Devil's Due Bourbon Barrel Stout (Retribution Blended with Devil's Milk) | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Devil's Due Bourbon Barrel Stout (Retribution Blended with Devil's Milk)Devil's Due Bourbon Barrel Stout (Retribution Blended with Devil's Milk)
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Devil's Due Bourbon Barrel Stout (Retribution Blended with Devil's Milk)Devil's Due Bourbon Barrel Stout (Retribution Blended with Devil's Milk)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jhartley on 12-09-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
135
pDev:
7.6%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
35
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by Mcooly:
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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of mendvicdog
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had high hopes for this. The smell was sweet and mildly roast. The taste was harsh bourbon and stale fake chocolate.

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Photo of DIM
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wonder what the ratio of barleywine to stout is?

This was pretty close to black, there was a little amber around the edges. It poured with a medium sized off white head.

The ratio seems tilted towards stout in the nose, lots of chocolate here. I also found a decent amount of bourbon and vanilla, plus maybe a little coconut. Maybe a little cherry as well.

The flavor comes across as stout-heavy as well but not to the same extreme. I tasted some cherry and toffee towards the end that were barleywine-esque. Up front this was all stout, plenty of rich chocolate with some light char. Nice bourbon and vanilla notes mid-palate. The finish was a bit rough though, lots naked wood and a too-strong raw alcohol burn. Body was pretty typical of barrel aged beer, oily rather than chewy.

Overall I liked this one. It's probably one the cheapest barrel aged beer you'll find as well. If I came across 4 packs I'd buy 1 or 2, not quite good enough for a case purchase though.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I will preface this by saying that I think Retribution is a delightful beer, and have never been too impressed with Devil's Milk. A fellow beer aficionado also told me that he was duly underwhelmed by this beer, so I did not go in with inflated expectations.

A: Dark brown, around one finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Pretty terrific. Plenty of bourbon, brown sugar, and butterscotch. It reminds me a lot of this good cake I had one time at a church choir party which had a crap ton of bourbon in it. It was delicious, but probably could have been more balanced.

T: Very bourbon-centric. It's a bit too much for me, but if you like bourbon, man you'll like this. There is also plenty of sweetness. Not much of an aftertaste, surprisingly. This beer tastes like a bourbon barrel-aged barleywine. No stout to be found, really.

M: Actually a bit more carbonated and thinner in the body than I was expecting. I always struggle with how to rate this category, as my comments mean that it is more drinkable, but less rich. Which is more important?

O: A tasty beer. I would personally prefer less bourbon. I consider Devil's Milk to be an American-style barleywine (can't remember how it is categorized on here), but either the bourbon barrels or the small amount of Retribution present in this beer has turned it into more of an English barleywine, my favorite style. I think it is more refined than a fresh Insanity, but not at the level of MoAS. Definitely recommended, especially at the price point, and I think aging for a year or so could do good things. Getting a few stout flavors in here would have made this phenomenal.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briandaube
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours black with little head
S- smells of chocolate, brown sugar, rum cake, molasses, pretty nice on the nose. Different.
T- bourbon oak, chocolate cake, I can't say I've smelled/tasted anything like this. Kudos
M- medium feel, mild carb.
O- Wow ! Can't say I've tasted a beer quite like this! Unique for sure.
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Photo of whatname
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Kevincredible
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeyDubs
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwgduke
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KYGunner
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured thick black with an impressive crown of tan foam. Nose is brilliant with decadent caramel, toffee, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, barleywine, bourbon and lactose.

The flavors emulate the nose well with a creaminess that's top notch. The bourbon, coconut and vanilla is front and center. The lactose-sweetness is reminiscent of marshmallows. It ends with caramel, toffee, molasses, and chocolate.

Very impressed with this as its my first DuClaw.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a MD snifter

A: Pours nice and black, but is really a deep dark brown. Tiny collar, and almost no head.
S: Lightly hoppy with a lots of sweet roasted malt.
T: The flavors are just fighting each other and currently the barleywine is winning, with this weird bitter-y sweetness that is a bit sticky. Just a weird blend. It isn't really cloying but has an aspect of it. Just comes across as a mess.
M: Quite aggressive carbonation, especially considering the style of bourbon barrel stout (blended with a barleywine).
O: I kind of splurged and bought a bunch because they were fairly cheap, but I think I will be returning these. This seems like a badly done blend of BCBS and their un-barreled barleywine (if they have one). The carbonation really hurts this brew and it seems like there is a lot more Devil's Milk in there than Retribution.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 12/8/2014. Very dark brown pour, not quite black. Thin tan head on this one that clings to the edge of the glass. Very nice, strong barrel notes. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, fudge brownie, dark chocolate, roast, caramel, dark fruits, citrusy hops, lots of sweetness and faint booze. Coats the mouth fully with big flavors. Nice carbonation to prevent it from being cloying

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Photo of AleHunter805
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mj81
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeffdillon
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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Devil's Due Bourbon Barrel Stout (Retribution Blended with Devil's Milk) from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 135 ratings