Devil's Milk - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 33
Gots: 45 | 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:
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(Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 11-02-2003)
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Photo of Thorpe429
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of goldbot
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Chaney
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool bottle design!

A: Poured a reddish, Jolly Rancher-like color, with about a finger or so off-white head that stayed frothy and then some.

S: Hoppy, but not as hoppy as most American Barleys that have captured my heart. Candy sugar, and fruit cocktail syrup. Jolly Rancher and then some....

T: I actually found this one delicious and very smooth overall. Sure it was sweet, but it had sort of a chocolate aftertaste that I personally found pleasant.

M: Sweet and kind of yeasty overall, but still very good. The carbonation was low, yet appropriate for the style. Glass bubble coating ++++!!!

O: I went to one of the DuClaw alehouses this past weekend and have a new found interest in their beers after the quality ones I had there. This one didn't disappoint.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Photo of rapidsequence
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. 2010 vintage (the website says it is brewed in November, so its 4 months young). $7.90 from Pints O Plenty. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Clear amber with a good looking off white head and some fine looking lacing.

Smell: Sharp alcohol. Malty sweetness. Citrus and grassy hops. Booze soaked fruit. Burns the nose a little.

Taste: I'm surprised by how much less the alcohol is tasted than smelled (thankfully). Not to say that the alcohol is anything approaching "hidden". Fruity maltiness in the middle becomes caramel-like by the end. Bitterness from hops and burning alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Pretty big feeling. Very warming.

Drinkability: Its just too hot tasting. Needs a long nap. Not too expensive, but it sits next to Old Guardian and Old Ruffian at the store for the same price, so...

Photo of vandemonian
4.38/5  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 gopens44
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Nick's of Clinton for $7.99 (bomber) 2010 vintage.

A - Clear and copper with a moderatley exciting head while using a slightly aggressive pour. lots of creme colored foam rises up and settles down to about a quarter inch of latte like foam. Few minutes later leaves behind a thin film on top with a tightly clinging ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S - Malty and a teeny bit fruity, like cherries. Not a whole lot else.

T - Very much malty at first. Hardly much else comes through for a while. After the malty-ness dies down, I can detect some hop bitterness wrapped around a grape/cherry taste with a gentle nuttiness. Finish has a hint of dark chocolate. Some booziness taking place, but not so much as to be off-putting.

M - Dry as a bone with little carbonation. Smooth on the tongue at first, but the finish is bitter with a fuzzy tonue feel left behind.

D - I suppose that after a few years, this ages beautifully. I can assume that the booziness settles down and the dry nature fades a little. Otherwise, being a year old, it isn't bad either. Maturity would certainly do this well, but it drinks rather effortlessly at this point.

Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured clear copper with a little white head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and citrus hops, with caramel and a bit of roasted barley.
T: It tasted like strong grapefruit and citrus, with some copper and caramel. It had a strong bitter aftertaste, with some alcohol heat.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Nice and full body.
D: This was a nice bold, and balanced barleywine. It had solid body, but it was a bit hot, so it was better to sip. There wasn't anything really unique about it, but it was an enjoyable beer.

Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. 2010 vintage on the label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Soft leather brown with 1-finger of beige head with spotty lacing.

S: Mild aromas of caramel with some herbal hoppiness. Not much of an aroma punch -- pretty bland. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

T: The flavor follows with the same pasty combination of malts that provide grist for alcohol production but not as much flavor as it could. The malts are papery and layered and complex as many other barleywines. The hoppiness is in check and doesn't provide the sharp counterpoint you expect in an American Barleywine. Alcohol is not hidden but doesn't detract from the flavor. I would put this in the English Barleywine or Strong Ale grouping.

M: Smooth and caressing -- this is the best feature of this brew. Carbonation is low as expected.

D: Disappointing in many ways, but mainly in missing an opportunity to produce a more distinctive beer. It is good, but doesn't push greatness at all. The malt component is too mellow and lacks the power expected from this style.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery and at a beer tasting event in MD. I remember this being my first bold beer from DuClaw which was a big hit at the festival when it unveiled and went out in about half hour or less. Pours a big deep orange color with some red hues. Big frothy slightly off white heads with lots of lacing. Aroma is nice, full of big and bold hops. A big punch of citrus and flowers, with a nice caramel malt backbone. Slight hint of yeast as well. Flavor is bitter and sweet at once, and finishes thick and creamy on the palate. Everything about this brew is big, bold, and full of hops. The alcohol warms, but isn't overly boozy. A good bold beer. I will need to try it from the bottle one day. Perhaps in the Fall.

