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Imperial Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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359 Ratings

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 101
Gots: 124 | FT: 8
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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:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-06-2009)
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

03-19-2012 23:26:27 | More by MrMcGibblets
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

03-08-2012 23:33:13 | More by beerFool28607
Photo of Jeffo


3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of this one from jbeatty. Fun trade man; cheers for all the brews!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 20:34:40 | More by Jeffo
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:33:27 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of kif


4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 05:46:18 | More by kif
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-15-2012 20:25:50 | More by AndyTaylor
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 00:52:44 | More by WoodBrew
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-07-2012 22:53:55 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-02-2012 23:44:34 | More by danoeltico
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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 07:25:08 | More by corby112
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 00:55:29 | More by TurdFurgison
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-22-2012 14:33:32 | More by Mantooth
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3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 21:19:28 | More by myspoonistoobig
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

01-10-2012 19:00:29 | More by FullObs
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some red showing through when held to the light. Tan head falls to ring with some lacing.

Aroma is lots of roasted malts with big coffee notes.

Taste is roasted malts with nice mocha notes, coffee mingled with chocolate that is smooth. finishes with coffee bitterness and grapefruit rinds. Some light sweetness and dark fruity notes also mingled in.

Mouthfeel is only a big medium but very smooth.

Overall its good and enjoyable enough brew, not really awe inspiring though.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 18:56:04 | More by mntlover
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4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, thick gold wax seal, 2011 imprinted in the wax.

Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black. A bit of ruby red color around the edges of the glass. Nice head and decent carbonation.

Excellent aroma...powerful and pungent. There are notes of honey (bottle also states this stout as being brewed with honey), milk chocolate, anise, vanilla bean, coffee, molasses, wet wood, worn leather, and graham cracker.

The taste is very, very rich. Notes of dark chocolate, honeycomb, dark roasted coffee, bittersweet espresso, toffee, vanilla, raisin, and wet rolled oats.

This beer is a powerhouse. Not only does it sit high in ABV, but the beer is balanced, has a superb aroma, and tastes wonderful. The beer coats the palate, allowing some of the roasted, dense flavors to linger and be savored.

Overall, this is an excellent beer--one of the best I've come across in the style. It is big, bold, and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 16:03:25 | More by movingtrain
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-04-2012 18:59:16 | More by fantasyroach
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3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark as Night. There is very little head and when looking down to smell, I can actually see my face quite well.

Smell: Dark Chocolates, earth, some yeast all in addition to a great malt profile. Very pleasant.

Taste: Quite complex and layered. Initially, very much caramel and molasses; sweet but very good. However, the aftertaste isn't the best and kind of ruins my impression of the beer unfortunatly. I think just a bit too much honey that at 10 % ABV turns to molasses. I think this would be much better with some age.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly viscous, the carbonation is right on. Well done.

Overall: This beer has some great potential but there is just...something... that doesn't sit well. It's not the taste of honey, but the sugar is just a bit too much and makes for a bad sweetness at the end. The smell is great and the initial flavor is right on, but it's just the aftertaste that unfortuntly ruins the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 01:26:48 | More by cradke
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

01-01-2012 19:56:04 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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2.8/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage
22 oz bomber into snifter

A- Dark brown with a one finger, tan head. Very minimal lacing.

S- Roast, chocolate, honey, slight coffee, and a touch of hoppiness. Also getting some dark fruits as it warms up.

T- Bitter, which I guess comes from the coffee, chocolate, and hops, but usually in an imperial stout, these flavors blend, where here, the whole is less than the sum of the parts. Alcohol really becomes apparent on the finish, and not in a pleasant way. The dark fruits I got in the nose are not present in the taste.

M- A bit thin for the style, and lacking in carbonation as well. I feel that if more carbonation was present, the alcohol would be a bit more balanced, instead of overpowering.

O- If I ever tried this again, it would have to be aged at least a year or so, so maybe the alcohol would mellow and hopefully the flavors would come together.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 01:42:32 | More by hannydawg
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-31-2011 18:49:14 | More by acurtis
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-27-2011 13:49:52 | More by Lantern
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-19-2011 23:13:51 | More by wolfeman007
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-16-2011 01:18:39 | More by djrn2
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New York

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-11-2011 05:04:56 | More by alalvarez75
Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
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