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RATINGS: 488   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2014 Poured from a bomber (2014 vintage) with a muddled mahogany and a quickly dissipating head. Smells like oaky vanilla, biting spice, caramel, bourbon, earthy roots. Low carbonation with a nice slightly syrupy almost wort like body. Tastes like licking an oak tree oozing vanilla syrup and booze and bitter hops. Also smoked meat and spiced beef jerky. I feel like Midnight Sun’s beers have a distinct earthiness and vegetable root and mushroom quality that I just love and this beer is no different. This devil has been digging underground. I think this this beer is so unique and delicious and super underrated. I’d pick it of Firestone’s Sucaba. It is that good. The only reason I don’t rate it higher, is because I’ve had it aged and it gets so much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1946) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle 22oz. [2011 Vintage] Pours dark burgundy with low beige head. Aroma is of caramel, alcohol, vegetal stuff, resin, malt. Taste is of caramel, sugar, roasted malt, booze, butterscotch. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Malty, sweet. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMMillsy (1468) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle from a great trade. Thanks. This goes down as rating #1,001 after my #1,000 disappointment. No bottle date to speak of but pretty sure it is a 2013 bottle. Pours dark brown nearly black with a small khaki colored head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, nuts, rich chocolate. Flavor is big rich sweet chocolate caramel up front, then fades on to a medley of dark fruits, and finally bursts into a big vanilla oakiness that just longer on the palate for a long while. Lots going on here with many layers. Big thick rich mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to ensure it is not syrupy. Not too sweet with the oak showing through very strong to balance. Mmmmmm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deyholla (6807) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle thanks to Shane! Pours a near clear deep amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a great combination of caramel, sweet light fruits, sweet grains and vanilla backed by a bit of booze. Flavor starts with grains and bread that grow in sweetness and finishes with caramel and sweet bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5076) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2013
22oz 2013 bottle that I had been saving for the right night. Pours a very dark brown with one thin ring of off white head. Nose is thick with caramel and brandy, woody, vanilla bean, malt, cookie dough, heavy butterscotch, red grape. Flavor is very solid, bitter, resinous, some fortified wine, butterscotch, lots of dried raisin, malt, a little maple, a touch salty. Thick, syrupy finish. 22oz is a lot for one man, but I did it and I’m not ashamed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (383) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Murky opaque reddish brown, thin beige head. Very sweet aroma of crystallized brown sugar, sticky caramel, ripened fig, dates, raisin, and apple. Fairly balanced bittersweet flavors, medium-bodied at first and ending on a lighter note. Smooth and rich, but not overly heavy. Moderate alcohol presence in the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1442) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle shared by Tommy, 2011 vintage. Thanks a lot! Pour is brown with a thin head that leaves OK lacing. Aroma is of alcohol, candies and bourbon. Taste is sweet and syrupy with some light bourbon flavors. I believe I could pour that on some ice cream or crepes and it would be really decadent. Mouthfeel is sticky, finish is sweet. Alcohol is so well hidden it is really hard to believe it is in there. Really well made, quite happy to have been able to sample this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4602) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro! pours clear light ruby with a small off-white head, little retention. woody oak-forward, bourbon vanilla, fruity malts - berries, some cherries, hint of acidity, very spicy, aged malts feeling - garbage-like, grass, pepper. moderate to low carbonation, medium body - oily, a bit sticky, although never cloying or boozy, warming fruity-spicy-grassy finish. nice but heavy on wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (3003) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
Bottle (22 oz). 2011 vintage. Thanks to heyta for this one! Slightly hazy dark copper with a small/medium beige head and little lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, caramel, fruits, wood, vanilla, sweetness. Surprisingly, it’s not overly boozy despite the high abv. Taste is moderately sweet with bourbon, caramel, fruits, vanilla, tobacco and wood. Warming alcohol. Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Good Barley Wine. Quite complex. Not overly boozy. Excellent sipper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (708) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma is vanilla, oak, bourbon. Taste us the same. Smooth. Alcohol warming. Finish is nice.

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