Arctic Devil Barley Wine | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of homebrew311
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received my box from Beership of 6 of these... been wanting to try this one for a while. Poured into Half Acre snifter. Appearance is really dark, much darker than most barleywines. Small rim of tan head dissipates quickly. Nose is rich and full of layers. Notes of caramel, molasses, chocolate, raisin, vanilla, leather, and tobacco. Taste is just as complex as the nose with highlights of molasses, chocolate, and raisins. The bourbon is mellow and melds nicely with everything going on. Mouthfeel is thick with mild carbonation. Overall, incredibly complex barleywine.

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Photo of kevanb
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, 2014 vintage, poured into a Midnight Sun snifter. Enjoyed on 2.3.15, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a dark burgundy color, hazy and opaque, fairly thick, but with light garnet and ruby hues and a thin, khaki head about a finger high with no retention or lace. The aroma is really nice, big brown sugar, toffee and fig, oaky bourbon with cherry, prune and nice lingering caramel that is nice and rich, very smooth and decadent. The flavors echo the aroma, brown sugar, fig, cherry, caramel, rich, smooth grain, hearty and earthy, prune, raisin, chewy oak, soft, smooth bourbon. The stone fruit component is really nice and adds a lot of complexity to the sweeter and richer caramel and brown sugar flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'd like, though it's definitely smooth and coating, medium body with a decent finish, that does lack a bit of character.


Verdict: A really nice Barrel Aged Barleywine, definitely one of the more complex and balanced takes on the style, though I wish the body had a bit more gusto. Perfect for sipping and sharing, and an excellent beer for a cold winter's night.

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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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Photo of billab914
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage picked up from liquid Solutions. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter glass. Pours a caramel brown color with a small off-white covering. The head mostly clung to the sides of the glass and left a little lacing as I drank it.

Aroma is malty and sweet with some caramel and dark fruit. It also shows the vanilla, wood and whiskey from the barrel aging. There is a little alcohol present in the nose as well. It's a complex aroma that has a lot of things going on but they meld together pretty well.

The taste starts out with some caramel sweetness but finishes with the oak, vanilla and whiskey character. it has a little alcohol spiciness to it in the finish but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with low carbonation. Drinkability is good. It's a pleasure to drink but at aver 13% you just can't drink too much of it.

Overall this was a fantastic beer, it really displayed the barrel aged characteristics well without being too overwhelming. The maltiness of it came through very well and was complemented by the barrel aging, unlike some I try where it tastes like a shot of bourbon was added to the beer. Really enjoyed this one but now I have to take a nap after drinking the bottle myself.

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

22oz bomber

appearance: served in oversized snifter - rich garnet body with a creamy beige head. nice looking beer

smell: rich and sweet - oak, vanilla, whiskey, dark fruits

taste: really awesome - at 13+% abv, i expected a sticky and excruciatingly sweet beer which was fortunately not the case. sweet brown sugar, dark fruits, oak, whiskey, vanilla, tannic notes, maple. Really good stuff

mouthfeel: creamy and quite smooth, light bitterness

overall: great barleywine

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

A foam brick of three fingers of rich tan carmel head rises to the top of the glass. Body is of the deepest brown as it settles into the glass almost black. Nose is absolutely delecious in itself with rich toffee malt tones. Carmel honey and vanilla twirl together very well, I could sniff all day. Massive richness soaks the tongue with firest sip. Toasted and almost burnt malts mix with some spiceyness on the front of the palate. A solid dose of carmalized thickness is no surprise. As you continue to drink, you get some dark fruit and crisp apple feel. A dry powdery thick bitterness develops the mouthfeel. Overall I would put this in the catagory of delecious sipper.

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

Adding 2011 version sampled early Spring 2012. Aromas is definitely more whiskey forward but by no means boozy or as spirit forward as I have sampled in the past. Flavor is also quite similar but still much more barrel flavor than the aged version. Really well integrated and still the top Barleywine on the planet for my money.

2007 Vintage, ABV listed at 10.0%.

Pours a murky and muddy chestnut brown; one finger tan head which recedes quite rapidly leaving minimal lacing. Cannot see light through this big boy like I could with Mirror Mirror last night.

The aromas begin lots or dark rich caramel maltiness and dark fruitiness (cherries and figs mainly). No hops what-so-ever but after 5 years what do you expect. As it warms you get some darker chocolate and roasted toffee and a little honey sweetness and a note of alcohol but it's a barleywine so it's acceptable.

