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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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerathon (1164) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2012
This might be the best smelling beer ever. The hops come billowing out of the bottle upon cracking it open. Red-orange hue with thin white head and lacing. Semi-sweet malt backbone with slight alcohol burn. Fruit flavors of plum/raisins is faint, but there and enjoyable. This is a great beer and now one of my favorites.

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!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Thanks Joel for sharing this wonderful beer. The bottle was filled by someone. Anyway, the beer pours to a nice glowing orangish copper body with a thin ringed white head and light spotty lacing. The aroma is very nicely hoppy with sweet barley malts. The flavor is smoothly malty with light hops and good malt sweetness. The palate is richly creamy and smoothly silken with a medium body and light carbonation. Yowzers! The highlight of the day...

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Hand bottle via Styles - thanks Chris and everyone else who made this happen! Slight hiss as the cap comes off, pouring a translucent reddish-copper color with legs and slow, etchy lace. Wonderful citrus aromatic array. Amaretto, grapefruit and freesia are the first to put on their turn signal, promptly joined by snappy warrior hops piping away. A touch of almond butter and maraschinos massage the nostrils as well, and if that’s not enough, we’re able to decipher nectarines and orange pulp too. Flavor is a pipey elixir. Sweet and titillating. Spicy cantaloupe and melon roll down a hill, like an animated classic when the cartoon character rolls endlessly inside of a wooden barrel - but, this time around, it’s an orange juice carton and there’s nothing childish nature about it. Cherry almond Nips and a sprucy, spicy bitterness conjures up an oily orange dream. Some peach fuzz softness provides a lovely counterpoint to the sweet, syrupy and thirst inducing palate feel. Honed carbonation gives way at the right time for a penetrating fruity sweetness to prevail. Lingering, mellow bitterness amidst strawberry fields comprising the finish. In a word, incredible.

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.

4.5
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
2009: pours dark ruby/mahogany with a teafroth off-white head. nose is heavy pine, candied plum, brown sugar. flavor is a powerful blend of pine, spicy and sticky sweet hops, brown sugar, raisin, brandy, candied plum, and dark cherry. aftertaste is long, bitter, and even with a nice balance of spicyu hops and brown sugar malt sweetness. visocus, thick, awesome. this is the brew that got me into beer...I thought I had rated it a few years ago, but apparently i didn’t.

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!

4.4
   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.

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.


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