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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 239
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
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 axeman9182
3.46/5  rDev -6%
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. (1,139 characters)

Photo of corby112
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. (712 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-deep ruby colored with a two finger head that fades to a small cap with a lot of lacing

S-some good chocolate, coffee, carmel smells

T-much like the smell chocolate coffee carmel but also like the smell not very strong

M-nice medium body

O-pretty good but if the smells and flavors were stronger it would be great (369 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown pour with a good sized frothy light brown head adorning it. Fades slowly, leaving behind a pretty nice layer of lacing all over the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt aroma. Hints of chocolate and coffee in there. Pretty straight forward.

T: Some creamy roasted malt character with mild chocolate and coffee notes. Odd bitterness follows with no real flavor. Perhaps some hops whose flavor has gotten buried? Strange.

M: Medium body and fairly smooth.

O: It's not horrible but a bit odd. It's a fairly plain, mild stout with a strange bitterness on the back end - but no hop flavor to accompany it. Otherwise it's a pretty standard and simple stout. (664 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Commis. Thanks Matt...

Poured from a bomber into a Stone Brewery pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head. Lots of head retention and lacing to be had here...

S - Coffee, chocolate, and lots of roasty notes...

T - Dark roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Ends on a bitter hop presense with some roastiness lingering in the finish. Abv is well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - A little roasty for my likings. Solid, but nothing I would go out of way to obtain...

Cheers... (574 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (680 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,197 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (630 characters)

Photo of Chrisheartsbeer
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice black-ish color with a warm tan lacings. Lacings were about half-inch and lingered a fair amount.

Smell - Smell was minimal. Not a whole lot going on. Straight forward and one-dimensional smell of some cocoa.

Taste - I'd have to agree with several others who've review this beer. It was simple and straight forward. Bitter cocoa tastes and some woody undertones. Definitely leaves bitters on the back of the pallet.

Mouthfeel - light and wispy.

Overall - Enjoyed this beer, despite my poor review. If it cellared a bit longer, it might be even better. Just lacks a lot of excitement that other stouts in similar categories offer. (653 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (750 characters)

Photo of Gyle41386
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber marked enjoy before May 12 into a pint glass.

Pours a dark cola color with about two fingers of plush tan foam. Head retention is quite good and there are thick sheets of lacing plastered to the glass.

Aroma is mostly bitter. Roasted (or charred) grain and citric hops dominate with some bittersweet chocolate underneath. May also be a little caramel sweetness in there as well, but it mostly smells of burnt coffee.

The roast intensifies in the flavor. Burnt coffee pretty much all the way into the dry finish. The bitterness, which is compounded by the citric hops, comes pretty close to being unpleasant, but I think there's just enough chocolate/caramel sweetness to keep it under control. Still, it's pretty intense.

Edit: I went back and read some reviews and saw DavoleBomb's that likened this to a black IPA. Great call.

Medium bodied. The foam produced by the pour led me to believe this would have a soft, plush texture, but that's not really the case. It's lightly tingly with a dry finish.

This beer has intense flavor, a lot for a 5.8% stout, which is good if you're into what it has to offer. It grew on me as I worked my way through the bomber, but I wouldn't necessarily call this an easy drinker despite the low alcohol content. All in all, an interesting beer, but not one I'd want if I didn't have a decent amount of time to spend drinking it. (1,392 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon from bross242. Thanks for the brew, Billy!

First CCB pub glass pours with a 1/4" tan head, over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head deflates quickly, with average lacing. Aroma is rich grain husks with a light smokiness.

Taste begins slow, ramps up to some worty sweetness, same peek of smoke, then light bitterness to close. Mouthfeel is smooth, with good drinkability. Definitely a nice GATM extra. (453 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received in a trade about a year ago with craytonic I believe. Bottled Oct. 2010.

