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Devil's Milk - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 102
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-16-2014 03:56:06 | More by CSpoons
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-13-2014 01:49:14 | More by VAcrossr
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 07:24:20 | More by maximum12
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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...

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 22:48:20 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-03-2014 01:07:15 | More by Boone757
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-18-2013 14:39:21 | More by hoppymcgee
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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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jhlosito75

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-15-2013 01:24:05 | More by jhlosito75
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harrisjohnson

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-09-2013 00:03:26 | More by harrisjohnson
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-06-2013 18:36:08 | More by KolbMarley
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northstar23

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-27-2013 11:50:11 | More by northstar23
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gr8zehaman

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-27-2013 02:40:52 | More by gr8zehaman
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Hockey_Fan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-24-2013 19:51:53 | More by Hockey_Fan
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-18-2013 02:25:21 | More by bigfnjoe
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Sonofalime

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-12-2013 22:12:50 | More by Sonofalime
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RandomExile

Maryland

2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2013 23:47:26 | More by RandomExile
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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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flagmantho

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thin layer of light tan foam. Decent enough!

Smell: rich, bready malt character with a light fruity undertone. Simple, but enticing.

Taste: sweet, caramelly malt. Bitterness is relatively low for the style. The malt isn't complex, but it's competent and quite tasty. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, satisfying creaminess. I can dig it!

Overall: I'm really enjoying this beer. It's a bit sweet, and not particularly complex, but it is satisfying in an intangible way. I just kind of hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 23:55:41 | More by flagmantho
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a very clean amber pour, finger of head which dissipated extremely slowly, left behind a slight bit of creamy looking lacing. aroma of sweet barley "juice", caramel, biscuity/nutty. a sweet overall taste with hints of roasted nuts, caramel, a roasty bitterness that lingers, and is a bit off putting. medium in body with a tiny bit of carbonation.. creamy with a sweet finish.

this beer poured phenomenal and smelled great.. but once it hit the palate, it was a bit underwhelming for the style, which happens to be one of my personal favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 01:53:11 | More by facundoCNB
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Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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juliusseizure

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-28-2013 20:46:14 | More by TonyTalon
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.