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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5425) - Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle to snifter (shared with the group; thanks sloth). Looks good for the style; a slightly hazy caramel with thin eggshell lacing. Smells solid; semi-sweet and malty with notes of oak. Tastes like it smells with notes of bourbon and vanilla. Solid on the palate; a little boozy though. Enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
duganc (12) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2014
I quite enjoyed this barley wine. I am on a bw kick these days and found this to be particularly good

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arojewski (49) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2014
The hints of bourbon from the barrel process don’t help mask the high ABV, but add a unique flavor. It’s nearly a bourbon Boilermaker in a bottle. Nice aging process for a barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1360) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle. Bottled: 02/14/14. A slightly hazy ruby pour with a thin antique white head. Bourbon, charred oak, plums, vanilla extract, dates, dark cherries, and caramel in the aroma. Goes down medium-bodied, fairly smooth, and just a tad syrupy. Caramel, dates, and plums dominate the initial taste. Vanilla follows. A burnt oaky woodsiness finishes things off. Some citrus and spices here and there. There is a boozy bourbon quality present from beginning to end.
Earlier Rating: 4/28/2013 Total Score: 3.5
22 oz. bottle. 2012 vintage. There is no mention of Heaven Hill on the label. Pours a clear ruby color with a smallish beige head. Grapefruits, caramel, bourbon, an oaky woodsiness, plums, and vanilla extract feature strongly in the aroma. Goes down medium-bodied and slightly syrupy. Quite sweet upfront in the taste with plenty of caramel and overly ripe plums. Brown sugar. Lots of creamy vanilla and a little shortbread in the middle. Boozy flavors. A charred oaky woodsy presence and a touch of citrus at the end. A good dose of warming alcohol and a cloying sweetness throughout. Nicely done, just WAY too sweet for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StoutDr (44) - Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Aroma is really sweet. Appearance is cloudy copper. Sweet smooth barley. Light on palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (669) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber with white head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, malt. Taste is smooth, lots of oak tannins. Smooth vanilla. Damn tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle. Slightly murky copper pour with a short tan head. Aroma is vanilla, toasted coconut, caramel, sweet malt, oak and bourbon notes. Taste is big coconut, toasted malt, oak, vanilla, caramel, sweet malt, candied fruit and bourbon. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Light boozy warmth to this as well. Ends with more oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, toasted malt, boozy notes, caramel, sweet malt notes and bourbon. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle->snifter. Deep amber with small offwhite head. A: caramel malt, cardboard, deep grains and hops. T: sweet malt, booze, dusty hops, grains, wood chips. Somewhat cloying. Decent but nothing exceptional.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydslip (173) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Slightly cloudy amber beer with a slow-forming thin white head that disappears almost as quickly as it forms. Sour alcoholic nose with some plum, light soy, and raisins. Flavor has an initial sourness followed immediately by a bracing bitterness with overarching tannins. Mouth feel is syrupy with little effervescence. Pretty good, but it does not hide its alcohol well. Worth a try. Don’t expect to drink too many though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Growler fill at Whole Foods. Pours a medium to dark amber, clear, very slight head. Aroma is caramel, a hint of anise, vanilla, and booze. Deep caramel malts, follow by a big shot of medicinal hops, quite a bit of anise here, and then a boozy finish, a good bit of wood present at the end. Not bad at all, despite not being my favorite hop profile. Some tannins present are a bit distracting and astringent, which detracts.


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