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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Hickory Stick StoutHickory Stick Stout

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104 Reviews

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 246
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 22.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 csparace
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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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!

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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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 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 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 KYGunner
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice black features with dark brown edges, there was a large bubbly and lively head.

The scent is exceptionally weak but there are dry chocolate notes and lactose-sweetness.

Strong carbonated tastes and feel there's a wateriness that fills the mouth. Dry Graham cracker, dry chocolate and a plastic milkiness exist but get lost in the water.

I brought this to a bottle share and walked away embarrassed.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber pours a near black with ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. The disconcertingly effervescent head with very large bubbles settles down within a couple of minutes, but not attractive and not a pleasant pour.

Aroma of roasted dark malts and dark chocolate, with some smoky wooden barrel in the background. A warm and robust aroma with good depth. The taste is more single dimensional and surprisingly astringent, with a bitterness that some may not enjoy as much. Mouthfeel is much thinner than I expected.

Purchased in North Carolina and a brewery I'm glad to have supported, but not a beer I’d choose over many other American Stouts.

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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 CJS
1.68/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A Pitch black with at least 2 inches of head on the pour. Sign of over carbonating in my usually on a stout.

S Dry roasted, burnt coffee, charred wood, crackers, and wheat bread.

T That dry roast smell is overall key element in the taste. Hoppy crocodile bite. And a lot of carbonation foretold by the head to me.

M Just a taste bud stabbing of bitter bitter chocolate and stale coffee attack to me.

O Glad I didn't pay for it.

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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 cosmicevan
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Dope
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Arborescence
2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Black, pours a rather modest head which recedes quickly.

Aroma: Mild, malty, a hint of vanilla, nothing very impressive.

Taste: Mild chocolate flavour, bitter aftertaste with distinct hops.

Mouthfeel: Soft and round, medium bodied.

Overall: Kind of watery really, at least for a beer that claims to be full bodied with intense chocolate and coffee. Nothing of the sort really. It's drinkable, but quite light. Doesn't do justice to this type of stout.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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

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.

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Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.