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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: veech on 09-23-2006

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Ratings: 233 | Reviews: 104
Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Kevin for picking this up for me in NC

A: Jet black body is topped by a mocha head of impressive retention.

S: Bouquet is a touch shy, but notes of caramel, chocolate, and coffee persevere.

T: Dry, with hints of coffee, chicory, and licorice.

M: Full body with a light creaminess, and little carbonation.

D: Definitely a delicious stout, something the locals should both embrace and enjoy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man its great to see OH bottled brews here in Greensboro!Poured more of deep cola color than the jet black that usually find in beers of the style,a thinner bet really well retained light mocha colored head atop.Big dark coffee aromas with light earth,and some unsweetened chocolate.The flavors may be as dry as any stout I have had to date,intense roast and raw earth flavors really stick out,light unsweetened chocolate comes thru in the finish.This a damn fine dry stout, and its very dry.

Photo of boston2bburg
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon pour from 22 oz. bomber into snifter, I get a waft of supermarket produce section, particularly fresh green apples, raw, powdered bitter chocolate, molasses barrels, sweet chex mix baked in the kitchen with plenty of brown sugar and honeycome, and a pastry-like hop character. Very complex, a joy.

About as black as you can get with a dark caramel brown head that retains well with some swaths of lace.

Campfire-coal-grilled meat and potatoes melds with Mars bars. Wildwater, burnt marshmallows...the whole camping experience is in this bottle. Neither the wood, nor the dark caramel chocolate are overly intense, and the light apple tempers the deeper, darker flavors, making for a relatively light mouthfeel, which actually allows for longer exploration of these flavors before the palate is shot. Alcohol appears to be low to moderate, although not listed. No alcohol burn to speak of. Bitter chocolate turns more acrid and salty towards the end.

An enjoyable beer with lots to explore.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Intricate crown of lacing on the glass, two clear shades away from black as well. Slightly burnt, charred wood aroma with some subtle fruitiness and yeast in the back. Charred grain is very prevalent but never acrid or astringent. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate with some mild herbal citric hop. A little burnt sugar flashes some sweetness on the palate. Well- rounded burnt grain character with some dark fruitiness in the semi-dry finish.

Beer geeks, let's remember our normal-strength Stouts. Easy to drink and chock-full of flavor, a wonderful dark quaff.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is fairly straightforward but is pretty nice. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes in the aroma, two qualities that are repeated in the flavor. In addition, I also get some coffee notes in the flavor which go nicely with the other characteristics. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, BB dated Oct. 2013, poured dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head. Moderate retention; superior lacing.

Smells surprisingly hoppy for style. Moderately strong. Medium chocolate too.

A clear hop presence in the flavor too, but this is dominated by dark roasted grains with a touch of char and dark chocolate. More than a hint of char in the finish, with dark roasted and burnt grains, a touch of hops and black coffee lingering on and on in the aftertaste. Near equal sweet/bitter balance until the mildly bitter finishl.

Medium-full body; very good carbonation level; smooth; dry finish.

O: a nice stout, but with a bit too much burnt grain flavor.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brent for this one!

A: Pours a dark brown with a small tan head on top made up of rather large bubbles. This reduces to a ring around the top with some thin and sticky lacing on top.

S: Plenty of roasted malt, slightly charred, with a good bit of chocolate and a little coffee.

T: Light roasted malt with a surprising amount of pine in the middle. There is a nice amount of chocolate through out.

M: Medium bodied, but seemed a little thin with medium carbonation.

O: Another beer from OH that I enjoyed, there seems to be a pattern here. Thought that the roasted/charred malt worked well with the chocolate and pine. Would have liked it to be a bit bigger.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark, black; thick quarter inch of brown, thick, cloudy head; great retention

S - creamy, roasty, faint coffee, dark chocolate

T - chocolate, faint roast, coffee, mildly citrusy hops

M - smooth, medium to full bodied, very smooth

This is a delicious, smooth, enjoyable, drinkable beer. The flavor is great though in my opinion it could be bolder. I really enjoy the sweeter, citrusy finish that adds great balance and drinkability to the beer. I enjoyed this a great deal overall.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint, Taco Mac Charlotte

from notes

appearance: shaker pint, dark brown body with a light cream cap. standard appearance

smell: dry roasted malts, light coffee and cocoa, touch of floral hops

taste: dry and roasty - smooth chocolate body, burnt coffee, some dark fruits, leafy hops. A well done stout

mouthfeel: dry, creamy, light bitterness

drinkability: good

Photo of RickS95
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost black with a touch of brown. Not quite opaque. The head is off tan and moderate, but fades shortly leaving good brown lacing on the sides.

