dreddy (17) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wooden Hell pours an attractive chestnut-amber body with a nice depth to the hazy hue. The manila head vanishes quickly, leaving a thin wisp of foam on top. Rich nutty caramel and toffee sweetness greets the nose, followed by earthy hops and dried fruit notes of fig and prune. A flash of boozy bourbon, but more subtle than most. No real signs of oxidation--I think itís safe to say this beer is holding up well.
The flavor is something to fawn over. Gooey caramel candies coat the palate; beneath that are layers of butterscotch and dusty chocolate crumbles. Booze tastes sharp and still quite green despite Wooden Hellís age. Whisky wood and vanilla linger on the finish, but the heat is nicely restrained. Carbonation is tight, making for a creamy mouthfeel that keeps the thick body in check. Both spritzy and vinous on the finish with a flash of alcohol. No overpowering heat, cloying sweetness, or laboriously thick body. Everything is in perfect balance in this beer. Amazing stuff, worth the hype. Thanks again Chuck (thickfreakness)!
Damico (2202) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is damn smooth as I expected. Pours thick murky amber brown with a very small beige ring for a head. Aroma is smooth, not cuttingly sweet but more barrel maltiness and some aged yeast. Flavor brings super smooth creamy chocolates malts and some sweet smooth candy light toffee.
merc7186 (1462) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Brownish Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head, Mild Lacing
S: Honey, Bourbon, Sweet Dried Fruit
T: Bourbon, Sweet Fruit, Bready
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Boozy, Mildly Sweet
Overall, a really decent bourbon barleywine with a nice balanced taste.
orangesol (560) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Massive thanks to Al aka petesuphi for sharing this one with a few of us. I never thought I would even see a bottle of this, let alone drink it. Thanks again buddy!
A - Pours cloudy orangish brown with a nice one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of caramel and toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, smooth bourbon and some very light woody oak. The aroma is intoxicating, with all of the flavors meshing very well together. Only a tiny bit of oxidation is detectable here.
T - Starts off with the strong sweetness made up of the caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar and molasses. Once the sweetness dies down the bourbon and oak help smooth it all out. There is so much going on yet it doesnít overpower the palate in any way. Once it warms up the light oxidation becomes present here as well but it never really detracts from the other flavors, it mostly lurks at the end of each sip. Finish is sweet with some light heat, lingering on the palate long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slick feel goes down easy. Goes a touch watery at the end of the glass, combined with the light oxidation this is probably the weakest part of this beer.
O - I really enjoyed this one. It has all of the flavors I like in my barley wines and the addition of the bourbon barrel aging has made this one even better. In this bottle at least, it has definitely begun to show its age but it is still an awesome bourbon BA barley wine. I would say you should drink it sooner rather than later.
SudsMcDuff (5321) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, blind sample .. . Pours a deep purple brown .. low foam .. . some burnt sugar, plum, and light salty damp bourbon barrel .. . very light mouth feel .. . amazed i got to try this but the age isnít doing this any favours .. . . Andrť van Duin - Jan Zak
brystmar (971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brad, you are far too generous. Shared at the Freetail release. Liquid caramel laced with hints of booze aroma. Traces of fruit, figs, bready, caramely malts. Mildly sweet, def not cloying. Low carb, silky body. Finishes a bit hot, soothing warmth. Wish I could've tried this fresher; as it stands now, I def prefer KH & Kuhnhenn BBBW. Thanks again Brad!
Experiment_Ale (375) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Freetail mega release. Thanks Brad for sharing this ridic beer. Aroma is big raison leather fig molasses. Taste is smooth smooth figs and sugar Carmel. Finish, medium smooth interesting and delicious.
jethrodium (356) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by cpferris. Huge thanks to Chad for sharing this rarity. Pours a dark copper brown with no head, just a couple of bubbles at the edge of the glass and no lacing. The aroma is lots of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. There is also some caramel and toffee as well as a hint of some oxidation and some light alcohol. The taste is sweet with toffee and caramel. There is also a lot of bourbon, some vanilla, oak, a bit of cherry and some plum. Just a hint of oxidation present. The finish is smooth with just a bit of alcohol and some lingering bourbon and caramel. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was quite good. All the flavors are well integrated. Certainly one of the better barley wine I have had, but there are a few others that are just as good.
Huhzubendah (2157) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A huge thank you to David for hooking me up with this rare gem. I shared with this with a few good buddies yesterday.
Served in my Cantillon tulip.
The beer appears dark brown and mildly hazy. Crimson and sunburst highlights are evident as the light peaks through the liquid. Itís slightly hazy but certainly not opaque, as one can see through the body to some degree. The head measures approximately a quarter inch and leaves some good lacing on the glass.
The aroma is fabulous, with scents of sugary caramels and candies, vanilla, oak, malt, and bourbon.
The flavor is exceptional. Vanilla and oak meld beautifully with a light bourbon note. Sugary sweet caramel tones are amazingly tasty. This is one of the only barleywines I have ever had that has a prominent sweetness about it, yet would never become cloying. Brown sugar and malt flavors are supremely enjoyable.
Wooden Hell really shines in the feel department. Ridiculously smooth, this beer goes down effortlessly. Alcohol content is an afterthought. The aging process could only have assisted what Iím certain was an already terrific beer.
Overall, the best barrel-aged barleywine I have ever had and one of the best beers I have had the pleasure to taste.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-20-2011
Dunt (254) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks for being this Ethan! Have only had a small sip of this in passing at Dark Lord Day. Pours a ruddy brown in color, with a small off-white head. Nose smells slightly oxidized, but has a bunch of caramel, oak, vanilla, raisin, bourbon, and some light booze. Flavor is incredibly balanced and smooth, with a lot of the same themes as the nose. Specifically, caramel, vanilla, raisin, and bourbon. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, almost silky, nonexistent booziness, light carbonation...solid. Very good barleywine, think I might prefer this to M actually. Very happy to have a chance to try this again.
madmitch76 (12083) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
19th July 2009
Light nose of woody bourbon. Cloudy dark brown beer. Palate is slightly soft. Rich malt with well integrated vanilla oak and smooth bourbon. Nothing dominates - nicely balanced. Finishes with a little more bourbon and some aniseed. Tasty, well joined up and moorish.