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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

208 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 11
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

lupercmda, Apr 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

JohnnieNepal, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

DmanGTR, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

whartontallboy, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

RWLawman, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mklinger, Jul 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mecmd, Jan 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Joeyhoover, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

robertjskelton, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

shinjak, Mar 12, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kubrick215

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with faint mahogany edges and a two finger frothy beige head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lace.

Surprisingly hoppy with lots of earthy pine in the nose contrasting the roster and silky chocolate malt. Hints of caramel, oatmeal, toffee and coffee bean contrasting the earthy character.

Again, this is surprisingly hop forward with a lot of earthy pine needle and subtle sweet citrus notes. The crystal malt is actually used as the balancing element here. crystal malt backbone with subtle hints of chocolate, oatmeal and toffee. A bit too hoppy for my liking with not enough f a malt presence for the style.

corby112, Jan 15, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber received as an extra from CarolinaKevin. The bottle is marked with a "best by" date of April 2011, and was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Hickory Stick Stout pours a less intimidating shade of black, with about two and a half fingers of light tan foam capping it. The head shows some, but not a ton of endurance, and does leave behind a fairly nice amount of lacing. The nose isn't super appealing, fairly heavy on acrid roasty notes with just a bit of citrus kicking around as well. The malt profile acquits itself somewhat better on my palate as both coffee and dark chocolate show up (definitely more coffee than chocolate). Roast is still the malt flavor of the day though, but a subtle citrusy hop flourish does close things on a positive note. The body carries an appropriately middling amount of heft for a malt forward beer of relatively restrained size. Similarly, carbonation is adequate enough to highlight the Cascade hops used, while still letting the malt be the center of attention. Hickory Stick stout is a pretty solid beer that I'd like a bit more if they'd ease back on the throttle for the black patent malt.

axeman9182, Mar 20, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is smoky and little powdery with a hint of roast malt. It pours a dark-chocolate brown that lets daylight through only at the very edges, and has a fluffy, persistent, pale tan head. Flavor is mainly like burnt wood with just a little bit of coffee and tiny hints of molasses and unsweet chocolate. Texture seems just an itty bit on the thin side, but it is fairly fizzy and still manages to satisfy. Nothing great, but worth a try.

Cyberkedi, Jan 09, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010 poured into a Surly Darkness goblet on July 11th 2011.

Pours a watery brown that settles to a solid black with little head that is of a mocha color dissipating to no lacing. The color is nice but has no head and lacing, it needs more body.

Smells of tons of roasted malts and dark chocolate. A little bit of expresso coffee smell on the back end. Great smell.

Taste is like a watery cup of coffee. I am getting almost no chocolate at all its all watery expresso. It needs more malt flavors. I am not sure what it tastes like fresh but with more then a year on it the flavors have all but gone.

Mouthfeel is light in the pallet and there is some coffee bitter on the back end.

Overall this is a huge miss for me. It totally lost its malt and chocolate stout flavor leaving it as nothing more then a watered down expresso. Don't get me wrong the smell and pour were nice but the taste is really off. This is a one and done for me.

UMNbeerhunter, Aug 12, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -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.

KYGunner, Apr 28, 2013
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3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap in a pint glass.

Opaque, black with medium tan head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin rim and prominent lacing.

Carmel malt, dark chocolate aroma. Taste is similar with moderate bitterness that lingers. No detectable ethanol.

Medium body with quite a lot of carbonation and slight warming.

Overall a tasty drinkable stout. The bitterness is a bit high for a stout with not enough sweetness to be fully balanced. Also seems a little more carbonated than some stouts.

myelo, Apr 18, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy tan head. Retention is average with a solid ring of lacing being left behind.

3.5 S: Roasted barley, coffee, and citrusy hops are the most prominent aromas. I'm not a big fan of black IPAs and this seems as much like one as a stout. There's some caramel and chocolate underneath the main flavors, but the hops are too strong for my liking and the malts are too weak.

3.0 T: The taste is like the nose, but even hoppier. Orange citrus hops and a more than moderate bitterness make this a hop forward stout. There is a ton of coffee flavor in this though. After that there's a solid roastiness, caramel, and a light burntness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not really creamy.

3.5 D: This is a good pick for black IPA fans. For people like me that don't like dark malts and hops, it's best to stay away from.

DavoleBomb, May 25, 2011
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3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A friend gave me this to try. .. glad I didn't pay for it. The appearance is near black but with a grotesquely over foamy head. The nose is a little funky and no where near as rich as this style should be. The mouthfeel is decent but thin. The flavor is light and dissapointing with no real notes to speak of. I really hope that I just got a bad bottle but this was very dissapointing. Definitely would not try again.

lochef81, Apr 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

phingdong, Oct 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Choooobee, Oct 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

duceswild, Mar 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.