Arctic Alchemy
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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From:
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
English Barleywine
ABV:
12%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 9.98%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
41
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 06, 2018
Added:
Mar 07, 2011
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  11
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: None
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Reviewed by Mllrg973 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I was away for the weekend. Initially intended to go to Funk Brewing in Emmaus, PA, but lack of nearby hotels sent me to Bethlehem, PA. Driving down the street, I went past Fegleys and decided to head in there once I got my hotel situated. I parked my car and headed into the hotel. I got a room while I was having my first drink at the hotel. When I got to Fegleys, I noticed the huge selection of beers there. Some I tried were only $3 for a 5 oz sample. The bartender told me they were out of Arctic Alchemy. But, after having a few beers, I noticed the bottle of Arctic Alchemy with the other beers. I said something to the bartender, he put one on ice while I debated whether or not to get the huge bottle. After a few other beers, I decided, yes, I'm going to do it!!! About to change the game!!! I tried it and I could taste a cherry undertone to the beer, not so much of booze though. I was able to finish the beer and still able to walk after doing so LOL!!! I thought I would be on my ass!!!
Aug 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by mikr from New Jersey

Jun 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania

Apr 22, 2016
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Rated by BuddyPal from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Good Barley wine. Not as good as Bullfrog's Old Toad, but good.
Apr 16, 2016
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Date is confusing - says 2010 Expedition, but I bought this bottle this year, so I don't think it's that old. I have no idea. The bottom of the cork was a bit deteriorated and there is a thick sediment layer, so maybe?

pours a muddy brown color, no head whatsoever, just a few bubbles. rich malty aroma - raisins, tobacco, dark cherry, brown sugar. similar in the flavor, but not overly sweet. body is thin to medium, very low carbonation.

overall - not bad, sort of like a poor man's JW Lees
Dec 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.79 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Sep 29, 2015
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
From the 650 ml bottle received as a gift from a non-BA member. 2010 batch. Sampled on June 27, 2015.

Gorgeous chestnut reddish pour.

Full barley and caramel malt aroma even after 5 years. Roasted peat moss and sweet.

Full body.

The taste is delightfully malty, sweet, and mellow with aging.
Jun 27, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Mar 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.86 by bcm75 from Illinois

Feb 27, 2015
 
Rated: 3.79 by whatname from Pennsylvania

Dec 29, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Drknight from Virginia

Dec 13, 2014
 
Rated: 4.8 by hophead81 from Pennsylvania

Dec 07, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Nov 05, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

Oct 28, 2014
 
Rated: 4.7 by roosafur

Sep 28, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by ChipChaight from New York

Sep 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania

Aug 08, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by pat_usher from Pennsylvania

Jul 12, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Luweezy from Pennsylvania

Apr 05, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Feb 21, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Goldndomer from Pennsylvania

Feb 09, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by zapahoppa from Pennsylvania

Feb 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by BFCarr from New Jersey

Jan 26, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by YeastEnthusiast from New Jersey

Jan 16, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by CreightonSM from New York

Jan 15, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by podes from Pennsylvania

Dec 29, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by DarkLordPsycho from Pennsylvania

Nov 16, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Oct 17, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by mkh895 from Arizona

Oct 06, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by ShanePB from Pennsylvania

Aug 14, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by egrace84 from Illinois

Jul 29, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Jul 29, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by Duff27 from Illinois

Jul 29, 2013
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A - Pours a dark burgundy mahogany color with a minimal head and lacing which dies down within minutes to leave nothing at all.

S - Dark fruit, raisons, molasses, slightly bready, and booze.

T - Sweet dark roasted caramel and toffee, some oak, slightly medicinal and with a significant alcohol presence.

M - Thick, full bodied, and slippery viscous.

O - Alot of alcohol from start to finish with warming in the back of the throat on the way down, not a shy beer by any means. For grins, would be interesting if the ABV was dialed back and this gets aged in a bourbon barrel.
Jul 27, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by LoveStout from New York

Jul 01, 2013
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance is a muddy brown with a copper hue. There is a finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving only a faint trace of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose is sweet like the scent of raw cane sugar. The taste is sweet as well - too sweet. The caramel notes are nice, but the whole offering is just too syrupy. The only thing that breaks up the syrupy sweetness is a hint of dryness from the hops on the finish.

This one is a sipper for sure and not because of the alcohol (which is fairly well hidden). The sweetness was just a wee bit too much to handle.

My sense is that age would do justice to this offering. I thought about purchasing a 25oz bomber, but the $20 price tag was just too much for me to justify on an experiment.
Jun 14, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by lupercmda from North Carolina

May 01, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Mar 16, 2013
Arctic Alchemy from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 52 ratings