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RATINGS: 483   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (369) - 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 (1283) - 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 (4369) - 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 (2762) - 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 (669) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma is vanilla, oak, bourbon. Taste us the same. Smooth. Alcohol warming. Finish is nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrymel (1502) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottled 31JAN13 Pours really dark- like nearly stout. Tan foam and spotty lace Smells sweet, boozy, nougat, vanilla...actually, this beer is a mess Taste is sweet booze, vanillas, raisin, marshmallows. Full body with moderate on low carved and a dry, peeling finish. I wasn’t happy last time and I’m less impressed now. Review 08MAR12 3.5/4.5/3.5/2.5/3.5-3.6 Vintage 2011, ABV 13.4% Pours a dark amber body with fleeting tan head, leaving a sheet of the same. Caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, Brandy(?), seafoam, hints of leather and sherry oxidation. Flavor is similar to the nose, but less impressive and there is an alcoholic tinge to the finish. Thin bodied and low carb, the booze is evident on this one and leaves a burn. This is a good beer, but my favorite was the ’08, sadly I didn’t review back then, but I recall a fuller body and more refined character in the beer. As it stands, I would advise trying this beer, but not really seeking it out particularly hard, unless you’re ChadQuest or other peeps that really dig the BA BW’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Acquired in 2009 and saved for a special date. Rating No. 5,000 seemed special enough. This is the 2007 or earlier vintage. Brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of caramel malt, oak and brown sugar. The flavor has a ton of the same notes with some additions. I get a lot of oak, vanilla, maple, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisins and alcohol. Awesome. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. At six years old this beer was amazing. Happy I have a 2010 in the cellar to continue aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brystmar (1257) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
2007, thanks Bill / Mora2000! Ugly murky brown color leaves soapy tan suds on my glass.

Smells of aged booze, liquified raisins, creamy caramel, and more. Taste improves on the above, adding boozy complexity, dark fruits, chocolate notes, butterscotch, damn tasty. This has aged like a champ; way better than fresh. Big fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cstuartj (976) - Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2013
bottle, pours imperal stout black color, no head. nice sweet overripe dark fruit nose, and alcohol. sweet, sugars, alcohol, warming, dark. yummy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3115) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2013
Thnx to smurf2055 Pours black , grey fast fading grey foam Smell is bourbon and oaky , very sweet typical bw Taste is thick , buttery , sweet , some sugar . Very nice ! Thnx man !

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