5000 (6599) - 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 (5427) - 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 Founderís in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004.
chriso (7513) - 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 thereís 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 Iíll 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 itís really drinkable. Taste of over ripe oranges, honey and toffee are also in there. Nicely done.
jasonp (1565) - Ashburn, 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, Iím 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.
ClarkVV (5129) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 Dragonís Milk in that it is surprisingly light on the palate, with a big dose of bourbon that seems too dominant.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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! Iíll rate it on itís 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 doesnít even attempt to hide itís alcohol, which is 12.2% ABV this year.
At least thatís 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.
TAR (2581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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, itís 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.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.