Imperial Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery
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4/5 rDev -2.9%
Brawley's - Charlotte
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.
08-24-2014 01:10:33 | More by joe1510
4.14/5 rDev +0.5%
OH makes some stellar brews,this may be at the top of the list for me.Poured a near jet black,a tinge of ruby barely showed through when held directly in the light,a nice half finger mocha colored crown atop.Aromas were big and raw for the style,earthy with dark chocolate notes,espresso ground coffee and sweetish alcohol come in as well.Big and balanced on the palate,not a big sweet alcohol bomb like many of the style,bitter unsweetened chocolate and earthy tones shine through,the alcohol sweetness and molasses balance it out nicely,the honey imparts a soothing light sweetness in the finish.A great Impy stout,its out of the norm in a good way.
02-14-2010 03:12:18 | More by oberon
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
22oz brown bomber without a freshness date ... not that it is probably needed here.
Imperial Stout darkness and the head is amazing with tan lacing all the way down. Smooth, very smooth ... silky and creamy with a big body. Choco coffee maltiness starts off big in the aroma, hops and alcohol with a currant fruitiness reside within. Dark chocolate runs rampant with some sweetness, alcohol is warming and the hops come in a bit strong but the bitterness is nothing over the top. The honey puts in more towards the strength rather than a major addition to of flavor which is fine ... the smoothness is enhanced by it. Bittersweet finish gives suggestions of cocoa nibs and coffee.
Pit this one against the hype Impy Stouts and it will put up a good fight if not win. A killer stout.
05-17-2010 02:25:18 | More by Jason
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Wax tipped 22 ounce bottle. Pours dark and opaque with a large cocoa brown head. Excellent retention and enormous sticky lacing. Aroma is dark and milk chocolate, burnt hay, and fresh roasted coffee beans. Smooth and silky mouthfeel with a nearly full body and restrained carbonation. Taste is milk chocolate and vanilla with a touch of honey. The honey blunts the dark roasty bitterness producing a sweeter than average impy stout. No alcohol presence. Hints of espresso and grassy hops add just a suggestion of bitterness toward the finish. Pretty good for style but the honey addition pushes a bit too far to the sweet side of the scale.
06-23-2011 18:33:31 | More by merlin48
4.75/5 rDev +15.3%
Pours a small bit of light chocolate head which fades to nill. Black body with hints of mahogany around the edges. Head is somewhat rousable, with a good bit of alcohol legs.
Smells change a good amount throughout the pour. Sweet carmel, big roast, coffee, bitter chocolate, smokey in a particular way-maybe some peat or someting reminicent of a scotch ale. A bit of alcohol is definitely present as it warms.
Tastes like a big russian and american imperial stout combined. Bitter dark chocolate, dark fruit, sweet carmel, espresso/coffee, licorice and some smokey component. A firm alcohol warmth and slight taste.
Medium full bodied, low carbonation. Fairly thick and silky, which leaves the mouth coated with a big maltyness and roasty acidity.
Overall this is one big tasty stout. Quite complex and fairly drinkable. This was a great bottle to share with my wife. Great flavors and interesting with the scotch ale component that was not expected.
Thank you Tommy for this trade.
08-03-2012 01:05:28 | More by Homebrew35
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
Bottle purchased at City Beverage and served in a snifter.
Pours nice and black with a thin, brown head.
The smell consists of chocolate, salted almonds, black strap molasses, coffee/espresso beans.
Tastes so deliciously malty! This is brewed with honey and you can tell not so much in the taste but in the way the beer is ridiculously smooth. I'm getting lovely dark fruits on the back end... just as it should be. There's also a perfect amount of hops in this. It is slightly bitter and leaves a dry finish.
It's a little thin for an RIS and at 10.6% it's going to do a number on lesser folk. Those minor quibbles aside, this is a beautiful take on my favorite style!
08-30-2010 22:29:32 | More by rudylaw
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
2011 Vintage, thanks to mikesgroove for this bottle.
A: Pours a very dark color, if not black, almost. A light mocha head forms on top which reduces to a nice cap on top. Streaky and thin lacing.
S: Fantastic aroma, lots of chocolate and caramel. Can definitely pick up the honey. The chocolate is really nice in the aroma here, and dominates.
T: On the sweeter side for an Imperial Stout, could be from the honey added. Nice chocolate, both bitter and dark along with a little bit of roast on the finish.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks very smooth, no sign of alcohol at all.
O: Very enjoyable and extremely drinkable. One of the better imperial stouts I have had.
02-20-2012 02:33:27 | More by mdaschaf
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
"Ale brewed with honey" says the label. Off with the gold wax (meant to resemble honey?) and into the snifter. Pours an onyx color, and the golden foam doesn't stay on top long, thinning out to a stringy crown quickly.
The nose is simply fantastic. It's amazing how distant the 10.2% alcohol stays, while succulent dark fruit (raisin, grape, plum), chocolate syrup and earthy, grassy hops take the spotlight. Honey is detected, although only as a mere cog in the larger machine. Graham cracker and berry-flavored coffee too.
Flavor is a wonderful melange of honey, chocolate, alcohol warmth, grape, fig, graham cracker and just-bitter-enough hops. A little mineral flash adds depth. Chocolate, alcohol and hops stick around strongest in the long finish, while the honey is presumably the reason a sweet, lingering glaze pervades. Everything's just about perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel threatens to lean on the thin/watery and too-carbonated side, but just barely recovers with ample roundess, richness and stickiness.
So, exceptional aroma and flavor. A stout that grasps for world-class status but could use a more impressive texture. Psyched to have another big-beer brewery in the area (look out Duck-Rabbit!) [This is also a bit pricey, costing double what comparable Lagunitas and Smuttynose bombers cost, yet it's basically a local beer. What gives? Didn't influence my score at all though.]
03-31-2010 23:40:37 | More by Metalmonk
3.48/5 rDev -15.5%
Poured from a bomber into a tasting glass at the Goose Island gathering. Reviewed from notes, finally. Pours an opaque black with a small tan head, fades to a ring. Smell is kind of boring and simple - heavy on the grain, it reminds me of boiling wort with some honey and alcohol. Light hop aroma. Taste is very sweet, dominated by a plain two row type malt flavor with a bit of toasty malt bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky with a light carbonation. Drinkability is not bad, but a bit too sweet to have a lot of.
09-26-2010 15:34:44 | More by nkersten
4.53/5 rDev +10%
A - pours black as motor oil with very dense, thick, tall, dark brown head that has great retention
S - heavy chocolate, coffee, faint anise, black licorice
T - heavy chocolate, coffee, deep roasted malts, bitter finish, warm, faint anise
M - full bodied, warm, smooth, well carbonated
This is delicious. The flavor is on point. It's well balanced, bold, assertive, and incredibly drinkable for the ABV. I really enjoyed this beer experience. The perfect way to end another year of teaching!
06-12-2012 00:12:28 | More by tdm168
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
22oz bomber, gifted by blackie many moons ago
appeareance: cool label - gold waxed bottle. The wax was a beast to remove (enough with the waxing already). poured into a snifter - full mahogany body...pretty much no head to speak of
smell: dry chocolate, sweet honey, charred malt, espresso and cream
taste: espresso, roasted malts, creamy chocolate, rum soaked fruit, honey, fudge. This stout is light on the bitterness which allows the creamy body to display a nice profile of flavors
mouthfeel: smooth, creamy
09-06-2010 01:46:20 | More by dirtylou
Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.