The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 252
Hads: 1,490
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 22.07%
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Habmike on 12-08-2010

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Photo of danh53
3.66/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black with minimal head and no lacing. Aroma is very inviting. Great barrel character with some smoke, vanilla, and I can smell the honey. Taste is bourbon forward with honey and chocolate. Honey is a nice change of pace compared to most BA stouts, but I'm not digging it. Taste chocolate as well as char from the barrel. Cola flavor is also present. Mouth feel is medium with low carb. Those who appreciate the honey will like this beer more than I do. Cola flavor is also a big turn off for me, but other than that, its very good. Love the barrel character and the aroma.

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Photo of slade
4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm bias as this one of my favorite stouts and it's readily available during release.
Nice thick and smooth mouth feel, sweet on the backend can really taste the sweetness of the honey. Doesn't get much better than this

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Photo of chefbrady
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

1/4 inch head. Pitch black. Aroma is intense bourbon and oak, medium cocoa and a sweetness I can't exactly pinpoint as a smell like freshly baked German chocolate cake. Body is surprisingly slick at 8.5%. Taste is wonderfully surprising as well. I agree with other posts to the similarities to BCS, vanilla, bourbon caramel, smooth as hell. Want more!

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep black...very minimal head forms and dissipates quickly.
S - Sweetness....honey, bourbon and chocolate. Smells very decadent.
T - Exactly as the nose. Nice sweetness from the honey. Notes of bourbon and some fudginess. Drinks thick for 8.5%abv.
M - Super smooth. Coats the mouth and throat with chocolate and honey deliciousness.
O - Really shocked at how amazing this beer is. Thoroughly enjoyed though the bomber is a bit much to drink by your self due to the sweetness. Will seek this out again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The only issue I had with the event horizon was that it was a tad sweet. It poured an opaque black with thin tan head that did not lace. The scent was Bourbon BABY...with slight hints of dark fruit and coffee. The taste was sweeter with great bourbon base. The mouthfeel was fuller....with not much carbonation. Overall.....YUMMY!

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Photo of Josh012012
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really reminded me of BCBS. I mean I swear that's what I was drinking.. but after getting half way through the bottle it got to be a but much where BCBS just seems to get better and better the more you drink.. now if I had only had one glass this would have been even more awesome.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer, especially for the ABV, it surprises you. Its sweet, like honey, but boozy and there are waves of vanilla and toffee. I really enjoyed this beer, a pleasant surprise!

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Photo of OneEye78
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep black with almost no head. Taste of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, a hint of chocolate and a slight barrel spice. A little sweeter than I like, but very well done.

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Photo of macher0
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip - 2014 vintage.

Pours deep dark with a toffee colored head of fine bubbles that linger for a moment but reside to a calm surface. The smell certainly develops as it warms to toffee/coco/bourbon infused oak with a slight finish of chocolate. The taste follows nicely with more bitter chocolate than before and a healthy dose of roasted malts and barrel. Moderate viscosity, and carbonation, full body and slightly sticky as it warms.

A damn nice BA stout, kind of in the realm of a BCBS in terms of body and flavors. I highly recommend this and will seek this out next year (maybe just another excuse to roll over to Ashville).

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Photo of Pencible
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like oak and coconut, with rich dark chocolate and molasses, and a little smoke and leather.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and smoky coffee, with some oak and toasted coconut and molasses and leather. It had a clean sweet and earthy aftertaste.
M: It was oily with some carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a great BB stout, with delicious scent and taste and solid body. Clean finish, and not very hot, so relatively easy to drink. No need to age. Recommended.

