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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 brewers 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 woods 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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (1392) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (22138) - 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 ..

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (11192) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle at craigs. Pours black, nose is toffee, chocolate, cacao, taste is similar, sweet, chocolate, toffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2302) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlandersNed (395) - , 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (2699) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Traviss 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrTipple (3814) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015
Aroma: caramel, alcohol, toffee, grain malts. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, small, white head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sweets expand, caramel, molasses, sugars, alcohol, full body, flat carbonation. Overall: excellent Barley Wine, great aroma and taste. Bottle from the brewery, Anchorage.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10075) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Shared 2013 vintage at Craft. Hazy copper pour with off-white head. Nose was caramel malt, hops, oaky bourbon, molasses, Tastes caramel malty rich on the tongue, with spare hops, oak, bourbon, and a dense, complex finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (4240) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2015
30 may 2015, bottle. Amber and a tad hazy. Nose is sweet, malty, boozy, just like a barley wine should smell. Ned body and moderately fizzy. Sweet, brown sugar malt. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1750) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Pours a dark amber color with a white head. Oak, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, toffee, hop and toast aroma and flavors. Full body and average carbonation. Alcohol, caramel and hop finish. 2011


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