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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 242
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 22.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: veech on 09-23-2006

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Photo of Jeffo
1.33/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Got this one from Doodler in a recent trade. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Best Before Jan 2012. A month late.

APPEARANCE: A slow gusher. Pours a huge, 4+ finger, thin, bubbly, light tan head that won’t quit. Foamy Swiss-cheese head. Black body, transparent, with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and leaves chunky, foamy lacing down the glass. Head is out of control. Looks like an infected stout.

SMELL: Smells infected too. Funky, yeasty and sour berries. Not very stout-like, unfortunately.

TASTE: Not as bad as the nose, but it’s off. Cardboard, funky yeast and sour tartness for the most part. Mild aftertaste, thankfully, of cardboard and metallic sourness. If it’s not infected, then it’s definitely off at this point.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Luckily this isn’t bad. Semi-smooth on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Too little too late.

OVERALL: Pretty horrible stuff. Hard to say if this is some sort of infection, or if it’s just been mishandled somehow. It’s only a month past its best by date, so age can’t be the issue here. Whatever it is, this was awful and the drain enjoyed everything but 4oz of it. Would be glad to try a fresh bottle of this at some point. Thanks again for the trade Doodler. They can’t all be winners.

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Photo of CJS
1.68/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A Pitch black with at least 2 inches of head on the pour. Sign of over carbonating in my usually on a stout.

S Dry roasted, burnt coffee, charred wood, crackers, and wheat bread.

T That dry roast smell is overall key element in the taste. Hoppy crocodile bite. And a lot of carbonation foretold by the head to me.

M Just a taste bud stabbing of bitter bitter chocolate and stale coffee attack to me.

O Glad I didn't pay for it.

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Photo of xpdrinker
2.2/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Arborescence
2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Black, pours a rather modest head which recedes quickly.

Aroma: Mild, malty, a hint of vanilla, nothing very impressive.

Taste: Mild chocolate flavour, bitter aftertaste with distinct hops.

Mouthfeel: Soft and round, medium bodied.

Overall: Kind of watery really, at least for a beer that claims to be full bodied with intense chocolate and coffee. Nothing of the sort really. It's drinkable, but quite light. Doesn't do justice to this type of stout.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing. Bottle from July 2011.

Spidery889 lace is left crawling from a receding head. The beer is a thinner looking middle-roasted brown that collects a thin black.

The nose is fruity and ashy. Some smoke wafts in and out.

There is an even roast that never quite reaches burnt or charred. Smoke is light, but adds a welcome ashiness to the flavor profile. The finish is woody/charcoal and grassy.

The body is thin, but the finish is nice and dry which plays off of the smoke and ashy flavors.

A decent one, I suppose. Nothing over the top, but nothing gross either.

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade. Loved the other brews I tried from OH. Let's hope this one doesn't disappoint. 22oz bomber. Enjoy before April 2011...

A: Dark with ruby red highlights shining through. A thick 1+ inch tan head that fades slowly. Good.

S: Almost like an autumn ale scent to it. Smells of like a woody cedar scent upfront. Goes along with the name "Stick". Some sweet malty notes blended in with some faint bitter earthiness on the backend. Decent.

T: Kind of a soapy wood flavor upfront with some vanilla hidden in the middle and some earthy hop bitterness on the backend. Eh.

M: Light body with a heavy carbonation. Kind of a grassy bitter finish. Eh.

D: Goes down a little harsh because the flavors are not all that well done. Ok.

All in all, this is my first disappointment from Olde Hickory. I've had their Irish Walker and Imperial Stout and both were great. I've had their barleywine wish was good, but this was no where in the same ballpark at all. Don't worry about this one.

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Photo of jpro
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville. Picked up a few months ago...

A: Poured into a pint glass... near black, light brown head; not much lace, nor head retention.

S: Smells a tad roasty and sweet... also some soapy aroma.

T: Charry malts and some pretty noticeable hop bitterness (piney) are the major players here. Nothing too exciting, though.

M: Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation.

D: Not the most enjoyable stout I've had... nothing memorable - that's for sure. Probably won't be seeking this out in the future. Oh, well.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

M) Medium body. Carbonation is high and distracting. Super dry with an earthy, roasty finish.

