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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8012) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3156) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (4182) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6318) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a red-brown color with a small white head that faded and left no lacing. The aroma was tangy caramel, toasty, wood, bourbon and faint fruits. The flavor was strong coconut, bourbon, oak, toasted caramel, golden fruits, almost smoke and a strong boozy presence. Very long complex finish. Full body. The booziness works with this one. Quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5463) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Beer #4 of my 5000 Beer Celebration (Barley Wine): Deep dark brown and copper coloured body with a ruby and rose glow and a thinnish, nicely laced tan head. Aroma of cedar, oak, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, rye, grain, peat, apricots and somehow even more alcohol. Full-bodied; Assertive effervescence; Strong oak and cedar flavour at first with a large alcohol warmth and a big hit of pear, apple, apricot and fig sweetness with a big hit of rye and grain finishing strong and pungent. Aftertaste shows a lot of the alcohol warmth with whiskey and grain flavours throughout along with plenty of sweetness to finish it out. Overall, a nicely layered barley wine with a lot of cedar and oak components with some vanilla and sweetness right behind, all with the expected boozy and alcohol kick that lasts for a while. I typically don’t drink ’fresh’ barley wines, but I went out of my way to drink this new, and I will try to find another bottle of this and keep it for at least five years - it still needs aging, as this is rough around the edges, but shows character and promise for sure. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia on 31-January-2015 for US$3,49 sampled just three and a half months later on 16-May-2015.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (1089) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2015
Amber coloring. Ale and barrel flavor is heavy and good. Not over powering. High hitting abv. Tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9717) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a hazy amber orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a big bourbon note with some vanilla, sweet grains and a hint of caramel. Flavor is big in bourbon and vanilla as well with caramel and a growing sweet grain note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duchammer (169) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle poured black with a tan head. Aroma had nice aged bourbon with nice milk chocolate little to no roast. This beer was silk smooth with nice intertwined notes of bourbon and chocolate. Awesome beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricks (917) - Delaware, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Appearance nothing special... hazy muddy brown. Aroma of barrel, malt, dark fruit. Taste is like malt, vanilla, bourbon.

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