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Perennial Devilís Heart of Gold

Perennial Devilís Heart of Gold
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The name "Devilís Heart of Gold" comes from what they call the "Devilís Cut". When a bourbon ages in a barrel, a portion of the bourbon evaporates - this is called the "Angelís share". Another portion of the bourbon gets absorbed into the new oak barrel - this is called the "Devilís cut". Therefore, the Heart of Gold beer aging in the barrel starts to absorb back some of the Devilís Cut and hence the name "Devilís Heart of Gold". We took our Heart of Gold and aged it in a Knob Creek 9-year old barrel from our friends at The Wine and Cheese Place in October 2011. The beer rested in these barrels for 7 months. 204 bottles will be released exclusively at The Wine and Cheese Place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (15600) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Copper colored pour with a white head. Baked sweet potato, pineapple, and vanilla aromas. Some brown sugar and whiskey, too. Good caramel aroma. Flavor is certainly on the sweet side. Nice caramel, brown sugar, and dried pineapple. Sweet potato, slight spiciness of whiskey and oak, and some cocoa powder. Lots of rum raisin, too. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2014
750ml bottle. Tasted at RBSG grand tasting. About 2 years old. Mostly clear red color. Thin off-white head. Interesting dark fruity malty nose. Great vanilla in the flavor. Moderate sweet taste, light bit of heat on it. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Bigger body. Interesting tasty flavorful stuff. Good long warm whiskey aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle share at Hampton Inn pre-DLD party. Pour is hazy brown with an off-white head. Aroma is strong with notes of bourbon, vanilla, toast, caramel, and wet grains. Flavor has some bourbon heat up front followed by oak, dark fruit and brown sugar. Boozy and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (8727) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have quite a bit of caramel, bourbon, vanilla and some boozy alcohol (more in the nose). Some lightly charred wood adds som character. Plenty tasty. Always worth trying stuff from these guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11014) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Big caramel booze, wood tannins, some vanilla, a very nice and complex barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Clear mid brown with some red. Minimal head. A bourbony aroma. Bourbon is tasted first. Dark and other comp,ex fruot, too. The bourbon settles and this becomes a more classic BW. Both versipns are good. I am a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jandd1983 (3740) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. What can you say, this was an awesome beer. We had a vertical with the Heart of Gold from 2011 and 2012 then the Devils Heart of Gold. It poured a dark orange/golden color with a small off-white head. The aroma was of oak, vanilla, some caramel, a little fruitiness, some sugar with some wheat and grains. The taste was very similar with a big oak barrel aftertaste. Glad I have a bottle aging in the cellar. Will re-rate after that one ages a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1522) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle. Pour is murky brown with a thin ring of tan foam and a few very slow-rising bubbles. Aroma is light brown sugar, faint vanilla, light alcohol, light bourbon, faint butterscotch, and a touch of christmas spice. Aroma is somewhat subdued. Body is much lighter than expected. Flavor is initially more mild than expected with toffee malt and faint vanilla dominating. Also hints of sweet bourbon and light pepper. Alcohol already seems to be more subdued as compared to prior ratings. Really not a very overpowering flavor. Itís got flavor, but for a bourbon barley wine, itís pretty subtle. Easy to drink. As it warms, more sweet malt flavor develops

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5531) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Pours copper/orange with an off-white head. The aroma is very nice with lots of vanilla, bourbon, toast, smooth thick wheat, caramel, some spicy hoppiness and a pretty heave alcohol presence. The fusel aspect keeps this from being a top notch aroma. Medium / full body with a minor amount of sharp carbonation. The alcohol presence is even heavier on the taste. The flavor starts is like a sharp version of the aroma. On the aroma everything was rounded , smooth and integrated. The taste has much more of a bite it it. It also has a cotton candy sort of taste to it. The finish has fusel alcohol and lots of phenolic spice. The beer is nice, but the alcohol is way too prevalent. Hopefully I can try one with a little age on it to see if it mellows out. This could be a great beer with the alcohol burn reduced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
750 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. This is my rating from the initial tasting held at TWCP, working from mental notes. Pours a hazy orange-gold color, kind of a darker orange but not dark enough to be in amber territory. Small off-white head, quickly settling into bubbles along the edge. Big barrel notes hit right away from the aroma, with nice oak and vanilla along with caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits, and a wheaty, grainy note. The flavor has some definite heat from the barrel, not that the regular HOG is mild, along with the same sweet and malty and fruity notes. As this opens up and warms, I get a surprising amount of charred oak from the barrel. Iím not familiar enough with Knob Creek but maybe thatís one of the brandís defining characteristics. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, oaky, warming mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Nice barrel aged barleywine. Iím resting one in the cellar for a while and I think this should get even better- and Iíll re-rate then.

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