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Seven Devils - Olde Hickory Brewery

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88
very good

149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
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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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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Yosefus

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 22 oz bomber poured into a Bell's tulip glass.

A - Deep copper and ruby, clear with a small and quickly fading off white head. Appropriate for the style.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, molasses, fig, slight bready quality.

T - Vanilla and bourbon predominate. Little to no hop character, but a fair bit of malty bread taste on the back end.

M - medium-low carbonation with medium mouthfeel, spot on.

O - Very pleasant beer. Nearly as good as Backwoods Bastard, but a bit cheaper and easier to get (in NC). Olde Hickory is far from my favorite brewery, but this beer really surprised me. The bourbon flavor was not overpowering like in their BBL Imperial Stouts. Highly recommend grabbing one. I got a second bomber to age alongside some Backwoods that I'm looking forward to in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:06:01 | More by Yosefus
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cardsfan

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Olde hickory does it again. Not a huge fan of scotch ale's but the addition of the unique olde hickory bourbon barrell really pushes this over. Nice color, good smell and you can certainly taste the scotch at first with it turning over to the bourbon. It is a little too carbonated for me and the mouthful is probably the only thing I was a little disappointed in but overall, a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 14:49:50 | More by cardsfan
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

02-12-2013 23:41:15 | More by BigTrubble
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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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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.04/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 19:19:38 | More by CBlack85
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wedge

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2013 02:41:57 | More by wedge
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jal0607

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-06-2013 19:36:29 | More by jal0607
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Lob

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-03-2013 04:16:51 | More by Lob
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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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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-26-2013 05:05:20 | More by KevinGordon
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Wolfpack2005

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 01:34:54 | More by Wolfpack2005
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jroberge1981

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

12-30-2012 19:18:01 | More by jroberge1981
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prototypic

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%

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

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1%

09-24-2012 01:03:32 | More by Rempo
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%

09-09-2012 12:08:25 | More by Hanzo
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LambicKing

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

09-09-2012 01:52:47 | More by LambicKing
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GTB

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

09-01-2012 02:50:22 | More by GTB
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BaconBandit


4/5  rDev +1%

08-08-2012 23:43:19 | More by BaconBandit
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rodkin

New York

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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
Seven Devils from Olde Hickory Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.