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Devil's Heart Of Gold | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Devil's Heart Of GoldDevil's Heart Of Gold
BA SCORE
4.23/5
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48 Ratings
Devil's Heart Of GoldDevil's Heart Of Gold
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
perennialbeer.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MasterSki on 06-07-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,729
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
48
pDev:
6.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
11
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another style that I'm not fond of!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tafyob41
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours a very thick dark rusty red/brown mix with no head.
S: Big bourbon barrel as soon as I open the cap. Brown sugar and toffee sweetness. The bourbon is a bit harsh and on the heavy alcoholic side, but only a SLIGHT distraction.
T: bourbon soaked dark fruit and barrel. Huge flavors, with the barrel taking the forefront, and the barrel is a bit boozie and not as smooth as I'd like it to be.
F: very thick and coating, but again there alcohol makes this not as smooth as other ba perennial beers

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4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
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?

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Photo of zekeman17
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PHBoiler
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sparky44
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sweffin
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 version tried twice. This beer is different than the original version, in that it was aged longer. Untappd says 12 months and someone working at a Side Project release said 18. I did email Perennial directly, but they never responded to me. Not going to knock the beer for that, but it is a little irritating when you do not know how long the beer was aged. Anyway...

Beer in the glass has a light reddish brown appearance. I swear when I poured it I saw a little pink. Smells on the sweeter side, with hints of the tastes to come.

The taste is what really surprised me. I've had a lot of barrel aged barleywines, so I was really expecting a raisin sweetness to be prevalent. That was not the case at all. The time in the barrel truly transformed this brew! Toffee and caramel notes for days, with some vanilla added in. There is a very slight alcohol presence, but it was in no way a detractor.

Overall I loved this beer. It tastes very similar to The Bruery anniversary beers, which I love.

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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emerge077
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cat for sharing this one!
Dark reddish amber color, good clarity, thin compact head of creamy off-white foam. Flecks of spotty lace.
Aroma is rich, hugely malty and dense with caramelized sugars. Vanilla and caramel syrup dominate, brown sugar.
Taste is a bit more boozy, laced with bourbon. Caramel toffee, vanilla, dense bready malt. Oak is nonexistent.
Body is big and burly, definitely a fireside sipper. Why they released this in the summer is lost on me.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephensinner
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t8dd
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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