A: This beer let off a huge ppffff upon cracking the cap, and upon pouring all I got was a big glass of foam. The huge, dense, dark khaki colored head took forever to fade into a pool of deep brown liquid beneath a very dense head. On the up side, the amount and pattern of lacing left after a pour like this is a thing of beauty.
S: I get deep notes of roasted malts and just a hint of chocolate, wood, and earth. Earthy is definitely a good descriptor of the smell.
T: Again, the flavor is very earthy with woody dirt-like flavors in a good kind of way. The roasted malt flavors remind me a bit of burnt wood, and the finish is woody yet creamy similar to roasted marshmallows. I read somewhere that a beers head contains more bitterness than the actual beer, and on my second frothy pour I tried a bit of the foam which indeed contained notes of bitter pine and grassy hops that were much harder to detect in the liquid itself. The aftertaste is smoking and roasted.
M: Despite the huge pour the carbonation is on the low side. The mouthfeel is a bit watery but not necessarily thin, and the body is medium-thick.
O: This is one of those bottles that I just never got around to drinking, but it seems to have held up pretty well over the past year. I really liked the woody earthy flavors in this as opposed to the ton of sweet chocolate and coffee that I seem to encounter more. (1,480 characters)

Photo of bamadog
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this one up on a trip back in the spring to Boone, NC. Review is from notes taken on 7/30/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a dark brown, near black (similar to coffee); starts with a very short 1/4 finger creamy tan head that fades quickly to nothing other than an uneven and incomplete skim on the surface; body is dark, nearly opaque;

Smell: Smell is decent for an American Stout, which is good because typically I find them a little less than satisfying; earthy roastiness with a touch of bitter, grassy hop to it; bit of a bittersweet chocolate as well.

Taste: Again, not too bad, but it's pretty much spot on with the nose; plenty of earthy roastiness with a solid bit of bitter, grassy hops; touch of a metallic/coppery flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Like almost all American Stouts, body is a tad disappointing to me -- fairly thin with moderately strong carbonation; a thin stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth.

Overall: It's worth trying, but nothing to get too excited about. Moderately low carbonation (under 6%), so it isn't going to get anyone too wasted, and it's not heavy at all. (1,145 characters)

Photo of bcostner1
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I wouldn't call it pitch black...more very, very dark brown. Decent tan head that sticks around.

S: Chocolate and some wood. Not a ton else really.

T: Reminiscent of Oak Aged Yeti to me but not quite as rich or tasty. Definite chocolate of the bittersweet variety; becomes sweeter as it warms.. Definite woody/oaky presence as well. Very dry tasting. The label says there should be hints of coffee but I'm not really getting any.

M: Pretty easy drinker. A little thin on the body for a stout. Moderate ABV means you don't have to make it into a sipper.

Overall, not a bad beer by any means. Just not particularly memorable or outstanding to me. I would definitely drink it again, just wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out necessarily (as I would the Irish Walker Barleywine from Olde Hickory which is outstanding!) (826 characters)

Photo of popery
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours coffee black with an aggressive, tan head. It bubbles up fast and big. Lots of lacing. Big clumps of bubbles stick to the walls of the glass. Good looking stout. The aroma is fairly mild. There's roast, citric/vegetal hops, a healthy caramel sweetness and a mocha-ish coffee flavor. It's nice, but the aggressive head seems to dissipate the aroma a bit too quickly. The beer is bitter with both hops and roast. It's a pleasant bitterness, though, and there's some good sugary, caramel sweetness underneath. The finish is coffee and grapefruit rind. Mouthfeel is gentle - I expected it to be overcarbonated, but I guess head doesn't always indicate carbonation. Lasting finish. It's agreeably refreshing for a stout. This would be a good dark beer for a hot day. (767 characters)

Photo of sloescher
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep black with a thin tan head and slight lacing

S - Has a very strong roasted malt smell. Only a very slight hop aroma.

T - Has a strong dark chocolate taste. Can also taste strong roasted, almost charred malt with a hint of coffee.

M - Thin, but carbonated well. Felt watered down.

O - Overall it's an average beer. I'm not sure I would get another one, but I enjoyed the one that I tried. (410 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says Bottling Date: 4/8/15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Roasty aroma brings to mind chocolate, chicory and coffee.

T- Flavor follows suit with dark roasted malt taking center stage. Mild hop bitterness plays well with the chocolate notes. Pretty easy to drink, not very sweet.

