The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,425 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,425
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.17%
Wants: 814
Gots: 482 | FT: 75
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Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
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 WillCarrera
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Churchkey, served in a snifter.

A- Pours black with a thick layer of creamy, mocha head, has great retention and some spotty lacing.

S- Goddamn this smells delicious. Has a great aroma of creamy milk chocolate, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, some barrel, and an awesome honey aroma. The chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and honey are all amazing and create a sweet, but not at all cloying, aroma. This is really fantastic.

T- Nice chocolate and honey sweetness, accents of vanilla, caramel and bourbon. There's a bit of roastiness, but it's mostly this great, smooth sweetness.

M- Full-bodied, has moderate to low carbonation with a soft, smooth feel and a tiny bit of alcohol warmth.

O- I love this beer. The flavors are blended very nicely and are all delicious. It also has a huge amount of flavor for 8.5%, it's complex and tasty enough to sip at but I could happily have finished off a bomber of this on my own. I need more of this beer.

Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color.

The aroma has tons of honey sweetness along with a bit of bourbon and barrel, but mostly sweet chocolate and roasty malt.

The flavor follows of chocolate fudge, a bourbon barrel vanilla sweetness, along a lingering honey sweetness.

The body is nice and creamy.

This is a really solid beer. Not too much barrel character, but well made and that honey note is very interesting.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle into a snifter. cant believe ive never reviewed this before

Pours a pitch black with a nice beige head that becomes bigger as you finish the pour..weird phenomenon. very big bourbon on the nose...as well as some sweet malt notes. youd think this was a huge ABV beer from the nose! the taste is so smooth. Huge bourbon flavor at first then a huge amount of chocolate and you can definitely taste the honey too. god damn this is so smooth though. its amazing its only 8.5% ABV! tastes higher than bourbon county honestly! very full bodied, creamy feel too. mild carbonation.

overall its better than bourbon county. and at 8.5% you dont pass out from 1 bomber, haha. so so good.

Photo of Crass3000
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black as night with a nice small brown head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is nice chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and a tiny bit of dark fruits. Taste is just as amazing. Awesome chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits, and a really nice tiny hint of bourbon in the background.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. Poured into a snifter, the beer is jet black, like oil, with a chocolate brown head that sits dense and foamy on the surface. Beautiful. Aromas of rich molasses, old world fruit, roasted coffee, booze, raw honey, cream, vanilla, and woody highlights. Very heavy, layered nose. Flavors are rich and smooth, with an immediate blast of booze and warmth. Wow, this is a beast. Black strap molasses, cocoa nibs, cream, and booze all blend for the initial wave across the taste buds. You also get a solid measure of old world fruits, such as dates and raisins. Extremely dynamic. Wood and vanilla imparts can be picked up throughout, and the warmth continues to build. This is velvety smooth with every sip, although extremely heavy, as well, making you work for the enjoyment you are receiving. Nothing worth having comes for free. The aftertaste has a bit more bitterness to help balance, with more of the chocolate notes coming forward to balance all the rich sweetness, including the continued raw honey highlights. Very nice. The finish is smooth, with a slightly sweet linger that avoids cloying, and just begs you to continue drinking. Can't wait to see how this bad boy ages!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle thanks to lanamj.
22oz bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with only a few dark brown bubbles forming around the edges.

S - Strong bourbon hits me first, then some nice chocolate and oak.

T - The strong chocolate hits me hard here, then some anise, slight bitter coffee, and a nice bourbon finish.

D - A ver smooth drinker, but a slight bitter after-taste.

O - Great. A bourbon and chocolate delight. Who could complain about that.

Photo of bballmj2k
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage - released in November, only a few months old now.

A - Solid oil black with a really dark brown head that lingers with great lacing.

S - I love the way this beer smells. So much coconut, toasted oak, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt. Hints of some dark fruitiness thats really mild.

T - Sweet flavors dominate. Not quite as complex as the nose. Dark chocolate and bitterness are on the back end.

M - Silky smooth but not quite as thick as I'd like in something thats barrel-aged. It's a lower ABV stout (comparatively) so thats justified, just want a bit more body.

O - This is great - I haven't had a ton of barrel-aged stouts but this ranks up there with the best (BCBS, ORF...)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a reddish tint to it. Very little head but well carbonated. Smells very chocolate heavy with some light oak. Vry rich on the nose. Tastes like bittersweet chocolate. Lots of rich thick malts. The bourbon characteristics are fairly subtle but definitely compliment the beer well. Overall very tasty

Photo of birchstick
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Event Horizon

A - pours black in color without a head

S - bourbon, sweet honey, chocolates erupt out of the glass

T - sweet malts with some honey are upfront. These fade to a really nice chocolate flavor that move on to some great bourbon flavors.

M - thin but and a little dry, but works welll

D - really solid brew overall. This is one of the best barrel aged beers I have had in recent memory. Highly recommended!

Photo of beckard13
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap at Amos Howards

A - Pours a pitch black. A burnt caramel/khaki head that dissipates pretty quickly. Leaves a little lacing.

N - Smell the bourbon. Also, get the hints of dark fruits, dark chocolate and the honey.

