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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

Hickory Stick StoutHickory Stick Stout

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BA SCORE
83
good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: veech on 09-23-2006)
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cosmicevan

New York

2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

continuing my ripping through Olde Hickory bottles I picked up when visiting family in NC about a month ago...notched as best by november 2012 (OOPS - keep that in mind when viewing this review)...bottoms up! enjoyed from a duck rabbit snifter.

a - brew opened with a big pop and poured with some lively carbonation (not a gusher by any means though). looked kind of porter like with the big fizzy grey head. the head was gone quick leaving some chunky lacing on the glass and a thin skin of head on the surface of the beer. the body of the beer was dark as night and thick.

s - burnt and charry (again like a porter), but with some great thick chcoolate and coffee notes as well. roasty.

t - hmmm...interesting. much like the ruby lager, this one has some intense carbonation and it somewhat overpowers the flavors. char, roast, chocolate. some hops are in there as well which seem misplaced and add to the off-ness that is lead by the over carbonation.

m - fizzy and over carbonated.

o - overall, this is very porter like. extreme char rules alongside with the heavy carbonation fizziness. not a fan. judging by when the other reviews happened for this beer, seems like this bottle might be ancient (although only slightly out of date based on what the label says). i'm a big fan of stouts and this one fell short by a long shot. i'm surprised since i've had many great beers from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 03:53:05 | More by cosmicevan
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head glass

A - pours up deep black with a dark tan one inch foamy head. Retention and lacing are both good.

S - nose is sort of weak. I mostly get some roasted and grassy notes.

T - Caramel malts dominate up front with toffee, and molasses notes. It finishes clean with coffee, chicory, black licorice, and roasted nut flavors.

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Illinois

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Mild smell. Kinda musty and not as potent as I'd like. Thin pour but retains a dark color. Light chocolate colored head that fades fast.

Taste is sorta like the smell murky/must. The dryness that usually accompanies a stout is really more sour than anything. The hickory comes in only slightly when the beer warms up. It's not as thin as it looked in the poor.

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Mouthfeel is really good. It's full bodied, the taste lingers for about 20 seconds after each sip so you can really notice every flavor all together. Great smoothness and well balanced. Starts smooth and has a reasonably dry bitter finish. I like how drinkable it is, but I think this is more of a beer that belongs in a 6 pack than a bomber unless you're sharing; I was ready for something else about 16oz's or so into it. Good overall though, really glad to have tried it, just wish I shared it now.

Thanks Paschal for the trade!

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Poured into a Darkness tulip on 9/26/11

Courtesy of PDXHops

Split with MbpBugeye

Best before July 2011

A) Pours medium brown; settles near black. One finger head thins rapidly until it hits a thin, bubbly layer. Solid trails of lace turn into a wall of lace.

S) Aromas of toffee, peanuts, roasted chocolate and earth. Not much in the way of coffee. Modest roast notes. The aroma is tame but pleasant, become more so as it warms.

T) Moderate earthy bitterness. Bitter coffee and roasted grains. Not much in the way of chocolate. Some tangy roast. Tastes simple and straightforward. Enjoyable enough.

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Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.