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Devil's Milk - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
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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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

A-pours a clear dark amber color with hues of red inside and a few bubbles rising to the top. the head is a light tan color, tight and creamy with a few bubbles on top. It lingers for a little while leaving a slow falling thick lace on the side of the glass.

S-the nose is pretty nice yet slightly subtle. The malt backbone is present but overtaken by sweetness and hops. Caramel and a lightly toasted biscuit up front. Notes of lactose lie in the middle with sweet cherries seem to blend with a strong oily floral hop presence in the back accompanied by notes of fusel alcohol.

T-the taste follows the nose pretty spot on. Lighter on the malt up front followed by notes of lactose then sweet fruit finishing off oily and hoppy showing notes of fusel alcohol.

M-this has a great soft, smooth and creamy feel on the palate. it is about medium body, a little thinner than ideal but still decent. the carbonation picks up at the finish blending with the alcohol to give it a slight crisp burn at the back of the throat.

D-this is quite tasty and has a big hop profile. It would be an interesting brew to age; but this one is quite tasty fresh and has a very pleasing feel. Very solid beer and great example of an American Style Barleywine.

05-07-2010 00:48:15 | More by cpetrone84
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Big thanks to ratebeer's GMCC2181 for shipping me this growler! Pours clear copper with thin off white head. The mild aroma is full of citrus hops, spicy to earthy hops and some slick malt sweetness. The taste starts out with smooth earthy to grassy hop flavor and then the bitterness begins to pick up. By midway slick sweet maltiness murmurs up in the background to provide a pleasing level of support for the tasty load of hops. Nice American style Barleywine.

05-03-2010 03:10:50 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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Lunch

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Stone Double Bastard glass at the appropriate temperature (04/12/10).

A: Pours a dark shade of amber that is a little murky. A 1 finger off-white head sticks around for a bit, but then dissolves to just a collar leaving bits of lace.

S: Nice aroma of toffee, caramel, citrus hops and pine. Not the most complex or flavorful nose, but very appealing.

T: Toffee and caramel are found up front followed by citrus and pine hops. Hints of dried dark fruits and perhaps a sprinkle of cinnamon (ha!). A bit of bitterness in the finish.

M: Fuller-bodied with moderate and creamy carbonation. A lingering bitterness rounds things out.

D: For an 11% American Barleywine, this is quite drinkable and I found the alcohol to be hidden nicely.

Overall this is a pretty decent offering from DuClaw and it is nice to see bottles finally on the shelf. Recommended.

04-30-2010 16:43:23 | More by Lunch
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degerbah

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

04-25-2010 23:19:08 | More by degerbah
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a text book barley wine maple syrup color with a light tan head with good retention.
Smell is very malty with sweetness/ a caramel on the nose.
Taste is very sweet to me- light syrup with a malt on the back.
Finish is very wet with a great sweetness on the back.
Drinks very well here- a light bite on the very end but at 11 is great.

04-25-2010 23:16:54 | More by ThaBobfather
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Pours an amber-ruby color with minimal head. Nice lacing as the glass is swirled and the beer drained.

The beer has a sweet, malty smell, reminiscent of sweet bread. Hints of grapes and currants are underneath.

Has a forward taste, with hop, grape, and grass tastes up front, followed by sweet malt and slight yeast down the tongue. The taste has a bit of an edge to it. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but quickly fades, leaving an aroma of grapes lingering in the mouth.

Very drinkable, though slightly more carbonated than other barleywines I've had before. One I definitely will have again.

04-24-2010 22:28:07 | More by TheHoppiest
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

22oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from jwjon1. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into a DFH chalice (also received from jwjon1 in Local BIF), formed a 1/2" beige head above the clear, coppery red brew. Head quickly falls to an uneven layer of bubbles, with the majority of the population gripping the edges. Lacing is leggy, airy, and lasting.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, and alcoholic. Taste starts with fruity sweetness, moderate pine hops bite makes a good presence in the middle, and close is warming but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is possibly a touch too slick, could use a bit more body, but drinkability is excellent for a brew of these levels. Dare I say this is a balanced 11% brew? Great stuff.

03-16-2010 01:41:10 | More by ppoitras
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

A fair US barleywine, a bit brash around the edges, and closer to a rich DIPA than to complex expectations for the style, at least on this young tasting.