Chocolate malts fill the nose. In the background, there's a sense of licorice.

Bittersweet chocolate, coffee and the bittering of hops dance on the tongue. As it warms, and deep in the swallow, the coffee flavors really come out.

It tries and wants to be creamy and smooth, but it's just not. It's medium bodied and more bitter than you'd expect. Having said that, there is a certain crispness and dryness in the finish.

This beer has strong assertive flavors. It's relatively low in the ABV and it lacks the creaminess I'm looking for in a stout. Overall, better than average, but just shy of good.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark cola with very little cocoa head

very rich, full of toffee and caramel. light roasted malts.

very roasted through out. a nice subtle burnt charcoal flavor. light richness through out. a bit of burnt wood. a hint of citrus.

body is a bit thin but the carbonation is nice.

for the low ABV and big flavor, this is pretty good. i would love to have this again.

Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours mostly black (maybe a darker brown), with some ruby coming out along the bottom and a thin mocha colored head. This fizzles down rather quickly, retaining with some light wisps and a little more rich look around the edges, and leaving back some light foamy lace that doesn't stick around a whole lot. The aroma takes a bit to get going but once it does, it puts off notes of cocoa, coffee, and green citric hops. Not super complex but it mostly gets the job done.

The taste is a little more assertive, with a combo of roasted malts and some earthy bitterness. Chocolate, sweet caramel, and some citric fruit help bring things back a notch but the overall profile mostly comes off as dry and burnt feeling in the end. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied and a little prickly on the tongue but this unfortunately seems a bit overly thin in spots.

This wasn't bad once things warmed up and the flavors came out to play but the thin feel did hold this back some. Still though, this was a good example of a lower ABV American Stout and I'd definitely be up for checking this out again down the line either on draft or with a fresher bottle.

Photo of thagr81us
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a deep dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, slight caramel, and very slight bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, bitter hops, and slight caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it also wasn't that great either. The hop character really surprised me on this one. It wasn't overpowering by any means, but it also wasn't needed in my personal opinion. This one is worth trying, but that is about it.

Photo of rebel1771
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near jet black with reddish highlights and a thin tan head.

S: Slightly smokey aroma with heavy notes of bittersweet chocolate.

T: Same bittersweet chocolate from the smell shows up in spades along with a lingering smokey flavor.

O: Nice to see a stout that doesn't try and kill you with crazy flavors. Simple and very good.

Photo of KYGunner
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice black features with dark brown edges, there was a large bubbly and lively head.

The scent is exceptionally weak but there are dry chocolate notes and lactose-sweetness.

Strong carbonated tastes and feel there's a wateriness that fills the mouth. Dry Graham cracker, dry chocolate and a plastic milkiness exist but get lost in the water.

I brought this to a bottle share and walked away embarrassed.

Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Nearly black pour, small amount of light tan head.

Aroma is quite roasty, some anise and dark chocolate.

Taste is nice and roasty. Malt, charcoal, peat. Dark chocolate and just a faint anise and hop spice make this a pleasant tasting brew. Finishes just a little dry.

Mouthfeel is just a little thin, but goes down a notch easier because of it. The carbonation is just crisp. Almost a little rye likeness.

The few I've had at the brewery were excellent and this one is solid as well. At $4 a bomber, I could be drinking a lot of this now that it's available in Charlotte.

Photo of theghost3
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an deep brown, almost black with a 2-finger khaki head with spotty retention.

The smell is cocoa with caramel malts and a hint of charcoal. The taste is dark chocolate malts with toasty flavors of toffee and molasses; charred aftertaste. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-to-full-bodied, and smooth at the end.

This is a delicious stout that looks perfect. The chocolate is nicely subdued with a smooth feel in the end. I'd love to try it again.

Photo of TheDTrain
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFM Andy for sharing this east coast brew! Smokey black in color with light tan head...nice looking. A drinkable American stout with not a whole lot of backbone. Some fond notes of vanilla, dark fruit, coco, and grass, but overall pretty average.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. "Keep and serve cool, enjoy before A 11" notched on the label.

Thanks to Onenote81 for another Olde Hickory brew and pint glass as well!

A - Clarity on the pour is nice but it ends up black in the tulip with a thin tan head. Low retention but nice fingers of lace reach up along the outside.

S - Woody roasted chocolate malts with cocoa notes and milk chocolate coming out of a swirl. Reminding myself this isn't imperial and over-the-top, it smells good for a stout. It becomes a little charred and rubbery as it warms though.

