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:
#11,711
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
413
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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38
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Photo of royl
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of PorterLambic
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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 -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Apellonious
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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 +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerma
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Chef74
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wanderluster11
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gautch726
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a perfect amber with minimal head. This beer has a potent, bitter aroma that gets you from the start. The taste is very hoppy with strong alcohol but mellows out into a sweet fruitiness by the end. Not bad. Feels good to drink with just the right amount of body. Just too hoppy for me.

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Photo of AMCPhD
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rodosman
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blaze5445
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LAp
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that seems uncertain if it wants to be a double IPA or a barleywine. It has the warm booziness of a high-ABV barleywine, as well as the sweet, fruity undertones, but these are contrasted by a prominent dry hop presence that is distinctly uncharacteristic of the style. This doesn't make the beer any less of a great value, nor an any-less interesting beer to try, just one that doesn't exactly conform to its named style. Overall, an interesting beer - one I'd buy again at this price point - but one sufficiently different from the classic barleywine character that I'd not get it when I really want that warming, wintery feel.

An interesting, unscientific anecdote: I had my three housemates try this beer blind and guess the style. One guessed "something Belgian", one guessed Belgian quad, one guess double IPA. Certain a beer ambiguous in its genre.

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

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopticalDeployment
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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