Devil's Milk - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 35
Gots: 62 | FT: 3
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 11-02-2003

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Ratings: 320 | Reviews: 114
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Photo of dar482
4.35/5  rDev +13%

The beer comes in a rich orange color.

The aroma bursts of orange, fruity hop character, with a touch of dank and lots of sweetness.

The flavor follows with that Centennial quality up front of sweet orange marmalade. The sweetness in the front falls off quite well onto a Simcoe character of dank pine and green flavors. A really well balanced brew that does not taste like its ABV.

In general, I would categorize this as a really well made triple IPA.

Photo of JasonA
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

64oz Growler from Arundel Mills Mall DuClaw

Pours a barely cloudy light red copper. Little tannish head quickly disolves into little lacing.

Smells very hoppy, sweet fruit, maybe malt and barley.

Pretty sweet initial which masks the hopness momentarly. Though somewhat masks it as I dont get much hops. Ends with a different sweet masking most of the alcohol. ABV masked very well.

Little syrupy for me. Good carbonation level with nice fireworks in my mouth. Smooth at the end. Good staying power, though sweetness from taste lasts a bit too long.

Im sad i gave a 3.5 on the drinkability. This is probably more my prefernce than anything, but it seemed just a little (tiny bit) too sweet syrupy for my taste with the style. While Im going to love the growler, for a beer that doesnt come in bombers, 64oz will be just a bit too much for 1 person over 2 days.

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste is big oily pine, light caramel, and earth. Alcohol comes out as the beer warms. An above average American Barleywine, but there are others in the style that I prefer.

Photo of djmitche
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Lighter and with more orange than most barleywines I've had, with a bit of haze. Head is fine and follows falls to a decent, if sparse, lacing.

S: Sweetness is forward, with some caramel and some black walnut.

T: Citrus is surprisingly strong here, with a sweet, pruney finish. There's a lot of boozy warmth, too. I would not be surprised if this had been marketed as an IPA.

M: Lighter than some barleywines, but still creamy.

D: Not necessarily my favorite style approach to a beer - the sweet and citrus combination doesn't "blend" very well - but this is more "sessionable" than most barleywines.

Photo of degerbah
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruddy amber with just a finger of head. The aroma is very hoppy. The taste reminds me a lot of bigfoot from Sierra Nevada. On the hoppy end of the spectrum as far as Barleywines go. Would be much easier to drink except for the tongue curling syrupy thickness. It's a good drinker, but the thickness forces me to treat this as a sipper. Probably would just get Bigfoot instead of this in the future.

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

I echo Dar482 sentiment a bit. It's a TIPA. Oddly balanced, not too malty, not too hoppy, I was initially confused, and then I remembered. It's DuClaw. Fun beer, but not usually great beer. Hwever, it might be someone's gateway into barleywine, and for that, DuClaw, I thank you.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This year's Devil's Milk was a little bit disappointing, so I'll have to be sure to try it again next year! Its short head of creamy off-white foam receeds quickly (as might be expected considering its strength), but it still leaves some limited splashes of lace about the snifter. The hazy mahogany body appears darkish on the bar or table but reveals a glowing ring of orangeish gold at the rim as you raise the glass to your lips. The aroma offers some dried apricot and tart baking apples (acetaldehyde) along with a waft of alcohol over a limited amount of malt. The body is medium and it's soft in the mouth with a fine carbonation. Its flavor delivers a well-balanced combination of alcohol; bitterness; and straight-forward, just slightly caramel-touched malt. It finishes dry with some lingering malt, bitterness, and apple.

Photo of ordybill
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap in Chester, VA.
Aroma- Has a nice malt, hops, barley and some fruit essence tossed in.
Appearance- A reddish copper color with a small tan head.
Taste- Has a sweet opening that brings along the barley and hops for the finish. Not bad
Palate- A heavy bodied brew with light carbonation. Has a great texture that is thick to creamy.
Overall- I enjoyed this beer, I would buy it the next time I see it on tap.

