Devil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale | DuClaw Brewing Company

Devil's Milk Barleywine Style AleDevil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale
BA SCORE
69.6%
Liked This Beer
3.85 w/ 401 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:
#10,243
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
401
Liked:
279
Avg:
3.85/5
pDev:
11.69%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
93
Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 401 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TripleSun
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -48.1%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbl_delta
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of polopaul20
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jahbless
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of royl
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of spedprof
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PorterLambic
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- lots of sediment, deep red amber color with a big, frothy head that's caramel colored.

S- Lots of fig and hops in the aroma, sweet citrus fruits, some caramel and hints of vanilla.

T- Very surprising amount of hop bitterness and juicy, fruity sweetness upfront. You can only really taste the alcohol kick at the very end on the finish, but otherwise it follows the nose. Absolutely wonderful, a pleasant surprise from DuClaw.

M- Thick, syrupy body (note: I got the 11.5% batch of this). Medium carbonation. About what you would expect from a barleywine like this.

Overall- Barleywines may not be for everyone, but they are one of my alltime favorite styles. And, this beer has the honor of being one of the best that I have ever tasted, which came as a big surprise since I haven't liked much from DuClaw aside from Sweet Baby Jesus.

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Photo of rypkr
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly surprised. First Barleywine style beer I have tried. Without a doubt the alcohol is there. Beautiful orange amber color with flavors of fig and apricot. There is essence of honey and caramel with lots of hops yet finishes smooth with a little blood orange at the end. Somewhat reminiscent of a 2X IPA. Will need to try other American Barleywine style beers to compare

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Apellonious
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2015 version, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a ruby red,visible sediment, with orange/brown highlights and a half finger head that moves to a thin lace immediately.

S - Dark fruit, with some fig and caramel notes, and wafts of booze.

T - In line with the nose, but the hop presence (mild citrus and biscuit) becomes much more prevalent and at the forefront, especially as it warms, when the citrus seems to meld with blueberry notes.

M - Carbonation is medium to a touch above medium, the feel seems light for the style comparatively speaking.

O - Definitely in the American side of the style. It goes down fairly fast for a 10+%er. Worth a try.

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Photo of dipdabear
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerma
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

good but nothing fancy!

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Photo of bf7
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Chef74
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Devil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.6% out of 100 with 401 ratings
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