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Photo of M_chav
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - pours a deep black, small golden head forms -less than 1/4" - nice lacing
S - Damn, straight honey to the face - thick deep honey its strong and inviting - tons of chocolate
T - Holy hell this is thick, full body molasses/honey goodness. everything you want in an imperial barrel aged stout - vanilla cream, hazelnut coffee creamer was added, its must have been. Amazing!
F - Super smooth, coates the throat with honey. good for a cold, or a winter night, or anytime, this is great.
O - Surprisingly underrated in my opinion, this would stand right up against the bourbon county lineup if they made a honey/chocolate variant.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C1 12/17/14, 220z bottle poured into teku glass

A- pours thick and pitch black in color with a small foamy brown head that disappears almost completely, leaving just a ring around the glass

S- big shot of bourbon on the nose with notes of oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, caramel & barrel juice. Underlying aromas of dark chocolate, coffee & toasted walnut. I didn't think the honey would be noticeable on the aroma, but it has a nice sweetness at the end

T- heavy bourbon barrel opens up with big notes of barrel juice, toasted oak, melted caramel, vanilla bean and roasted nuts. Underlying hints of coffee and fig set up for a finish of more bourbon and chocolate, lingers of toasted coconut and caramel, with a sublet honey sweetness

M-medium-viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that finishes a bit chewy and warm

O- a bourbon forward stout, which is how I like it. Big and bold, with a subtle honey sweetness to balance it out, well done

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Joe. Thanks brah. Pitch black pour, small fizzy dark brown head. Huge anise aroma with some coconut, lots of bourbon and woody oak, roast, sweet chocolate, caramel, yum. Flavor follows with lots of bourbon and anise and settles into vanilla and caramel. Roast and chocolate are there, and there's an extra sweet tang that I assume is from the honey. Surprised how well this stands up to the barrels at only 8.5%. Rich body, medium low carbonation. Even better than expected.

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Photo of Ryanster8
4.96/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Caramel, cereal, lactose, whiskey, bourbon and chocolate. Amazingly balanced on the edge of sweetness with a little alcohol in the nose but none in the taste. If I were to guess this would be a 13%+ alcohol beer but is under 9%. Wonderful rolling complexity!

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Photo of zac16125
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
2014 Vintage

Thanks to themadhanner for sending this one over via trade.

A: Opaque black, less than 1 fingers width of mocha colored head dissipates down quickly and leaves essentially zero lacing. 4.25

S: Great nose. Tons of chocolate, fudgey, nutty, roasty, charred wood. Great balance of sweetness and roasted characters. I don’t get many barrel notes, but still excellent aroma. 4.5

T: Very sweet with honey up front, followed by roasted malts on the back end. Chocolate fudge, bitter coffee, a bit of booze. Barrel notes more prominent than in the aroma with oak, char, and vanilla. 4.5

M/D: Medium bodied, could stand to be thicker/fuller, carbonation appropriately low, drinkability is good but somewhat limited secondary to the big sweetness. 4.25

O: Excellent beer, the big sweetness reminds me of 50/50 Eclipse, with weaker barrel notes which gives it less balance. Sweetness becomes a bit much at times, a couple extra months in the barrel and this beer would be elite. Very enjoyably nonetheless. 4.5

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Photo of cducap
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was blown away by this beer. Silky mouthfeel. Tons of coffee and dark chocolate notes at the first smell and confirmed in the taste. The hint of honey is subtle but a welcome addition. An excellent beer that I wish I had more of.

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Photo of cvm4
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 12/15/2014

L - Pours very motor oil black with a 1/2 finger of dark tan head on top. Not much retention or lacing.

S - A decadent nose of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Some honey, marshmallow and caramel.

T - The taste really follows the nose to a T. Nothing more to be said here from me.

F - For the abv and considering it's not a RIS, I can't complain much. Medium bodied and low carbonation. Smooth body, velvety. There is a little heat, but it's not too bad.

O - For an 8.50% abv beer, this beer has so much flavor and brings a lot to the table.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this and Lindley Park with a few weeks of each other and I could not taste much difference between the two. I did not get the honey at all, but it was a pretty good stout overall

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Photo of tillmac62
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BOD 12/18/14. Pours almost pitch black. Normal head volume and retention for barrel aged, excellent lacing.

Nice rich nose of bourbon and heavy notes of oak and bitter dark chocolate over a light caramel coupled with plum.

