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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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
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
401
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
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38
Gots:
93
For Trade:
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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 401
Photo of alpinebryant
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle

A: Pours a hazy dirty brown water color with white dust on the top and a foamy head that quickly receded. Lacing left on edges of the glass.

S: Aroma of heavily caramelized sugars, dense with piney hop residue. Heavily floral with cotton candied burnt sugars. Very sweet off the bat.

T: A rich and strong tasting barrel aged barleywine. Oak barrel aging is present and the bourbon hints are very subtle. There are plenty of bittering hops mixed with burnt sugars, bittering hops in the back and floral flavor hops in the front. This is extremely sweet, which I usually enjoy in a barleywine. It is not overly hopped either to the point that the sweetness is overshadowed. Both of these are positives but the one area I am not a big fan of that this really has too much of is the burnt sugar ending. It is a mash of burnt sugars vs stale hops that were bittering hops and have gained a more earthy taste.

M: Medium body with a very light carbonation. About right for the style.

O: Overall a good barleywine. This is nothing unbelievable and the barrel aging has not done anything great to the complexity. It is a little deeper, but nothing transforming. Overall the barrel aging has added some oakiness and earthiness but maybe the barrel they chose wasnt as fresh as it could have been.

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Photo of templar316
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a quickly receeding head as a lovely reddish amber. Served fresh the piney hops are muted but present in the nose. The body is surprisingly soft for the ABV. It starts with bready malt, quickly overcome by grapefruit hops, the alcohol warms the finish and it's surprisingly drinkable for the abv.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Impressive 1/2 inch of bubbly head lacing is decent. Color is a nice ruby amber brown, very clear,

S - Straight up citrus hops with a balance of caramel and toffee like malts.

T - Fairly close to my other favorite Barley wine "Avery Hog Heaven" Mildly bittering hops in the finish but mostly zippy citrus and pineapple like hops and a sweet malt backing like caramel crackers. Tasty stuff.

M - I don't know where the ABV is but this almost 11% brew drinks like a DIPA. Fantastic!

Overall I would welcome seconds! This is so far the best beer Duclaw has made in a shower of mediocre beers. Recommended!

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A poured with a small white head on a clear dark copper body. Good retention and lace.

S spicy yeast and alcohol with caramel and pine hops.

T sweet rich malt with pine and moderate bitterness. Some mustardy notes in the middle with spicy hops and thick caramel in the finish.

M medium body moderate carbonation and a sweet finish..

D a pretty standard barley wine with a nice balance of hops and sweet malt. Not the most complex, but reasonably well done.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a clear amber with straw hues body. Aroma is malty with caramel, candied fruit and light toffee. Very smooth caramel malts, tanginess, candied citrus and light toffee. Moderate carbonation and smooth oily body. This is one of the smoothest and more drinkable barleywines I have had. Very good and highly drinkable for the style.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Semi-clear burnt amber hue with a finger and a half of off white head which doesnt wanna die. No born on date or freshness date so I have no idea of the age on this bottle.

Sweet ripe dark fruits with some citrus and pine on the nose. Raisins and toffee evident as well. Old jam.

Pretty mellow and smooth for the high abv (maybe it's old as hell) Dark fruits and burnt caramel, lightly toasted maltiness, all blend together for a nice concise flavorful sip. Rather subtle though. A bit of alcohol heat on the finish. For a barley wine it's pretty drinkable but it's not complex or presents the drinker with anything unique. Sweet overall with a big chalky mouthfeel. It's alright. I'd take it over a lot of things, but probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of JayQue
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright clear orange/amber color with a big slightly off-white head, good retention and thick lacing. A good looking beer.

Smell is a real drop-off. For a style that usually includes a strong aroma or caramel malt and hoppiness, this beer offers up a mild bready malt aroma. Thats it!!

Flavor is somewhat more robust. There is some caramel malt, bready malt and a mild hoppiness. I also detected some oak.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and crisp. The bitterness and oak add to the overall mouthfeel.

