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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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!


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2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Underdogs88 (96) - New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2014
Aroma of bourbon, oak and caramel. Appearance is a cloudy brown with a medium sized white head. Bourbon flavor is strong. Oak is in support. Malt contains some hints of caramel. Medium fruity esters. Hop bitterness is high which provides some citrus notes. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium low carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present and strong. Overall, there is too much bourbon flavor and not enough malt complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1001) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle from a recent trade. Poured into my snifter at home. Dark brown, opaque pour with a mild head. No lacing. Aroma is sweet prunes, toffee, caramel, mild spices, rum barrel, raisins. The taste was a little less complex than expected with prunes, plums, brown sugar, barrel, vanilla, and some spices coming forward. Not boozy. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Finish is smooth and barrel. Not bad, but not my favorite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
2014-08-16. Hazy dark orange body with a modest beige head. 3+ Aroma is relatively mild, light bourbon caramel malt. 7+ Flavour is sweetly malty, lightly bourbony. Dryish alcohol in the finish. Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Decent, I suspect it would benefit from a longer more contemplative visit than I gave it today unfortunately. Bottle at Campground Brewdown, as Bourbon Barrel Aged Devilís Milk

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2356) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
12 oz bottle courtesy of Sloth. Pours a rusty amber with a medium light beige head. Aroma of charred oak, bourbon, caramelized sugar and vanilla. Taste of charred oak, caramel, caramelized sugar, bourbon and vanilla. Nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3132) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2014
This Barleywine pours an oily medium brown with a minimal off-white head. Complex aroma that is malt forward with dark fruits, caramel, booze. The flavor follows the aroma. Sweet, mildly complex.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2014
logging this in from untappd to synchronize all my beers into rate beer for better statistics.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1204) - - JUL 23, 2014
Served on tap in a chalice glass Appearance Ė The beer is served a golden amber color with a billowy white head of one finger height. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell Ė Just like its non-barrel aged brother (Devilís milk) the aroma of the beer is heavy of sweeter aromas of caramel and toffee. Mixed with these smells are some aromas a lightly floral and earthy nature, but these are rather light overall. Some oaky and woody flavors as well as a moderately strong dark fruit aroma of cherry and fig are there mixing with a bit of a boozy smell nicely, creating a rather warming smell overall. Taste Ė The taste begins, just as the Devilís Milk does, with a very sweet and malty taste with plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness matched with a good showing of a bready nature. As the flavor advances some of the fruit flavors that were detected in the nose come to the tongue with some cherry hitting the tongue. Here is where it diverges slightly from the Devilís Milk, with some flavors of oak and wood coming to the tongue. Again however sweeter tastes later come, with a good lot of candied sugar and a bit of some lighter fruit flavors of orange and pear. A bit of hop flavors also come to the tongue; consisting mainly of a floral and citrus nature. Some more boozy and oaky flavors joint the flavor profile in the end and with a light earthy flavor coming to the tongue, leaving one with a rather sweet and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The beer was average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to lightly below average. The lower carbonation is very appropriate for the sweet flavors of the brew, but a slightly thicker body may have accentuated the wood/oak flavors of the brew better. Overall Ė Very Similar to Devilís Milk in nature; just with some hints of wood and oak and maybe a hint more of booze. If choosing between this and Devilís milk and this and if they are at the same price, then choose this, but if you have to spend much more, save your money and just go with the Devilís as they are not all that much different.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4939) - 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 itís much more dominated by the oakiness than anything. Itís 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 (951) - 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 (888) - 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 (1325) - 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.


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