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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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969 Ratings

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Ratings: 969
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 756
Gots: 375 | FT: 48
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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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

07-22-2013 16:28:11 | More by NCbeerfan138
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

07-31-2013 00:25:11 | More by brother_kenneth
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-14-2013 19:28:10 | More by NCBeerFan
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-11-2013 03:06:25 | More by beerandcycling88
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

10-04-2013 20:24:51 | More by adamant1912
Photo of Ivegotmule

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-21-2013 02:20:14 | More by Ivegotmule
Photo of kris_n

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-24-2013 16:52:04 | More by kris_n
Photo of coriswrasse

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-11-2013 15:08:15 | More by coriswrasse
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

05-26-2013 14:11:20 | More by laxer8811
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

04-20-2014 19:20:47 | More by gio540
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4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle poured...

A - Pitch black in color as you'd suspect, light brown head with a decent lace though not as much as I'd hoped for

S - Bourbon upfront with some chocolate notes and then a honey smacks you at the end

T - Just like the nose but even better. The honey rounds the barrel out perfectly. This is an amazing, amazing BA taste

M - A tad on the thin side but perfect carbonation levels, ultra smooth, alcohol hides well

O - This is truly unique and amazing. The honey rounds out the barrel amazingly well. The ABV hides and the chocolate and vanilla rise to the forefront. This is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 00:16:11 | More by rjp217
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New York

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

shared with yagman. very pumped to try this one for a while. big thanks to mikecharley for trading this one my way.

a - much like the rare we just finished, this beer is an oily black with no head at all. swirl of the glass builds a thin sharp looking brown head that leaves as quick as it arrived. lacing is pretty slick, but leaves some traces on the glass. has a really nice shine to it.

s - oh yum. smells of stout with honey. the honey adds a sharper sweet smell that rounds out the massive roastiness and chocolatey. barrel is evident, but the honey gives it a down home feel. almost a bit nutty.

t - barrel aged stout indeed, but there is a HUGE sweetness on top from the honey. it really compliments the stout flavors. i just polished off a bottle of rare and this beer is nowhere near as thick and the honey is a huge element of the flavor. really delicious and unique. the honey seems to really carry much of this beer.

m - again, very smooth and easy to drink. the honey gives the beer a walking on air type of feel and makes it very light and fluffy. the smoothness of the barrel is there, but coming off a BCBRS it is hard to find something smoother...but searching my memory banks through stouts, this is a huge winner.

o - overall, what a night of great stouts. from olde hickory to rare to event horizon...really all worlds apart and all incredible quality. this beer is world class and another that is worth the hype. the honey adds an incredible dimension that makes an otherwise heavy heavy beer to be silky and light. really enjoyable and a must try for any big stout fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 02:23:54 | More by cosmicevan
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North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just plain awesome.

A: Pours black as night with a 1 finger brown head. Leaves lots of lacing on my goblet.

S: The smell is very inviting. Lots of sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak and slight booze.

T: WOW. Bittersweet chocolate, plums, cherries, vanilla and coffee. This is really where this stout shines. It is amazingly delicious and complex. I would venture to say this is my favorite barrel aged stout.

M: Carbonation is right for the style and the body is thick and heavy, just like I like it.

D: I would gladly sip this beer all night. There are very few imperial stouts that leave me wanting more after my bomber is empty.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 22:38:52 | More by samtallica
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4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a bruery snifter
pour is dark with little to no head
smell is heavy chocolate you can smell from a distance
followed by toffee and sweetness of the honey
taste is overpower chocolate with a slight bourbon and sweetness of honey on the back end
if you swirl the glass it will coat the glass nicely it is thick but not overly thick
and has an intensely awesome mouthfeel
this is a great and enjoyable brew which I would definitely drink again

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 14:43:39 | More by mhksuccess
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4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peabody's in Boone, NC had the Event Horizon in their inventory. Thanks again!

A - Pours black with a slight medium brown foam. Light does not penetrate this beer.

