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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.57%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
12
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 10
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of joefuzz
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to stmgl01 for hooking me up wit a couple of bottles of this.

2010 expedition on the label

pours very deep brown with a thick looking 1 finger head

smell is very boozy...smells almost like rum raisin ice cream

taste starts off with a molasses like sweetness that finishes with a hazelnut like taste

mouthfeel is a pretty thick and carbonation is fairly high

overall a pretty good sipper. from what i understood this was just released, i think they brewed it in 2010 and left to age. they probably should have let it sit a while longer. i think in a few years this will be something wonderful. will open the next one 2015. thanks mike!

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of 57md
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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Photo of orangesol
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kramer for sharing this one with us.

A - Pours deep brown with a nice one finger tall white head leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smell is very sweet up front with hints of vanilla, stone fruits, molasses, and some very strong alcohol esters that grow even stronger as it sits in the glass.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet malt slowly giving way to a mix of stone fruits, molasses, vanilla, dark fruits, and a good amount of booze. The flavors help to keep the booze in check in the beginning but they are fighting a losing battle. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the pallet for some time after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet feel initially growing quite dry at the end of each sip.

O - This one was just ok. It has some good flavors but it is nothing spectacular. I wouldn't turn down another sample but I wont be seeking out a bottle for myself.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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

Photo of hozersr
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this at Stakem's Fish Fry/bottle share event, not sure who brought this, but from the corked and caged bottle into a snifter.

A deep bronze color with tan cap and tiny bead with some lace. The smell is strong sweet odors with slight vanilla and a light creamy odor w/ an almond-like accent and subtle fruity-stone fruit ester. The feel is sweet and has a mild dry slightly warming body with alcohol apparent in the finish with some drying of the palate.

The flavor is good but not as remarkable as the aroma and mouthfeel for me. There is a fairly strong dry maltiness w/ subtle medicinal edge and moderate spiced flavor w/ nutty, twiggy quality with a taste that has slightly anise accented and mild oak w/ subtle toasted element -very reminiscent of almond which I am not sure I have tasted this strongly in a beer before. I consider this a quality brew -overall I enjoyed it for what it is and there are some interesting flavors to be had in this for sure.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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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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