Imperial Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery
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3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at a tasting. Vintages 2011 and 2014 compared one after the other. Much thanks to Josh and Sheldon.
Classic walnut brown body, with a simple tan collar. Pretty much identical in appearance between vintages, but with a nice appearance, quite dark a nice thick pour out of the bottle for both.
Real interesting aroma. Light airy clove and dark brown spices. Very aromatic. Some hints of cherry like fruit, and soft toffee. Honey rounds out, but is strangely larger in the older vintage.
Palate comes with a giant honey sweetness. Luckily a decent mellow and thick roast char comes in but the sweetness is just dominating. The clove action is balanced in with it really nicely though, with a good creamy palate to match. Spicy finish, in a hot spice not alcohol way. Even some creamy frangelico like nut quality to match.
It's a real interesting brew and take to add honey, but it's still just far too sweet for my tastes and not well integrated with the rest of the malt. Roast and char is just aching to be heard here, along with some solid flavors trying to escape.
08-12-2014 02:05:48 | More by smakawhat
4.49/5 rDev +9%
Thanks Russell! 22oz bottle, 2013.
A: Pours a deep black with a couple fingers of dense, very dark-chocolate-brown colored head that looks like melted chocolate ice cream. Spotty soapy lace was left down the glass.
S: Deep and rich notes of chocolate malts, mocha, dark chocolate, and roasted, toasted grains.
T: Flavors of coffee beans, Mexican chocolate, cinnamon, slight honey, and dark chocolate. There a low bitterness and acidity and a good roasted quality. The finish is full of sweet, bitter and powdery chocolate. Not fudge-like or overly sweet, but more like bitter 70%+ dark chocolate with a touch of Mexican chocolate.
M: Rich and decadent, frothy carbonation, thick, rich and fluffy, chewy as hell, no boozy, no acidity. Drinks very well.
O: Seriously like eating a bar of dark chocolate. Definitely an underrated stout. One of the best non BA imperial stouts I've had in a while. Thanks again Russ.
05-30-2014 02:41:43 | More by scottfrie
Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.