Seven Devils
Olde Hickory Brewery

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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #57
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,732
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 9.05%
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
181
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Seven DevilsSeven Devils
Notes: Brewed in honor of the poor souls who live in a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains said to be "as cold as seven devils".

Seven Devils is a Scottish-Style Ale aged in bourbon barrels to create an liberation to delight the soul. Rich, smooth malt blended with the complex flavors associated with bourbon. Perfect for the winter months.
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stortore from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 1/24/18, had 11/24/18.

Pours a fairly clear darker amber, with no head and a few bubbles when you swish it around. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, malt, dates, figs. The flavor expands on the aroma a little- caramel, bourbon, malt, figs, dates, light oak, faint cherries. Smooth, a good but much thinner body for the style, appropriately carbonated.

Great aroma and expressive flavor, but the thinness does detract a bit from the overall impression. Very good barrels accompany a straightforward rendering of the style. Great price point and well worth a purchase.

Feb 04, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours brown with a tan head. Head retention is medium low.

Smell: There is a strong caramel aroma with a low level of nuts and bourbon.

Taste: The bourbon is more prominent in the flavors, but the caramel is still a bit stronger. There is still some low nut in the background. There is a low dark cherry note in the background.

Feel: It has a medium full body and smooth alcohol warming.

Overall, the flavors are wonderful especially with the bourbon. Great alcohol warming as well.

Aug 23, 2019
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 01/24/18 poured into a short chalice has a muddy, cloudy, orangish-brown body and no head as the carbonation audibly explodes and disappears at the surface and leaves a clean glass behind.

Aromas include toffee, vanilla, smoke and booze.

Flavors are more nuanced. Bourbon notes of oak, molasses, vanilla, toffee, and caramel meld with the stone fruits; plum and apricot, and a vinous must quality.

Mouthfeel is a lighter leaning medium that finishes clean.

Overall a great tasting scotch ale in bourbon, if thin.

Feb 12, 2019
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JayQue from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very Good Wee Heavy. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Small off-white, bubbly head that fades very fast. minimal lacing on the glass. Nice medium density brown color with plenty of reddish highlights coming through. Aroma and taste are very strong, more like a 10 - 11% abv Wee Heavy or Stout. Strong, sweet. malty aroma and flavor, huge amount of bourbon barrel presence and some oak bitterness. There is also some of the toffee aroma and flavor characteristic of Wee Heavy beers. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, somewhat sweet with little in the way of alcohol presence/burn. Goes down real easy with rich flavors all around. I bought this bottle on a trip, would gladly seek out more if it was available here.

Sep 28, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a nice barrel aged scotch ale. Not the best nor the worst I've had. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but the taste bring in enough flavor from the mash to compensate. The bourbon is a perfect dimension, really bringing out the molasses, tobacco, brown sugar and woody toffee. Smell is even better, inviting the drinker to the rest of the soul warming beer

Jun 08, 2018
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours murky brown. Foamy, short tan head that fades fast.

Smells brown sugar, dark fruit, bourbon and vanilla.

Tastes caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruit, bourbon and light earthiness. Finish is semi sweet with brown sugar and bourbon linger. Medium​ body and smooth lower carbonation

Apr 03, 2018
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AppaZappa from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a bottle at random at a shop last month, bought with confidence despite 'best buy feb 2013' on label due to Olde Hickory's great barrel program. lots of brown sugar, vanilla, and bourbon. Its the bourbon that steals the show here. Amazing find and fantastic lucky find. If you happen to see it despite its rarity...buy it!

Oct 03, 2015
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Thirsty_In_Chicago from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First, thank you to @BeerMeFitz for the extra. As part of an IP over-the-top generous trade.

Bottle states to "enjoy me before" February 2013. I gladly disagree. Can't speak to what this was in 2013, but in April 2015 an aggressive pour yields almost no head - maybe a faint off-white. Aroma of cherries and barrel. Taste reveals tetering on the edge of cloying sweetness with next to nothing carbonation, but solid barrel characteristics. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall I was pleasantly surprised. An enjoyable experience. Wish I had another bottle.

Apr 05, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #76 (May 2013):

Olde Hickory is experimenting with barrel aging again. An in-your-face type of brew, fresh barrels must have been used here, as you can pretty much taste the bourbon as if it had been poured from the cask. The brewer’s intention was for it to taste like a candy bar … perhaps an adult one is our thought.

STYLE: Scotch Ale
ABV: 8.0%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Dark brown, decent head

SMELL: Bourbon, brown sugar, dates, vanilla, wood, brown bread, ripe pineapple, walnuts

TASTE: Big body, creamy, slick, crisp, wood, barrel char, vanilla, boozy, bread crust, golden raisins, light hopping, sweet, bourbon, warmth; woody, semidry finish

Mar 08, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle, 22oz poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep murky brown color with a razor thin fizzy head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- deep and malty aromas of caramel/toffee, brown bread, toasted walnuts, honey, vanilla cream and butterscotch. The barrel aromas complement the sweetness perfectly, adding some spicy barrel juice and charred barrel aromas. All of these aromas mesh brilliantly

T- the sweetness follows the nose with malty notes of brown fruit bread, toffee/caramel, earthy/herbal, and a hint of red cherry. Barrel juice and toasted oak with vanilla undertones, sweet finish with more bourbon on the linger

M- medium body with medium spritz carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish.

