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Imperial Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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334 Ratings

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%

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:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-06-2009)
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Photo of Bugeye4x4


4.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer out of a cask. It was condetioned with peanut butter and fudge

A- Pretty much was black i couldnt see much light through the glass

S- the aroma was sweet hints of chocolate, malty, coacoa and some vanilla

T- i didnt get much peanut butter but when it warmed up you got a good amount of coacoa vanilla and chocolate.

M- Even though this beer is around 11 percent it didnt come across to hot. low in carbonation do to be cask served

O- Overall i really enjoyed this beer was a great one to have on cask. i would recomend this beer to lots of people.

Serving type: cask

04-21-2014 14:37:01 | More by Bugeye4x4
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage. Poured from a bomber with a gold wax top into a snifter, the beer is an oily, thick, smooth, jet black coloring with a halo of dark brown head. Looks beautiful. Aromas of rich milk chocolate, bittersweet baker's chocolate, rich honey sweetness, highlights of molasses and coffee, and some cream sweet notes. Amazingly rich and inviting. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, with a bolt of booze and honey on the forward tongue, followed by a velvety flow of milk chocolate, subtle mocha, and some earthy notes in the backbone. Very smooth throughout, with a subtle bitter and roasted edge that keeps things balanced perfectly. The aftertaste is rich and slick, with a heavily roasted kick on the chocolate and molasses linger. The finish is smooth and lingering, with a fading sweetness and subtly building warmth from the booze. Delicious brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 02:31:32 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of bcp5296d

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I rate this beer close to 5 and here's why:

Though not the most complex stout I've had, the 2014 batch I think is an absolute perfect example of an imperial stout. Unique characteristics but stays true to form. Lots of chocolate, a little vanilla, and tasting this batch fresh gives a good little bit of punch/bitter hop, which leads to honey and more chocolate and malt. All aspects of a good imperial stout are present and the blend is perfect imho. Not too sweet, well balanced, and just the right amount of strength. Thankful I'm able to enjoy this one on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 13:56:30 | More by bcp5296d
Photo of AndyAvalanche


4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip style glass. Liquid portion is dark brown to black all the way to the edges with no visible highlights while the beer is stagnant. When you move it around and sip it, you can see deep amber red highlights where it gets thin. After you pour the beer there's only about a finger length dark brown head. It sticks around for a little bit but eventually just leaves a ring by the glass edges and a couple spots on the surface of the beer. Nice coating effect almost like a grainy cough syrup.

Smell is good; everything you'd expect from a nice strong imperial stout. Plenty of roasted and sweet characteristics. Nice chocolate (rich fudge), and dark naturally sweet breads. Seems like there's a generous portion of some honey malts in there too, but it could just be the local honey that's said to be added. There's definitely a nice hoppy presence, some pine and overall there's a nice outdoorsy cool sweetness aroma to it.

Taste is freaking awesome, truly unique and I've never had anything quite like it before. Lots of dark roasted malt flavors. Again with the nice dark fudgy chocolate maybe a 55%-45% more bitter than sweet, but certianly both. Maybe the slightest hints of dark roasted coffee. Again a nice hoppy presence, a very well hopped Imperial stout in my opinion. The best part is how well the honey meshes with everything. I've had several beers that say "ale brewed with honey" but this is by far the best and you can actually distinctly taste the honey. It really does have a nice flavor of fresh, local honey. Also I don't know what it is but the word "local" thrown in front of the word honey or syrup always makes it taste better to me. This is a truly outstanding tasting imperial stout and very unique.

Mouthfeel is also really good. A nice lingering flavor that lasts. Sort of a heavy feeling on the tounge. Nice carbonation level, with a mix between smooth and gritty. Great drinkability though, nice sipper and a great beer to drink on a cool fall or spring day. Awesome beer all around; I'm really becoming more and more impressed with Olde Hickory. Thanks EasyReader for sending it!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 23:45:14 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of srandycarter


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown head fades quickly to thin ring. VERY sparce, spotty lace. VERY black.

