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RATINGS: 516   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Dark clear amber red with a beige head. Aroma of oak/wood/maple, caramel, hops, and some whiskey too. Flavor is heavy up front with notes of maple syrup and brown sugar then gives way to toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits and wood. Sweet but plenty of hops to back it up. There’s a nice, warming alcohol presence detected in the finish. Full, round and creamy on the palate with moderate carbonation. Great stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2647) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Small tan head that settles quickly, minimal lace. Lightly hazy, dark brown colored Barleywine. Caramel malts in the nose, sweet malts, lightly earthy and hoppy. Body is med/full, sticky, cloying. Sweet malts dominate, notes of licorice, chocolate, caramel and butterscotch. I could,nt find any oak under all the syrupy sweetness. Finish is sweeet and sticky.Under-attenuated? More hops? Would like to try the dry version of this. Acquired in a trade with BrockLanders awhile back. Thanks Man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2011 Bottle courtesy of Footbalm, again, 2 bottles I’ve had, both from my homie. Thanks brother! Slightly hazy, mahogany, no head, oily. Aroma, nice big caramel/toffee, spicy hops character, faded but there. Flavor much the same, burnt grain character, light heat from alcohol. Syruppy mouthfeel. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Bottle: Pours a dark amber color, with an off white diminishing head. Aromas of caramel, bread, toastiness, dark grapes, and hops. Flavor was overwhelming for my palate after sampling several beers prior to this one. Overly syrupy and sugary sweet, maple syrup, slightly acidic and bitter, but enough to offset the thickness. Almost had to pour this one out, but I sucked it up and finished it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2005
22 oz bottle. After searchign out this stuff for a while, I finally get a bottle. Pours murky caramel with a small head. For a fresh bottle the hops fall out and its mostly candi sugars and caramel. Taste isn’t much different. There are some dried fruits and nuts as well. As much as I like aged barleywines, this stuff just doesn’t do it for me. Way too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Clear plum. Thick dusty-white foam settles to a whipped ring of excellent density. Commanding aroma of grapefruit and bourbon soaked fruitcake. Vanillin, bready malts, and oak whispers. Gently carbonated and lushly soft. Frontal display of succulent hops succumb to a dryly oaky, tannic assault. The body remains chewy, however, with beefy malt flavors deflecting the full-on dryness. Sneaky hop-bitterness exaggerates the salty tannins and oak-laden dryness, while earthy-tinged tropical-fruit hop flavors lend more juiciness. Spicy accent of anise from the alcohol. Thickset blend of vanillin and cakey malts mask the sharp flash of alcohol and medicine. Finishes sweetly malty, flush with toffee drizzled fruitcake over a supple grapefruit bedding. Lasting hop bitterness and pungent oak continue to thwart the sappy sweetness long after the swallow. Flawlessly conditioned, refined oak profile, and skillfully extracted malt flavors. A mesmerizing dessert concoction that’ll only gain more decadence with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle from Styles. Deep chestnut colored, not much head. Very malty aroma, with a fair hop balance. A touch of alcohol sneaks in the aroma. Medium bodied. Alcohol is fairly up front. A bit of leather and dark pit fruit in the nose. Malty and fairly well balanced with hops in flavor. Still a bit harsh and boozy. Age may serve this well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5732) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Vinuous, woody, whiskey and light alcohol in the aroma. Pours a deep hazy deep red. Malty, vinuous, and whiskey with a raisin and alcohol finish. Syruppy mouthfeel. Somewhat sweet overall. Alcohol presence increases in the flavor the more it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Pours deep dark ruby reddish brown with very little head. Aroma is very sweet...lotsa brown sugar, toffee, molasses, caramel, raisins, some notes of oak, alcohol, etc. Taste is big on maltiness, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, raisins, hints of toffee, and mabye, just maybe some light hop bitterness. Full-bodied and smooth with a big alcohol kick....sticky and syrupy sweetness on the palate. Does get syrupy in parts. The finish doesn’t distinguish itself....somewhat bitter in the end, but you’ve got to search for it. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2005
Bomber served in a Duval Snifter: Very deep brown with crimson highlights, little head or lace, oily cling on glassware. The aroma has a extreme note of molasses, dates, and overripened apple up front. Additionally I detect basic carmel malts, earthy yeast esters, sea salt and a hint of oak. The taste starts malty sweet with a moderate fruit component and bourbon barrel notes. The finish is lightly spiced, a bit salty and some alcohol overtones, but not too overpowering. I feel is oily and yer crisp, moderate alcohol burn. Taste young yet I don’t think it would age too much has the malt sweetness is already quite powerful and it needs all the bitterness left in the bottle. A good offering from the land of the midnight sun.

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