Seven Devils - Olde Hickory Brewery

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89
very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 22
Gots: 36 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lanamj on 02-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed in honor of the poor souls who live in a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains said to be "as cold as seven devils".

Seven Devils is a Scottish-Style Ale aged in bourbon barrels to create an liberation to delight the soul. Rich, smooth malt blended with the complex flavors associated with bourbon. Perfect for the winter months.
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Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 45
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Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky roasted chesnut brown with a very thin quick to fade off white head.Aromas of vanilla tinged oak,roasted nut,and caramel,the roasted nuttiness really played a bigger role as the beer warmed to the right temp,nice malt complexity.Bourbon and vanilla hits upfront on the palate along with toasty oak and caramel,there is a slight peppery sharpness in the finish.Again OH makes a great beer,to me the most underrated brewery in the southeast...yeah really.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #76 (May 2013):

Olde Hickory is experimenting with barrel aging again. An in-your-face type of brew, fresh barrels must have been used here, as you can pretty much taste the bourbon as if it had been poured from the cask. The brewer’s intention was for it to taste like a candy bar … perhaps an adult one is our thought.

STYLE: Scotch Ale
ABV: 8.0%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Dark brown, decent head

SMELL: Bourbon, brown sugar, dates, vanilla, wood, brown bread, ripe pineapple, walnuts

TASTE: Big body, creamy, slick, crisp, wood, barrel char, vanilla, boozy, bread crust, golden raisins, light hopping, sweet, bourbon, warmth; woody, semidry finish

Photo of Homebrew35
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a half finger of an off white creamy head. Dark mahagoney colored body.

Smells like a burbon barrel aged scotch ale should smell. Big vanilla, Carmel and toffee, oak and some light coffee notes.

Taste is big rich and sweet. Big vanilla, oak and sweet toffee and Carmel. Not too much peat is to be found which is a plus for me. Some alcohol is felt and tasted.

Medium full bodied. Quite a bit of lingering sweetness. A bit more bitterness would help the balance.

Overall this is a good, big flavored and sweet beer. A sipper for the most part. Give this a bit more bitterness and/or dry it out and this could be very good.

Thanks tommy for the beer.

Photo of lanamj
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Brasserie D' Achouffe tulip.

A- An aggressive pour generates a 1/2 eggshell head the dissipates very fast. A micro-lacing holds on to the edge of my glass. This beer is very dark chocolate brown, almost appears black, and allows little to no light to poke through. Looks great.

S- Toffee, caramel, bourbon and vanilla explosion. The same beautiful aromas you receive from the barrels used for Event Horizon are found here. Very well balanced. Some warm alcohol pokes through as well as dark malts and molasses. I also get small hints of graham crackers and raisin.

T-Follows the nose. Lots of vanilla, bourbon, toffee and caramel. I also pick up some oak. Again very well balanced. A bitter finish which is accommodated by dark fruit flavors resides on the back end of each drink. Very good and as it warms even better.

M- Carbonation is balanced and accommodating for the style. Kinda thin but very smooth. At 8% abv, which is reaching high gravity, i had no problem finishing a 22oz. A sipper that drinks like a session beer, very little burn to remind you that this is a heavier ale.

O- Once again OHB shows it knows what it doing when it comes to barrel aging beer. I feel if it was a little thicker I would hold it up to some of the best. The aroma and flavor are there just a little thin for me. With that being said I'm going to get as much of this as I can.

Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kkipple for this one!

Seven Devils pours a dark mahogany brown color. It’s very hazy and is darn near opaque. Backlighting shows some nice garnet and orange-ish highlights though. It’s a nice looking color. Interesting for a Scotch Ale. There isn’t much head to discuss. A few bubbles gathered on the surface, but disappeared very quickly. Lacing was extremely light and spotty.

While it might lack a little in looks, it certainly smells good! It’s very sweet smelling up front. Lots of caramel malt. No doubt about it. Bourbon is noted early on and complements the malt base extremely well. It doesn’t overwhelm the malt base. I like that a lot. Oak and vanilla are secondary, but add quality depth and a good bit of character. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable. At 8% abv, it’s only moderately strong. Smells that way too. I like it.

