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RATINGS: 516   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
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. Beginning in 2010, ADBW will be released in late SEP.

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.

Vintage guide:
Pre 2008 label notched with month and year on side of bottle
2008 listed on label
2009 not released
2010 listed on label
2011 listed on label
2012 not released
2013 vintage not stated, new sticker labels with rounded edges and says "Ale Aged in Bourbon Oak Barrels"


Sarlacc83's rating

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sarlacc83 (1414) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2013
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 layered in a commercial. Smells like a fresh coffee cake with specks of brown sugar. 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer (2151) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015
Aroma: caramel, alcohol, toffee, grain malts. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, small, white head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sweets expand, caramel, molasses, sugars, alcohol, full body, flat carbonation. Overall: excellent Barley Wine, great aroma and taste. Bottle from the brewery, Anchorage.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Shared 2013 vintage at Craft. Hazy copper pour with off-white head. Nose was caramel malt, hops, oaky bourbon, molasses, Tastes caramel malty rich on the tongue, with spare hops, oak, bourbon, and a dense, complex finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (3389) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2015
30 may 2015, bottle. Amber and a tad hazy. Nose is sweet, malty, boozy, just like a barley wine should smell. Ned body and moderately fizzy. Sweet, brown sugar malt. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1239) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Pours a dark amber color with a white head. Oak, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, toffee, hop and toast aroma and flavors. Full body and average carbonation. Alcohol, caramel and hop finish. 2011

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mstrcrwly (698) - New York, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bomber poured into a tulip glass..chestnut color with fluffy off white head..aroma of booze,caramel,toffee,molasses..surprisingly smooth,not overly boozy for a 13%’er..excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkwalking05 (4223) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2015
22 oz bottle. Deep Amber with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of booze, toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, toast, some leather, buttery pie crust. Taste is of oak, vanilla, toffee cake, raisin, booze, caramel, and oatmeal cookies.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
travita (4430) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle. The look is reddish to brown in color, beige colored head, and clear. The smell is boozy, fruit, toffee, caramel, wood, bourbon, and awesome. The taste is complex, alcohol, fruit, brown sugar, caramel, wood, and great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (513) - - MAY 8, 2015
Drank during the tasting 08-05. Much carbonation that masks the taste. Okay sweetness but not that special.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
John25 (1136) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2015
Bottle. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, booze, a little sweet, extremely smooth. Absolutely awesome. Complete home run. I want more.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
conway (2060) - - APR 24, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown pour with little head. Initial sip gives off a stinging oaky burn akin to bourbon, but things settle down from there. Caramel, toffee, oak, brown sugar, cinnamon raisin bread and light vanilla come together in nice proportion to keep the booze in check and make this a well-layered sipper. Big chewy mouthfeel. This is one of the tastiest beers I’ve ever drank.


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