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Devil's Milk - DuClaw Brewing Company

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86
very good

233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 34
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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-23-2012 14:47:53 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-17-2013 04:31:29 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 20:58:45 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-05-2011 01:32:45 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

azy dark, burnt ruby amber. Very intresting hue as the reddish tint was very noticeable even though the haze made it almost opaque. A one inch head formed on the top upon pour, that faded almost immediatly. What was left was a thin film of decent quality lace that circle around the glass. Smell was very sweet, caramel sugars hitting almost immediatly. The deeper smell after some warming indicated a nice bready, earthy malt back with a hint of alcohol, which at 9%abv and being a barleywine should be expected. The taste for me was just too light. I expect barleywines to make me sit down and to be a definite sipper, but this just did not have the fullness I would have expected. The finish on it was very dry, and did last a good bit though

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 01:47:25 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 17:22:44 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-17-2013 04:24:30 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Lightly hazy, dark amber body with a short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, candyish malt nose with notes of caramel, fruit, and perfumy alcohol; strong hints of the bold tastes to come.

Taste: Pale, slightly bready malts with plenty of malty sweetness. Quite sugary initially, in fact, though it's abated by the emerging and accumulative hop bitterness. Flashes of apricot and citrus fruitiness. Then, your palate is awash in spicy, bristly alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very American and very straightforward in its delivery of brash hop bitterness and ubiquitous alcohol presence.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2009 17:23:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-10-2012 07:45:02 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a clear amber with straw hues body. Aroma is malty with caramel, candied fruit and light toffee. Very smooth caramel malts, tanginess, candied citrus and light toffee. Moderate carbonation and smooth oily body. This is one of the smoothest and more drinkable barleywines I have had. Very good and highly drinkable for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 02:43:22 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really nice amber color with a pretty good thin yellowish cream colored head. Thin, not much lacing but stuck around for a while on top. The smell of this beer has a really nice sweetness, grains and malts on the nose. The taste is also sweet, it's got a citrus kick of lemon in the flavor. The malts and grains are really flavorful. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, nicely balanced. Overall a damn good Barley Wine!

Serving type: growler

09-18-2011 16:40:54 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, dark amber color with a small, off-white head of fluffy foam that lingers for a while. As it recedes it leaves sudsy lace on the glass.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee aroma lead off then are backed up by piney hops.

T - A great blend of sweet and bitter in a barleywine. Toffee, caramel and butterscotch flavors bring the sweetness while a resiney, piney hop presence balances things out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied beer with a somewhat chewy mouthfeel.

D - This is a really good tasting barleywine. I would like to find more beers from DuClaw.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 00:04:28 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2003 03:08:00 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A poured with a small white head on a clear dark copper body. Good retention and lace.

S spicy yeast and alcohol with caramel and pine hops.

T sweet rich malt with pine and moderate bitterness. Some mustardy notes in the middle with spicy hops and thick caramel in the finish.

M medium body moderate carbonation and a sweet finish..

D a pretty standard barley wine with a nice balance of hops and sweet malt. Not the most complex, but reasonably well done.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 02:50:09 | More by nickfl
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.63/5  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

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 03:06:16 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2008 18:06:27 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to mughugger for sharing -poured close to cellar temp into a cervoise

A - deep copper/brilliant amber w/ 2 finger ecru cap and streamers of lace cling to the glass. The ale has tiny beading and retention is good

S - The aroma has both floral and spiced elements w/ woody hop notes. The barleywine is slightly cherry estered with a light caramel note from the malt and subtle alcohol note w/ pine again from the hops

M - A sweet mildly bitter brew with moderate carbonation and subtle alcohol w/ residual sweetness lasting into the finish

T - The taste has lots of caramel malt and herbal notes from the hops but not quite bitter flavored w/ fruity yeast taste and light brown sugar flavor which hangs on and borders on cloying with moderate alcohol in the taste with mild pepper and pine accent. The mild orange from the malt/hop combo accents a mild biscuit taste w/ sweet malty finish

D - I appreciated trying this and it was not a bad barleywine, but for the style I could think of many that outpace this. I prefer a bit more hop in an American if that is what the brewer intended - but it is possible the beer has a little age on it, nice barleywine, thanks for the taste mughugger

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 18:50:59 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-02-2013 02:56:07 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-16-2011 02:46:53 | More by oline73
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed 2006, Sampled July 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, light cranberry tinged, full amber colored beer. The aroma is a mix of herbaceous hops and ample, concentrated malt. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, boozy-brandied over-tones, toasted grain, syrup-crusted soda crackers make up the malt notes. The hop aromas at times contribute a soft berry-like note to this beer as well as a soft pine-like note and almost even a winter-green character. The malt & hops do combine to give this an aromatic fruit component, but it is only noticeable at times.

Fairly sweet, especially considering that this is not the thickest or richest Barleywine out there. The sweetness accentuates a soft, berry like flavor that runs throughout this beer. A herbaceous hop character is also found in this beer, but becomes the most noticeable note towards the finish where it is something like a mix of resinous pine and rosemary notes. Citrusy hop components play a role here, though somehow the straight-forward malt sweetness turns them into berry like flavors; at times notes of bergamot, tangelo and candied orange peel are quite noticeable. As the beer warms up the candied orange peel flavors become quite a bit more noticeable. A solid bitterness is noticeable from beginning to end, though it does not quite tame the simplistic malt sweetness, but it does make a good attempt.

This certainly hides the alcohol quite well, I never would have guessed it was near 12%, though this would never be mistaken for a light weight. The hop character is still fairly vibrant, and this certainly has not picked up much age or oxidation yet. This beer becomes more enjoyable as time goes on; it has become a fitting beer to end the night on.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 05:40:34 | More by Gueuzedude
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-18-2014 08:53:11 | More by mendvicdog
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby red color that's completely opaque with a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap/ring. Large rings and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with a nice balance of floral and citrus hops, estery fruit notes and leathery malt. The hop presence is stronger than expected with hints of grassy pine and lots of sweet citrus. This is complimented by the light fruit notes from the yeast. The malt presence becomes more prominent as it warms with some earthy, leathery notes. Hints of caramel, toffee, dark fruit and toast.

Medium bodied with a strong hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a sweet, slightly dry finish. Some dry, bitter notes with hints of grassy pine followed by some sweet citrus. The malts are pretty tame for a barleywine without being overly musty/leathery. Hints of nut, caramel and toffee as well as a sweeter dark fruit character. Subtle sweetness and boozy heat in the finish but the high ABV is well masked making it easy to drink. Well balanced but feels more like a strong ale than a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 04:04:20 | More by corby112
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-06-2012 04:57:40 | More by yourefragile
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark amber color with good carbonation and a nice dirty white head

S: Immediatielly smell some hints of caramel, tad funk, sugar sweetness, booze

T: Caramel, toffee, piney hops, fruits at times, plenty of sweetness

M: Well carbonated, tasty, good body

D: Pretty good

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 21:20:45 | More by barleywinefiend
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 02:35:06 | More by akorsak
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Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.