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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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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3.2
Heather_B (256) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Smells like a citrusy barleywine. Looks like a pretty amber. And then you taste it. My god, this stuff isn’t good. Smelling like citrus and alcohol? Sounds good. Tasting that way? My god, never again.

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AdamChandler (5051) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Burnt brown appearance, Ithink this is the latest batch. 12oz split 2 ways in stemware @ cellar temp. has a caramel burnt malt nose with a touch of whiskey and oak. very sweet, smoke, oak, sweet brown sugar. some shoe polish and rough bitterness at the finish. Good but not mind blowing.

3.8
Fritz123 (1535) - 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
jercraigs (10374) - 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 Devil’s Milk

4.4
adrian910ss (2574) - Doylestown, PA, 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
SpringsLicker (3638) - 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
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
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JUL 23, 2014
Served on tap in a chalice glass Appearance – 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 – Just like its non-barrel aged brother (Devil’s 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 – The taste begins, just as the Devil’s 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 Devil’s 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 – Very Similar to Devil’s Milk in nature; just with some hints of wood and oak and maybe a hint more of booze. If choosing between this and Devil’s 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 Devil’s as they are not all that much different.

3.4
kramer (6682) - 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 it’s much more dominated by the oakiness than anything. It’s 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
JHeath99 (1678) - 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.


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