whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the original brewpub in Bel Air, MD. Served much too cold, but in a proper snifter, and poured a clear orange-amber with a thick, silky and persistent cream-colored head. Aroma of sweet, woodsy maple syrup with a note of cherry. Flavor is medium sweet, fresh and hoppy with warm, tasty spice notes of cinnamon and brown sugar and significant woody bitterness plus some distinct alcoholic heat. Medium-full body is smooth and creamy. A very good and adequately mature barley wine, but this really begs to be bottle-conditioned and laid down for a spell.
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - NOV 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at DuClaw. Ruby/amber body with big creamy, off-white head. The Aroma is hoppy, floral, pine, citrus and malt, caramel and toffee. Alcohol is detectable in the nose. The flavor is bitter hops and sweet malt, some grapefruit, spice, musty, caramel, toffee, plums and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at DuClaw. Pours a dark amber color with a nice head. Aroma is fruity, with hops and malt there as well. Flavor is bitter however has some sweet notes as well. Finishes fruity with a hint of alcohol. very good.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 2005 vintage sampled on 11/10/05 Draft at DuClaw. Ruby/amber body with big creamy, off-white head. The Aroma is hoppy, floral, pine, citrus and malt, caramel and toffee. Alcohol is detectable in the nose. The flavor is bitter hops and sweet malt, some grapefruit, spice, musty, caramel, toffee, plums and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. 8/4/8/4/16 4.0
2004 sampled at RBSG@RFD Clear amber with off-white head, lasting cover. The aroma is fruit punch, grapefruit, pine and caramel. The flavor is caramel and fruit juice(strawberry, cherry, apricot and grapefruit). The mouthfeel is sticky with soft carbonation. 8/4/8/5/17 4.2
antibeersnob (29) - Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried at the MD Beerfest in Frederick. Quite simply the best beer there. Not only best beer but best brewery. It poured brown red, alcohol was not overpowering. Nice and smooth.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (hand bottled thanks to TAR) pours black plum, medium foamy sand colored head, with sticky lacing. Sticky sweet malty aroma, brown sugar, molasses, and subtle dark pitted fruit on the nose. Some hints of alcohol as well. Bready flavor up front. Quite sweet, but not cloying. Full bodied, with an almost creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, bready finish with very soft dark pitted fruit notes. This Barley Wine was so soft and easy to put back. Not cloying or heavy, and the ABV of 12.2% was not noticable on the tongue. Very tasty! Thanks goes out to TAR for the trade!
jgb9348 (4848) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber coloured body with a small tan head. Aroma of pit fruits, caramel and toffee-very nice! Medium to Full-bodied; Strong sweet flavour with good prunes and caramel in the taste. Aftertaste sweet and not bitter at all. Overall, a real treat-great to try, especially as the first beer to the RB Party! I sampled this 75 cL bottle at the November RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004.
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a powerful beer, but the alcohol is not too intrusive. The colour is a rich coppery amber. Lots of dried fruit in the aroma, with some sherry-like woody notes. More fruit and candy sugar in he flavour, but there’s also plenty of orangey hop presence in the flavour to provide an excellent balance, with touches of toffee and caramel too. Smoot, but relatively light, palate - not too chewy, or too sweet. Dangerously drinkable. DC gathering.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ RB Gathering, thanks again Scraff. If this is the real Devils Milk, I guess I’ll have something to drink for breakfast when I get to hell. Amber color with a nice aroma of alcohol, apricots and sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth with the 12.2% masked nicely. You do get a bit of warmth from this but it’s really drinkable. Taste of over ripe oranges, honey and toffee are also in there. Nicely done.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 Sampled at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA Ratebeer Gathering 11/20/04. Very dark but clear amber with a light brown head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel. Taste adds more dark fruit, toasty malts, brown sugar, toffee and some alcohol. Mouthfeel was much thinner than the normal barleywine but very nice and drinkable.
RERATE: DEVILS MILK 2004 Sampled at RFD during RBSG 2006. This time around, I’m noticing pine and tropical fruits in the nose. Cherry, tobacco, chocolate, carmelized sugars and slight oxidation. Very hoppy too; pine grapefruit, citrus and resin. Full, round and creamy on the palate, moderate carbonation. Excellent.