Hell On Wood
DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
American Barleywine
Ranked #120
Ranked #11,056
4 | pDev: 10%
Aug 14, 2021
Mar 01, 2014
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Rated: 3.68 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Aug 14, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a tulip
Bottles on 2/14/16

A- pours a clear, deep amber color with a ruby hue, one-finger foamy off-white head reduces to a ring around the edge

S- faded citrus and piney hops, orange zest, caramel, fruit cake, brown bread, toffee, oaky bourbon , cherries

T- orange marmalade and citrus zest up front, followed by sweet malty notes of caramel, fruit bread and toffee. Mid-palate starts to bring out some oaky bourbon notes, which adds a hint of vanilla. The finish gives more bourbon, caramel and some oxidized hops

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- this one has well up quite well. Zesty citrus hops still sticking around with some nice barrel notes
Nov 20, 2020
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to DonnieT79 for this one, from NBS BIF #11. 12oz can, dated 2/21/19, poured into 14oz teku. poured a lightly murky dark mahogany color with 1-1/2 inches of tan head that had great retention and lacing.

Semi-sweet malts at the front of the nose, with some wood and bourbon in the background.

Pretty similar on the tongue, just better expanded. The malts still dominate, and a touch of hops show through, then the barrel aspects round things off nicely at the finish.

The body was a touch lighter than I anticipated, but was smooth, held great carbonation throughout the pour, and had a medium finish. Much drier than i expected.

Drinkability was great, I would drink a lot of this if it were local to me.

Overall, an excellent example of the style. A must-try for most beer drinkers, and an absolute must-try for fans of the style. Great beer.
Apr 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Zraly from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nice dark ruby color but quite a bit of sediment in the pour. Booze on the nose. Lots of dry citrus and sweet undertones. Earth and alcohol in the finish. Rather inexpensive for a reasonable entry into the barleywine category.
Feb 21, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Dec 26, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by nrbw23 from Ohio

Dec 15, 2019
Rated: 3.97 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Dec 10, 2019
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Reviewed by CharlesForbin from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Best served not too cold. You can smell this was aged in bourbon barrells. Cloudy appearance. I'm not the spice that others have mentioned. At first the 13% alcohol is present but fades with suseqent sips. I label this a "blizzard" beer (keeps you warm while watching a snowstorm outside). I always have a case in my basement for the winter. Excellent take on the style!
Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by smithj4 from New York

Oct 12, 2019
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Rated by bobert84 from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Great local beer!
Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by Mikexw from New York

Jun 15, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

May 12, 2019
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Reviewed by Mongrel from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Damn - it’s spicy! Lots of peppery rye spice, followed by some soothing plum and orange marmalade. The prickly, spicy feel keeps this from becoming too sweet, but also stops it just short of feeling luxurious. A livelier brew than I expected given the abv, with bright fruit flavors like lemon continuing to pop out. Some fig and vanilla on the finish. Pretty tasty and drinkable.
May 08, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by cozmo from New York

May 04, 2019
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The first thing I got when I popped the top was ripe, succulent cherries and rich toffee. The pour reveals a hazy brown beer that has a foamy tan head that dissipates relatively quickly, and has that “sizzle” sound as it does so akin to a sour.

So I’m thinking a barleywine sour. That’s logical.

The nose after the pour has ripe fruit and toffee aromas, and there’s also a significant boozy note. Maybe Brian did send me a canned Utopias.

The taste is led by ripe cherries that are a bit sour, but not “a” sour, and the toffee flavor is staking out significant territory in this beer. The booze is not nearly as significant on the taste as it was on the nose, so I guess my canned Utopias theorem has been scuttled. Crap.

Did I mention I’m doing this live without a net? It helps the beer warm and release the flavors.

I know this, because I’m a true professional.

The more I taste and savor this, the more I think it’s a heavily hopped barleywine. The fruit is really forward, but the toffee notes are equally formidable. I’m saying this is an 11%-12% barleywine, and I’d rate it in the 4.25 range.
Apr 22, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 28, 2019
Rated: 4 by Grodd87 from Pennsylvania

Feb 18, 2019
Rated: 3.95 by h4ger from Connecticut

Jan 17, 2019
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Reviewed by Joe_Tool from New Jersey

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".
Dec 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

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
Nov 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

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.
Nov 01, 2018
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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.
Sep 29, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by Docrock from Illinois

Jul 29, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by BdM from Netherlands

Jul 02, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by Yeldarb92 from Ohio

May 24, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by MeIquiades from Illinois

May 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Eddieeight from Ohio

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
May 09, 2018
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

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.
May 06, 2018
Rated by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

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.
Apr 23, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by Chipotle from New York

Apr 18, 2018
Rated: 3.23 by Craven from New York

Apr 03, 2018
Rated: 4.37 by Zlyice from Massachusetts

Apr 03, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Mar 27, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by SpaethJam from New York

Mar 15, 2018
Rated: 4 by grahuba from Connecticut

Mar 15, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by BeerBeast from Florida

Mar 07, 2018
Rated: 4 by MrJuengling from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2017
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Nov 23, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Sep 29, 2017
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