The tastes begin with chewy caramel candy sweet malts and lesser but still prevalent toffee and milk chocolate. Reminds me a little of a piece of Werther's Original candy actually. Wow this is super complex. As it warms you can detect a little of the dark fruit which I noted in the aroma (dates and figs) but as soon as you pick them out the caramelized malts take over again and then some toffee and more milk chocolate and honey sweet flavors. Now I am getting some strong maple flavors, crazy! I am glad I had this as my first beer of the night because I can truly appreciate it's beauty and greatness. Although there was a slight booziness on the nose, there is zero in the taste. Also not much barrel, but it was blended with non-barreled beer, plus the age, no I deduct no points for that, in fact I am giving more credit. Some many flavors from the blended/different barrels used, wow... just wow.

Mouthfeel is stupidly full and heavy but somehow not syrupy at all which is amazing given the minimal carbonation (which I usually hate but it works for this beer). Decadent is the word that comes to mind as I am drinking this; definitely a sipper to be enjoyed (I didn't say you have to share it, I have no intention to, just quaff and enjoy). Silky smooth and somehow finishes dry despite all the sweet and delicious maltiness. Only with the last sip can I detect a little booziness, but it's really warm at this point because I enjoyed/savored this over a long period of time.

Overall I have had two of the best barleywines in my life back-to-back nights (last night was Mirror Mirror 2009, uninfected version) but I think, no I know, this tops it. Wow, so so so highly recommended and worth trading for.

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

22oz (2011 vintage) into a tulip. Pours a murky amber-mahogany, beige head that settles to a ring of foam.

Aroma is bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, rum-soaked raisins, a nice earthy nutty quality on the swirl.

Taste is complex and buttery. Sweet residual sugars, booze, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, rich pipe tobacco. Fermented dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is sticky and slick, chewy.

Overall a decadent bourbony malt bomb, a great sipper of a beer.

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Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.

Deep, cherry wood body. Small brown head that leaves a thin covet with moderate lacing.

Almonds, toffee and caramel. Very sweet smelling. Some salted meat aromas. Brandy and oak. Awesome smelling!

Lots of toffee and caramel. Salted nuts and some charred oak. A huge assault of sweet and toasted malts. Plums and a little bit of cherry, with some brandy tones. I don't even know if this is aged on brandy barrels, but it had a ton of brandy tones.

This is a great barley wine! Definitely worth the price. This is right up their with King Henry. Excellent.

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

A copper brown, rusty in color. Shades of red and brown. Somewhat murky. Medium to thin head with decent retention considering this brew.

Smell is so great. Malty, sweet, potent. Caramel, toffee, toasted bread, fig, raisin, cherry, hints of chocolate, pineapple. Apple skin. Touch of booze. Very complex brew.

Taste is also quite great. Pretty damn malty, I'd say. Not syrupy thick by any means, though. Rich, bold, full of flavor. Yummy. Big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and again fruit. Definitely the cherry...quite noticeable. Hints of fig and pear. Light apple skin at times. Umm...some vanilla and wood/oak...is this aged in some barrel or just so deep it's beyond me? Also, hints of chocolate. This is big, bad, and complex. Just great.

Mouthfeel is so lush. Light heat from the booze, great near syrupy full body with adequate carbonation. Goes down quite easily to say the least.

I actually had this bomber to myself...it was a special occasion to say the least. For now, I'm saying this is almost too easy to drink. It is a champion and a standout in its class.

Let's see...Joel sent me this in a trade...he never told me it was bottled in 11/05...wow, quite a special beer to say the least here. Glad to have finally tried this to begin with, much less such a special release of this brew. This one has been aged going on three years and is still a champ. I'd like to try the fresh version to compare but as for now, I think I have a good idea as to what this is all about.

Thanks to jtrcockchalk...quite possibly one of BA's top 5 finest traders? You are the man, that's the least that can be said!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/21/11 notes. Huge thanks to Thorpe429 for saving me some of this one, and to BManning for sharing the bottle. 2009 vintage poured into my SAVOR tasting snifter.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a few light tan bubbles and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, bready malts, light bourbon, oak, vanilla, light fruit, and light brown sugar. A little sweet smelling and not a ton if bourbon, but still really nice and complex.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bourbon, oak, toffee, vanilla, sweet dark fruit, sugar, and alcohol. More bourbon in the taste than the nose had, and still a lot of caramel/toffee. A step up from the nose, and really great.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, very smooth body. Not too hot and very easy to drink for over 13% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic barrel aged barleywine. I personally would have liked a little more bourbon in the nose but the taste was amazing, and I loved the toffee/caramel that came through. Super smooth body, would love to try this again sometime.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a few light tan bubbles for a head. Very light lacing if any at all.

