Devil's Heart Of Gold | Perennial Artisan Ales

Devil's Heart Of GoldDevil's Heart Of Gold
BA SCORE
95.8%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 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:
#3,667
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
48
Liked:
46
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
6.86%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
12
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 13
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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to one of ChrisPro's friends for sharing this. Served in a tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to some wisps and a thin collar. Dark caramel body with some transparency to it.

S - Lots of oak, as well as some bourbon, wheat, vanilla, and sweet fruity malt flavors. And more oak.

T - Taste is sweeter, with a nice mixture of caramel malts and vanilla and butterscotch notes from the barrel. Vaguely reminiscent of cotton candy, and thankfully not as oak heavy as the aroma.

M - Smooth body, lower carbonation, chewy texture, with a lightly tannic and oaky finish. Some mild warming alcohol, but nothing unexpected.

D - I generally dislike wheatwines, so this was a huge success in my book. Other than the moderately harsh oak in the aroma this was quite enjoyable, albeit in limited quantities. Would be interested in revisiting in the future to see how this develops, but as Perennial's first bourbon barrel-aged beer this is a success.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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 ThickNStout
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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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Photo of Msulax4
4.98/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

an amazing beer done by perennial for the wine and cheese place only. I was extremely pleased with the BA version of this beer and it was amazing. the color is almost completely brown with a hint of yellow. If i could i would have bought all of them but the limit makes that impossible.

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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 rodkin
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened at the BA Abraxas release.

Pours a clear golden straw-hay color, smallish head.

Smell is kind of fruity sweetness upfront, some plum, following by butterscotch, vanilla, oak, bourbon.

Taste is like the smell. The wheatwine's base flavors come forth first, though the barrel aging has helped smooth them out. In the finish comes the barrel, which is quite strong. Vanila, caramel, oaky, tiny hint of alcohol. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel was medium thick, light carbonation.

This was a major improvement over the base beer for me. Too bad this was a one-off, I'd like to see what a bit more age would do to it.

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

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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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  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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