Devil's Milk | DuClaw Brewing Company

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3.86/5
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417 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our award winning barleywine will seduce you with its assertive hop bill (that changes each year to make each vintage unique), citrus flavors, and warming 10% ABV. Devil’s Milk is best served in a snifter to accommodate its ABV and allow complex flavors to emerge as it warms in your hands.

Added by farHillsBrewer on 11-02-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,031
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
417
pDev:
11.66%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
97
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 417 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of Jcarriglio
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Surprised at the middling reviews - this is a citrusy, hoppy barleywine - maybe not what you're expecting in a barleywine - but a real solid beer... Amber colored, but kinda bright - clear under a thin pale head... some lace motes trail behind a wispy collar... Lots of orange and lime and even almost woody notes - kinda reminds me of Widow Jane bourbon (which is a good thing)... Mild fruit leather shellac from a medium-bodied, slightly tacky body... It's not a big boozer, but maybe leans toward an old ale or Scotch ale in its body and feel - but the hoppy fruits are very bright and clean... I thought it was really good... 11/30/18 bottling...

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MeIquiades
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was a half inch of foamy, off white head that lasted an average amount of time. Fantastic lacing.

S: A fair aroma of hops, caramel, malt, citrus, and a floral quality.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of caramel, lots of hops (more than expected), an odd floral quality, lots of malt (present throughout), and some citrus notes (orange in particular). This is a decent enough flavor, but it's a bit out of balance. The hops kind of outshine the other ingredients, but it's oddly interesting.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is an uneven beer, but it has some interesting points. Worth a try.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DuClaw is one of those brewers I keep an eye out for, and this offering was high on my watch-out-for list...

A mixed review for me on this one from DuClaw. On the one hand it looked great with the hazy, copperish colored brew; I paid no big heed to the weak head or the non-existent lacing. The smell was deliciously boozy, with hints of orange to my nose. The rest of it, though not as special, was still very, very solid - Mouthfeel was full-bodied, quite carbonated, but still smooth on the tongue. The taste reminded me of those "blood orange" brews and less than a Barleywine, but I still liked it enough. Overall, I find this good, solid beer. Not my favorite from DuClaw, but definitely one to have on hand to share with folks who haven't "run with the devil" just yet...

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint had at Tamara's Tapa cafe in Apalachicola, FL.
A: pours a amber copper body, carbonation, heavy sheet like lacing, carbonation
S: heavy malt build, slight hints of citrus, notes of sweet brown sugar
M: medium thick, syrupy like, clean fish
T: malt, cracker, brown sugar, meaty, hop builds up to hints of pine and grape fruit
O: great brew and overall build

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaethJam
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpmcguire11
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a beer I would be likely purchase again. So so from my taste buds

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Photo of BUSAHUBER
4.97/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth and good . Not bitter . Got a good laid back buzz .

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Photo of Grackos
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brocktune
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aged 6 months.

Aroma is very malty, with dark fruit notes of dates, plums, figs, and toffee sweetness. Hint of bitterness, as well. Muted citrus surfaces late.

Flavor is intensely bitter initially, fairly one note. As it sits, notes of citrus juice and pith become evident, coaxing out some sweet caramel and floral notes.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IckyT2012
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DMc8ride
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DonIII
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hman43
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours amber with an off white head.

Smell: It has a malty rich aroma of bread and hints of caramel. There are also aromas of oranges and plums.

Taste: There is a strong hoppy bitter taste initially with heavy malt. There malt flavors feature toast and caramel and the hops flavors feature plums, oranges, hints of raisins and hints of pear.

Feel: It has a full, chewy body with a sharply bittler after tastes.

Overall, this is well balance with a slight edge to the hops initially and the hops being more predominant in the finish.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color but has some fine particulates floating in suspension along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a off white collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and floral hops and caramel malts are present in the nose along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of caramel malts, floral hops, and fruits along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol lends warming to the finish.
O: This beer hides its alcohol rather well but is interesting enough to sip and savor.

Note: 2016 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 417 ratings