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RATINGS: 534   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Bottle... O-Town Throwdown... Murky brown ale with a vinous, earthy nose. Notes of sherry, caramel, wood and ethanol. The flavor is all sticky-sweet melted caramel and port wine. Full-bodied with mild carbonation. Caramel, cotton candy, warming finish. Kudos to boboski for sharing this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2007
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with a bottling date of November 2005, sampled at cellar temperature in a snifter. Poured a caramel barley wine brown with a small foamy light tan head that settled into a fine lacing, very minimal amount of sticking. Aromas of brown bready caramel, fruity esters, figs, raisins and berries, oaky vanilla that meshes with spicy alcohol, molasses and hints of pine. Good, moderate carbonation and a dry, crisp, alcoholic slick, velvety sipping medium-full bodied mouthfeel. Tastes of grain breads, toffee and caramel malts that combines with the molasses flavor, fruity, plums, figs and sour berries, woody alcohol that is very warming in the back of palate, earthy, pine herbal leafy hops emerge in the end, a soft, smooth bitterness, and a dry yeasty, malty finish. Definitely a sipper, a very nice English-style barley wine with a few American characteristics, one of the better ones I’ve tasted, a must try for any barley wine fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Thanks to SpringsLicker (& footbalm) for sharing this bottle at the Nashville tasting. Poured an amber color with an off-white head. Nice aroma of fruits, milk chocolate, and a light hint of alcohol. The flavor found vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel, and some cinnamon. Full body with a sweet aftertaste. A real nice slow drinker!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Thanks to footbalm for sending this to Springslicker and thanks to him for sharing it at the Nashville tasting. A hazeed deep brown pour with a slight lacing. A huge aroma of raisins and fruit with a nice presense of malt. A raisin flavor that is rich and smooth. This beer is still a little harsh. I could only imagine what it would be like to have several to try each year. A rich complex beer that was a pleasure to drink. A very good offering. thanks Jay

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2007
22oz. bottle, Nov. 2005 bottling date. 10% abv. Powerfully enticing and intriguing aroma, plenty of dark caramel and candyish, sugary sweetness blended with a touch of oak, nascent medicinal alcohol, faint whiskey, vanilla, nutty malts and hints of red grape, dried apricot, cellar must and coconut further in the background. Deep, dark garnet color, the head settling to a very slight tan ring around the rim of the glass. Flavor profile is full, complex and predominanty malty, with suggestions in varying degrees throughout of sugary, sweet, dark and toasty maltiness, spicy hop bitterness, woody bourbon, peppery alcohol and a rich fruitiness that contributes an undercurrent of raisin, date and black cherry. Palate is warming, smooth and expansive with suitably minimal carbonation felt and a massive body to support the myriad of flavors. An impressive beer and at seemingly just the right age. Perfect choice for a cold winter’s night. This one had also been on my wishlist for quite some time. Cheers, herb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3374) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Many thanks to footbalm for sending this beer that has spent such a long time on my wants list. If this were more readily available, it would remain there, but this is a rare gem that should be shared. This pours a deep clear amber that produces a fleeting off-white head. Big caramel dominated complex aroma. Plenty of dried fruits and caramel characteristic of a good English Barleywine. Sweet and very smooth. Delightful sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Springslicker brought this to the Nashville tasting, which was aquired through footbalm. Pours dark amber brown with a yellowish brown head. Great classic barley wine aroma of sweet dark fruits, malt, vanilla, and alcohol. Nice medium mouthfeel but smooth and soft on the palate. Less hoppy than your typical american barleywine. Flavor of sweet candy caramel, vanilla, and cinnamon. The oak is very faint, and is merely an accent. Perfect amount of bitterness on the finish. You would never guess that this is 14%. Complex without confusing the palate. This is an outstanding Barleywine that is going to stay on my wants list. Anyone please, send more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Bottle shared by OhioDad, thanks again Scott! Mahogany pour with a light tan head. Aroma of teffee, booze, vanilla and some other slight bourbon qualities. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and rasins seem to come through. Smooth mouthfeel, boozey and full bodied with a clean finish. Pretty interesting stuff in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
22oz bottle via trade with zathrus13 - thanks Jeff! - Pours copper with a short tan head that stays briefly but leaves nice lace. Good caramel, toffee, some raisin and light citrus in the aroma. Flavor is caramel, toffee, slight citrus, alcohol and some raisin.. Sweet and sticky on the palate with full body and low carbonation. A touch of alcohol on the finish but it is pretty well covered.. Nice brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2006
2005 bottle. Have had this for a while. Pours out a dark brown almost block color with a thick tan head that yeilds to just bubbles on the side of the glass. Smell is sweet, spicy, full of what smells like maple syrup. Taste is smooth and contains no alcohol presence at all. Very sweet tasting, notes of maple and cinnamon come through as it warms up a tad. Simply put, a down right amazing barley wine. This ranks among the best for me. Awesome stuff, its just a shame that it is quite difficult to get. Damn, I will be sad when this bottle is done.

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