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage pours copper colored with a finger of pearl colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Some breadyness, pears & figs, plus booze; started to open up as this warmed

T: Oaky dryness, boozey pears & a touch of figs & cherry up front. Big-time woody hops as this warms, much dryness as well, plus a touch of caramel & more pear. finishes very dry, woody with pear brandy notes & just a touch of grapefruit & pine at the very end

MF: Fairly chewy with low carbonation, alright balance

Seems more like an English barleywine, just doesn't hop forward enough. Drank fairly easy, but nothing to get excited about, Started to show more American aspects the last third of the bottle, but this was stored & served at 56 degrees, so it had to warm up a ton to really show what it was

Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Arundel Mills location on 11/15/08. Served in a 10 oz snifter.

Pours a clear but deep colored cranberry with a thin head of fizzy, pale-tan head. The retention doesn't look that impressive at first but once I get the level down some and start swirling this bad boy, it flares up beautifully, leaving a huge and creamy cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is floral hops with a piney edge to it and a sticky smelling mix of bready malts, spice, citrus, and a waft of alcohol warmth.

The taste is an assertive floral hop profile that seems to be a bit more earthy and less "West Coast" feeling than I remember past releases of this being. The hops are propped up by a big backbone of bread, citrus, and spice. Finishes warm, bitter, and sticky. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied that lends itself more to the beefier side of the alcohol spectrum but never feels stinging. As a matter of fact, the ABV is incredibly well hidden and will creep up on you quickly if you let it.

This is IMHO, probably the best offering that DuClaw puts out during the year. A robust American Barleywine with great strength behind it, yet remaining a steady and warming sipper. My only complaint is that they serve this way to cold. Let it warm up and enjoy. Good stuff that I'm hoping to grab a couple more glasses of this winter before it's gone.

Photo of hdofu
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brownish with a thin white head which quickly vanished. It was served in a brandy snifter and I had it with dill creamed salmon with walnuts. Smelled kind of like apple cider. Tasted somewhat sweet, but the bitterness built up like alot of stronger sweet beers (Alot of imperial ipas have this hopp bitterness buildup too). This beer was pretty thick almost syrupy. Tasted good enough to drink another but I'd be leary with such a potent monster.

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Semi-clear burnt amber hue with a finger and a half of off white head which doesnt wanna die. No born on date or freshness date so I have no idea of the age on this bottle.

Sweet ripe dark fruits with some citrus and pine on the nose. Raisins and toffee evident as well. Old jam.

Pretty mellow and smooth for the high abv (maybe it's old as hell) Dark fruits and burnt caramel, lightly toasted maltiness, all blend together for a nice concise flavorful sip. Rather subtle though. A bit of alcohol heat on the finish. For a barley wine it's pretty drinkable but it's not complex or presents the drinker with anything unique. Sweet overall with a big chalky mouthfeel. It's alright. I'd take it over a lot of things, but probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of Bung
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Clear orangy/amber pour, maybe half a finger of cream head.

Balanced malt, pine citrus aroma. Red fruits, raisin and prune.

Taste, Malt, toffee and fruitcake. Leather, peat and hopy resin finish. Small amount of booziness. Lingers pretty well.

Sticky medium body with enough carbonation. Not a problem drinking this, adequate amount of warming.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (10/24/13)

A: Dirty burnished copper with no head or lacing.

S: Single note of sweet malt. Interesting in its singularity of sweetness that is different from most barleywines that I've had.

T: Different, but not really what I expected from this, especially having known Hell on Wood, which is quite divine. Very easy drinking, and smooth with just a tinge of sweetness. I haven't had it fresh, but I bet it is a bit hoppy having 66 IBUs, but this is very muted in all terms: malt, sweetness, and hoppiness. I imagine this is what a bad-clone of Bigfoot would taste like with a year on it. However, it does benefit a lot from the barrel, unlike Bigfoot. This seems to be an interesting trend, like with Cook County Stout (the base for BCBS that they've never released and say isn't super great to start with, or at least that is what I remember).

