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Imperial Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

333 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 333
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%


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)
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Bung

North Carolina

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

22 oz. A brownish black pour, half finger of tan head. Retains very well though. Just a little bit of lacing.

Aroma has a good dose of roast, mostly malt hint of coffee. Dark chocolate and molasses also.

Taste is sweeter. Lots of malt and molasses, the honey is also apparent. Some anise, and chocolates. Hops make some appearance in the finish along with a bit of anise and coffee.

Medium bodied, no alcohol. Carbonation is good and allows it to coat the mouth pretty well.

Thought The Event Horizon was a bit sweet, this one is slightly sweeter than that. More roast here, but the barrel in Event added something to offset the sweetness a bit. Still good, but prefer the Event or even the Hickory Stick.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 03:39:13 | More by Bung
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a Hopus tulip pours a deep opaque black with a decent off white head. Aroma is roasted malts and a bit of molasses. The taste is loads of smooth roasted malts, bitter cocoa, molasses and a bit of coffee. The beer is medium bodied with mild carbonation. This is a very enjoyable Imperial Stout, while it's no Event Horizon, it's still great.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 02:44:02 | More by atsprings
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womencantsail

California

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 21:55:59 | More by womencantsail
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beerenjoyer1

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend of mine gave this beer while was visiting in Charlotte, NC. The Olde Hickory Imperial Stout is a really good beer. The appearance is dark as a good stout should be with a small foam. As one drinks this beer it drains with "legs" almost like a hoppy beer. The smell is very good with lots of complexity with hints of coffee and chocolate. The taste is big, with robust flavor with a hint of honey in the finish. This beer is big in drinkability and mouthfeel and the imperial Stout from Olde Hickory is super. I look forward to getting some of this beer home.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 01:34:22 | More by beerenjoyer1
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Brawley's

Appearance: Jet black pour, enormous mocha head. Beautiful lacing. This one looks great!

Smell: Lots of roast, too much for me but I don't like roast, along with some coffee, bitter chocolate, and vanilla

Taste: Again lots of roast, bitter chocolate, espresso and vanilla, perhaps with some toffee. I don't really notice the honey here like I did with event horizon. In fact, I much prefer event horizon. I think I may be getting some malt as well, like in a malt ball.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit chewy.

Drinkability: Due to the roast aspect I couldn't down this one like I could event horizon.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 03:14:53 | More by craytonic
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A bomber purchased from Brawley's (it's becoming a pleasant theme because Mike is the absolute man) poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- Deep, opaque black, with a very small tan head. Not great but solid.

S- Smells of chocolate but it is really a very subtle smell. Not a whole lot here but smells good. The alcohol is noticeable in the scent.

T- Tastes of chocolate up front. In the back end I get a good amount of coffee and ends with a nice flavor of honey.

M- Thick, smooth and very little carbonation.

D- the 10.2% abv is dangerously hidden. It goes down smooth as if there is no alcohol at all.

Again, another great product from Olde Hickory. I have had 1 miscue with OH and the others have been phenomenal. I only purchased one but I think I will be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 01:03:00 | More by GehenHerzog
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blackie

Virginia

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

a: unibroue tulip, the beer is - not surprisingly - pitch black in color, sporting a lightly retained rusty-mocha head

s: big chocolate roasted barley nose, sweet burnt sugars and dark fruits underneath, maybe even some honey pulling through, mild alcohol, very nice

m: carbonation low, smooth and silky, with a medium-full body that glides across the palate, satisfying

t: lots of rich, full roast flavors, dark chocolate barley, extremely chocolaty, espresso, beginning sweet but moving towards astringent roasts in the second half creates a nice contrast, dark fruits and burnt sugars persist underneath the roast load, hops mild, honey mostly lost in the mix, quite tasty

d: easily drinkable with very little booze heat - even consumed at room temperature, a roast bomb of an imperial stout - it's a very good IS, just don't think it has the depth for higher scores

bomber from Bruisin', just around a year old

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 07:10:24 | More by blackie
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Minnesota Snowstorm 2010. Car's stuck in 15" of snow and seems like a perfect night to crack this bottle from my SE travels. Poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Jet black with a small tan head that's easily revived.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, old coffee, raisin and black currants.

T: Dense charred malt grabs your attention initially. It's also a very sweet and fruity stout, with raisin and berry flavors. Honey is very noticeable along with licorice and a touch of leafy hops.

M: Thick and sticky with a low level of carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good stout. A little fruity for my tastes, but would definitely purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 05:56:39 | More by GeezLynn
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, its cap encased beneath a glittery-gold waxen substance that is tougher than Fort Knox to break into - 'OHB' stamped on top. Poured to a snifter after warming 15 minutes or so. Big thanks to Metalmonk for the springtime send...only took 6 months (worth the wait)!

10.6% Alc/Vol on the label. The front features a crowned brown bear, filled glass in paw, befriending/harrassing a hive of busy honeybees. Worth a mention: Imperial Stout - 'Ale Brewed with Honey'. NOW the label makes sense!

