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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
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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"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 22, 2014
With several years of experience now behind me I now have the palate to appreciate this huge BW from Midnight Sun. Pours a cloudy copper from the 22 oz bomber, An aroma of licorice and an unknown essence. Slides smoothly across the palate and spreads a warmth that is very pleasant. This is a special experience to be savored and remembered. Way to go Midnight Sun.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (2355) - Moving East, Alaska, USA - MAR 22, 2014
My go to barleywine - gee I wonder why, oh yeah, its where I live. The appearance had a fairly dark brown body with a half finger white foamy head that quickly dies to a film coating the top of the body. Lacing is there but a bit messy and all over the place. The smell has a huge sweet aroma of roasted malt intricately combined within a molasses, vanilla, coffee-ish complexity, light caramel and a subdued alcohol note take a secondary place. The taste is sweet through previously mentioned flavors, but yet balances through some bitter coffee notes. Light black licorice seems to come through in the flavoring, black licorice aftertaste but done nicely and not overbearing, dry finish. The palate was a medium to heavy, more of a sipper than drinkability. Carbonation seems to be done very well for an English Barleywine and is pretty good to me. Overall, what a nice English Barleywine that I would have again every winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (655) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2014
On tap at Barcade, Brooklyn. Murky brown like brown sugar syrup. Aroma is of a sweet dessert. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, dates, but never cloying or overly sticky. Bourbon is in the mix but not the whole of the story; booze. Overall, nice Barleywine - very caramelly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (968) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
2011 Vintage bottle. Aroma has a moderate caramel and toffee with a faint roast character and moderate burnt toast. Moderate fruitiness with dark plum, fig and prune along with moderate raisin. Some alcohol spice. Medium light bourbon charger and light oak. Pours a dark, burnt amber with some brown hues with a small, somewhat thin tan head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers a bit. Light lacing and fairly long legs. Flavor has a fairly strong malt character and light sweetness. Lots of dark toast, caramel, toffee along with some biscuit and cracker. Medium fruit notes of plum, fig, prune and raisin; surprisingly fruity for a barleywine. Moderately strong bourbon character with some light oak. Moderate bitterness and medium light oxidation. Moderate alcohol spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Medium astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall an alright beer but it hasn’t aged gracefully. Lots of dark fruit, astringency and faint soy sauce that seems to have been accentuated by oxidation. Lots of whiskey notes as well. The malt notes are a little odd.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattkorsgaard (31) - Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Damn good barleywine. Pours medium brown. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. Barrel prominant but doesn’t dominate. Good balance. Very smooth, hides alcohol well. One of my new faves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonNYC (23) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Sometimes bourbon-barrel aging is over-the-top, meaning you wonder if the brewer would rather be making bourbon. Not so here. The bourbon is well suited to the barley wine style and at the right level to not overtake the awesome malt notes. Look forward to trying much more from Midnight Sun. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1421) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Solid. Syrupy sweet. Heavy on the malts. Big flavor, with a good infusion from the barreling. No booziness, which is amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (763) - Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2014
I guess the is the 2013 "Ale Aged in Bourbon Oak Barrels". Pours viscous deep brown with thin yellow head. Sweet aroma of caramel and toffee. Taste matches aroma with sweet caramel/toffee , some dark fruits, small amounts chocolate, bourbon, oak. Tiny bit of butterscotch but not the lingering butterscotch taste you get with bad beer. Thick palate with nice alcohol burn. Finish slight oaks and hops, booze. i didn’t pick up much hops at all. Really nice beer,wish I had more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpongeRuiner (829) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Thanks Mike for the 2011 bottle. Really good traditional barleywine smells. Very good dark fruit flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Amber brown colored, small head, good lace/retention. Aroma of wood, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol. Full bodied, sweet, light alcohol. Straightforward, big flavors, enjoyable.

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