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RATINGS: 553   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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4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sarlacc83 (2237) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2013
22oz bottle. 2011 vintage. A: Red raspberry with brown hints. Very thin lacing. Grips the glass. N: Tons of caramel and oak. Lots of toffee. Smoothly sweet like caramel being layered in a commercial. Smells like a fresh coffee cake with specks of brown sugar. T: Very well blended. Has a distinct oakiness that lends peppercorn and vanilla. Caramel and toffee flavors are subtle. Raisins and licorice bitterness. Theres a pronounced hop presence/some pineapple. Could use a little more sweetness, IMO, but I cant really knock the execution, either. M: thinner than I might like, but it keeps the beer from being a choking hazard. Alcohol is really well hidden. O: One of the best barleywines out there. Strong execution all around, and highly recommended. So smooth and complex.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (3132) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2017
Copper-amber color with a bit of white head. Sweet boozy malty and caramel aromas. Fairly sweet yet not aggressive, a straight forward yet perfectly balanced barleywine with a moderate and complementary oak character. Really an outstanding barleywine. Notes: on tap at the brewery during our May 17 Anchorage visit.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (4225) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Shared bomber poured to snifters displaying a clear, deep amber hue, with a presentable layer of off white froth that reduced to a ring & light film, with foamy spots of lacing. The nose was malty sweet, candied & dried fruit, subtle spice, with some barrel hints and vanilla. The taste was similar but more expressive notes, medium+ bodied, with mild carbonation, bourbony booze & warmth, and a finishing, tannic dryness. Very solid BW.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quick3Beers (1173) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Pours a hazy brown with very little head from a bottle. Big raisiny and oaky aroma follows into the mouth, where a nice vanilla and almost an irish creme note come out. Boozy, I bet it ages nicely for a year. Pretty good beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3669) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2017
Bottle Pours murky hazy orange hue with barely any head. Nose is musty vanilla dark fruit. Flavors are big vanilla dark fruits. Lots of vanilla and woody notes. Long big dark fruits on the finish. Alcohol heat is low for the abv. Excellent brew!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (3698) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2017
Draught at City Beer SF. Hazy light brown color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, dried fruit, hops, ripe fruits, nuts, toffee, caramel and a bit of alcohol. Bitter finish with citrus, toffee, dried fruits, ripe fruits, resin, nuts, a bit of alcohol and caramel. Excellent barley wine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (1632) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2017
Type: 22-oz. bottle Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif. Price: $17.99 Purchased: Jan. 6, 2017 Consumed: April 15, 2017 Reviewed as: English Barleywine Misc.: Bottled on Nov. 21, 2016 Picked this up with basically a $50 gift certificate for my birthday. Had heard of Midnight Sun and saw on one of the emails that they had a few coming in, so I pounced on this and the Berserker Imperial Stout. $19.99 (Berserker) and $17.99 (AD) seems a bit much but I got them anyway. Gave Berserker an overrated 4.16 (93/A-) back in January. Hoping for this to be better. Poured a copper/garnet cloudy color with one finger of khaki white frothy head. Some light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 3.75) Smelled pent up bourbon, almost port wine like, dark fruits, plum, tobacco, raisins, sticky toffee, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, some oaky red wine barrels and earthy basement aromas. Lovely. (Smell - 4.50) Taste was at least just as good as the nose. Wow. Lots going on. Got smooth bourbon, port wine, sherry red wine, tobacco, unknown lingering spices (rye? maybe pepper?), brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, plum, dark fruits, raisins, dates, prunes, dark grainy malts, caramel, smooth, but tasting the booze, oak, hints of molasses and sticky sugary chocolate syrup which seems to be muted somewhat by everything else going on. (Taste - 4.25) Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 5.00) This was fantastic. Much better than I thought it was going to be after having Berserker a few months back. Would not pay $18 for this again, but still delicious. (Overall - 4.50) 4.41 98 A

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (2164) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 12, 2017
Tap at Harrys Hofbrau in Redwood City. Maple colored and clear with almost no head. Sugary and cloying. Moderate crystal malt.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ricke49 (26) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2017
This is sorta my white whale. Theyve cut back their distribution in Oregon and Im sad. Rich, sweet (but pleasantly so), a perfect execution of an English Barleywine. Plums and figs dominate, but a minor hop presence lets you know your drinking beer. Cellars so well and improves for years.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (6014) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Smells nicely of molasses. The flavor is thick and chewy. Quite good. The only real downside to this is that its a bit too sweet. Otherwise solid beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PotjeBier (3102) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 25, 2017
2011 bottle, from a 2012 IP trade with Richiesd (thanks!) so about time this got cracked. Dark brown color with a red hue. Off white head with short retention. Aromas: bourbon, vanilla, sweetness, caramel, treacle, light fruit, alcohol. Retronasal theres treacle, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Flavor is quite sweet, light fruity, alcoholic. Alcohol feel is a bit strong and sharp. Medium bodied. Long finish, with alcohol and a bit fruit.


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