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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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868 Ratings
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Ratings: 868
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%


Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Habmike on 12-08-2010)
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SeattleBeerBlog

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured a midnight black, with a dark tan head. Seriously dark, held a flashlight to it and it sucked the light in...like an event horizon, crazy cool.

S- Smells of Burbon, and good burbon at that. also has chocolate, coffee notes as well as some sweetness. I couldn't believe how much this smelled like Burbon though, reminded me of putting your nose in a glass. Fantastic.

T- Tastes of sweet burbon at first but quickly gives way to roasted coffee and Chocolate as well as a slight bitterness. The beer is a smooth rise and fall of flavor, extremely impressive, while the burbon makes you think alcohol it quickly gives away. FANTASTIC

M- great carbonation and mouthfeel, a bit on the heavy side like a Imperial should but still not cloying.

D- This is probably the best Imperial Stout I have had so far, perhaps even one of the best beers I have ever had, if not the best. Not for the timid or weak but this beer is simply spectacular. Props to Old Hickory, and please make more of this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2011 16:13:43 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Duckworths. Poured into a 8.5 oz goblet. Thanks goes out to Habmike for throwing this (a long with a bunch of other awesome brews) for the brothers appearance.

A- Pours pitch black with a finger mocha head. Dissolves quickly but leaves tremendous lacing

S- Smell is of rich chocolate, bourbon and slight hint of coffee. Wonderful.

T- Taste is very creamy. Nice chocolate flavor. Nice toasted coconut flavor and very slight bourbon, oak wood flavor on the back end.

M- Thick but not too thick. Perfectly carbonated.

D- Dangerously drinkable. Poured a couple while I was at Duckworth's. Couldn't get enough of it. The alcohol is very well hidden even though it's not a "huge" beer.

This is my favorite beer and can't wait til it's released again at the end of the year. IF you haven't tried this beer, do whatever you can to try it. It's worth the hype and some. This is the first time I've reviewed it on tap and it's worthy of all 5's, in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 02:05:56 | More by GehenHerzog
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lanamj

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Bottle served in a Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip.

A- Pores a nice thick black color with minimal mocha colored head that resides to a perfect lace with good retention. A perfect looking stout!!

S- As I pore it i can automatically begin to smell the chocolate!! Rich malts and chocolate dominates the nose followed by beautiful bourbon, vanilla and oak aromas as well. I could smell this one all day, yankee candle needs to makes the sent happen!!! It is a perfectly balanced nose, couldn't be better IMO.

T- More bourbon then the nose. In fact i feel the flavors are reverse then the nose. The bourbon, oak and vanilla are up front, as is the honey. And the chocolate resides in the end. The chocolate lingers well. A perfect tasting stout.

M- Nice and smooth. Very silky and creamy. Carbonation is perfect for a barrel aged stout. This again can not get much better!!

O- I felt last years Event was as good as it gets... I was wrong, it's this years!! What a great beer, not as sweet and more smooth chocolate flavors. I also feel what little tang was present from oxidation is not present this year. I love this beer and Im happy I live where I do.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 21:39:47 | More by lanamj
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Netdigger2

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is not for someone just getting started into stouts or Barrel Aged beers. If that's you, cellar it until you are ready. That said, this was a 2011 bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours opaque with brown head, lots of carbonation and lacing.

The smell is small batch bourbon, roasted malt, toffee, cherries or currants, raisins, possibly some tree nuts. It is outrageously complex.

Taste is good bourbon, roasted malt, cacao nibs, raisins, bread. Again, the complexity is crazy.

Mouthfeel is heavy, only cut by the barrel aging. Carbonation is high.

Amazing beer, different from the 2010 batch, but not necessarily worse-just slightly different nuances.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 13:12:31 | More by Netdigger2
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goveia75

California

4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Matt. Thanks so much!!!

