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Arctic Alchemy | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stingrayvr6 on 03-07-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
50
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
21.66%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
12
For Trade:
1
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Reviews by stingrayvr6:
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4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to have had this on tap at City Tap House in Philadelphia. Poured a clear reddish brown with a thick cream colored head. Great retention and lacing, leaves a thick ring wiht every sip. Smell of sweet and bready malts, molasses, vanilla with dry and earthy hop notes. Taste sweet and chewy up front, coats the mouth with sweetness then a dry lightly citrus hop bitterness. Good carbonation, hides the alcohol incredibly well and very drinkable for such a strong beer. If you have the opportunity, go for it.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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4.7/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Arctic Alchemy from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
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