This is good stuff. The caramel malt base is certainly sweet and very sturdy. If you’re averse to sweet beer, this might be a bit much for you. For what it’s worth, I think the barrel-aging negates a little of the sweet factor and mixes extremely well with the caramel malt. The resulting flavor is very good. I don’t know how long it was in barrels, but it was just the right amount of time. The bourbon flavor is nice and refined, not too strong. Oak, vanilla, and a little alcohol follow. It’s not warm or hot though. Finishes sweet and bourbon-y.

Seven Devils has a light-medium body. It feels a bit thin. Given the wealth of malt, that’s a little surprising. Needs a bit more body though. Carbonation is light and soft. It’s easy drinking stuff. Definitely tasty.

I’ve had a few beers from Olde Hickory Brewery, and they’ve all been rather impressive. Seven Devils continues the trend. It’s not perfect. It might be a tad too sweet, and it could use more body. It’s good beer nevertheless. I’m enjoying it. Thanks, Dan!

Photo of Lucho
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a nice dark cherry brown with slight translucentness. with a half finger head light brown that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Bourbon vanilla soaked malts. The sweet vanilla comes out with the nice bourbon.

Taste: kinda a letdown from the nose. There is some vanilla up front with bourbon but there is a aftertaste of bitter maybe almost burnt wood, not very pleasant. There is also alcohol burn towards the end.

Mouthfeel: moderately thick. there is good carbonation on the palate with a smooth taste but there is still the bitter taste that lingers.

Overall: this is an ok beer for the style of a BA scotch ale.

Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a couple of oversized snifters. Big thanks go to Barscream for sharing this.

Pours a ruddy brown in the glass, with a thin covering of light mocha head. This retains with mostly some frothy edges which leave back a robust looking cascade of spotty lacing that clings to the sides. The aroma smells of caramel, fruit, light peat, vanilla, and barrel. This is pretty straight forward with the flavors and is actually blended together rather well in the nose.

The taste is caramelized sugars, vanilla sweetness, a touch of dark fruit, and some gentle smokiness that trails a bit. Alcohol adds a little extra spice and sweetness to this while the barrel lends the profile burnt woody edges that linger in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with some sharpness on the tongue that gives to a smoother feel as this works itself around in the corners of the mouth. There is some light bourbon warmth to this but the alcohol is thankfully relegated to the flavors. For 8%, I would have expected this to have a little more presence in the mouth, as the oak thins this out maybe a tad too much.

This had the misfortune of following Dark Horizon in our Olde Hickory tasting but still managed to hold its own with a decent amount of well integrated flavors that kept this interesting to drink. For the price, this seems like a no-brainer to try if you see it on the shelves.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy caSSino for bringing this one down to share with me the day after Brewvival! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a dark murky brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, wood, sweet alcohol, and a very very subtle acidic note. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, and subtle peat. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. The aroma on this was quite intense as you could smell it from quite a distance away. The flavor on this one really wasn’t that impressive though as the barrel pretty much dominated this brew. This was apparently aged on the same barrels as Event Horizon or so I’ve heard, but I don’t think this style was as good a choice for those barrels. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of nick_asian
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, like a soda. There was a quickly dying head, again like a soda. The carbonation even looked super prickly, again again like a soda. It pretty much literally looked like I was drinking a coke.

S: Now this is where I loved the beer. The nose was so open and had everything you'd expect from a BBA scotch ale. Bourbon, chocolate, carmel, good bit of fruit, and vanilla.

T: Nose transferred pretty well along with a bit of oak to it as well.

M: Super super thin and light. I was pretty bummed about this part. It has such potential if it were more robust. Carbonation was surprisingly mild for how lively it looked in the glass. Unless you took just a tiny sip and let it sit, you can feel the prickly carbonation on the rim of what's in your mouth.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and would have another. Just wish there was more body to it and it didn't look like a soda the whole time.

Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle, 22oz poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep murky brown color with a razor thin fizzy head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- deep and malty aromas of caramel/toffee, brown bread, toasted walnuts, honey, vanilla cream and butterscotch. The barrel aromas complement the sweetness perfectly, adding some spicy barrel juice and charred barrel aromas. All of these aromas mesh brilliantly

T- the sweetness follows the nose with malty notes of brown fruit bread, toffee/caramel, earthy/herbal, and a hint of red cherry. Barrel juice and toasted oak with vanilla undertones, sweet finish with more bourbon on the linger

M- medium body with medium spritz carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish.