Pours a deep space black with an incredibly frothy tan head that laced onto the glass beautifully. Smells of chocolatey goodness, vanilla, maple, honey, and bourbon. Taste brought out those same flavors, but the bourbon was a little more muted than in the nose. Reminded me much of a Founders Black Biscuit. Mouthfeel was very nice, though maybe just a tad less creamy than I'd have hoped for. But this is easily one of the best beers I've had this year. Holy smokes this was a frickin treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 21:54:18 | More by goveia75
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cardsfan

North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow, what more can I say. I just picked one of these up really because their was a limit on how many you could get. Ended up being my favorite beer. At 8.5%, it is super smooth and extremely easy to drink. While I love the BCBS, the 15% can sometimes be overwhemling whereas Event Horizon's % is perfect. Small and great colored head, fantastic vanillia and bourbon smell and the taste is exactly what you want in a bourbon barreled stout. By far my favorite beer and would love to get some more!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 14:15:14 | More by cardsfan
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fear025

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ncvbc for this extra!

Aroma:There is a huge chocolate aroma on this beer. Next comes a great bourbon undercurrent. There is also a little vanilla. This aroma is amazing, I must have spent 5 minutes just smelling it.

Appearance:Black, deep mocha colored head with OK retention.

Taste:The flavor is much like the aroma, lots of chocolate up front, and then comes the bourbon. The bourbon flavor isn't huge and hot, it's definitely there but well balanced. On the aftertaste, there's some vanilla and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel:The body on this beer is thick and creamy, and there's a little astringency towards the aftertaste. The carbonation is low to medium, but well suiting of this beer.

Drinkability:This is a wonderful chocolate beer that's smooth and really well balanced. There's not much age on this beer, but it's already amazing, and I can only imagine how this one will age.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 00:58:10 | More by fear025
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mrbubbler for this bottle, which involved an epic trade involving an Ivan vertical & epic CA hop-centric beers. Having really enjoyed the first two Olde Hickory stouts I tried, this was a must-seek. I miss that hunt - damn this endless trading break!

Nice sci-fi reference, & I like the stamp on the top of the wax; it's the little things that flip my switch sometimes. Pours black with a bitsy head that disappears faster than the tire-sized snapping turtle we saw leaving the beach today. The smell defines a barrel-aged stout like 'Showgirls' defines shitty movies: perfectly. Barrel, vanilla, tar-black malts, then that gorgeous lick of honey. I'm always loathe to take that first taste & be let down after a '5' level noseful.

The Event Horizon 2010 is a beautifully crafted big beer, & done without having to be 18% at that. Layers of good here. Chocolate is only the most apparent, but it's a nice, bitter chocolate that sets off the colors of the sweet malts & honey. And you can really taste the honey, unlike some beers that advertise it but don't deliver. The bourbon is subtle, creating a warming vanilla background. The fade is bourbon melding with the malts sweetness that sticks around like a sticky kiss.

A mere physical description of the beer's components, however, doesn't do justice to the package - this beer is a category-killer. Everything is in perfect balance, nothing overwhelms anything else, & each sip opens the flavors like a spring lilac.

Saying this is an excellent beer doesn't seem strong enough. One of the top beers of '11 for me & an elite entrant into barrel-aged stouts. Simply wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 02:54:15 | More by maximum12
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Busy Bee for the Raleigh Beer Week kickoff party. 2011 keg.

Classic black pour into a tulip glass. A bit disappointing was the complete lack of head and weak lace. Really the only thing taking away from this glass, though.

Nose is oh so good. Big chocolate aroma with a good hop character underneath. Musty tobacco, roast malt, dark roast coffee all combine with bourbon to yield a very complex nose. All the components work very well together.

All of the flavors picked up in the nose translate to the taste. The bourbon is a bit stronger than in the nose. Very dry finish with a good bitter bite from both chocolate and hop sources.

Medium body, not completely up to the complex flavors.

