Devil's Due
DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Strong Ale - American
4.07 | pDev: 7.62%
Aug 01, 2020
Dec 09, 2014
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Notes: The perfect balance of Retribution Imperial Stout and Devil’s Milk Barleywine, Devil’s Due is black, full-bodied, and smoothly drinkable. Its seductive swirl of dark chocolate, coffee, smoky malt, and citrus fruit flavors, infused with notes of charred oak, vanilla and caramelized sugar, disguises a strong, warming alcohol presence (11% abv) that reminds those who dance with the Devil that eventually, a price will be paid.
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3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

Got a 12 oz can, dated 10/31/18, and poured into a Carpe Brew Em snifter.

Pours a bit garnet from the can but forms a dark black body with a creamy beige half finger of head, stable.

Aroma seems to bring a wonderful mix of half and half stout and barleywine - which ends up being a whole lot of apricot and pomegranate strangely enough. The whiskey barrel is there, hints of what I'd call red or garnet malt, some ethanol, and some piney hops manage to poke through and tickle the nose hairs.

Flavor comes off tasting very clay-like. There's flavors swirling but just like the nose, it seems to boil down to a singular, focused flavor. Leading up to the clay, I get some herbal cough drops, dried fig, grass, a little bit of caramel, mineral, piney hop (which builds on the palate the more it is sipped), a bit of oak, and then finally, it just equals clay.

Feel is hot and burning with lots of resins building, a good bit of carbonation and then creaminess, and then drying heat on the finish with lots and lots of resins.

Overall, a lackluster beer that seems to incorporate the worst elements of their Devil's Milk and their flagship stout. I'm glad to get this one out of the rotation.

Price paid : $5.99 / can
Would buy again : Nope

Aug 01, 2020
3.83 by SpaethJam from New York on Jan 22, 2020
4.15 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Dec 03, 2019
3.87 by Mikexw from New York on Jun 19, 2019
3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois on Mar 30, 2019
3.82 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Jan 23, 2019
4.21 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on May 16, 2017
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4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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: "This blend of Retribution Imperial Stout & Devil’s Milk Barleywine-Style Ale will claim your soul with a mix of chocolate, coffee, smoky malt & notes of charred oak, vanilla, & caramelized sugar. The Milkman cometh, so pop the top and ... settle your debt!"; "Respect_the_Fluid".

Yeah, I'm getting into the big boys as this horizontal begins to wind down. The bottling date is 12/08/14, making it just over two years old. I helped it to celebrate its near-birthday with a Pop! of the cap, followed by a gentle pour. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, dark-brown head with decent retention. Nose smelled so strongly of smoke that I began to worry that the fire alarm might activate. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Warming, the nose began to give off scents of dried, dark fruits; leather; heavy smoke & a woodiness that was simply amazing. Mouthfeel was medium and I frankly expected more body in such a beer. The taste was ... what is the opposite of miraculous? A miracle would be evocative of Heaven, while this was meant to evoke Hell. It would be like trying to equate Angel's Food Cake with Devil's Food Cake. Totally opposite ends of the spectrum. The taste was truly dark and dense with an amalgam of flavors and tastes that made me think of a Brueghel painting. It tasted like an unholy orgy, involving forked tails, protruding tongues and more sins than have been enumerated to date. Where to start? Coffee; chocolate; leather; dark, dried fruits; smoke; wood and caramel all made an appearance. OMFG! Oops. This is of the Devil, so no invoking of his counterpart. Well, be that as it may, this was mighty tasty! Finish was dry, more as a result of so many things going on at once, accompanied by a mild heat. I think that this is a good point to put on the brakes & hit the rack.

Tomorrow ... the grand finale to this horizontal! It has been an interesting run, but other breweries await their chance at me.

Jan 10, 2017
4.25 by paulish from New York on Nov 09, 2016
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

Bottle dated 12/08/14 (and cellared for almost two years) into pint glass. Pours a very dark ruby brown with a modest tan head. Initial impression is reminiscent of dark chocolate pudding, with notes of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Very complex. Very smooth. Very drinkable. Alcohol is not at all evident in the taste, but makes its warming presence known after the fact. Retired? That is really too bad!

