StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Thanks to GMCC2181 for sending this my way. Told him I would rate it...so here’s to me keeping my word! From notes: Pours a big deep orange color with some red hues. Big frothy slightly off white heads with lots of lacing. Aroma is nice, full of big and bold hops. A big punch of citrus and flowers, with a nice caramel malt backbone. Slight hint of yeast as well. Flavor is bitter and sweet at once, and finishes thick and creamy on the palate. Everything about this brew is big, bold, and full of hops. The alcohol warms, but isn’t overly boozy. This one was just splendid. Thanks Gabe! 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. jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2008
A very nicely balanced barley wine. Smooth, fruity notes. Sweet, citrusy, very easy to drink. Alcohol well hidden. Amazing for a small place such as this. CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Courtesy of dragonstout. Dark amber pour. Sweet aroma competing with hops to fight for your soul...Fat mouthfeel, lavor has hints of dark brown sugar, loads of malt and hops. Alcohol peaks through. Side note, the bottle is one of the coolest I have seen in a long time. JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a nice dark amber color with a small off white head. Aroma is of hops, malt, and brown sugar. Taste is semi sweet and malty. Flavors of brown sugar and hops. Alcohol is noticable but not overpowering. Nicely balanced brew.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Poured dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of hops, vanilla, and citrus. Great hop character to start with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. Great balance. elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Pours a dark dark red with a off white head. Has overwhelming hints of roasted malts, brown sugar, caramel. Very niccce. Finishes with alcohol caramel linger on the tongue. joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours hazy deep amber orange, one finger off white head, some lacing, good retention. Aroma of nuts, pine, prune and raisin. Taste is very sweet but just enough hops to balance. alcohol is apparent but is not a distraction. Full bodied, lively carbonation, sticky but creamy mouth feel. Finishes sweet then boozy bitter with tasting notes of plum, chocolate, toffee, Belgian sugar, spruce and herbs. Good example of a barley wine, very complex. I would drink this again, in moderation!
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. gpekar (497) - Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Poured a clear dark amber color with a short off-white head that reduced to just a film rather quickly. The only negative thing about this beer was a very mild aroma. I detected hints of caramel malt sweetness and some alcohol, but not much else. The taste was night and day compared to the aroma. First, the texture of the beer was thick and creamy with a good hop bite that woke up the taste buds. A nice caramel malt sweetness came through rather well and blended with the hops nicely. There was a good alcohol warmth that came through towards the finish along with a good hop bittterness that lasted well on the palate. This was very good!!