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Imperial Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

406 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 104
Gots: 133 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-06-2009)
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Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev -3.1%

22oz Bomber
$11.99
Brawley's - Charlotte

2014 Bottling

The wax surprisingly easy to cut through so no worries there. Glugging from the bottle is a viscous liquid as black as night. The head is so dark, so chocolatey brown, that it nearly has a purple tinge. The foam forms easy on the pour and, even though it falls, always remains at least a solid cap on the surface. Patchy foam clicks here and there.

This guy has a very unique nose. Upfront is a wildflower quality that I'm assuming is from the added honey. Blackstrap molasses and a touch of anise play second fiddle to a deep, rich, roasted graininess. Hints of dark berries show themselves as the beer warms and compliment the roast. A bit of a tea leaf quality floats through as well.

Robust roast washes over the palate and remains the centerpiece of this hefty drink. Tea like herbalness pops up mid palate along with the dark berries and deep molasses qualities. The finish bursts with roasty bitterness and herbal hoppiness while the swallow leaves behind a lingering honey sweetness. The flavor profile is unique and I dig it.

The body is luxurious and full but by no means sticky or sweet. Carbonation is soft which in turn makes the body feel velvety in its slow movement. The finish is dry and bitter from both the hopping and roast. This one is going down pretty quickly.

Olde Hickory's Imperial Stout is big and robust. A heavy roast adds bitterness while a moderate hopping adds a touch as well. Unique qualities like florals and molasses set this beer apart from others. More of these will be in my future, no doubt.

joe1510, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

a77cj7, Saturday at 08:07 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

OldhouseRecs, Nov 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

gpblackgt, Nov 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jn84, Nov 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Otsaika, Nov 09, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%

WCW, Nov 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

XmnwildX12, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yields about half a finger of extremely dark brown foam, simmers down to the surface at a quick pace, no lacing to speak of. The liquid is as black as coal, completely impenetrable with no trace of any orange nor yellow tint, if there’s any bubbles you ain’t seeing them. Thick roast to the nose, bitter dark chocolate, molasses more than honey, candied orange peels, lighter black licorice, rum raisin ice cream, plum fruit, overall not quite as explosive as expected, tends to peter out more swiftly than would be preferred. Full-bodied but here too it shies off at the end, curious given the boldness of the flavors. Coffee, dark chocolate roast combines with scone breadiness, star anise, coconut flakes and crème brûlée flavors, the bitterness gets more extreme during the finish, not an excessively sweet beer. The honey has a clearer presence here. The plum to cherry fruit takes a step back out of the limelight. Perhaps even takes on a tarry, ashy aspect over time. Hard to say there’s much carbonation but it is not entirely flat per se. There’s little doubt it is going for the “steamroller” effect but does not have the density nor sweetness to really achieve it. Maybe a better brew for “failing” in this regard.

farrago, Nov 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jbriggs7, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Gold wax bottle from Joe. Thanks bud. Pours pitch black with a toe finger brown head, looking super creamy, and with wicked retention. Sweet aroma of honey and roast, molasses and dark fruits, chocolate and smoke. Very dessert-like in the nose. Flavor is massive roast with serious bitterness, char, lots of sweet chocolate and dark fruit and molasses to balance. Big rich body with low to medium carbonation. I bet this would stand up nicely to bourbon barrels. Very nice, somewhat under the radar stout.

BMMillsy, Oct 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

thatoneguymike, Oct 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

mbbransc, Oct 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

David_Menendez, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

APBT91, Oct 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

OleDixie, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

treznor, Oct 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

marine1975, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

halo3one, Oct 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Rimbimhoot, Oct 12, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. 2011 vintage. Purchased at Peabody's (Boone, NC) and cellared at 60-65F.

A: Very dark brown to black with mahogany edges, 1 finger of beige quickly dissipating head but leaves a nice collection of lace scraps.

S: Aroma is fairly sweet for the style, a combination of molasses and brown sugar with some coffee and milk chocolate too.

T: The flavor is also pretty sweet, but it works as they provide a substantial bitterness charge to complement the sweetness. The caramel malts are prominent with a lot of toffee flavors which move to cappucino and roast malt and leave a bit of acrid bitterness, but nothing ashy or unpleasant. The chocolate flavors are darker than in the aroma. THe bitterness is hefty to keep the sweetness in check.

M: The mouthfeel is a little over-carbonated and a bit drier than I think it should be. Body is medium-full but a lot less than many other American imperial stouts.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, although it does fall pretty clearly on the sweet side of the style. OH does a good job of hitting the palate with a solid shot of bitterness to balance things reasonably well. Another winner from Olde Hickory.

argock, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

thereal_adam, Oct 10, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

MalibuKenny, Oct 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Mo_Dolf, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

atlbravsrno1, Oct 07, 2014
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Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.