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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

207 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | 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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Dope

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

04-19-2012 04:39:59 | More by Dope
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Thanks to Beerness for this one

Look: black body with brown rings around the edges. 1 inch head on a hard pour and just good retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate and vanilla slight oak note with traces of coffee

Taste: A little bit of chocolate and some roasted malts. Slight vanilla and oak mid palate and finishes with a bit of ash

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mildly carbonated

Overall: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and highly recommend trying it.

01-11-2012 23:08:23 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

Served in a tulip.

A: Poured a dark, dark brown (pretty much black) color, with a frothy mocha head that stained the glass as the liquid went down.

S: I got a deep, dark, cocoa scent that almost crossed into Nestle's territory. I got a bit of hop bitterness, probably from the coffee notes.

T: This was almost tasted lactose-infused.... like a milk stout. The full flavored chocolate and coffee was really nice in this setting. I ALMOST got a bit of citrus.

M: There was a good bit of bitterness here, but after a few sips, I noticed that that quality sort of rounded out into sort of a buttery quality on the finish. The lacing was ABSOLUTELY ridiculous.

O: This was a very nice stout and a major redemption from the Olde Hickory: Black Raven IPA that I disliked so much that I tried a few days before.

04-04-2012 00:34:26 | More by Chaney
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jsanford

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

22oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. Best by date of 11/11.

Pours a fairly dark black with slightly brown edges and a creamy off-white head that recedes to a thin ring and swirly haze. Smells of deep, roasted malt, coffee beans, and chocolate with a bit of vanilla for good measure. Flavors follow the nose closely, lots of roasted coffee and chocolate with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is gonna hurt this a bit for me, too watery and fizzy for my liking, and not nearly as creamy as I like my Stouts. Still, an overall pretty solid brew that walks the line between "big and roasty" and "sessionable". Nicely done.

08-16-2011 02:34:07 | More by jsanford
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Intricate crown of lacing on the glass, two clear shades away from black as well. Slightly burnt, charred wood aroma with some subtle fruitiness and yeast in the back. Charred grain is very prevalent but never acrid or astringent. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate with some mild herbal citric hop. A little burnt sugar flashes some sweetness on the palate. Well- rounded burnt grain character with some dark fruitiness in the semi-dry finish.

Beer geeks, let's remember our normal-strength Stouts. Easy to drink and chock-full of flavor, a wonderful dark quaff.

01-11-2011 01:49:41 | More by BeerAdvocate
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-13-2012 14:40:03 | More by ncaudle
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-29-2013 23:29:53 | More by buckyp
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a jet black hue from a cellar temp bottle into a snifter.
A frothy yet fluffy tan head of 3 cm foams up from a slightly aggressive pour.
Aroma is some rich roasted malt and dark cacao chocolate bar. I also get just a bit of sweet caramel and some coffee bean.
First sip reveals an average body and fine tingly carbonation.
The flavor is roasted malt and some coffee bean, the coffee bite lingers a bit on the finish and I get no hops or ABV anywhere. Nice roasted malt hits on the burps.
The beer is very easy to drink and enjoyable as a nice stout.
I would drink this brew again.

10-28-2011 04:10:13 | More by sulldaddy
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-10-2013 17:29:10 | More by RedneckBeerz
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

22oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a deep almost opaque black that shows just a trace of ruby highlights when held to light. The beer is topped with a nice frothy khaki head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. The aroma is a decent amount of roasted malts along with bakers cocoa and mild fresh ground coffee. The taste is a very smooth dry blend of roasted malts, black licorice, fresh cocoa and a trace of coffee. The beer is very light, crisp, and oh so smooth. This is a very enjoyable stout, one I would certainly love to have again.

09-11-2010 01:27:23 | More by atsprings
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

05-05-2013 22:31:03 | More by IrishColonial
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Jeffo

Netherlands

1.33/5  rDev -63.9%

Got this one from Doodler in a recent trade. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Best Before Jan 2012. A month late.

APPEARANCE: A slow gusher. Pours a huge, 4+ finger, thin, bubbly, light tan head that won’t quit. Foamy Swiss-cheese head. Black body, transparent, with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and leaves chunky, foamy lacing down the glass. Head is out of control. Looks like an infected stout.

SMELL: Smells infected too. Funky, yeasty and sour berries. Not very stout-like, unfortunately.

