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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Devil’s Milk is an American-style Barley Wine. This beer exhibits a wealth of fruit flavors, from pears to plums to raisins. Devil’s Milk is dry hopped (hops added after fermentation) for a strong bite that balances its big malt backbone. Served in a snifter glass because of the high abv, barley wines are perfect as a relaxing “after-dinner” drink or nitecap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (4348) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 2004 growler @ the gathering. Compliments of Scraff. Aroma of rum, prunes, some light bourbon notes, light toffee, raisins, light wood. Light brown appearance, a bit fizzy, no head ( I also did have the bottom of the bottle, but lots of it). Hazy. Very light caramel flavor, light bourbon, some alcohol. Finish has alcohol, and some nuttiness. High bittering hops apparent. Medium body, rather thin. Hmm, definitely needs more body and some more balance. Reminds me of New Holland Dragon’s Milk in that it is surprisingly light on the palate, with a big dose of bourbon that seems too dominant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Ruby red color, under a thin but very lacey head. Aroma is sweet and enticing. Full complex flavor, initial sweetness blast, but intense and very fresh tasting hops take over. Very aggressively hopped. Booze is noticeable in the end, but very mild. Body is rich, an ideal balance of sweet stickiness and velvety smoothness. The perfect BW for hopheads. A shame this only comes around once a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 17, 2004
On tap from growler at Bowie, Md. location. 2004 release party. Poured out a brilliantly clear, dark amber color, with a huge, sticky, tan colored head. Served warm, BTW. Yuck! I’ll rate it on it’s merits, though. Aromas are of alcohol, candi sugar, strong caramels, English toffee, malts, and macerated fruit. Tastes are of rum soaked raisins, pipe tobacco, old dusty barn, dark fruits soaked in rum, earthy hops, and alcohol. It doesn’t even attempt to hide it’s alcohol, which is 12.2% ABV this year. At least that’s what the email I got from the brewer says. Young, brash, and unrepentant. Rich, thick mouthfeel, almost chewy. Warming upon impact to the stomach. Finishes somewhat rough around the edges, but still a top notch effort on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2004
1L - 2003 vintage: Cloudy garnet. Thick, tiny-bubbled caramel foam halo. Scents of well-aged bready malt and earthy hops with touches of plums, pine, unsweetened chocolate, and orange peels. Fairly prickly on the tongue. Thick body. Less acidic than the aroma would indicate, with a meaty malt foundation giving way to staunchly bitter pine needles and seared sugar briskness. Profound hop bitterness exaggerates the sprucey alcohol. Burnt caramel, leather, and alcohol-soaked bread late. Unrefined maltiness. Simplistic finish, with long hoppy assertions and subtle notes of sherry, overripe plum skins, and earthy malts. This was extremely raw and brash when fresh, and, interestingly, it’s failed to come together after only a year in the bottle. The aroma is already showing some serious oxidation and acidity, and the malt flavors are quickly becoming dull and muddled. Nothing at all exciting about this, even when young. Thanks for the try, scraff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
This Barley Wine pours with a red-brown/mohagony body topped by a thin to medium thick, off-white head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet, malty and caramelly with slight bitter, peppery notes, a little candy sugar and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is sweet, malty and full of candy notes to start, then bitter, pepper notes show up in the finish. Slight alcohol notes and a little caramel show through. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
(32 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) Very malty, some dark roasted maltiness, not as sweet as many barleywines, but also fairly bitter, especially in the finish; Very malty nose; The palate is heavy and dense, but again, less cloying than many barleywines; Ruddy brown in color and fully clear; Tan head is smallish on the pour, but has solid retention, maintaining a thin layer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
7/24/04. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of ScottVacula 7/24/04. Dark auburn color, hazy. Thin whisp of a head with lumpy lacing. Clumps of sediment throughout the glass. Full, sweet caramel aroma, big and fruity. Flavor is darkly bitter, somewhat roasty, with autumn sweetness and sap. A bit harsh but very good. Full body with a smooth finish to a big crescendo of hoppy, dark twigs. I’d love to try this after a year or two of aging.

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