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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1,341
Reviews:
379
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.05%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark ruby to mahogany with almost no head.

Smell is pungent, deep red fruits, intense citrus and candy sugar.

Taste is very well balanced, a bit boozy, but lots of red fruit, tropical fruit, and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is velvet.

Very nice barleywine.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz. blinded bomber, thanks to stupac2, poured into a Crux snifter, thanks to libbey...

A: Pours pitch black with minimal dark khaki colored head. The foam settles quickly atop the beer, leaving a tiny ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. The beer has a bit of legs and almost no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is roasty and sweet. I get burnt toast, raisin, caramel, black licorice, and booze.I'd venture that this has definitely seen the inside of a barrel.

T: The beer starts off sweet and coating. I get sweet malt, and mild roast up front. The raisin notes and caramel really come to life after the initial hit. The beer is spicy in the back end as the barrel brings the alcohol to the forefront. The finish is a solid mix of plums, dates, raisins, roast, caramel, and booze. Solid.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and coating up front, smooth in the middle as it coats the palate, and finishes velvety until the boozy heat and spice tighten it up in the finish.

O: This is a really excellent BA beer. I loves the soft roast in the start and the smooth and sweet feel throughout. The finish is pretty darn near perfect. Super enjoyable.

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Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours very thick and deep dark brown, nearly black in the glass and topped with a finger of thick tan head that fades to a skim.

Smell. Sponge toffee and brown sugar, sweet bourbon and oak barrels, sweet dark malts, chocolate and vanilla, and some dark fruits.

Taste. Sweet molasses and nice smooth bourbon, toasted oak, dark malts, a bit of chocolate, raisins, and maybe some dried figs. A little booze is there, but nothing overwhelming.

Mouthfeel. Thick and full, perhaps a little syrupy. Low+ amount of very creamy smooth carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. One of the better barleywines I've tasted for sure. Surprisingly strong with the molasses smell/flavour, but it works.

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Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.35 out of 5 based on 1,341 ratings.
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