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RATINGS: 539   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (909) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2015
Drank during the tasting 08-05. Much carbonation that masks the taste. Okay sweetness but not that special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
John25 (1291) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
conway (2210) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle. Pours a brownish amber with minimal beige head. Aroma of booze and oak up front, some caramel too. Taste of caramel, oak, with some booze on the back end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (4954) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle shared by jheath99. Pours murky brown with beige head. Aroma is caramel, bready and cookie malts, leather, oak, vanilla, and faint dates. Flavor is sweet nd chewy malt profile with a decent amount of hop bitterness to keep things from being cloying along with some nice barrel character that doesn’t bring along too much hard alcohol, but it does have a sweet, boozy finish. Medium/full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2781) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Draft pour at the Brouwers hard liver festival. 2013 edition. From notes. Pours a reddish brown color with a swirling foam head. Wet, sweet malt aroma. Sweet and spicy flavor with some cinnamon. A little dry on the finish. Overall very tasty. Enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3405) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2015
March 17, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2013. Received in a trade with Countbeer, thanks Kamiel!
Hazy reddish brown with a minimal white head. Aroma is figs, raisins, dark sugars, bourbon, caramel. Taste is sweet with dried fruits, dark sugars, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol. Finish is very light bitter and dominated by sweet dried fruits, vanilla, bourbon, oak and caramel. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (11468) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
[2/15/15] Draught at Toronado in San Francisco. Reddish brown with a beige head. Nice aroma of malt, dark fruits, caramel, hops, a bit of cookies and a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, some cookies, fruitiness, a chocolate note, some hops and a mild to moderate boozy finish. Full-bodied. A good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle served in a snifter. 2013 vintage. 13.4%, 20 IBUs. Pours dark brown with a short tan head that settles to a light film. Nose is sweet and malty with vanilla, nut, toffee, and melted caramel accents. Not overpowering considering the ABV. Medium-plus sweet attack followed by a snappy bitterness. Full body, ultra-creamy texture, minimal carbonation, and a long, bitter, warming finish. Seems to have more in the neighborhood of 50 IBU’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16615) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle shared at the Commons, big thanks to Jason IIRC, 09/11/14. Chestnut brown with a beige covering. Nose is dark fruit peel, toffee, spice, woody notes. Taste comprises rich dark fruits, cake mix, spice, brown sugar, sweet licks, sticky toffee pudding, subtle bourbon notes. Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming alcohol. Decent barley wine, perhaps a notch or two less than expected for me, but solid sipping juice and drinks below the ABV.

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