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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Devils Milk is an American-style Barley Wine. This beer exhibits a wealth of fruit flavors, from pears to plums to raisins. Devils 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.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3983) - Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2008
22 oz. hand bottle, 2007 Vintage, courtesy of MrBendo, shared with afer4ever and hogfodder. Pour is orange amber with no head too speak of. Aroma of bright fruit hops, woody, dry rounded and sweet. Taste is citrus hops and biscuit malt. A bit of spiciness in the finish. Palate is mouth coating, and very nice. Really nicely rounded and full in flavor. Thanks for sending this one my way Todd, nice work on the HB, this was in great shape.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7714) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
22, handbottle, double waxed. Thanks, Theisti! Crystal clear medium amber with bright golden highlights. Rich fruity sour cherry nose. Medium, slightly oily body. Orange pith on the mid-palate, along with wood and some dark pitted tree fruit. Long resin finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2008
22oz hand-bottle from MrBendo - thanks, Todd! Immediately on the pour I get a lustrous hop aroma that screams Bigfoot. The body is a deep and handsome amber, with a nice fluffy head thats impressively lasting. Deeper into the nose, you get an overtone of nuts that promise a nice union with the hops. The mouthfeel isnt as active as I thought it would be, given the evident carbonation, and that seems to suit the beer well. It allows the complexity to come through more than it otherwise might - a bit of a burn from the alcohol (though its generally well-hidden), some pepper and spice from the hops, and a nice lingering finish of dates, nuts, and honey. Strong one, and Im much obliged to Todd for giving me the chance to try this one out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Thanks to Todd for the 07 hand-bottled bomber! Poured fiery reddish-orange with a short cap of toffee head. The aroma was sweet and intense with darker fruits and caramel on the malt front with spicy, floral, and perfumey hoppage surrounding.. alcohol amplification and really nice balance. The flavor carried through that sweetness, with caramel, honey, and a little grapefruit meat at the core.. spicy and floral bitterness surrounded.. alcohol warmth was apparent, but it never got in the way.. long, strong impression on the finish. Heavier-bodied, warm, and grainy on the palate with enough carbonation to keep it moving.. sticky, hot finish that warmed the belly.. alcohol was held in check as well as you could hope for considering the ABV. Id gladly drink this again!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2008
22 oz handbottle. Almost clear ruby brown with a ring of white bubbles. Nose is candi, caramel and melon with grassy booze. Not thin but quite refreshing for a barleywine; mild carb. Taste is honey and apple with hints of strawberry. Sweet is nicely countered with a peppery pith bite.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12295) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2008
growler @Mels YEHA-pours an off white head and gold color. Aroma is sweet medium malt, some sharpness. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, some sharpness, secondary earthy hops. Smooth, alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
07 vintage, handbottle, courtsey of my main man Yaniv! A prelude to Barleywine Armageddon 08 (tomorrow!). Amber clear reddish with a grey head. Overripe amarillo hops giving off that garlicy sort of note. a bit sweet, with some alcohol and slightly toasty astringency. Thin, and lightly carbonated, ala handbottle. Pineapply garlic past prime hops. Alcohol. Light malt. Drier than the nose suggests, thought definite caramel. A bit of fruit, straw. Lingering hay to grassy hops. I would have guessed American strong ale, as this is a bit too hot and low on the sweetness to be a barleywine, IMHO.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Bottle courtesy of slob. Pours amber and slightly carbonated. Smells of lots of plums, oranges, dark fruit, sweet malt. Tastes moderately peppery with a pronounced fruity presence and lots of caramel to back it up. Finish balances out the sweetness nicely with a touch of warming alcohol. Very nice!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Sampled at RBSG from Scraff. I had waited a LONG time to taste this but I wasnt all that impressed. I like a BW to be a bit more complex than this. It was just too sweet and starnge for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2008
November 2006 release, stamped black wax sealed swing top 32 fl. oz. (1L) brown bottle, served at the temperature suggested at the website, sampled in a snifter. Poured a dark woody amber with a compact, bubbly topped pale beige head of tight creamy foam. Good head retention and a small amount of laced sticking along the side of glass. A sweet smelling barley wine, caramelized sugar and toffee, raisins, dates and dark berries. The hops are relaxed and give off dry hopped aromas of citrus, oily pine and evergreen needles. Light roasted grains frame the edges of the smell. The alcohol is estery and only slightly noticeable. The body has a creamy lightness and is oily slick on the tongue. The hops play more of a role in the taste than in aroma. The hops are oily and resinous in the palate, quite sticking flavors of pine, citrus peels and pith, and bitter earth. The fruitiness is subtly smooth, raisins and dates mainly, and adds a mild sweetness to the taste. The malts are sweetly subdued, underlining the hops, caramelized sugar, toffee and lightly roasted grains. A distinct nuttiness come out in the oily and dry finish, with the malt sweetness trying to poke through. The alcohol has a spicy solvent flavor and provides a soft low temperature warmth to the taste. Not the best barley wine Ive ever tried, but still a pleasant sipper and enjoyable in its own way. A nice choice to combat those cold winter blues.


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