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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5336) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to TChrome for this! Pours deep ruby. No head. Nose is BIG! Brown sugar, molasses, caramel, raisins, wood notes, alcohol, and sweet malts. Smells a alot like Thomas Hardy, to me. Taste is woody and sweet with alcohol notes throughout. Brown sugar, caramel, molasses, ripened dark fruits, raisins, hints of toffee, and light bitterness. Body is velvety smooth with alcohol warmth throughout and sticky sweetness. Does get syrupy in parts. Finish is more wood and raisins with alcohol, an increased hop bitterness, cinnamon, cocoa, and toffee. Very sweet at times. Nice beer though!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Poursa golden amber hue with a small head. Aromas of a brown sugar, caramel, and a little oak. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with flavors of a caramel machiato, mocha, prunes, and cinnamon. Very delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2005
strong and sweet candy aroma with some peaty hop notes, brownish red with a solid head(there’s few things sexier than a barleywine with a solid head) some oaky sweet alcohol then an incredible milk chocolate and winey finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
2/19/05. On tap at Toronado Barleywine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/19/05. One of the best beers of the festival-- dark and delicious. Deep red-brown with a light tan, thin head and blotchy lacing. Long-lasting ring with very good (if still blotchy) lacing and reverse lacing, hanging in there much longer than it would initially appear. Big sweet spiced aroma with light leathery malt. Complex with some dark nougat character to the sweetness. Finish is killer. Very long and clean with terrific control. Very delicious. Smooth and soft body with a light prickle bite on the finish. Perfect with the lingering malt and spice. A deservedly highly-praised beer at the festival. I wouldn’t be surprised if this had ended up the audience favorite, if there were a vote to pick one. I’d love to see how it translates to the bottle, and especially to see how it holds up over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2005
vintage 11/2004 22 oz bottle Dark muddy brown/amber with a very small ring of a head. Pours very syrupy. Sweet aroma, alcohol, caramel, molasses, and light wood. Hugely sweet but somehow not overpowering at all. A bit of woodiness comes out more in the flavor. Quite fruity and bitter late. The alcohol is noticeable but pleasing. Body is massive and syrupy. A teeth-coater for sure. A real winter warmer this is. And I love the label artwork.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 20, 2005
2004 bottled version. Deep red gold color. Large sized beige foamy head. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses and more brown sugar. A full-bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity (cherries and plums) and sweet. Lots of molasses and brown sugar flavors. VERY sweet, yet its not at all cloying. Talk about your liquid candy, this beer is it. Smooth taste, hides the 10% alcohol very well. Reminds me a little of La Maitresse du Moine. A nice big malty barley wine. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
2004 Bottle: Dark chesnut brown color with a thin light brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, plum, rasins and a touch of vanilla. Moderately sweet, some caramel, notes of cherry with just a touch of smoke. A bit of toast, and a big vanilla flavor in the finish. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Looks like I’m the first to review the 2004 bottled version, maybe the ten buck price tag has something to do with that! At any rate: Dark auburn/chestnut, very slight spritzy carbonation; deep aromas of plum and cherry with hints of roses and graham crackers. round and full on the palate, very nice integration of the whiskey barrels it was aged in with a nice understated (yet HUGE) English style barleywine, numbs the gums slightly from the alcohol but it’s clean and has a nice gingery tang on the finish...very impressive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Dark black with an off-white substantial head. Alcoholy aroma; scotch-like alcohol and mediciney character. Highly starched. Brutal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival. Darker than the ten samples I had this night. Strong oak wood aroma, deep cherry, rich, and a little sticky.

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