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Devil's Milk - DuClaw Brewing Company

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86
very good

241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 32
Gots: 28 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

brettmb, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of TheDudeRules
1.75/5  rDev -54.4%

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

Rich copper color. Fingers worth of tan head. Smell is hop and sour apple. Figgy dark fruit as well. Taste is strong alcohol. Incredibly overpowering. In fact I can't get past a few sips to notice anything else. This was a drain pour. Really unworthy of this lame review even.

TheDudeRules, Aug 20, 2011
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

BGsWo22, Mar 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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.

jtierney89, Jul 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

RyanC, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of JWU
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A- A dark, cloudy amber. A little light for a barleywine. A thin offwhite head that dissipates quickly.

S- Some sweetness, perhaps a hint of dark fruit, and a bit wallop of woody, earthy hops.

T- Some dark sugar sweetness is quickly overshadowed by the sheer booziness of the brew, and a bit dose of earthy, woody hops that impart more bitterness than flavor. Kind of a mess.

M- light side of full. Heavy on the carbonation, this needs to back off. Alcohol burn, and lots of it.

O- Brews like this make you realize how well crafted something like SN Bigfoot is. This is a big, hot, boozy mess.

JWU, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of RandomExile
2.88/5  rDev -25%

A: cloudy, translucent orange, quickly fading head, but impressive persistent lacing.
S: musty, citrusy
T: tangy, metallic, pine, bitter yet sweet
M: sharp bite of citrus and alcohol, yet somehow smooth until the aftertaste, medium-bodied
O: for being a barleywine, I would have pegged it for a smooth IPA. Not terrible, but I'm not sure he palate I'd recommend it for.

RandomExile, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%

Bottle opened by Jared. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a copper color with a minimal off-white head and a touch of lacing, though most of the head fades into a thin color. Some light legs as well. The nose is really quite plain with only a bit of bread and some brown sugar. The taste is mildly sweet and has a bit of light booze. Moderate caramel and brown sugar there as well. Mild cherry in the back end. Medium body with low carbonation and a dry finish. Not bad, but not particularly good, either.

Thorpe429, Apr 12, 2011
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2.99/5  rDev -22.1%

Thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with a 12oz bottle of this. Poured into a matching Duclaw pint, the brew alpears a slightly hazed copper with an off-white cap more than a finger strong. The cap fades leaving a wall of lacing effect.

The aroma is like candy with an herbal hop inclusion mixed with some mineral/carbonic quality. Overall not a bad smelling beer, just a bit disjointed and lacking any clear direction. The sugary or candy aspect is a bit distracting.

The flavor is sweet with a mineral aspect somewhat like dirty pennies. There is a dusty grain inclusion which while not exaxtly thrilling, is much appreciated over the candy-like sweetness you might expect base off the aroma. The candy sugary quality the brew does display feels somewhat burnt in the aftertaste which is not all that enjoyable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy and awkward and not something I would seek out if looking for a solid barleywine. It saddens me to say it because I am always hoping to see local places do good but this one is rough. I appreciate the chance to try this but would probably not persue again.

stakem, Jun 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Ghizmo, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

ms11781, Feb 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

StaindProject86, Mar 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Manannan, Jan 27, 2013
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3.03/5  rDev -21.1%

So for the first time in six years of trading my tracking system has failed me - I have no bloody idea where this beer came from, but I'm sure it arrived in a box. Thanks, whomever you are. 12 oz. bottle consumed in the wee hours of the morning after a lively evening of poker.

The pour is dark amber with a raging hard-on of carbonation that looks like it might climb out of the glass & kick my ass. Nose belies the listed ABV, more light, fruity, with a side of warm summer breeze, more like a nice malty blonde than a big barleywine.

Devil's Milk is dry enough to induce coughing. Dry, woody, with a big huge malt bill, & the sweetness is almost completely drowned in the lumber. Bittering hops with a soft pinewood floor dominate the middle. That's about it.

Simple, direct, but just not much to it, I've enjoyed many of DuClaw's beers much more than this one. Decent enough, but this needs more vavoom.

maximum12, Jan 11, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -20.6%

Thanks to Matt (mjtiernan) for this one. Received in a recent BIF.

Appearance: Pours a brightish red, crimson color. Small bubbly white head doesn't stick around long.

Nose: First thing I noticed is lots of citrus. Big tropical nose with pineapple, mango, finished with pine.

Taste: Rather interesting. It's fairly complex, with some deep flavors of caramel hiding under sticky tangerine and lemon.

Mouth: Big beer. Huge malt body. Really sticky. Bitter finish.

Drink and overall: Well, this beer took me a minute to warm up to. And, I think it got better as it warmed up. Fairly boozy. Not really easy to drink.

MarcatGSB, Dec 16, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 05, 2003
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3.15/5  rDev -18%

a: This was a clear, ruby tinted copper color. It poured with a thick, sticky head.

s: Strong overall, but it really doesn't come together all that well. I found some sharp cherries, mild chocolate, a little vanilla, caramel, and some fairly potent, but featurless save for a hint of pine, hop aromas. The heat wafting off of this one was pretty potent.

t: Starts off kind of sweet with strong, sharp, caramel flavors with hints of sugary cherries. This carries over into the finish were it is joined by some almost flavorless bitterness. I may have opened this one at a bad time.

m: Thick, chewy body with long lasting, gently creamy carbonation.

d: I think often times hop forward barleywines are prone to awkward phases between 3 and 9 months after bottling. The hop flavors have faded leaving strong, flavorless bitterness behind. Meanwhile, the malts haven't had time to come together either. With no date on the bottle I can't say for sure that is what happened here, its just speculation on my part.

DIM, Jul 26, 2010
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3.23/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

IdrinkGas, Sep 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

jmslade7, Jun 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

wrightst, May 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

PittBeerGirl, Jun 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

skaboom420, Jan 27, 2013
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Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.