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RATINGS: 525   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (39787) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle 22fl.oz.
alc. 10.0%. Light unclear medium amber color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, caramel, heavy hoppy, pine, orange, moderate to heavy alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20091114]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (36244) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
22 fl oz bottle, 05 vintage. Pours clear and golden amber with a lacing tan head. Aroma is dense malty and fruity. Mild roasted malt and solid fruity and malty with a nice hoppy note. Smooth and fruity finish yet also quite warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (30939) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2009 A murky red-brown beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with a very powerful alcohol note, but also strong notes of over ripe fruits, malt, caramel, and cinnamon. The flavor is very sweet malty with lots of over ripe fruits, and caramel, leading to a nice hoppy end, with the alcohol burning the throat. I believe this will give You the warmth even in Alaska. The mouthfeel is very thick - I’ll describe it as an alcohol soup - how ever that’ll work, I have no idea?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours a clear, reddish brown with tiny impurities. Small, off-white head. Vinous oak aroma. Solid body again with lots of oak, overripe fruit and caramel. Some sherry-like accents. Surprisingly subdued bitterness. 130806

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle. Red brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of wood and vanilla with notes of fruits. Sweet flavour of wood, caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (21758) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2008
Bottled (10%), thanks Crosling! Hazy mahogany colour, minimal head. Deep raisiny sherry aroma. Sweet and full bodied. Sticky, but mature with complex vinous flavour of caramel and wood. Thick and warming. Has the malty warming complexity of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. Just wonderful!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle vintage 2011; thanks Bruce! Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel woody aroma. Slightlyssweetish malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel finish with woody hints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (18947) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
25th August 2009
10.0%. Opaque dark brown beer cloudy beer. Semi soft and semi dry palate. Rich aged tasting malt, hints of chocolate. Fairly spririty and brandyish. Some underlying and subtle dark fruits. Finishes semi dry and with aniseed. All joins up very well in to a rich and flavoursome barleywine. A little bitter bubblegum in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (18081) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle at home ... christmas 2015 tasting ... dark brown ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet toffee malts .. soft toffee malt nose ... soft sweet malts ... soft sweet berries .. soft toffee .. dark roast .. sweet berries soft sweet malts ..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (16791) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thank you sir! Cloudy caramel color. Aroma of sweet caramel. Taste is caramel, very sweet. Finish is....caramel. Consistent.

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