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Imperial Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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376 Ratings

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 102
Gots: 127 | FT: 10
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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-04-2012 23:05:39 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and some sweet honey aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that makes it easy to drink.

07-25-2012 00:49:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-16-2011 01:18:39 | More by djrn2
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottle purchased in Winstom Salem prior to this year's Sexual Chocolate release. Shared at a recent tasting and served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours nearly black with a short mocha head and a thin collar after the head receded. The nose carries a good amount of the honey. Really as advertised there. Behind that was a good amount of chocolate and coffee plus a bit of roast. The flavor also carried the honey along with a pretty heavy chocolate presence. Light roast backing. Moderate sweetness and a medium body with light carbonation. Really a nice brew all around.

06-13-2011 22:04:16 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%

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

10-13-2013 19:19:46 | More by brentk56
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-01-2014 07:41:21 | More by zestar
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-31-2011 18:49:14 | More by acurtis
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South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%

Stopped in tonight specifically for this one as I just had to try it. They were serving a small glass in a snifter, and a large in a pint glass. I went for the large at 3.75 it was a steal. Consumed on 08/23/2008.

The pour was awesome, with a rich dark black, completely opaque with a nice tan head about an inch across the top. Excellent retention let this sit around for a good long while as the side glass lace thoroughly coated the inside of the glass.

Big notes here of roasted malts, smokey with a good bit of sweetness laying in the back. Some light chococlate notes, hints of maybe vanilla in there, very well defined aroma. The flavor blew me away, hats off to Jay on this one. Rich and thick, with excellent carbonation and a smooth creamy body. Started with a rush of roasted malts, rich, with hints of coffee and chocolate mixed in throughout. Very light sweetness in here now, defintly honey, but hints of vanilla interspersed with it. Soo friggin drinkable, wow, this was going down like candy to me. Rich caramel laced roasted malt finsih let it dry a touch but really just coated the mouth leaving the flavor to dangle in there for a good few minutes.

04-21-2011 02:04:57 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a finger of tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: A little bit too boozy on the nose, but otherwise, good. I get lots of bitter dark chocolate and roast with a pleasing vanilla note. There's a mild coffee aroma and some floral notes that might be from the honey or from the hops (which there seem to be a fair amount of).

T: Decently roasty to begin with, but there is quite a strong level of bitterness. The bitterness seems to come from the hops, roast, and some dark chocolate flavor. A mild coffee flavor to go with licorice and dark fruits which add a nice complexity.

M: The body is maybe a little bit thin for an imperial stout, but still in the medium range. The carbonation is also medium.

D: A little bit of booze, but pretty good overall. I like the level of bitterness which prevents the beer from being too sweet without being overbearing.

01-31-2011 21:55:59 | More by womencantsail
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-22-2012 15:18:36 | More by kjkinsey
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-10-2012 14:17:44 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-13-2013 20:38:00 | More by spycow
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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Pours out a dark body black in color with a small-sized, beige-colored head.

Smell: A boldly roasty scent to lift this tired, lonely drinker's spirits with striking notes of chunked bittersweet chocolate, a double-shot of espresso, and charred grains. Slightly lesser hints of vanilla bean and dark fruits.

Taste: Heavily roasty, heavily tasting of bittersweet chocolate, with a minor hint of vanilla. Like a top-notch, top-dollar mochachino or maybe fudge brownies. Roasty, earthy bitterness with a teensy bit of astringency. Some dark fruits buried within all this lavish maltiness. Late arriving molasses. Roasty, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Nicely chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Quite good, this one. Olde Hick's Imperial Stout is a force to be reckoned with.

08-12-2010 18:08:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

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
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Served in a Surly shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

The final beer of the night, the capstone to the SwillFest 2011 after-party. What a ride. It pours a bleak black-brown topped by a finger of dark-ish tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, acrid coffee, light molasses, balsa, dark chocolate, and brown sugar. The taste holds notes of molasses, decidedly sweet chocolate syrup, roasted malts, honey, acrid coffee, and molasses. A slight cloying feeling finds its way to the side of my tongue, but it is short-lived. The body is hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thick-ish feel. Overall, a very solid impy stout. 'Nuff said, frankly.

