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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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"


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8392) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2013 Hard Liver 2005
2002 vintage
Draft version: This one was a personal highlight of the festival, as well the overall winner of the Hard Liver fest. Bursting alive with rich cherries, plums, nuts, and bubblegum hoppy sugary scents, the nose on this beer is magical. I think this is only time I’ve ever liked nuts and gum togethor. Overly sweet at times, and definitly full of hops with some sweet oak flavors, vinuous grape notes, stinging high alcohol, and a body which coats the mouth and warms you throughout. Prickly tree bark flavors, brown sugar and caramelized cherries. Really amazing... with such a big, robust nose full of barkdust and dark fruit, this one is very deserving of the festival win.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Bottle pours dark brown, burnt caramel hues, small sandy colored fizzy head, with very spotty lacing.   Seems quite aged by its somewhat stillness.   Fantastic aroma of dark pitted fruit and loads of brown sugar/carmelized sugar.   Smells fantastic, albeit fairly sweet.   Little whafts of alcohol are also present.   Smoothness on first sip, lots of brown sugar and fig/date/raisin as well.   Very minor alcohol, otherwise its hidden quite well.   Slight warming in the throat/chest however.   Body and mouthfeel are bordering on full, but seem rather mediocre given the heartiness of this brew.   Big, HUGE, malty finish, sweet, with loads of brown sugar and dark pitted fruit.   Almost a bit too sweet tho... slightly cloying.   Otherwise, a fine aged Barley Wine.   Big shout out to TChrome for sending this beer as a freak’n freebie!!!!   I owe you Tad!!!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
The aroma had dark fermented fruit, caramel, and alcohol esters. The flavor had corainder, caramel, and dark fermented fruit. The beer poured a brownish red color w/ no head and lacing. The mouthfeel was creamy and medium bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Easter Sunday tasting w/ Ernest, Aubrey and Brian. Dark ruby. Wonderfully extracted caramel and chocolate malts in the nose, along with the barrel contribution which brings slight aromatics of cocunut, bourbon and wood. Fairly simple aroma but the flavor makes up for it. Chocolate covered raisin flavor with hints of caramel and oak and a touch of hops of the back of tonque. Full, coating flavor. A very good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6515) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread, caramel), lightly hoppy (resin), with notes of cask wood, sherry, and whisky/alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Fairly nice in the mouth experience for the style, but the aroma is somewhat simple and uninteresting. Pretty good, but isn’t standing out in any way.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Big molassis and alcohol/barrel aroma. Dark reddish brown, thin head with good lacing. Great soft mouthfeel, velvety and oily. Huge alcohol up through the nose. Taste is bourbon barrel, huge molassis and brown sugar. Finish becomes sweet, bitter and earthy. Sticks to the mouth. Wow.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Dark brown. Creamy, very rich and weighty mouthfeel. Big notes of brown sugar exude throughout. Other notes of tobacco, caramel, freshly toasted bread, wood and nuts. Warm, hidden alcohol. Grassy, piney hops balance things out wonderfully. Delicious barleywine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2005
2004 Bottle @ 55 degrees to start: Pours orange-dark brown with a mostly dissipating beige colored head. Aroma does indeed hold to the English side of the house with big sweet malty aromas, alcohol, and some oak, prunes/raisins. Flavor is very refined and is lowly carbonated though this is not a detriment with this beer. Many layers of flavor here, initial flavor is malt sweetness, some sherry notes, lots of wood. Very rich and refined; no rough edges. Alcohol is also markedly hidden for an 11.5% barleywine. This excellent beer has many things going for it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Very nice mahogany color with a tiny tan head. Very strong aroma of pine and maple. Strong maple, pine, molasses, toffee, vanilla and alcohol flavors. Initially, it tasted a bit like chewing on a maple tree. As it warmed, it really grew on me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Deep, dark cherry brown color with a very small beige head. The aroma burst out with intense maple (maybe molasses) and pine. The flavor was an interesting mix of pine, earthy/soil, molasses, toffee, maple, alcohol, honey, and prunes. The feel was rather smooth...very soft carbonation, thick/coating on the tongue...wet finish. This is one hell of a challenging beer...this is definitely not for the novice beer drinker.


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