O- very mellow after three years of cellaring, big, sweet and malty, as a scotch ale should be, with a nice bourbon kicker

Feb 19, 2015
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humuloner22 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

This is one of the better beers Olde Hickory has put out. This thing has been cellared for nearly two years. I drank one fresh and honestly I had forgotten about this one. But I figured I would get it out of the way and if it had turned no harm no foul. But, to my amazement, this beer only gets better with age. Too bad I think it was a one off.

Color: Brown, typical garnet Wee Heavy colors. Very similar to Old Chub in the way it looks.

Nose: Wee Heavy, so you get some scotch flavors, but not really the peaty briny flavors in some scotches, floral, honey like scotches is where this one is. Almost a bourbon aroma in there too. Caramel and strong vanilla.

Taste: Sweet, but not overly cloying. It has a lot of vanilla and those same scotch-like flavors going on. There are also some yellow cake-like flavors in there as well. Custard would be a good way of putting it.

Overall: I am glad I rediscovered it, but I am also sad that its now gone. I wish I had bought more when I had the chance. As much as I love Old Chub, especially the new nitro, this beer is at the next level.

Oct 15, 2014
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jbwimer from Kansas

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured a deep mahogany with minimal head. Tamed toffee, vanilla, raisins, with a hint of bourbon. Flavor is smooth with not a hint of alcohol. More buttery toffee with some peat, and a slight woody flavor. Wish the flavor was more bold, though. Mouthfeel is decent but could be improved upon. Still, this beer ages nicely. Good stuff.

Sep 05, 2014
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nick_asian from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, like a soda. There was a quickly dying head, again like a soda. The carbonation even looked super prickly, again again like a soda. It pretty much literally looked like I was drinking a coke.

S: Now this is where I loved the beer. The nose was so open and had everything you'd expect from a BBA scotch ale. Bourbon, chocolate, carmel, good bit of fruit, and vanilla.

T: Nose transferred pretty well along with a bit of oak to it as well.

M: Super super thin and light. I was pretty bummed about this part. It has such potential if it were more robust. Carbonation was surprisingly mild for how lively it looked in the glass. Unless you took just a tiny sip and let it sit, you can feel the prickly carbonation on the rim of what's in your mouth.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and would have another. Just wish there was more body to it and it didn't look like a soda the whole time.

Apr 02, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this at his tasting.

Best before 7/2013.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness and alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid bourbon barrel aged presence all around.

Jan 27, 2014
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cosmicevan from New York

3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

let me preface this review by saying that this bottle is dated enjoy by july 2013 (oops). picked this one up when i was in NC exactly one year ago and must've forgotten that i had it (although how could i forget about a bourbon barrel aged scotch ale!!! - finding this one in the cellar during the re-org this week was like finding money in your jacket pocket...or so i hope). enjoyed from an olde hickory taster glass.

a - brew poured a deep brown with a off white greyish foamy head.

s - nose is to style. big booze soaked oak notes on a biscuity toasted grape malt backbone.

t - again fairly to style, if not a bit too sweet. nutty grape toasted malt with big vanilla like oak and some raw woody booziness, some chocolate on the body as well.

m - a bit fizzy. sweet.

o - overall a nice scotch ale aged in some wood. a bit hot, a bit sweet, and the peatiness isn't as rich and decadent as i would hope, but none the less an enjoyable brew.

Nov 24, 2013
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by July 2013, so a little past its suggested prime.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of lightly-bubbled dark white head.

S - Rich bourbon barrel aromas dominate. Sweet vanilla and bourbon with charred oak. Toffee, dark caramel and molasses notes.

T - A better mix of the barrel qualities and the base beer than the nose suggested. The barrel still comes through initially with sweet bourbon and vanilla notes that give way to sweet toffee, caramel and brown sugar flavours from the base beer. Toasted oak is present throughout.

M - Medium body. Slightly watery at times. Light carbonation.

O - This was an interesting beer, but ultimately I found that the base beer didn't really stand up all that well to the barrel treatment.

Oct 13, 2013
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy before July 2013.

A: Dark dark brown pour. Decent sized fizzy tan head but it fades pretty quickly. Zero lacing. Retention holds up though.

S: Rich toffee and caramel and burnt sugars from the bourbon. Not getting a whole lot more from it, the bourbon is quite dominant here.

T: Again with the burnt sugars. Lots of it. Caramel is more subdued here but still lingers nicely. Nice toffee hit in the finish. Very malty throughout and the bourbon complements it nicely. A bit of alcohol burn in the finish/aftertaste; pretty much pure bourbon for a brief moment.

