Devil's Milk - DuClaw Brewing Company
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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.
01-11-2014 07:24:20 | More by maximum12
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
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-28-2011 19:22:40 | More by Pencible
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
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
Served on tap in a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a billowy white head of one finger height. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather large of sweeter aromas of caramel and toffee. Mixed with these smells are some aromas a lightly floral and earthy nature, but these are rather light overall. A moderately strong dark fruit aroma of cherry and fig are there as well a bit of a boozy smell are there as well, creating a rather warming smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a very sweet and malty taste with plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness matched with a good showing of a bready nature. As the flavor advances some of the fruit flavors that were detected in the nose come to the tongue with some cherry. Along with these sweeter tastes comes a good lot of candied sugar and a bit of some lighter fruit flavors of orange and pear. A bit of hop flavors also come to the tongue more toward the middle and the end with them consisting mainly of a floral and citrus nature. In the end, a light earthy flavor and some light boozy flavors comes to the tongue, leaving a rather sweet and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The beer was on the average side of thickness and creaminess (at least for a brew of ~10.5 % with a carbonation level that is rather low. The low carbonation level is quite appropriate for the brew accentuating the light hop and sweeter flavors of the brew nicely all while the thickness was OK a little bit thicker brew may have accentuated the flavors a bit better.
Overall – A very easy drinking Barleywine with lots of sweetness and minimal hop. Not a
bad one to try.
07-24-2014 01:46:29 | More by Darkmagus82
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
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
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
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
02-26-2011 05:11:55 | More by argock
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
10-24-2010 02:59:34 | More by Bung
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
03-23-2011 00:21:09 | More by Chaney
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
3.15/5 rDev -18%
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.
07-26-2010 10:47:53 | More by DIM
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
Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.