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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"

Sarlacc83's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sarlacc83 (1540) - Portland, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (2980) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Bottle to snifter. Huge dark malt, rich, lots of melanoidin and dark fruit.ight vanilla. Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Taste is sticky sweet. Moderate dark fruit as well. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Dark opaque brown, thin sticky limber of a head. Nose is gritty caramel, sawdusty choc. Initial taste is gloopy choc, blackberry and lean dark pepper. Soft and sticky mouthfeel. Finishes clean dark berry and dark roastiness and lingers out as a rich sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (3244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle thanks to sir Mike of Wright. Near black with little to no head. Aroma is heavily oxodised, sherry, dried fruit, prunes, raisins, dates. Taste is similar, sherry, dried fruits, prunes, raisins. Sweet. Delish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle at the 1st Annual Christmas at The Garvie’s tasting 2015. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Taste is boozy, light sweet chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (839) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Pours deep black with a slight brown head. Aroma is roasty, nutty and caramelly. Taste is earrthy, caramel, slight hop bitter, smooth cocoa. Full bodied. Big thanks to BenH!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (18513) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7806) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is toffee, chocolate, cacao, taste is similar, sweet, chocolate, toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2242) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2015
2011 bottle. Pours a dark mahogany murky thin khaki soapy head that settles to a wispy film and sudsy collar. Aroma is sweet burnt caramel malt soft faded wood and leather. Taste is faded brunt caramel oak English malt with lingering wood chips.... Possible oxidation. Whiskey oak wood very mild and hidden, aroma is still nice as well as taste, but showing the 4 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlandersNed (368) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2015
22oz bottle. Cloudy ruddy brown hue. Musty old malt/dried fruit nose. Caramel & aged stone fruit flavor w/oxidization hints. Full bodied, medium- carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (1372) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 22 oz bottle, 2011 vintage. The pour is a nice dark ruby with a thinner light tan head ans minimal lacing. The aroma is really big on dark fruits. Specifically raisins and figs. There is also a strong roasted maltiness, caramel, and toffee. There is a surprising amount of booze on the back end. The flavor is a little boozy up front. The dark fruits and malt really move through the back end. The mouth feel is thick and viscous, and perfectly carbonated. The aftertaste is lingeringly boozy with great fruit and toffee traces.

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