M: Nice medium body, smooth.

O: A very nice scotch ale. Bourbon complements the maltiness of your typical wee heavy and amplifies it a bit. Sweet but not overly so. The bourbon seems to cut it a bit. Nice layers of flavors. A bit boozy for an 8% beer but I think it's from the bourbon's contribution.

Jul 02, 2013
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oline73 from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a layer of off white head that fades quickly to a ring around the pour. The smell is strong, sweet bourbon, sweeter than expected given the abv. The taste isn't as sweet as the smell would suggest. There are some dark fruit and vanilla notes from the barrel. Just a little alcohol heat as well. The carbonation could be smoother.

May 23, 2013
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Lucho from Florida

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a nice dark cherry brown with slight translucentness. with a half finger head light brown that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Bourbon vanilla soaked malts. The sweet vanilla comes out with the nice bourbon.

Taste: kinda a letdown from the nose. There is some vanilla up front with bourbon but there is a aftertaste of bitter maybe almost burnt wood, not very pleasant. There is also alcohol burn towards the end.

Mouthfeel: moderately thick. there is good carbonation on the palate with a smooth taste but there is still the bitter taste that lingers.

Overall: this is an ok beer for the style of a BA scotch ale.

Apr 05, 2013
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blackie from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Bottlemixx into a large Green Man snifter. Heavily malted nose with deep aromas of sweet brown sugars, dates, a deep, oak soaked bourbon, and hints of chocolate. Medium-full body, smooth, with a lower carbonation. Flavors of chocolate covered toffee, brown sugars, and more of that dense bourbon oak. A great beer - deep, complex malt flavors and artfully executed barreling.

Apr 04, 2013
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nUgZ from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark amber color with a half finger head and no lacing.

S: Plentiful dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, and alcohol dominate the nose.

T: Very much like the nose along with some oak and vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Could be a little heavier.

O: This is a pretty good example of a Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy. The Bourbon is definitely apparent, but it's pretty damn enjoyable.

Mar 24, 2013
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JohnnyMc from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a very nice, deep amber, very dark chestnut color with a tiny off-white head.

The aroma has a lot of butterscotch, toffee, caramel, vanilla, some bourbon and a hint of dark fruit as well as a little bit of oak.

The taste is very much the same as the aroma here. A good amount of butterscotch right up front followed by toffee and caramel notes and then bourbon, vanilla, a hint of dark fruit, but not too much oak. It's definitely on the sweeter side, but it's not cloying and there is some bitterness overall as well.

The body is on the lighter side of medium and the mouthfeel starts off ok, but finishes very thin. There isn't too much alcohol in the aroma or the taste, but you can feel a definite warmth as it goes down. Not bad for 8% though.

This is a really solid example of the style and very, very tasty, however there are a few issues. I wish there was a little bit more dark fruit in the taste and I wish the mouthfeel was thicker. It's not Founders Backwoods Bastard, but it's a great beer anyhow!

Mar 20, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light creamy head, foamy fades with light lacing, dark maroon chestnut color.

Nose sweet brown sugar and molasses city, light figs and dates, raisins, chewy caramel, some oak and vanilla, and a bit of bourbon.

Taste smooth rich malts, figs raisin dates etc, brown sugar, molasses, some caramel, light bitterness, some warming booze, nice oak and bourbon, vanilla too. It even brings a light cocoa.

Mouth is med bodied but feels a bit thin for a big beer like this, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice sweet malts and sweetener flavors/aromas, some dark fruits, nice vanilla and bourbon oak flavors too, but a bit thin overall and somehow feels like it's missing something, maybe complexity, hard to really put a finger on.

Feb 18, 2013
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Yosefus from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 22 oz bomber poured into a Bell's tulip glass.

A - Deep copper and ruby, clear with a small and quickly fading off white head. Appropriate for the style.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, molasses, fig, slight bready quality.

T - Vanilla and bourbon predominate. Little to no hop character, but a fair bit of malty bread taste on the back end.

M - medium-low carbonation with medium mouthfeel, spot on.

O - Very pleasant beer. Nearly as good as Backwoods Bastard, but a bit cheaper and easier to get (in NC). Olde Hickory is far from my favorite brewery, but this beer really surprised me. The bourbon flavor was not overpowering like in their BBL Imperial Stouts. Highly recommend grabbing one. I got a second bomber to age alongside some Backwoods that I'm looking forward to in the fall.

Feb 15, 2013
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cardsfan from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Olde hickory does it again. Not a huge fan of scotch ale's but the addition of the unique olde hickory bourbon barrell really pushes this over. Nice color, good smell and you can certainly taste the scotch at first with it turning over to the bourbon. It is a little too carbonated for me and the mouthful is probably the only thing I was a little disappointed in but overall, a really good beer.

Feb 13, 2013
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 181 ratings