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Arctic Devil Barley WineArctic Devil Barley Wine
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Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

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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Photo of everetends
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bottle that I got from the amazing Reino. This beer has eluded me for quite a while and I have been wanting to try it for a while. Leave it to Reino to ship it to me. you the man. Served up in a snifter. **just updated that this is a 2007 vintage**

A: This is an incredibly dark brown. Probably the darkest brown I have seen. It doesn't look black at all, never leaves the brown family. Very dark, not going to see through it at any point. Got about a half a finger of cream colored head. It has a pretty damned vibrant color. Has a good weight and to it. Nice and thick foam. Puts a nice glaze on the glass, showing how the weight of the beer. The head does coat the glass with lace that slowly slides back into the glass probably due to the glaze and weight of the foam. Just looks amazing.

S: Hey, malty goodness! This is a heavenly nose. It does attack you with alcohol at times but sometimes it is not there, which is really damned weird. Phantom alcohol. The malt shows up quickly and wonderfully. Good amounts of caramel and buttery toffee bringing on the sweetness. Just a touch of cocoa in there. Getting a bunch of almond nuttiness. Such a pleasant aroma. A really nice and rich tobacco aroma behind that. Fruits follow up with some good raisin, prune and red apple skin. This is stupid good.

T: Not much different than the nose, which is fantastic. Lots of malty goodness in flavor as well. Good amounts of roast to the malts. Caramel, toffee and just a touch chocolate and cocoa. The almond flavor is a bit more muted than in the aroma. Alcohol and sugars come through. The thing that really rocks here is the fact that the prune flavor really comes through. Its just a beautiful and big dark fruit flavor with that rich sweetness. The prune flavor is probably the most distinct prune flavor I have ever experienced. Toward the end I get some pine resin from the hops I imagine and a really nice spiced rum flavor that mixes awesomely! Really good.

M: Nice weight to this brew for sure. Really smooth feel to it with just a touch of stick to it. Carbonation is very light. Shockingly the ABV which is so big in the nose and flavor, is not overpowering in the feel at all. Just a nice and slow burn. not too sweet on the palate. Aftertaste is some spiced rum and prune.

D: Uh . . . this is great. It reached all my expectations and that is saying a lot because I have been wanting this beer for about two years now. The flavors and aroma are just so distinct and present. This is probably the best Midnight Sun brew I have had thus far. Just so well crafted its amazing. Rock on, Midnight Sun. Rock on, Reino.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arctic Devil 2008 bottle lugged back from the source several years back.

A: Murky dark crimson brown with an expectedly smallish(given its age) white head.
S: Caramel, singed brown sugar, nutty brown malt, brandy. Barrel characters nicely apparent.
T: A little buttery and woody, with some sharp burnt caramel flavors. Still pretty rough with plenty of bitterness balancing any sweetness left at this point. Midway through my snifter as the taste buds adjust to the alcohol singeing, blackberry and plum flavors show up through the heavy bitterness. A trace of vanilla shows a times, but is pretty well covered. Finish is bitter and tannic with noticeable alcohol, somewhat similar to a dry red wine.
M: Medium bodied and slightly sticky, with low carbonation.

Wow. Four years still hasn’t tamed this critter much. I knew from previous experience that this was an aggressive BW and being partial to aged English barleywines, figured with some time to cool off this would be primo stuff. Apparently I need to give the other ones more time. Certainly a quality beer (as always with Midnight Sun), but a bit of a thrash metal mosh pit in the mouth.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great lightly scarlet character, sticky lacing....

Greatly sweet, ralcoholic burn, little bit of oak character. It's got this lightly vinuous spicy cheap bourbon burn.

Bright caramel, middle of sweet molasses, bourbon brightness, ans then dried sticks with a cheaper Jack Daniels style whiskey.

Light body, almost medium. A good heat lingers throughout. The finish is too cheap. Uck.

