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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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202 Ratings

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Ratings: 202
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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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 13:16:14 | More by tvv375ia
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-08-2013 22:49:36 | More by discdueler
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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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

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

4/5  rDev +9%

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

4/5  rDev +9%

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

3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-27-2011 01:09:21 | More by whitekiboko
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3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 01:54:01 | More by csparace
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-28-2013 16:49:15 | More by hemorhoidzz
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

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

4/5  rDev +9%

02-09-2014 15:53:03 | More by dave317
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black, but not entirely opaque - bare hints of light shine through. Two fingers of pale brown head that subsides slowly. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Burnt, roasted malts, balanced by some sweet smells. Almost a hint of vanilla and some woodsy and smoky scents.
I don't know if any hickory wood was used in this beer (I don't think there was), but that comes to mind.

Taste: Burnt, roasted, and chalky malts - just like it smells. That's the dominant flavor, and the toasty/burnt flavors remain into the aftertaste, mixing with the hops. Maybe a hint of bittersweet chocolate in the background. There is just a hint of citrus from the hops in the aftertaste, adding a little bit of complexity to the beer. As the style of beer would suggest, it's very dry, but also very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, but a little thin. A little more body would be nice, but even considering the lack of body, it's very full flavored.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this. It is full of strong flavors, but none to the point of being overpowering. This is also, as the style suggests, very, very dry - could not be more of a contrast between this and most milk stouts. I really liked this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 20:54:54 | More by StarlightSeraph
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-20-2013 03:30:54 | More by mjenkins5
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +36.2%

11-18-2011 12:12:25 | More by meich75
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4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very meaty robust stout for the dry irish stout style. Gorgeous opaque black with a creamy tan head with lots of carbonation and lacing. Chocolate malts with a strong coffee and molasses taste. Hopped enough to balance out the malts on the back end. Thick viscous coverage that coats the palate nicely. Drinkability is limited by a heaviness of body as far as sessioning goes, but great for just one or two.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2006 16:39:29 | More by veech
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-28-2013 20:47:42 | More by Ungertaker
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

05-04-2014 00:22:28 | More by neurobot01
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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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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

07-09-2013 21:21:50 | More by abernethyj
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South Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

04-09-2014 20:39:33 | More by marleyr
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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 03:48:43 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

08-15-2013 13:03:29 | More by adam_e
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-03-2013 01:48:13 | More by Shaggy9356
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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -45.5%

03-06-2014 21:22:31 | More by dharmabum1102
Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.