S- Picking up caramel and bready malts, light bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and brown sugar.

T- Tastes is caramel malts, bourbon, oak, toffee, vanilla, sweet dark fruit, sugar, and alcohol. A good amount of barrel here too.

M- Fuller side of medium and carbonation was pretty light.

O- This is a very solid brew for sure. A good balance of everything and pretty complex as well.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a great trade. Thanks. No bottle date to speak of but pretty sure it is a 2013 bottle. Pours dark brown nearly black with a small khaki colored head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, nuts, rich chocolate. Flavor is big rich sweet chocolate caramel up front, then fades on to a medley of dark fruits, and finally bursts into a big vanilla oakiness that just longer on the palate for a long while. Lots going on here with many layers. Big thick rich mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to ensure it is not syrupy. Not too sweet with the oak showing through very strong to balance. Mmmm.

Wow as this warms it really starts showing its chocolate and bourbon character, where colder it had showed more fruit, but, and dry oak. On the warmer side the flavor is comparable to something like a BA Speedway chocolate and bourbon character. Awesome.

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

a: This was a pretty, dark mahogany color that was slightly hazy. It poured with a smallish light tan head that didn't last long.

s: Big dark fruit aromas of cherries and plums leap out of the glass. Mildly sweet elements of peaty vanilla as well. There are some mildly alcoholic flowery hops to round out a very appealing nose.

t: Up front this had sweet flavors of malty cherries with a hint of vanilla. These turned a bit prickly and sour before a dry, floral finish. Some perfumed alcoholic warmth emerges as this breathes.

m: This had a very nice, silky, velvety texture. It was relatively still, but I think that worked pretty well here.

d: This might be the best English barleywine I've tried. $16 a bomber means this will probably be my only bottle, but I don't regret the purchase.

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

Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, wood and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is another standout beer.

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

2011 vintage
bottle poured in to duvel

Color: It shines a caramel/copper color with a light off-white head that quickly dissolves into a dime thick ring around the glass. No head retention and minor lacing.

Nose: Wow!!!! Caramel,vanilla,bourbon, and mold oak shine. As the beer warms hints of toffee and dried apples appear. Just a wonderful aroma emanates from this beer.

Palate: Regal... yes I said it, this beer is just that... regal. Once this beer hits your tongue it is an elegant presentation of flavor and craftsmanship. For such a high abv this beer is highly drinkable. The alcohol is well masked and the carbonation is just right. Waves of bourbon and caramel hit your taste buds first, followed by the smoothness of the vanilla and the boldness of the oak. Gentle fruit appears as the beer warms adding another level of complexity.

Finish: Warm,smooth, and mildly sweet. the taste of bourbon lingers with hints of vanilla at the back end of the tongue. This beer is at another level... simply outstanding and an achievement in beer making.

Rating: 97/100

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

obtained online last year from liquidsolutions.com, after a day of sitting in hell-acious traffic off the BQE I deserve this damn beer! this is marked as brewed November 2005.

eyes...
deep ruby tone, small head fades into an O-Ring, plenty of legs on this 10% beeotch, carbonation is active for a barleywine, a good looking brew, especially the hue

nose...
roasted sweetness ? if there is such a thing. This is a classic barleywine aroma, if you want to know what a BW should smell like, get your grubby little sausages on this one, big raisins, cranberries soaked in booze, very assertive and powerful nose here. it hints at so much under the raisin barrage... whiffs of cocoa and chocolate and grain. fantastic.

taste etc...
near perfect body for a barley, alcohol is strong, very boozy but yet smooth, this certainly gets your attention... this beer is so bad it should be in detention, carbonation carries it just enough and then BAM that super barleywine flavor explodes in your mouth, in the aftermath is some lingering bitterness and sweetness, this stuff sticks to your lips. this is almost as thick as some cough syrups... This is very sweet but not in an off putting way like say some tripels and other barleywines.

verdict?
hands down one of the best barleywines I have had.. getting through this bomber will wax me, but hell, I need to get to bed anyway...

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Photo of mahak213
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Arctic Devil, into a Goose Island snifter-

Appearance- Clear, very dark amber with a light tan head that recedes quickly.

Smell- Brown sugar and sweet booze with a light vanilla and oak presence.

Taste- Starts off with sweet toffee and dark fruits, like a fig dredged in brown sugar, then moves on to vanilla and bourbon. Has a really nice balance between sweet and bitter, and the alcohol presence is integrated perfectly.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, finished sticky and sweet.