Rich full body with a creamy texture that has an oily component as well. Light carbonation with just a hint of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is borderline World Class. It is intense, extremely complex and one of the most balanced BA imperial stouts I've encountered. It's only shortcoming, which is slight, is the lack of total alcohol coverage. It begins with a bourbon slap that quickly yields to a rich semi-sweet rush of chocolate. The middle is a light bitterness over a fading chocolate that allows the astringent alcohol flavor to manifest itself over a coffee note. As this fades into the finish, light plum notes appear over a sweet vanilla and bourbon background. The finish is slightly astringent and has a moderate alcohol heat.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imperial stout brewed with honey and aged in bourbon barrels. 2014 bottling poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is black, not terribly viscous, and a rough pour produces a rocky brown head which retains quite well. The first notes I get on the nose are bourbon and dark fruit (plenty of each). With the bourbon, I don't get the nice vanilla and toasted oak, just the residual alcohol. The dark fruit is nice and port-like, but I'd rather have cocoa, coffee, and maybe some coconut aromas in a big barrel-aged stout.

The beer is full bodied and has a good firm feel (a little oily - good for the style). The flavors follow the nose quite well. There is a little bit of tartness up front. It's not infection or off-flavor, it's the dark fruit that I nosed. Following the fruit are hints of roasted malt, toasted almonds, dark chocolate, burnt toast, some licorice, and ruby port on the finish. The beer is not liqueur-like (as some top-shelf barrel-aged stouts are). Rather, it tastes like a genuine stout ale. As with the nose, the beer has a lot of great flavor, but is not "bourbon-forward" in the ways I would like it to be. Nevertheless, there's a lot to like here.

Overall, a very good beer and one I enjoyed a great deal. Not one of my favorite barrel-aged double stouts, but very well-crafted. The flavor is quite complex (more than I thought it would be at 8.5%). Still, I prefer more vanilla and toasted oak and less dark fruit.

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Photo of barczar
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge notes of chocolate fudge and brownies in aroma.

Flavor is sweet, chocolatey, and rich. A guilty pleasure of a beer. This is incredible. Should age well.

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Photo of TK5150
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dense very dark brown/ black with hints of brown around the edges. A small beige colored head recedes to just a ring around the edge of the glass. Nice lacing as I swirl.

S- Liquid chocolate, natural raw honey (even has that weird stink to it), marshmallow, and caramel focused bourbon. Bold. Great aroma.

T- Mirrors the nose very well. The honey, marshmallow and chocolate really stand out in this one. The bourbon compliments everything with some presence on the back-end with some oak tannins and heat.

M- Full bodied and really smooth. Like silk.

O- I was surprised at how good this one was. I knew it was highly rated, but this is one of the best beers I've had in the past year. Packs a lot of flavor into an 8.5% alcohol beer. Great job Olde Hickory!

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Photo of JohnG190
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Jeffrey2310. 2013 bottle. Pours pitch black with no discernable head. Lots of chocolate on the nose with hints of bourbon. Probably the best representation of chocolate in a stout that I have come across. Chocolate dominates the palate with hints of vanilla, bourbon, and dark fruit. Full bodied mouthfeel that is bolstered by the utter lack of carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter, with a final flourish of chocolate. Overall, an extremely complex and layered stout that definately benefited from a year in the cellar.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and thick and oily. It has a nice bourbon nose with hints of vanilla. Mouthfeel is very thick with minimal carbonation. Nice sweet up front taste with vanilla and oaky roasted taste with a great bourbon finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enough of the barrel aged stouts out there. this is a sort of shut up and sit down to the millions of wannabes out there. i absolutely love this one. its rich and frothy in looks, dense and dark, and with a nose that is just insane. toasted coconut, cocoa, vanilla, dry chalky grain, and a whiskey smoothness thats incredible. love that its under ten percent abv too, which is great, allows me to drink a bunch of this. a real cool nuttiness too, almond and hazelnut, lasting, and going brilliantly with the whiskey complexion. rich lathery feel, lasting forever in the finish, but not ever really getting all that heavy. this is my first and only beer ive ever had from these guys, and the hype is real, i mean, this thing is just insane. as layered as anything, its as close to as intensely flavored as the bruery big ones like black tuesday and its relatives. half the abv or less, but such a dynamic beer. chocolate in the finish, oaky, memorable. i want a mainline of this one. one of the few beers where its as good or better as the masses say. a must

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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
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