Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery
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Reviews by xpdrinker:
2.15/5 rDev -41.6%
A - Pours dark brown, appears thin. Light tan head with a little lacing.
S - Toasty malt, earthy, semi-sweet chocolate and a little coffee.
T - Weak coffee, bitter chocolate, not a whole lot else.
M - Super thin. Frail light body to the point of anorexia. High carbonation.
O - There's a special place in hell for stouts this thin.
02-27-2012 19:17:20 | More by xpdrinker
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3.9/5 rDev +6%
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.
12-05-2009 20:30:45 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
09-21-2010 02:07:11 | More by boston2bburg
4.25/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
01-11-2011 01:49:41 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.9/5 rDev +6%
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.
05-28-2012 21:38:41 | More by Mora2000
3.61/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
07-26-2013 23:17:09 | More by chinchill
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
01-08-2013 02:38:22 | More by mdaschaf
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
04-27-2012 23:30:56 | More by tdm168
4/5 rDev +8.7%
pint, Taco Mac Charlotte
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
12-28-2010 05:10:29 | More by dirtylou
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
06-19-2011 02:27:16 | More by RickS95
3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
03-29-2011 00:05:34 | More by hooliganlife
3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
01-20-2011 20:32:12 | More by Kegatron
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
01-12-2011 18:35:56 | More by thagr81us
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
09-27-2011 22:34:38 | More by rebel1771
Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
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