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Devil's Milk - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of devilben02
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours from the bottle with a sparkling, clear, almost pinkish medium brown color, but almost no head. The aroma is disappointingly muted, with only a mild grainy sweetness and a light pine character being discernable. The flavor is more forward, with woody hops being balanced against subtly sweet caramel malts. It's not too boozy or sweet as many barley wines can get, and rather just provides a full balance of flavors. The medium body and light carbonation further help this one from getting too syrupy. Overall, despite being comparatively mellow for a 10% barley wine, the rich flavors one would expect still come through.

devilben02, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of username
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

username, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of nbaradel443
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

nbaradel443, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev +4.2%

ConradKenney, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%

12 oz bottle (2012 vintage) courtesy of mwrecording pours a hazed copper color with a small cap of tan head. Not much for retention but lacing is solid.

Nose is lots of caramel and toffee, smells pretty classic barleywine....Honey Nut Cheerios. Little bit of alcohol and muted remnants of some hops. Pretty sweet, not overly toasty.

Taste is really smooth for a 10+ %er. Goes down really easy and there is some sort of sweet lactosy malt that makes the name worthy. The hops have faded quite a bit here and a little bit of oxidation is creeping in. The mouthfeel is almost thin, but that sounds worse than it is, the upside is that is really easy to quaff. This is a good beer, Id like to try a fresh one to see what kind of hop load it has.

twiggamortis420, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of huddyball
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

huddyball, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Bolivian22
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Bolivian22, Jan 22, 2014
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 waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

waddellc2, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of CSpoons
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

CSpoons, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of VAcrossr
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

VAcrossr, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of maximum12
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
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy orange color. The head on this is pretty solid: one finger high, pale yellow shade, good texture, and decent retention. Its smoothness suggests it isn't hopped to high heaven. Plenty of sticky, thick-looking lacing is left on the glass.

S: This has a particularly nutty smell, which seems to be assisted by its piny, floral hop notes. Let it warm up a bit, and the aforementioned piny, floral aroma really comes to the forefront. Let it warm up even more, and the malts return better than ever, bringing slight touches of dark fruit, candy, and even chocolate (!) on occasion. The aroma has some promise, especially for a brewery that doesn't usually pull off hoppy brews well.

T: Its initial flavor is fairly hoppy, bringing primarily a floral quality. These hop notes are supplanted with notes of nuts, dark fruits, and occasional chocolate. The finishing booze is prevalent, but not particularly harsh - in fact, its tart, fruity flavor (continuing where the malts left off) helps give it a bit of depth instead of come off as pure vodka. While it's not the boldest of barleywines, I like it as a more easygoing alternative.

M: It isn't that heavy feeling. It has enough carbonation. It's even faintly crisp. Translation: this beer is dangerous as fuck. Sure, you taste - and occasionally feel - the alcohol, but its integration means you're noticing the actual flavor instead of wincing from the booze. The finish is sweet, but who cares? This is a 10.6% barleywine - that doesn't come across like 10.6% at all.

O: I'm semi-impressed. Half the time I forget about DuClaw as a local option, and when I do remember them, I usually go 'meh' and get something else. But every once in a while, I come to the realization that they can make some really good beer on occasion (X-1 springs instantly to mind.) And honestly, this IS really good - it brings all the good traits of a barleywine while leaving many of qualities I don't like on the back burner. I'd reckon this is their best beer that comes in 6-packs.

Now, if only DuClaw could brew X-1 again...

ThisWangsChung, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Boone757, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

hoppymcgee, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jhlosito75, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

harrisjohnson, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

KolbMarley, Dec 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

northstar23, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

gr8zehaman, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Hockey_Fan, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

bigfnjoe, Nov 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Sonofalime, Nov 12, 2013
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
Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.