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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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This year, we aged a limited quantity of our award winning (Brewer’s Association of Maryland Governor’s Cup gold medal winner in 2006, 2007 and 2008) Barleywine, Devil’s Milk, in Kentucky White Oak Bourbon barrels to create a uniquely tempting new brew. Hell On Wood is medium/full-bodied and amber in color with a thin, persistent, off-white head. Its mesmerizing citrus flavors and aromas, accented by notes of charred oak, vanilla, and caramelized sugar, give way to a palate dominating hop finish balanced by smoky, bourbon character and a warming alcohol presence (10.6% alcohol by volume). There’s no escape; prepare to fall to the seductive power of Hell On Wood!


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1150) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2016
Poured from bottle. Aroma of bourbon and some malt. Appearance is solid brown with tan head. Tasting vanilla, alcohol, wood, some smokiness, brown sugar, grassy and citrusy hops, caramel, pepper. Palate is full and rich, although boozy. Overall, a great brew. Wish I’d had this on a colder day by the fire.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (527) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2016
Pours a murky dark brown with no discernible head.....aroma is bubblegum, sweet, raisin......taste is booze, vanilla, wood, raisins, ultra sweet malt, with the booze showing up again at the finish. A classically beautiful barleywine!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iggynelix (129) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2016
On tap at unos in sampler.this might as well be a scotch. So yummy and woody with sweet honey in a ruby pour

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3399) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2016
Bottle shared by Mike at the Barleywine tasting. Golden copper color, off white head. Big caramel great oaked vanilla notes. Medium body light carbonation. pretty damn tasty beer right here.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1695) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle.
Appearance: Murky as heck brown with a frothy light tan head on top.
Aroma: Nice! Big malty caramel, coconut, bourbon, and oak. Smells a bit musky. Very nice.
Taste: Exactly like the aroma with some vanilla.
Palate: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.
Overall: Dang good BBA Barleywine. Price is not consistent with other DuClaw beers though, guess they’ve raised the prices.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (5098) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2016
Bottle from Perfect Pour. Dark red body with medium head. Nose is malty, and barley wine coming through, with anice. Taste is definitely anice in the front. And barley kicking through. Strong ABV. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7954) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2015
12 ounce bottle, Pours a clear ruby color with a large off-white head. A big tempting bourbon cherry nose. Very rich, reminds me of a English barely wine, sugary sweet, boozy, some chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, oak. Damn huge. This works well though. More cherry liquor. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a hazy dark golden amber color with copper/mahogany edges and a half finger off-white head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Nice color but could use more better retention and lacing. The aroma of this beer has a nice barrel presence that’s nicely integrated into the base beer without coming across as overly boozy. Decent amount of spirit but not too bourbon heavy. There’s some subtle charred oak along with silky vanilla bean, marshmallow and toasted coconut. Good barrel character but the bourbon is a bit weak for my preference. Underneath, there is some leathery malt, resinous hops and vinous fruit. Earthy and leathery malts stand out as it warms along with hints of toffee and caramel followed by raisin and fig sweetness. Overall, the nose is pretty nice with good balance and decent barrel integration, but the bourbon quality could be stronger. Full body with a stronger barrel character that dominates the flavor. Not as complex or well balanced as the nose suggests with a really strong toothpick/charred wood flavor that overpowers the other notes. Some generic spirit and boozy heat but again, the bourbon quality is lackluster with bland flavor. Also, the smoother vanilla and coconut barrel notes found in the aroma are completely missing. Underneath, there is a nice leathery malt flavor countered by sweeter hints of toffee, caramel, burnt sugar and vinous fruit. After the palate adjusts these flavors stand out a tad more but unfortunately, the one dimensional barrel flavor overwhelm the barley wine characteristics.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3135) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Wow! A delicious barley wine. This is one of the best barrel aged barley wines I’ve ever had. Aroma was big and full. Strong vanilla, coconut and milk chocolate. My mouth watered with every whiff. Pour was nice hazy dark brown with a thin film for a head. Taste was delicious. Toasted coconut, vanilla and bourbon are big and full with a nice chewy caramel finish. Medium carbonation. Toffee and burnt caramel emerged as the beer warmed.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (4172) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2015
Tap @ Frisco’s, Columbia. Aroma is full of Bourbon, leather, vanilla, oak, fruity malts. Flavor is sweet, vanilla and somewhat alcoholic. Lovely balance. Great bourbon barrel.


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