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Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 939
Gots: 257 | 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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HaveUSeenMyCellar, Jan 20, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to me for busting this out while at a recent tasting. 08 vintage. Split into tulips.

A: Cinnamon brown with a slight red tint. Small beige head leaves tiny soapy lace flecks.

S: Rich malt, heavily buttered and sugared white toast. Caramel and toffee drizzled dates and figs. Sweet tarts, mild earthy hops and a bit of leather. The alcohol is faint. Damn there's a lot going on here.

T: Wow! Super sweet and rich caramel malt. The tartness of the hops is still lingering after all this time. Giving it a great push and pull. Dark fruits, brown sugar, bread crusts and maybe a hint of leather in the finish. I can't pick up hardly a trace of the alcohol.

M: Full creamy body. It just slowly drips off the tongue.

O: This was a beer that totally lived up to the hype. I could drink a whole bottle myself. Maybe I will one of these days.

beerwolf77, Apr 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

JMBSH, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

PhatAtUT, Mar 26, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to seeswo for this. Tulip glass.

A: Murky reddish amber, with a film of light sand colored head which fizzles out to a ring. Good retention, no lacing.

S: Fruit-forward (anise, cherry, sugar coated fig), whiskey, toffee, dark chocolate covered cherries, molasses and caramelized sugar. Wow, delicious.

T: Cherry, almost cough syrup like, whiskey barrel (oak, whiskey, cinnamon), a little booze. Finishes tannic and off dry.

M: Medium-full body on medium-light carbonation which is near perfect for the style. A little sticky.

O: Phenomenal. More fruit forward than I was expecting. Oak is pretty subdued, overall, which differs from a lot of BA barleywines.

pmarlowe, Jan 31, 2012
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UWBadgerFan4Life, Feb 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

iatethecloudsfor, Oct 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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

WynnO, Sep 03, 2014
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Oxymoron, Aug 26, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours nearly pitch black with a finger of off white head. This is an extremely dark Barleywine - if given this beer not knowing what it was, I'd think it was a stout based on look. Poor retention, terrible lacing.

S: Strong bourbon, caramel, prunes, and a bit of soy sauce. Burnt sugars are also present. As the beer opens up, I get more and more Quad characteristics. Prunes become more prominent with a bit of orange bitters. Maybe a tad muddled, but this is extremely complex.

T: Woah, booze. This beer is extremely boozy. Also not nearly as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Bourbon is fairly strong here, supported by toffee and a touch of malted milk ball. This is really subdued next to the aroma. This definitely needs some time.

M: Medium thickness with fairly high carbonation.

O: The aroma on this was extremely nice. The taste was not bad, but definitely needs some time. This is extremely boozy and the flavors don't quite meld together. I'm going to let the rest of the bottles sit for a while.

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 17, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage
Thanks norm

Pours a clear reddish brown. Some nice whie head.
Smells earthy and odd. Norm says celery seed and im inclined to agree.
Tastes smooth and boozy. Hot from a looot of barrel hitting hard. Bourbon, malt, earthiness. Weird... Im not sure what i think
Well carbonted. Hot but good mouthfeel
Overall interesting but man.. Ouch
Weird

Urbancaver, Oct 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Dactrius, Jul 22, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a dark amber, near brown, with a 1 finger light tan head. Small blotches and bubbles on the glass.

S- brown sugar, maple, vanilla, green apple, bourbon

T- sweet toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, tart apple, some vino notes.

M- medium body and carbonation. Not as thick or syrupy as other top tier Bab barleywines.

O- good BA Barleywine but nothing outstanding. If you get a chance definitely worth a try but don't trade your first born for it.

kawilliams81, Oct 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

FreshmanPour77, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

funkel81, Oct 30, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle from Fred Meyer Hawthorne PDX, shared with colleague to celebrate end of a very tough week 5.4.12. 2011 vintage, 13.4% ABV listed on bottle.

Half finger tan head, uneven size bubbles, fairly quick dissipation with above average lacing over reddish amber clear body, a few streams of slow rising bubbles. Prominent toasty oak notes, rich malt backbone, Maris Otter?, brown sugar but not overly sweet, some citrus hops, good balance in the nose. Taste is a wee bit on the sweet side but not overly so, light brown sugar. Mouthfeel is a bit on the full side of medium, good effervescence. This brew packs a powerful punch, splitting a bottle multiple ways is highly recommended. A very good example of English style Barleywine, malt-forward and very tasty.

jdense, May 05, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a dark ruby brown color. Really love the crimson hues in this. About a quarter finger of thin, swirly, cream colored head. Moderate spotty lacing. One of the prettier barleywines I have seen.

S. Ripe dark fruit (cherry, fig), leather, caramel, vanilla, traces of chocolate, and some faint earthiness.

T: Caramel, chocolate, oak, bread crust. Very malty, but not quite as sweet and not nearly as much dark fruit presence as I've had in other barleywines. I get some faint toffee and roasted marshmallow as well. A solid beer, but was expecting a sweeter and fruitier flavor profile.

M: Full bodied, light carbonation. A lot of bitterness in the finish, though, that tastes like barrel and isn't quite evened out by the rest of the flavors.

O: I wanted to love this beer, but I think it needs some age. It's big and malty, but it hasn't quite acquired that sweet, ripe fruit flavor that I've come to expect from the style. Good, not great.

siege06nd, May 04, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, opened 10/2011. Poured a ruddy brownish orange with a small eggshell head. Sweet, sticky aroma with caramel, dark fruit, and alcohol.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Huge flavors with sweet caramel malt, molasses, prune and dark fruit, and a hint of tobacco/smoke on the finish. Some muddled, bitter hops are in hiding in there as well.

Big flavors and definitely boozy but I wouldn't have pegged it at 13 percent. Solid barleywine.

grittybrews, Oct 15, 2011
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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.

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Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.