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 wasn’t all that impressed. I like a BW to be a bit more complex than this. It was just too sweet and starnge for me. 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 I’ve ever tried, but still a pleasant sipper and enjoyable in it’s own way. A nice choice to combat those cold winter blues.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Growler. Sampled at YEHA. Poured a pale orange red body with thin head. Aroma is hoppy, caramel. Flavor is hoppy, citrus, caramel. Odd - light roast. Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Draft at Fell’s Point and then Bel Air in the same day. Don’t ask. :) Poured Amber in color with small off white head. Taste is well balanced with Raison tones. Hints a caramel as well. It hides the alcohol remarkably well. dmac (6262) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Growler shared at Madness w/ the Moose. First off all let me say......WOW. I sampled this one again and again, okay more like chugged then sampled but I couldn’t let this beauty go to waste. Poured a clear reddish amber with a large white frothy head. The nose on this one is so hoppy I would of swore it was an IIPA or at least an IPA. Flavor is very sweet with lots of honey, malt and even a slight bit of rye flavor in there. Hardly any trace of aclohol coming from this 12.2% monster. 12.2% no wonder the rest of the night is just a "little" foggy.
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. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Growler at argo0’s xmas party brought by neighbor Tom (thanks Tom!!). Pours amber copper, with medium off-white head. Very hoppy-citrus/pine/soap. Flavor similar. Almost tastes like an I2PA. Some caramel in taste, and strong alcohol aftertaste. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Growler at A&K Holiday tasting brought by Tom, thanks: Coppery hue with a lasting creamy head and very good lace. The aroma has a big hoppy nose, dry hopped, piney, tropical (mango, star fruit, grapefruit esters), clove and a hint of soap at first but did fade and some white chocolate. The taste is malty and sugary with a hit of acidic fruit and big bitterness. Liquorice, clove and caramel finish with some band-aid notes as well. The mouth feel is aggressive and biting, warming and alcohol is noted. This is good but needs to be aged more to mellow out and mesh the flavors. mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Last of a growler poured into a snifter. No head and little carbonation. Reminded me of a cask pour. Deep brown/black color. Very malty aroma. Sharp hops bite initially. Sweet backbone. Needed to age longer. Best beer yearly beer made by DuClaw. I have another growler of Devil’s Milk that I am going to age until atleast April or May. I have aged this for a year and it just gets better. Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 I wanted to like this more than I did. It was just way too hoppy. Even after it warmed it just didn’t have the sweetness and complexity that greatness needs. It is by no means a bad barely wine, it just lacks a fruity complexity to go with the hop bite. In a blind taste test I would mistake this for a double IPA.