A: Just as pitch black as you could possibly ask for in an Imperial Stout; held to a strong light a scant bronze fringe shows. Head isn't much to get excited over; it barely covers at its best then cowers at the edges as a simple cream ring, pencil-thin. A speck or two of lace.

S: MMM...rich nose of plump sweet berries buried in dark chocolate. Vanilla-honey is pronounced at times, an intriguing sweet and floral nose. Back to the berries: a slight tartness, a lurking earthy twang.

T: Loads of dark chocolate: dirty, earthy, gritty and dry. At some point this skews more toward 'spiced coffee' - roasted French Press with a dash of cinnamon. If you like a coffee-roast in your stout, you'll love this. Any 'honey' here seems incidental: don't expect lots of sugar and sweetness. There's a grassy 'clover' side, but it hardly stands up to the charred blackness.

M: Velvety smooth and sufficiently coating feel. Very subtle booze, nothing 'hot' here just a slowly warming blanket. Thick, chewy, but not oppressive. Just impressive.

D: Quite tasty, although a little heavy on the bitterness (in the finish) and equally weight on the alcohol. Trust me, I'd love to have this again, it's just a slow sipper that goes a long way. Excellent choice, Jeff...and props to Olde Hickory.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 04:45:46 | More by msubulldog25
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The thought of a big stout with honey kind of turns me on, so I stuck this on my wants list. Lo & behold, not long later the generous mjmadden places one gently in a box, wraps it with 3 1/2 pounds, & ships it to me in an excellent BIF. My first taste of Olde Hickory.

Pours black. Ring of thin, persistent capping. Veery, veery easy on the nose. The sweetness of the honey is readily apparent, & there's almost a roasted, porter-like quality to it. Smells lighter than a big stout, although that doesn't make any sense.

This, like, totally rules man! Whomever thought to put bee-puke into a blacker-than-tar stout really had his/her thinkin' can on. First impression isn't even on taste, but how ridiculously smooth this is, almost like an alcoholic, old-fashioned cream soda. I have to linger on that for a while...wait with me.

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OK. After such extraordinary mouthfeel, I can almost concentrate on the taste, but it's hard. Creamy chocolate, B flat of roast, rolled spoonful of good honey thrown in. A nice, developing spike of bitterness glides in at the end, a brief dosing of hops, & the quiet alcohol bite is almost reminiscent of rum splashing about the glass.

I gotta go excellent on this puppy. For me, it's defined by one of the most sophisticated mouthfeels I've experienced, a beer that politely enters your throat after wiping its feet, asking permission, & complimenting your wife. Very glad I've tried it, & looking forward to the other bomber from the brewery, too.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 02:19:18 | More by maximum12
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Bruery tulip, purchased in Asheville back in May and cellared downstairs since. I've been looking forward to this one for awhile.

Pours pitch black top to bottom, with very little in the way of head or lacing. Nice legs.

Nose is really nice - intense notes of dark fruits and burnt sugar, with a bit of deeply roasted malt and just a bit of char. Wee bit of alcohol comes through as well. I can almost talk myself into getting a bit of honey out of there also, but that may be me persuading myself.

Taste is nice; big on burnt sugar and those same dark fruits. Alcohol pops through as well. Just a bit of an ash quality under there, roasted bitterness lingering on the finish. Pretty tasty, though not what I'd consider to be the most well-rounded of stouts. Still, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is the major weak point of this one - thin, a bit undercarbonated and what's there is a bit too sharp, and even a bit sticky on top of that.

Drinkability is ok; alcohol is fairly well hidden, and there's a decent balance between the sweet and burnt aspects that is interesting, even if not my favorite take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 01:34:22 | More by JohnQVegas
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nkersten

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 15:34:44 | More by nkersten
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dirtylou

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:46:20 | More by dirtylou
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 00:52:21 | More by MasterSki
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 22:29:32 | More by rudylaw
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 18:08:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

SPlitting this beer wit fish113d.
Poured at room temp into a pint glass.
The beer pours a deep cola brown with minimal tan head foaming up and fading quickly to nothing.
Aroma is rich dark chocolate, espresso bean, roasted malt, some brown sugar/molasses, and a bit of plum or other dark fruit. Very appealing on the nose!
First sip, reveals an average body with a slightly chewy texture, enjoyable here, without much carbonation either.
Flavor is rich dark cocao chocolate bars mixed with raisins and dipped in a shot of espresso. Very roasty and all malt hits. A bit of booze on the finish that reminds me of the 10.2% but otherwise this is dangerously and deliciously drinkable beer!
I didnt know what to expect coming in but highly recommend this beer to anyone thinking about purchasing a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 01:22:34 | More by sulldaddy
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 02:25:18 | More by Jason
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extra in a trade. Sounds like a winner so, let's see.

