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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 (Brewers Association of Maryland Governors Cup gold medal winner in 2006, 2007 and 2008) Barleywine, Devils 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). Theres no escape; prepare to fall to the seductive power of Hell On Wood!

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1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (5637) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2017
From a cheap bottle in market district this stuff pours with a thick rich visual darker pale appeal. Aroma of volatile malt. Way too much flat viscous high alky effects causing dizzy affects. Almost gets cloying, but is not. WOoooOW on this one. Hell, yes, wood cant find. Some whisky flavors haunting the back of my palate but never get slimed. Not sure if aging would make this like a REAL old country barley wine. I dont think it could ever be trained to be civil & sweet. Another wannah bee but at least its cheap, and a good bzzzzzzzzzzzzz. In the end its rude and in yer face, ballz all the way to the wooden wallz, I guess. Drink 2 and get shit canned. Domestic barley wine fer sher. We ned to make 2 categories of barley wine; European & other countries or more likely euro and american barleywine. How about this for 2 categoris of BW; real and wannah beeeezzzz? Fuckin hell.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (1898) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2017
Best beer Ive had in five years! Simply fantastic! Dull bourbon color with a short white head. Caramel, coconut, vanilla, oak, and mildly fruity nose. Thick, sticky, oily mouthfeel. Coconut, vanilla, faint chocolate, oak, and very ripe apple flavors. Some alcohol burns through as well. Very, very good effort.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7730) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Tallahassee, Fl - Luckys Market - 12 oz bottle. Pours a sparkling medium copper, light off white head, slight lacing, Aroma of molasses, bourbon, and dates. Full bodied flavor, sweet date like accents, baked brown canned bread, raisins, a hint of molasses, an inviting twinge of bourbon, not overdone at all. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Extremely solid barley wine, not over the top and cloying at all.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (4686) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2016
12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Pours with a murky copper-brown body topped by a thin, mostly short-lived head. Minimal lacing. Powerful bourbon and bourbon barrel aspects to the aroma and only a little less pronounced and dominant in the flavor. Still, theres a strong barleywine base that is clearly evident in the flavor. There are vanilla, wood, dark soft and dried fruits, hops and, of course, bourbon, notes in the flavor. Good complexity. Overall: Boozy, with a clear presence of the 10+% ABV. A strong ale for bourbon lovers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2735) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2016
Bottle from Wine Warehouse. Pours murky brown with no head. Aroma is vanilla, dark fruits, coconut. Flavor is green pepper, vanilla, coconut, caramel, dark fruit, bread crust.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1620) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2016
Slightly cloudy amber with no head. Vanilla and slightly sweet.. Nice tart finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (1368) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Hazy amber in appearance. Vanilla, citrus, burbon, alcohol, caramel aromas. Flavors of caramel, vanilla, burbon, citrus, dark fruits, bread.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Bottle poured into a tulip..light chestnut color with a thin off-white head..aroma of bourbon,toffee,vanilla, wood & smoke..tastes of bourbon,caramel,smoke, dark fruits,vanilla,oak..really well done and $20 for a 6er at 13%ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsmerig (1550) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Pours a hazy Amber brown with a white head. Aroma of vanilla and caramel. Taste is deeply malty up front that fades into a smokey middle. Then it takes a turn where both a sour and sweet vanilla combination takes you into the finish. Dryness of smokey but in lingers well after the taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10346) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle from WF PM. Pours hazy copper with loud, off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, molasses, oaky bourbon. Tastes rich, very dense on the tongue, with heavy oak and bourbon flavor, caramel, molasses, hops, mild smoky flavor. This is the best DuClaw beer I have had, and Ill be buying a case to cellar.


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