S - The malts come through with hints of honey used in making this beer. A slight smell of sweetness and alcohol is present as well. I did get some slight bitter scent which must be the hops.

T - Bourbon, malts, hops, honey, and a sting of alcohol come through each taste which is awesome. An aftertaste of hops, bourbon, honey, and alcohol all with a richness of an imperial stout.

M - A great feel of this complex beer that it requires that time be taken to enjoy the taste, aftertaste, and the post aftertastes/scents that accompany good beers such a this.

O - I would recommend this beer to everyone and to let this beer warm some and if you can let it age in your brew frig. A definite must try! Nice job Olde Hickory, keep up the good work!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 22:58:36 | More by beerenjoyer1
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District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

This beer is black with a thin, beige head that leaves some good lacing on the glass. The aroma brings roasted malt, bourbon, honey, chocolate, and oak. The taste is fabulous - a wonderful barrel-aged imperial stout. Additional flavors of coffee and vanilla add to an already complex and awesome beer. Super smooth and creamy feel, with alcohol presence well disguised. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 03:23:04 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a hostile black color, nice and thick. It left a moderate rocky brown head which left bubbles, ring on the edge of the glass and some spotty lacing

S: Big dark and milk chocolate with some vanilla, oak, dark fruits and a nice little booze burn on the nostrils

T: Boom! Big bitter and roast, dark chcolate with some milk chocolate buried under the succulent layers of bitter, dark cocoa. A little bit of dark fruits, twinge of fusel alcohol and bourbon come to play. Vanilla, almonds and coconut are backseat. Some tobacco and wood duck in and out. The finish is looong and nice. Dry, sweet and decadent.

M: Big, full robust body lending a surprising tasteful staying power on the palate. That big bitter, dark chocolate and black malt really enhance this.

O: Amazingly good. The honey seemed to be buried under layers of flavor but i am not a big fan of honey so....worth the hype and wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 15:57:12 | More by barleywinefiend
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North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 12 oz pilsner glass at Olde Hickory Tap Room.

Appearance: Totally opaque blackness (a camera flash won't even penetrate it), with a 1/2 inch creamy tan/mocha head consisting of tiny bubbles. Begins to dissipate immediately, leaving lacing on the glass.

Smell: Immediate notes of vanilla, bourbon and oak. Slight tobacco aroma as well.

Taste: Complexity, complexity, complexity. Coffee, dark chocolate, hints of toffee and caramel. The vanilla lingers on the end.

Mouthfeel: It tastes as creamy as it smells. The carbonation is perfect for the style.

Drinkablilty: This beer can't be 8.5%, it drinks way too easy. I could drink this all night long, granted I might only finish a couple pints, but this isn't a beer that you would want to chug, that would be just greedy.

Overall: This beer is a gem! For such a limited release this beer could sell for twice its price. One of the best barrel-aged beers from Olde Hickory yet. For being so young out of the barrels, this beer is deceptively smooth. I wish I could drink this beer in one ounce sips per night over the course of a winter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 05:38:35 | More by HKYJoe286
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District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at churchkey as part of CBC.

Pours a super jet black with a nice tan head and pretty substantial lacing, looks very oily and delicious.

The smell is amazing and has tons of beautiful bourbon, vanilla, molasses, touch of sweet latte, honey, oak wood, and some fudge. Rides that line of imperial stout in bourbon and barrel aged strong ale, but it's delicious. Taste follows the smell to a T, with some extra decadent choco cake notes and more roast. Also some great honey soaked barley and amazing explosions of flavor from the spirit.

The feel is a little thinner than expected, but still great. I almost expect to have more alcohol hit me with something with this much flavor.

Overall this beer is great and so drinkable for something this flavorful!

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 20:27:46 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for generously sharing a bottle of Event Horizon at a recent tasting. I am now ISO of one, although the 900 bottle run might make it tough to get.