M - medium mouthfeel. There is definitely a creamy/chewy feel but maybe not quite as much as you would expect from such a big barrel aged stout.

T - The bourbon is very present up front and at the back. Combines nicely with the sweetness of the honey. Pretty roasty as well. Slight alcohol burn going down. Very nice taste.

O - Awesome barrel aged stout. Very drinkable. Combines all of the flavors excellently. If you enjoy large stouts and barrel aged stouts, this is a must try.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who can't love a beer that looks like this? Pours out a lot like other highly hyped beers like Dark Lord and Sexual Chocolate, having a toasted dark golden/bronze head and a liquid body of pure black onyx. Head doesn't last too long but comes back with a gentle swirl. Oh that mocha-bronzed head...so I keep swirling and reviving it...

Aroma is fantastic too. Not too much booze, not too much bourbon, but enough of it to give the chocolaty, coffee-like essence a shot in the arm. Big notes of graham cracker and gooey chocolate cake drizzled generously with honey. Yep, this was brewed with honey, but even if you didn't know it, you'd smell it.

I'm blown away. The flavors here are many, and they all mingle exceptionally well. Honey is prominent but never too sweet. Requisite big stout characteristics like dark roast coffee and bittersweet baking chocolate are here (some milk chocolate too). A hint of mint (is that the hops?); big graham cracker; fermented grape or, okay, wine; only a bit of bourbon and some musty wood along with it. Lots of dark fruit too, especially raisin and fig. Alcohol is nicely controlled, entwined with the bourbon flavor to give it a measure of warmth.

Texturally this is top-notch. Utterly silky, super-smooth, very creamy and gorgeously rounded, avoiding any unpleasant heaviness or stickiness.

Well this is about the best brew I've had from North Carolina, period. It even just eclipses Sexual Chocolate, the regular and barrel-aged version. Hey, 21 reviews and lowest score so far is 4.25? Believe it!

Photo of oberon
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Roger over at Bestway for giving me one of his personal stash,this is one f*cking amazing beer!Poured into a snifter ink black no light getting thru this beer,a thin deep mocha colored head atop.Where to start when it come to the aromas,chocolate fudge,roasted walnut,coffee roast,just lush and rich,to me perfection.Thick and chewey feel but also creamy.Oaky/bourbon flavors mixed with sweetish chocolate and deep roast,its just as rich as all get out.This is one NC. beer worth its high rating,damn I wish I would have been able to get over there to get more,hell yeah!

Photo of Gfunk720
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with some friends at the Cuvee De Castleton release. I forget who traded this to me, but thank you. 2010 22oz bottle.

A- A very thick and oily looking beer, light dark tannish head. The head falls to a small ring around the edge of my cup.

S- A rich scent of chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Rich dark roasted malts are also prevelant.

T- Similar to the smell, bourbon,chocolate, and roasted malt. The bourbon is noticable, but extremely well blended. It really enhances the flavor and taste of a nice Imperial Stout. I get a little bit of honey flavor.

M- Nice and full bodied, without being overboard thick and sticky. Perfect carbonation.

O- Overall I had pretty high hopes for this one, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. The barrel aging is extremely well blended, and really enhances the beer all around. I recommend it highly, and look forward to some 2011.

Photo of mfavoino
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle as shared as part of a big bottle share on 2/9/13.

A: Pours an opaque black with just a rim of bubbly brown head.

S: Lots of chocolate, burnt roasted malt, sweet vanilla.

T: Tons of sweet milk chocolate, slight vanilla flavor, oak, big roasted malt backbone. Some dark fruit adds to the already sweet flavor, but all in all it is very well balanced. Super flavorful.

M: Medium to full bodied, very smooth, booze hotness is minimal.

O: This blew me away. One of the best I've had for this style and at the lower end of the spectrum for ABV. Seeking this one out.

Photo of derkfromwi
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Poured into New Belgium Globe glass

A: Half-inch dark mocha head that fades leaving a nice ring around edges of glass, pitch black color, decent lacing for an IS

S: Bourbon, chocolate, oak, molasses, very complex with a very nice blend of malts, touch of spiciness

T: Sweetness from honey and some malts I'm guessing, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, bitterness from hop blend, very tasty

M: Smooth and velvety, light carbonation, medium-full bodied, a bit warming

O: Very good Imperial Stout, got a feeling that this will be gaining in popularity pretty quick, I think this beer will be a permawant for me

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Izecold88 hooked me up with this bottle from the first run... Big props Manny!!

Pours thick and viscous... great dark brown head.... the brew stains the glass with each swirl....

Nose is fudgy... with vanilla and coffee... smells decadent.

Flavor is very rich... waves of bourbon and vanilla... thick dark chocolate.... hints of sweet cherry.. wonderful.

Body is surprisingly not as thick as expected.... a solid medium... nice small bubble carbonation allows the flavors to linger on the palate.

Thanks again Manny.... I look forward to many more fantastic trades.