M: Just an initial brush of carbonation, followed by smoothness.

O: Not bad, but I think this one changes a lot over the course of a year and is probably best when fresh, which is surprising for a 10.6% American Barleywine.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Sunset orange with a rich, creamy 1 inch head that was thick and frothy like the topping of a cappucino. The head was antique white with yellowish undertones. Slow rise of carbonation seemed suspended at times. Love the thick whipped cream style head, though its lacing was a little underpar per substance.

S: Tropical fruit, fresh citrus with a bit of grass. Dried honey toasted caramel grains with a touch of pear and apple fruitiness along with some green melon. Nice complexity, an almost fruity ipa quality.

T: Semi-dry citurs, milky flavor, or is it subliminal? Hoppy, dry toasted specialty grains. There is a bit of fruitiness, but is not as dominate or clearly defined as was on the nose. There seems to be a bit of honey substance followed by some oaky alcohol heat on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, some honey, slippery texture and fullness. A warming of citrus and alcohol on the inner cheeks with a spicy bite on the finish.

O: Overall its a triple ipa thinly disguised as an barleywine. Fairly smooth to consume even at 10.6%. Had a few of thier beers previously, this is the first that truely impresses me.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 1 L swingtop bottle that I purchased at the Bowie brewpub approximately two years ago.

A: The barleywine is a reddish-orange color, dark enough to obscure the body. For a two year old ale, a decent head conjures up and lasts through most of the glass.

S: The nose is intensely strong, a malt-lover's delight. Caramel and brown sugar are the dominant aromas.

T: The taste is as robust and thick as I remember when I last had it on tap. Both malts and hops are strong, although the malts are the focus of this one. Caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits lead the way, strong and concentrated. The caramel body is thick, almost syrupy in its consistency. I am very impressed that the ale has held it's own over the past two years.

M: A caramel malt dream, this ale will disappoint the hop heads. DuClaw always managed to do some beers right; this one falls into that category.

D: At 11%, this beer is meant for sharing. Deuane, Ffejherb, ksak and I all enjoyed sipping on this one.

Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of light-to-medium tan colored head that is loosely pack and visibly fizzy... Minimal retention gives way to a full veil of misty lace and fairly thick collar... A couple of stray sluggish carbonation bubble can be seen rising along the sides of the snifter... The color is a light to medium brown with a few amber highlights and a pronounced haziness...

S - Lots of dark fruit... Plums... Raisins... Figs... Perhaps even a bit of blueberry... Loaded with gobs of sweet caramel and toffee... Brown sugar... Apples...

T - Booze from the get go... It's not overpowering, but it is pronounced and lingers throughout never letting anything else to shine through... Brown sugar... Some toffee... The dark fruit gets completely buried...

M - Medium bodied... Light carbonation... Moderately sticky... A bit chalky... Fairly "plain jane..."

D - A very promising American Barleywine in terms of appearance and aroma, but quickly becomes average at best when taking into accounting taste, mouthfeel and overall drinkability... Not terrible, but there are scads and scads of other style mates that I would opt for and recommend...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of deep caramelized malt with quite a bit of green hoppy notes. Taste is also a mix between some overly sweet caramelized malt with some stalled green hops that don’t really mix that well with the malt backbone. Body is about average with medium-to-low carbonation and light apparent alcohol. There is something off balanced in this beer that I didn’t particularly enjoyed.

Photo of goldbot
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Pours a mostly clear medium amber with plenty of thick, cream-colored head. Great head retention and lacing. Some active carbonation. Fruity, citrus aroma up front; very sweet smelling with berry notes as well as floral hoppiness. Hints of malt lurk in the background but this one is all hops pretty much. The flavor comes on with a strong malt profile - plenty of bread and dark fruit notes. A cherry-like cloying sweetness quickly follows, only partially covered up with sweet citrus and floral hops. A tad bitter but not nearly enough for the cloying sweetness. This one had great potential but is just too sweet for me.

Photo of Beejay
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown going into red, with a nice tan head on top.