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Photo of KevSal
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wanted something to celebrate my new job, 2011 version poured into 4 wine glassess

a-dark deep ruby red with a thin skin layer of head. i like it a lot

s- huge caramal apple upfront. layers of aroma on this one. wine scents, vanilla and bourbon. candy apple. the flavor is real good but slightly harsh on the palate.

t- caramel and vanilla right upfront and foward. different flavors from the multiple barrels comes through nice. nice hint of wine and port behind the big vanillla, bourbon and young green apple. the alcohol is hidden but the flavors are slightly harsh on the planet

m- much thinner than i was expecting especially for something so big. medium bodied with good carbonation.

o- this is a great ba barleywine. it taste unique, much different than the typical ba barleywine. its still a bit harsh on the tongue but with age i can see this mellow into something spectacular. wish it was a bit smoother

i am a bit bothered that its more expensive than last year, what the heck? price tag is pushing

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There's no date on this bomber, but I've had it for over a year, and I think it's a 2014.

It's a clear amber, with no head at all.

The nose and the taste are terrific. There's cherry, oak, bourbon, caramel and brown sugar, and a little vanilla. The ABV is noticeable, as you would expect for 13.2, but it's not bad.

Overall, it's a very smooth barleywine, pretty sweet but not cloying, and with a multitude of flavors blending together nicely. Very well done.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a deep brown color. Like a dark stained oak. When held to the light it shows a deep red almost purple. Nice head. Disapated to a film. Decent lacing.

Aroma is of tons of caramel. Molassis a little bit. Rasisns. Man. Tons of aromas going on. I love it.

Taste was super sweet at first. As I drank it nice and slow it became more tolerable. Lots of molassis and a little bit of dark fruits. Caramel and a nice alcohol bite. Soooo tasty.

Mouthfeel is thick at first. Your mouth gets use to it and it gets better as it warms up.

Overall a super tasty barlyewine but I'm glad I shared it with some people because I don't know if I could finish the whole thing.

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Photo of claaark13
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temp into a Hill Farmstead tulip. Thanks schmaltzy, you've made my evening with this one.

A - Pours a ruby color with an inch or less of an off-white head. Seems thick, great head retention. Looks really good until it is gone.

S - Sweet malts, some fruit and slight oak. Notes of caramel as well. As it opens up, some heat and licorice can be found. Really not much of a dominating aroma, takes a battle to get in there and pick things out.

T - Malts, dark fruit presence...like a cherry mixed with a raisin (charaisin I believe), woodiness, caramel, licorice and sweet heat on the finish. Fairly smooth overall. The more I sip it, the more I really like it.

M - Medium body that feels heavy on the tongue.

O - I'm trying to be critical about this because I've been wanting to try this beer for a while. After fighting with it over 30 minutes, I'll say that it is one of the best of the style that I've had. Deserves more than a 4.0, but there is no 4.25 overall option. The real thing holding it down in the overall is the heat. I think another year in the bottle will bring this thing to another level. Now I need to find another one...

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark mahogany brown beer with a glimpse of head that did a Houdini and disappeared quickly. No appearance of any carbination what-so-ever.

S- The smell is wonderful. Fruity, malty, spicy, sweet caramel. The smell is very big and complex, but the different above smells seem to do a great job trading in and out with each other.

T- Caramel and roasted malts if very present at first then the 10% ABV takes over and stings the tongue. Second taste yeilded a fruiter hoppier taste with the malt finish. There is a fruity date taste that is present as well. Very complex in the taste and is more of a bittersweet taste then sweet. Unlike Old School by DFH which is very sweet. This almost seems like a combination of European and West Coast Barley Wine styles. Gives a nice warming sensation from the inside out.

M- The beer is very thick. The alcohol definitely stings the tongue. But it doesn't dry out the tongue which is nice.

D- I think this is an easy beer to drink. The ABV seems to be quite potent in this brew. Or perhaps I should have just eaten more for lunch.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour shows a small yellowy creamy head that dissipates quickly. Some decent chunkiness and floaties from bottle conditioning. Aroma is a big rich sugary caramel and apple brandy alcohol. Also some dry red wine fruitiness, rich port like aromas. Taste follows with a nice rich maltiness, some coconut alcohol flavor, some nice balancing hop bitterness and a good sized alcohol warmth in the finish. Taste also showed some raisin and caramel in the maltiness. Nice and thick to start, the alcohol seems to become more apparent in the mouthfeel as I get into it. A nice spiciness on the tongue and a sharp bite at the back of the throat. A very nice barleywine, I would definitely say this is much more of an american style than english as it is classified here, easy to drink for its strength, I'd love to have a few of these for the cellar. Thanks Mark.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha ring of head.

