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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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!


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tgncc (2830) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Awesome aroma of vanilla, oak, bread, frit, light bourbon. The appearance is translucent amber, thin off-white head. The flavor is like the aroma, nice. Bourbon is restrained. The finish is bourbon, pine, citrus. Medium/thick in body. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10805) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle shared at Natifest ’13. Poured clear dark orange in color with an average white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark sweet malt, vanilla wood and earthy hop aroma. Moderate to heavy smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark sweet flavor to medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met with a complex beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle. Poured an amberish color with an off white head. Woody, vanilla, some dark fruits, caramel, and bourbon. Medium to strong alcohol burn in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6607) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2013
22 oz. bottle from BMart - thanks again! Pours a clear, bright orange-amber color with a small ring. Aroma of toffee, oak, peanut brittle, vanilla, some fruit esters, and bourbon. The flavor is a bigger version of the same, with caramel, toffee, dates, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Lighter in color and body than expected, but packs some heat.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3074) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle shared at natifest. Pours a copper color with no head. Aroma is booze and bread. Taste has even more booze and bread. Doesn’t do much for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, honey, dark fruits,and alcohol. Taste of caramel, vanilla, wood, bourbon, dried fruits, and strong alcohol in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9221) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle... clear dirty orange small white. Decent. Oxidation, apple & prune no barrel left. Full-bodied & velvety w/ soft. Caramel, toffee, prune. Finishes boozy & warming. Ygtbsm

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (7565) - Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle, recent vintage. Thin, oxidized booze smell. Flavor is sweet, malt and booze. Nto great.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kimjongill (207) - - MAY 9, 2013
Dark orange/ruby pour into snifter with thin white head - this is a noteably beautiful beer. Aroma of fruit/malt/bourbon. Taste is much of the same, but the beer has a bit of an off-bite or edge, but I would suspect that a year or so of aging could solve that issue entirely. Otherwise a very solid bourbon barrel aged barleywine. It’s in the same league as Central Waters, but falls a bit short of the Victory Oak Horizontal or Sucaba.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2350) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Clear amber pour with thin to no off white head.... aroma of vanilla, caramel malts, sugary and dark fruits .... taste is of light dry oak, vanilla, caramelized sugars, dark fruits, lightly bitter hops and lightly boozy .... very malty and medium bodied pretty rich .... finish is light bitter with a lingering vanilla and malt .... abv hidden well


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