Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
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 claytong
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Rhode17
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of planbee
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of cjspeight
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of meich75
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of JebediahScooter
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of eerbayman
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of sloescher
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.65/5  rDev -28%
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.

Photo of rebel1771
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of jgreenearrow
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of fields336
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of PDXHops
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010 poured into a Surly Darkness goblet on July 11th 2011.

Pours a watery brown that settles to a solid black with little head that is of a mocha color dissipating to no lacing. The color is nice but has no head and lacing, it needs more body.

Smells of tons of roasted malts and dark chocolate. A little bit of expresso coffee smell on the back end. Great smell.

Taste is like a watery cup of coffee. I am getting almost no chocolate at all its all watery expresso. It needs more malt flavors. I am not sure what it tastes like fresh but with more then a year on it the flavors have all but gone.

Mouthfeel is light in the pallet and there is some coffee bitter on the back end.

Overall this is a huge miss for me. It totally lost its malt and chocolate stout flavor leaving it as nothing more then a watered down expresso. Don't get me wrong the smell and pour were nice but the taste is really off. This is a one and done for me.

Photo of bamadog
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of RickS95
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of devilben02
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with a Guinness-loving Columbian friend from out-of-town, this one pours into the glasses with an expected black color and a small but present fizzy tan head. The aroma is quite pleasant, with a light coffee and milk character at first that eventually opens up to include notes of dark cocoa powder as it warms. The flavor is likewise lighter at first, with characteristics of light milk chocolate and black coffee that give way to a nice, deep (almost burnt) roasted malt flavor. The abundant, prickly carbonation is distracting at first, but it mellows with time to a nice moderate level that melds well with the rich roasted flavors.

Overall, this beer transformed more from the first sip to the last than most beers I've ever had, making for an interesting experience. In the end, though, all I will remember is that this is a very fine semi-dry stout.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark translucence with ruby highlights; the rocky tan head retains nicely and leaves splotchy lacing behind

Smell: Roasty char, black bread and dirt; piney hops peek through

Taste: Black bread, up front, with a growing piney element that is joined by dark chocolate in the mid-palate; after the swallow, the roasty char takes over, though the hops linger into the finish; hints of bitter coffee in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not for everybody, this stout packs a lot of flavor; loads of char combined with piney hops make for a jarring clash that not everybody will enjoy - I happen to like it and am quite impressed with the wallop of flavor in a moderately low ABV beverage

Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.