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Arctic Devil Barley Wine | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Arctic Devil Barley WineArctic Devil Barley Wine

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

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

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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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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

When considering English style Barleywines, if you divided the relatively low alcohol ones (i.e Anchor OLD Foghorn, defining the style) and the high alcohol ones (Arctic Devil establishing the bar); this barleywine - Arctic Devil by Midnight Sun is the premier high alcohol English style Barleywine, in my humble opinion. Wow! smooth and 13% abv don't normally exist in the same sentence, but this wonderous brew manages to pull it off. The full malt/raisin/fig complex is remarkable, as is the warmth....but the bite is nowhere to be found (well....maybe at the very back of the taste parameters). A great brew! If a consumer 'found' Arctic Devil to be a bit sweet or cloying, I guess it just comes with the territory. Congratulations MIDNIGHT SUN. be Proud! Update: absolutely CRUSHED that this beer is apparently no longer distributed in Oregon. Help!

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,349 ratings
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