Hell On Wood (Barleywine Style Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels) | DuClaw Brewing Company

Hell On Wood (Barleywine Style Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels)Hell On Wood (Barleywine Style Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels)
BA SCORE
83.5%
Liked This Beer
4.01 w/ 309 ratings
Hell On Wood (Barleywine Style Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels)Hell On Wood (Barleywine Style Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels)
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:
#3,969
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
309
Liked:
258
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
10.22%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
64
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 309 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of Kuges
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rolltide8425
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Gaddabble
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kbrady10
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky tea brown in color with off white head that falls quickly, tons of legs on the glass. Toffee, vanilla, light fig, raisin, oak, and boozy whiskey in the aroma. Same on the palate with the addition of a solid dose of bitterness and floral, spicy hops. Finishes sweet, bitter, and slightly warming. Just a really solid barleywine where the barrel makes its presence known.

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Photo of BJB13
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure of the date but I belive it's under six months old
12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Couldn't do a proper review but I really enjoyed this and will revisit it.
I will say that the bourbon barrel character comes through, it is rather smooth and not overly boozy. The 13.1% ABV is not very pronounced so drink with care.
Great sipping beer!

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of White_Whiskey
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DuClaw Brewing Co. "Hell On Wood"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG 01/15/16" and sampled on 04/25/17
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label. Barleywine aged in Bourbon barrels? Sounds pretty good. Nice pour. Clear ruby-accented deep mahogany brown beneath a pillowy head of off-white. Aroma of coconut, wood, Bourbon, brown sugar, and dark bread. The head seems to be holding up well. Flavors mimic the aroma with some added chocolate fudge, burnt sugar, and light vanilla. Unfortunately the alcohol is right out there. How strong is it? Just 13.1% ABV? There's something wrong then, it shouldn't be this hot. Ahh, I just got some fruitiness from it as well, something like mango and apple - just the right amount. It's got a median bitterness, but that's not really needed as the alcohol takes care of that - bummer, it really hurts it overall, it's very distracting. But, I'll also say this, I don't feel the barleywine base itself is enough to support the Bourbon barrel aging. It might work by itself but I don't feel it's rich or malty enough to support the additional notes from the barrel. I don't think it was a good candidate, or was it? Did the barrel aging take a mediocre beer and 'improve' it? Medium to medium-full in body with a soft and smooth moderate carbonation. Disappointing overall.

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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a growler at the grocery after a sample. Enjoyed the heck out of this, although it's a one-and-done brew. No doubt that it's a barleywine.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date. Cloudy pour of dark amber with a healthy dash of garnet. Normal head volume. Retention and lacing are poor, but are acceptable for barrel aged barleywines.

Quite outstanding nose that delivers a strong bourbon burst right off the bat. Molasses rides underneath with a strong dose of caramelized sugar. These aspects form the base - bourbon over a richly sweet enticing substrate. A bit of smoky oak lies subtly underneath.

Medium body with an extremely slick and oily texture that actually gives a pseudo creamy effect on the palate. The carbonation / body balance is world class. The level of effervescence is surprising based upon the pour. The middle has just enough effervescence to free the complex flavor profile. The finish leaves a soft prickly sensation that enhances the body effects.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding and nearly makes the world class mark. Had the bourbon been a bit less intense, the complexity would be more pronounced. Like the nose, bourbon, molasses and caramelized sugar take center stage. The middle is the apex of molasses influence. After which, caramel forms the primary substrate coupled with a subtle mild bitterness. It is from here to the finish that the complexity of this beer fights its way through the bourbon to the surface. Rich notes of dark fruits (date, prune and black currant) emerge. Vanilla was subtle prior to the middle, but gains in intensity as the sweetness becomes "softer" via caramel. Near the finish, oak emerges with a very subtle note of smoky char. The finish is a slow sweet fade of bourbon, dark fruit and a slight alcohol astringency. Oak lingers.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I had a new bourbon barrel barleywine, and this one is a real treat. Ruby brown beer with a slim tan head that slims into a collar, dropping motes of lace behind. Rich brown sugar and molasses aromas rich with vanilla and bourbon barrel wood impressions. Flavors of sweet dates and soft chewy fruits, vanilla and wet brown sugar, with airs of bourbon lingering behind... Medium feel, soft and smooth, almost creamy... This was a really nice BBA barleywine - hits the sweet spot for me. Dangerously drinkable...

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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnTurano
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mynie
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aesthetically, this bottle art is actually a step up from DuClaw's usual offerings. It looks less like the logo for an off-brand Latvian motorcycle, more like one of the old "Pete's Wicked" labels.

Pours quite pretty for a high-ABV barrel-aged barley wine. Much more fizzy than I had expected, a bright cloudy amber-orange.

Smells very oaky and bourbony with just a little bit of hop bite and, as it warms, a very strong biscuity malt. I've never had the non-BA version of this, but I might have to try it; the base beer is more interesting the boozy. Still, it's an above average aroma, as BA BW's go.

Tastes like a bit of a vanilla bomb up front, very sweet, with much less booziness than the aroma had hinted at. The middle and back end are that of an aggressively sweet, very fruity English-style barley wine, where the hops take a back seat to gigantic malt complexities. This isn't the best version of the style I've come across, but it's quite solid. If nothing else, it deserves some credit for hiding its ABV so deftly.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ohiovania
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Hell On Wood (Barleywine Style Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels) from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83.5% out of 100 with 309 ratings
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