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Devil's Milk | DuClaw Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by farHillsBrewer on 11-02-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
387
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
20.73%
 
 
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39
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Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 387
Photo of DIM
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was a clear, ruby tinted copper color. It poured with a thick, sticky head.

s: Strong overall, but it really doesn't come together all that well. I found some sharp cherries, mild chocolate, a little vanilla, caramel, and some fairly potent, but featurless save for a hint of pine, hop aromas. The heat wafting off of this one was pretty potent.

t: Starts off kind of sweet with strong, sharp, caramel flavors with hints of sugary cherries. This carries over into the finish were it is joined by some almost flavorless bitterness. I may have opened this one at a bad time.

m: Thick, chewy body with long lasting, gently creamy carbonation.

d: I think often times hop forward barleywines are prone to awkward phases between 3 and 9 months after bottling. The hop flavors have faded leaving strong, flavorless bitterness behind. Meanwhile, the malts haven't had time to come together either. With no date on the bottle I can't say for sure that is what happened here, its just speculation on my part.

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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 ckollias
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Duclaw in Bowie, MD – served out of snifter glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a thin white head that dissolves down the side of the glas clear amber hue with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates and leave no lace.

S: Very sweet aroma followed by a huge whiff of hops.

T: Very sweet caramel malt flavor balanced by the huge amount of hops in this beer.

M: Thick body and minimal carbonation.

O: Awesome barley wine – I grab one or two of these every year.

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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 CuriousMonk
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery and at a beer tasting event in MD. I remember this being my first bold beer from DuClaw which was a big hit at the festival when it unveiled and went out in about half hour or less. Pours a big deep orange color with some red hues. Big frothy slightly off white heads with lots of lacing. Aroma is nice, full of big and bold hops. A big punch of citrus and flowers, with a nice caramel malt backbone. Slight hint of yeast as well. Flavor is bitter and sweet at once, and finishes thick and creamy on the palate. Everything about this brew is big, bold, and full of hops. The alcohol warms, but isn't overly boozy. A good bold beer. I will need to try it from the bottle one day. Perhaps in the Fall.

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Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip, split 3 ways. Body is orangey-amber with a small whitish head. Leaves no lace.

S: Slightly citrusy and piney hops with a touch of alcohol. Nice nose, but not terribly strong.

T: Hops dominate. Clean tasting, citrusy hops with lingering lemony bitterness. Nice malt foundation, however, with some of that sweet malt providing some foundation and balance. More like a slightly-sweet DIPA in some ways than an American Barleywine.

M: Medium-to-full in heft. Not slick or sticky at all.

D: Smooth and dangerously drinkable for almost 11% (bottle says 10.6%). My portion (about 7-8 oz) went down very fast. IMHO, a very good example of an American Barleywine. At one point I said to my compatriots, "I think I like this better than Bigfoot." And that says a lot.

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Photo of ordybill
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap in Chester, VA.
Aroma- Has a nice malt, hops, barley and some fruit essence tossed in.
Appearance- A reddish copper color with a small tan head.
Taste- Has a sweet opening that brings along the barley and hops for the finish. Not bad
Palate- A heavy bodied brew with light carbonation. Has a great texture that is thick to creamy.
Overall- I enjoyed this beer, I would buy it the next time I see it on tap.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild bronze in color. Small and tight off white head. Piney and resiny aroma with a soft caramel hint. Big caramel malty flavor with a large bevvy of hop bitterness. Stand out hop flavor along with bitterness. Solid and slick mouthfeel. Finish is rather dry. Damn solid US barleywine. I might need to run up the road to try on draft. Nice.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

I echo Dar482 sentiment a bit. It's a TIPA. Oddly balanced, not too malty, not too hoppy, I was initially confused, and then I remembered. It's DuClaw. Fun beer, but not usually great beer. Hwever, it might be someone's gateway into barleywine, and for that, DuClaw, I thank you.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, kinda impressed by this one which I wasn't expecting much from at all. usually don't like american barleywines but the apricot hop and citrus forwardness in it works really well with the malt build. Really nicely balanced with the hops still leading the show. A good and unique example of the style.

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Photo of Beejay
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown going into red, with a nice tan head on top.

S: Hop-tastic. Rich caramel sweetness blends in with pungent hop aroma. Pine resiny, with hints at grapefruit peel.

T: Rich malt flavors, and a decent amount of hops. A bread and caramel taste, but there is certainly a distinctive bitterness as well. Pine resin rounds out the finish with maybe a touch of earth.

M: Medium thick, but the fairly high carbonation keeps it from getting too syrupy.

O: Overall tasty. I could see how some fans of the style would ding this for not being a little more bitter, but I am digging the solid hop flavor balancing the malt.... This Barley Wine certainly leans to the American side, but malt heads will like it as well.

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Photo of gopens44
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Nick's of Clinton for $7.99 (bomber) 2010 vintage.

A - Clear and copper with a moderatley exciting head while using a slightly aggressive pour. lots of creme colored foam rises up and settles down to about a quarter inch of latte like foam. Few minutes later leaves behind a thin film on top with a tightly clinging ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S - Malty and a teeny bit fruity, like cherries. Not a whole lot else.

T - Very much malty at first. Hardly much else comes through for a while. After the malty-ness dies down, I can detect some hop bitterness wrapped around a grape/cherry taste with a gentle nuttiness. Finish has a hint of dark chocolate. Some booziness taking place, but not so much as to be off-putting.