A fairly good barleywine but nothing close to the top ones I have tried.

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Photo of Hex92
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that I am glad I picked up. I am not a big hop fan, but they have balanced the big hop taste with a hefty dose of malt. The sweetness and sticky mouth feel of the malt makes this a drinkable beer.

All that said, this isn't my favorite barleywine . It was worth trying, but not exactly what I am looking for. So I most likely won't buy it again.

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Photo of nhindian
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured until a tulip.

Vintage 2010.

A - Pours a murky orange with streaks of crimson and brown. An active, 1.5-finger head quickly settles on top of the beer, with large, soapy bubbles slowly drifting across. Lots of static lacing sticks like glue to the sides of the glass, forming a sort of lattice pattern.

S - The nose brings an intense amount of toffee, caramel, and hops. The hops are of particular interest to me, as they are more spicy with a touch of floral notes. The alcohol comes across strongly here as well, with a quite astringent tone to it.

T - Wow, this beer hits fast and hard, with the malts delivering a heavy hit of sweetness. It's almost sugary in the way the front-end comes across. The toffee does its part in both curbing and aiding this in its own way, but then the bitterness starts to kick in soon thereafter. There is a slight fruitiness from the hops, but again, they add a more earthy tone with a strong bitter note, which the alcohol also help contribute to. The heat from this is no stranger, and it definitely is a limiting factor in its drinkability.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with decent carbonation. This is fairly thick and syrupy on the palate, imparting its flavor long after you swallow. A sip goes a long way here.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I keep going back and forth on this beer. On one hand, I love the assertiveness of this beer, and it's not afraid to bring the flavor. However, I feel that these intense flavors are not congruent with each other. A strong sweetness is immediately replaced with bitterness, and then an alcohol-filled finish. It's not smooth in its transitions, and by the time you reach the aftertaste you are wishing the sweetness would return.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Mahogany/Amber colored body with a light tan head that disappears quickly. Light transparency.

S- Some dried fruits, barley and a slight citrusy hop presence.

T- Very complex. Fruity sweetness up front, followed by a malty, hoppy back. Finishes closer to a traditional strong ale with the hop/malt presence.

M- Smooth, not too heavy and medium bodied.

O- One of the best barleywines I have had. Very unique and complex, but also drinkable. ABV is hidden well.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Matt (mjtiernan) for this one. Received in a recent BIF.

Appearance: Pours a brightish red, crimson color. Small bubbly white head doesn't stick around long.

Nose: First thing I noticed is lots of citrus. Big tropical nose with pineapple, mango, finished with pine.

Taste: Rather interesting. It's fairly complex, with some deep flavors of caramel hiding under sticky tangerine and lemon.

Mouth: Big beer. Huge malt body. Really sticky. Bitter finish.

Drink and overall: Well, this beer took me a minute to warm up to. And, I think it got better as it warmed up. Fairly boozy. Not really easy to drink.

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Photo of Rschis16
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clarity in this reddish brown beer. One finger of creamy seafoam off-white head that dissapates slowly down to an inconsistent sheet. Pretty bold on the nose with lots of dried fruity esters coming through. Caramel malts as well as a light citrus hop smell float up as well, with an overall booziness singing the nose hairs a little bit.

Lots of flavors that round each other out in the first sips. The caramel and bready malts provide a nice backbone for the fruity esters to play, which are both dried and fresh. Grapes and raisins definitely come to mind, as well as apple. Not necessarily as much citrus as I thought there was judging from the nose. The hop presence fits right in with a nice herbal bitter note. That is until the aftertaste, which is bready, herbal, and boozy, which don't seem to complement each other, leaving a weird linger. As far as the booze in the taste, it is definitely evident throughout and it seems to work as it doesn't ever become cloying. This is pretty much dead on for the style, but does become a bit too much as you get to the bottom of the glass. It has a low to medium carbonation level that does well here. The beer finishes somewhat dry and boozy.

