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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

201 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 201
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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Lantern


4/5  rDev +9%

12-27-2011 13:42:30 | More by Lantern
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-27-2011 01:09:21 | More by whitekiboko
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Chrisheartsbeer

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice black-ish color with a warm tan lacings. Lacings were about half-inch and lingered a fair amount.

Smell - Smell was minimal. Not a whole lot going on. Straight forward and one-dimensional smell of some cocoa.

Taste - I'd have to agree with several others who've review this beer. It was simple and straight forward. Bitter cocoa tastes and some woody undertones. Definitely leaves bitters on the back of the pallet.

Mouthfeel - light and wispy.

Overall - Enjoyed this beer, despite my poor review. If it cellared a bit longer, it might be even better. Just lacks a lot of excitement that other stouts in similar categories offer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:15:00 | More by Chrisheartsbeer
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

12-04-2011 00:03:31 | More by tclapper
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bcostner1

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I wouldn't call it pitch black...more very, very dark brown. Decent tan head that sticks around.

S: Chocolate and some wood. Not a ton else really.

T: Reminiscent of Oak Aged Yeti to me but not quite as rich or tasty. Definite chocolate of the bittersweet variety; becomes sweeter as it warms.. Definite woody/oaky presence as well. Very dry tasting. The label says there should be hints of coffee but I'm not really getting any.

M: Pretty easy drinker. A little thin on the body for a stout. Moderate ABV means you don't have to make it into a sipper.

Overall, not a bad beer by any means. Just not particularly memorable or outstanding to me. I would definitely drink it again, just wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out necessarily (as I would the Irish Walker Barleywine from Olde Hickory which is outstanding!)

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:07:15 | More by bcostner1
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 23:00:06 | More by VncentLIFE
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UNCCTDawg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

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

Vermont

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 08:16:37 | More by claytong
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Rhode17

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

11-28-2011 02:30:30 | More by Rhode17
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planbee

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +36.2%

11-26-2011 05:49:03 | More by planbee
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cjspeight

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

11-25-2011 05:10:56 | More by cjspeight
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-20-2011 18:09:04 | More by DoctorB2B
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meich75

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +36.2%

11-18-2011 12:12:25 | More by meich75
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

4/5  rDev +9%

11-18-2011 00:41:41 | More by JebediahScooter
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EasyReader

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +36.2%

11-17-2011 00:54:36 | More by EasyReader
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

11-16-2011 02:20:31 | More by twowheelssoar
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eerbayman

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

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

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep black with a thin tan head and slight lacing

S - Has a very strong roasted malt smell. Only a very slight hop aroma.

T - Has a strong dark chocolate taste. Can also taste strong roasted, almost charred malt with a hint of coffee.

M - Thin, but carbonated well. Felt watered down.

O - Overall it's an average beer. I'm not sure I would get another one, but I enjoyed the one that I tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 22:43:04 | More by sloescher
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing. Bottle from July 2011.

Appearance
Spidery889 lace is left crawling from a receding head. The beer is a thinner looking middle-roasted brown that collects a thin black.

Aroma
The nose is fruity and ashy. Some smoke wafts in and out.

Taste
There is an even roast that never quite reaches burnt or charred. Smoke is light, but adds a welcome ashiness to the flavor profile. The finish is woody/charcoal and grassy.

Mouthfeel
The body is thin, but the finish is nice and dry which plays off of the smoke and ashy flavors.

Overall
A decent one, I suppose. Nothing over the top, but nothing gross either.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 21:00:17 | More by MbpBugeye
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rebel1771

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near jet black with reddish highlights and a thin tan head.

S: Slightly smokey aroma with heavy notes of bittersweet chocolate.

T: Same bittersweet chocolate from the smell shows up in spades along with a lingering smokey flavor.

O: Nice to see a stout that doesn't try and kill you with crazy flavors. Simple and very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 22:34:38 | More by rebel1771
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jgreenearrow

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours an opaque, deep brown, nearly black color with a 1/2' creamy tan head forming at the top of the pour. There is some slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts dominate the nose. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses accompany some slight hop aromas.

T: Sweetness of chocolate and caramel hits the tongue at the outset of the sip and moves into the middle. Roasted malts and coffee follows heading into the finish where some slight citrus hop bitterness rounds out the sip.

M: This is a medium to full bodied beer that feels creamy on the tongue with fairly high viscosity. The beer is well carbonated.

Overall, this is an excellent stout. The roasted malts and chocolate notes balance well with the coffee and slight hop presence in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 01:24:02 | More by jgreenearrow
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scottfrie

California

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received in a trade about a year ago with craytonic I believe. Bottled Oct. 2010.

A: This beer let off a huge ppffff upon cracking the cap, and upon pouring all I got was a big glass of foam. The huge, dense, dark khaki colored head took forever to fade into a pool of deep brown liquid beneath a very dense head. On the up side, the amount and pattern of lacing left after a pour like this is a thing of beauty.
S: I get deep notes of roasted malts and just a hint of chocolate, wood, and earth. Earthy is definitely a good descriptor of the smell.
T: Again, the flavor is very earthy with woody dirt-like flavors in a good kind of way. The roasted malt flavors remind me a bit of burnt wood, and the finish is woody yet creamy similar to roasted marshmallows. I read somewhere that a beers head contains more bitterness than the actual beer, and on my second frothy pour I tried a bit of the foam which indeed contained notes of bitter pine and grassy hops that were much harder to detect in the liquid itself. The aftertaste is smoking and roasted.
M: Despite the huge pour the carbonation is on the low side. The mouthfeel is a bit watery but not necessarily thin, and the body is medium-thick.
O: This is one of those bottles that I just never got around to drinking, but it seems to have held up pretty well over the past year. I really liked the woody earthy flavors in this as opposed to the ton of sweet chocolate and coffee that I seem to encounter more.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 23:53:13 | More by scottfrie
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fields336

Virginia

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
Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.