S - Sweet, malty, vanilla and cocoa seem to be the predominate smells.

T - Very sweet, got that vanilla, choc chip cookie thing going on. Very malty.

M - Lower carbonation, but ok. Balance to the sweet, but ok.

D - A nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 03:50:30 | More by srandycarter
Photo of macher0


3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black. Glossy. Frothy amber head that retreats to a rim and film. Smells of boozey malts. Simple but very upfront. Taste is similar but added hops and notes of vanilla, licorice, and hops. High carbonation for an imperial stout. Highly viscous. Overall very nice. I highly recommend this ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:17:19 | More by macher0
Photo of csparace


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Hickory Imperial Stout (2013)

Appearance (4.25) – Pitch black, heavy pour. Huge, huge, head that is really dark mocha. No light penetrates this behemoth. Pour lacing for such a huge beer.

Smell (4.25) – Coffee is abundant up front. Very mild chocolates and vanilla notes. Crisp and potent though not very complex.

Taste (4.25) – Sweet chocolates immediately. Coffee comes in big time in the middle and finish. Bitterness is present mostly with the coffee flavor. Smokey flavors here and there with some hickory notes. Flavor really lasts for a while.

Mouthfeel (4.25) – Huge. This is a beer to chew on. Sweetness makes this quite smooth though. Predictably sticky on the lips afterwards.

Overall (4.25) – I think this is a pretty solid imperial stout. I really like the heavy character with sweet notes. Flavor is not incredibly complex but stands alone very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 01:17:12 | More by csparace
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Small khaki head. Slight transparency.

Smell - Chocolate. Nutty malts. A little boozy.

Taste - Chocolate and caramel. Oaky nutty malts. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - A little bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - A good beer, as always, from Olde Hickory.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 03:39:52 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2013 Bottling

A: Pours a thick opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and only the faintest of dark cola brown highlights at the edges when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that very slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of slightly sweet roasted malts with moderate amounts of dark chocolate and lighter aromas of freshly ground coffee. Very light notes of anise/licorice.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted dark malts with a light touch of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of anise/licorice and dark chocolate. Light notes of coffee. Moderate amounts of bitterness which linger in the finish.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Light hints of alcohol warming in the finish as the beer warms up.

O: This is a really enjoyable stout and seemed like an appropriate beer for Stout Day and a colder autumn evening. Olde Hickory really makes some excellent stouts and the addition of the honey brings out just enough sweetness to have the other flavors really pop.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 23:23:00 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep rich brown with nearly a finger of super rich cholatey head, decent retention, a thin thin layer remains across the surface 10+ minutes later, strong lacing.

S - Tons of sweet sweet chocolate and honey, lactose, dark chocolate and espresso - moderate/mild alcohol burn. Can smell it from 3 feet away!

T - Big rich and dark chocolates combine with espresso notes initially and minimal hints of honey. Lots of espresso. Alcohol burn and bitterness come into play shortly after. Finish is still alcohol and bitterness. Aftertaste is the same. Big flavor, alcohol does not burn but its very much there.

M - Full bodied, very very robust, minimal carbonation, smooth like butter. Perfect winter sipper.

O - Honestly a fantastic big IS. I think with 2 or 3 years on it this would be absolutely fantastic, as the sweetness in the nose is mostly dominates by alcohol and bitter flavors. Still a superb big stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:07:13 | More by MacQ32
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage poured in to snifter.

A - Poured a thick, sludgy ink black with half a finger of espresso coloured head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - A huge roast aroma dominates with sweet molasses, chocolate, smoke and a hint of anise.

T - Roast and a nice bitterness up front. Semi-sweet chocolate, anise and smoke notes are also present.

M - Full body; viscous. Light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 20:26:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of taylor714914


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nicely done imperial stout. A 6 oz pour produces little head, but the aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted barley make up for this.

Taste is smooth and delicious. Some residual sweetness, but a nice balance of roasted dry notes, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of astringency.

Mouthfeel was thick and rich, but not chewy.

