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RATINGS: 526   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2005
22 oz. Bottle Hazy bown with good head and lacing. More on the sweet and malty side with some hops for balance. I like a little more hoppiness in barley wines but still a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
timmcd64 (4) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 12, 2005 does not count
Just the way I like my Barley Wine....more on the sweet malty side. Loads of port-like vinious characteristics with a velety med. to full bodied mouthfeel. A great after dinner dessert sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2005
I was thrilled when my friend found this in the bottles at the GABF tasting. Deep and rich and malty with LOADS of hops. Friend was a bit more enamored of it than I was, but as I needed to scrape the coating of sour beers and whatmot from my tongue .....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Bottle. Medium brown pour. Very fruit and raisiny and alcohol aromas. Malty sweet and dark fruit flavors, with fairly present alcohol peppery spiceiness. Medium thick body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2005
22oz bottle 11/04 thanks to Jeffc666. Murky dark brown color with absolutely no head. Nice caramel malt aroma with hints of oak and alcohol. Flavor bangs you over the head on first sip, then settles down with little noogies to the noggin. I get really strong maple syrup out of the flavor, along with a big alcohol and wood presence. I don’t know if this was aged in bourbon barrels or not, but the bourbon-like flavor starts to get much stronger as the beer warms. Very little carbonation makes it turn a bit cloying after a while. I’m not a big fan of barrel-aged barley wines, but this wasn’t that bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Pours a hazy brown/ruby with almost no head. Aromas of malt, dark fruit, and alcohol. Toffee in flavor with some dark fruits such as plum and a little vanilla. Low carbonation. Hop bitterness balanced well with the malts. A pretty solid Barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Poured a dark amber color. Sweet aroma dominated by dark fruits with hops lingering around underneath. Flavor continues with the fruit and malty sweetness. Nice warming sensation but a alcohol in noted with some pepper on the finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 Pours a clear deep copper with some good viscosity, but very little head. Aroma boasts a lot of raisins and dark fruits with some alcohol and a touch of piney, earthy hops. Body is fairly still, but very sweet, sticky and complex. Mildly warming caramel malty finish is well balanced with a solid hop presence. A nice barleywine, which is no surprise since it’s from Midnight Sun. Thanks to TChrome for the trade!

Re-rate: had this a few times since and realized how great of a barleywine this is. Perfect amount of rich sweet caramel and resiny grapefruity hops with nice brown sugar and light fruity complexity. I don’t think I’d change anything with this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Bottle: Dark reddish amber body that is mostly clear, some suspended particles visable to me in the glass, and a small light tan head. Aroma is alcohol-soaked hops, sweat, grains, isopropyl, wood, brown sugar. Taste is strong alcohol, hoppy, grains, plums, prunes, molasses, and maple syrup. The alcohol really comes through a bit too much in both the aroma and flavor, which I don’t like. On the plus side there is plenty of sweetness to back up the hops here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Pours deep brown with a few fine bubbles. Aroma is of maple, brown sugar, and a slight alcohol. Flavor is nice rich maple, brown sugar, with a solid bitterness and alcohol that helps to wipe away most of the heavy sweetness on the finish.

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