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Seven Devils | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Seven DevilsSeven Devils

Brewed by:
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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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 oline73
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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 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 Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a couple of oversized snifters. Big thanks go to Barscream for sharing this.

Pours a ruddy brown in the glass, with a thin covering of light mocha head. This retains with mostly some frothy edges which leave back a robust looking cascade of spotty lacing that clings to the sides. The aroma smells of caramel, fruit, light peat, vanilla, and barrel. This is pretty straight forward with the flavors and is actually blended together rather well in the nose.

The taste is caramelized sugars, vanilla sweetness, a touch of dark fruit, and some gentle smokiness that trails a bit. Alcohol adds a little extra spice and sweetness to this while the barrel lends the profile burnt woody edges that linger in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with some sharpness on the tongue that gives to a smoother feel as this works itself around in the corners of the mouth. There is some light bourbon warmth to this but the alcohol is thankfully relegated to the flavors. For 8%, I would have expected this to have a little more presence in the mouth, as the oak thins this out maybe a tad too much.

This had the misfortune of following Dark Horizon in our Olde Hickory tasting but still managed to hold its own with a decent amount of well integrated flavors that kept this interesting to drink. For the price, this seems like a no-brainer to try if you see it on the shelves.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, received in a trade. Shared with bpk59 and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a near clearish mahogany hue with a half a finger of off white head that leaves a very, very thin halo and blanket. Somewhat underwhelming.

S - Mostly malts and caramel on this one that leads to BIG bourbon notes and nice wood/oak notes. Slight vanilla. Lots of bourbon.

T - More of those caramel malts and sweetness with some light vanilla. Strong bourbon too but this is just a bit too sweet for my liking.

M - Thinnish but whats there is nice and velvety. Its relatively booze but thats somewhat to be expected.

O - Overall this isnt a bad beer I just feel like it needs a year or two of cellaring to really break through. Lots of booze and bourbon needs to mellow out before being really enjoyable.

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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 maximum12
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to killer trader nc41 for sending me a box full of Olde Hickory goodness that I'm working through bottle by bottle. Gotta love a brewery that makes good beer that largely flies under the radar. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife. Best by 2/13 marked on the label.

Pour is surprisingly dark, brown, little light penetration. Smell is also suprising, and lighter than expected. A nice meld of bourbon, vanilla, & sweet malts. Lovely.

Seven Devils has been licked repeatedly by a big tub of bourbon. Bourbon notes leap off the brew, but they're linked up nicely with the sweet malts. There's a bitterness right smack in the middle, too, that's slightly distracting. Improves as it warms; the bourbon is really nice, & that's what sticks around afterwards. Weirdly appealing & I can't seem to quit picking up the glass.

Quite nice. A very good beer that doesn't quite crack the glass ceiling of elite barrel aged beers, nor Wee Heavy brews, but lovely nonetheless. Definitely worth a go.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks to carolinakevin

Pours an hazed caramel brown color with a beige head resting on top. Retains pretty well before leaving a few patches of lacing behind on the glass.

Oaky and boozy in the nose with bourbon and vanilla. Hints of smoke and burnt sugar with a touch of leather. Dark malts with warmth and a light bit of chocolate sweetness.

Fairly sweet up front with some hints of burnt sugar and caramel. The booze slices through with plenty of oaky barrel character and vanilla. Touches of leather and tannins with some faint sweetness. Rich malts with a touch of smoke. Finishes with peat and bourbon.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the palate. A nice barrel aged beer, although the bourbon itself took over most of the flavor.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy caSSino for bringing this one down to share with me the day after Brewvival! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a dark murky brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, wood, sweet alcohol, and a very very subtle acidic note. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, and subtle peat. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. The aroma on this was quite intense as you could smell it from quite a distance away. The flavor on this one really wasn’t that impressive though as the barrel pretty much dominated this brew. This was apparently aged on the same barrels as Event Horizon or so I’ve heard, but I don’t think this style was as good a choice for those barrels. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of n2185
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with barely half a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Caramel and vanilla dominate the nose with a sweet graham aroma that I tend associate with light oxidation. There are sweet bourbon with faint oak notes toward the end.

