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Hell On Wood - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 237
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 15
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 237
Reviews by teromous:
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4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: It's a lighter shade of burnt-orange brown and hazy with good visible carbonation. The head is eggshell white with fluffy bubbles. Not much lacing, but a very good looking beer.

S: I pick up a little bit of pine, then some very faint caramel scents, and a hint of alcohol. There's a kind-of sweet orange smell to it as well. It smells good but it's very timid.

T: I'm instantly hit with a sweet alcohol flavor, without an alcohol sensation. I want to emphasize that it doesn't really taste like alcohol, but has that sweet flavor you get from alcohol. There's a bit of mellow pine bitterness but its extremely soft. This is followed by a faint oak flavor that does a very good job with the "pine flavor." The whole thing is extremely soft This is an amazingly approachable beer.

M: The mouthfeel on this beer is absolutely fantastic. I will say it again...fantastic. It is so smooth. It has just the right bitterness and sweetness to dance on the palate without destroying the dance floor. The carbonation is there to give it just enough presence without making it bright. It's amazing.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this beer and it was admittedly surprising to me. At first I thought I was going to have this rich bourbon flavored, thick bodied barleywine (which I would have welcomed). The name "Hell on Wood" brought mental imagery of a crazy rich imposing beer. Instead I was shocked to find a well balanced barleywine that was delicate like a well-administered orchid. The flavors marry perfectly, and it makes me wonder if this beer could even be aged to be as perfect as it is right now. I'll age some to give it a shot, but it will be hard to compete with this. (1,675 characters)

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of briandaube
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of PeterParker
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark ruby red with barely a head to it.

Smells sweet. Candied fruits, malty goodness. Burnt sugar. Touch of booze. Smells very enticingly sweet.

Taste is sweet, yet not as sweet as the smell though. Some sugary fruit and alcohol. Lots of bourbon flavor. Really good. Mostly on the back end but so nice.

Smooth and thin with almost no carbonation. Bit of a warmth in the aftertaste.

This is a very good barleywine. Top of the line in my opinion. Definitely getting a lot of the bourbon barrel character. Really like this. (530 characters)

Photo of JMS1512
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, 2013 edition, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark, amber color, speckled with orange and red highlights, and an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Delicious! Lots of bready toasted malt and candied sugar as well as aromas of bourbon, oak, a touch of clove and vanilla. There’s quite a bit of dried stone fruit as well, such as raisins, prunes and apricots.

Taste: Delicious! Tons of toasted malt and candied sugar and boozy alcohol up front, not clashing, but complementing each other, followed by quite a bit of dried stone fruit as well, such as raisins, prunes and dates, hints of oak clove, caramel, toffee and vanilla. Finally, more bourbon comes through at the finish. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, and extremely smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10.6%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent barley wine!! I really like the pronounced malty presence, mixed with dried stone fruit, toffee and boozy alcohol. I’m definitely getting some more of this!! (1,245 characters)

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of McMatt7
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnwetterstrand
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of bum732
3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of J_Wheels
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbuzz
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gillagorilla
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A hazy and cloudy amber copper brown. Minimalist head that dissipates immediately with only a bit of a collar.

S: Slight bourbon and lots of sweet malts. There are even some nice hops in there with slight citrus notes and some pine.

T: Sweet but restrained. Not too boozy, only a bit of heat and a nice warming to it. Extremely drinkable. I actually like the booze/bourbon in this, compared to say that of BCBBW. Just sweet enough with a great barleywine flavor that is all malt. Sometimes the booze will hit just right and be quite strong.

M: Sharp and crisp. Nice carbonation.

O: I still need to try the regular Devil's Milk. but I am slowly warming up to DuClaw more and more. (734 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy medium brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bourbon, fruits, malts. Taste is alcohol, bourbon, sugar, more alcohol. Feels medium bodied and boozy in the mouth and overall isn't a bad beer, but a bit to boozy for my liking. (279 characters)

Photo of rankandfile
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The mouthfeel was a bit watery for a bourbon barreled barley wine style but yea, I love just about all things bourbon barreled. and I may have been spoiled by the Bourbon County 123 but this is some great stuff for the price. The price kind of reminds me of the halcyon days when nobody seemed to know the awesomeness of GI Bourbon County and I was still buying bombers of it in March. (385 characters)

Photo of rjp217
2.86/5  rDev -28.7%
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. (154 characters)

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Hell On Wood from DuClaw Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.