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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#349
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
1,351
pDev:
8.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
978
Gots:
309
Trade:
33
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Ratings: 1,351 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An exceptional ba barleywine. Aromas of oak, vanilla, bourbon dominate the nose along with worn leather, raisins, figs, plums and other dark fruits trailing close behind. Spices and another cast of flavor characters playing parts as well. Taste is spot on and similar to the aromas and nothing comes through as harsh . . . as a matter of opinion Arctic Devil's time in the barrel is dialed in perfectly. Aged for about a year and ready for consumption on this rainy, dreary early summer afternoon. Wish I would have drank this this past winter or even had been a just a tad more patient until this next winter. It would have been perfect as a warming beverage to be sipped slowly. As is though, it's drinking fantastic ! I can honestly say this will not just be another "tick" or "notch" but definitely a must seek out again beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.79/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a CBS snifter, this elixir from Midnight Sun offers little in the way of carbonation... Wispy and faint.... Lovely aromas of raisins and pineapple.... Very nice...

Absolutely no trace of booze whatsoever.... at 13.20%, that's pretty damn impressive... Very sweet... perhaps a little too much so... almost syrupy at times.... not necessarily cloying but... very sweet... for sure a sipper although not due to the booze... it's the sweetness... feels big in that aspect... not getting any of the bourbon that other reviewers have encountered... there is some oak present though...

World class? In the realm of Sucaba or BCBW? Nope.... it's good... just not, "[email protected]%K, that's delicious!" good... That being said, I am very glad I got to knock this one off of my Wants list. It had been on there for a while and I finally procured this one thanks to a recent trade...(Thanks, Michael!)

Man... very sweet bordering on cloying now after warming some... Not sure what vintage this is but I'm guessing this one is not recent... Good beer though.... Not disappointed, just wish I had shared this one.... It's going to be tough to finish this entire thing....

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Photo of chrisjws
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wiescins
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AndrewPalmer
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jshusc
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iSkiCO
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anatole
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MWolverines66
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boccu
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pots nice dark Amber. Strong Carmel tones. Rich bourbon flavors throughout. Very well made.
Update 1/13/16 pours Carmel color with an aroma of Carmel, dark cherries, plums and vanilla.
Taste follows the nose with light coconut, bourbon and toffee. Excellent barley wine. Very smooth yet complex.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage, so about 1 year old. Brown pour but appears dark amber/red up to a light with a very small head consisting of medium sized bubbles. Bouquet includes strong caramel and toffee aromas, with burnt brown sugar, dark fruit, oak, and slight booze. Sticky sweet mouth feel, on the verge of cloying but this is expected in a 13.4% barleywine. More caramel and brown sugar sweetness in the taste, rum soaked raisins, the whiskey comes out more in the flavor along with the oak and vanilla, and a hint of spiciness.

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Photo of Rubenjr
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of auroracrisis
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Casey3236
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jimmeekrek
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snaotheus
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015-04-19
22oz bottle split between a pair of snifters. 218 D-1 1153 is the bottle code.

Pours turbid grayish brown with a very small head. Very little carbonation. Smell is mild -- bourbon, yeast, fruit.Not sure what fruit. I seem to get a little pear or apple and a little plum or cherry.

Taste is a blast in the face compared to the aroma. Bourbon and brown sugar, nutty, alcohol. Vanilla. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost velvety. Overall, the taste is very good, and the rest of the beer doesn't live up to it. Would still definitely drink it again.

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2016-02-27
Had a 3oz pour of the '13 at Hard Liver Fest. I thought it was probably the best beer there, gave it much higher scores than I did in my original review. Extremely bourbon forward.

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Photo of Nick29
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylemckinnis
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucoli
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,351 ratings
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