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Devil's Milk - DuClaw Brewing Company

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87
very good

287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 33
Gots: 46 | 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 Chaney
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 Hanzo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 JohnK17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

In review is a 2011 vintage.

A - Dark amber color with little to no carbonation, soapy white lacing ring that's thin and sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Toffee, toasted caramel, boozy, and light hints of figs and prunes.

T - Follows the nose but predominantly sweet toffee and caramel over the top of figs with some slight alcohol burn on the way down and a slight touch of oranges in the backs of the throat. Mild earthiness on the back end.

M - Heavy medium body, sticky, very little carbonation presence on the tongue.

O - Average. If I tried it again, 'would definitely be a newer bottle or would go for the barrel aged version.

Photo of DIM
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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...

Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright clear orange/amber color with a big slightly off-white head, good retention and thick lacing. A good looking beer.

Smell is a real drop-off. For a style that usually includes a strong aroma or caramel malt and hoppiness, this beer offers up a mild bready malt aroma. Thats it!!

Flavor is somewhat more robust. There is some caramel malt, bready malt and a mild hoppiness. I also detected some oak.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and crisp. The bitterness and oak add to the overall mouthfeel.

A fairly good barleywine but nothing close to the top ones I have tried.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 CuriousMonk
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 bigfnjoe
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip, split 3 ways. Body is orangey-amber with a small whitish head. Leaves no lace.

S: Slightly citrusy and piney hops with a touch of alcohol. Nice nose, but not terribly strong.

T: Hops dominate. Clean tasting, citrusy hops with lingering lemony bitterness. Nice malt foundation, however, with some of that sweet malt providing some foundation and balance. More like a slightly-sweet DIPA in some ways than an American Barleywine.

M: Medium-to-full in heft. Not slick or sticky at all.

D: Smooth and dangerously drinkable for almost 11% (bottle says 10.6%). My portion (about 7-8 oz) went down very fast. IMHO, a very good example of an American Barleywine. At one point I said to my compatriots, "I think I like this better than Bigfoot." And that says a lot.

Photo of justintcoons
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance
Amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Crystal clear clarity with lively carbonation.

Nose
Toffee, grapefruit and pine.

Taste
Huge toffee and table sugar notes all over. Very sugary. Some grapefruit pith. Lighter notes of pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, oily and well carbonated.

Overall
Not very complex, however it is well balanced. The 10.6% abv is well hidden. Not necessarily something I would purchase again though.

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of khargro2
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Sludgeman
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.