An outstanding glass of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 15:44:47 | More by beer2day
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Broanoke

Virginia

4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very surprised with this one. I was a little worried that the 8.5% would make this stout take a backseat to many of the other monster stouts out there, but The Event Horizon has very little short comings. Quite bold with amazing barrel characters, and the honey really helps provide a touch of sweetness to smooth out the beer. Very well worth the price point.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 18:51:48 | More by Broanoke
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humuloner22

North Carolina

4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this one fresh and aged from the 2011 edition. This review reflects the aged edition of this one. It was poured into my favorite imperial pint glass and allowed to open up to the air for several minutes. The color was dark and murky just like a good stout should be. It had a slight red hue but overall a pretty good indication of what was ahead. The smell was so nice a slight sweetness but also had a richness to it. Also you could smell the bourbon in the beer which I love. I don't know how accurate the information I received was but I hear it was aged in used Pappy Van Winkle barrels, which is the big chief in bourbon these days. That information alone shows that these guys know there stuff when aging beer. The taste was thick and inviting with a sweetness but not cloying. You could definitely taste some dark plum, dried fruit, but also coffee, toffee and the honey playing a subtle role in all of it. The biggest and most impressive characteristic was the bourbon. You could definitely taste the bourbon and oh it was so grand, although this does have a good bit of alcohol it is balanced well with the more prevalent flavors incorporated in this very complex stout. I would rate this beer as one of the best ones I have ever had in its category and look forward to trying some of the 2012 editions as I have a few bottles being cellared as this is written. If you can get your hands on this beer, whatever edition you will not be dissatisfied.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 16:29:57 | More by humuloner22
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque in color with a nice creamy beige colored head. Head lasted until the glass was empty and left soapsuds lacing. Very rich and intense aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso and burbon. All very balanced and working together as a cohesive unit. The flavor is very intense without being too much. This beer walks that fine line perfectly. The flavor is a mixture of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted oats and grains, and burbon. Thick, creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Man I wish this one wasn't so limited because I'd love to stock my cellar up with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2011 03:49:30 | More by wcudwight
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 22 oz. bottle with a drippy purple-black wax covering, stamped 'OHB'. Split in a couple of rounds with the wife and a good friend, all to small snifters, post-dinner. Sufficiently warmed out of the fridge, so low 50s serving temperature.

'Ale Brewed with Honey and Aged in Bourbon Barrels'
How OHB got away with the name, a blatant rip-off of the late 90's genre-busting sci-fi/horror classic none of us could figure...

A: An Abyss-ian black, a couple of the stronger pours displayed a swirling topping of muddy-tan cream. At best, they crested at a half-finger; a couple others were a bit less robust. Speckles of lace, nothing too binding.

S: Uncapping the bottle released a wondrous scent of chocolate and bourbon; we passed the bottle around just to savor before the first pour. Sweet coffee and ashy cocoa. Strong and completely enticing.

T: Incredible fudgy chocolate melds beautifully with creamy coffee and dark candied fruits. Right away S picked up raspberries, ripe and sweet. Bourbon isn't overdone; it lends a singed toffee sweetness and modest vanilla bean. Barrel wood is old, comfortable.

M: Amazingly rich and silky and sultry. Neither thick nor chewy and not overheated by alcohol or boozy bourbon barrel. If any flaws at all, I found it ever so slightly thin and a little less carbonated than I like - but that's some serious nit-picking. After a while, we all had to laugh about the ludicrous velvety smoothness, then we shook our heads and marveled silently.

D: Look, I've had some drinkable stouts (as in: "I really want to have this again" or "damn, where did that disappear to?") and I've had a few DRINKABLE STOUTS (as in: "I'd do things I may not be proud of later for another..."). This is the latter. Holy shit-delicious, perfect balance, incredibly smooth and not too heavy or boozy. Phrases were tossed around in our discussion during and after like 'ridiculous' and 'best ever' and 'bottled Nirvana'; I simply say 'wow' and give it the 5 it deserves. Three weeks into 2011 and this is the clear front-runner for New Beer of the Year.

We couldn't wait longer (can't believe cellaring would substantially improve this, but I'd like to find out); HUGE thanks to Metalmonk! More???

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 07:46:03 | More by msubulldog25
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kevinv

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to write this review for awhile. I'm reviewing from notes from a tasting a few weeks back. MASSIVE thanks to samtallica for giving me the chance to taste this treat.

A - Pours a near pitch black with the slightest mocha colored head which quickly resides to a thin rim around the glass. Not much in the way of lacing - slightly spotty. Looks inviting.

S - Wow. Huge notes of sweet bourbon, caramel, and vanilla. Smells slightly chocolaty with a nice roast. The honey becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Truly exceptional.

