Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 237
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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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 steve8robin
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (1,005 characters)

Photo of GehenHerzog
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bomber from Brawley's poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- Pours a dark black with a mocha color head

S- Chocolate, coffee and alcohol

T- Chocolate and a hint of licorice up front and heavy coffee flavor in the back end and especially in the aftertaste. Very nice. Some hoppiness in the back as well, nice touch.

M- Full body, good carbonation.

D- Smooth but it's a little boozier than I wuld like.

Another solid brew from Olde Hickory. I'm quicly making my way through their entire line-up. (506 characters)

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

pint, Taco Mac Charlotte

from notes

appearance: shaker pint, dark brown body with a light cream cap. standard appearance

smell: dry roasted malts, light coffee and cocoa, touch of floral hops

taste: dry and roasty - smooth chocolate body, burnt coffee, some dark fruits, leafy hops. A well done stout

mouthfeel: dry, creamy, light bitterness

drinkability: good (366 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Kevin for picking this up for me in NC

A: Jet black body is topped by a mocha head of impressive retention.

S: Bouquet is a touch shy, but notes of caramel, chocolate, and coffee persevere.

T: Dry, with hints of coffee, chicory, and licorice.

M: Full body with a light creaminess, and little carbonation.

D: Definitely a delicious stout, something the locals should both embrace and enjoy. (412 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Brawley's in Charlotte, NC.

A - Black with very little light coming through. A big tan head with some lacing. Very inviting.

S - Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt and a hint of hops.

T - Silky smooth with no rough edges. There's a small roasted flavor but it's nicely balanced. It's pretty dry and there's a mild hop bitterness that accompanies the malts.

M - Creamy but not especially think with a nice low carbonation.

D - Fun, flavorful and easy to drink. A nice NC beer. (513 characters)

Photo of mbrown26
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A good black beer with decent brownish color head.

S: Chocolate. Malt.

T: Milk Chocolate and dark chocolate. A complex beer. I think the black patent malts made this an unpleasant experience for me. A high quality brew, but couldn't get over that flavor.

M: A decent stout in the mouth. Not too carbonated. Somewhat heavy.

D: If you like the black patent malt, this will be your kind of beer. (400 characters)

Photo of Stoneyrok
4.88/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I am a stout lover so I am trying not to be biased.

appearance, beautiful black like a porter should be, nice two finger tan head.
smell: awesome, chocolate hint, hops, barley, no alcohol detected
taste: insane, so smooth I couldn't believe it. I wondered what they did to make it so smooth. I drank a sierra nevada stout before and after and the stick stout had no bite like the sierra did. so creamy and delicious. this is one of the best stouts I have had to date.
mouthfeel, so creamy and smooth it is hard to believe.
drinkability, I wish I had more more more, I can't wait to go back to ole hickory tap room. I will load up on this stick stout. if someone out west wants me to pick one up for a trade, shoot me an email and I will get you one! (759 characters)

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

a: piraat snifter, pours nearly black in color with some mahogany around the edges, coated with a nice mocha colored head, good retention

s: loads of rich, dark chocolate roasts and a good balance of earthy dark pine hops, smoky charred barley, old coffee grounds, some toffee sugars peek out, just packed with deep stout character and roasted goodness

m: lightly carbonated, medium-full body, not a thick stout, but appropriate

t: lots of roasted barley char, bitter dark cocoa and bakers chocolate, burnt coffee, just a quick flash of sweetness at the start before going dry, leaving deep roasted flavors and a mild bitterness to linger, might seem touch thin but it hits some dry stout notes quite well

d: really a great stout, not flashy but very well crafted, guess some don't like the black patent - but I dig it, the dry finish and moderate mouthfeel contribute to high drinkability

my first from Olde Hickory, bomber picked up at Bruisin' (951 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Purchased at Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC for $4.50. Best before end Oct 2010.

Pours a smooth black with some red around the edges and thick creamy brown head that has moderate retention. Nose is of a classic Irish stout; faint roasted coffee, cream, earthy/moss aromas.

Palate is medium to medium-light bodied for a stout. Flavors are spot on and it's fairly dry. Lots of earthiness and some more of that moss character. Roasted grains, roasted coffee. "Green" (raw) nuts.

I personally prefer a little more body/residual sugar to my stouts, but this is more "drinkable" for sure. A solid "sessionable" stout. (646 characters)

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

Bottle a courteous extra from Beerness. Thank you, Charlie.

Charcoal black with a nice tan fluff that drops and leaves spotty lace along the sides and surface

Loads of black malt dominate the nose. Behind lurks some dark chocolate, coffee, and hops. It's nice, but the black patent is so in your face that the others stars are dimmed by its massive shadow.

The taste is nearly a carbon copy of the nose. Bitterness greets front and center and remains throughout. Hops, in the form of citric orange, showcase themselves towards the back end but are merely a pleasant flicker before being beaten down the the bitter wave that carried them there. Some day old coffee pushes the edges as well, but it too quickly receives the monstrous malt bill's shepherd's crook and is removed stage left.

The mouthfeel here falls a bit short and some smooth creaminess might help to assuage the barrage.

The drinkability here is good, but I can't help wonder what this stout could be if the secondary flavors were allowed to showcase themselves a bit more. By no means unenjoyable, but there is potential here for much more. (1,113 characters)

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. (975 characters)

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. (476 characters)

Photo of boston2bburg
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (997 characters)

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. (590 characters)

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 (361 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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. (984 characters)

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. (582 characters)

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. (642 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (727 characters)

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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of argock
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (708 characters)

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 (823 characters)

Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (1,260 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (624 characters)

Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.