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RATINGS: 529   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"

muzzlehatch's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11472) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Draught at the brewery. Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is alcohol, bready and honey malt, citrus and pine hops with bananas. Flavor is brown sugar, bready and honey malt, pear and banana esters, spicy alcohol and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boisebeerguy (153) - boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2015
If I liked barley wines I might rate this higher. Barrel aging probably helps take some of the bite out which I like.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (2270) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2015
December 24, 2015 - bottle via trade and opened as part of my dancin’ with the devil night. Brown pour with some head and foamed up nicely with a gentle swirl. Aroma was sweet malt, dark fruit and bourbon. Taste was nicely balanced with the sweetness, fruit and heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (3551) - 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 (2023) - 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 (3438) - 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 (7763) - 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 (945) - Glasgow, 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 (19021) - 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 (8340) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is toffee, chocolate, cacao, taste is similar, sweet, chocolate, toffee.

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