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RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (965) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
2011 bomber shared by my buddy Shem from his recently acquired stash of excellent aged beers. Pours a lovely garnet hue with only a thin layer of tan foam. Lovely AROMA of significant whiskey (rich not boozy), brown sugar, port wine, and candied cherry. The excellent FLAVOR has big caramel/toffee, vanilla, pipe tobacco, dark honey, port, molasses, and some candied dark fruit. Mildly sweet but far from cloying. Actually finishes quite smooth for being 13.4%. Delicious and supremely executed. (478, 875)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 2, 2014
2011 bottle. Dark copper pour with a tan head. Aroma is of oak, raisins, dates, brown sugar, and bourbon. Flavor is big sweet candied dark fruits, oak, and molasses. Slightly warming finish from the abv but not overpowering. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericdevin (985) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Draft at The Bier Stein, Eugene. Pours a medium brown, decent amount of tan head. Aroma Bourbon with a slightly nutty character, some sweetness, caramel. Body rich, full, boozy, finish way too much. Yikes! Maybe hotter than anything else I’ve had. Should’ve sat on this longer, brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mfp13jr (152) - Glenville, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Boozy alcohol in the nose. Pours an oily liquid amber with small head. Goes down with warm alcohol and brandy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2986) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Sampled at DLD 2014. It poured an almost black color with a small tan head. The aroma was of malt, caramel, vanilla, fruit and bourbon. The taste was of roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla and bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (332) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 5, 2014
Cloudy dark amber, no head. Aroma raisin, molasses. Flavor strong raisin, dried plum, caramel, vanilla. Body rich, sweet, subdued carbonation. Finish sweet, body rich, carbo subdued.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fitwitchik (389) - USA - MAR 29, 2014
2013 bomber poured into a snifter @ 50 degrees a almost black with a thin head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is rich. Licorice, coffee, dark fruit some booze. Flavor is a syrup thick with malts. Picking up some chocolate here & plenty of cherry prune with some bourbon. Noticed the lack of "in your face" booziness. A brewer that makes a high ABV without immediate slap it in your face has my respect. On the palate is pretty much perfect for an English style. Sweet, subtle & so good. Definitely in my top 5 of barleywine which include Sucaba & Abacabus.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cernjoh (150) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2013 bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma of bourbon vanilla. Appearance is clear dark reddish brown almost black letting almost no light pass through it. Rich in flavor, vanilla, bourbon, liquorice, prune, and cherry with a slight hoppy bitter finish. This is a fantastic Barleywine in my top 5. Palate is slightly viscous going down very smooth. A sipper for sure as the 13.4% abv makes itself know as you drink this. This is dfinitely a bottle worth sharing. Added note ... try this with peanut butter or peanuts.

   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 (2516) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, 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.

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