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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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218 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
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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 ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $4.50 at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a carbon black body with a light tan-colored head that soon settles.

Smell: Aroma smelling of blackened grains, simple coffee, and downright bitter chocolate with some hopeful notes of citrus, floral, spicy American hops underneath.

Taste: Ah, black patent malt, my old friend, still tasting of two day-old truck stop coffee and creosote, I see. Very minor touches of unsweetened chocolate and caramel attempt to peer through the acrid roastiness. Floral, citrusy hops with a medium load of bitterness. A bit more fruity lemon on the finish with a prevalent astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: That black patent malt astringency quickly becomes the predominate flavor, making for a crude, palate-wearying drink. A pity, really. As I've enjoyed Olde Hickory's other bottled offerings, I found this one to be both a surprise and a disappointment.

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

A. Poured a rich dark opaque brown, with a creamy one finger tan head reak nice in the looks department. Nice lacing on the glass.

S. Rich roasted malts oats carmel leaves earthy light coffee aroma

T. Slight sweetness,doesn't last long the bitterness of this stout is spot on. This brew is a good representation of the style.

M. Medium bodied creamy nice carbonation

D. A really good brew not to sweet, not too bitter, great balance and good taste I will have this again.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon pour from 22 oz. bomber into snifter, I get a waft of supermarket produce section, particularly fresh green apples, raw, powdered bitter chocolate, molasses barrels, sweet chex mix baked in the kitchen with plenty of brown sugar and honeycome, and a pastry-like hop character. Very complex, a joy.

About as black as you can get with a dark caramel brown head that retains well with some swaths of lace.

Campfire-coal-grilled meat and potatoes melds with Mars bars. Wildwater, burnt marshmallows...the whole camping experience is in this bottle. Neither the wood, nor the dark caramel chocolate are overly intense, and the light apple tempers the deeper, darker flavors, making for a relatively light mouthfeel, which actually allows for longer exploration of these flavors before the palate is shot. Alcohol appears to be low to moderate, although not listed. No alcohol burn to speak of. Bitter chocolate turns more acrid and salty towards the end.

An enjoyable beer with lots to explore.

Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of craytonic
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is near jet black, enormous coffee head with a decent showing of lace

Smell & taste: Bold and aggressive, dark coffee and bitter chocolate with licorice and peat. Very dry

Mouthfeel: very cream with nice carbonation, strong coffee aftertaste

Drinkability: Flavors are a bit bold to get down quickly, otherwise a great stout for a great price

Photo of jpmclaug
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Grabbed this shortly after they started selling these bombers at Brawley's.

A - Black body with a tan head. Quarter inch of head is resting on top that looks creamy and delicious.

S - Nice aroma of roasted malt with hints of smokiness. Also picking up a little coffee and chocolate but not much.

T - Wow. This thing is pretty good. Nice big roast flavor up front mixed with a bitter dark chocolate flavor. Hints of smoke similar to the nose but not nearly as present. This is all dark chocolate and roasted malts. Few beers could stand up to the roasted flavors in this one.

M - pretty heavy body with a lot of little carbonation bubbles. Could be a bit creamier.

D - I'm impressed. The flavor on this sucker is great. I love me some stouts with a big roast and dark chocolate flavor and this fits the bill. Only thing really holding this beer back is the mouthfeel. It could be just a bit creamier. Definitely would pick this up again.

Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Nearly black pour, small amount of light tan head.

Aroma is quite roasty, some anise and dark chocolate.

Taste is nice and roasty. Malt, charcoal, peat. Dark chocolate and just a faint anise and hop spice make this a pleasant tasting brew. Finishes just a little dry.

Mouthfeel is just a little thin, but goes down a notch easier because of it. The carbonation is just crisp. Almost a little rye likeness.

The few I've had at the brewery were excellent and this one is solid as well. At $4 a bomber, I could be drinking a lot of this now that it's available in Charlotte.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from brentk56, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid black color with a fluffy khaki head that slowly recedes to lots of chunky lace. Smells heavy on the roasted malts, lots of coffee, caramel, and chocolate mixed with some smoke and a hint of citrus and pine. Taste is much the same. Dark roasted malts leaning heavy on the coffee end. Pine hops come through midway and finishes with a dry long lingering roasted coffee bitterness. Medium body and light carbonation. Nice Stout! I really enjoyed this one, but it does finish a little dry for my liking. I wouldn't hesitate to imbibe this one if it were more accessible.

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

A: Black with some red light showing through. Nice white head that doesn't hold up well.

S: Lots of chocolate malt. Slight roastiness picks up with warmth. Malts combine for kind of a cocoa powder effect.

T: Not nearly as sweet smell suggests. Lots of coffee and to a lesser degree cocoa, lead things off. There's also a little leafy hops and roasted malt and smokey characters. Finish is long, somewhat dry, and pretty bitter.

M: Lighter for style, almost thin with low carbonation.

Hickory Stick is a pretty roasted, yet restrained stout. Flavorful, while still easy drinking. Would like to see a little more body in the mouthfeel, but a tasty beer, especially for the reasonable price. Another good dark beer out of N.C.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to pick up a bottle of this one at Bruisin Ales recently. Served chilled and shared in two pint glasses, this one was consumed on 05/16/2010.

