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RATINGS: 546   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4921) - Beloit, Wisconsin, 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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ricke49 (4) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2017 does not count
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 (5922) - 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 (2988) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (1705) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2017
At the Barleywine event. Aroma is caramel, toffee, slight hop, barrel, bourbon. Appearance is amber brown, light tan head, clear. Taste is caramel, bourbon, barrel, toffee, dark fruit, right. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body, light carbonation, caramel toffee barrel aftertaste. Overall, very good.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westchesterco (1947) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2016
From a 22 oz. bottler it is a clear Amber color with an ecru head. The Aroma is of toffee and caramel.and the taste is sweet licorice and hints og bourbon. The finish is Sweet and flavorful.y

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (6644) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2016
From a 22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber with an ecru head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Flavors of oak and bourbon. Sweet and flavorful.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crajun (1216) - , Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2016
wasnt liking the style so let this sit for awhile; thanks to a great rber for the trade; guessing this is a2013 bottle (says aged in bourbon oak barrels). much like a quad - dark fruits and caramel in aroma and taste. neither bourbon nor alcohol were that prevalent. smooth, sweetness balanced well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (2905) - Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2016
22oz. Murky brown. Caramel and toffee. Very oaky. Touch of bourbon. Slight nutty. Very smooth finish. Hides the ABV very well.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HiFives (10) - Brush Prairie, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2016
Shared a 22oz bottle. Boozy, stone fruit aroma; caramel toffee syrupy taste and mouthfeel. Alchohol present but not harsh. Nice oaky flavor as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2016
This beer is strong as hell. You expect that from a barleywine and from a beer that's 13.4% ABV, but this is strong behind that. I smell raisins and taste them too, and while it's nice to sip, it's just a little too overpowering to love.


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