O- very mellow after three years of cellaring, big, sweet and malty, as a scotch ale should be, with a nice bourbon kicker

Photo of n2185
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with barely half a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Caramel and vanilla dominate the nose with a sweet graham aroma that I tend associate with light oxidation. There are sweet bourbon with faint oak notes toward the end.

T: The bourbon is a lot stronger on the tongue with flavors of vanilla, charred oak, and caramel. The finish is lightly bitter with a decent alcohol burn.

M: Medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is a little watery feeling, though the strong alcohol presence keeps it from being too much so.

O: A pretty decent beer, overall. It’s a little undercarbonated and could use a bit of age on it to let the alcohol mellow some, but overall still an enjoyable beer and a bargain at under $7 for a bomber.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by July 2013, so a little past its suggested prime.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of lightly-bubbled dark white head.

S - Rich bourbon barrel aromas dominate. Sweet vanilla and bourbon with charred oak. Toffee, dark caramel and molasses notes.

T - A better mix of the barrel qualities and the base beer than the nose suggested. The barrel still comes through initially with sweet bourbon and vanilla notes that give way to sweet toffee, caramel and brown sugar flavours from the base beer. Toasted oak is present throughout.

M - Medium body. Slightly watery at times. Light carbonation.

O - This was an interesting beer, but ultimately I found that the base beer didn't really stand up all that well to the barrel treatment.

Photo of nc41
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle last week, and I was impressed, I'm new to these kinds offerings and love the Bourbon influence. To sum it up for me it was Lindley Park meets a bourbon barrel, which is really a good deal. I felt the nose was awesome, and the bourbon touch was pure finesse, the finish I got a huge cherry hit. I'm buying a few to cellar, an added plus is it's really price friendly, and as always Olde Hickory hits a HR on a Scottish Ale to match what they do with their stouts.

Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

@ Ridgewood

Served a dark, foggy brown with a small, short-lived creamy head. Raisin bread, molasses, berries, light bourbon, and a sticky sweet maltiness in the aroma. Bourbon barrel, vanilla, deep chocoloate, and toffee...creamy smooth maltiness, berries, raisins, and rich bread. Very smooth, on the lighter side of medium, oily, yet drying. A nice, malty beverage. Not over-the-top on the bourbon at all...

Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Bottlemixx into a large Green Man snifter. Heavily malted nose with deep aromas of sweet brown sugars, dates, a deep, oak soaked bourbon, and hints of chocolate. Medium-full body, smooth, with a lower carbonation. Flavors of chocolate covered toffee, brown sugars, and more of that dense bourbon oak. A great beer - deep, complex malt flavors and artfully executed barreling.

Photo of CBlack85
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a balloon glass

The beer pours a murky amber/brown/mahogany color. An aggressive pour yields a moderate off white head that slowly recedes, leaving behind very little lacing.

The aroma is comprised of oak, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and a very mild amount of smoked peat. The bourbon presence is mild, but definately present, and the oak shines through quite nicely.

The taste follows the aroma quite closely; lots of oak, vanilla, caramel malt, roastiness, a mild bourbon presence and a mild charred character. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall this is a very nice beer, they have done the bourbon barrel character quite nicely; light on the bourbon, heavy on the barrel. The vanilla, and oaky characteristics mingle quite well with the sweetness of the base beer.

Photo of oline73
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a layer of off white head that fades quickly to a ring around the pour. The smell is strong, sweet bourbon, sweeter than expected given the abv. The taste isn't as sweet as the smell would suggest. There are some dark fruit and vanilla notes from the barrel. Just a little alcohol heat as well. The carbonation could be smoother.

Photo of nUgZ
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark amber color with a half finger head and no lacing.

S: Plentiful dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, and alcohol dominate the nose.

T: Very much like the nose along with some oak and vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Could be a little heavier.

O: This is a pretty good example of a Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy. The Bourbon is definitely apparent, but it's pretty damn enjoyable.

Photo of rodkin
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a dark place, so couldn't really make out the coloring super well. Seemed like a dark caramel ruby kind of color. Small head that dissipates almost completely, not much by the way of lacing.

