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Devil's Milk - DuClaw Brewing Company

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87
very good

302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 35
Gots: 57 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 11-02-2003

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

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 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 ColForbinBC
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of illidurit
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours an orangey amber color with very little head. Big dark caramel aroma, with lots of orange hops and toffee. Flavor is caramel, toffee, candied hops, dark fruits, light booze, and pine. Good complexity. Texture is, funny enough, sort of milky. Very creamy and smooth with lowish carbonation. Rich and tasty.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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 tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste is big oily pine, light caramel, and earth. Alcohol comes out as the beer warms. An above average American Barleywine, but there are others in the style that I prefer.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of hopdog
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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

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.

Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 dar482
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

The beer comes in a rich orange color.

The aroma bursts of orange, fruity hop character, with a touch of dank and lots of sweetness.

The flavor follows with that Centennial quality up front of sweet orange marmalade. The sweetness in the front falls off quite well onto a Simcoe character of dank pine and green flavors. A really well balanced brew that does not taste like its ABV.

In general, I would categorize this as a really well made triple IPA.

Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.