T - The first thing I notice is an extremely well balanced bourbon taste. Not too overpowering or understated at all, just the right amount. Rich dark chocolate notes. Molasses and sweet honey comes through strongly, especially as the beer warms. Very caramel-y with a slight astringent taste in the finish. A bit of a char lingers in the aftertaste. I have no qualms about giving the taste score a solid 5.

M - Full bodied, creamy, soooo smooth. Almost chewy. Low carbonation - perfect.

D - What else can I say about this beer that isn't said above? The alcohol is very well hidden. It's definitely a filling beer, but one that I would have no problem drinking myself over the course of an evening.

The Event Horizon was a clear standout among many other "big stouts" at the tasting. Job well done, Olde Hickory. Hype warranted.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 01:43:24 | More by kevinv
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Bung

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On te hand pump at Duckworths Park rd. Dirty motor oil brown, though some light does get trough. Light brown head quickly recedes.

Aroma, heavy molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, oak.

Taste, it's all there. Some more malty toffee here. Chocolates, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar. Earthy peat and barrel, Roast and cocoa makes an appearance at the end as well.

Big for its 8.5%. It takes some skill to brew something this good without just overloading the bill and making it huge. Maybe not quite full body, but coats great, and drinks even better with the slightly smaller size.

Spent a day drinking this on cask during the Duckworths cask event last year. Didn't disappoint this year either. Thought I was maybe over praising last year, but two years in a row is the real deal. This is up there with Bourbon County for the non-coffee bourbon stout.

Serving type: cask

11-27-2012 02:42:46 | More by Bung
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted On: 01-27-2013
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap with wax seal
Glassware: Wellington
Purchased: Single from Duckworth's, Charlotte

Picked this up at the 2012 Event Horizon release party in Charlotte at Duckworth's

Appearance is a jet-black beer, opaque, topped by a nice tan head that dissipates fairly quickly (not unexpected for a beer this big). Lacing on the glass is good.

Smells are big and bold, of sweet milk chocolate, dark roasted malts, strong bourbon, vanilla, and oak wood. Just a wonderful aroma...

Taste is intense, starting with a big hit of booze, then leading into the rich, dark malt grain bill, plus chocolate/cocoa nibs and vanilla. Perceived bitterness is very low.

Mouthfeel is smooth and luscious. Full-bodied with low carbonation. Finishes rich, with dark and sweet chocolate plus a hit of the whiskey.

Overall, this is a world-class beer in my book that hits on all cylinders. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 03:31:59 | More by sommersb
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Habmike

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the brewery consumed at Duckworth's in Charlotte. 1000 bottle production with 24 bottles held back at the brewery. Total of 976 bottles out there and very few kegs. Thanks Johnathan for dropping this beauty off.

Black as night to the very edge, no hues to speak of. Brown to dark brown head that dissipates rather quickly and replenishes quickly with a swirl. Scary looking stuff!

Smells of black strap molasses with a beautiful roast character and notes of chocolate.

Tastes quite delicious! Roasty molasses and dark chocolate with a touch of honey. There is a quick and slightly dry finish that is also very pleasant. Finishes quickly and while being aggressive the flavor is not offensive.

Moderately heavy mouthfeel. I wouldn't say the heaviest beer out there but quite viscous none the less. Absolutely spot on carbonation level. On the low side with a nice light sizzle. With the wax dipped bottles and this carbonation level I can tell this beer will be drinking very nicely in the future.

Speaking of which...Dangerously drinkable. The flavor does not wear on you quickly at all.

Overall this is an amazingly solid brew. Hopefully this will become an annual release!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 22:31:30 | More by Habmike
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by habmike at a dirty south tasting

Appearance: Pour is jet black, espresso head with some nice lacing as I quickly finish the glass

Smell: Very nice honey / Brown sugar sweetness, with vanilla, dark chocolate, and espresso with a bourbon backdrop

Taste: I really love the honey element here; lots of hershey's chocolate, brown sugar, sweet tobacco juice, vanilla and espresso; bourbon in the backend

Mouthfeel: creamy and silky smooth; perfect carbonation. I didn't taste booze or alcohol but I can't believe it is 8.5%

