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Devil's Milk - DuClaw Brewing Company

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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 32
Gots: 51 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 11-02-2003

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of TheDudeRules
1.86/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of light-to-medium tan colored head that is loosely pack and visibly fizzy... Minimal retention gives way to a full veil of misty lace and fairly thick collar... A couple of stray sluggish carbonation bubble can be seen rising along the sides of the snifter... The color is a light to medium brown with a few amber highlights and a pronounced haziness...

S - Lots of dark fruit... Plums... Raisins... Figs... Perhaps even a bit of blueberry... Loaded with gobs of sweet caramel and toffee... Brown sugar... Apples...

T - Booze from the get go... It's not overpowering, but it is pronounced and lingers throughout never letting anything else to shine through... Brown sugar... Some toffee... The dark fruit gets completely buried...

M - Medium bodied... Light carbonation... Moderately sticky... A bit chalky... Fairly "plain jane..."

D - A very promising American Barleywine in terms of appearance and aroma, but quickly becomes average at best when taking into accounting taste, mouthfeel and overall drinkability... Not terrible, but there are scads and scads of other style mates that I would opt for and recommend...

Photo of tlazaroff
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque muddied mahogany color which supports a thin white foamy head. Alcohol feet in the head are clearly visible, and it quickly dissipated.

S: I'm surprised that after 6 months, the hops are still present in the smell of this beer. They come across as a nice earthy, but robust scent. The malt base is clearly present here with the nose of sweet carmel.

T: Big fruit here. Plum, Date, and peach even. The beer is very sweet, but balanced. It has a carmel like taste, just like the smell, but it's in the background of all the fruit in the beer.

M: Full bodied and moderate-heavily carbonated. Almost a bit cloying on the palate.

D: Quite good, but the strength begs it to be sipped.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper red with minimal head and lace. A large malty aroma with some sticky sweetness and a hint of citric, fruity hops. Very medium-close-to-fuller bodied beer with some sweet caramel/sugary goodness (vanilla?) and there's a balance w/ dry, roasted malt. Bitter and sweet fruit tastes come through, mostly some tart cherry notes and the beer passes huskily over the tongue with a touch of stickiness although some sips gave off a sour, funky (not in a bad way) backbite. A sturdy sipper I took my time w/ and enjoyed.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. 2010 vintage poured into Devil's Milk snifter.

A - Translucent ruby, thin head, minimal lacing.

S - Malty, alcohol, mixed berries.

T - Apple skin, piney hops, alcohol, sweetness, light pepper, maltiness and bitterness on the finish.

M - Thick, smooth, low carbonation.

D - Delicious! A sipper for sure. This is my favorite beer brewed in Maryland, Period.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful copper color w/ crimson highlights. Awesome two finger caramel head w/ lingers for a few minutes, then goes down to a sliver. Great lacing on my snifter glass. Carbonation is average. This is a GREAT looking Barleywine.

S- Like all good barleywines, this beer has a great hops/malt balance that makes up the majority of the nose. Also get some fruit, sweetness, and yeast/bread as well. Only gripe is that the nose could be a little stronger- but it's still good.

T- Really, really tasty. Malt hits at first, followed by strong hops. Nice smooth aftertaste. It has a sweetness to it as well. Devil's milk is appropriate- that's a great description of what the flavor is like. This is definitely one of the more enjoyable, tasty barleywines that I've had the pleasure of trying.

M- Super molasses. Very smooth, sweet, not bad at all.

O- This is a really great barleywine. Anyone who likes this style owes it to themselves to pick this beer up. I'm impressed, and will definitely look for this one again.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
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
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.