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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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Sunset orange with a rich, creamy 1 inch head that was thick and frothy like the topping of a cappucino. The head was antique white with yellowish undertones. Slow rise of carbonation seemed suspended at times. Love the thick whipped cream style head, though its lacing was a little underpar per substance.

S: Tropical fruit, fresh citrus with a bit of grass. Dried honey toasted caramel grains with a touch of pear and apple fruitiness along with some green melon. Nice complexity, an almost fruity ipa quality.

T: Semi-dry citurs, milky flavor, or is it subliminal? Hoppy, dry toasted specialty grains. There is a bit of fruitiness, but is not as dominate or clearly defined as was on the nose. There seems to be a bit of honey substance followed by some oaky alcohol heat on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, some honey, slippery texture and fullness. A warming of citrus and alcohol on the inner cheeks with a spicy bite on the finish.

O: Overall its a triple ipa thinly disguised as an barleywine. Fairly smooth to consume even at 10.6%. Had a few of thier beers previously, this is the first that truely impresses me.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A finger's width of off-white head tops this copper colored beer. The head has an almost permanent retention with a lot of lacing.

S: Bready malts backbone holds of a lot of piney hops. Also some honeyed fruits, kind of peachy. Really a nice smelling brew.

T: Honey hits the tongue right off the bat, with caramel and followed by the taste of bread, and pine/grapefruit hops on the finish. The hops bring some bitterness, but not as much as is needed to balance the incredible sweetness up front.

M: Incredibly thick and viscous. Almost has the consistency of honey.

O: A tasty beer, but just a little much. Too much sweetness, too thick, too much alcohol. If they had toned it back a little it could have been a great beer, but I can barely drink a 12 oz bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage pours copper colored with a finger of pearl colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Some breadyness, pears & figs, plus booze; started to open up as this warmed

T: Oaky dryness, boozey pears & a touch of figs & cherry up front. Big-time woody hops as this warms, much dryness as well, plus a touch of caramel & more pear. finishes very dry, woody with pear brandy notes & just a touch of grapefruit & pine at the very end

MF: Fairly chewy with low carbonation, alright balance

Seems more like an English barleywine, just doesn't hop forward enough. Drank fairly easy, but nothing to get excited about, Started to show more American aspects the last third of the bottle, but this was stored & served at 56 degrees, so it had to warm up a ton to really show what it was

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of burdgod
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I had this served in a snifter.
A: copper colored, relatively tall, thick head that stuck around until I began drinking it.
S: Lots of fruit. I smell mostly apricot. smells beautiful.
T: Almost tastes like a fruit salad. I taste apricot, peach, and maybe even papaya. It's delicious. It's pretty sweet, but has just enough hops to cut the sweetness and prevent a nasty aftertaste. But not too much hops to where it's overly hoppy for a barleywine. Can hardly even taste that 10.6 abv.
M: Heavy body. Thick, almost syrupy. It could be a tiny bit thinner, but not bad.

Overall: This is probably the best barleywine I've ever had. I want more!

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Devil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 401 ratings.
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