Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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83
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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 237
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | 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 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 SLeffler27
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown (SRM 34) in a Dogfish Head snifter. A creamy, half-inch, light chestnut head dissipates to a rocky coating.

Sweet milk chocolate balances against roasted malt and ground coffee. Pumpernickel bread takes over with warming.

Enters sweet and builds to roasted bitterness that lasts through a long, prominent finish of black coffee. Light flavors of citrus hops are displayed with warmth. Possibly some licorice and pumpernickel accentuating throughout.

Medium body with a hint of alcohol and modest carbonation. A scratchy, cotton texture plays well with light astringency.

This is an excellent beer to enjoy with lively conversation with open-minded friends. (676 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 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 wcudwight
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light black in color is such a color exist. It's black but not opaque like many beers of the style. 1" tan head last awhile and then disappears leaving little evidence that it was ever there.
Wonderful aroma of bitter chocolate and a certain earthiness that I can't put my finger on, but I like it.
Good flavors of baker's chocolate, roasted malts and a nice hoppiness to round it out. Earthy, fruity and could be some citrus. Very dry finish which really makes this beer.
Mouthfeel is good. I really like how dry it is but it could use just a bit more body.
Great session stout. A beer you should try and try and try again. (624 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is near jet black, enormous coffee head with a decent showing of lace

Smell & taste: Bold and aggressive, dark coffee and bitter chocolate with licorice and peat. Very dry

Mouthfeel: very cream with nice carbonation, strong coffee aftertaste

Drinkability: Flavors are a bit bold to get down quickly, otherwise a great stout for a great price (361 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Handsome ruby highlights in this dark brew. Modestly sized tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing up top.

Nose is full of bold chocolate and roast with a vague fruitiness. Flavors definitely lean more toward the roasted (sometimes charred) end of the scale, but mild semisweet chocolate and a dusting of cocoa somewhat soften the blow. A brief flash of juiciness and a sting of pine. Dryish finish, but not so dry as to discourage extended enjoyment. Very solid stout here. (538 characters)

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 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. (1,005 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 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 joepais
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbros for this sending this wonderful brew along to me as an extra. Split the bottle three ways into ½ pint glasses it produced a good finger worth of tan head that settled to a thin lace across the top but was quickly revived by a swirl . The body was a typical black stout color .

I will have to rely on some help for the aroma because of a stuffy nose I got some nice roast notes so I take it that it was strong with a light hop background that is were the help came in

The flavor was roast forward as well with a nice dry bitter in the end. It was a little light in the mouth feel I would say towards the light side of medium but it had good carbonation for a bottled stout.

It was easy to drink. I wanted for more, so the brew is fine on the drinkability scale. A good local dry stout one to be proud of (823 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 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. (417 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into the larger version of the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer comes out dark brown with some deep mahogany highlights on the sides and wherever the liquid gets a little shallow. Dark tan head that is CRAZY big and frothy, felt like I was pouring a classy Belgian style at room temperature. The head on this refuses to quit and stick around the entire session and longer, it actually outlasts the liquid. I love where this is going.

Ok, smell was a little bit underwhelming, but not bad. Not as big and bad as I expected based on the color and look of the beer. Still it's above average for the style. There's some nice grainy notes with small hints of weak coffee and chocolate. At the end there's some feint citrus hop notes. Decent balance overall, just nothing too strong.

Taste is on par with the smell, a slight increase. Again some dark burned grains with subtle coffee and some semi-sweet chocolate. There's a nice lingering bitter citrus and gentle pine finish at the end from the hops. Really like the taste of this, it's a good shelf stout that can be consumed on a regular basis if stouts are your style.

Mouthfeel is really good. It's full bodied, the taste lingers for about 20 seconds after each sip so you can really notice every flavor all together. Great smoothness and well balanced. Starts smooth and has a reasonably dry bitter finish. I like how drinkable it is, but I think this is more of a beer that belongs in a 6 pack than a bomber unless you're sharing; I was ready for something else about 16oz's or so into it. Good overall though, really glad to have tried it, just wish I shared it now.

Thanks Paschal for the trade! (1,679 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the BA whose name I've misplaced.

It pours a beautiful, opaque brown with a dark beige, thick knit, two finger head. The head never disappears completely, and beautiful slathers of lace cling to glass each time it's tipped.

Light aroma of milk and dark chocolate, light coffee hints, a touch of dark caramel, even lighter hints of herbal hop and roasty malt.

Sweet like a milk stout, but more a malt syrup sweet than candy, followed quickly by chocolate, orange peel, root beer, and finally roasty goodness with a touch of coffee. Nice.

Quite creamy for style, a good thing, clean flavors, bold but juicy finish, tasteful med. carb.

Couldn't help seeing that this stout isn't quite highly rated in this style. I am certainly gonna be higher than avg. Recommended for sure. (787 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head glass

A - pours up deep black with a dark tan one inch foamy head. Retention and lacing are both good.

S - nose is sort of weak. I mostly get some roasted and grassy notes.

T - Caramel malts dominate up front with toffee, and molasses notes. It finishes clean with coffee, chicory, black licorice, and roasted nut flavors.

M - fairly thick and chewy with good carbonation

O - a decent average stout. I'd drink this again in a heartbeat. (476 characters)

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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with some red light showing through. Nice white head that doesn't hold up well.

S: Lots of chocolate malt. Slight roastiness picks up with warmth. Malts combine for kind of a cocoa powder effect.

T: Not nearly as sweet smell suggests. Lots of coffee and to a lesser degree cocoa, lead things off. There's also a little leafy hops and roasted malt and smokey characters. Finish is long, somewhat dry, and pretty bitter.

M: Lighter for style, almost thin with low carbonation.

Hickory Stick is a pretty roasted, yet restrained stout. Flavorful, while still easy drinking. Would like to see a little more body in the mouthfeel, but a tasty beer, especially for the reasonable price. Another good dark beer out of N.C. (727 characters)

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. (546 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 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 theghost3
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an deep brown, almost black with a 2-finger khaki head with spotty retention.

The smell is cocoa with caramel malts and a hint of charcoal. The taste is dark chocolate malts with toasty flavors of toffee and molasses; charred aftertaste. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-to-full-bodied, and smooth at the end.

This is a delicious stout that looks perfect. The chocolate is nicely subdued with a smooth feel in the end. I'd love to try it again. (452 characters)

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. (328 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Grabbed this shortly after they started selling these bombers at Brawley's.

A - Black body with a tan head. Quarter inch of head is resting on top that looks creamy and delicious.

S - Nice aroma of roasted malt with hints of smokiness. Also picking up a little coffee and chocolate but not much.

T - Wow. This thing is pretty good. Nice big roast flavor up front mixed with a bitter dark chocolate flavor. Hints of smoke similar to the nose but not nearly as present. This is all dark chocolate and roasted malts. Few beers could stand up to the roasted flavors in this one.

M - pretty heavy body with a lot of little carbonation bubbles. Could be a bit creamier.

D - I'm impressed. The flavor on this sucker is great. I love me some stouts with a big roast and dark chocolate flavor and this fits the bill. Only thing really holding this beer back is the mouthfeel. It could be just a bit creamier. Definitely would pick this up again. (984 characters)

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