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Seven Devils | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by lanamj on 02-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 168
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks JD!

Pours murky muddly brown. Initial white head fades to leave absolutely no head.

Smells like Backwoods Bastard. Full barleywine smell. Oak and vanilla and other bourbon flavors are more than accents, they are part of the whole package.

OMG its Backwoods Bastard available later! I feel like I should copy and paste my Backwoods review into here. Woody oak flavor, full body from the vanilla, and sweet. Seven Devils is a bit more sweet. Lighter body than Backwoods, but the flavor is there. Overall, lighter and the same flavors, just less of everything. I still like Backwoods, but god damn this is as close as Ive ever seen.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

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Photo of monkeyinpants
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a big fan of Backwoods Bastard, I made sure I grabbed this one when it arrived in my local bottle shop. Not disappointed.

Color is on the muddy side, light tan head dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing.

Smells amazing. Bourbon/oak/vanilla up front with some dark fruit and smoke behind it.

Less smoke on the palate than one might expect from a Scotch ale, but still a touch in the background to keep things interesting. Bourbon is the dominant flavor, followed by the smoke and dark fruit from the nose. Very complex, and very tasty.

A little thinner mouthfeel than I wanted, but not watery.

A bargain for $7/bomber, and overall another great offering from Olde Hickory. A really tasty beer that got some "oh, wow" reactions from folks that I shared it with.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: An extremely strong aroma of bourbon, malt, and a little hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste is very powerful, with a big shot of bourbon, malt, caramel, and a little bit of hops in the finish. Complex and tasty. Definitely not a flavor for the faint of heart.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A big, bold, forceful, enjoyable beer. Drinkable, but definitely only one per session.

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky roasted chesnut brown with a very thin quick to fade off white head.Aromas of vanilla tinged oak,roasted nut,and caramel,the roasted nuttiness really played a bigger role as the beer warmed to the right temp,nice malt complexity.Bourbon and vanilla hits upfront on the palate along with toasty oak and caramel,there is a slight peppery sharpness in the finish.Again OH makes a great beer,to me the most underrated brewery in the southeast...yeah really.

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Photo of lanamj
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Brasserie D' Achouffe tulip.

A- An aggressive pour generates a 1/2 eggshell head the dissipates very fast. A micro-lacing holds on to the edge of my glass. This beer is very dark chocolate brown, almost appears black, and allows little to no light to poke through. Looks great.

S- Toffee, caramel, bourbon and vanilla explosion. The same beautiful aromas you receive from the barrels used for Event Horizon are found here. Very well balanced. Some warm alcohol pokes through as well as dark malts and molasses. I also get small hints of graham crackers and raisin.

T-Follows the nose. Lots of vanilla, bourbon, toffee and caramel. I also pick up some oak. Again very well balanced. A bitter finish which is accommodated by dark fruit flavors resides on the back end of each drink. Very good and as it warms even better.

M- Carbonation is balanced and accommodating for the style. Kinda thin but very smooth. At 8% abv, which is reaching high gravity, i had no problem finishing a 22oz. A sipper that drinks like a session beer, very little burn to remind you that this is a heavier ale.

O- Once again OHB shows it knows what it doing when it comes to barrel aging beer. I feel if it was a little thicker I would hold it up to some of the best. The aroma and flavor are there just a little thin for me. With that being said I'm going to get as much of this as I can.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Peabody's Beer & Wine in Boone, NC.

A - A dark brown pour with a slight foam that dissapates to a ring foam.

S - Definite smell of bourbon and sweet malt. Gives the impression of a strong beer, which it is, with big flavor which does not disappoint.

T - An immediate moderate bourbon flavor with malt side notes and an alcohol finish. It is best to let this beer warm some or you will miss the full flavor of this beer. There was not much of any hop flavor. It seems that this brew was aged in freshly used bourbon casks or aged a long time older bourbon casks, but in any case the flavor was really good and long lasting.

M - A full feel of richness and all around flavor does not disappoint at any point of the taste.

O - I would purchase Seven Devils again as it is a really good beer. This beer's flavor gets better as it warms to room temperature.

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Photo of argock
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Best by Feb 2013 freshness date hand-marked on side of label. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $6.99.

A: Deep chestnut brown with short 1/2-finger light beige head with decent retention to a short cap and a few trailing spots of lace.

S: The oak, vanilla, and bourbon aromas dominate but there is a good dose of residual dark malt and dark fruit sweetness of dates and raisins in there too. The alcohol character of the whiskey is pretty noticeable.

T: The flavor is also barrel-dominated with big, bold vanilla and bourbon that couples well with the gooey caramel and date flavors. The oak is more subdued but comes through more in the finish and with warming. The alcohol is very well-disguised with only a light singing of the nostrils to let you know it's there. A very good barrel aged ale. I am glad there is no smoky flavor in there to detract or clash with the sweetness or barrel-based flavors.

