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Seven Devils - Olde Hickory Brewery

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88
very good

152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
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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rodkin

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

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.

07-29-2012 05:45:53 | More by rodkin
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FosterJM

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

07-23-2012 04:17:48 | More by FosterJM
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mklinger

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-17-2012 14:27:21 | More by mklinger
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Jason_Quad


4/5  rDev +1%

07-13-2012 14:38:34 | More by Jason_Quad
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danwho

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-09-2012 01:18:43 | More by danwho
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Exiled

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-27-2012 10:47:58 | More by Exiled
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

06-24-2012 04:33:07 | More by maximum12
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

06-06-2012 18:43:37 | More by rudzud
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

04-22-2012 03:30:39 | More by mikereaser
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VaTechHopHead


3.6/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

04-16-2012 21:04:36 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Shango42

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1%

04-12-2012 21:59:50 | More by Shango42
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argock

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Best by Feb 2013 freshness date hand-marked on side of label. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $6.99.

A: Deep chestnut brown with short 1/2-finger light beige head with decent retention to a short cap and a few trailing spots of lace.

S: The oak, vanilla, and bourbon aromas dominate but there is a good dose of residual dark malt and dark fruit sweetness of dates and raisins in there too. The alcohol character of the whiskey is pretty noticeable.

T: The flavor is also barrel-dominated with big, bold vanilla and bourbon that couples well with the gooey caramel and date flavors. The oak is more subdued but comes through more in the finish and with warming. The alcohol is very well-disguised with only a light singing of the nostrils to let you know it's there. A very good barrel aged ale. I am glad there is no smoky flavor in there to detract or clash with the sweetness or barrel-based flavors.

M: I think there is plenty of residual sugar in this to give a medium-full body and good coating feel. I don't thin Backwoods Bastard feels all that more full-bodied than this. This has a bit more residual sweetness but still, it is pretty dry overall. I wonder how the feel will go after a year or two in the cellar.

O: I definitely wish now that I had bought more than 2 bottles of this beauty. The barrel-aging is very smooth yet leaves now doubt as to who is in charge. I think a Scotch Ale was a good choice as the caramel and nougat types of flavors are a natural accompaniment to the vanilla and oak combo. Great job Olde Hickory on this brew.

04-07-2012 03:10:00 | More by argock
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours dark, earthy brown with light covering of dark cream head. No retention and very light lace.

Caramel, vanilla, oaked bourbon, and lots of peat in the nose. Well done and complex. Molasses coming in. Getting pretty sweet.

Very sweet flavor. Even more caramel malt and vanilla. Bourbon is thick and flavorful. Tannins coming in toward the end, with tea and peat flavors.

Medium body for the style. Slightly rich and creamy.

Glad I got two of these when I had the chance.

04-06-2012 00:41:42 | More by beer2day
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-05-2012 11:58:51 | More by Yabev15
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funkel81

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

03-30-2012 22:34:26 | More by funkel81
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scubahood

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-30-2012 13:40:53 | More by scubahood
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

03-26-2012 12:26:27 | More by Onenote81
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stbo101

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-24-2012 01:59:53 | More by stbo101
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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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carrollmel7

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%

03-18-2012 04:52:36 | More by carrollmel7
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-18-2012 02:26:54 | More by JebediahScooter
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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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kell50

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%

03-16-2012 02:21:22 | More by kell50
Seven Devils from Olde Hickory Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.