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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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3.85/5
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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:
#11,024
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
401
pDev:
11.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
37
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Ratings: 401 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Arundel Mills location on 11/15/08. Served in a 10 oz snifter.

Pours a clear but deep colored cranberry with a thin head of fizzy, pale-tan head. The retention doesn't look that impressive at first but once I get the level down some and start swirling this bad boy, it flares up beautifully, leaving a huge and creamy cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is floral hops with a piney edge to it and a sticky smelling mix of bready malts, spice, citrus, and a waft of alcohol warmth.

The taste is an assertive floral hop profile that seems to be a bit more earthy and less "West Coast" feeling than I remember past releases of this being. The hops are propped up by a big backbone of bread, citrus, and spice. Finishes warm, bitter, and sticky. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied that lends itself more to the beefier side of the alcohol spectrum but never feels stinging. As a matter of fact, the ABV is incredibly well hidden and will creep up on you quickly if you let it.

This is IMHO, probably the best offering that DuClaw puts out during the year. A robust American Barleywine with great strength behind it, yet remaining a steady and warming sipper. My only complaint is that they serve this way to cold. Let it warm up and enjoy. Good stuff that I'm hoping to grab a couple more glasses of this winter before it's gone.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As I continue to winnow through the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, I am finding beers that I do not even remember purchasing! In fact, I have so many DuClaw beers hanging around that I am embarking on a horizontal tasting for the next few days. This should be interesting.

From the bottle: "No prayer, exorcism, or divine intervention can save your soul once our unholy Barley Wine Style Ale seduces your palate with sensual fruit esters, a mighty malt backbone and a demonic hop presence. One sip and you will believe ... THE MILK MAN COMETH"; "Respect_the_Fluid".

I was kind of anxious to get started with this one & since it was a relatively fresh bottle (2016 Vintage), I decided to go with a heavy-handed pour after I Pop!ped the cap. Man, the head was explosive, like the devil himself was going to rise up! I got a finger-and-a-half of dense, foamy, tawny head from my exertions and it hung in defiantly before finally falling away to wisps. Color was a beautiful Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity & Deep Amber highlights. Nose had a catty, grassy hoppiness along with a caramel sweetness. I was a little surprised as I expected sulfurous fumes to issue forth! Mouthfeel was medium, but it burns! Ahhh, how it burns! I jest. Actually, it was less hot than its predecessor, Obol Oat Wine Style Ale which had two (2) years of cellaring on it. The hops were really the centerpiece here, really aggressive and very American with flavors of pine, mint and dank underlain by a caramel malt sweetness. I'll bet that this would age nicely. Sadly, I only bought one bottle, but I will be buying (at least) two when the 2017 vintage is released. Finish was hot, dry and literally breathtaking. Perhaps the devil really was lurking in there somewhere.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Lightly hazy, dark amber body with a short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, candyish malt nose with notes of caramel, fruit, and perfumy alcohol; strong hints of the bold tastes to come.

Taste: Pale, slightly bready malts with plenty of malty sweetness. Quite sugary initially, in fact, though it's abated by the emerging and accumulative hop bitterness. Flashes of apricot and citrus fruitiness. Then, your palate is awash in spicy, bristly alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very American and very straightforward in its delivery of brash hop bitterness and ubiquitous alcohol presence.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to mughugger for sharing -poured close to cellar temp into a cervoise

A - deep copper/brilliant amber w/ 2 finger ecru cap and streamers of lace cling to the glass. The ale has tiny beading and retention is good

S - The aroma has both floral and spiced elements w/ woody hop notes. The barleywine is slightly cherry estered with a light caramel note from the malt and subtle alcohol note w/ pine again from the hops

M - A sweet mildly bitter brew with moderate carbonation and subtle alcohol w/ residual sweetness lasting into the finish

T - The taste has lots of caramel malt and herbal notes from the hops but not quite bitter flavored w/ fruity yeast taste and light brown sugar flavor which hangs on and borders on cloying with moderate alcohol in the taste with mild pepper and pine accent. The mild orange from the malt/hop combo accents a mild biscuit taste w/ sweet malty finish

D - I appreciated trying this and it was not a bad barleywine, but for the style I could think of many that outpace this. I prefer a bit more hop in an American if that is what the brewer intended - but it is possible the beer has a little age on it, nice barleywine, thanks for the taste mughugger

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with a 12oz bottle of this. Poured into a matching Duclaw pint, the brew alpears a slightly hazed copper with an off-white cap more than a finger strong. The cap fades leaving a wall of lacing effect.

The aroma is like candy with an herbal hop inclusion mixed with some mineral/carbonic quality. Overall not a bad smelling beer, just a bit disjointed and lacking any clear direction. The sugary or candy aspect is a bit distracting.

The flavor is sweet with a mineral aspect somewhat like dirty pennies. There is a dusty grain inclusion which while not exaxtly thrilling, is much appreciated over the candy-like sweetness you might expect base off the aroma. The candy sugary quality the brew does display feels somewhat burnt in the aftertaste which is not all that enjoyable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy and awkward and not something I would seek out if looking for a solid barleywine. It saddens me to say it because I am always hoping to see local places do good but this one is rough. I appreciate the chance to try this but would probably not persue again.

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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 BMart
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of imbibehour
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real deep dark orange body, with a slightly opaque character. Head is real nice and creamy two fingers, thick and rich looking with a yellow and tan tinge. Thick collared and creamy with a good thin top. Bright and glowing, real nice.

Classic notes of mild caramel and sweet hop and booze. Slight tangerine orange, and lots of citrus with some mild caramel notes. Good bit of pine and hints of herbality as well. Pretty straight forward, actually reminds me very much like Bigfoot.

Palate is quite a bit surprising. Real creamy actually "milky" character on the palate for the feel. Rich solid nice mid palate filled with lots of citrus fruit, thick juice, and hints of honey. Lip smacking coating of sweet honey and light caramel on the finish. Mild tones of vanilla and cream as well. Controlled booze like warmth with a great chewy texture.

A solid American barleywine, definitely a DuClaw brew I can get excited about.

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Photo of Dicers
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Devil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 401 ratings
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