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Seven Devils - Olde Hickory Brewery

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88
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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 24
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with a fairly modest head; the retention was not strong though it did leave a few dots behind

Smell: Lovely melding of the Bourbon and caramel/oak/vanilla elements

Taste: The Bourbon makes the first impression with its sweet vanilla undertones that buttress the caramel malt flavors through mid-palate; a bit of a sour tingle appears in the middle and lingers into the finish adding an overripe fruit dimension; the oak also appears, particularly in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full-boded with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: While the concept of barrel aging a Wee Heavy is a good one, I was hoping to get a little more peat in the flavor profile instead of the fruity character; still, quite a good beer and a little cellaring has allowed the flavors to come into balance

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 17:51:17 | More by brentk56
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-07-2013 01:00:43 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

02-27-2013 17:33:18 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2013 01:45:29 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

03-24-2013 21:41:58 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:54:35 | More by oline73
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

05-06-2013 19:52:13 | More by imperialking
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-10-2013 05:07:02 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-28-2013 00:05:58 | More by stakem
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-11-2013 14:43:46 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1%

04-10-2013 13:27:08 | More by duceswild
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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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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-12-2013 03:15:36 | More by sendbeer
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

04-28-2013 00:14:09 | More by PEIhop
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 01:01:35 | More by xnicknj
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 13:08:00 | More by avalon07
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1%

03-02-2013 19:45:46 | More by Rhettroactive
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
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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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-04-2013 22:07:40 | More by WOLFGANG
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blackie

Virginia

4.29/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 00:22:17 | More by blackie
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Seven Devils from Olde Hickory Brewery
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