This beer is pitch black with mocha that quickly dissolves to a finely knit ring of lace. The aroma is earthy and mushroomy featuring the smell of freshly baked bread and a light whiff of bourbon. The beer tastes very creamy and light on the palate for a double stout. There is a hot chocolate quality to the roasted malt that isn't too harsh or astringent. It's not too sweet with a great drying oaky bourbon finish. As it warms the barrel character really comes out and you can really pick out toasted coconut.

This is a delicious beer and I guess the delicate menage of malt, roast, barrel and bourbon is helped by the low ABV that really allows the individual ingredients to shine and not be masked by the high alcohol or residual sweetness. This definitely lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 04:03:11 | More by Soonami
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South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle that was split with JackTheBear at Duckworth's after picking some of these up at the store into a goblet. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head that subsided quickly to a minimal amount. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, and honey. The flavor was of sweet malt, slightly roasted malt, slight alcohol, caramel, dark chocolate, and honey. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew amazed me. For this to be a relatively fresh BA brew it is very mellowed out to begin with. Olde Hickory says on the bottle that this one will stand up to aging and get better with time. I don't see how that is possible as this thing is drinking awesome right now. If this is true, some people are going to be in for a treat in a year or two. The flavor on this one is one of the most complex I have gotten from an BA stout to-date. Everything blended together very nicely and in unison. Damn good nose on this one as well. Only 1000 bottles and limited kegs, but if you get a chance to get some of this, DO IT! You won't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 15:57:02 | More by thagr81us
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North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler. First taste of this much hyped beer and i wasn't let down a bit. For not having huge alcohol content, the mouthfeel on this one was excellent, it had great texture but didn't come off heavy handed one bit. I initially thought I would only be able to have a glass of this beast but it was so smooth I could have drank it all day. Nice cocoa flavors with a hint of coconut and bourbon on the finish. Not boozy at all and everything in its place, this one lived up to the hype for me.

Serving type: growler

05-06-2011 22:57:14 | More by wino47
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4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of my Beer & Cigars BIF package - thanks mjmadden! (Enjoyment shared with 5 other people)

A. Pours black with a bit of creamy tan head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S. Cocoa with bourbon and vanilla with a touch of dark fruit (figs) with honey/ molasses sweetness.

T. Dark chocolate, bourbon, bright honey sweetness, dark fruits with more bitterness becoming more apparent on the tail.

M. Medium bodied with a medium level of creamy carbonation. A bit dry on the end.

D. I really like this beer; possibly my favorite from NC (over BA Sexual Chocolate).

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 22:27:22 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - As black as it can get. Small, mocha head, some mocha lace. Head leaves fast. Pretty. LIke an espresso.

S - Gazinga. Soy, bourbon, heavy malt, booze, wood and god knows what else.

T - Flavor only enriches the smell properties. A fine quality beer.

M - Heavy body, good carb, a bit cloying, but not too bad.

D - Excellent for one. Couldn't do it all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 03:43:37 | More by srandycarter
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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JR for splitting yet another awesome bottle with me.

Poured an inky black and looks thick as it pours out of the bottle. Got about a finger of dark cinnamon colored head that stuck around for maybe 3 seconds before receding to a thin ring around the edges.

The aroma on this beer is amazing. Getting hit in the face with big bourbon and oak notes right off the back with the sweet smell of honey kissing my nose on the back end. Roasted malt and dark chocolate and vanilla round off this amazing smelling beer.

Taste follows the nose to the T except the honey sweetness blends into the main body just to sweeten it up a bit. Great bourbon notes, nice chocolate coated roasted malt and smooth vanilla making up the back end.

Full bodied, thick and slightly chewy. Just enough carbonation to make its way through this thick stout to tickle my tongue. Couldn't ask for a better body/ mouthfeel for this beer.

Overall, this was a BIG TIME stout with a some serious kick. I dont know if I could really ask for anything else from this beer. I thought the honey gave the beer just the right amount of sweetness and I loved the big bourbon and oak characteristics. JR is knocking this tasting out of the park! THanks again!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 03:16:41 | More by dcloeren
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