Devil's Heart Of Gold | Perennial Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
4.23/5
Exceptional
57 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:
#3,391
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
57
pDev:
6.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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22
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 14
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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Photo of IpeeA
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leroybrown10
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

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

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

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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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 TotallyHosed
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tripelhops! Bottled 5/2012

Pours with a small tan colored head that quickly disappears. The brew is an orange, red and brown combination that allows plenty of light through.

The smell is rich in raisins, figs, and vanilla. There are hints of leather, oak, alcohol and banana. All of this play together nicely.

The flavor is somewhat similar to the nose, however some flavors are more prominent. There are large notes of raisins, vanilla and alcohol. The alcohol is definitely more evident in the flavor, than the smell. The finish has some bourbon and oak flavors.

The feel is medium and the carbonation is hardly noticeable. I don't think the minimal carbonation takes anything away. This brew does coat the mouth well, with oak and vanilla flavors.

Overall, this is an excellent bourbon barrel aged wheat wine. I can't recall having had any BBA wheat wines in the past, so I'm comparing this to other BBA barley wines. This one definitely fits alongside some of the greats such as MoAS and Sucaba. I am very happy to have landed this bottle. I was a little worried about the fact that I had waited nearly a year to open this bottle. From past experience, BBA barley wines don't age well, i.e. after a year they've lost rich flavor. I think this has held up really well, especially considering that I can taste the alcohol which is rated at 10% ABV. I can only guess that this was very rich and rather hot when it was fresh.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Devil's Heart Of Gold from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 57 ratings