S:Vanilla, oak, red grape, red wine in the nose.

T: Sweet fruit, pineapple, vanilla, red grapes/wine and oak.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: An excellent example of what barrel aging can do to an english style (to me, not supper hoppy) barleywine. If you like Sucaba/Abacus, or Bourbon Angel's Share, you'll like this. One of the best example of the style.

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Photo of waltonc
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Carmel, amber color without much head.

S: One of the better smelling beers I can recall having. Strong sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruit.

T: Very strong flavor here, the beer is likely stuffed with calories, which translates to an outstanding sweet caramel and dark fruit taste. Unlike some barleywines, I didn't experience any burn with this. Seems similar to some old ales, such as Fourth Dementia.

M: Thick, and on the edge of syrupy, but not.

D: In spite of the high ABV, I had no difficulty with this one. A truly exceptional barleywine in my view. Hop lovers may be disappointed. This is the antithesis of a "San Diego" beer.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle with about a year of age on it.

A - Orange/Red body, 1/2 finger of of white head.

S - Oak, bourbon, dark fruits, sweet.

T - Oak, booze (not necessarily bourbon), figs, red wine.

M - Surprisingly light mouthfeel, smooth carbonation

Vey good, was expecting more given it's reputation.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage. Poured from fridge temp to a tulip. Look is a beautiful murky brown with some good carbonation. Smell is amazing - strong caramel. Vanilla, sweetness, and a bit of bourbon. Taste is absolutely incredible and follows the nose. Plenty of caramel and barrel coming through, with some nice brown sugar. Truly amazing. Mouth feel is great. Overall, this is a phenomenal BA barley wine.

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Photo of kegger22
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish brown with an modest head that faded to a collar. The aroma was maple syrupy sweet. I loved the smell. The taste was molasses, alcohol and dark fruit (prunes mostly). Feel was heavy bodied, thick, chewy and oily smooth. Drinkability was only above average due to the high ABV and extreme sweetness. I liked A Devil a lot, but 3F Behemoth still my favorite barley wine.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

YeahNateNelson got a high five for this pour, i think 2 high-fives actually. If anyone else has a bottle, i will FT: 3 high fives. I probally owe Nate another one too.

So this bottle was an 08, and everything had melded so well it was unreal. There was little alcohol heat, but some deep bourbon flavors are still there. Caramel and Toffee had overtaken all others and created a slightly chewy palate coating monster of a BW. There was a resin hop note that is all flavor and no bitter, and a mammoth butterscotch richness. This one is an awesome Barleywine, i will need to track down a bottle.

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Photo of mjl21
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Ryan. 22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 10%. Unsure on vintage, but based on comments from others on BA it is an older bottle as it features www.wildales.com on the bottle. The month and week bottling code on the side has the J notched and the 1 and 5 are notched.

A-Pours a muddy dark brown with a tiny sandy head that ceases within 10 seconds. There is visible yeast in the glass. Some random specs of lace are left every few sips. The booze in this one gives it some "legs".

S-Smells like a big beer. Lots of toffee sweetness is apparent. Oak and vanilla notes are strong. Also pick up on rum soaked stone fruit.

T-Lots of caramel and toffee are upfront. Midpalate is quite oily and this feeling is apparent in every sip. The rum soaked fruits also appear midpalate. There is some visible alcohol that warmed me up, in a good way of course. The oak and vanilla are also strong. It has a toffee and chocolate aftertaste and also has a little spice.

M-Thick, oily, and smooth. The carbonation level is minimal. I found it to be a tad too oily.

D-Definitely a sweet sipper and a good bottle to split.

This was my first MS beer and I was impressed. This one tasted fantastic and still could go for a few more years. It was the perfect beer to have on the stormiest October day in SF in 47 years.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a ruddy hazy almost dark brown color with a light slim finger's worth of off-white head. Lacing slid into the beer.
The smell had some light tobacco, vanilla, sweet figs, cocoa, cake and a light amount of wood.
The taste was centered around the sweetness of the previously mentioned flavors. Tobacco comes back to dry and add some balance. There's a light semi-sweet dry aftertaste and a quick dry finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sweet sipping quality to it. Carbonation runs light enough to not detract from the tobacco-esque flavor drying out my tongue.
Overall, I used to live in Alaska and remember sipping this by the fire on cold Winter's nights. Super glad I was able to find a bottle recently to reminisce a little.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage, 10% ABV

I've been sitting on two of these beers for awhile now and finally decided to crack one open. Poured into a snifter.