Drinkability: This was a highlight of the night beer for me (thanks habmike!). Such a great beer, it is clear they set out to make an excellent brew and not some enormous monster.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:01:59 | More by craytonic
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ROBORB

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: On draft and from 22 oz bomber this beer pours solid black with a brown 2 inch head that fades quickly.
S: The beers smells like a bourbon stout should with dark roasted malts, chocolate, smooth bourbon and some residual molasses.
T: The taste is what does it for me with this beer. You are assaulted with the aforementioned malts and chocolate initially. The taste develops into a nice vanilla/coconut bourbon that is still holding onto the chocolate. And finally it finishes sweet with the honey and chocolate following through. These guys did a great job of making something just complex enough and not over the top that it is actually very drinkable!
M: The mouthfeel is on par with some of the best bourbon stouts that I have had. The carbonation level seems to be just right but I would still like it to be a little more viscous.
D: At 8.5 ABV and the taste not fatiguing your palate this beer is very drinkable.

Kudos to Olde Hickory for a great job on this beer, highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 15:52:09 | More by ROBORB
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Joshuamcsee


4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of the 2012 release a week after tasting the 2011 aged a year.

A: Darker than a black steer's toucas on a moonless prairie night. Little to no head.

S: Dark chocolate, bourbon, and thick honey. Even the smell is rich. Reminds me of those little chocolate barrels of whiskey they sell at the Vegas airport.

T: The dark chocolate hits you hard up front, and the whiskey lingers. The honey is always there as a nice compliment. The relatively low ABV is hidden well. The charred bourbon is there but more as a complimentary sweetness than a bite.

MF: Not as thick as many imperials. Great balance: not too heavy not too light. Medium carbination for the style. Lingers for quite a while.

Overall: Damn. This is a fantastic beer. Definitely one of the best North Carolina has to offer, and that's saying something these days. After tasting this I bought way too many. A couple for Christmas presents, a couple to stash away for a year, and a couple to enjoy now. Pick a few up while you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 22:17:09 | More by Joshuamcsee
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Churchkey as part of the Craft Brewing Conference 2013. I had both a full snifter and another taster of this stuff.

A: Poured as black as night and with an oil-like consistency. That coupled with the fact that the head was only a couple of shades lighter than the liquid below it let me know right off the bat that I was in for a ride.

S: Nah, wouldn't say this was a bourbon bomb at all. It deserves more credit than that. The bourbon combined with the overall hop/malt profile produced something that was oaky, nutty, and even a bit fruity (dark fruit - dates and/or figs). Take high grade hot cocoa, throw in some dates and vanilla, then age that on oak chips and then take a whiff... You've got yourself some Event Horizon!

T: Cocoa laced buttercream frosting with oak. Simply sublime! Also, the finish on this was as smooth as silk and sort of reminded me of the first time I ever had a dark chocolate Dagoba milkshake at the Hershey's Chocolate World.

M: Ridiculous sticky lacing on this bad boy, not much bitterness, no booze detected, yet at the same time, the sugar was really dialed down to a very gulpable level. Remarkable!

O: Pure bliss in a glass. No need for dessert if you have this one around. Actually, come to think of it, there's no need for breakfast or lunch either.

Serving type: cask

03-29-2013 11:24:28 | More by Chaney
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kubrick215 for bringing this to our tasting.

Pours pitch black and comletely opaque with a two finger frothy dark mocha head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.

Complex aroma with a good balance of earthy hops, sweet alcohol, honey and bourbon barrel. Hints of earthy pine up front along with a nice, prominent bourbon character. Hints of sweet spirit and oak as well as a healthy dose of vanilla in the nose.

Viscous, chewy medium body that's on the filler end with lots of luscious, silky chocolate malt, a very prominent hop forward bitterness, earthy oak, vanilla, honey and almost the perfect amount of bourbon. I'm shocked how hop forward this beer ie with a nice combination of bitter earthy pine qnd sweet citrus notes. This is countered mid-palate by a sweet chocolate malt, honey and licorice flavor. In addition, there is the perfect touch of barrel aged notes, especially sweet liquor, earthy oak and tons of vanilla and marshmallow. I was expecting much more of a bourbon bomb but this beer is incredibly well balanced, complex and absolutely delicious.

