RATINGS: 558   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"

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BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Darkest barleywine i’ve seen in a while. kp’s review said it best so i’m not even going to say any more.

kp (10880) - 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

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!

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.

thebaldwizard (1365) - 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 Hardy’s).

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 it’s 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 it’s aged really well.

kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2007
22 oz bottle, via trade. Pours a clear mahogany brown body under a tight bubbled beige head that receded to a thin covering. The aroma is so rich and malty it’s amazing. Dark fruits, raisins, caramel, toffee, light alcohol, and a little port. Flavor is very rich as well, reminds me of decadent nougat candies. Heavy sweet caramel and toffee with a rich, slightly bourbon barrel finish. A good amount of alcohol, but enough risidual sweetness to balance it out, though it did get a bit too much by the end of the bottle. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and full bodied with a slightly sticky cloying finish. Very warming alcohol that actually tingled my gums a little. This was just sooo good. It escapes me how this could be 14% ABV. I would love to cellar some of this, cause I really think that it would hold up well to a good amount of oxidation.

Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Bottle from NYbeer. Dirty murky amber/ brown color. Very malty aroma with some toffee and wood notes. The taste was extremly rich and chewy. Sweet and creamy with some buttery notes. Nice

Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Mahogany with sticky lacing. Hot and spicy with a touch of perfumey. Chemical notes almost like pinesol. Husky with a little alcohol.

arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2007
Sampled at a gathering of TN Ratebeerians a couple months ago; thanks to Springslicker for bringing it (obained via trade with footbalm). In my opinion, this was the star of the Nashville Tasting. Transluscent hazy brown; tan head diminishes to a heavy dusting. Smells like golden raisins soaked in port, bourbon and chocolate; in other words, smells rich as all hell, and strong. Full and smooth in the mouth; rich and pensive. Buttery full burnt caramel blending in the mouth with a thick bar of melted semi-sweet chocolate. Velvety in texture. Flavors linger long into the finish without adding much else, except maybe a little butterscotch. Made me imagine taking long sips of this from a snifter in a mahogany and maroon library in a velvet smoking jacket, listening to some Baroque music right before a decadent dinner. I want more.

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