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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 (Brewerís Association of Maryland Governorís Cup gold medal winner in 2006, 2007 and 2008) Barleywine, Devilís 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). Thereís no escape; prepare to fall to the seductive power of Hell On Wood!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Luvystypotables (1613) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2014
Aroma of barley and malt. Dark amber colour no head. Taste of Scotch with an whiskey palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2793) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2014
Thin tan head with fair retention and minimal lacing. Hazy, amber hued brew. Nose of booze, berries, light wood and whisky. Body is medium and oily on the palate with a slight carbonation. Notes of rum and whisky with some vanilla and oakey hints too, mild caramel malts and dark fruits. Finish is slight but warm, hint spicy. Heavily sediment,ed. 12oz. bottle from statelineliquors.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (5475) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2014
12oz bottle frm Spirits Manahawkin. Poured a deep caramel amber body with a smaller off white foamy lasting head. Aroma is nice, wood, light vanilla, toasted coconut, toast, grains, roasted citrus rind, bourbon soaked wood. Medium body that is a bit slick, lighter carbonation, a toch of warmth and a slimy finish, really thinner for a 10.6% beer though. Flavor is the same as the aroma, toasted wood and vanilla with coconut, grains and toast, some citrus as well. Interresting and solid but not mind blowing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3050) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle from Canalís Hammonton. Pours out a reddish/caramel color with no head. Aroma is campfire, wood, vanilla, light bourbon, toffee and caramel. Taste is complex, some sweet caramel/toffee notes, charred wood, earth, vanilla, some mild dried fruits, and lingering dry alcohol on the finish along with some more lightly smoky fire wood flavors. I like this one, nice cold night beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (4222) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Dark amber body, medium to thin light tan head, sparse lacing. Caramel, oak, vanilla, and bourbon all show relatively equal intensity. Medium to full bodied with slick carbonation, moderate sweetness, and just the slightest boozy feel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours orange brown, with a white head. Aroma is fruit, citrusy hops, toffee, and alcohol. Flavor is citrus, toffee, vanilla, and a little wood. Not really getting much bourbon.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7881) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3/28/14. 12oz bottle in a Free Beer Week box thanks to dfhhead! Man, he sent me some cool and new beers! Lightly hazy red amber pour with a small khaki head that fades with time and doesnít lace a ton throughout the glass. Boozy aroma, reminds me of vodka in a way, some barrel, plenty of oak, some sweet fruits. Sweet flavor, dark fruits and brown sugar, more wood, booziness, touches of vanilla and coconut. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2014
12 oz bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a clear amber color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel malts, dark fruit, bourbon, wood, hints of spice, vanilla and some booze. Overall, I like this and would revisit with some age.
Earlier Rating: 11/30/2013 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle shared by someone at Natifest. Pours a clear caramel/amber color with a small off white film. The aroma and flavor have caramel, bourbon, vanilla, woody, light resiny hops, dark fruits with mild bitterness to the finish. This does show the abv a bit, but the alcohol serves mostly as a warming component.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2014
12oz bottle. Hazy red orange color, mostly clear. Thin off-white head. Dots of lace. Wood, and fuel in the nose. Good vanilla, dark fruit, desert like flavors. Some big earthy hop. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet, more dry. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Finishes more dry. Tasty, complex, but strong-tasting bareywine. I wonder if this would do better with a year on it? Right now, itís tasting a little hot and hoppy.
Earlier Rating: 8/10/2013 Total Score: 3.7
Taster from a bottle shared at Natifest 2013. Mostly clear orange amberc olor. Thin off-white head. Couple loose dots of lace. Moderate bitter taste. Bigger caramel, some chocolate. Very light spice. Good, dark tasting barrel aged barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8051) - 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.


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