T - Chocolatey bitter roasted malt with a dry, woody, slightly smokey finish.

M - A bit on the thin side, this stout is medium-bodied with a lightly dry, lightly acrid bitter finish.

D - Good drinkability for a standard American Stout, this goes down well and has good flavor to boot! Thanks Jon!

Photo of smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Beautiful color out of the bottle, a deep and clear mahogany red and orange, fills the glass with a dark mahogany brownish red color, and a simple creamy three finger tan espresso head. Very creamy retention and top, smooth and whipped, lots of staying power great looking stout.

Interesting aroma. Nice light roasty grains, a hint of char, and a hint of smokey wood just a touch. A mild sense of nutty quality as well in the mix, all very subtle and pleasant, great interesting smelling brew.

Packing a super creamy mouthfeel, the flavors hit with great thickness. Creamy rich and mild sweetness quickly gives way to big roasting char. Woody and almost salty like finish, with a large lingering pine bitterness that creeps in but really builds on the aftertaste in awhile. Wonderfully sensing smokey and pine like aromas seem to fill the mid palate real nicely too.

Very unique stout animal and very delicious.

Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. Best by date of 11/11.

Pours a fairly dark black with slightly brown edges and a creamy off-white head that recedes to a thin ring and swirly haze. Smells of deep, roasted malt, coffee beans, and chocolate with a bit of vanilla for good measure. Flavors follow the nose closely, lots of roasted coffee and chocolate with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is gonna hurt this a bit for me, too watery and fizzy for my liking, and not nearly as creamy as I like my Stouts. Still, an overall pretty solid brew that walks the line between "big and roasty" and "sessionable". Nicely done.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to pick up a bottle of this one at Bruisin Ales recently. Served chilled and shared in two pint glasses, this one was consumed on 05/16/2010.

Really nice and very big pour here. Huge dark body that no light could penetrate at all. Big head of dark tan then rose up from the bottom of the glass and reached a height of around three fingers before returning back down to earth.

Aroma is very nice, very well balanced I have to admit with loads of roasted malts, light smoked notes, hints of chocolate and coffee. Warming brings out a nice blend of licorice and peat that mixed with a nice woody, earthy tone. Again really nicely done I have to admit. Each sip was rich, creamy, and very dry. Nice follow through on the palate as well left me looking for another sip of the semi sweet and definitley dark stout.

Overall very, very solid. I have always been impressed with everything I have tried from Olde Hickory and this just showed me one of their staples is just as solid. Really well done.

Photo of wcudwight
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light black in color is such a color exist. It's black but not opaque like many beers of the style. 1" tan head last awhile and then disappears leaving little evidence that it was ever there.
Wonderful aroma of bitter chocolate and a certain earthiness that I can't put my finger on, but I like it.
Good flavors of baker's chocolate, roasted malts and a nice hoppiness to round it out. Earthy, fruity and could be some citrus. Very dry finish which really makes this beer.
Mouthfeel is good. I really like how dry it is but it could use just a bit more body.
Great session stout. A beer you should try and try and try again.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: piraat snifter, pours nearly black in color with some mahogany around the edges, coated with a nice mocha colored head, good retention

s: loads of rich, dark chocolate roasts and a good balance of earthy dark pine hops, smoky charred barley, old coffee grounds, some toffee sugars peek out, just packed with deep stout character and roasted goodness

m: lightly carbonated, medium-full body, not a thick stout, but appropriate

t: lots of roasted barley char, bitter dark cocoa and bakers chocolate, burnt coffee, just a quick flash of sweetness at the start before going dry, leaving deep roasted flavors and a mild bitterness to linger, might seem touch thin but it hits some dry stout notes quite well

d: really a great stout, not flashy but very well crafted, guess some don't like the black patent - but I dig it, the dry finish and moderate mouthfeel contribute to high drinkability

my first from Olde Hickory, bomber picked up at Bruisin'

Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Matt.

Dark earthy brown, opaque in the center with slightly translucent edges. The beige head is lasting, and leaves rings of lacing.

The nose is dry and ashy, charred malt and fennel at the forefront with a hint of cocoa sweetness underneath.

More burnt, smoky and ashy on the tongue than I'd have expected, but not unpleasantly so - there's just enough dark chocolate sweetness to balance it. Dark roasted, almost burnt coffee and licorice flavors segue into a bitter, charred and hoppy finish. For a beer under 6% ABV, this is intensely malty and flavorful, though not overly heavy. I wasn't huge on it at first, but halfway through the bottle it grew on me quite a bit. Definitely worth a try.

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Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.