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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  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.

chinchill, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

sendbeer, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
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.

johnnnniee, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +9%
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

dirtylou, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Axnjxn
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Axnjxn, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

thagr81us, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +9%

ZEB89, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +9%

KevinGordon, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

enelson, May 14, 2012
Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

pathman, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of popery
3.7/5  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.

popery, May 14, 2012
Photo of DmanGTR
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DmanGTR, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

AngusOg, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

whartontallboy, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

AlexFields, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of maximum12
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.

maximum12, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: piraat snifter, pours nearly black in color with some mahogany around the edges, coated with a nice mocha colored head, good retention

s: loads of rich, dark chocolate roasts and a good balance of earthy dark pine hops, smoky charred barley, old coffee grounds, some toffee sugars peek out, just packed with deep stout character and roasted goodness

m: lightly carbonated, medium-full body, not a thick stout, but appropriate

t: lots of roasted barley char, bitter dark cocoa and bakers chocolate, burnt coffee, just a quick flash of sweetness at the start before going dry, leaving deep roasted flavors and a mild bitterness to linger, might seem touch thin but it hits some dry stout notes quite well

d: really a great stout, not flashy but very well crafted, guess some don't like the black patent - but I dig it, the dry finish and moderate mouthfeel contribute to high drinkability

my first from Olde Hickory, bomber picked up at Bruisin'

blackie, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +9%

muskiesman, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

cosmicevan, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

DavoleBomb, May 25, 2011
Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Bung, Jul 26, 2010
Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.