Presentation: 22 oz brown bottle. Hellblazer like label illustration (ala early John Constantine covers) of a crouched angel dressed in street clothes and covering his face. Brief side narrative rambling about the evil beauty of the brew with a short description. No apparent bottling date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (10.6%). Served on a snifter.

A - Clear amber brown pour, short head with little retention, minimal lacing, and a faint surface memory.

S - Very hoppy, initially a bit bitter, citrus and pineapple with a sweet note, floral touch, and a metallic finish.

T - Luckily there is a range that the the smell didn't show: nicely sweet malt, with some caramel and toffee notes. It does not go away but flows and is often covered and ultimately coated by a showy hoppy profile, citrus and pineapple again, with an occasional bitter hint.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation, and a back and forth between a smooth finish and an insinuation of a bitter brash finish that never quite happens.

D - It´s not too bad a sipper but it is closer to rich DIPAs ala 90 Minute than a commendable barleywine offering. And yet the thing is that this is well above quite a few US barleywines that really lack the malty profile that this barleywine is able to share, and is not that rough.

Notes: Lack of bottling date aside this seems to be a late 09 or very early 10 release. It is actually a good representation of what has become for some a standard of the US barleywine style i.e. a sturdy malt range with an equally assertive hop profile. Luckily for this one there is a back and forth between both ranges, and the hoppiness does not take over entirely given a pretty nice sweet range, and when it is in command it still has a nice sweet identity as an undercurrent. A bit of aging smoothing the hop profile might make this a much better rounded sipping barleywine.

03-10-2010 01:23:06 | More by Daniellobo
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle thanks to heliosphann.

Pours a deep orange/ruby color with a short white head.

Scent of sweet candy, caramel malts, hops, sugars, light earth, a hint of tobacco, and some alcohol on the back end. Nice and complex, just the way I like it.

Taste of bitter hops, caramel, sugar, candy, light spicy alcohol, and some fruit. Finishes with a dry grainy alcohol flavor. A strong, but balanced Barleywine.

Mouthfeel it medium bodied and oily with a nice with a nice bite of carbonation.

02-28-2010 01:45:06 | More by paco1029384756
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Kendo

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip, split 3 ways. Body is orangey-amber with a small whitish head. Leaves no lace.

S: Slightly citrusy and piney hops with a touch of alcohol. Nice nose, but not terribly strong.

T: Hops dominate. Clean tasting, citrusy hops with lingering lemony bitterness. Nice malt foundation, however, with some of that sweet malt providing some foundation and balance. More like a slightly-sweet DIPA in some ways than an American Barleywine.

M: Medium-to-full in heft. Not slick or sticky at all.

D: Smooth and dangerously drinkable for almost 11% (bottle says 10.6%). My portion (about 7-8 oz) went down very fast. IMHO, a very good example of an American Barleywine. At one point I said to my compatriots, "I think I like this better than Bigfoot." And that says a lot.

02-26-2010 16:15:36 | More by Kendo
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illidurit

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours an orangey amber color with very little head. Big dark caramel aroma, with lots of orange hops and toffee. Flavor is caramel, toffee, candied hops, dark fruits, light booze, and pine. Good complexity. Texture is, funny enough, sort of milky. Very creamy and smooth with lowish carbonation. Rich and tasty.

02-23-2010 11:47:05 | More by illidurit
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crosamich

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Received as an extra in a trade with masterchiefMD-thanks much! Pours with little head, nice light copper color.very drinkable barleywine. Low bitterness on the front head with pleasant aroma on the finish. Tastes very pleasant green reminds me of marijuana flavor, or so I've been told ;) I could drink several of these in one sitting. As a barleywine, this one is a bit lacking in body and malt for some BA's but I will definitely pick up more of this next time I visit friends in DC.

02-21-2010 03:13:44 | More by crosamich
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therica

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

A= brandy-colored, poured in 3 snifter glasses, the first one had a very modest head, the others had almost none but all 3 had some enduring lacing.

S= up-front honey caramel and zesty hops florals.

T= lightly fruity, caramel dry malts, solid hops bitterness (ie Cascade or similar) but in balance.

M= slight syrupy taste and feeling on the back of my tongue, dryness and light astringency on the palate, front of tongue and even on my lips.

D= very drinkable if you enjoy this interesting style.

12-27-2009 01:37:09 | More by therica
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Mild bronze in color. Small and tight off white head. Piney and resiny aroma with a soft caramel hint. Big caramel malty flavor with a large bevvy of hop bitterness. Stand out hop flavor along with bitterness. Solid and slick mouthfeel. Finish is rather dry. Damn solid US barleywine. I might need to run up the road to try on draft. Nice.