A: Bottle describes this as blacker than night. Eh, I do not agree. It's very dark with ruby highlights around the edges. Tiny mocha colored head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing on the glass. Nothing special.

S: Smell is phenomenal. Sweet wood oak blended awesome with nice tart raisin and a slight snake bite from the booze. Creamy dark chocolate in the middle with hints of espresso on the backend. Very good.

T: Bitter creamy milk chocolate upfront blended with sweet vanilla malt. Bitter hop in the middle with espresso and raisin blended on the backend. Good.

M: Leaves a nice sticky creamy flavor on your palate. Very good carbonation blend.

D: Goes down very easy. Very good here.

All in all, this brew turned out much better than expected. A good stout. Worth hunting down. Not in the world class department, but definitely one to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 01:06:05 | More by steve8robin
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CosmoHopHead

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours super black with a thin, light brown head.

S: I get hints of chocolate, espresso, almonds, molasses, dark fruits. Yum

T: mmm....tasted like delicious. Roasted malts, molasses, chocolate, espresso. The honey isn't really noticeable but it is nicely sweet so I'm guess that's the honey coming through.

M: feels a tad light for an imperial stout but still very good. good carbonation

D: considering it's 10.2% abv it's insanely drinkable. went down very easy and was great from start to finish. I really loved this beer.

One of the better Imp stouts I've had in awhile. I would highly recommend to all.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 01:07:29 | More by CosmoHopHead
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from izecold88 in a fantastic trade... Thanks Manny!!! 22 sealed with a fucking ridiculous gold wax... seriously.. if the cap doesn't fit right, this wax will probably seal the deal, but... most waxing is a joke (if the cap is leaking, O2 is going to get in) .. this wax took sharp knives and dedication to find the cap... I guess I forgive and am thankful I survived with no wounds.

2 finger tan head.. great retention and lacing... very pretty.

Nose is chock full of all the traditional IS aromas.. roasty without going overboard

dark cocoa and some mild fruitiness that resembles dark cherries.. dark malts are plenty present yet never verge on charcoal.. nice.. well made. and some background citrus hops.

Flavor is a bit different.. there is some metallic quality that plays mid palate through the finish.. Hops are definitely present.. citric American hops mesh into the mix and into the finish.. dry cocoa with some sweetish malt pulls everything together..

Pretty big body really.. carbonation seems a tad light but adds to the overall presentation.. like a black velvet.. nice..

The "honey" stuff on the label has to be a marketing ploy.. honestly, this could probably use more honey to dry it out a bit and ramp down the body... but there is no "honey" quality that escapes all the dark malts... very well made... The metal notes got to me after a bit and I did drop my numbers because they were a bit unwieldy..

Thanks a ton Manny for the excellent trade.... we must do it again.. A man can never have too many contacts in the emerging South East.

4.5/4/4/4.5/4

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 09:06:52 | More by JohnGalt1
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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.]

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 23:40:37 | More by Metalmonk
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pour pitch black with a nice mocha colored head. Its beauitiful but looks like it could be slightly thicker.

S-Espresso, dark chocolate, hint of brown sugar and dark fruits, alcohol, and some molasses.

T-Rich and creamy dark chocolate, espresso, cream, alcohol, and roasted malt. There is also a trace of hops. I can't taste the honey specifically, but it has some alcohol sweetness and leaves a slight alcohol burn in my throat. Its taste is phenomenal and like all great Imperial Stouts it leaves you begging for another sip.

M-It just seems a little thin. I would like it to be thicker and more rich.

D-I love this beer. It tastes delicious, but its complexity and high alcohol content make it a sipper.

Overall, this is a classic example of the style. It has so much depth. I suggest lovers of the style buy some and savor every sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 21:37:33 | More by thegodfather2701
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tpd975

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black with a small tan head.

S: Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and bold roast.

T: Roasty as hell, with notes of bitter chocolate, char, light over roasted coffee, and bitter hops in the finish.

M: Medium smooth, bitter finish.

D: Good, real solid beer, very nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 03:19:48 | More by tpd975
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark, almost pitch black beer that lets virtually nothing through. the head is a dark khaki color, thick and creamy looking. it has very solid retention and leaves a great lacing on the glass. damn near perfect, I'm teetering between the 4.5 and 5.0.

S-the nose is big and tasty, roasted coffee mixes with a hint of molasses and a nice nose of dark chocolate with a mix of vanilla. A touch of sweet dark fruits make a small appearance at the very end, extremely faint and brief though.

T-the taste is quite big and very good! tons of dark chocolate, roasted coffee notes blend in with a hint of vanilla extract, a light sweetness comes in at the very back, dark fruits set in as it warms tasting of rum soaked raisin showing a little signs of booze.

M-pretty full body, not that thick but solid base. perfectly carbonated, smooth and creamy. a little dry at the finish.

D-well balanced, big flavors, some notes of booze in the taste, a little hot at the back but not much. solid body and nice and smooth. very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 01:11:19 | More by cpetrone84
Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.