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Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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926 Ratings
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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 931
Gots: 253 | 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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oceanman907

Alaska

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This Review is for the 2012 Vintage, had recently at the brewery.

I have had other batches of Arctic Devil, and every one does seem just a bit different, this "new" 2012 batch seems to have lost some of the fruity notes from years past... but in their place there is an overwhelming blast of roasted malts and sweet bourbon, leading to a semi-dry finish that is quite a bit more boozy, however it is less so when it opens up (probably should be drank near 50-55 degrees). Maybe MS has ditched some of their port and cabernet barrels for more bourbon, because thats the direction that this vintage is headed for. Mouthfeel on the beer is, as always, velvety and sublime.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2013 11:03:48 | More by oceanman907
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle served at 45 degrees F.

Pours a slightly opaque maple syrup brown. Lighter edges. Small, tight, wispy, khaki brown head. Nose of rich caramel, sherry, Madeira, more caramel, vinous tannins, brandied fruits, and a whiff of chocolate pudding. Complex and very impressive.

Warming reach of brandy-soaked dark fruits up front. Develops some caramel malt sweetness with a vinous edge. Hints of vanilla, sherry, and oak. Rich cookie and caramel malt settle in mid-palate before giving way to warming alcohol and mildly herbal bitter hops. Long finish with lingering caramel, toffee, and fruit. Full-bodied with a thick, lush, creamy feel. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 02:02:26 | More by alexgash
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-04-2014 01:33:15 | More by SkiBum22
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-22-2012 00:23:59 | More by Callmecoon
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-12-2012 18:35:54 | More by bpfrush
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-10-2014 05:19:47 | More by HoppySeb
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-15-2014 23:18:18 | More by williamjbauer
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01001111

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-07-2014 05:02:21 | More by 01001111
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kevwcamp

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-19-2014 05:41:59 | More by kevwcamp
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striker2160

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-21-2014 14:07:18 | More by striker2160
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brooklynbrews

Uzbekistan

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-07-2013 02:13:34 | More by brooklynbrews
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-19-2013 22:21:48 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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DJButters

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-06-2013 16:55:13 | More by DJButters
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fthegiants

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-21-2014 23:13:55 | More by fthegiants
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-23-2013 16:09:20 | More by Gonzoillini
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1noa

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-18-2014 14:29:39 | More by 1noa
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-20-2013 02:52:04 | More by beergorrilla
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Hobbit

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-02-2013 02:09:03 | More by Hobbit
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OddNotion

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-16-2014 20:09:04 | More by OddNotion
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FalconOne

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-11-2014 15:53:59 | More by FalconOne
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Sisky

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-26-2014 16:49:24 | More by Sisky
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-22-2012 04:22:16 | More by dtx00
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HoppyBastard1

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-11-2014 14:15:59 | More by HoppyBastard1
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a tasting last night with a few fellow BA’s. 2011 vintage.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a relatively clear dark brown color with a hint of off white/tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell – Lots of bourbon and vanilla, caramel, oak, slight molasses, dark fruits such as prunes, and a some hoppy aromas.

Taste – A nice burnt caramel/toffee flavor up front that is sweet but not overly so. The bourbon and oak mixed with vanilla comes next. For as “fresh” of a barleywine as this is (and I know all are unique) it is not overly hoppy which is good (didn’t like the excessive hoppiness in fresh Behemoth). Candied toffee and dark fruits finish up the sip that you want to warm on your tongue to enjoy the full range of flavors. Very nice.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, chewy, moderate carbonation.

Overall – A very good barleywine and one that I could not even taste the alcohol despite it being 13+abv. Glad I have another to lay down.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 01:03:20 | More by SpdKilz
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bonez05404

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

10-05-2013 18:00:39 | More by bonez05404
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.