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Hell On Wood - DuClaw Brewing Company

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89
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202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 19
Gots: 39 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 202 | Reviews: 33
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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4.19/5  rDev +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.

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2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Hell On Wood from DuClaw Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.