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
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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 metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark and chocolaty malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark and chocolate malts along with hints of chicory and a slight amount of bitterness. The chicory becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The light-bodied nature of this beer and its low alcohol content makes it very easy to drink. It is quite flavorful.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark translucence with ruby highlights; the rocky tan head retains nicely and leaves splotchy lacing behind

Smell: Roasty char, black bread and dirt; piney hops peek through

Taste: Black bread, up front, with a growing piney element that is joined by dark chocolate in the mid-palate; after the swallow, the roasty char takes over, though the hops linger into the finish; hints of bitter coffee in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not for everybody, this stout packs a lot of flavor; loads of char combined with piney hops make for a jarring clash that not everybody will enjoy - I happen to like it and am quite impressed with the wallop of flavor in a moderately low ABV beverage

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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.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man its great to see OH bottled brews here in Greensboro!Poured more of deep cola color than the jet black that usually find in beers of the style,a thinner bet really well retained light mocha colored head atop.Big dark coffee aromas with light earth,and some unsweetened chocolate.The flavors may be as dry as any stout I have had to date,intense roast and raw earth flavors really stick out,light unsweetened chocolate comes thru in the finish.This a damn fine dry stout, and its very dry.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to pick up a bottle of this one at Bruisin Ales recently. Served chilled and shared in two pint glasses, this one was consumed on 05/16/2010.

Really nice and very big pour here. Huge dark body that no light could penetrate at all. Big head of dark tan then rose up from the bottom of the glass and reached a height of around three fingers before returning back down to earth.

Aroma is very nice, very well balanced I have to admit with loads of roasted malts, light smoked notes, hints of chocolate and coffee. Warming brings out a nice blend of licorice and peat that mixed with a nice woody, earthy tone. Again really nicely done I have to admit. Each sip was rich, creamy, and very dry. Nice follow through on the palate as well left me looking for another sip of the semi sweet and definitley dark stout.

Overall very, very solid. I have always been impressed with everything I have tried from Olde Hickory and this just showed me one of their staples is just as solid. Really well done.

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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 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 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.

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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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brent for this one!

A: Pours a dark brown with a small tan head on top made up of rather large bubbles. This reduces to a ring around the top with some thin and sticky lacing on top.

S: Plenty of roasted malt, slightly charred, with a good bit of chocolate and a little coffee.

T: Light roasted malt with a surprising amount of pine in the middle. There is a nice amount of chocolate through out.

M: Medium bodied, but seemed a little thin with medium carbonation.

O: Another beer from OH that I enjoyed, there seems to be a pattern here. Thought that the roasted/charred malt worked well with the chocolate and pine. Would have liked it to be a bit bigger.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark, black; thick quarter inch of brown, thick, cloudy head; great retention

S - creamy, roasty, faint coffee, dark chocolate

T - chocolate, faint roast, coffee, mildly citrusy hops

M - smooth, medium to full bodied, very smooth

This is a delicious, smooth, enjoyable, drinkable beer. The flavor is great though in my opinion it could be bolder. I really enjoy the sweeter, citrusy finish that adds great balance and drinkability to the beer. I enjoyed this a great deal overall.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is fairly straightforward but is pretty nice. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes in the aroma, two qualities that are repeated in the flavor. In addition, I also get some coffee notes in the flavor which go nicely with the other characteristics. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Beautiful color out of the bottle, a deep and clear mahogany red and orange, fills the glass with a dark mahogany brownish red color, and a simple creamy three finger tan espresso head. Very creamy retention and top, smooth and whipped, lots of staying power great looking stout.

Interesting aroma. Nice light roasty grains, a hint of char, and a hint of smokey wood just a touch. A mild sense of nutty quality as well in the mix, all very subtle and pleasant, great interesting smelling brew.

Packing a super creamy mouthfeel, the flavors hit with great thickness. Creamy rich and mild sweetness quickly gives way to big roasting char. Woody and almost salty like finish, with a large lingering pine bitterness that creeps in but really builds on the aftertaste in awhile. Wonderfully sensing smokey and pine like aromas seem to fill the mid palate real nicely too.

Very unique stout animal and very delicious.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on cask at steel string brewery in carrboro.

this version was infused with centennial hops.

pours a dark brown with a beautiful beige head. slight cocoa on the nose as well as hops. taste is extremely pleasant. tad of chocolate and cocoa with a good mixture of hops, but without the bitterness of an IPA. lighter side of medium bodied with light carbonation. but, this actually improves the drinkablity.

overall surprisingly excellent. I could drink a lot of this.

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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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint, Taco Mac Charlotte

from notes

appearance: shaker pint, dark brown body with a light cream cap. standard appearance

smell: dry roasted malts, light coffee and cocoa, touch of floral hops

taste: dry and roasty - smooth chocolate body, burnt coffee, some dark fruits, leafy hops. A well done stout

mouthfeel: dry, creamy, light bitterness

drinkability: good

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. "Keep and serve cool, enjoy before A 11" notched on the label.

Thanks to Onenote81 for another Olde Hickory brew and pint glass as well!

A - Clarity on the pour is nice but it ends up black in the tulip with a thin tan head. Low retention but nice fingers of lace reach up along the outside.

S - Woody roasted chocolate malts with cocoa notes and milk chocolate coming out of a swirl. Reminding myself this isn't imperial and over-the-top, it smells good for a stout. It becomes a little charred and rubbery as it warms though.

T - Chocolatey bitter roasted malt with a dry, woody, slightly smokey finish.

M - A bit on the thin side, this stout is medium-bodied with a lightly dry, lightly acrid bitter finish.

D - Good drinkability for a standard American Stout, this goes down well and has good flavor to boot! Thanks Jon!

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Nearly black pour, small amount of light tan head.

Aroma is quite roasty, some anise and dark chocolate.

Taste is nice and roasty. Malt, charcoal, peat. Dark chocolate and just a faint anise and hop spice make this a pleasant tasting brew. Finishes just a little dry.

Mouthfeel is just a little thin, but goes down a notch easier because of it. The carbonation is just crisp. Almost a little rye likeness.

The few I've had at the brewery were excellent and this one is solid as well. At $4 a bomber, I could be drinking a lot of this now that it's available in Charlotte.

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Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
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