RATINGS: 553   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 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1775) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Vintage 2007; this one simply bursts with the potential to age, but it was simply too enticing on this cold night. Rich, murky mahogany pour. Varnish with a beige cream. Aroma eases into the richest of malts with soft creme brulee, moist gingerbread and rum bread pudding, nuanced by a bright cantaloupe and caramelized pear overtone that is at once relaxed and searingly assertive. Soy sauce with some musty cut grass and graham cracker lend some tangential saltiness and aged sentiment. Blasts of toffee and dirty barrel. This is an aroma to contemplate, thoroughly and slowly. Taste brings a stinging but soft bourbon quality of eggnog and tender vanilla, overlaying a syrup of strawberry, raspberry and watermelon seed; hot, but pleasantly so, with a lot of burnt sugar and raw barrel earthiness. So big, brash, and uncompromising in its impenetrable, pristine and artful collage of malt; cherry skins, caramel, toffee, dates. Full bodied, warm, and wet with the intimations of brandy and port barrels in the mouth, giving an understated and well placed scrape of soft carbonation on the back of the throat at the end; finishes warmly with a peppery, curtailed touch of alcohol in sherry form. An extraordinary, pleasingly malt dominant, careful, and quintessential example of this so often overkilled style. Glory. Thanks Tim!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2007
2005 vintage bottle shared by Jason. This is an awesome beer! Pours to a hazed over dark chestnut body with an ultra thin off-white head. The aroma is absolutely amazing. Flaked barley and super caramelized Maris Otter? Liquid toffee, caramel, perfect malts. The flavor is insanely caramelized toffee, clean barley, nice lingering muted hops. Very beautifully aged. I wonder what a fresh one would taste like. The palate is rich and creamy, aged sherry but every so slight. Sweet and full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2007 2005 bottle thanks to Tim!! Poured clear, deep garnet with just a ring of tan headage sticking around. The aroma had a delightful oak, bourbon, and vanilla presence over dark fruit and cararmel at the base.. everything blended together well, and the age managed to mellow it out a bit. The flavor had drawn caramel and lots of warm dark fruits on the syrupy core with hefty, yet well-integrated barrel accents all around (and interlaced).. very sweet finish with the fruits, vanilla, and bourbon rocking the finish.. great stuff! Thick and syrupy on the palate with a light herbal bitterness and alcohol warmth (but nowhere near as much as I expected).. long finish was a bit dry. This was most excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Many thanks to Jason for this wonderful treat! Wow, the aroma - Notes of alcohol, sweet caramel, oak and pinot noir. Flavours of a sweet sticky goodness with plenty of barrel aging for an added layer of complexity. Nice kettle caramelization and the emphasis is definatley on a dominant malt presence. A bit fusel overall and could probably be toned down a bit. A great English inspired barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Darkest barleywine ive seen in a while. kps review said it best so im not even going to say any more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Arctic Devil
Date: March 13, 2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Liquid Solutions
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: pours thick and muddy brown with a scant head
Aroma: sweet malt aroma with a smokey earthy essence
Body: nice thick body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of brown sugar character that remains dominant until the end, enough bitterness in the finish to keep it almost balanced, this beer will be interesting with age if the sugary aspect turns into ripe fruit

Name: Arctic Devil
Date: December 15, 2005
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2005

Name: Arctic Devil
Date: April 20, 2006
Vintage: 2005
Score: iii to iiii
wow, wow, wow, the brown sugar turns into a wonder rich ripe dates, very well balanced, awesome, very creamy, warming, still a lot of brown sugar left, another two years...

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: ***4

Name: Arctic Devil
Date: January 08, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: clear dark amber, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet brown sugar and caramel aroma
Flavor: sweet brown sugar flavor, lots of caramel sweetness, well balanced bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
NorCal tasting July 07 - Is it possible that no one has rated this beer on BP in over 2 years? Thanks to beerguy101 for bringing this (I think). The beer pours out a deep copper/amberish color, almost zero head (only wisps of foam here and there). Aroma is clearly raisins and figs with a heaping dose of hoppy pineage but there is some subtle brown sugar, caramel and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is sticky, mildly syrupy but solid. Obvious caramel-like sweetness in the flavor department with just enough hops to keep it from being overly one-sided. A nice touch of brown sugar in the finish as well. A really nice b-wine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2007
2005, Bottle at Barcade tasting. Deep brownish copper in color with a little off white tan head. Brown sugar aroma with dark fruit notes. Caramel notes. Malty and dark fruity flavor. Plums, raisins, and fig notes. Finish is sweet. Smooth tasting. Full bodied. Dry tasting. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2007
05 Vintage. Wow. Brown sugar aroma with some caramel and raisins. Murky brown body with a tan head and some thick sediment. Full, thick, creamy palate. The taste follows the aroma with a hint of hops. Incredibly full flavor and no hint of the alcohol really. Wonderful stuff (a la vintage Hardys).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 9, 2007
2005 vintage. Pours a deep brown with a loose off-white head. Aroma of dates, bourbon, wanilla, almonds, deep caramel, sherry...WOW! Body is silky, sweet, big but not massive like some of its ilk. The flavors are pure BBA, lovely, and not overwhelming. Huge malt and caramel with light esters and a touch of brandy. The finish is lightly bitter, just enough to give it some dryness. A really beautiful English style BW. And its aged really well.

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