Devil's Heart Of Gold
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
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Ranked #2,451
4.27 | pDev: 6.56%
Dec 11, 2022
Jun 07, 2012
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Notes: The name "Devil’s Heart of Gold" comes from what they call the "Devil’s Cut". When a bourbon ages in a barrel, a portion of the bourbon evaporates - this is called the "Angel’s share". Another portion of the bourbon gets absorbed into the new oak barrel - this is called the "Devil’s cut". Therefore, the Heart of Gold beer aging in the barrel starts to absorb back some of the Devil’s Cut and hence the name "Devil’s Heart of Gold". We took our Heart of Gold and aged it in a Knob Creek 9-year old barrel from our friends at The Wine and Cheese Place in October 2011. The beer rested in these barrels for 7 months. 204 bottles will be released exclusively at The Wine and Cheese Place.
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Rated: 4.69 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Dec 11, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by mltobin from Connecticut

Nov 25, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Aug 30, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Classic medium brown pour, no head. Getting dark wheat, pecan, bourbon, dark fruit, honey, and molasses with a kiss of vanillins in the nose. Big caramel with pecan pie flavorings without sickly sweetness, take everything from nose plus subtle biscuit and oxidation underneath. Unique and super well done! Complex and inviting. Feel is boozy with sweeter malt, medium bodied, wheat runs through the whole body with waves of warm bourbon massaging everything. This is an excellent wheatwine
Jul 22, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by rab53 from Washington

Jun 15, 2022
Rated: 4.32 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Feb 10, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a golden dark brown color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This one smells like honey, vanilla, stone fruit, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and bourbon.

This is really excellent, and one of the more underrated entries in the Perennial barrel program. There's some sweetness, but the barrel, and it's drying qualities, are the star here, with some light fruitiness, caramel and bourbon, and oak spice, along with vanilla. There's also a light honey-like sweetness, with toffee, brown sugar, and even some maple candy.

This is medium bodied, with some pleasant warming booze, and a nice drinkability.

Wheatwines don't always stand up to the best barleywines, but this one really does the trick.
Dec 21, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2019 bottle

Tan head. Murky brown color.

Very nice and warming bourbon. Smooth. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak. Dark, dried fruits. Apples. Pears.

Full bodied. Warming and smooth. This is a fantastic beer. Love the barrel flavor.
Dec 25, 2020
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Rated by unclekeith from Alaska

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
2019. Damn near perfect
Jun 03, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by Mikexw from New York

Dec 12, 2019
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
originally had 2017 vintage in December of 2018, reviewed for 2021 vintage consumed 1/16/22. poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter. pours a lighter, almost see through cardboard brown but settles in the glass a murky dark maroon with the faintest lining of bubbles around the edge of the glass. aromas of whiskey, stale and damp cardboard, dark cherries. taste follows. it’s almost got an old ale taste going on. whiskey barrel gets more prominent as it warms. full, slick mouthfeel. definitely a sipper. better as it warms and opens up. a really great cold weather companion. a very underrated addition in perennial’s impressive catalogue.
Dec 25, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by 22Blue from Kansas

Aug 20, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Aug 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Aroma has lots of dried fruits, mostly raisins, quite sugary and boozy. Taste is sweet and sugary with dried fruit notes but also acidic and boozy. Quite intense.
Jun 20, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jun 13, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by frasergrove from California

May 30, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by Eziel from Ohio

Mar 22, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Feb 05, 2018
Rated: 4.12 by dustin22martin from Missouri

Jan 10, 2018
Rated: 4 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by Kmkapalka from Delaware

Jan 07, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Jan 04, 2018
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Rated by BEER88 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Another style that I'm not fond of!
Sep 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Darker medium brown body, fair bit of head, not much lacing. Essentially butterscotch, heavy whiskey presence, toffee, earth, touch of vanillin, more malt. Malt-forward beer with a fair bit of heat, medium mouthfeel. This one is good, but not great.
Aug 21, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Aug 12, 2017
Rated: 3.97 by Tafyob41 from Missouri

Aug 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to N-Gogol for sharing this with me. This Poured out as a nice golden color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer is sweet with some bourbon notes on it, some butterscotch in there too. The taste of the beer has some really nice caramel butterscotch flavors in there with a bit of oak spice in the finish. The feel is medium bodied. Overall this beer is very good and lucky to have had it.
May 14, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by acurtis from New Jersey

May 14, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Apr 12, 2017
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Apr 10, 2017
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Reviewed by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
L: pours a very thick dark rusty red/brown mix with no head.
S: Big awesome bourbon barrel as soon as I open the cap. Brown sugar and toffee sweetness.
T: bourbon soaked dark fruit and barrel. Huge caramel and toffee with the barrel taking the forefront, awesome barrel!
F: very thick, coating and smooth.
Mar 09, 2017
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Blessings extraordinaire to Budah for this bottle that I’d long lusted after. 750ML bottle that I’ve looked forward to ever since the friendly FedEx man kicked it across my porch.

The pour is muddy red-brown clay with minimal visible carbonation - blink & it’s gone AWOL. Nose barks vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, & enough wood to make me suspect I was sitting next to Fourtown Lake. Nice.

Devil’s Heart of Gold - wow. Whiskey & Malts. The mild nose didn’t prepare me for the stiff shot of whiskey, cut only with malts that seem destined to clean me out better than an probiotic. I couldn’t get to the bottom of the caramel & toffee malts with my Vexilar - deep, rich, thick, & bearing the gift of smoothing alcohol. Strong, sharp oak. After all the aggressiveness, there’s leftover brown sugar, vanilla. Thick enough to stand a plastic spoon up in. I’d like to try to stand myself up in a vat of this, & drink my way out.

Oversized expectations too often lead to little disappointments. This one led to elation, moaning, & at one point a few dance moves to George Michael’s “Faith”. Yes, it’s that good. Doesn’t resemble a wheatwine, but when a beer is this close to perfection, who cares?
Mar 03, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

Dec 06, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin

Nov 17, 2016
Rated: 3.59 by PHBoiler from Illinois

Nov 15, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Nov 12, 2016
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Batch 2. Poured on tap in a snifter, the beer is an opaque, muddled, brown coloring with a halo of tan head. Nose of molasses, toffee, date, fig, vanilla, and earthy highlights. Flavors are robust toffee, caramel, vanilla, and roasted grain overlays. Creamy smooth body, with bold old world fruit and toffee aftertaste. Smooth, slow finish, with a rich and boozy linger. Amazing beer!
Oct 14, 2016
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Reviewed by ThickNStout from Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Black wax capped 750mL bottle from CNRowland (many thanks!). Bottled 07/2016. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours deep ruby with about two fingers of manilla head. The foam takes its time settling to a few surface wisps and a a narrow band around the edges that imparts only a few spots of lace.

Sweet, welcoming aromas of bourbon, caramel, oak, cereal, toffee and faint berries. Really nice and I just about can't keep my nose away from the glass.

The flavors are a beautifully rich blend of bourbon, caramel, wheat grain, maple, oak, toffee, vague seedy berries, and a pinch of booze. Delicious and despite the alcohol it goes down quite easily.

Syrupy full body with pillowy soft carbonation. Aftertaste of bourbon, sweet grainy wheat and caramel.

After trying the base about three years ago Devil's Heart of Gold has been a big want of mine. It is a truly delicious bourbon barrel aged wheat wine and exactly what I look for in the style. Many thanks to CNRowland for contacting me out of the blue to make it happen.
Oct 06, 2016
Devil's Heart Of Gold from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 72 ratings