Devil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Devil's Milk Barleywine Style AleDevil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

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
Ratings:
401
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
93
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 401 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of brocktune
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IckyT2012
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DMc8ride
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DonIII
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hman43
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +0.5%
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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Photo of abrown13470
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As I continue to winnow through the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, I am finding beers that I do not even remember purchasing! In fact, I have so many DuClaw beers hanging around that I am embarking on a horizontal tasting for the next few days. This should be interesting.

From the bottle: "No prayer, exorcism, or divine intervention can save your soul once our unholy Barley Wine Style Ale seduces your palate with sensual fruit esters, a mighty malt backbone and a demonic hop presence. One sip and you will believe ... THE MILK MAN COMETH"; "Respect_the_Fluid".

I was kind of anxious to get started with this one & since it was a relatively fresh bottle (2016 Vintage), I decided to go with a heavy-handed pour after I Pop!ped the cap. Man, the head was explosive, like the devil himself was going to rise up! I got a finger-and-a-half of dense, foamy, tawny head from my exertions and it hung in defiantly before finally falling away to wisps. Color was a beautiful Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity & Deep Amber highlights. Nose had a catty, grassy hoppiness along with a caramel sweetness. I was a little surprised as I expected sulfurous fumes to issue forth! Mouthfeel was medium, but it burns! Ahhh, how it burns! I jest. Actually, it was less hot than its predecessor, Obol Oat Wine Style Ale which had two (2) years of cellaring on it. The hops were really the centerpiece here, really aggressive and very American with flavors of pine, mint and dank underlain by a caramel malt sweetness. I'll bet that this would age nicely. Sadly, I only bought one bottle, but I will be buying (at least) two when the 2017 vintage is released. Finish was hot, dry and literally breathtaking. Perhaps the devil really was lurking in there somewhere.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/25/2016. Pours slightly hazy medium orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, peach, plum, pear, melon, white grape, lemon, berry, orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, peach, plum, pear, melon, white grape, lemon, berry, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, plum, berry, orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, and lightly slick/silky/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a great American barleywine! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very unique mix of hop flavors with a nice malt backbone. Well balanced with good bitterness, without being overly aggressive. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Skabiski
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of eluvah
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, dated August 2016

Clear dark copper colored, white head. Earthy hop aroma - pine, wood. Bitterness is sharp, balanced with some grainy malt flavor. Medium bodied

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with a clear copper-brown body topped by a thin, mostly short-lived head. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and boozy, with hints of dark fruits, apples and toffee.

Flavor. Similar to the aroma, with soft and dried fruits, faint hops and caramel. Modest complexity.

Overall: Smoother and, perhaps, better, than the bourbon barrel aged version (Hell on Wood).

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Photo of Marraybay
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is really good. Probably the best offering I've had from DuClaw to date and in fact would hold its own against my favorite barleywines. Rich; sturdy malt background, with nice fruity undertones. Finish is of course citrus--big and bold--but it doesn't totally annihilate the malt and sweetness. The booze is nicely suppressed for such a big big beer; present, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of freshtojeff
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of h4ger
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tohibii
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thoglund
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Bubbly Amber body with a slightly off-white head rising maybe half a finger's length. Drops quick after one sip.

Smell: malty scent, like fresh malts and light hint of hops.

Taste: Complex bitter brew which malts are heavy enough to make you forget your drinking "barleywine". I say that in quotes because because after two sips you might think your drinking a DIPA. Nothing wrong with that, just be recoginizant.

Mouth: ultra sticky and sweet malts with light hints of orange/tangy finish.

Overall: Good brew, glad I picked up an extra glass which I'll hold on to for one of those football sundays. Final word is, if you see it buy it. Personally I believe it's a DIPA in disguise. Salud

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Photo of deonreds
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Devil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
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