07-03-2011 20:07:11 | More by TMoney2591
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-09-2011 13:51:17 | More by JAHMUR
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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
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Cheers to Bitterbill one my most awesome & generous partners for hooking me up with a brew from my old stomping grounds! Great lacing & head retention

Pours mahogany with a finger+ of mocha head.

S: Vanilla, dark fruit, & dark chocolate & some noticeable raisin booze once warm

T: Dark chocolate, rum raisin, smokeyness & mocha up front. Mocha, a bit of booze warmth & dryness dominate as this warms along with a touch of herbal hops, plus some boozey raisins & plums. Finishes dry, a touch boozey with figs & mocha

MF: Chewy with assertive carbonation, starts to thin out a bit as this warms; then smooths out again. Turns a bit coarse, but very warming at the end

Drinks pretty easy, the ABV is noticable, but never runs over the flavor. One of the better offerings, plus a draft version of THIS I have had from these guys, I look forward to trying more bottled offerings from these guys when I visit the family.. Only gonna get better with age...

02-21-2010 04:00:04 | More by russpowell
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Bomber shared at the Goose Island BA gathering. The wax was a total bitch to get off. I liked the label though! Served in a taster glass.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of light mocha foam that settles to a partial cap and thick ring. Near-black body with some transparent brown at the fringes.

S - Mash and huge grain character. Honey, some light alcohol and earthy hops, baker's chocolate, hints of coffee.

T - This is one very sweet - guessing it's from the honey. This is smoother and demonstrates less alcohol than the nose. Again, a lot of barley, mash, and grain character. Finishes with bitter roast coffee.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, and doesn't feel that Imperial for some reason. Finish is dry and tannic, even though this isn't barrel-aged.

D - Decent, but perhaps a bit overrated by the beer-deprived locals. I liked the honey, but I wish the grain had a bit more dark roast character to keep this from getting a little cloyingly sweet.

09-04-2010 00:52:21 | More by MasterSki
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Is this the beer made with local honey? Thanks go out to Thorpe for bringing beer to a baby shower. Thanks!

Shockingly this beer is black with a tiny head with low retention and mild lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is floral and sweet, this is the one with honey in it, you can smell it, or that might be honey malt. Nice malt aroma with a hint of smoke / roast.

Beer is medium to heavy bodied, very sweet up front with the flavors of the honey and flowers (clovers?) in the midpalate of the beer. The finish is moderately bitter with roast, no detectable hops. A really nice stout. Big, heavy, sweet, honey. There's the billboard.

06-17-2011 15:42:19 | More by drabmuh
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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks to Tom for sharing.

Super thick and syrupy looking, thicker than molasses that seems to stain the glass. Pours a light fizzy darker head that fades fairly quickly.

Nose super dark rich roasted malt, tons of dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, caramel, and nutty dark malts, a slight acrid roasted malt, a hint of chewy oats, and a bit of booze.

Taste light roast, less than I expected, and just a bit of acrid over roasted malt and soy sauce. Lots of super dark chocolate, light coffee, quite bitter, lots of earthy spicy hops, thick and viscous, some booze warmth and bit of tingle. As it warms a bit of cocoa, mocha, caramel, vanilla, and touch of honey come through, finally on the honey! Finish is a long, quite bitter, mouth coating viscousy, rich, dark, chocolate and mocha, roast and coffee, hint of acrid roast, and earthy spicy hops all linger for, what seems like forever.

Mouth is rich and thick, syrupy, some warming booze, decent carb.

Overall nice, not quite up there with Abyss or similar, but I would put it above fresh Darklord or Darkness (not aged but I need to try this aged as well to compare). Nice malts, lots of roast and dark chocolate, just a bit of acrid over roasted soy sauce but fairly light in comparison, and a bit of warming booze. Well done.

08-12-2012 03:16:35 | More by jlindros
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3.76/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

03-30-2013 11:00:16 | More by Rifugium
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-08-2014 03:59:10 | More by oline73
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-06-2012 19:28:43 | More by mendvicdog
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-21-2011 18:08:16 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
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