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Imperial Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

381 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 103
Gots: 132 | FT: 11
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by WoodBrew:
Photo of WoodBrew
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Olde Hickory Imperial Stout is a big beer. The beer poured a pitch black with tan head which did not lace....I'm assuming because of the sweetness. The smell was honey balanced with slight roast and coffee. The taste was very sweet from the honey with some big malt, roast balance. The mouthfeel was a full body beer with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a good beer but it is not for everyone. You better like sweet big beers.

WoodBrew, Feb 12, 2012
More User Reviews:
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
Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -3.1%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Schlais, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Spaten454
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, May 17, 2010
Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

merlin48, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Homebrew35
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 bomber

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.

Homebrew35, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of mrw1zard
4/5  rDev -3.1%

mrw1zard, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Mantooth, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of TKEbeerman
4/5  rDev -3.1%

TKEbeerman, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

williamjbauer, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of rudylaw
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

rudylaw, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.1%

acurtis, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Beerontwowheels
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Beerontwowheels, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

mdaschaf, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"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.]

Metalmonk, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of king75
4/5  rDev -3.1%

king75, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of twowheelssoar
4.5/5  rDev +9%

twowheelssoar, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of nkersten
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

nkersten, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +21.1%

jh1982, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

tdm168, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Sep 06, 2010
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Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.