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RATINGS: 481   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 7, 2008
22 ounce bottle brought back from Anchorage for me by my coworker Amanda (thanks!), served at cellar temp or so from a Chouffe tulip. Dark caramel-cream head half-fills the glass, smooth but bubbling away quickly atop the darkly translucent molasses body....nose is plummy, rum-soaked cherries, hints of vanilla and old port, faintly alcoholic but quite pleasantly so, lots of caramel....on the tongue, quite sweet but with some woody dryness showing up quickly, lovely thick, rich and malted-milkshake mouthfeel but there is something of a cardboard character to the finish that really hurts....this lessens a bit with warmth, and the end result is a very good, though not quite excellent, sweet and thick and low-on-the-hops barley wine.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (4459) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (2084) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3502) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (888) - 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)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (939) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericdevin (673) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mfp13jr (148) - Glenville, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Boozy alcohol in the nose. Pours an oily liquid amber with small head. Goes down with warm alcohol and brandy

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2505) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Sampled at DLD 2014. It poured an almost black color with a small tan head. The aroma was of malt, caramel, vanilla, fruit and bourbon. The taste was of roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla and bourbon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (147) - 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 (262) - 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.


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