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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber body under a small fizzy off-white head that faded to a wispy partial covering. The nose is slightly sweet, but it’s much more dominated by the oakiness than anything. It’s a very raw and fresh smelling oakiness. Some nice toffee and brown sugar maltiness as well though. Minimal to no alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is quite sweet though, lots and lots of brown sugar and burnt caramel with a heavy raw oakiness. Some moderate alcohol heat on the back end, but not horrible given the huge ABV on this guy. Full bodied and rather sticky and chewy with soft fizzy carbonation. Interesting beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1413) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Tap at the brewery. Pours a nice reddish amber with a ring of off white head. Aroma of caramel and booze. Taste is heavy on the booze with dark fruits.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
closey22 (1184) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Dark amber with reddish hues and rimming beige head; aroma has notes of cinnamon and bourbon but both are softly blended; Flava is rich bourbon and sugary sweet malt; feels thick with nice fizzy bite; finishes dry and sweet boubou notes throughout

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (3245) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2014
12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours with half a finger of off-white head that fades quick. Aromas of sweet bourbon, booze, dark fruit, oak. Tastes of bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, light citrus and hops. Medium body with a dry and warm boozy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
digrod (114) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle poured into tulip. Dark gold color with quickly dissipating white head. Smells and tastes of bourbon, toasted marshmallows, vanilla, boozy heat. Interesting brew. Maybe a bit too much bourbon influence.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10715) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Tap at DuClaw Arundel Mills. Pours clear orange with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is moderate bourbon, oak and vanilla with cookie and toast malt, light earthy hops and dates, figs. Flavor is sweet malt, vanilla, oak and bourbon with light hops and bitterness, dark dried fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 2/23/2012 Total Score: 3.7
Tap at Max’s. Pours lightly hazy amber with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is cookie and biscuit malt, light caramel malt, vanilla, oak, and bourbon with fruity esters and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with vanilla, oak, and bourbon, dates and a sweet texture and dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and light carbonation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1540) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
This beer has a lot going on. Look- amber with semi-creamy head. Aroma- citrusy hops and bourbon. Flavor- sweet malts, spruce, bourbon, bitter hops, warmth for alcohol. Fun take on barley wine style. Yum.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AmericanHobo (66) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Pours a dark copper with a tad bit of a head. Wonderful citrus, dried fruit aroma. Taste is big and smooth. Fruity initially fades gently. Not much hotness from the alcohol

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2519) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2014
Draft sample at Manahawkin Spirits. Pours a cloudy brown/amber color with a small frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, oak, dark fruit, hints of bourbon, and booze. Taste is much the same. Some alcohol burn, with notes of sweet caramel, barrel, light bourbon, and sweet fruit.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheWhiteWolf (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2014 does not count
Big booze and hops on the first whiff. First taste is big and sweet, citrus and boozy. Like lip smacking sweet. The hops overpower the Bourbon notes but they do exist, reminiscent of BCBW. A sipper fa’sho. Will report back when I pop a bottle with a little more age on it and see if the hops fade and the barrel shines.


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