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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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201 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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scifan

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chesnut brown with a slightly tan head. Fairly nice nose here, picking up some dark chocolate, peat, and just a touch of smokiness. Taste as good as it smells. Hints of chocolate, with some coffee, and again a faint smokiness to it. Also some nice hop bitterness to round it all out. It's a little thin for my liking and wish it where a little creamier. But all in all a very nice session stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 03:46:02 | More by scifan
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

09-10-2013 17:29:10 | More by RedneckBeerz
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cjspeight

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

11-25-2011 05:10:56 | More by cjspeight
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

01-12-2013 20:20:37 | More by kjkinsey
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

04-29-2013 23:29:53 | More by buckyp
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

11-20-2012 03:26:57 | More by OldhouseRecs
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UNCCTDawg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

11-30-2011 02:45:53 | More by UNCCTDawg
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dprophet

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

01-22-2012 09:24:53 | More by dprophet
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unclekeith

Alaska

4/5  rDev +9%

03-26-2014 03:53:19 | More by unclekeith
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

A: Poured a dark, dark brown (pretty much black) color, with a frothy mocha head that stained the glass as the liquid went down.

S: I got a deep, dark, cocoa scent that almost crossed into Nestle's territory. I got a bit of hop bitterness, probably from the coffee notes.

T: This was almost tasted lactose-infused.... like a milk stout. The full flavored chocolate and coffee was really nice in this setting. I ALMOST got a bit of citrus.

M: There was a good bit of bitterness here, but after a few sips, I noticed that that quality sort of rounded out into sort of a buttery quality on the finish. The lacing was ABSOLUTELY ridiculous.

O: This was a very nice stout and a major redemption from the Olde Hickory: Black Raven IPA that I disliked so much that I tried a few days before.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 00:34:26 | More by Chaney
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DexterP236


4/5  rDev +9%

02-25-2012 23:01:30 | More by DexterP236
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Rhode17

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

11-28-2011 02:30:30 | More by Rhode17
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

12-15-2011 22:06:25 | More by jak
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

03-10-2013 17:30:17 | More by muskiesman
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eerbayman

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

11-15-2011 10:46:00 | More by eerbayman
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ThirstyHrothgar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

12-23-2013 01:35:06 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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smibroncos

New York

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a rich dark opaque brown, with a creamy one finger tan head reak nice in the looks department. Nice lacing on the glass.

S. Rich roasted malts oats carmel leaves earthy light coffee aroma

T. Slight sweetness,doesn't last long the bitterness of this stout is spot on. This brew is a good representation of the style.

M. Medium bodied creamy nice carbonation

D. A really good brew not to sweet, not too bitter, great balance and good taste I will have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 01:18:29 | More by smibroncos
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boston2bburg

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 02:07:11 | More by boston2bburg
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerness for this one

Look: black body with brown rings around the edges. 1 inch head on a hard pour and just good retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate and vanilla slight oak note with traces of coffee

Taste: A little bit of chocolate and some roasted malts. Slight vanilla and oak mid palate and finishes with a bit of ash

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mildly carbonated

Overall: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and highly recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 23:08:23 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by the brewpub and started out my meal with this one. Have had this a few times out of the bottle and enjoyed, so I was excited to try this on tap. Came out a deep black, with a thin khaki head on top. Minor lace left behind. The nose yields quite a hop presence that surprised me. Roasted finish. Nice pleasant "stout-y" aroma.

Moderate depth, decent carbonation, finishes quite smooth. The hops add a nice bitter quality to this one. This is one of the more "green" stouts I have had in awhile. Piney hops meld well with the toasted char flavor that is quite common with this style. Chocolate notes, but they are fleeting. If you like hoppy dark beers, this one is right up your alley. Still one of my faves from this brewery. They really know how to brew some dark-beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2012 14:45:18 | More by Onenote81
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjmadden for this, the lone surviving bottle from a November-time BIF.

Pour is an appropriate level of dark, near the impenetrable level. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate Kiss, & slightly dank hops; the last

Hickory Stick Stout reverses the norm of blackened beer experience. Wildly smooth malts open up, with pleasing cocoa & a punch of bittering hops allowing a nice raise. Only after this short parade does the char flare forth like a bonfire of the vanities, blazing up & reducing anything else to a carbon memory. In the thousand or so beers I've sampled, I've never had the roast come after everything else; usually it's at the front of the line, shouting at the clerk to hurry up. Pretty cool!

Luckily I love all things charred, & combined with a reasonable ABV, this one goes down easily. Full, well-rounded, with a nice depth of character. Smooth, despite the roasted wave.

Very good beer & one that will puzzle me for a while. I wonder if it was an accident, part & parcel of the ingredients, or if the brewers intended it that way.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:27:51 | More by maximum12
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fields336

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown, charcoal black completely opaque. 2 fingers khaki brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. The head is vigorous and bubbly. the lacing is really nice, and stays around.

S: chocolate, bready/biscuity malts, some sweet toffee and caramel are present as well. No alcohol is present, no hops.

T: Some bitter hoppiness is immediately present, with some bitter dark chocolate as well. There is a sweetness there, no alcohol is present in the taste

M: Full bodied, but not a sipper, is extremely easy drinking. the carbonation is really lively, treats your mouth well

O: This is a really nice example of an american stout. there is just enough hop bitterness to balance the slight sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness from the malts

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 04:23:24 | More by fields336
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rebel1771

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 22:34:38 | More by rebel1771
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into the larger version of the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer comes out dark brown with some deep mahogany highlights on the sides and wherever the liquid gets a little shallow. Dark tan head that is CRAZY big and frothy, felt like I was pouring a classy Belgian style at room temperature. The head on this refuses to quit and stick around the entire session and longer, it actually outlasts the liquid. I love where this is going.

Ok, smell was a little bit underwhelming, but not bad. Not as big and bad as I expected based on the color and look of the beer. Still it's above average for the style. There's some nice grainy notes with small hints of weak coffee and chocolate. At the end there's some feint citrus hop notes. Decent balance overall, just nothing too strong.

Taste is on par with the smell, a slight increase. Again some dark burned grains with subtle coffee and some semi-sweet chocolate. There's a nice lingering bitter citrus and gentle pine finish at the end from the hops. Really like the taste of this, it's a good shelf stout that can be consumed on a regular basis if stouts are your style.

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 00:27:41 | More by AndyAvalanche
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from brentk56, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid black color with a fluffy khaki head that slowly recedes to lots of chunky lace. Smells heavy on the roasted malts, lots of coffee, caramel, and chocolate mixed with some smoke and a hint of citrus and pine. Taste is much the same. Dark roasted malts leaning heavy on the coffee end. Pine hops come through midway and finishes with a dry long lingering roasted coffee bitterness. Medium body and light carbonation. Nice Stout! I really enjoyed this one, but it does finish a little dry for my liking. I wouldn't hesitate to imbibe this one if it were more accessible.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 00:47:48 | More by johnnnniee
Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.