D) Tastes pretty good. Easily drinkable aside from the carbonation.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFM Andy for sharing this east coast brew! Smokey black in color with light tan head...nice looking. A drinkable American stout with not a whole lot of backbone. Some fond notes of vanilla, dark fruit, coco, and grass, but overall pretty average.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fairly black in color with a huge foamy head that almsot makes me think infection. Ok aroma-somewhat solvent and soapy. Flavor is more of the same. Some sharp, roasted flavors. A bit acrid. Definate hop bite. Lingering bitterness between the hops and the roasted bite. Body is ok-a lot of carbonation mouthfeel wise. Rather mundane overall. Seriously average. Reminds me of an early homebrew attempt.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is dark brown in color with an off-white head. Pretty meh stout. Roasted malt is the primary aroma, otherwise it’s watery, bland, and boring. A mild acidity to the nose and a hint of coffee. The flavor is no different. Certainly overcabonated which doesn’t help out the mouthfeel or perception of acidity. Roasted malt, a bit of watery coffee, and maybe some chocolate. Overall, the same problem on the nose is present on the palate: this is just bland and watery.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours extremely dark brown, very dark chocolate. Murky brown highlights accent the sides of the glass. SMall white head disappears rather abruptly, leaving small pox of lacing, but nothing very impressive.

Aroma is mostly void. A bit of chocolate malt with a hint of breadiness. Nothing else.

Decent flavor. Slightly bitter. Chocolate malts are heavy up front with a bit of astringency. For some reason, this beer kind of tastes like the beers I have had from Foothills, like they use the same yeast or something.

Kind of astringent and chalky in the finish with some bitterness. Certainly not the best stout I have but I suppose this one is serviceable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $4.50 at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a carbon black body with a light tan-colored head that soon settles.

Smell: Aroma smelling of blackened grains, simple coffee, and downright bitter chocolate with some hopeful notes of citrus, floral, spicy American hops underneath.

Taste: Ah, black patent malt, my old friend, still tasting of two day-old truck stop coffee and creosote, I see. Very minor touches of unsweetened chocolate and caramel attempt to peer through the acrid roastiness. Floral, citrusy hops with a medium load of bitterness. A bit more fruity lemon on the finish with a prevalent astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: That black patent malt astringency quickly becomes the predominate flavor, making for a crude, palate-wearying drink. A pity, really. As I've enjoyed Olde Hickory's other bottled offerings, I found this one to be both a surprise and a disappointment.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep russet brown color with a thick tan head and a little lacing. Smells of coffee and tons of roasted malts and a little hidden hop aroma. Tastes of a little bitter coffee and espresso, plenty of roasted almost burnt malts, and a little hidden hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a little carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Good lacing, decent head development, but retention time was lacking. Least the lacing is sticky as hell and the body is soy sauce/cola dark.

S- Smells of honey, sweet smoked caramel, bits of cereal grains.. like unmashed grain. Tons of oxidized aroma as well as grape nuts. Faint coffee bitterness, shitty coffee at that... like discount dollar store brand. Finishes a light... almost belgian sweetness.

T- Ooo... what is this. Cereal grains, unfermented grape nuts... btiter burnt grain, oxidized coffee flavor. Nasty discount style coffee... truck stop style. It tastes like they dropped grain into the already boiled beer right before bottling. Finishes off just a generic burnt bread nature. Bit of hops to it I suppose.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation off the bat but dies off quickly. Sticky flavor that I really want to get the hell out. Some residual creamy nature. I'm sure this could be a bit less carbonation that would detract less.

The flavors are just... ugh. Not my type of stout in the least.

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Photo of KajII
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic pint]

The pour was a very dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that had great retention, slowly reducing to a thick cap which lasted throughout and had good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a burnt bread malt, light resin hops and a bold leathery yeast with notes of bakers’ chocolate, roasted coffee and a charred smoky scent.

The taste was bitter, malty and rather roasty with a strong bitter chocolate note from the beginning, progressing with a strong hoppiness, a bitter coffee presence and a bold charred taste towards the end. The flavor lasted a very long time after the swallow, with a mild charred hoppy taste hitting you right in the back of the throat and lingering for just a little while longer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a quite lively carbonation.

Overall this was a bold and roasty Stout with a smoky charred finish and a good smooth drinkability...


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Photo of csparace
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Overall I have to say I'm pretty disappointed. Usually I can find at least one quality that stands out that at least gives the beer some unique identify but everything here is just equally meh.

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Photo of lochef81
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.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A good black beer with decent brownish color head.

S: Chocolate. Malt.

T: Milk Chocolate and dark chocolate. A complex beer. I think the black patent malts made this an unpleasant experience for me. A high quality brew, but couldn't get over that flavor.

M: A decent stout in the mouth. Not too carbonated. Somewhat heavy.

D: If you like the black patent malt, this will be your kind of beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of myelo
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
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.

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Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.