Devil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Devil's Milk Barleywine Style AleDevil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale
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3.86/5
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413 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#11,443
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
413
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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38
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Ratings: 413 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of eluvah
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +2.6%
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 +7.5%
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 -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of h4ger
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tohibii
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thoglund
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Drier, stronger and certainly hoppier than traditional British varieties, the American yeast uses leads to a higher attenuation rate, highter alcohol, and assertive dryness. But with still a bulk of residual sweetness at hand, the DuClaw attitude is to balance that with equal parts hops for a bittersweet taste with an agressive backbone on both fronts.

Rich with caramel, toffee and pulled candy, its sweet scent is woven together with citrus, herb and pine. Pale amber and richly golden, the ale is capped with a short and sturdy cotton-like froth. As its sweetness slathers the tongue in all-things-malt, those toffee, candy and simple sweetnesses are front and center on the early palate.

As the middle palate acclimates to the powerful flavors and as the ale releases its culinary secrets as it warms, the middle palate shows a lift of sweetness and a fruit-forward introduction of apricot, orange, lemon, grape and berry. As the hops grow, their own grapefruit, orange peel and peppery grassiness begins to offset the lasting sweetness. Eventually trailing into a bittersweet finish of pine sap and southern sweet tea, the beer's taste is gentler on the palate than most other beers of the style.

Full-bodied, rich and sweet, the beer's weight on the palate is soft and somewhat somber; allowing its hoppy counterpart to apply a crisper dryness than is normally associated for the style. Seeming like an imperial amber ale at times, this barleywine lingers with stone fruit, savory toasted sweetness and a smooth bitter grip.

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Photo of smithj4
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TripleSun
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm by no means a Barleywine kind of guy but been trying to explore the genre a little bit more lately.

L - Dark amber with a nice lacing
S - Very sweet. Honey, cranberry, apples etc
T - Big malt backbone of course, syrupy consistence, caramel on the end
F - Big bodied for sure but coming from a guy who doesn't usually like barleywine, goes down surprising well for 10%

Definitely my way into the genre for sure!

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Photo of tykechandler
2/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is honestly the worst commercial barley wine I've ever tasted. I've had better homebrews. In fact, this tastes like a subpar entry to the state fair from a very inexperienced brewer. Just bad all around. Blech.

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

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

Photo of dbl_delta
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/17/14 (bought fresh and cellared) into pint glass. Pours a nice rich amber color - slightly hazy. Thick tan head. Initial impression is honey, dark fruits, caramel, citrus, and biscuit. Hops are very subdued. Alcohol is just barely evident but not in your face. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium-thick. Low carbonation. Really tasty and quite easy to drink despite the ABV.

If you cellar it, caution is advised.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of polopaul20
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Devil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 413 ratings