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 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 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 scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,480 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (910 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 Dope
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown pour with a good sized frothy light brown head adorning it. Fades slowly, leaving behind a pretty nice layer of lacing all over the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt aroma. Hints of chocolate and coffee in there. Pretty straight forward.

T: Some creamy roasted malt character with mild chocolate and coffee notes. Odd bitterness follows with no real flavor. Perhaps some hops whose flavor has gotten buried? Strange.

M: Medium body and fairly smooth.

O: It's not horrible but a bit odd. It's a fairly plain, mild stout with a strange bitterness on the back end - but no hop flavor to accompany it. Otherwise it's a pretty standard and simple stout. (664 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
1.33/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Got this one from Doodler in a recent trade. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Best Before Jan 2012. A month late.

APPEARANCE: A slow gusher. Pours a huge, 4+ finger, thin, bubbly, light tan head that won’t quit. Foamy Swiss-cheese head. Black body, transparent, with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and leaves chunky, foamy lacing down the glass. Head is out of control. Looks like an infected stout.

SMELL: Smells infected too. Funky, yeasty and sour berries. Not very stout-like, unfortunately.

TASTE: Not as bad as the nose, but it’s off. Cardboard, funky yeast and sour tartness for the most part. Mild aftertaste, thankfully, of cardboard and metallic sourness. If it’s not infected, then it’s definitely off at this point.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Luckily this isn’t bad. Semi-smooth on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Too little too late.

OVERALL: Pretty horrible stuff. Hard to say if this is some sort of infection, or if it’s just been mishandled somehow. It’s only a month past its best by date, so age can’t be the issue here. Whatever it is, this was awful and the drain enjoyed everything but 4oz of it. Would be glad to try a fresh bottle of this at some point. Thanks again for the trade Doodler. They can’t all be winners. (1,343 characters)

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

Thanks to Beerness for this one

Look: black body with brown rings around the edges. 1 inch head on a hard pour and just good retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate and vanilla slight oak note with traces of coffee

Taste: A little bit of chocolate and some roasted malts. Slight vanilla and oak mid palate and finishes with a bit of ash

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mildly carbonated

Overall: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and highly recommend trying it. (470 characters)

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. (588 characters)

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

Served in a tulip.

A: Poured a dark, dark brown (pretty much black) color, with a frothy mocha head that stained the glass as the liquid went down.

S: I got a deep, dark, cocoa scent that almost crossed into Nestle's territory. I got a bit of hop bitterness, probably from the coffee notes.

T: This was almost tasted lactose-infused.... like a milk stout. The full flavored chocolate and coffee was really nice in this setting. I ALMOST got a bit of citrus.

M: There was a good bit of bitterness here, but after a few sips, I noticed that that quality sort of rounded out into sort of a buttery quality on the finish. The lacing was ABSOLUTELY ridiculous.

O: This was a very nice stout and a major redemption from the Olde Hickory: Black Raven IPA that I disliked so much that I tried a few days before. (808 characters)

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. (620 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice black features with dark brown edges, there was a large bubbly and lively head.

The scent is exceptionally weak but there are dry chocolate notes and lactose-sweetness.

Strong carbonated tastes and feel there's a wateriness that fills the mouth. Dry Graham cracker, dry chocolate and a plastic milkiness exist but get lost in the water.

I brought this to a bottle share and walked away embarrassed. (406 characters)

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

A nice easy-drinking stout. I poured the whole bottle into a Hooters mug and sipped it at an outdoor party. Pours a dense black color with only a bit of light coming through. Big light tan head with good retention and some lacing.

Aroma is fairly mild, mostly roasted malt with a little coffee.

Taste is more robust. Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, balanced just right in an easy sipper.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth as a milk or oatmeal stout.

Very nice!!!! Every stout does not have to be a Bourbon barrel, high octane extravaganza. (542 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 lackenhauser
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by the brewpub and started out my meal with this one. Have had this a few times out of the bottle and enjoyed, so I was excited to try this on tap. Came out a deep black, with a thin khaki head on top. Minor lace left behind. The nose yields quite a hop presence that surprised me. Roasted finish. Nice pleasant "stout-y" aroma.

Moderate depth, decent carbonation, finishes quite smooth. The hops add a nice bitter quality to this one. This is one of the more "green" stouts I have had in awhile. Piney hops meld well with the toasted char flavor that is quite common with this style. Chocolate notes, but they are fleeting. If you like hoppy dark beers, this one is right up your alley. Still one of my faves from this brewery. They really know how to brew some dark-beers. (784 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Victory tulip glass. Split between two people. Bottle reads "enjoy before 1/12", so that is interesting.

A: Dark deep brown (almost black). Finger plus of light tan head. Nice carbonation coming up. Not as thick as I was expecting.

S: Lots of roasty esters. Some coffee and chocolate too. Some hops, piney ones, are in there as well.

T: I get some mild hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Don't know which variety I am tasting. Then I get those roast notes: some dark chocolate and mild coffee etc. This is lower ABV I assume. Definitely not imperial status. Very easy drinking.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: It's a good stout. Nothing completely mind blowing, just a well done lower ABV stout that you could have a few glasses of and not get into trouble. (805 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Darkness tulip on 9/26/11

Courtesy of PDXHops

Split with MbpBugeye

Best before July 2011

A) Pours medium brown; settles near black. One finger head thins rapidly until it hits a thin, bubbly layer. Solid trails of lace turn into a wall of lace.

S) Aromas of toffee, peanuts, roasted chocolate and earth. Not much in the way of coffee. Modest roast notes. The aroma is tame but pleasant, become more so as it warms.

T) Moderate earthy bitterness. Bitter coffee and roasted grains. Not much in the way of chocolate. Some tangy roast. Tastes simple and straightforward. Enjoyable enough.

M) Medium body. Carbonation is high and distracting. Super dry with an earthy, roasty finish.

D) Tastes pretty good. Easily drinkable aside from the carbonation. (776 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 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 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 MbpBugeye
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber pours a near black with ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. The disconcertingly effervescent head with very large bubbles settles down within a couple of minutes, but not attractive and not a pleasant pour.

Aroma of roasted dark malts and dark chocolate, with some smoky wooden barrel in the background. A warm and robust aroma with good depth. The taste is more single dimensional and surprisingly astringent, with a bitterness that some may not enjoy as much. Mouthfeel is much thinner than I expected.

Purchased in North Carolina and a brewery I'm glad to have supported, but not a beer I’d choose over many other American Stouts. (652 characters)

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