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Arctic Devil Barley Wine | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.20%

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

Added by Todd on 03-24-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#348
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
1,351
pDev:
8.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.79/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a chestnut colored brown with an off white head 1/3". Aroma of hot barrel, oak, maris otter. Kind of wondering why this smells "harsh" as I would term it, its making me wonder about fusel alcohols, but its prolly just a big hot beer and that is why it smells like a big hot beer.

Tastes actually like it smells. Old English wet wormwood and oak feels. Maris otter for days still. The damn booze blend from like brandy and port seems up there. It doesn't result in a barrel feel that is specifically discernable, its just a jumbled hot mess of a beer.

Looks like this might be one of those, OMG this beer is so strong, it must be awesome type of reviews. I just don't really understand how something so hot and lacking in basic flavor beyond that can be so loved. Just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours light brown with a orange hint to it, no head on the pour. The color reminds me Helldarado.
S: big bourbon smacks me in the face, love it! Then big sharp raisin sweetness and caramel. Smells very fruity/big raisins.
T: like the nose, sharp raisin sweetness, caramel and a bit harsh bourbon. I wish the bourbon was smoother.
F: medium to thin thickness, doesn't coat well, and had a touch of alcohol heat.

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Photo of Muss42
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PprBurke
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy brown color with a beige head that disappeared quickly to nothing. The aromas were of baked goods - mainly cinnamon rolls. Also picked up ton of oak, vanilla, and pitted fruits. There were absolutely no hop aroma. Flavors are not quite the same as the aromas. Its very sticky sweet, not so much like a "baked good" but more like liquified sweetened dark fruits. As it warmed up, the alcohol became so potent and obvious. Some trace of oak. Maybe a trace of caramel at the very finish, leaving a note of bourbon. The mouthfeel is is full bodied with a lot of warmth at the end. Overall its a heavy beer thats best to share with others. This is an English Barleywine and by that, they don't mess around. Its sweet, sticky and without any notes of hops. I just think it would be even more spectacular if it sat in bourbon barrels instead of oak.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2008 Bottle

A: Light toffee and faint brown sugar malts with a touch of oxidation.

A: Deep brown color, super murky, with very little head that immediately dissipates.

T: Light toffee and brown sugar malts, dark stone fruits, with light wood and moderately light oxidation.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation.

O: Solid; This beer has a great brown sugar character and depth in its youth. It's been interesting to see how this beer has evolved over the years. After almost 9 years, the beer still has a solid body and displays interesting toffee malts with a fair amount of dark fruit flavors, though some oxidation is showing.

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Photo of brandonwnw
4.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Agentveba
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gaddabble
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance had a fairly dark brown body with a half finger white foamy head that quickly dies to a film coating the top of the body. Lacing is there but a bit messy and all over the place. The smell has a huge sweet aroma of roasted malt intricately combined within a molasses, vanilla, coffee-ish complexity, light caramel and a subdued alcohol note take a secondary place. The taste is sweet through previously mentioned flavors, but yet balances through some bitter coffee notes. Light black licorice seems to come through in the flavoring, black licorice aftertaste but done nicely and not overbearing, dry finish. The palate was a medium to heavy, more of a sipper than drinkability. Carbonation seems to be done very well for an English Barleywine and is pretty good to me. Overall, what a nice English Barleywine that I would have again.

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4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: half finger white head, hazy brown-orange body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Oak, toffee, caramel, cherries and dark fruits.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium-full body. Sweet, warming alcohol.

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Photo of Zonian1
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of g00ey
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moshea
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ptarmigan98
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $17.99
Purchased: Jan. 6, 2017
Consumed: April 15, 2017
Reviewed as: English Barleywine
Misc.: Bottled on Nov. 21, 2016

Picked this up with basically a $50 gift certificate for my birthday. Had heard of Midnight Sun and saw on one of the emails that they had a few coming in, so I pounced on this and the Berserker Imperial Stout. $19.99 (Berserker) and $17.99 (AD) seems a bit much but I got them anyway. Gave Berserker an overrated 4.16 (93/A-) back in January. Hoping for this to be better.

Poured a copper/garnet cloudy color with one finger of khaki white frothy head. Some light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled pent up bourbon, almost port wine like, dark fruits, plum, tobacco, raisins, sticky toffee, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, some oaky red wine barrels and earthy basement aromas. Lovely. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste was at least just as good as the nose. Wow. Lots going on. Got smooth bourbon, port wine, sherry red wine, tobacco, unknown lingering spices (rye? maybe pepper?), brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, plum, dark fruits, raisins, dates, prunes, dark grainy malts, caramel, smooth, but tasting the booze, oak, hints of molasses and sticky sugary chocolate syrup which seems to be muted somewhat by everything else going on. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 5.00)

This was fantastic. Much better than I thought it was going to be after having Berserker a few months back. Would not pay $18 for this again, but still delicious. (Overall - 4.50)

4.41 | 98 | A

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Photo of morrowd3
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of von_kaiser
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best barley wines I've had. This is a rich thick glass of candy. Perfect sipper for a bitter cold night. Booze is masked well by the sweetness...def plays a presence, but nowheres near bringing it towards medicinal like qualities. I enjoyed this beer heavily.

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Photo of darktronica
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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