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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 13
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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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 fields336
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +3.5%
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
4.02/5  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
3.45/5  rDev -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
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.92/5  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
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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 +9.8%
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

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Commis. Thanks Matt...

Poured from a bomber into a Stone Brewery pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head. Lots of head retention and lacing to be had here...

S - Coffee, chocolate, and lots of roasty notes...

T - Dark roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Ends on a bitter hop presense with some roastiness lingering in the finish. Abv is well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - A little roasty for my likings. Solid, but nothing I would go out of way to obtain...

Cheers...

Photo of hooliganlife
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark cola with very little cocoa head

very rich, full of toffee and caramel. light roasted malts.

very roasted through out. a nice subtle burnt charcoal flavor. light richness through out. a bit of burnt wood. a hint of citrus.

body is a bit thin but the carbonation is nice.

for the low ABV and big flavor, this is pretty good. i would love to have this again.

Photo of axeman9182
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Matt.

Dark earthy brown, opaque in the center with slightly translucent edges. The beige head is lasting, and leaves rings of lacing.

The nose is dry and ashy, charred malt and fennel at the forefront with a hint of cocoa sweetness underneath.

More burnt, smoky and ashy on the tongue than I'd have expected, but not unpleasantly so - there's just enough dark chocolate sweetness to balance it. Dark roasted, almost burnt coffee and licorice flavors segue into a bitter, charred and hoppy finish. For a beer under 6% ABV, this is intensely malty and flavorful, though not overly heavy. I wasn't huge on it at first, but halfway through the bottle it grew on me quite a bit. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. "Keep and serve cool, enjoy before A 11" notched on the label.

Thanks to Onenote81 for another Olde Hickory brew and pint glass as well!

A - Clarity on the pour is nice but it ends up black in the tulip with a thin tan head. Low retention but nice fingers of lace reach up along the outside.

S - Woody roasted chocolate malts with cocoa notes and milk chocolate coming out of a swirl. Reminding myself this isn't imperial and over-the-top, it smells good for a stout. It becomes a little charred and rubbery as it warms though.

T - Chocolatey bitter roasted malt with a dry, woody, slightly smokey finish.

M - A bit on the thin side, this stout is medium-bodied with a lightly dry, lightly acrid bitter finish.

D - Good drinkability for a standard American Stout, this goes down well and has good flavor to boot! Thanks Jon!

Photo of readbaron
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a muddy black/brown with a plentiful and heavy mocha frothy foam head that shows no sign of dissipating.

Smells malty, earthy, almost peppery and smokey - some faint coffee and chocolate as well. The chicory spice is prominent.

Taste is a lot like it smells - malts, earthy spices, some smoke, and coffee. Also some hops - they are a pleasant addition - gives it a crisp complexity.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect. The carbonation and head has this feeling light and creamy. A bit thinner and lighter than I prefer, but quite good.

Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjmadden for this, the lone surviving bottle from a November-time BIF.

Pour is an appropriate level of dark, near the impenetrable level. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate Kiss, & slightly dank hops; the last

Hickory Stick Stout reverses the norm of blackened beer experience. Wildly smooth malts open up, with pleasing cocoa & a punch of bittering hops allowing a nice raise. Only after this short parade does the char flare forth like a bonfire of the vanities, blazing up & reducing anything else to a carbon memory. In the thousand or so beers I've sampled, I've never had the roast come after everything else; usually it's at the front of the line, shouting at the clerk to hurry up. Pretty cool!

Luckily I love all things charred, & combined with a reasonable ABV, this one goes down easily. Full, well-rounded, with a nice depth of character. Smooth, despite the roasted wave.

Very good beer & one that will puzzle me for a while. I wonder if it was an accident, part & parcel of the ingredients, or if the brewers intended it that way.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TheDTrain
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFM Andy for sharing this east coast brew! Smokey black in color with light tan head...nice looking. A drinkable American stout with not a whole lot of backbone. Some fond notes of vanilla, dark fruit, coco, and grass, but overall pretty average.

Photo of jpro
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours mostly black (maybe a darker brown), with some ruby coming out along the bottom and a thin mocha colored head. This fizzles down rather quickly, retaining with some light wisps and a little more rich look around the edges, and leaving back some light foamy lace that doesn't stick around a whole lot. The aroma takes a bit to get going but once it does, it puts off notes of cocoa, coffee, and green citric hops. Not super complex but it mostly gets the job done.

The taste is a little more assertive, with a combo of roasted malts and some earthy bitterness. Chocolate, sweet caramel, and some citric fruit help bring things back a notch but the overall profile mostly comes off as dry and burnt feeling in the end. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied and a little prickly on the tongue but this unfortunately seems a bit overly thin in spots.

This wasn't bad once things warmed up and the flavors came out to play but the thin feel did hold this back some. Still though, this was a good example of a lower ABV American Stout and I'd definitely be up for checking this out again down the line either on draft or with a fresher bottle.

Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kubrick215

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with faint mahogany edges and a two finger frothy beige head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lace.

Surprisingly hoppy with lots of earthy pine in the nose contrasting the roster and silky chocolate malt. Hints of caramel, oatmeal, toffee and coffee bean contrasting the earthy character.

Again, this is surprisingly hop forward with a lot of earthy pine needle and subtle sweet citrus notes. The crystal malt is actually used as the balancing element here. crystal malt backbone with subtle hints of chocolate, oatmeal and toffee. A bit too hoppy for my liking with not enough f a malt presence for the style.

Photo of thagr81us
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a deep dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, slight caramel, and very slight bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, bitter hops, and slight caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it also wasn't that great either. The hop character really surprised me on this one. It wasn't overpowering by any means, but it also wasn't needed in my personal opinion. This one is worth trying, but that is about it.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of steve8robin
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.