S: Hop-tastic. Rich caramel sweetness blends in with pungent hop aroma. Pine resiny, with hints at grapefruit peel.

T: Rich malt flavors, and a decent amount of hops. A bread and caramel taste, but there is certainly a distinctive bitterness as well. Pine resin rounds out the finish with maybe a touch of earth.

M: Medium thick, but the fairly high carbonation keeps it from getting too syrupy.

O: Overall tasty. I could see how some fans of the style would ding this for not being a little more bitter, but I am digging the solid hop flavor balancing the malt.... This Barley Wine certainly leans to the American side, but malt heads will like it as well.

Photo of vandemonian
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DuClaw Devil's Milk has a lovely amber/orange colour and a head that fades in seconds. A small amout of lacing remains around the edge of the glass. The smell is very roasted malt and maybe a hint of hops. This beer starts with roasted malt with hints of charcoal, chocolate orange. The flavour develops some citrus character in the middle but the maltiness remains the strongest flavour. There is a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. This beer feels thick and syruppy in my mouth. It's a delicious beer, but it's for sipping.

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real deep dark orange body, with a slightly opaque character. Head is real nice and creamy two fingers, thick and rich looking with a yellow and tan tinge. Thick collared and creamy with a good thin top. Bright and glowing, real nice.

Classic notes of mild caramel and sweet hop and booze. Slight tangerine orange, and lots of citrus with some mild caramel notes. Good bit of pine and hints of herbality as well. Pretty straight forward, actually reminds me very much like Bigfoot.

Palate is quite a bit surprising. Real creamy actually "milky" character on the palate for the feel. Rich solid nice mid palate filled with lots of citrus fruit, thick juice, and hints of honey. Lip smacking coating of sweet honey and light caramel on the finish. Mild tones of vanilla and cream as well. Controlled booze like warmth with a great chewy texture.

A solid American barleywine, definitely a DuClaw brew I can get excited about.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 bottle from the fantastic trader Baltimorebeerguy... Josh, I truly appreciate it.. I think the Idol of our trade may be enjoyed soon.

Pours deeeep orange... clear... nice sticky tan head.

Nose shows good American C hops that get hit hard by sweet caramel malts.. a tad hot with some fruity esters with warmth.

Flavor begins with a good bitter hop bite.. piney hops show later.. so do bits and pieces of tangerine zest.. toasty elements meld well with the caramel malt and some raisin and dark cherry...

Reminds me alot of a fresh '05 Old Boardhead.. I don't see this being "great/good" for a year or so, but right now, alot of American qualities are coming out swinging with just enough malts to hang in there.

Nice... surprising... I want some bottles.... hit me up.. no kidding.

Thanks Josh.. The original trade was fantastic.. but the other stuff puts you in the "epic" category.

4/4/4/4/3.5

Photo of jmarsh123
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light brown with a small white cap fading into a wisp. Decent lacing down the edges.

Aroma is somewhat tame. Some brown sugar, toffee and a bit of piney hop character. Sweet.

Lots of toffee and booze up front. Some pine hops mixed in with burnt sugar in the back. Pretty sweet, but the bitterness and booze kept it in check a bit with the hop profile being earthy and piney.

Medium bodied, perhaps a touch thin for my tastes with lighter carbonation although still present.

A solid barleywine. Nothing about it really wowed me, but it was solid all around if a bit on the sweet side.

Photo of burdgod
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I had this served in a snifter.
A: copper colored, relatively tall, thick head that stuck around until I began drinking it.
S: Lots of fruit. I smell mostly apricot. smells beautiful.
T: Almost tastes like a fruit salad. I taste apricot, peach, and maybe even papaya. It's delicious. It's pretty sweet, but has just enough hops to cut the sweetness and prevent a nasty aftertaste. But not too much hops to where it's overly hoppy for a barleywine. Can hardly even taste that 10.6 abv.
M: Heavy body. Thick, almost syrupy. It could be a tiny bit thinner, but not bad.

Overall: This is probably the best barleywine I've ever had. I want more!

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Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.