4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/5

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Poured deep brown and black along with a well-retained medium dark beige head. The aroma picked up burnt molasses, honey, oak, earthy bourbon and some chocolatee came through on the next wave. The flavor opened with tangy oak, rich bourbon, and a blend of coffee and chocolates. The honey and molasses, which were detected from the aroma, really thickened up the core. Medium to thick-bodied. Really enjoyed this beer quite a bit! I will continue to look for more of this.

Photo of dgfair
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. waxed bottle poured into Great Lakes snifter.

Opaque jet black body with a deep tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing on the glass. Viscous and dark as night, this looks great.

Smell is deep and rich, notes of chocolate and cherries upfront followed by dry cocoa powder and vanilla bean. Also caramel, toffee, and bourbon oak. This beer smells fantastic with very deep, rich, complex scents.

Immediate hits of oaky bourbon upfront followed by vanilla with a finish of chocolate and a nice warming bourbon flavor on the back end. The taste is fantastic...delicious sweet flavors bookended by bourbon. It hits you up front followed by delicious sweet, rich layers of chocolate and vanilla, and then it finishes with an amazing return to the warming bourbon. Very, very nice.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth and goes down oh so smooth. Very rich and complex for an 8.5% stout. It has just the right amount of warmth without being boozy and I could definitely have a bomber of this on my own. Rivals some of the better bourbon aged stouts I've tasted.

Photo of ssuggs01
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black and comletely opaque with a two finger dark mocha head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that provides a minimal amount of lacing.

Complex aroma with a good balance of hops, bourbon barrel ans honey. Hints of pine up front along with a 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 full end with lots chocolate malt, a very prominent hop forward bitterness, oak, vanilla, honey and almost the perfect amount of bourbon. Mid-palate sweet chocolate malt, honey and licorice. I was expecting much more of a bourbon bomb but this beer is incredibly well balanced, complex and delicious. This is the best NC beer I have had to date.

Photo of Soonami
4.62/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.62/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to 67couple for the opportunity to try this one.

A: Maybe the darkest beer that I've seen. No brown showing when tilted and raised to light. Big, two finger head that's chocolate in color. Slowly fades and leaves large bubbles around the outside edges. Some lacing, not much.

S: Whoa. Big time aromas coming from this(wife could smell it across the room). Sweet is balanced well with roasted/smokey notes. Chocolate, dark fruit, roasted barley, vanilla, honey..maybe a little bit of coconut. Very inviting smell...lovely.

T: Again, sweet and roasted flavors are balanced. Dark chocolate, raisins, plums, vanilla, coffee, toffee, honey just a little bit of citrus hops and of course bourbon towards the end..there's almost a cinamon

M: Velvety, smooth..a real mouthful. Coats the mouth with a nice, bitter sweet taste.

D: Tasty, no signs of alcohol in the taste or smell which is rare of a barrel aged stout. For being a big beer, it doesn't sit all that heavy on the stomach either.

Is The Even Horizon deserving of all the hype? Maybe not, but what beer is after it's been built up like so many are on this and other sites. Regardless, this is a terrific beer that I'm very happy that I had the opportunity to try. Thanks again Jon. Go Munster!

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.62/5  rDev +6%
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).

Photo of stakem
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 1-liter growler split 3 ways on 5/13/11. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with the thinnest line of brownish clarity around the edges. A finger of dark brown head forms and fades to some large bubble formation around the edges of the glass. Patchy lace clings to the glass and a swirl revives a finger of silky dark head back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is strongly reminiscent of cocoa/brownie batter with an inclusion of vanilla and coconut. There is a significant whiskey tang evident blended with a caramel sweetness light like molasses. It is somewhat woody across the back. Well balanced, complex and super enjoyable aroma. As I copy this review 3 days later I'm salivating remembering what this brew was like.

The taste is sweet with a flavor of cocoa batter, molasses and caramel. There is a light woody flavor mixed with mild herbal hops. The finish is dry and roasty with a mild amount of leathery tobacco. Bold, tangy alcohol is evident throughout in flavor and warmth factor. Some fruity hops emerge as the brew warms.

This brew packs a whallop. For less than 9% abv, it has an alcohol flavor that seems significantly more but it drinks smooth and more like something in the 6% range. It is full bodied, modestly carbonated and silky smooth in the feel that coats the mouth. Very solid brew here, excellent. I shared this growler with 2 other people and I could have easily drank the entire thing myself. It is very easy drinking.

Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/12/2011

Bottle shared by Javier, thanks! Poured into a snifter. This beer is like three to four months old? It's very odd, the outside of the cap shows a significant amount of rust and deterioration beneath the wax.

A: Glugs out thick and viscous, a formidable pitch black. The frothy head is a very dark shade of brown. Nice looking beer.

S: Big and rich, with strong dark chocolate and cocoa nib aromas. Honey accompanies brown sugar, oak, and a prominent yet graceful oxidation note. Bourbon profile is excellent.

T: Rich dark chocolate and cocoa accompany oak, brown sugar, honey, and well integrated bourbon. Lightly oxidized. Incredibly rich. Booze is well hidden. Slightly dry cocoa bourbon oak finish.

M: Full body with upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and viscous.

Overall: Excellent stuff. The bottle says it can age, but this is more than ready to drink now.

The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.