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Devil's Heart Of GoldDevil's Heart Of Gold

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

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

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4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Gretlawn
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of rodkin
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +0.2%

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4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Boulevard brewing tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Bottled: 5/2012

Pours a veyr nice murky dark copper color with some orange and amber hues. Very viscous/oily pour and a minimal white head forms even with an aggressive pour.

Starts off with nice caramel and butterscotch aroma. Definitely some Bourbon barrels in there with some vanilla hints and slight boozy heat. There are some nice sweet wheat and vanilla notes. Nice and sweet but with some bready undertones as well. Slight oaky wood notes in the nose.

Starts off with some good sweetness, butterscotch, caramel and some molasses. Some nice smooth wheat notes mixed in as well. There is some nice intense heat is perceived along the middle of the brew. Nice grassy hop notes are perceived as well behind all the intense bourbon barrel notes. On the finish there are intense. Mouthfeel is so smooth and oily with some lower carbonation but still some crispness. The viscosity and the heat suppresses it a bit though.

Good barrel aged Perennial brew. I think I enjoy this version more than the base beer. Very nice sweetness and intense bourbon notes. As the brew warms there is some nice oak notes and cinnamon as well as sweet caramel and vanilla hints.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -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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Devil's Heart Of Gold from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 59 ratings