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Seven Devils - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%


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 lanamj:
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lanamj

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 18:14:58 | More by lanamj
More User Reviews:
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nick_asian

Nevada

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-05-2014 12:03:55 | More by emottram
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-27-2014 02:14:32 | More by Griffith
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this at his tasting.

Best before 7/2013.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness and alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid bourbon barrel aged presence all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:17:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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cwguy5

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-03-2014 18:32:43 | More by cwguy5
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-11-2013 01:40:50 | More by XmnwildX12
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videofrog

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-29-2013 02:28:53 | More by videofrog
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-26-2013 02:00:08 | More by zekeman17
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cosmicevan

New York

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

let me preface this review by saying that this bottle is dated enjoy by july 2013 (oops). picked this one up when i was in NC exactly one year ago and must've forgotten that i had it (although how could i forget about a bourbon barrel aged scotch ale!!! - finding this one in the cellar during the re-org this week was like finding money in your jacket pocket...or so i hope). enjoyed from an olde hickory taster glass.

a - brew poured a deep brown with a off white greyish foamy head.

s - nose is to style. big booze soaked oak notes on a biscuity toasted grape malt backbone.

t - again fairly to style, if not a bit too sweet. nutty grape toasted malt with big vanilla like oak and some raw woody booziness, some chocolate on the body as well.

m - a bit fizzy. sweet.

o - overall a nice scotch ale aged in some wood. a bit hot, a bit sweet, and the peatiness isn't as rich and decadent as i would hope, but none the less an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 01:45:48 | More by cosmicevan
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-20-2013 02:59:46 | More by zeledonia
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-14-2013 04:48:33 | More by ldhughes3
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napetry

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-10-2013 16:35:32 | More by napetry
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StoutSlut

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-03-2013 17:10:15 | More by StoutSlut
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bcrossan

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-03-2013 17:08:57 | More by bcrossan
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-30-2013 15:16:02 | More by ncstateplaya
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-28-2013 03:41:02 | More by JISurfer
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JCam9981

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-24-2013 01:34:26 | More by JCam9981
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BillHilly

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-23-2013 00:59:05 | More by BillHilly
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-21-2013 20:45:34 | More by dfhhead25
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-21-2013 16:33:36 | More by BMart
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-20-2013 02:43:44 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 18:13:47 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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djmichaelk

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-17-2013 05:10:28 | More by djmichaelk
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Seven Devils from Olde Hickory Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.