Overall an exceptionally well done Imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2013 20:28:26 | More by taylor714914
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North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottling

Appearance: A pitch black pour, with a small mocha head that quickly fades to a ringlet though it leaves streaks of lace behind

Smell: Rich fudge with licorice and a hint of hops

Taste: Chocolate fudge with some roast, to boot; by mid-palate, the licorice and hoppy elements add both sweetness and bitterness; in the finish some dark fruit and coffee flavors arrive to complete the package

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and somewhat creamy, with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Having tasted this several times, I am surprised that I have not yet reviewed it; this beer just shows the skill that Olde Hickory has in brewing big stouts - Lindley Park, Event Horizon and this one are quite a trio, not to mention their contribution to Olde Rabbit's Foot

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 19:19:46 | More by brentk56
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

@ Ridgewood

Black with a beautifully creamy tan head. Aromas of big roast, molasses, raisin, bittersweet chocolate, sweet breads, and caramel. Thick, malty flavor, heavy on the dark chocolate roast, with purple fruits, espresso, and charred wood. Not too sweet, which is nice. A more bitter, ashy sort of RIS. Not really any honey, which I assume is used mostly for an ABV boost. Smooth, chewy mouthfeel, on the dry side. Tasty...

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2013 22:15:02 | More by wedge
Photo of MDDMD


4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a decent light brown head and little lacing

S-chocolate, coffee, dark malt, char

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hint of vanilla, burnt caramel, mild bitterness

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth and creamy feel

O-a solid IS, good flavor and feel, very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 02:07:21 | More by MDDMD
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4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Dark black with a tan ring instead of a head. No lacing.

S: Licorice, malts, chocolate, caramel, smoke.

T: Robust, strong. Malts, anise. Dark chocolate. Smokey. Definately a stout with legs.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: A great stout, but one that needs to be sipped. A bit much for me. Quite a bear.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 14:20:19 | More by brewskifan55
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz blinded bomber (thanks Stupac2) poured into a sixpoint snifter...

A: Pours a deep black with one full finger of dark khaki colored head. The foam fades quickly leaving a ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. Great lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose I get is roasted malt, milk chocolate, caramel, maybe some subtle mint or licorice.

T: It starts off roasty and quite bitter. I get some seriously harsh char, but there is an unmistakable sweetness mixed in. It's like a bitter chocolate milk. The finish is more bitters as the sweetness fades.

M: Full bodied beer. It's smooth and coating to start, but not overly chewy. It coats the palate well and lingers for awhile. It's sticky, but biter in the finish.

O: Meh. Something about this beer just doesn't sit right with me. I think it's the over the top bitters. This is obviously a stout, and I don't want high hop bitters in here at all. I'm happy to have tried this, but I don't think I'd want more of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 01:42:01 | More by trxxpaxxs
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New York

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a thin deep brown head that leaves a reddish trace on the glass before settling back. Smell is deep sweet caramel and coffee. Taste is semi-sweet chocolate with a tannic finish. Feel is heavy with a medium carbonation that adds a little bite. There's a definite alcohol presence, but it doesn't feel at all boozy.

This is well-balanced and interesting throughout the glass. If only I'd known when I bought this, I would have bought more than one.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 00:57:55 | More by JohnQVD
Photo of Rifugium


3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to baybum for the share, though I may or may not have had a sample of this during the Voodoo Barrel Room release.

Dark brown-black pour, with a tan head that settled to a ringlet. Typical but good stouty aroma, dark malts, coffee, cocoa, roasty, toasted grain. Good balance of roasty bitterness and honey sweetness in the taste, with neither really gaining the upper edge, dark malts, coffee and semisweet chocolate, mild earthy hops. Body was on the heavier side of medium, alcohol was tame, carbonation was moderate. A solid and good-balanced imperial stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 11:00:16 | More by Rifugium
Photo of homebrew311