M - Dry as a bone with little carbonation. Smooth on the tongue at first, but the finish is bitter with a fuzzy tonue feel left behind.

D - I suppose that after a few years, this ages beautifully. I can assume that the booziness settles down and the dry nature fades a little. Otherwise, being a year old, it isn't bad either. Maturity would certainly do this well, but it drinks rather effortlessly at this point.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a very clean amber pour, finger of head which dissipated extremely slowly, left behind a slight bit of creamy looking lacing. aroma of sweet barley "juice", caramel, biscuity/nutty. a sweet overall taste with hints of roasted nuts, caramel, a roasty bitterness that lingers, and is a bit off putting. medium in body with a tiny bit of carbonation.. creamy with a sweet finish.

this beer poured phenomenal and smelled great.. but once it hit the palate, it was a bit underwhelming for the style, which happens to be one of my personal favorites.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light brown with a small white cap fading into a wisp. Decent lacing down the edges.

Aroma is somewhat tame. Some brown sugar, toffee and a bit of piney hop character. Sweet.

Lots of toffee and booze up front. Some pine hops mixed in with burnt sugar in the back. Pretty sweet, but the bitterness and booze kept it in check a bit with the hop profile being earthy and piney.

Medium bodied, perhaps a touch thin for my tastes with lighter carbonation although still present.

A solid barleywine. Nothing about it really wowed me, but it was solid all around if a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (10/24/13)

A: Dirty burnished copper with no head or lacing.

S: Single note of sweet malt. Interesting in its singularity of sweetness that is different from most barleywines that I've had.

T: Different, but not really what I expected from this, especially having known Hell on Wood, which is quite divine. Very easy drinking, and smooth with just a tinge of sweetness. I haven't had it fresh, but I bet it is a bit hoppy having 66 IBUs, but this is very muted in all terms: malt, sweetness, and hoppiness. I imagine this is what a bad-clone of Bigfoot would taste like with a year on it. However, it does benefit a lot from the barrel, unlike Bigfoot. This seems to be an interesting trend, like with Cook County Stout (the base for BCBS that they've never released and say isn't super great to start with, or at least that is what I remember).

M: Just an initial brush of carbonation, followed by smoothness.

O: Not bad, but I think this one changes a lot over the course of a year and is probably best when fresh, which is surprising for a 10.6% American Barleywine.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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 paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to heliosphann.

Pours a deep orange/ruby color with a short white head.

Scent of sweet candy, caramel malts, hops, sugars, light earth, a hint of tobacco, and some alcohol on the back end. Nice and complex, just the way I like it.

Taste of bitter hops, caramel, sugar, candy, light spicy alcohol, and some fruit. Finishes with a dry grainy alcohol flavor. A strong, but balanced Barleywine.

Mouthfeel it medium bodied and oily with a nice with a nice bite of carbonation.

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

Poured out from a bomber. Deep, thick brown/amber. Bubbles rise slowly. Not much of a head, but a lasting mat of bubbles settle on top.
Nose is cloyingly sweet - sugar candy and slight alcohol. Molasses and malts. Complex and nice.
Taste is sweet barleywine, heavy malts, balanced nicely with sweet sugars, floral notes, and alcohol on the end.
Good mouthfeel.
Nice barleywine.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep amber with a slight, sticky head. The aroma is rich and pruny, with a sharp, sweet malt. The flavor is very hot and spicy, with a rich, sweet, peppery malt, with prune and apple and mulled cider. There is a hot, peppery bitterness and a boozy sting on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and gooey.

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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 MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased last night at BelAir location.
$7 for a growler of barleywine!! That's a serious deal!

Pours a deep rich amber with crimson highlights. Small head that fades fast. Some apparent lacing on the glass. Nice and clear.

Smells of big malt with a surprisingly nice hops aroma. I get some nice caramel tones coming through as well.

A nice big wave of sweet maltygoodness hits upfront with a nice blast of herbal hops and a nice bitter bite. The alcohol becomes more present as it warms up, but never gets obnoxious.

Big fat body on this lady. Feels like a four course meal in my mouth. Perfect compliment to the big taste.

Deceptively drinkable. Make no mistake this is one big beer.

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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 therica
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= brandy-colored, poured in 3 snifter glasses, the first one had a very modest head, the others had almost none but all 3 had some enduring lacing.

S= up-front honey caramel and zesty hops florals.

T= lightly fruity, caramel dry malts, solid hops bitterness (ie Cascade or similar) but in balance.

M= slight syrupy taste and feeling on the back of my tongue, dryness and light astringency on the palate, front of tongue and even on my lips.

D= very drinkable if you enjoy this interesting style.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DuClaw Devil's Milk has a lovely amber/orange colour and a head that fades in seconds. A small amout of lacing remains around the edge of the glass. The smell is very roasted malt and maybe a hint of hops. This beer starts with roasted malt with hints of charcoal, chocolate orange. The flavour develops some citrus character in the middle but the maltiness remains the strongest flavour. There is a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. This beer feels thick and syruppy in my mouth. It's a delicious beer, but it's for sipping.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Arundel Mills restaurant.
Chestnut red in color with 2cm of rich white head, served in a regular 8 oz glass. Smells of sweet caramel and spices. A very strong spice flavor with a caramel sweet finish, alcohol presence noticeable. Very sweet with a medley of spices in each sip. Great taste, lovely lacing on the glass, worth a drink each year when its released.

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Devil's Milk from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 387 ratings.
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