Arctic Alchemy | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
thebrewworks.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by stingrayvr6 on 03-07-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.57%
 
 
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7
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12
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1
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4.8/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.7/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of stingrayvr6
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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4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just happened upon the very last drop from the very last keg at the Allentown brew pub location, this Limited Reserve Arctic Ale is a supposed recipe from the historic Queen Victoria Commission. A deep brown mahogany color with a fair off-white head that settles to more of a ring pretty quickly and leaves a decent trail of lacing. The aroma offers a tasteful malt/grain with a delicate forestal hop. Pleasant stuff. The flavor comes on with a bit of boozy root beer/herbal hops for a near minty bitterness. Malt and dark cereal grains marry with the dark fruits and the alcohol settles into a slightly warming mouthful of oaky wintery flavor. This stuff is medium plus bodied with pleasant carbonation and a mildly syrupy feel. I also detect some mild woodsy hop bite. This is good stuff in its present condition, sort of a cross between a winter warmer and a barleywine. Big kudos for this special release to Brew Works.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
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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4.08/5  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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

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

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a pretty nice looking white head on top. The retention wasn't anything great but it had some light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was boozy, big time. There were some malts on and some hops in the mix as well. The taste of the beer was like a big barley wine, it doesn't feel like an English IPA at all like the description says. The mouthfeel is heavy and has a good bite to it. Overall this brew is a powerhouse, I enjoyed it too but the price tag was a bit much.

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Arctic Alchemy from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
3.97 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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