Devil's Heart Of Gold | Perennial Artisan Ales

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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
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
7.16%
 
 
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20
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12
For Trade:
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3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
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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4.2/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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 -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
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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4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.59/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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