Seven Devils | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Seven DevilsSeven Devils

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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 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 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 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 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 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 mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a pitch black with very little foam to speak of. There is just a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is mainly oak, vanilla and the bourbon from the barrel. The flavor follows suit. Bourbon is the main characteristic but not over bearing at all. The vanilla and oak round this one out. The flavor is overall sweet with some caramel in there as well. It does seem a bit thin bodied and the carbonation is lacking a bit, but overall this is a nice beer to drink.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich brown in color with a thin off-white head. Slightly hazy but just barely. Not much lacing and leaves the side of the glass pretty clean.

S - Light bourbon/soft vanilla notes at the beginning then a rich grain aroma comes through. Some fermentable sugar in the background.

T - A thin bourbon flavor kicks things off and then a light molasses and butterscotch flavor find the palate. Soft vanilla and just a hint of char from the barrels in the taste as well. Aftertaste vanishes quickly but is semi-sweet and toffee-like.

M/O - Body is a little thin IMO but carbonated nicely. Lightly acidic from the bourbon but soft of the palate. Flavors not too complex and quick fading aftertaste. Honestly, I wouldn't have guessed this was a wee heavy if I hadn't read the bottle label. Was a little too thin in body for me and the flavors weren't too robust. Still a good beer and for $5/bomber or less it's priced right.

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