Smell was really, really big. Lots of barrel characteristics. Caramel, vanilla, big on butterscotch. Hint of alcohol.

Taste is like the smell. Especially big on the butterscotch, particularly in the finish. A hint of chocolate too. Really big on flavor, but a little one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is nice. Decently carbonated, medium body.

This was really nice. Sweet but not cloying, quite flavorful. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light creamy head, foamy fades with light lacing, dark maroon chestnut color.

Nose sweet brown sugar and molasses city, light figs and dates, raisins, chewy caramel, some oak and vanilla, and a bit of bourbon.

Taste smooth rich malts, figs raisin dates etc, brown sugar, molasses, some caramel, light bitterness, some warming booze, nice oak and bourbon, vanilla too. It even brings a light cocoa.

Mouth is med bodied but feels a bit thin for a big beer like this, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice sweet malts and sweetener flavors/aromas, some dark fruits, nice vanilla and bourbon oak flavors too, but a bit thin overall and somehow feels like it's missing something, maybe complexity, hard to really put a finger on.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich brown in color with a thin off-white head. Slightly hazy but just barely. Not much lacing and leaves the side of the glass pretty clean.

S - Light bourbon/soft vanilla notes at the beginning then a rich grain aroma comes through. Some fermentable sugar in the background.

T - A thin bourbon flavor kicks things off and then a light molasses and butterscotch flavor find the palate. Soft vanilla and just a hint of char from the barrels in the taste as well. Aftertaste vanishes quickly but is semi-sweet and toffee-like.

M/O - Body is a little thin IMO but carbonated nicely. Lightly acidic from the bourbon but soft of the palate. Flavors not too complex and quick fading aftertaste. Honestly, I wouldn't have guessed this was a wee heavy if I hadn't read the bottle label. Was a little too thin in body for me and the flavors weren't too robust. Still a good beer and for $5/bomber or less it's priced right.

Photo of cardsfan
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Olde hickory does it again. Not a huge fan of scotch ale's but the addition of the unique olde hickory bourbon barrell really pushes this over. Nice color, good smell and you can certainly taste the scotch at first with it turning over to the bourbon. It is a little too carbonated for me and the mouthful is probably the only thing I was a little disappointed in but overall, a really good beer.

Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Peabody's Beer & Wine in Boone, NC.

A - A dark brown pour with a slight foam that dissapates to a ring foam.

S - Definite smell of bourbon and sweet malt. Gives the impression of a strong beer, which it is, with big flavor which does not disappoint.

T - An immediate moderate bourbon flavor with malt side notes and an alcohol finish. It is best to let this beer warm some or you will miss the full flavor of this beer. There was not much of any hop flavor. It seems that this brew was aged in freshly used bourbon casks or aged a long time older bourbon casks, but in any case the flavor was really good and long lasting.

M - A full feel of richness and all around flavor does not disappoint at any point of the taste.

O - I would purchase Seven Devils again as it is a really good beer. This beer's flavor gets better as it warms to room temperature.

Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1408th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
22oz

Best by 02/13
Birthday present from GuruDel (Thanks Vince)

App- Looks like a darker whiskey or bourbon in the glass. Add in the small fizzy tan/khaki head it looks okay. Just falls to a still river looking brown/caramel gold.

Smell- Lots of bourbon, lots of malts. Not the most layered of beers but the sweet vanilla and caramel bourbon do great things. Missing a small Scotch ale note with the complexity but has a good brown sugar to the vanilla to compliment it all together.

Taste- Its a very cordial like beer. Very creamy, malty and smooth. Bourbon takes over and really brings it to a one layer note but all in all its a very flavorful, prickly beer. The ABV is well hidden and has a small malty pepper note.

Mouth- A small medium body with a low carbonation level. A bit of the burn and char of the bourbon remain.

Drink- Nicely done. Needs a bit more of the scotch ale to come out, but WTH. It only hit 95 in So. Cal today. Seemed fitting. I would like another.

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: An extremely strong aroma of bourbon, malt, and a little hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste is very powerful, with a big shot of bourbon, malt, caramel, and a little bit of hops in the finish. Complex and tasty. Definitely not a flavor for the faint of heart.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A big, bold, forceful, enjoyable beer. Drinkable, but definitely only one per session.

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Seven Devils from Olde Hickory Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.