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Hell On Wood - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 19
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oriolesfan4 on 03-01-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MattSharpless
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EricSloan
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Eh, its a barelywine. I'm still not a fan.
Woody tones were nice, but still its too chewy and over the top. I'm biased against this style so take this with a grain of salt.

Photo of DrStiffington
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of georgiaboy8686
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TangoJuliet
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Danno48
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcisco44
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayQue
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Barleywine. Poured a hazy reddish amber color into a pint glass. Medium size cream color head with average retention. One or two bands of thin lacing.

Aroma is oak and bitterness. Pretty good. Flavor is fantastic!!! Everything you would want in a Barleywine. It is bitter, hoppy, a strong oak presence, some caramel malt with some minor aspects of vanilla, toffee and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is a little harsh, rich, a bit boozy but not much, with a lot of sweetness to balance things out.

A great strong beer for one of our rare snow days in Tidewater VA. Looking at beach shows on the Travel network and feeling very mellow from the beer.

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fastwalker19
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmcmahon1024
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cook82
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vincehayter
2.81/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Boozy, strong, sharp hop edge. Bourbon notes come through clearly. Not really my thing though, but I was glad to try it.

Photo of marcfromphilly
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rodosman
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper color. The head is two fingers high, and pale yellow in shade. With a creamy texture and good retention, it caps the beer off very nicely. There's also plenty of lacing left on the glass. Even with the murkiness, this one looks damn good. (4)

Smell: Initially, I pick up the base barleywine strongly - notes of caramel, candy, and mild hops come through very well. It takes a while for the bourbon presence to come out, but it does appear with some nice vanilla qualities. Having said that, it remains subtle throughout. DuClaw played it safe with the barrel in my opinion (then again, I did have Sucaba a couple days ago...), but it coalesces with the base barleywine quite well. (3.5)

Taste: This has more barrel presence than the nose suggested. It starts off with some caramel malts, along with a hoppy touch. The aforementioned (citrusy/piny) hop touch lasts throughout the flavor profile. Past the mid-taste, though, it gains a massive vanilla flavor. Oak barrel qualities gradually sneak up on the aftertaste. Its citrus/vanilla combination works pretty well - it's like drinking an orange cream soda that's about 200% more badass. Booziness is perfectly hidden. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Wow, this beer is very soft on the palate, with the decent carbonation aiding its utter creaminess. By no means is it the biggest feel on the planet, but it still feels oh so nice. Very little alcohol pricks the tongue, too. A very nice sipping beer. (4.25)

Overall: Devil's Milk is probably the best of the countless (and usually mediocre) six packs DuClaw makes. Whomever decided to stuff that beer into bourbon barrels AND also put it into six packs deserves a raise. Seriously, is there another barrel-aged barleywine available in six packs out there? While this beer won't be giving Sucaba any fits, it's a fantastic value in the world of barrel-aged beers. Definitely worth buying, and worth aging. (3.75)

3.76/5: Dear Duclaw...less Serum and more of this!

Photo of sharkfin_24
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this interesting, flavorful beer yesterday. It starts out smooth and refreshing, but definitely has a "fruity" after note that seems to fill your nostrils as well. An easy drink for having a higher ABV, and definitely something to be enjoyed in the colder weather.

Photo of rjp217
2.86/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Unfortunately this bottle was pretty oxidized after a year of aging. There was some caramel and bourbon notes but overall it was pretty flat with no heat.

Photo of Goldndomer
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Bottled Jan 15th 2015.

Creamy light tan head, with a very off white appearance, about two fingers and slowly falling to a bubbled collar. Body color is a simple amber orange, slightly cloudy but for the most part quite clear, with a real nice orange and lemon tone.

Real nice aroma. Good tropical hop fruit notes, hints of thick oak and a bit of maple syrup and controlled sugars. Hints to a bit of vanilla and fruitcake like aromas, slight hint of salty brine strangely which is real interesting. Some milk chocolate comes out with some time as well. Real developed aroma going on here, and not even boozy, this is very impressive.

Palate leaves some discerning flavors much behind. A bit of a wet and chalky mouthfeel, really doesn't bring much of a hint that this is barrel aged. Slight mild caramel note in the mid palate with a washing grainy finish. Slight fruity hop angle comes in the aftertaste even with an oily feel of hop and soap. Slight buttery oaky notes round out with a bit of cheap booze flavor, but none of the burn.

This has got some really good qualities but it's just not tied together well. There's a great beer here just screaming to get out but it's just not happening. Lots of potential on this.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a quad glass. almost exactly 1 year old.

Pours a dark amber red with a slight head. Smell of vanilla and dark fruits with a load of caramel as well. taste is quite smooth actually...ooh! didnt have this fresh as i knew it would be a booze bomb, but the year of age has done this well. quite sweet with a lot of toffee up front. i then get some sweet bourbon notes but its not overpowering. surprised how tasty this is honestly. carbonation is correct with just a mild bit...right for the style in my eyes. body is medium.

overall a very solid BBA barleywine.

Photo of hilgart1
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Hell On Wood from DuClaw Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.