TASTE: Not as bad as the nose, but it’s off. Cardboard, funky yeast and sour tartness for the most part. Mild aftertaste, thankfully, of cardboard and metallic sourness. If it’s not infected, then it’s definitely off at this point.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Luckily this isn’t bad. Semi-smooth on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Too little too late.

OVERALL: Pretty horrible stuff. Hard to say if this is some sort of infection, or if it’s just been mishandled somehow. It’s only a month past its best by date, so age can’t be the issue here. Whatever it is, this was awful and the drain enjoyed everything but 4oz of it. Would be glad to try a fresh bottle of this at some point. Thanks again for the trade Doodler. They can’t all be winners.

03-07-2012 20:30:53 | More by Jeffo
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-04-2011 00:03:31 | More by tclapper
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-17-2013 21:35:24 | More by Falcone
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%

Fairly black in color with a huge foamy head that almsot makes me think infection. Ok aroma-somewhat solvent and soapy. Flavor is more of the same. Some sharp, roasted flavors. A bit acrid. Definate hop bite. Lingering bitterness between the hops and the roasted bite. Body is ok-a lot of carbonation mouthfeel wise. Rather mundane overall. Seriously average. Reminds me of an early homebrew attempt.

02-20-2011 03:20:09 | More by lackenhauser
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-17-2013 01:12:13 | More by lupercmda
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-10-2013 17:30:17 | More by muskiesman
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-11-2013 17:31:11 | More by DaPan
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JayQue

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +6%

A nice easy-drinking stout. I poured the whole bottle into a Hooters mug and sipped it at an outdoor party. Pours a dense black color with only a bit of light coming through. Big light tan head with good retention and some lacing.

Aroma is fairly mild, mostly roasted malt with a little coffee.

Taste is more robust. Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, balanced just right in an easy sipper.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth as a milk or oatmeal stout.

Very nice!!!! Every stout does not have to be a Bourbon barrel, high octane extravaganza.

05-12-2012 23:47:22 | More by JayQue
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

22oz bottle poured into a Victory tulip glass. Split between two people. Bottle reads "enjoy before 1/12", so that is interesting.

A: Dark deep brown (almost black). Finger plus of light tan head. Nice carbonation coming up. Not as thick as I was expecting.

S: Lots of roasty esters. Some coffee and chocolate too. Some hops, piney ones, are in there as well.

T: I get some mild hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Don't know which variety I am tasting. Then I get those roast notes: some dark chocolate and mild coffee etc. This is lower ABV I assume. Definitely not imperial status. Very easy drinking.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: It's a good stout. Nothing completely mind blowing, just a well done lower ABV stout that you could have a few glasses of and not get into trouble.

03-05-2012 14:46:01 | More by inlimbo77
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-15-2011 22:06:25 | More by jak
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.94/5  rDev -20.1%

Poured into a Darkness tulip on 9/26/11

Courtesy of PDXHops

Split with MbpBugeye

Best before July 2011

A) Pours medium brown; settles near black. One finger head thins rapidly until it hits a thin, bubbly layer. Solid trails of lace turn into a wall of lace.

S) Aromas of toffee, peanuts, roasted chocolate and earth. Not much in the way of coffee. Modest roast notes. The aroma is tame but pleasant, become more so as it warms.

T) Moderate earthy bitterness. Bitter coffee and roasted grains. Not much in the way of chocolate. Some tangy roast. Tastes simple and straightforward. Enjoyable enough.

M) Medium body. Carbonation is high and distracting. Super dry with an earthy, roasty finish.

D) Tastes pretty good. Easily drinkable aside from the carbonation.

09-24-2013 00:26:38 | More by Ryan011235
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Stopped by the brewpub and started out my meal with this one. Have had this a few times out of the bottle and enjoyed, so I was excited to try this on tap. Came out a deep black, with a thin khaki head on top. Minor lace left behind. The nose yields quite a hop presence that surprised me. Roasted finish. Nice pleasant "stout-y" aroma.

Moderate depth, decent carbonation, finishes quite smooth. The hops add a nice bitter quality to this one. This is one of the more "green" stouts I have had in awhile. Piney hops meld well with the toasted char flavor that is quite common with this style. Chocolate notes, but they are fleeting. If you like hoppy dark beers, this one is right up your alley. Still one of my faves from this brewery. They really know how to brew some dark-beers.

10-30-2012 14:45:18 | More by Onenote81
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-20-2011 18:09:04 | More by DoctorB2B
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OldTime

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-30-2012 02:32:15 | More by OldTime
Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.