Seven Devils | Olde Hickory Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
168 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldehickorybrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
168
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.27%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
34
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 46
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4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mahogany 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, the dates/raisins and caramel/oak/vanilla elements

Taste: The Bourbon makes the first impression with its sweet vanilla undertones that buttress the raisin/date and 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

NB: Drinking my last bottle (best by 2/13) in mid 2017 and have to note how well it continues to drink; took a while to open up but, after an hour exposed to oxygen, all of the flavors burst in brilliance; brew this again, Olde Hickory!

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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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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Seven Devils from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.99 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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