Hell On Wood | DuClaw Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by oriolesfan4 on 03-01-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,403
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
331
pDev:
10.25%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
69
Trade:
0
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Photo of h4ger
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joe_Tool
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 2/14/14. Dark basement kept undisturbed. 50*F into a pint with sediment left in the 12oz bottle. Mild carbonation and very slight haze. Insignificant head with some lacing. Deep amber color. Smell is sweet caramel.

This one has improved over the years. Unfortunately, it's only improved to "ok". Too sweet for a 4yo "English".

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This strong bourbon barrel aged barleywine does the job allright;
Dark amber colour, no head
Bourbon brings some vanilla and coconuts.
Big toffee and big big boozy presence

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber brown color that is turbid, yet clears up, visible carbonation and floating sediment. Luscious looking foamy head, retains well and yields a creamy film and lace.
Complex bouquet of aromas that open with citrus and followed by dark fruit, vinous grape, raisins and plum. Lots of caramel and maple syrup sweetness, as well as a strong biscuity malt aroma that evokes a sense of sticky ness. The bourbon barrel emits an oaky and vanilla like aroma, yet, it’s not so boozy.
The taste, on the other hand, does open up with a moderate alcohol, bourbon like, burn that is lightly spicy and smoky. Sweet flavors evoke caramel, maple syrup, vanilla, raisin, brown sugar, molasses, and chewy sticky malt. As boozy as this one starts off, it settles quite nicely midway, and highlights other flavors. In particular, some mild hops bitterness begins to develop, along with a grapefruit rind finish. Vinous flavors develop, evoking a full bodied red wine, grapes, plum and figs.
Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Once the alcohol spice and burn mellows out, this one evolves from a supper to a dangerously drinkable brew.
A big complex brew all around. A nice Barleywine to knock back and a bargain at $3 for the bottle.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured a fuzzy copper color with an off-white head.

Smell - The nose brought to mind boozy apricots.

Taste - At the front, I noted a very fruity boozy presence. Notes of fruit cocktail, apricots, raisins, and nutty wood with drier hints at the finish. The beer is quite sweet, but not overly cloying.

Mouthfeel - The sticky booze clung to all parts of the mouth. There was definite viscosity.

Overall - Perhaps some age will mellow the sweetness. The beer drinks more like an English barleywine than an American barleywine.

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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yeldarb92
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeIquiades
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eddieeight
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the idea of this brew better than I like the brew itself. Pours nice pretty Amber color like caramel. Smells sweet and almost like malt liquor. Taste is not as quenching as other barrel aged brews. In fact it's really dry and flavor of bourbon sweetens it. Overall I expected more but wtf would cares it's 13% let's get [email protected](€ed up

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another DuClaw, another fantastic brew...

I really like this brewer. Anytime I can pull something new I never hesitate and I am so glad I pulled this off the shelf recently. What I find most amazing about this beer is that even at 13% ABV - you don't really smell it, you sorta taste it - both qualities being as such are a rarity, at least for me - yet, you definitely "feel" it as you partake and enjoy. I found it to be sweet to the nose, smooth and creamy on the tongue, and full of the distinct bourbon flavor you would expect. I dinged it on taste a bit since it had a tinny finish, but otherwise it was very good. I would definitely look for another one to age for a year or so and will be on the lookout for such moving forward.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2018 Draught Subtle citrus, minimal oak with lingering anise.

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zlyice
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4/5  rDev 0%
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Hell On Wood from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 331 ratings