Imperial Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

422 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 108
Gots: 134 | FT: 13
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:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-06-2009)
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Photo of myspoonistoobig
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.

Photo of FullObs
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of mntlover
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.

Photo of movingtrain
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.

Photo of fantasyroach
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of cradke
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.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of hannydawg
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.