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: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains quite well before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing trickles down the glass leaving a thick ring behind.

S- Sweet aroma of roasted malt that's abound with complexities of cocoa, molasses, caramel, vanilla and coffee cake. Very lovely with a surprisingly small amount of alcohol fume.

T- Dark roast hits first then comes the sweetness of brown sugar, chocolate, toffee and more molasses. Very tasty as there's a slight hop bitterness that balances things perfectly. The alcohol is insanely well masked as more and more sips are easily taken. Slight note of black licorice. The only thing I'm missing is a lot of oak presence but that's easily excused since it's delicious enough without it.

M- Very creamy and decadent. Medium carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- Good God, this beer is incredible. Probably my favorite barleywine bar none.

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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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Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,357 ratings