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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

210 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: veech on 09-23-2006)
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

planbee, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

EasyReader, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

meich75, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Stoneyrok
4.9/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I am a stout lover so I am trying not to be biased.

appearance, beautiful black like a porter should be, nice two finger tan head.
smell: awesome, chocolate hint, hops, barley, no alcohol detected
taste: insane, so smooth I couldn't believe it. I wondered what they did to make it so smooth. I drank a sierra nevada stout before and after and the stick stout had no bite like the sierra did. so creamy and delicious. this is one of the best stouts I have had to date.
mouthfeel, so creamy and smooth it is hard to believe.
drinkability, I wish I had more more more, I can't wait to go back to ole hickory tap room. I will load up on this stick stout. if someone out west wants me to pick one up for a trade, shoot me an email and I will get you one!

Stoneyrok, Nov 10, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

DrinkDrankDronk, Mar 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

adam_e, Aug 15, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Grabbed this shortly after they started selling these bombers at Brawley's.

A - Black body with a tan head. Quarter inch of head is resting on top that looks creamy and delicious.

S - Nice aroma of roasted malt with hints of smokiness. Also picking up a little coffee and chocolate but not much.

T - Wow. This thing is pretty good. Nice big roast flavor up front mixed with a bitter dark chocolate flavor. Hints of smoke similar to the nose but not nearly as present. This is all dark chocolate and roasted malts. Few beers could stand up to the roasted flavors in this one.

M - pretty heavy body with a lot of little carbonation bubbles. Could be a bit creamier.

D - I'm impressed. The flavor on this sucker is great. I love me some stouts with a big roast and dark chocolate flavor and this fits the bill. Only thing really holding this beer back is the mouthfeel. It could be just a bit creamier. Definitely would pick this up again.

jpmclaug, Aug 21, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

wcudwight, Dec 21, 2009
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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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

marshmarsh, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

pathman, Jul 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

abernethyj, Jul 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

CarolinaKev, Oct 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

BCash, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

robwestcott, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Texasfan549, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

BigTrubble, Nov 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

tsauce2, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of veech
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very meaty robust stout for the dry irish stout style. Gorgeous opaque black with a creamy tan head with lots of carbonation and lacing. Chocolate malts with a strong coffee and molasses taste. Hopped enough to balance out the malts on the back end. Thick viscous coverage that coats the palate nicely. Drinkability is limited by a heaviness of body as far as sessioning goes, but great for just one or two.

veech, Sep 23, 2006
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours an opaque, deep brown, nearly black color with a 1/2' creamy tan head forming at the top of the pour. There is some slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts dominate the nose. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses accompany some slight hop aromas.

T: Sweetness of chocolate and caramel hits the tongue at the outset of the sip and moves into the middle. Roasted malts and coffee follows heading into the finish where some slight citrus hop bitterness rounds out the sip.

M: This is a medium to full bodied beer that feels creamy on the tongue with fairly high viscosity. The beer is well carbonated.

Overall, this is an excellent stout. The roasted malts and chocolate notes balance well with the coffee and slight hop presence in the finish.

jgreenearrow, Sep 27, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black, but not entirely opaque - bare hints of light shine through. Two fingers of pale brown head that subsides slowly. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Burnt, roasted malts, balanced by some sweet smells. Almost a hint of vanilla and some woodsy and smoky scents.
I don't know if any hickory wood was used in this beer (I don't think there was), but that comes to mind.

Taste: Burnt, roasted, and chalky malts - just like it smells. That's the dominant flavor, and the toasty/burnt flavors remain into the aftertaste, mixing with the hops. Maybe a hint of bittersweet chocolate in the background. There is just a hint of citrus from the hops in the aftertaste, adding a little bit of complexity to the beer. As the style of beer would suggest, it's very dry, but also very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, but a little thin. A little more body would be nice, but even considering the lack of body, it's very full flavored.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this. It is full of strong flavors, but none to the point of being overpowering. This is also, as the style suggests, very, very dry - could not be more of a contrast between this and most milk stouts. I really liked this beer.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 02, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the BA whose name I've misplaced.

It pours a beautiful, opaque brown with a dark beige, thick knit, two finger head. The head never disappears completely, and beautiful slathers of lace cling to glass each time it's tipped.

Light aroma of milk and dark chocolate, light coffee hints, a touch of dark caramel, even lighter hints of herbal hop and roasty malt.

Sweet like a milk stout, but more a malt syrup sweet than candy, followed quickly by chocolate, orange peel, root beer, and finally roasty goodness with a touch of coffee. Nice.

Quite creamy for style, a good thing, clean flavors, bold but juicy finish, tasteful med. carb.

Couldn't help seeing that this stout isn't quite highly rated in this style. I am certainly gonna be higher than avg. Recommended for sure.

cavedave, May 05, 2012
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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.

theghost3, May 07, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Avagadro, Dec 23, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a muddy black/brown with a plentiful and heavy mocha frothy foam head that shows no sign of dissipating.

Smells malty, earthy, almost peppery and smokey - some faint coffee and chocolate as well. The chicory spice is prominent.

Taste is a lot like it smells - malts, earthy spices, some smoke, and coffee. Also some hops - they are a pleasant addition - gives it a crisp complexity.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect. The carbonation and head has this feeling light and creamy. A bit thinner and lighter than I prefer, but quite good.

readbaron, Feb 28, 2011
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Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.