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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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13539) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
Bottle shared at Intuition during RBWG 2013. Pours clear gold with a fine, white cream head. Sweet malt nose with honey, vanilla and caramel. Big sweet flavor, sugary, boozy, lots of bread, mild oxidation. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, light dry and ripe fruits, sweet bready malts. NIce stuff overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11686) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bomber 2011 vintage courtesy of Beerand Blues2 (thanks Brad!) poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of bourbon, toffee, plum, raisin, light carmel and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, carmel, toffee, light plum and light oak with a smooth lingering carmel finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10607) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10432) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with off white head. Nose and taste of bourbon, oak, candied dark fruit, caramelized sugar, vanilla, fruit cake and resinous hops. Full bodied. Moderate sweetness. Nice balance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10111) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Amber-brown pour. Nice sweet and boozy aroma. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, butterscotch candy. Flavor is sweet and rich. Lots of vanilla, oak and toffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a large frothy off-white head. Aroma of toffee, wood, bourbon, mild raisin. The taste is toffee, vanilla, wood, apple skins, bourbon. Medium bodied, mild heat.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9996) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9588) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9322) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
Really tasty and drinkable barleywine. Carmel taste up front, then the wood, and a tasty sticky hop finish.


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