12-25-2009 19:18:22 | More by lackenhauser
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hdofu

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

12-09-2009 02:48:05 | More by hdofu
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foamee

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Each year the Devil's Milk is made with different hops. This year's version is made with Amarillo hops, making it hoppier than usual. It looks like a brown ale and has a modest head that soon disipates. It's hoppy with an almost citrus flavor and added sweetness to compensate. To me it was similar to an American IPA, flavorful and easy to drink, despite the high alcohol.

11-20-2009 14:06:00 | More by foamee
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

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

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

From a growler - pours a amber/copper color with a small mostly white head. Smells gloriously hoppy. First sip is all hops backed with a ton of malts. Carbonation is low most likely from being in a growler. The ABV is not hidden, it is in your face. Very well balanced for the style. Tasty and clean this beer is getting better as it warms.

02-14-2009 05:36:34 | More by ATLbeerDog
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

2006 vintage 1 L. bottle thanks to akorsak and shared with him, brewslut, ksak and ffejherb.

A-Deep red-orange copper with a thin light tan head that lasts and leaves spotty lace.

S-Big and bold caramel malt and brown sugar dominate. A twang of earthy/spicy hops play in the background.

T-Big and robust with forefront malts. Heavy doses of caramel amd brown sugar with some minor notes of dark fruit skins and a spicy hops.

M-Heavy bodied with a thick, syrupy feel. Long lasting flavours.

D-Without question a different beer with 2 years on it than when it is fresh. While I prefer the fresh version with it's stand out hop blast I did enjoy this now caramel/brown sugar malt bomb. A nice sipper and a good one to share with friends.

11-20-2008 07:27:27 | More by Deuane
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Vintage 2006 bottle into an actual Devil's Milk snifter on 11/16/08. Thanks to akorsak for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy caramel-colored body with minimal carbonation and a bubbly off-white/beige head that left a nice amount of lace around the snifter. The head flared up nicely with each swirl of the glass.

S - Sweet caramel maltiness up front with toffee notes and a bit of meat or soy sauce in the back. While this barleywine has a fairly prominent alcohol presence as well, the sweetness seems to counter it a bit with hints of candi sugar and vanilla.

T - Huge malt flavor with dark caramel notes and dark fruit reminiscent of apricot and prunes. Quite a bit of booze flavor as well. That mild soy sauce character makes an appearance during the finish as well.

M - Soft and syrupy, yet smooth and almost oily. Although this brew is very softly carbonated, it still emits a waram and tingly sensation on the palate. This is quite sweet but not cloying at all.

D - Definitely a sipper... but aren't all barleywines? I found this one to be quite smooth and drinkable. However, one snifter was enough for me. This definitely benefitted from a bit of aging, in my opinion.

11-17-2008 17:32:53 | More by ffejherb
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

11-17-2008 02:35:06 | More by akorsak
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Tasted from Growler.

Poured a darker and clear mahogany color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, light cherries, and all around hops (very hoppy). Tastes of caramel, some dark fruits, and grapefruit. Light warming alcohol bite in the finish (but not 11+%).

Notes from 12/12/05

11-12-2008 14:40:09 | More by hopdog
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drumrboy22

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Late '06 bottle. I pulled this out of the cellar to share at a tasting my wife and I recently hosted. Poured from 32oz. fliptop into nonic taster glasses. Beer was a dark copper color with a small, creamy, tan head. Moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was caramel, toffee and raisins. Very sweet with malt and lightly hoppy.

Taste was sweet and creamy with caramel and a surprisingly fair amount of hops still present. Nuts and grain flavors present.

Very thick and chewy mouthfeel.

A very nice sipper that everyone enjoyed. Still have another bottle in the cellar. This one has held up well.

08-27-2008 01:34:39 | More by drumrboy22
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Vancer

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Here she be: sent via wickedpete in a great trade, many thanks, Pete.

The recapped bomber was understandable a bit light on carbonation and head, like cask ale. No biggie. Clear and crisp copper and oak.

Aroma smacked me with the sweet malty caramel, moderated with a pine hop. Sweet BW, smooth and slipping down like a 2 year old on the playground slide. No idea that this packs a 11% wallop. Very hard just to sip just a tasty, easy drinking brew.

01-12-2008 21:33:44 | More by Vancer
Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.