Imperial Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery
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4.5/5 rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2014 vintage. Poured from a bomber with a gold wax top into a snifter, the beer is an oily, thick, smooth, jet black coloring with a halo of dark brown head. Looks beautiful. Aromas of rich milk chocolate, bittersweet baker's chocolate, rich honey sweetness, highlights of molasses and coffee, and some cream sweet notes. Amazingly rich and inviting. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, with a bolt of booze and honey on the forward tongue, followed by a velvety flow of milk chocolate, subtle mocha, and some earthy notes in the backbone. Very smooth throughout, with a subtle bitter and roasted edge that keeps things balanced perfectly. The aftertaste is rich and slick, with a heavily roasted kick on the chocolate and molasses linger. The finish is smooth and lingering, with a fading sweetness and subtly building warmth from the booze. Delicious brew!
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 02:31:32 | More by GarthDanielson
4.85/5 rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I rate this beer close to 5 and here's why:
Though not the most complex stout I've had, the 2014 batch I think is an absolute perfect example of an imperial stout. Unique characteristics but stays true to form. Lots of chocolate, a little vanilla, and tasting this batch fresh gives a good little bit of punch/bitter hop, which leads to honey and more chocolate and malt. All aspects of a good imperial stout are present and the blend is perfect imho. Not too sweet, well balanced, and just the right amount of strength. Thankful I'm able to enjoy this one on a regular basis.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 13:56:30 | More by bcp5296d
4.36/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip style glass. Liquid portion is dark brown to black all the way to the edges with no visible highlights while the beer is stagnant. When you move it around and sip it, you can see deep amber red highlights where it gets thin. After you pour the beer there's only about a finger length dark brown head. It sticks around for a little bit but eventually just leaves a ring by the glass edges and a couple spots on the surface of the beer. Nice coating effect almost like a grainy cough syrup.
Smell is good; everything you'd expect from a nice strong imperial stout. Plenty of roasted and sweet characteristics. Nice chocolate (rich fudge), and dark naturally sweet breads. Seems like there's a generous portion of some honey malts in there too, but it could just be the local honey that's said to be added. There's definitely a nice hoppy presence, some pine and overall there's a nice outdoorsy cool sweetness aroma to it.
Taste is freaking awesome, truly unique and I've never had anything quite like it before. Lots of dark roasted malt flavors. Again with the nice dark fudgy chocolate maybe a 55%-45% more bitter than sweet, but certianly both. Maybe the slightest hints of dark roasted coffee. Again a nice hoppy presence, a very well hopped Imperial stout in my opinion. The best part is how well the honey meshes with everything. I've had several beers that say "ale brewed with honey" but this is by far the best and you can actually distinctly taste the honey. It really does have a nice flavor of fresh, local honey. Also I don't know what it is but the word "local" thrown in front of the word honey or syrup always makes it taste better to me. This is a truly outstanding tasting imperial stout and very unique.
Mouthfeel is also really good. A nice lingering flavor that lasts. Sort of a heavy feeling on the tounge. Nice carbonation level, with a mix between smooth and gritty. Great drinkability though, nice sipper and a great beer to drink on a cool fall or spring day. Awesome beer all around; I'm really becoming more and more impressed with Olde Hickory. Thanks EasyReader for sending it!
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 23:45:14 | More by AndyAvalanche
Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.