The body on this barleywine is a deep amber brown with a creamy tan head that mostly clings to the sides of the glass, but swirls out across the top of the beer with each sip.

I love the aroma of English barleywines and this one is no exception. Lots of bourbon notes up front, mixed with oak, cherries and candied figs. A little bit of alcohol comes up from the glass as well. Bready malts linger beneath.

The first sip is super mellow. I was expecting this to be a bit hot, must be the 3 years on this beer. Bready, creamy malts mingle with wood and vanilla notes. Dark, ripe, candied fruits add a nice level of complexity. Warming alcohol holds everything together and is slightly more pronounced on the finish, but does not interfere with the rest of the flavor.

Mouthfeel, is slick, smooth and almost syrupy. Carbonation is just about spot on and adds just enough tingle to the body to make it interesting.

Drinkability is pretty good. However, I'm glad I'm splitting a bomber of this. The beer is excellent, but there is no way I could drink the whole bottle.

Overall, this is a great English barleywine. Lots of smooth malts, fruits and some nice wood character. Midnight Sun has really done a fantastic job with this beer. The only one that I've had that tops this is a 1999 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. With that being said, I think I'll put another 3-5 years on the next bottle I have in the cellar. Really glad I got to try this. It should be a very enjoyable winter's night tonight.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

Appearance is a muddled plume juice brown with tiny tan head that dissipates instantly.

Aroma is dates, figs, plum, prune, English toffee, new leather, unfiltered dark honey, peloncillo, dulce de leche, and deep caramelized sugar.

Taste brings about more of those dark fruits with major prune, fig, and dates. The toffee comes through big as well. You get some port and young Cabernet showcasing that fermenting grape character given off by some English Barleywines and Old Ales. Brown sugar, molasses, and caramel making the scene incognito.

Mouthfeel is where it should be for a Barleywine. Medium body with enough carbonation to lend support in keeping the flavors from overwhelming. A bit more carbonation would do no harm.

Overall a fantastic Barrel-Aged English Barleywine. Can stand with the best of them. Too bad places price gouge this quite a bit. I've seen bottles for 30% less than what I paid.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well it's been a long day and a long night. A good bit of work earlier, then to the job itself... and it is what it is, of course, the grind, though much more enjoyable than your average computer repair shop or landscaping company. Funny, though, how regardless of the work it's either a bad boss or bad work or stupid customers or moron employees... we never can seem to find work that we love every facet of. Oh sure, we love the accomplishments, maybe the competition, the power, the control, the subject matter.. but do we wake up longing to go to work?
Aside. So we get home, and there's nothing for it but to open a delicious beverage. So here we are, a world class beer in hand, and all we've to do is dissect it, ravage any intangible life and glorious beauty it possesses by creating from it a cold, lifeless, scientific stamp upon a sheet of paper, an accomplishment, a statement of plain attributes, nothing with soul. I differ.

How I love you, my darling! How beautiful your eyes, your lips in the pale moonlight! Your hair a dark brown, a smile upon your lips as you cast a lilting grin towards me with the Deepest mahogany of glances! Just a couple of soap-bubbles left there, on your shoulders, as your face turns to a cascade of hot liquid crashing down from above you... and some wisps of cloud steam up through the clear air as you relish the warmth and are beautiful...
Your fragrance haunts the waking dreams of even kings in their courtyards... The plums, raisins, molasses, caramelized sugars, vanilla, Sweet toasted black bread, butterscotch, and port... these are things in whose presence mortals often feel their undeserving eyes cast down, their lips afraid to savour..
Ah, but they may. They do savour, I savour thy many delights! Thy oaky and wooden flavours of burnt sugar and toasted grains, the warmth and absolute enjoyability of your delights on this night...
A slight syrup tinge, though surprisingly dry, as we carouse in our delectable fantasy now made real, and I wish that every moment we could be even as we are, in a seductive tumble of flesh, a delectable monstrosity of flavours and colours that overwhelm our senses and recall to our minds through our flesh from our hearts once again... "I love you. It's true."