Photo of Khazadum
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Tad bit of fighting to genrate a head. When it comes to fruition we have a creamy off-white head. Low retention disturbed by a huge carbonation cascade. Tons of average sized and a few large bubbles create an acceptable collar. I'm left with mild lacing and a couple flotillas of bubbles.

Tad bit darker than amber mixed with caramel for a body. Impenetrable to light and again, tons of carbonation up the sides of my snifter.

S- Nicely chockful of fruit esters. Apples, bit of tart cherry essence, little bit of citrus presence. Bit of the malt backbone coming forth as caramels. Altogether pleasant. Slight astringency, but nothing up front all on the back end.

T- Opens with what you'd expect. Sweetness of the malt backbone, caramels and a syrupy nutty flavor. Transitions to the fruit esters, predominantly mild flavors. Apple and dark fruits, but nothing strong. Just a chunky middle because of it. Finish is mild hop bitterness with the heat of the alcohol. That eleven percent really starts kicking about halfway through the beer. Comes forth as a sharp upstroke leading to the bitterness.

M- Thick body. Nice full, and syrupy. Sticky and definitely some chewy aspects to it. Prickly with opening carbonation and sharp at the outflow. This beer is a mixed bag of fun. The only thing you can count on through and through is the slick, heavy feel.

D- That mouthfeel that I actually love, does take a hit on the drinkability. Not only that, but halfway through that alcohol causes another negative tick mark to come through. Averages it out to be... average. I like it, just isn't amazing. It was fun to tick, and for a brewery no one really talks about I'm happy with what they've done.

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 Bung
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 shivtim
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out from a bomber. Deep, thick brown/amber. Bubbles rise slowly. Not much of a head, but a lasting mat of bubbles settle on top.
Nose is cloyingly sweet - sugar candy and slight alcohol. Molasses and malts. Complex and nice.
Taste is sweet barleywine, heavy malts, balanced nicely with sweet sugars, floral notes, and alcohol on the end.
Good mouthfeel.
Nice barleywine.

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep amber with a slight, sticky head. The aroma is rich and pruny, with a sharp, sweet malt. The flavor is very hot and spicy, with a rich, sweet, peppery malt, with prune and apple and mulled cider. There is a hot, peppery bitterness and a boozy sting on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and gooey.

Photo of DIM
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of taylorhamrick
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from Lunch.

Drank 5-11-2010, reviewed from notes.

Pours a sort of hazy, ruddy brown, with a 1 cm head, tan colored, that falls back pretty fast. Not much lacing. Looks to be the norm, but nothing beyond it there. The smell is nice, toasted sweet nuts come to mind, with bits of orange zest and peel, and some sweet berry flavors as well. I get a lot of caramel in the smell, with raisins, and a little bit of crackery smell too. This one has a hefty malt presence, with a slighty fruity hoppiness. The taste has a bit more of the hoppiness that has come to be the norm in an American Barleywine. It's like eating pollen coated cake. The bitterness is not too strong, thanks to the incredible sweetness, but it does a great job of balancing. There is definitely a flowery presence, and the consistent orange is vary nice in this. The malt is still the winner I believe, which is a nice change of pace. Very bready, and very raisiny as well, with a slightly drying finish, despite the heavy sweetness up front. The body is a nice medium, with pretty low carbonation, which helps to sort of thicken it up and enhance the sweetness. The alcohol provides a nice warmth, but not a burn really. I thought this was a pretty good beer, though way too strong for me to go back for any other beer after it.

Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Photo of PSUDREW
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color. Some foam, kind of doesn't retain it, though. Has a little bit of carbonation. Very malty nose, with hints of alcohol, with a smidge of pine. Rather pungent upfront taste. Toffee, pine/hops taste, and a chunk of alcohol in the 1st taste. Sweetness cut with the hops. Very sharp mouthfeel. Sweet abv aftertaste. Solid barleywine. has a pretty good style, and doesn't beat your mouth up on consumption. Thanks to lackenhauser for this one

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Lunch
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.