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Seven Devils - Olde Hickory Brewery

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88
very good

151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 23
Gots: 35 | FT: 5
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:
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.

(Beer added by: lanamj on 02-16-2012)
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Reviews by beerenjoyer1:
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beerenjoyer1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

02-18-2012 21:42:33 | More by beerenjoyer1
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

02-19-2012 22:27:26 | More by oberon
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Spaten454

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

07-10-2014 04:22:51 | More by Spaten454
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anjah

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-03-2013 01:46:07 | More by anjah
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

03-17-2012 21:21:48 | More by Homebrew35
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-18-2012 18:59:15 | More by Mantooth
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lanamj

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

02-16-2012 18:14:58 | More by lanamj
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

01-27-2014 02:14:32 | More by Griffith
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-29-2012 05:11:05 | More by twowheelssoar
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%

02-19-2014 04:27:52 | More by qcbrewer
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prototypic

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

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!

12-08-2012 03:54:42 | More by prototypic
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Lucho

Florida

3.51/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

04-05-2013 06:48:36 | More by Lucho
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-24-2013 03:48:24 | More by Gonzoillini
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

06-21-2014 02:48:47 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

03-19-2012 17:08:58 | More by Kegatron
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beerFool28607

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

03-08-2012 23:32:15 | More by beerFool28607
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

03-10-2012 04:05:03 | More by thagr81us
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nick_asian

Nevada

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

04-02-2014 07:18:34 | More by nick_asian
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wolfeman007

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-28-2012 22:25:04 | More by wolfeman007
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-24-2013 23:26:19 | More by kbuzz
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

02-10-2013 20:27:02 | More by dvmin98
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asustevo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%

10-14-2012 16:20:40 | More by asustevo
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Devi0us

California

4/5  rDev +1%

08-02-2013 00:34:45 | More by Devi0us
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-26-2013 05:05:20 | More by KevinGordon
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-25-2013 14:11:07 | More by mdillon86
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Seven Devils from Olde Hickory Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.