Seven Devils | Olde Hickory Brewery

Seven DevilsSeven Devils
BA SCORE
78%
Liked This Beer
3.97 w/ 168 ratings
Seven DevilsSeven Devils
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
168
Liked:
131
Avg:
3.97/5
pDev:
9.32%
Alströms:
3.99
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
34
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 46
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Lucho
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of nUgZ
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Mike
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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 sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Yosefus
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of CBlack85
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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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Seven Devils from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 78% out of 100 with 168 ratings
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