Really not a bad beer. Low on drinkability as it is on the sweeter side and big on ABV, but for a one-timer to have in the fridge, not a bad choice. Duclaw seems hit or miss, and this one sits closer to the hit side of things.

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Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby red color that's completely opaque with a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap/ring. Large rings and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with a nice balance of floral and citrus hops, estery fruit notes and leathery malt. The hop presence is stronger than expected with hints of grassy pine and lots of sweet citrus. This is complimented by the light fruit notes from the yeast. The malt presence becomes more prominent as it warms with some earthy, leathery notes. Hints of caramel, toffee, dark fruit and toast.

Medium bodied with a strong hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a sweet, slightly dry finish. Some dry, bitter notes with hints of grassy pine followed by some sweet citrus. The malts are pretty tame for a barleywine without being overly musty/leathery. Hints of nut, caramel and toffee as well as a sweeter dark fruit character. Subtle sweetness and boozy heat in the finish but the high ABV is well masked making it easy to drink. Well balanced but feels more like a strong ale than a barleywine.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really nice amber color with a pretty good thin yellowish cream colored head. Thin, not much lacing but stuck around for a while on top. The smell of this beer has a really nice sweetness, grains and malts on the nose. The taste is also sweet, it's got a citrus kick of lemon in the flavor. The malts and grains are really flavorful. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, nicely balanced. Overall a damn good Barley Wine!

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Photo of TheDudeRules
1.86/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

Rich copper color. Fingers worth of tan head. Smell is hop and sour apple. Figgy dark fruit as well. Taste is strong alcohol. Incredibly overpowering. In fact I can't get past a few sips to notice anything else. This was a drain pour. Really unworthy of this lame review even.

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

azy dark, burnt ruby amber. Very intresting hue as the reddish tint was very noticeable even though the haze made it almost opaque. A one inch head formed on the top upon pour, that faded almost immediatly. What was left was a thin film of decent quality lace that circle around the glass. Smell was very sweet, caramel sugars hitting almost immediatly. The deeper smell after some warming indicated a nice bready, earthy malt back with a hint of alcohol, which at 9%abv and being a barleywine should be expected. The taste for me was just too light. I expect barleywines to make me sit down and to be a definite sipper, but this just did not have the fullness I would have expected. The finish on it was very dry, and did last a good bit though

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Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of light-to-medium tan colored head that is loosely pack and visibly fizzy... Minimal retention gives way to a full veil of misty lace and fairly thick collar... A couple of stray sluggish carbonation bubble can be seen rising along the sides of the snifter... The color is a light to medium brown with a few amber highlights and a pronounced haziness...

S - Lots of dark fruit... Plums... Raisins... Figs... Perhaps even a bit of blueberry... Loaded with gobs of sweet caramel and toffee... Brown sugar... Apples...

T - Booze from the get go... It's not overpowering, but it is pronounced and lingers throughout never letting anything else to shine through... Brown sugar... Some toffee... The dark fruit gets completely buried...

M - Medium bodied... Light carbonation... Moderately sticky... A bit chalky... Fairly "plain jane..."

D - A very promising American Barleywine in terms of appearance and aroma, but quickly becomes average at best when taking into accounting taste, mouthfeel and overall drinkability... Not terrible, but there are scads and scads of other style mates that I would opt for and recommend...

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque muddied mahogany color which supports a thin white foamy head. Alcohol feet in the head are clearly visible, and it quickly dissipated.

S: I'm surprised that after 6 months, the hops are still present in the smell of this beer. They come across as a nice earthy, but robust scent. The malt base is clearly present here with the nose of sweet carmel.

T: Big fruit here. Plum, Date, and peach even. The beer is very sweet, but balanced. It has a carmel like taste, just like the smell, but it's in the background of all the fruit in the beer.

