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RATINGS: 97   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!


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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arojewski (51) - 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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5340) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5021) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (421) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2015
Amber coloring. Ale and barrel flavor is heavy and good. Not over powering. High hitting abv. Tap

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7739) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duchammer (121) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricks (703) - Delaware, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Appearance nothing special... hazy muddy brown. Aroma of barrel, malt, dark fruit. Taste is like malt, vanilla, bourbon.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
horto008 (169) - Alabama, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Outstanding barleywine style beer. it had the ABV, the sweetness, the bourbon, but it also had a champagne quality that balanced the often overwhelming sweetness of the style. one of the most balanced barleywines i’ve ever tasted.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5207) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottled 01/15/15. Nose is very sweet and oaky, tons of vanilla seeping up with strong and presumably sticky caramel, spice; they’re right to name it after the dominant wood character. Heavy spirits (Bourbon, very slight Port). Pours cloudy amber with firm carbonation and a dense, foamy beige head. Taste is sweet and hot very fiery alcohol, very heavy body with medium bitterness and extremely heavy spice and oak; strong vanilla, caramel, sugar, with just a wisp of smoke. Toffee and sticky lips. Man, that Bourbon essence is strong and warming, dominates all it surveys, but at least the strong malt base resists buckling under the weight, and there’s enough fresh (citric) hop character to add balance from that part of the spectrum (oils are a nice counterbalance to the alcohol, as well). It’s an extreme and unchecked barrel-bomb, to be sure, but a superlative sipper for Bourbon and cigar fans.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (952) - Dover, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured brown with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malts and caramel. Some fruit notes, malts and certainly lots of bourbon/wood notes. Very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5405) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle on the RBWG bus. Pours a clear copper with beige head. The aroma is caramel and vanilla. Thin mouth with sweet vanilla, toffee, caramel with a boozy finish.


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