinuous, with suggestions of cherry, fig and winey alcohol. Finishes slightly dry and bitter.
Overall very nice, improving nicely as it warms.

emmasdad, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a deep brown color. Like a dark stained oak. When held to the light it shows a deep red almost purple. Nice head. Disapated to a film. Decent lacing.

Aroma is of tons of caramel. Molassis a little bit. Rasisns. Man. Tons of aromas going on. I love it.

Taste was super sweet at first. As I drank it nice and slow it became more tolerable. Lots of molassis and a little bit of dark fruits. Caramel and a nice alcohol bite. Soooo tasty.

Mouthfeel is thick at first. Your mouth gets use to it and it gets better as it warms up.

Overall a super tasty barlyewine but I'm glad I shared it with some people because I don't know if I could finish the whole thing.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark raisin brown with a negligible head.

Smell of strong roasted barley, caramelized sugars, booze and raisins.

Taste of thick leather, caramelized sugars, plums, dark fruit, hops for balance, oak, vanillla but mostly leather when it all comes together and you taste it as a whole. Very complex and satisfying. I would think these would be a great candidate for a 12 oz bottle as I have a headache this morning.

Thick chewy mouthfeel, mild carbonation and drinkable but would prefer to drink only 12 oz of this at a time due to the high booze percentage.

alpinebryant, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade. Review # 100. Thanks Eric...

A: Very interesting look on this one. Looks very dark almost like a stout or a porter with a small white head that quickly fades.

S: Smells of oaky malts, booziness, and dark fruits upfront. Raisin, breads, and grapes in the middle. The second I popped the cap, the scent filled my nostils. Smells great!

T: Boozy upfront with a butterscotch toffee taste blended in. Sweet candy sugar is up front but not overpowering. A little strange and airy on the backend. Good.

M: Perfect. Syrupy feel at first, but it does not over pollute your pallate like some brews. Wow!

D: Raisiny booze is a little harsh upfront, but as it warms, this gets better.

All in all, this is a great brew. Interesting for an English barleywine compared to other beers I've tried in this style. Not one of my favorite barleywines, but still a great brew to try for the very unique flavors blended. Worth hunting down for sure and glad I did.

steve8robin, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of bonkers
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle, 2008 vintage, into a snifter. It is a murky caramel color with a very slight tan head, slight lacing. The aroma is full of vanilla, oak, and a balanced amount of whiskey. The flavor follows the nose, with some dark fruit notes added. A very well balanced beer, the whiskey notes add a fullness to the flavor without being overpowering. The finish has a caramel/whiskey sweetness to it. Artic Devil has a very full body and a sticky mouthfeel, very low carbonation. With an ABV of 13% it is a nice sipper. An outstanding beer that I received from Dunt in a recent BIF.

bonkers, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008. drank from champagne flutes.
oh we are fancy men, indeed. to celebrate a successfully brewed monstrous stout a bit early, it was time to ride the snake. we were quickly enveloped in a fire of vanilla, toffee, and caramel. slight whiskey kick, little bit of fruits. it's like floating on a rolling flame over the minions crying below. no hop presence, all malt and sin. really quite outstanding, glad to have shared it with some good men, happy there are a few more bottles of that left. so sumptuous, thick but without too much sweetness, damn nice.

olympuszymurgus, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 edition shared by SonicAlligator at the Sexual Chocolate release.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a small, tight head. Loads of things going on in the aroma department: bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and bits of dark fruit. Taste is very similar, with the barrel-aging really coming through; love the combo that Midnight Sun has done. Unbelievably lush mouthfeel--super creamy with the perfect tint of alcohol warmth (which was quite necessary waiting out there in line). Great drinkability. One of my all-time favorite barleywines.

Thorpe429, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of everetends
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bottle that I got from the amazing Reino. This beer has eluded me for quite a while and I have been wanting to try it for a while. Leave it to Reino to ship it to me. you the man. Served up in a snifter. **just updated that this is a 2007 vintage**

A: This is an incredibly dark brown. Probably the darkest brown I have seen. It doesn't look black at all, never leaves the brown family. Very dark, not going to see through it at any point. Got about a half a finger of cream colored head. It has a pretty damned vibrant color. Has a good weight and to it. Nice and thick foam. Puts a nice glaze on the glass, showing how the weight of the beer. The head does coat the glass with lace that slowly slides back into the glass probably due to the glaze and weight of the foam. Just looks amazing.

S: Hey, malty goodness! This is a heavenly nose. It does attack you with alcohol at times but sometimes it is not there, which is really damned weird. Phantom alcohol. The malt shows up quickly and wonderfully. Good amounts of caramel and buttery toffee bringing on the sweetness. Just a touch of cocoa in there. Getting a bunch of almond nuttiness. Such a pleasant aroma. A really nice and rich tobacco aroma behind that. Fruits follow up with some good raisin, prune and red apple skin. This is stupid good.

T: Not much different than the nose, which is fantastic. Lots of malty goodness in flavor as well. Good amounts of roast to the malts. Caramel, toffee and just a touch chocolate and cocoa. The almond flavor is a bit more muted than in the aroma. Alcohol and sugars come through. The thing that really rocks here is the fact that the prune flavor really comes through. Its just a beautiful and big dark fruit flavor with that rich sweetness. The prune flavor is probably the most distinct prune flavor I have ever experienced. Toward the end I get some pine resin from the hops I imagine and a really nice spiced rum flavor that mixes awesomely! Really good.

M: Nice weight to this brew for sure. Really smooth feel to it with just a touch of stick to it. Carbonation is very light. Shockingly the ABV which is so big in the nose and flavor, is not overpowering in the feel at all. Just a nice and slow burn. not too sweet on the palate. Aftertaste is some spiced rum and prune.

D: Uh . . . this is great. It reached all my expectations and that is saying a lot because I have been wanting this beer for about two years now. The flavors and aroma are just so distinct and present. This is probably the best Midnight Sun brew I have had thus far. Just so well crafted its amazing. Rock on, Midnight Sun. Rock on, Reino.

everetends, Feb 05, 2010
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.