M: Full bodied and moderate-heavily carbonated. Almost a bit cloying on the palate.

D: Quite good, but the strength begs it to be sipped.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper red with minimal head and lace. A large malty aroma with some sticky sweetness and a hint of citric, fruity hops. Very medium-close-to-fuller bodied beer with some sweet caramel/sugary goodness (vanilla?) and there's a balance w/ dry, roasted malt. Bitter and sweet fruit tastes come through, mostly some tart cherry notes and the beer passes huskily over the tongue with a touch of stickiness although some sips gave off a sour, funky (not in a bad way) backbite. A sturdy sipper I took my time w/ and enjoyed.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. 2010 vintage poured into Devil's Milk snifter.

A - Translucent ruby, thin head, minimal lacing.

S - Malty, alcohol, mixed berries.

T - Apple skin, piney hops, alcohol, sweetness, light pepper, maltiness and bitterness on the finish.

M - Thick, smooth, low carbonation.

D - Delicious! A sipper for sure. This is my favorite beer brewed in Maryland, Period.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful copper color w/ crimson highlights. Awesome two finger caramel head w/ lingers for a few minutes, then goes down to a sliver. Great lacing on my snifter glass. Carbonation is average. This is a GREAT looking Barleywine.

S- Like all good barleywines, this beer has a great hops/malt balance that makes up the majority of the nose. Also get some fruit, sweetness, and yeast/bread as well. Only gripe is that the nose could be a little stronger- but it's still good.

T- Really, really tasty. Malt hits at first, followed by strong hops. Nice smooth aftertaste. It has a sweetness to it as well. Devil's milk is appropriate- that's a great description of what the flavor is like. This is definitely one of the more enjoyable, tasty barleywines that I've had the pleasure of trying.

M- Super molasses. Very smooth, sweet, not bad at all.

O- This is a really great barleywine. Anyone who likes this style owes it to themselves to pick this beer up. I'm impressed, and will definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle opened by Jared. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a copper color with a minimal off-white head and a touch of lacing, though most of the head fades into a thin color. Some light legs as well. The nose is really quite plain with only a bit of bread and some brown sugar. The taste is mildly sweet and has a bit of light booze. Moderate caramel and brown sugar there as well. Mild cherry in the back end. Medium body with low carbonation and a dry finish. Not bad, but not particularly good, either.

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Photo of goldbot
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Pours a mostly clear medium amber with plenty of thick, cream-colored head. Great head retention and lacing. Some active carbonation. Fruity, citrus aroma up front; very sweet smelling with berry notes as well as floral hoppiness. Hints of malt lurk in the background but this one is all hops pretty much. The flavor comes on with a strong malt profile - plenty of bread and dark fruit notes. A cherry-like cloying sweetness quickly follows, only partially covered up with sweet citrus and floral hops. A tad bitter but not nearly enough for the cloying sweetness. This one had great potential but is just too sweet for me.

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Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool bottle design!

A: Poured a reddish, Jolly Rancher-like color, with about a finger or so off-white head that stayed frothy and then some.

S: Hoppy, but not as hoppy as most American Barleys that have captured my heart. Candy sugar, and fruit cocktail syrup. Jolly Rancher and then some....

T: I actually found this one delicious and very smooth overall. Sure it was sweet, but it had sort of a chocolate aftertaste that I personally found pleasant.

M: Sweet and kind of yeasty overall, but still very good. The carbonation was low, yet appropriate for the style. Glass bubble coating ++++!!!

O: I went to one of the DuClaw alehouses this past weekend and have a new found interest in their beers after the quality ones I had there. This one didn't disappoint.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark amber color with good carbonation and a nice dirty white head

S: Immediatielly smell some hints of caramel, tad funk, sugar sweetness, booze

T: Caramel, toffee, piney hops, fruits at times, plenty of sweetness

M: Well carbonated, tasty, good body

D: Pretty good

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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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