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Devil's Milk - DuClaw Brewing Company

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87
very good

281 Ratings
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 33
Gots: 42 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 11-02-2003)
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Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of dar482
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

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%
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 KolbMarley
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of djmitche
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 ryser2k
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of aengleman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of degerbah
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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
3.1/5  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 bconsidine
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of johnwetterstrand
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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 gr8zehaman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Tibi81
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of hdofu
4.33/5  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 DCgolfpro
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of maynard713
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
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 waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
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