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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2014
This beer is a hazy dark brownish-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of smoked malt, wood and fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of charred malt, oaky bourbon, caramel and citrus. The finish is smoky and boozy with a caramel malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (351) - 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 (7587) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricks (686) - 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 (5186) - 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 (925) - 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 (5033) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1018) - Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2015 Draft at Il Forno in Frederick, MD. Served in a classic pils glass (!?), hazy tannish dark brown color with thin tan head. Aroma notes of heavy malt sweetness, dark fruit, caramel, oak, vanilla, light chocolate and bourbon. Taste adds notes of toffee, molasses, apple, dried fruits, smoke and earthy hops. Heavy body, low carbonation, creamy, rich with sweet caramel-like finish. Not boozy at all, heavy bourbon and sweet malt notes. Pretty tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (2647) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Don’t know where to start, so much going on. Caramel, toffee, wood, bourbon, warmth. Nice creamy thick head and lacing. Makes my lips tingle.

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.


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