Oct 27, 2016
4 by AD17 from New Jersey on Mar 28, 2016
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4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours quite dark, like espresso, with a rocky beige head; impressive lacing and legging

Smell: Chocolate fudge, caramel, pine, vanilla and dark fruit, all ensconced in Bourbon

Taste: The Bourbon, chocolate fudge, vanilla and caramel flavors swirl together, on the front end, with the pine and dark fruit (raisin and fig) building through the middle; after the swallow, the piney bitterness builds a bit but the mellow flavors from the stout bring up the rear; nougaty and slightly smoky in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Tremendous complexity accrues from the interplay between the barleywine and the stout; the flavors keep swinging back and forth

Thanks, Shaler_Tate, for the opportunity

Mar 08, 2016
3.67 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jan 18, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BullDoza from Texas

A: Pours dark, translucent brown. Settles very dark. Black. Deep brown on the edges. Little to no head. More a light khaki colored film or ring.

N: Bourbon. Plenty bourbon straight away. Vanilla and chocolate. Caramel - like burnt sugar. Also, a mushroom like earthiness; there's the barrel. There is a lot going on here, and I like it.

T: Chocolate and a little vanilla sweetness up front. The barrel is there in the form of bourbon-y heat. The taste is where the barleywine character comes in to play. Tons of dark fruits. Black cherry and raisin. The barleywine used has to be an American, because there is definitely a hop presence apparent in the bitter on the back of the palate. Good, but I do wish there was more of what the nose brought.

F: On the lighter side of medium. Thinner than I prefer my BA stouts, but not offensive.

O: Stout on the nose. More barleywine on the taste with the dark fruits and bitterness provided by the hops. Definitely unique, and a pretty successful blend of, what the bottle says, is two beers: an imperial stout and a barleywine.

Nov 13, 2015
4.06 by BeerOps from Illinois on Nov 06, 2015
4 by scottiethebody from California on Oct 25, 2015
4.25 by Kurmaraja from California on Oct 19, 2015
4.03 by tranquilocigars from Florida on Oct 03, 2015
4 by chefhatt from Pennsylvania on Sep 23, 2015
4.15 by kwgduke from Pennsylvania on Aug 24, 2015
4.29 by boogerisu from Iowa on Aug 03, 2015
4.15 by thampel09 from New Jersey on Jul 25, 2015
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

Acquired from mwrecording so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with some creaminess. A bit of smokiness creeps into the background. The hops presence is mild as you would expect but brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth as well as viscous, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky but quite clean for the style.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good blend of styles, this is a very good beer to sip on for a long time.

Jul 24, 2015
4 by Joecaddie from Delaware on Jul 14, 2015
4.29 by Robdiesel21 from Michigan on Jul 07, 2015
3.58 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania on Jun 27, 2015
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4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Jeffreysan from Virginia

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic, with lots of toasted malt up front, followed with lots of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, apricots, and lots of brown sugar and oak, dark chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. Very complex, inviting and delicious!

Taste: Exactly the same as the aroma! Lots of toasted malt up front, followed with lots of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, apricots, and lots of brown sugar and toffee-like sweetness, oak, dark chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. Very complex, inviting and delicious! I’m amazed at how well the two beers, a bourbon barrel-aged barleywine and a bourbon barrel-aged stout, meld without clashing. Rather they are very complementary to each other. Really, really, delicious!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and extremely smooth as there is no carbonation, what-so-ever. With an ABV of 11%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent, excellent beer by DuClaw! Combining two of my favorite beers from them into one spectacular beer is a brilliant idea and one that pay off in a delicious quaff! I’m certainly getting a few more sixers of this to age and see how it matures. That being said, its’ spectacular fresh! Highly recommended!

Jun 12, 2015
4.12 by alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania on Jun 12, 2015
3.83 by JoeyDubs from New York on Jun 11, 2015
4.08 by dmb987 from New York on Jun 11, 2015
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4.25 by ConradKenney from Maryland on Jun 11, 2015
3.92 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Jun 03, 2015
4.1 by Nick_V from Wisconsin on Jun 02, 2015
4.19 by JOldewurtel from Maryland on Jun 01, 2015
4.44 by Lettsgo3 from Maryland on Jun 01, 2015
4.1 by SharkNado from Pennsylvania on May 23, 2015
4.1 by TomG2751 from Maryland on May 17, 2015
4.34 by CroatianTrain15 from Maryland on May 11, 2015
4.16 by captainkrad from New Jersey on May 11, 2015
Devil's Due from DuClaw Brewing Company
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