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RATINGS: 473   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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"


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4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
writerljberg (487) - Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2013
22oz bottle. 2011 vintage. A: Red raspberry with brown hints. Very thin lacing. Grips the glass. N: Tons of caramel and oak. Lots of toffee. Smoothly sweet like caramel being layered in a commercial. Smells like a fresh coffee cake with specks of brown sugar. T: Very well blended. Has a distinct oakiness that lends peppercorn and vanilla. Caramel and toffee flavors are subtle. Raisins and licorice bitterness. There’s a pronounced hop presence/some pineapple. Could use a little more sweetness, IMO, but I can’t really knock the execution, either. M: thinner than I might like, but it keeps the beer from being a choking hazard. Alcohol is really well hidden. O: One of the best barleywines out there. Strong execution all around, and highly recommended. So smooth and complex.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (93) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 5, 2014
Cloudy dark amber, no head. Aroma raisin, molasses. Flavor strong raisin, dried plum, caramel, vanilla. Body rich, sweet, subdued carbonation. Finish sweet, body rich, carbo subdued.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fitwitchik (173) - USA - MAR 29, 2014
2013 bomber poured into a snifter @ 50 degrees a almost black with a thin head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is rich. Licorice, coffee, dark fruit some booze. Flavor is a syrup thick with malts. Picking up some chocolate here & plenty of cherry prune with some bourbon. Noticed the lack of "in your face" booziness. A brewer that makes a high ABV without immediate slap it in your face has my respect. On the palate is pretty much perfect for an English style. Sweet, subtle & so good. Definitely in my top 5 of barleywine which include Sucaba & Abacabus.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cernjoh (39) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2013 bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma of bourbon vanilla. Appearance is clear dark reddish brown almost black letting almost no light pass through it. Rich in flavor, vanilla, bourbon, liquorice, prune, and cherry with a slight hoppy bitter finish. This is a fantastic Barleywine in my top 5. Palate is slightly viscous going down very smooth. A sipper for sure as the 13.4% abv makes itself know as you drink this. This is dfinitely a bottle worth sharing. Added note ... try this with peanut butter or peanuts.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 22, 2014
With several years of experience now behind me I now have the palate to appreciate this huge BW from Midnight Sun. Pours a cloudy copper from the 22 oz bomber, An aroma of licorice and an unknown essence. Slides smoothly across the palate and spreads a warmth that is very pleasant. This is a special experience to be savored and remembered. Way to go Midnight Sun.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 22, 2014
My go to barleywine - gee I wonder why, oh yeah, its where I live. The appearance had a fairly dark brown body with a half finger white foamy head that quickly dies to a film coating the top of the body. Lacing is there but a bit messy and all over the place. The smell has a huge sweet aroma of roasted malt intricately combined within a molasses, vanilla, coffee-ish complexity, light caramel and a subdued alcohol note take a secondary place. The taste is sweet through previously mentioned flavors, but yet balances through some bitter coffee notes. Light black licorice seems to come through in the flavoring, black licorice aftertaste but done nicely and not overbearing, dry finish. The palate was a medium to heavy, more of a sipper than drinkability. Carbonation seems to be done very well for an English Barleywine and is pretty good to me. Overall, what a nice English Barleywine that I would have again every winter.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (378) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2014
On tap at Barcade, Brooklyn. Murky brown like brown sugar syrup. Aroma is of a sweet dessert. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, dates, but never cloying or overly sticky. Bourbon is in the mix but not the whole of the story; booze. Overall, nice Barleywine - very caramelly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (543) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
2011 Vintage bottle. Aroma has a moderate caramel and toffee with a faint roast character and moderate burnt toast. Moderate fruitiness with dark plum, fig and prune along with moderate raisin. Some alcohol spice. Medium light bourbon charger and light oak. Pours a dark, burnt amber with some brown hues with a small, somewhat thin tan head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers a bit. Light lacing and fairly long legs. Flavor has a fairly strong malt character and light sweetness. Lots of dark toast, caramel, toffee along with some biscuit and cracker. Medium fruit notes of plum, fig, prune and raisin; surprisingly fruity for a barleywine. Moderately strong bourbon character with some light oak. Moderate bitterness and medium light oxidation. Moderate alcohol spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Medium astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall an alright beer but it hasn’t aged gracefully. Lots of dark fruit, astringency and faint soy sauce that seems to have been accentuated by oxidation. Lots of whiskey notes as well. The malt notes are a little odd.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattkorsgaard (10) - Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Damn good barleywine. Pours medium brown. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. Barrel prominant but doesn’t dominate. Good balance. Very smooth, hides alcohol well. One of my new faves.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonNYC (19) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Sometimes bourbon-barrel aging is over-the-top, meaning you wonder if the brewer would rather be making bourbon. Not so here. The bourbon is well suited to the barley wine style and at the right level to not overtake the awesome malt notes. Look forward to trying much more from Midnight Sun. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (923) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Solid. Syrupy sweet. Heavy on the malts. Big flavor, with a good infusion from the barreling. No booziness, which is amazing.


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