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

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1,338
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378
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.05%
 
 
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Photo of DCgolfpro
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Chingringo
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bgold86
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass, pours a nice lightish brown/darkish orange. Sweet dark fruit nose, very typical of an english barley wine. Not a ton of bourbon/vanilla sweetness in the taste, but it's there, dark dried fruits etc. For the price, really not worth it, many bba barley wines meet or exceed this one.

After trying 3 of Midnight Suns top BBA beers, it's apparent that this brewery is a product of hype, their beers are simple mid range, nothing special or of note, but most importantly, the high price (18-19 a bomber) is just not worth it.

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Photo of markcp
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of durlta
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Burntknuckles
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hop_God
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy ruby brown hazy

S: booze oak brown sugar sour grapes. Raisins.

T: booze. High alcohol taste. Dates. Burnt sugar. Oak. Slightly unfinished.

F: higher carbonation then expected. Lots of raw alcohol Coates the mouth bitter punch

O: surprising how unfinished and alcoholic heat there is Not as impressed as the hype seems to give this.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight up delicious. Bomber pours a murky brown with next to no head. Aroma is inviting with bourbon, figs, and toffee. The toffee once again comes through in a strong, enticing way and is coupled with caramel, sweet bread and fruity notes. Silky smooth the whole way down. Bourbon present, but next to no heat.

Overall, this is right there with the best of the BA barleywines I have had. Certainly English style in nature as there is only a very subtle hop presence. Very well done

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Photo of jaymo18
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.35 out of 5 based on 1,338 ratings.
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