M: I think there is plenty of residual sugar in this to give a medium-full body and good coating feel. I don't thin Backwoods Bastard feels all that more full-bodied than this. This has a bit more residual sweetness but still, it is pretty dry overall. I wonder how the feel will go after a year or two in the cellar.

O: I definitely wish now that I had bought more than 2 bottles of this beauty. The barrel-aging is very smooth yet leaves now doubt as to who is in charge. I think a Scotch Ale was a good choice as the caramel and nougat types of flavors are a natural accompaniment to the vanilla and oak combo. Great job Olde Hickory on this brew.

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Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, earthy brown with light covering of dark cream head. No retention and very light lace.

Caramel, vanilla, oaked bourbon, and lots of peat in the nose. Well done and complex. Molasses coming in. Getting pretty sweet.

Very sweet flavor. Even more caramel malt and vanilla. Bourbon is thick and flavorful. Tannins coming in toward the end, with tea and peat flavors.

Medium body for the style. Slightly rich and creamy.

Glad I got two of these when I had the chance.

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Photo of Yosefus
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of cardsfan
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of nc41
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle last week, and I was impressed, I'm new to these kinds offerings and love the Bourbon influence. To sum it up for me it was Lindley Park meets a bourbon barrel, which is really a good deal. I felt the nose was awesome, and the bourbon touch was pure finesse, the finish I got a huge cherry hit. I'm buying a few to cellar, an added plus is it's really price friendly, and as always Olde Hickory hits a HR on a Scottish Ale to match what they do with their stouts.

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Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with a fairly modest head; the retention was not strong though it did leave a few dots behind

Smell: Lovely melding of the Bourbon and caramel/oak/vanilla elements

Taste: The Bourbon makes the first impression with its sweet vanilla undertones that buttress the caramel malt flavors through mid-palate; a bit of a sour tingle appears in the middle and lingers into the finish adding an overripe fruit dimension; the oak also appears, particularly in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full-boded with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: While the concept of barrel aging a Wee Heavy is a good one, I was hoping to get a little more peat in the flavor profile instead of the fruity character; still, quite a good beer and a little cellaring has allowed the flavors to come into balance

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a half finger of an off white creamy head. Dark mahagoney colored body.

Smells like a burbon barrel aged scotch ale should smell. Big vanilla, Carmel and toffee, oak and some light coffee notes.

Taste is big rich and sweet. Big vanilla, oak and sweet toffee and Carmel. Not too much peat is to be found which is a plus for me. Some alcohol is felt and tasted.

Medium full bodied. Quite a bit of lingering sweetness. A bit more bitterness would help the balance.

Overall this is a good, big flavored and sweet beer. A sipper for the most part. Give this a bit more bitterness and/or dry it out and this could be very good.

Thanks tommy for the beer.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. The head disappears quickly but a thin ring hangs around for some time. The brew is just dark enough to prevent any light from passing through.

S - Bourbon and caramel hit the nose quite hard with some faint scents of toffee and some fig, apple cider and wood notes. Very pleasant smell and well balanced.

T - Just like the smell with loads of bourbon. Brown sugar with caramel and faint oak. Almost tastes like a whiskey sugar daddy dipped in apple cider.

M - Lightly carbonated that goes down slightly fizzy but smooth. A little thin too.

O - A nice ale for sure. I'm going to have to get more of these.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a balloon glass

The beer pours a murky amber/brown/mahogany color. An aggressive pour yields a moderate off white head that slowly recedes, leaving behind very little lacing.

The aroma is comprised of oak, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and a very mild amount of smoked peat. The bourbon presence is mild, but definately present, and the oak shines through quite nicely.

The taste follows the aroma quite closely; lots of oak, vanilla, caramel malt, roastiness, a mild bourbon presence and a mild charred character. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall this is a very nice beer, they have done the bourbon barrel character quite nicely; light on the bourbon, heavy on the barrel. The vanilla, and oaky characteristics mingle quite well with the sweetness of the base beer.

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Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

@ Ridgewood

Served a dark, foggy brown with a small, short-lived creamy head. Raisin bread, molasses, berries, light bourbon, and a sticky sweet maltiness in the aroma. Bourbon barrel, vanilla, deep chocoloate, and toffee...creamy smooth maltiness, berries, raisins, and rich bread. Very smooth, on the lighter side of medium, oily, yet drying. A nice, malty beverage. Not over-the-top on the bourbon at all...

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Photo of rodkin
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a dark place, so couldn't really make out the coloring super well. Seemed like a dark caramel ruby kind of color. Small head that dissipates almost completely, not much by the way of lacing.

Smell was really, really big. Lots of barrel characteristics. Caramel, vanilla, big on butterscotch. Hint of alcohol.

Taste is like the smell. Especially big on the butterscotch, particularly in the finish. A hint of chocolate too. Really big on flavor, but a little one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is nice. Decently carbonated, medium body.

This was really nice. Sweet but not cloying, quite flavorful. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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%

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

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