Seven Devils - Olde Hickory Brewery

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very good

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 21
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
Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pick this two of these up today. One for now and one to age.

A-Pours dark brown that can be seen through around the edges and when pouring. One finger head that leaves minimal lacing.

S-The bourbon scent is front and center with notes of dark chocolate and carmel sweetness.

T-Again, the bourbon flavor dominates the palate. Then slowly fades into a light sweetness that seems to blend vanilla, oak, and light caramel. A fairly straight forward palate with not much complexity.

M-low to medium carbonation and very thin and light body, especially for the style.

O-One of my favorite breweries, but not one of their best beers. This beer lacks depth and seem to fall flat after the bourbon, the base beer is barely coming through. It could also benefit from more body, seem way too thin. Well see if six months to a year helps this beer. However at the price point ($6.99) it is certainly worth revisiting.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 xnicknj
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks to carolinakevin

Pours an hazed caramel brown color with a beige head resting on top. Retains pretty well before leaving a few patches of lacing behind on the glass.

Oaky and boozy in the nose with bourbon and vanilla. Hints of smoke and burnt sugar with a touch of leather. Dark malts with warmth and a light bit of chocolate sweetness.

Fairly sweet up front with some hints of burnt sugar and caramel. The booze slices through with plenty of oaky barrel character and vanilla. Touches of leather and tannins with some faint sweetness. Rich malts with a touch of smoke. Finishes with peat and bourbon.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the palate. A nice barrel aged beer, although the bourbon itself took over most of the flavor.

Photo of mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a pitch black with very little foam to speak of. There is just a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is mainly oak, vanilla and the bourbon from the barrel. The flavor follows suit. Bourbon is the main characteristic but not over bearing at all. The vanilla and oak round this one out. The flavor is overall sweet with some caramel in there as well. It does seem a bit thin bodied and the carbonation is lacking a bit, but overall this is a nice beer to drink.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Onenote81
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split and shared at a tasting this last weekend. Thanks for bringing this one, Jacob!

This pours a cloudy rusty amber with a creamy beige head on top. The nose bursts with vanilla, oak, booze, toffee. Really sweet aroma which invites me in. Moderate heft to this one. Ample carbonation, yet creamy and palate-coating. The bourbon is the main player here. Huge wallops of vanilla, creamy toffee, caramel. This is sweet and could be a great dessert beer. It is a little one-dimensional, where the barrels really took this one over. This might as well be a Bourbon Barrel-Aged [any style], as I really can't find any of the Scotch Ale characteristics. I'd like a little more balance, where the base beer pulls through a bit more, but still a treat of a 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 jbwimer
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured a deep mahogany with minimal head. Tamed toffee, vanilla, raisins, with a hint of bourbon. Flavor is smooth with not a hint of alcohol. More buttery toffee with some peat, and a slight woody flavor. Wish the flavor was more bold, though. Mouthfeel is decent but could be improved upon. Still, this beer ages nicely. Good stuff.

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 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 maximum12
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to killer trader nc41 for sending me a box full of Olde Hickory goodness that I'm working through bottle by bottle. Gotta love a brewery that makes good beer that largely flies under the radar. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife. Best by 2/13 marked on the label.

Pour is surprisingly dark, brown, little light penetration. Smell is also suprising, and lighter than expected. A nice meld of bourbon, vanilla, & sweet malts. Lovely.

Seven Devils has been licked repeatedly by a big tub of bourbon. Bourbon notes leap off the brew, but they're linked up nicely with the sweet malts. There's a bitterness right smack in the middle, too, that's slightly distracting. Improves as it warms; the bourbon is really nice, & that's what sticks around afterwards. Weirdly appealing & I can't seem to quit picking up the glass.

Quite nice. A very good beer that doesn't quite crack the glass ceiling of elite barrel aged beers, nor Wee Heavy brews, but lovely nonetheless. Definitely worth a go.

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 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 Dope
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy before July 2013.

A: Dark dark brown pour. Decent sized fizzy tan head but it fades pretty quickly. Zero lacing. Retention holds up though.

S: Rich toffee and caramel and burnt sugars from the bourbon. Not getting a whole lot more from it, the bourbon is quite dominant here.

T: Again with the burnt sugars. Lots of it. Caramel is more subdued here but still lingers nicely. Nice toffee hit in the finish. Very malty throughout and the bourbon complements it nicely. A bit of alcohol burn in the finish/aftertaste; pretty much pure bourbon for a brief moment.

M: Nice medium body, smooth.

O: A very nice scotch ale. Bourbon complements the maltiness of your typical wee heavy and amplifies it a bit. Sweet but not overly so. The bourbon seems to cut it a bit. Nice layers of flavors. A bit boozy for an 8% beer but I think it's from the bourbon's contribution.

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

Reviewed from notes, received in a trade. Shared with bpk59 and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a near clearish mahogany hue with a half a finger of off white head that leaves a very, very thin halo and blanket. Somewhat underwhelming.

S - Mostly malts and caramel on this one that leads to BIG bourbon notes and nice wood/oak notes. Slight vanilla. Lots of bourbon.

T - More of those caramel malts and sweetness with some light vanilla. Strong bourbon too but this is just a bit too sweet for my liking.

M - Thinnish but whats there is nice and velvety. Its relatively booze but thats somewhat to be expected.

O - Overall this isnt a bad beer I just feel like it needs a year or two of cellaring to really break through. Lots of booze and bourbon needs to mellow out before being really enjoyable.

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 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 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 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 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.

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