T: The bourbon is a lot stronger on the tongue with flavors of vanilla, charred oak, and caramel. The finish is lightly bitter with a decent alcohol burn.

M: Medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is a little watery feeling, though the strong alcohol presence keeps it from being too much so.

O: A pretty decent beer, overall. It’s a little undercarbonated and could use a bit of age on it to let the alcohol mellow some, but overall still an enjoyable beer and a bargain at under $7 for a bomber.

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Photo of Dope
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 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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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 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 FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1408th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter

Best by 02/13
Birthday present from GuruDel (Thanks Vince)

App- Looks like a darker whiskey or bourbon in the glass. Add in the small fizzy tan/khaki head it looks okay. Just falls to a still river looking brown/caramel gold.

Smell- Lots of bourbon, lots of malts. Not the most layered of beers but the sweet vanilla and caramel bourbon do great things. Missing a small Scotch ale note with the complexity but has a good brown sugar to the vanilla to compliment it all together.

Taste- Its a very cordial like beer. Very creamy, malty and smooth. Bourbon takes over and really brings it to a one layer note but all in all its a very flavorful, prickly beer. The ABV is well hidden and has a small malty pepper note.

Mouth- A small medium body with a low carbonation level. A bit of the burn and char of the bourbon remain.

Drink- Nicely done. Needs a bit more of the scotch ale to come out, but WTH. It only hit 95 in So. Cal today. Seemed fitting. I would like another.

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Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kkipple for this one!

Seven Devils pours a dark mahogany brown color. It’s very hazy and is darn near opaque. Backlighting shows some nice garnet and orange-ish highlights though. It’s a nice looking color. Interesting for a Scotch Ale. There isn’t much head to discuss. A few bubbles gathered on the surface, but disappeared very quickly. Lacing was extremely light and spotty.

While it might lack a little in looks, it certainly smells good! It’s very sweet smelling up front. Lots of caramel malt. No doubt about it. Bourbon is noted early on and complements the malt base extremely well. It doesn’t overwhelm the malt base. I like that a lot. Oak and vanilla are secondary, but add quality depth and a good bit of character. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable. At 8% abv, it’s only moderately strong. Smells that way too. I like it.

This is good stuff. The caramel malt base is certainly sweet and very sturdy. If you’re averse to sweet beer, this might be a bit much for you. For what it’s worth, I think the barrel-aging negates a little of the sweet factor and mixes extremely well with the caramel malt. The resulting flavor is very good. I don’t know how long it was in barrels, but it was just the right amount of time. The bourbon flavor is nice and refined, not too strong. Oak, vanilla, and a little alcohol follow. It’s not warm or hot though. Finishes sweet and bourbon-y.

Seven Devils has a light-medium body. It feels a bit thin. Given the wealth of malt, that’s a little surprising. Needs a bit more body though. Carbonation is light and soft. It’s easy drinking stuff. Definitely tasty.

I’ve had a few beers from Olde Hickory Brewery, and they’ve all been rather impressive. Seven Devils continues the trend. It’s not perfect. It might be a tad too sweet, and it could use more body. It’s good beer nevertheless. I’m enjoying it. Thanks, Dan!

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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 Onenote81
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split and shared at a tasting this last weekend. Thanks for bringing this one, Jacob!

This pours a cloudy rusty amber with a creamy beige head on top. The nose bursts with vanilla, oak, booze, toffee. Really sweet aroma which invites me in. Moderate heft to this one. Ample carbonation, yet creamy and palate-coating. The bourbon is the main player here. Huge wallops of vanilla, creamy toffee, caramel. This is sweet and could be a great dessert beer. It is a little one-dimensional, where the barrels really took this one over. This might as well be a Bourbon Barrel-Aged [any style], as I really can't find any of the Scotch Ale characteristics. I'd like a little more balance, where the base beer pulls through a bit more, but still a treat of a beer.

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Photo of jbwimer
3.91/5  rDev -2%

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.

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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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Seven Devils from Olde Hickory Brewery
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