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Photo of Lothore
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a muddy dark brown hue with little to no head.

S- Hints of fig, plum, raisin, brown sugar, and light hints of alcohol.

T- Light citrus notes (orange and tangerine), pine, deep fig and brown sugar notes that have a sharp start, full middle and very dry finish.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- This is a great barleywine to sip on on a cold day.

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Photo of santoslhalper
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Nov. 2004. Purchased at LiquidSolutions.biz

Appearence: Pours a wonderful dark copper with perfect clarity. The head is creamy beige and leaves wonderful lacing. The ruby tints in the beer are beautiful.

Smell: The smell is a stunning mix of caramel, prunes, raisens, fruits and so much more. The malts are abolutely perfect, balanced, and the alcohol rounds them off eincredibly well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is exactly how I want a barleywine to taste. It's incredibly complexed, with caramel, wood, and super sweet notes mixed with a slight hop presence. The alcohol at the end rounds it off perfectly. The belly warming effect is superb. The complexity is huge but is so well balanced and tasteful. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: Ok. I absolutely love this beer. One of the more perfect beers in the world. I know it's hard to find, but if you ever come across this beer you have to try it. Honestly a killer beer that is damn near impossible to beat. I bow before this beer.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First things first. Huge thanks to Jeff (Faro) for giving me the opportunity to try this beer. Secondly, I would like to thank Frank (AKBelgianBeast), whose recommendations forced me to open this bottle prematurely ;)

Vintage 2006 - Poured into a snifter.

A- A dark, dull amber. Half finger of tan head formed and dissipated quickly upon consumption. As a side note, I love the artwork on this bottle.

S- I could sum this up in one word. Glorious. Initially there was a nice smell of caramel and malts. Infused with this was a compilation of dark fruits that offered a very distinct aroma. To add to the complexity, just barely detectable, was a subtle sweetness of cherries and other fruits that just lingered in the background.

T- As the beer warmed, the taste became more pronounced and bold. Pretty much follows the nose. Caramel malts bring a nice flavor to the palate and are then capped off by a distinct sweet, fruit flavor that just warms the body as it's consumed.

M- Absolutely perfect. Thick, but smooth. Little carbonation. Really enjoyed the sugary residue that stuck to my lips.

D- This beer would probably be better if it was shared with two people. However, it is so good that one can't help but keep it for themself. At 10% ABV this is definitely a sipper, but every second is so worth it.

Overall, I am extremely gracious that I had the gumption to open this bottle. I have been wanting to try it, but was just afraid of opening it up. Drinking this makes me want to move out west, immediately. Highly recommended.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to timmcd64 for getting this one to me!

Pours a hazy, dark brown color with just a hint of copper. The rich, creamy, but poorly sustaining head is a brown-tinged white, and leaves a very thin lace. The aroma is a robust and sugary blend of dark fruits, roasty characteristics, and alcohol. The flavor has a lot of the same features, but is richer and far more complex; there a notes of rum, raisins, prunes, dates, various roasted flavors, and a sharp alcohol bite. The pleasantly long finish is sweet and roasty. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and very creamy with a subtle carbonation tang.

This is one rich beer, almost overpoweringly so, and is dominated by dark fruit flavors. The finish is impressive too. My only complaint is that the sweetness is a bit too much; this brew would be a little more drinkable if the sweetness were a milder. Still, highly recommended.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. 2011 vintage. A: Red raspberry with brown hints. Very thin lacing. Grips the glass.

N: Tons of caramel and oak. Lots of toffee. Smoothly sweet like caramel being folded in a candy commercial. Smells like a fresh coffee cake with specks of brown sugar. This is about as perfect as nose as barleywine can have.

T: Very well blended. Has a distinct oakiness that lends peppercorn and vanilla. Caramel and toffee flavors are subtle. Raisins and licorice bitterness. There’s a pronounced hop presence/some pineapple. Could use a little more sweetness, IMO, but I can’t really knock the execution, either.

M: thinner than I might like, but it keeps the beer from being a choking hazard. Alcohol is really well hidden.

O: One of the best barleywines out there. Strong execution all around, and highly recommended. So smooth and complex. I kept going back for more and more pours, even though it's a bad idea at 13% ABV.

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Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.
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