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick jet black with and incredibly dark head, we are talking dark dark brown with decent retention. Smell is of burly roasted malts, notes of licorice, molasses, earthy waves of coffee, and loads of depth. The aroma reminds me of CCB Marshal Zhukov's. The taste matches the aroma with a moderate level of malty sweetness that expresses notes of honey, molasses, and licorice with notes of bitter chocolate and coffee. Somewhat bitter on the finish with a lasting anise quality. Again, very robust and flavorful. Mouthfeel is very thick with moderate to low carbonation. This is a beast of an imperial stout that has been sitting in my cellar and has gone un-drank at multiple tastings. Now I am regretting putting off drinking this for so long, because this is a tasty brew. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 08:18:18 | More by homebrew311
Photo of kbuzz


3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Oxbow snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Poured an opaque black w/ thin mocha head that faded quickly. Can actually see a good bit of bubbles rush up the sides and then fizzle away as they hit the top.

S: Nice aroma...bitter dark chocolate, roast, molasses, vanilla, touch of an earthy hop presence. Maybe just a slight coffee note in there as well.

T/M: Interesting. Typical roast, bitter dark chocolate as the dominant notes...some toffee, graham cracker, rum-soaked raisin. Finishes with a bit of a floral taste. Slightly bitter. Mouthfeel could have been a little more viscous. Was certainly solid though - say medium to medium-full. Carbonation might have been a little too fizzy also but I'm sure I'm just nitpicking.

O: Really enjoyed this. I think the honey might have dried out the beer and made it a tad thin...but at the same time, I wouldn't be surprised if that's what contributed to the floral note in the back of the palate, which I dug. Would certainly drink this many times over...

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 23:12:10 | More by kbuzz
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North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at beer study.

pours a pitch black with a creamy beige head. smell is big on roasted malts. taste is very malty, chocolately and smoky on the finish. bitterness lingers, ABV very apparent. definitely a big stout. full bodied with mild carbonation.

overall solid non BA stout. event horizon is much better though!

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 22:38:36 | More by Axnjxn
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a waxed top bottle into a snifter glass. I think this was the 2011 version.

A: A jet black color that doesn't allow any light in. A small light brown head sits atop with no glass lacing.

S: Roasted malts aplenty with some smoke, wood, vanilla, burnt coffee and some dark chocolate.

T: Same as the nose pretty much, but the roasted character really hits hard and lingers. Roasted flavors with burnt coffee, dark chocolate and some smokey wood flavors. A little bit of vanilla mixes in with the sweetness and the finish turns roasty and smokey. Alcohol creeps in.

M: Full, coating, alcoholic, and low carbonation.

O: A very good impy stout, but not a standout. I would have liked to try this fresh, but it was still a solid beer even with a year plus on it. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 18:50:26 | More by Kadonny
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely Imperial Stout that happens to be brewed with honey- and there is a bit of sweetness that shows through. Pours black with a somewhat thin head. Smells sweet and somewhat ashy, with big notes of licorice and some roasty notes, with a distinct honey tang at the end. Delicious, balanced taste of roasted grain, licorice, and honey. Very smooth and easy to drink, the abv seems 1/2 of what it is. A delightful beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:03:27 | More by Georgiabeer
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dense, viscous pour produces a tight, half-inch, dark walnut brown foam over a pitch-black stout that clings to the glass in sheets. The lace, while minimal, is quite nice. The foam lasts well over five minutes.

Bittersweet chocolate fills the nose while dark roasted malt and some alcohol fumes mix with coffee liqueur. One can also find molasses and the suggestion of honey and vanilla extract.

The flavor profile resembles the nose quite closely. While initially sweet, malt bitterness quickly follows and is reminiscent of Baker’s chocolate. Roasted, almost burnt malt and coffee grinds, can also be found. This one warms quite well with a very long finish resembling dark roasted black coffee.

A dense body with a warming bite of alcohol that is above expectation makes an interesting contrast to the syrupy texture and soft, prickly carbonation.

This is a nice sipping beer from a Harp nonic. It is not for the uninitiated, yet is full of sensory delights that progress throughout the session, producing rich aromas that make the mouth water.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 19:48:52 | More by SLeffler27
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Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
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