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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Lovely, lovely stuff. Dark, deep brownish-red. Fascinating nose, rich, very vinous, bit sweet. Surprising flavor, huge amount of milky chocolate character for a barleywine, nothing like an imperial stout bitterness but a rich, smooth, slightly sweet yumminess. Alcohol really well hidden, drinks very easily. Lovely creamy palate. Beautiful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2004
On tap at RDF: Dark brown apperence with almost no nose. Flavor of heavy choclate. Very different for a barleywine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11638) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2004
(2003 edition) Dark brown with creamy mocha head. Aroma is medium sweet, vinous/port, chocolate. Taste is sweet, chocolate, malty, vinous, some alcohol -- really nicely balanced. Creamy full body.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ladyhedgehog (34) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2003
(2003) A deep burgundy beer with a small head, this is one charming demon. Smooth and sweet with a moderately dry aftertaste. Fully engrossing without being overwhelming. Go on, dance with the devil!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 Very smooth and seductive.Smells like a nice west-coast style but lighter.Looks very appealing/hazy ruby dark red.The taste is a tad watery for the style yet very enjoyable and flavorful.Not too much of anything...the buzz is quality.The palate is too smooth for such a devil of a beer(doesen't surprise me)teases of chocolate and some nice hops.Eaisier than most barley wines.Very much like the Old horizontal.Excellent!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1527) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Color of merlot wine. Minimal head with light lacing. Sweet, malty aroma. Well carbonated, spicy taste with a distinct hop presence. Sweet finish.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2003
(2003 version -- according to Jim, the brewer, the hops change every year) Complex enveloping aroma, with many competing scents but definate sweet tones. A whole field of malt and hops just in the scent, and they don't let up when you start drinking it. This year's brew was 10.5% ABV, but the alcohol didn't show through (until I tried to walk afterwards). The flavor is strong enough it attacks your mouth, hitting the front, back, and sides all at once. A burst of flavor that stays with you for awhile. Like many barleywines, I find it hard to describe the intense flavor except to say that it's, well, intense. An excellent brew from DuClaw!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Re-rate - 11/11/05 - Fresh batch on draft. Dark shimmering copper and crimson, ultra slow rising bubbles, thick creamy lightly tanned head. Best aroma yet of any batch made. Complex notes of pink grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, and brown sugar, with lighter notes of pine and apricot. Hop bomb flavors of fresh citrus, light pine and earth up front, hop assault continues throughout with some tropical notes, and finally a sweet toasted caramel toffee malt flavor brings it all together late. Full bodied and slick, light carbonation, drying bittersweet finish. Awesome stuff....

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 This is good stuff. Nice deep dark red-amber color. Very aromatic. Floral hops and malt. Smallish head. The tastes are amazing, good malty character with a not overwhelming hop flavor. It zings your tongue with its alcohol and you fell the after-effects in the aftertaste. Excellent example of this style. Yum-yum.

Update: I was able to try two vintages side-by-side: 2000 and 2001. The 2000 has aged nicely. The hop bitterness has really subsided. The 2001 still had a good dosage of hop flavor and was better overall then the 2000 vintage.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holdwine (1082) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Great Barley Wine! Top of the list at a recent seasonal fest. Sweet up front. Too easy to drink as the high alcohol is cleverly masked with maltiness and portly notes. THen a nice dry hoppy finish slides in to make this a very memeorable quaff.


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