Imperial Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

420 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 108
Gots: 134 | FT: 13
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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3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2011 vintage, cellared for 3 years as of the time of this review.

The brew pours black in color with a thin khaki head. Some stringy lace sits on the glass as the cap fades. The aroma is full of black licorice, some candied sweetness and minor solvent alcohol. The flavor includes that previously mentioned solvent alcohol with some raison-like sweetness and earthy roast/char. It is medium bodied and quite boozy feeling for 10%. Overall, I just feel like something was missing in this. If this is the base beer for event horizon and lindley park, that sure would make a lot of sense...it needs something to give it a push in the direction of being memorable. Glad to have tried it but would not attempt to secure more.

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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.

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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.

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Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.