M- Could use more viscosity but pretty much on-par with the style. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Decent but I'm glad I only got a single as it would wear on me after working through six of these. (749 characters)

Photo of claytong
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i was thinking this was an 09 but im not sure... best by is 7-11

appearance - dark dark brown with a decent mocha head dissipates and leaves minor lacing that stays forever.

smell - dark malts, bakers chocolate is minor, roasted malts, minor caramel

taste - similar but much more mellow

mouthfeel - thin but this is 5.8 stout im not use to it. and actually for that its thick and nicely carbonated especially for after best by

overall - nice beer for the style but i prefer oatmeal stouts just to more complexity and thicker bodies if i want a low abv and cheap price. (573 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Milltown in Carrboro, NC.

Pours dark brown with mahogany hues. Light caramel head that measures about a quarter inch.

Smell isnt all that impressive. Nothing really there. hm.

Taste is very bitter. Tastes like bitter hickory chips. That bitter flavor is somewhat of a bite, but not in a bad way. Maybe its the bitterness, but I feel coffee in there somewhere. Definitely different than the average single stout. Tastes basically bitter and woody.

Is not smooth by anymeans, and leaves a feeling like eating wood chips. (533 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Purchased at Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC for $4.50. Best before end Oct 2010.

Pours a smooth black with some red around the edges and thick creamy brown head that has moderate retention. Nose is of a classic Irish stout; faint roasted coffee, cream, earthy/moss aromas.

Palate is medium to medium-light bodied for a stout. Flavors are spot on and it's fairly dry. Lots of earthiness and some more of that moss character. Roasted grains, roasted coffee. "Green" (raw) nuts.

I personally prefer a little more body/residual sugar to my stouts, but this is more "drinkable" for sure. A solid "sessionable" stout. (646 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BBD 12/14. Pours dark as a starless night with a massive World Class head, lacing and retention. Nice, but somewhat subtle, nose of sweet dark chocolate with only a hint of roast. Very light medium body with just a touch of creamy texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with some effervescence in the middle and finish. The flavor profile is intense, a bit complex and fairly balanced. It begins with a bitter rush of dark chocolate that fades into coffee notes. The sweet aspects of the nose are not present. In turn, the coffee releases into a mild bitter roast with citric, but not quite rind like, hop bitterness. The finish is somewhat dry and leaves you with a distinctive aftertaste of charred grain. Similar to Bell's Kalamazoo, but a bit more refined. (773 characters)

Photo of Tuckieman
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep dark coffee brown with a thick tan head and persistent tacky lacing even several minutes after initial pour and several tastes. No light penetrating through the pint glass. Aromas of roasted malts, american oak, and wet hops. Taste of coffee, cocoa nibs and again the slight bitter finish of hops. Mouth of a porter more than a stout IMO. Very drinkable, and definitely an American Stout style and not milk stout. We'll see how a couple of bottles age with the flavors inherent in this brew. (508 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Matt.

Dark earthy brown, opaque in the center with slightly translucent edges. The beige head is lasting, and leaves rings of lacing.

The nose is dry and ashy, charred malt and fennel at the forefront with a hint of cocoa sweetness underneath.

More burnt, smoky and ashy on the tongue than I'd have expected, but not unpleasantly so - there's just enough dark chocolate sweetness to balance it. Dark roasted, almost burnt coffee and licorice flavors segue into a bitter, charred and hoppy finish. For a beer under 6% ABV, this is intensely malty and flavorful, though not overly heavy. I wasn't huge on it at first, but halfway through the bottle it grew on me quite a bit. Definitely worth a try. (708 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber pours a near black with ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. The disconcertingly effervescent head with very large bubbles settles down within a couple of minutes, but not attractive and not a pleasant pour.

Aroma of roasted dark malts and dark chocolate, with some smoky wooden barrel in the background. A warm and robust aroma with good depth. The taste is more single dimensional and surprisingly astringent, with a bitterness that some may not enjoy as much. Mouthfeel is much thinner than I expected.

Purchased in North Carolina and a brewery I'm glad to have supported, but not a beer I’d choose over many other American Stouts. (652 characters)

Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.