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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


4.2
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Look: Nice shade of blood red, off white lacing. Smell: Floral, citrus hops, candied fruits, roasted malt, mild alcohol. Taste: Roasted barley, sweet fruits, cocoa, floral/earthy hops, semi dry bitter finish. Feel: Medium soft body, lively carbonation. Overall: This is one of my favorite Duclaw Seasonals. I wish it were year round. 10.6 abv that isn’t present at all. The hop bite on it is very pleasant and helps round out the overall sweetness of the brew. This is Recommended.

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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Unfair comparison. I shared a bottle of this with myself tonight and two nights ago. I really liked it the first time and noted the neutral qualities: not too hoppy and bitter, not too sweet, no off-putting off-tastes. I thought it was a nice barleywine that walked a line between the flavor profiles of all barleywines I’ve had. Unfortunately last night I had some Old Numbskull and now it comes off as quite drinkable but nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Draft at Fell’s Point. Poured brown color with a slight head and nice lacing. It is bitter and hoppy with a sweet malt flavor, floral notes, and good carbonation. The alcohol content, although very high, is well-masked. Well done.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2005
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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewersspot (97) - , California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
I had this beer a while back and from what I can remember I enjoyed it. I’ve had this at the pub/brewery so it was fresh. Nothing special about it is popping into my head at the moment.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ndfreak77 (94) - USA - JAN 25, 2014
My very first Barley Wine, so I do not have a comparison. Nice floral and grassy aroma. Pours medium orange and hazy with a slight head. Initial taste of sweet fruitiness gives way to a slightly bitter finish. Overall a very tasty beer that I would definitely purchase by the case or even keg. At 10.6% abv it packs a little kicks.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwmiller16 (93) - Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2014
12 oz bottle aged for 2 years. Pours chestnut/mahogany with little foam. Nose is heavy vanilla/caramel sweetness. Big malts on the palate with a hefty booze finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
2005 version at the Arundel Mills brewpub. Cloudy amber with a foamy off white head. Sweet fruity aroma with some spruce and citrus. Wow! One sip and you know you are on to something special. Expecting to be overwhelmed by the alcohol but was somewhat surpised by sweet caramel, candy like flavor. Not a big barleywine fan but damn, this is good. Excellent beer.


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