Overall- Very impressive beer from Midnight Sun, this and Berserker should surely be on your wants list.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle(room temp) a dark red/gold with about a 1" head of foam that shrinks to about a 1/4" layer that stays for the duration.

The smell is all malt, a very sweet caramel air permeates my nose.

The taste at first is very malty, hugely malty, caramelly malty with a fruitiness that adds to the sweetness but also takes some of the sweetness away. I can detect some hop character mid way through and in the finish but for this brew, that's all that's needed....it's all about the malt! Yummm..this is definitely a very authentic English style BW, like a vintage JW Lees Harvest which I love. I'm going to store the other bottle away for as long as my will is willing and see what happens. :^)

Note to self: self....I'm sure glad that my palate has evolved enough to enjoy BWSAs as sweet as an Arctic Devil and as hoppy as a Bigfoot and hold both in equally high esteem.

Bottom line: This is a Great *English* style Barley Wine style ale!
If you see some in your neck of the woods, grab some!!!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says 10%...no date so I'm not quite sure of the vintage. Guesstimate 2006 or 2007. Pours into my glass a deeply murky brown with dark red highlights. A small khaki head forms on top and then falls. Aromas start with deep rich malts overflowing with caramel, toffee and a mix of dark fruits. Spicy accents with a bit of woodiness in there as well. Touch of bourbon along with some hops. Vanilla floats in on the back end. Really rich and enticing aroma.

First sip brings a bath of sweet, dense malts upfront that attack the palate. Swirls of caramel, toffee and ripe fruits. Woody, oak accents with a definite kick of bourbon. Vanilla and spice on the way down. Sweet throughout with a nice hoppy bitterness on the finish. Just an awesome barleywine overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Not overly heavy and ends up being quite a tasty drink. This is a damn tasty barleywine that holds nothing back. A bit on the sweet side but it works and packs a hefty malt punch with a good dose of alcohol to match.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber of the 08 vintage into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to Matt for sharing this long-time want.

A: Clear dark reddish-brown body underneath a finger of fine tan head that settles into a ring. Nice.

S: Sweet, lightly oxidized aroma that just screams English Barleywine: sherry, toffee, brown sugar, and a touch of slightly spicy chocolate. Wow. This smells absolutely amazing.

T: Rich, smooth, and lovely. Very sweet, very complex, and awesome: tons of raisin, toffee, butterscotch, and caramel. Sticky sweet aftertaste. I love it, but the sweetness gets a trifle overbearing. Just a trifle, though, and for the style that's ok by me.

M: Smooth, slick full body. Nice viscosity, low carbonation. Lovely.

D: This can't be considered truly drinkable in any objective sense, but I still want more and more. It's insanely sweet, but somehow the sweetness doesn't come along with any booziness at all. Impressive.

Notes: This is my new benchmark for English Barleywines - it absolutely blew 99 J.W. Lees Harvest out of the water, imbuing its intense malt sweetness with a stunning plethora of nuanced, complex flavors. I could be happy smelling this for hours on end - it's that rich, that amazing. I really hope I get to drink this again someday.

Cheers!

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

Sampled at a tasting. Dark amber pour, thin tan head. Smells like bourbon, dark cherries, green hops and vanilla. Tastes like cherries, bourbon, almonds, alcohol, vanilla, toasted coconut, caramel, maple syrup. Medium body and a medium-low carbonation. Bitter-sweet aftertaste. An excellent barleywine.

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

Murky dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is really fruity with caramel and bourbon. Taste starts sweet, fruity with caramel, toasted malts and bourbon. Body is syrupy and well carbonated. Really nice overall, sweet, fruity and the ABV is well hidden.

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

Shared at a tasting last night with a few fellow BA’s. 2011 vintage.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a relatively clear dark brown color with a hint of off white/tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell – Lots of bourbon and vanilla, caramel, oak, slight molasses, dark fruits such as prunes, and a some hoppy aromas.

Taste – A nice burnt caramel/toffee flavor up front that is sweet but not overly so. The bourbon and oak mixed with vanilla comes next. For as “fresh” of a barleywine as this is (and I know all are unique) it is not overly hoppy which is good (didn’t like the excessive hoppiness in fresh Behemoth). Candied toffee and dark fruits finish up the sip that you want to warm on your tongue to enjoy the full range of flavors. Very nice.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, chewy, moderate carbonation.

Overall – A very good barleywine and one that I could not even taste the alcohol despite it being 13+abv. Glad I have another to lay down.

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Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.35 out of 5 based on 1,331 ratings.
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