Imperial Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
A: Almost pitch-black pour with a really nice dense light brown head. Fades slowly, leaving thick fluffy lines of lacing.
S: Loads of roasted malt. Particularly bitter coffee and char, backed up by a little chocolate. Smell of alcohol there too. Creamy. Hint of honey.
T: A little honey up front followed by loads of bitter roasted malt and coffee. Ends on a bitter dark chocolate note with a bit of earthiness. Honey lingers in the residual aftertaste.
M: Fairly heavy but not overly so. Smooth and a little creamy.
O: Not overly complex but the honey is a nice touch. Adds a little flavor and sweetness to an otherwise quite bitter stout (in a roasted malt sense). I enjoyed it thoroughly.
05-09-2012 02:36:23 | More by Dope
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
Picked this one up just over a year ago on a business trip to Boone, NC. Review is from notes taken on 3/31/2012 and poured from the bottle (2011 vintage) into a snifter.
Appearance: Pour is a little viscous, so there's some promise there as I feel most American Doubles are a little thinner than the Russian Impies. It's dark cola brown, near coffee black and starts with a short, 1/2 finger dark tan head that fades immediately to just a thin skim; as expected, it's opaque; a thin strand and a few scant spots of lacing are left behind.
Smell: I have to say I'm impressed by the smell -- upon cracking it the smell really wafted out and has a great "stout" smell; it smells sweet (perhaps from the honey? Although I believe it's hard to impart the flavors of honey because the sugars from it ferment so quickly) and there is some bittersweet cocoa and syrupy chocolate; slightly earthy roastiness is behind all the sweetness.
Taste: Very nice, I can see why The Bros. rated it so high. Just like the smell, it's a very sweet stout and has the baker's chocolate as well as some syrupy aspects from a Hershey bottle; there is a strong backbone of bitterness balancing out the sweetness and makes each sip enjoyable as it avoids being overly bitter or cloyingly sweet.
Mouthfeel: Body is better than most that I've had in the style and weighs in between medium and medium-heavy; carbonation is soft and not especially present; a thick, sticky and moist coating holds to the roof of the mouth and a certain grittiness on the teeth; belly is left a little warm from the ABV.
Overall: This is a super solid stout and I would definitely grab a few bombers of it if I saw it again; great scents and flavors and a mouthfeel that doesn't disappoint. The higher ABV will slow me down, and a whole bottle would be tough to kill by one's self, but to split it will make it that much easier.
04-01-2012 01:57:46 | More by bamadog
3.13/5 rDev -24%
Thanks to Readbaron for the bomber
Poured into a tulip
A-- Poured a dark brown and settled black. Just hints of ruby at the tip of the beer. Dark, one finger, mocha brown head. Good lacing with the beer as it left wisps of lacing and spotting lacing while drinking this. Settled down to a solid collar/ film through drinking.
S-- Malt, lots of malt. Chocolate, honey, orange, port, molasses and as it warmed a lot of soy sauce. Got really sweet as it warmed up.
T-- Orange covered chocolate with the above mentioned flavors. As already mentioned it got really sweet and soy sauce like as it warmed up.
M-- Medium bodied and low carbonation. Honey and soy sauce stood out in the body. Got really sticky sweet in the mouth and became a slow drinker.
O-- interesting at first and then got really overbearing. Too much honey and soy sauce. Needed more roast to carry the profile I thought. Interesting for a barrel treatment and kind of cries out for one to save the overpowering sweetness of the beer.
03-26-2012 11:57:11 | More by mulder1010
3.45/5 rDev -16.3%
Bottle of this one from jbeatty. Fun trade man; cheers for all the brews!
From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial stout brewed with honey
APPEARANCE: Very dark brown pour, slightly transparent, yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with good retention. Black body and medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp cap and coats the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves dots of lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Big, malty nose here. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses and some port wine. Espresso coffee and light notes of honey as well. Light touch of soy perhaps.
TASTE: Roasted malts, molasses and notes of honey up front. Pure honey, port wine, with some bitter dark chocolate and espresso flavors at the swallow. Bold and lingering aftertaste of sweet honey, bitter dark chocolate, port wine and a hint of soy as well. This is a malt bomb; lots of malty flavor with a touch of honey and bitterness trying to balance it out.
PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Not creamy enough really, goes down alright with a bit of a burn after the swallow and finishes pretty sticky. Some heat lingers as well. Very sticky sweet.
OVERALL: A solid beer all around, though a little too sweet perhaps, and the light soy notes were in the way slightly. Would appreciate a little more bitterness to balance out the sticky sweetness, but this is a solid effort worth checking out, especially if you like your imperial stouts on this side of the spectrum. I expect this would barrel age pretty well actually. Give this one a go if you come across it. Thanks again jbeatty.
03-07-2012 20:34:40 | More by Jeffo
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
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
2011 22oz. bomber received as an extra in a trade.
A- Black body with a very small dark tan head.
S- Lots of roasted malt, some coffee, and a hint of chocolate
T- This follows the smell perfectly. Roastd malt throughout with some bitter coffee flavors
M- Very smooth. I think the honey helps with the smoothness. Nicely carbonated.
Overall: Very drinkable for such a high ABV. I get no alcohol taste at all. I was hoping for some more honey taste, but I think the roasted malt hides it. Overall a pretty solid beer.
02-19-2012 05:46:18 | More by kif
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
02-12-2012 00:52:44 | More by WoodBrew
3.83/5 rDev -7%
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.
Robust dark malt aroma with hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, toast and oatmeal. The honey provides sweetness and there is a ton of sweet chocolate countering the roster notes. Subtle booze.
Chewy full body with a decent balance of deeply roasted dark malt and sweeter, boozy notes. Slight bitterness up front and slightly acrid with hints of roasted coffee bean, burnt toast, bitter dark chocolate and oatmeal. The honey provides fullness to the body and smooths things out mid-palate with some much needed sweetness. There's also some milk chocolate and a lactic presence balancing things out. Toward the end of the palate there is some sweet booze with a decent amount of heat. Still, it's pretty easy to drink at 10.6%.
01-30-2012 07:25:08 | More by corby112
4/5 rDev -2.9%
I had this on tap in Charlotte, served in a small (8.5oz) goblet. The beer is dark brown, close to black but not quite there. Thin mocha-colored foam that leaves dried rivulets of lace.
It smells really roasty, no sweetness from the honey (at least in the aroma). The roasted malt character dominates the flavor as well, tasty but sort of lacking the sweetness I expected/hoped for. It's really rich though, lots of malt in the bill. Well-hidden alcohol, and although at first I was discouraged by the small draft size I eventually was grateful. A little goes a long way.
01-26-2012 00:55:29 | More by TurdFurgison
3.45/5 rDev -16.3%
22oz 2011 bottle split two ways.
Thanks to Doug for including this as an extra in my first ever trade, a little over a year ago.
Appearance: dark, nearly black; tan head recedes, but lingers.
Smell: roasty with a hint of sweetness, but doesn't leap out of the glass.
Taste: tastes like it smells: roasted malt character, dark roast coffee, just a hint of sweetness (tastes more like malty sweet than honey sweet).
Mouthfeel: good carbonation and solid finish.
Overall: very nice stout. I don't think they're looking to change the world with this, but I did enjoy drinking it, and that's what matters in the end.
01-13-2012 21:19:28 | More by myspoonistoobig
Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
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