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RATINGS: 542   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Bottle from NYbeer. Dirty murky amber/ brown color. Very malty aroma with some toffee and wood notes. The taste was extremly rich and chewy. Sweet and creamy with some buttery notes. Nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Mahogany with sticky lacing. Hot and spicy with a touch of perfumey. Chemical notes almost like pinesol. Husky with a little alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2007
Sampled at a gathering of TN Ratebeerians a couple months ago; thanks to Springslicker for bringing it (obained via trade with footbalm). In my opinion, this was the star of the Nashville Tasting. Transluscent hazy brown; tan head diminishes to a heavy dusting. Smells like golden raisins soaked in port, bourbon and chocolate; in other words, smells rich as all hell, and strong. Full and smooth in the mouth; rich and pensive. Buttery full burnt caramel blending in the mouth with a thick bar of melted semi-sweet chocolate. Velvety in texture. Flavors linger long into the finish without adding much else, except maybe a little butterscotch. Made me imagine taking long sips of this from a snifter in a mahogany and maroon library in a velvet smoking jacket, listening to some Baroque music right before a decadent dinner. I want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2007
Pours out a nice coppery color with a small head. aroma is very sweet and fruity. Flavor was similar with a hint of the alcohol. The alochol was well hidden. for a 14% beer, it was very difficult to detect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Another tasty bw at the carolina gathering. I think this one came from Tom’s beer fridge too but i am not positive. I remember this being farily sweet and powerul and not much else. Thats all I remember, I mean. But I do know I enjoyed it and hope it shows up at my doorstep someday!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2007
2006 on tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver. Dark ruby red, viery inviting aroma...tons of brown sugar. Taste is brown sugar, caramel and a bit of oak. Bit of a bite at the end, but pretty mellow. Awesome. I loved this beer....I want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 07/09/08. - - Courtesy of tpd975. Pours amber with tan head. The aroma is big and inviting with caramel and rich dark fruity esters of grapes, plums and sweet berries before it heats up a bit. The taste is rich and yummy but does have some alcohol welling up. I get creamy caramel candy and some nutty roasty malts. Then the big dark fruitiness comes in and rides into the finish along with a warming alcohol sensation. Leaves a sweet lip smacking feeling behind.

Sampled at the O-Town throwdown. This beer has a nearly opaque copper color with thin tan head. The aroma is pretty big with lots of dark fruitiness and with hints of caramel and sweet malts. There also seems to be some whisky and alcohol in the background. The flavor is delicious barleywine dark and shriveled fruit flavors with a whisky and sweet caramel under currents. It ends sweet, syrupy and rather nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JRBowie (18) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2007
I was fortunate enough to have had this beer at the brewery. It was a gold medal if Im not mistaken at the 2006 Great Alaska Beer and Barley wine Festivle. Can these guys make a bad beer I think not!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10663) - 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.

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