Really nice and very big pour here. Huge dark body that no light could penetrate at all. Big head of dark tan then rose up from the bottom of the glass and reached a height of around three fingers before returning back down to earth.

Aroma is very nice, very well balanced I have to admit with loads of roasted malts, light smoked notes, hints of chocolate and coffee. Warming brings out a nice blend of licorice and peat that mixed with a nice woody, earthy tone. Again really nicely done I have to admit. Each sip was rich, creamy, and very dry. Nice follow through on the palate as well left me looking for another sip of the semi sweet and definitley dark stout.

Overall very, very solid. I have always been impressed with everything I have tried from Olde Hickory and this just showed me one of their staples is just as solid. Really well done.

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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by 6/10 notched on side of label. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $3.59.

A: Nearly black with 1-2 finger light beige head with decent retention and a few lace formations.

S: Dry bittersweet chocolate, toasted malt, and floral hoppiness are the most prominent

T: The flavor is complex and long with initial floral hops with citrus notes with cofffe in the finish which is very dry.

M: Nice medium-full body with coffee and toasted dark malt aftertaste.

D: A nice dry stout with a great price tag to match.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours extremely dark brown, very dark chocolate. Murky brown highlights accent the sides of the glass. SMall white head disappears rather abruptly, leaving small pox of lacing, but nothing very impressive.

Aroma is mostly void. A bit of chocolate malt with a hint of breadiness. Nothing else.

Decent flavor. Slightly bitter. Chocolate malts are heavy up front with a bit of astringency. For some reason, this beer kind of tastes like the beers I have had from Foothills, like they use the same yeast or something.

Kind of astringent and chalky in the finish with some bitterness. Certainly not the best stout I have but I suppose this one is serviceable.

Photo of joepais
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbros for this sending this wonderful brew along to me as an extra. Split the bottle three ways into ½ pint glasses it produced a good finger worth of tan head that settled to a thin lace across the top but was quickly revived by a swirl . The body was a typical black stout color .

I will have to rely on some help for the aroma because of a stuffy nose I got some nice roast notes so I take it that it was strong with a light hop background that is were the help came in

The flavor was roast forward as well with a nice dry bitter in the end. It was a little light in the mouth feel I would say towards the light side of medium but it had good carbonation for a bottled stout.

It was easy to drink. I wanted for more, so the brew is fine on the drinkability scale. A good local dry stout one to be proud of

Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black, but not entirely opaque - bare hints of light shine through. Two fingers of pale brown head that subsides slowly. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Burnt, roasted malts, balanced by some sweet smells. Almost a hint of vanilla and some woodsy and smoky scents.
I don't know if any hickory wood was used in this beer (I don't think there was), but that comes to mind.

Taste: Burnt, roasted, and chalky malts - just like it smells. That's the dominant flavor, and the toasty/burnt flavors remain into the aftertaste, mixing with the hops. Maybe a hint of bittersweet chocolate in the background. There is just a hint of citrus from the hops in the aftertaste, adding a little bit of complexity to the beer. As the style of beer would suggest, it's very dry, but also very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, but a little thin. A little more body would be nice, but even considering the lack of body, it's very full flavored.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this. It is full of strong flavors, but none to the point of being overpowering. This is also, as the style suggests, very, very dry - could not be more of a contrast between this and most milk stouts. I really liked this beer.

Photo of wcudwight
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light black in color is such a color exist. It's black but not opaque like many beers of the style. 1" tan head last awhile and then disappears leaving little evidence that it was ever there.
Wonderful aroma of bitter chocolate and a certain earthiness that I can't put my finger on, but I like it.
Good flavors of baker's chocolate, roasted malts and a nice hoppiness to round it out. Earthy, fruity and could be some citrus. Very dry finish which really makes this beer.
Mouthfeel is good. I really like how dry it is but it could use just a bit more body.
Great session stout. A beer you should try and try and try again.

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man its great to see OH bottled brews here in Greensboro!Poured more of deep cola color than the jet black that usually find in beers of the style,a thinner bet really well retained light mocha colored head atop.Big dark coffee aromas with light earth,and some unsweetened chocolate.The flavors may be as dry as any stout I have had to date,intense roast and raw earth flavors really stick out,light unsweetened chocolate comes thru in the finish.This a damn fine dry stout, and its very dry.

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

Pours a dark chesnut brown with a slightly tan head. Fairly nice nose here, picking up some dark chocolate, peat, and just a touch of smokiness. Taste as good as it smells. Hints of chocolate, with some coffee, and again a faint smokiness to it. Also some nice hop bitterness to round it all out. It's a little thin for my liking and wish it where a little creamier. But all in all a very nice session stout.

Photo of veech
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very meaty robust stout for the dry irish stout style. Gorgeous opaque black with a creamy tan head with lots of carbonation and lacing. Chocolate malts with a strong coffee and molasses taste. Hopped enough to balance out the malts on the back end. Thick viscous coverage that coats the palate nicely. Drinkability is limited by a heaviness of body as far as sessioning goes, but great for just one or two.

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