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RATINGS: 485   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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"

Sarlacc83's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sarlacc83 (806) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
2001 (oak aged for 12 months) Murky yellow/brown in color out of the tap with a thin beige head and a buttery nose. Incredibly smooth and buttery mouthfeel with tons of butterscotch/toffee/caramel sweetness to it. The alcohol was well hidden. Third place at the 2003 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival, and a great beer in tough competition.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"2010 bourbon barrel aged...boozy and complex. loads of vanilla from the barrels, dark malts, and bourbon in the aroma and flavor. slight hop presence barely noticed. delicious brew, if a bit overpriced at 17.99."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (459) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a medium to deep brown color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is malty, boozy, vanilla, molasses. Flavor is bourbon, malt, booze, molasses. Medium body, thick oily mouthfeel. Phenomenal barleywine. Love the bourbon character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8593) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at Goulet’s. Pours orange brown off white head. Nose/taste of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chewy malt, toffee. Full Bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (4864) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle, thanks Eddan. Hazy brownish/orange with a medium head. Sweet with caramel, some warming alcohol, port wine and malt. A nice one to sip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (2251) - SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
@Basunen: ganska trevlig söt doft vs fat. Smak är mycket trevlig med söta och heta toner. Ganska gott. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3696) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Draught. Pours a cloudy brown color with a smallish off white head on there. Nose has a lot of caramel and seems moderately boozy. Taste is a little sweet and the caramel is definitely there, as is some booze. Nice and smooth, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (919) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
2011 bomber shared by my buddy Shem from his recently acquired stash of excellent aged beers. Pours a lovely garnet hue with only a thin layer of tan foam. Lovely AROMA of significant whiskey (rich not boozy), brown sugar, port wine, and candied cherry. The excellent FLAVOR has big caramel/toffee, vanilla, pipe tobacco, dark honey, port, molasses, and some candied dark fruit. Mildly sweet but far from cloying. Actually finishes quite smooth for being 13.4%. Delicious and supremely executed. (478, 875)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1038) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 2, 2014
2011 bottle. Dark copper pour with a tan head. Aroma is of oak, raisins, dates, brown sugar, and bourbon. Flavor is big sweet candied dark fruits, oak, and molasses. Slightly warming finish from the abv but not overpowering. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericdevin (827) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Draft at The Bier Stein, Eugene. Pours a medium brown, decent amount of tan head. Aroma Bourbon with a slightly nutty character, some sweetness, caramel. Body rich, full, boozy, finish way too much. Yikes! Maybe hotter than anything else I’ve had. Should’ve sat on this longer, brewery.

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