This beer absolutely lives up to the hype and is very similar to '07 Darkness. I know this beer has high ratings but I was a bit skeptical going in. I have to say this beer destroyed my
expectations and is really amazing. Please drink this fresh to enjoy it at it's fullest potential.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 23:16:49 | More by corby112
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Macky20 for this one! Split with airohead2001 and Zpack. Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark black, like the rim of a black hole. Excellent dark mocha colored head that has moderate retention and great lacing.

S: I popped the bottle and was blown away by the melding of the maple and bourbon notes on the nose. A truly phenomenal smelling beer without being overly strong smelling. I get a bit of vanilla at the end.

T: There's prefect balance of everything that should be in a stout. The bourbon is more of a supporting role and is not overbearing in the least. There's great roasted coffee, some maple, and a tad bit of vanilla and dark fruit, though not much of the later two. My only complaint is that this is a bit too sweet.

M: At first I thought this was a tad thick, but as it warmed it was near perfect. Excellent carbonation and aftertaste let this sit on the tongue perfectly.

D: I could drink this all day long without hesitation. It's up there with bourbon barrel plead the fifth and rare BCS for the best and most drinkable bourbon barrel stout I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 00:17:58 | More by glazeman
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love the regular Imperial Stout and Irish Walker from Olde Hickory, excited to give this well rate brew a try for myself. 22oz bottle, 2010 vintage...

A: A perfect pitch black with a small dark mocha colored head that fades to a bubbly lace atop the brew. Good.

S: Smells of a great chocolatey brownie upfront. Reminds me somewhat of Black Tuesday in the scent! Some awesome bourbon notes quickly followed with some nice cocoa in the middle. A little vanilla and coffee notes on the backend. Awesome blend of scents. Very good!

T: A nice thick chocolate and vanilla blend upfront with hints of roasty coffee. Some mild chocolate bitterness in the middle with some cocoa notes on the backend. This almost reminds me of a milk chocolate bar. I get some lactose tastes on the backend. Nothing in this is overpowering other flavors. Very well balance. Awesome!

M: Full bodied with a great carbonation. A nice thick creamy finish. Not cloying at all. Perfect.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, a big standing ovation! OHB has really outdone themselves this time. This stout rivals Black Tuesday in the scent and is a perfect example of the style in the taste. The balance is incredible on this one. Definitely try one of these if you like stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 01:09:10 | More by steve8robin
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found a bottle of the 2012 release over the weekend and was anxiously looking forward to popping it last night. This beer is pretty legendary in our parts, and the mixture of several malts, 4 hops, locally farmed honey and aging in bourbon barrels is infamous. Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head glass.

A: Near jet black/brown, no turbidity but virtually opaque. Minimal head, first pour gave me maybe 5mm thin line and 2nd pour (a little warmer and more vigourous) gave be a nice 2 finger chocolate brown head which pretty minimal retention and some light lacing.

S: You immediately get the feeling that this will be a big boozy monster. You smell the honey sweetness first, but the bourbon notes dominate the nose. Nose is almost quad-like and says "buckle up".

T: Again you get honey and brown sugar sweetness on the entry, with a finish which is really driven by the charred bourbon barrels. It's nice and very elegant. This beer changes dramatically in complexity as it warms and opens up. First pour (cool) is really driven by honey and bourbon, but once it warms for 15 - 20 minutes you start to pick up lots of other layers: dry cocoa powder, toffee , caramel and vanilla. Almost each sip can be a little different. Really complex and intriguing. This is not a boozy beer at all, no alcohol burn, the nose is just deceiving in that it gives you that impression that you are in for a monster.

MF: Really slick, oily and viscous. Not fork and knife thick like some imperial stouts, but definitely substantial. Coats the mouth in a very sexual way which is addictive, especially near the bottom of the glass. I actually would have liked a bump more carbonation to release the flavors more fully, but I think subtle is part of the plot here.

All in all, A truly EPIC beer which lives up to the hype of being one of the best, if not , the best beer brewed in North Carolina. Definitely worth searching and definitely worth cellaring. Let it open and warm a bit for maximum enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 13:07:12 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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