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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon

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Reviews: 252
Hads: 1,490
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 22.07%
Wants: 835
Gots: 497 | FT: 79
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:
Beer added by: Habmike on 12-08-2010

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

22 oz bottle poured into a KBS snifter glass.

A- Pours pretty thick, dark brown basically black color, dark brown ½ finger head, really nice lacing when you stir it up.
S- The aroma is very nice, big bourbon aroma, vanilla, oak, nice rich chocolate aroma, dark malts, sweet bitterness.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma with some dark fruit flavors coming out, rich chocolate, dark malt, pretty sweet, slight roasted notes, oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, really rich complex beer.
M- Medium/big mouth feel, decent carbonation, smooth and creamy, slight dry finish.
O- I was really impressed with this beer. Really easy drinkability, each sip was rich and complex, really nice dessert beer.

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

Huge thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one! Epic indeed.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is pretty much black. Pours pretty thick.

Aroma: A heavy dose of bourbon, stings the nostrils. Very chocolaty. Rich and malty. Caramel flavors. The oak and vanilla shows nicely. Great aroma.

Taste: Rich dark chocolate. Some cocoa. Caramel and vanilla. Warming bourbon. A bit of roast and some coffee. A nice amount of barrel aging shows. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, and creamy. Medium to full bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Ends malty, but clean.

Overall, this beer was much better than I expected. It was very tasty. Easy to drink and enjoyable. Maybe a bit too roasty, but that's it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks Wil for sharing this one!
Served in a small taster glass, at least a 6 oz. pour, with seconds added after the rounds had been made.

Obsidian black, spindly arcs of sticky tan lace inside the glass. Surface foam has a creamy texture to it. Aromas of sweet sticky molasses, vanilla, malted milk balls. Rich flavors of dark chocolate, tobacco, chickory, and chocolate covered dried cherries. Slightly woody and leathery, in a good way. Mild dark chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste. Super creamy with a milky feel to it. Long drawn out chocolatey finish. A smooth sipper, one to share. Thanks again Wil!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

736th Review on BA
Bottle to goblet

Thanks to domtromzero for this one

App- Super dark beer. Almost black as ive seen in a stout with a very nice one finger head. Came and went very quickly.

Smell- A multitude of smells on this one. Many layers of chocolate abound. Big dark chocolate with some creamy milk chocolate. The vanilla and oak and bourbon notes are there but just more mellow on this one.

Taste- Its a good stout. I can see why highly acclaimed. A lot of chocolate still remains but is now taken up in layers of bourbon notes, vanilla, oak, some unfamiliar sweetness and a touch of honey.

Mouth- A big thick medium stout with a paired carbonation. I liked the creamy chocolate notes on this beer

Drink- A very good stout. Has a ton going on and its a beer you had to focus on while drinking it. Layers abound and continue to evolve as it warms. Wouldnt mind a bottle of my own

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Photo of seeswo
3.11/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bruery snifter with a group of about 8 at cellar temp from the wine fridge. Pours very dark, thick black with a small cocoa head. Looks good. The nose is sweet malts and dark fruit, bourbon, oak. Smells fine. Taste is that sweet malt, dark fruit, and very understated barrel character. One note until the finish. The finish is acrid burnt something and hops. Burnt honey and bittering hops? Whatever it is, the finish does not work for me at all. It's that same finish that is present in a lot of maple imperial stouts/black ales that does not work for me at all. Good body for the ABV, which was oddly low. We had a good lineup, but this bottle wasn't finished. Let me state that again. There were 8 people there and this bottle was not finished. Everyone else was defending that it was fine, but that is not exactly what my expectation was. In my opinion, this was very forgettable and in the opinion of my group, it was only slightly better. Choo-choo

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Photo of Phelps
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle shared by ottovon into a tulip.

Pitch black, with no light coming through at all. A very thin, dark cinnamon-colored layer of fizz pops away to a thin ring quickly.

Nice, sweet nose with lots of barrel character. Blend of molasses and cocoa powder with a hint of earthy hops to balance.

More bitterness in the flavor. Acrid, burnt bitterness, actually. I also get lots of toffee milk chocolate, vanilla extract and a bit of burnt toast. Impressively clean finish.

Medium massaging carbonation amidst a body just a shade under medium-light. Kind of tongue-coating.

Overall, Event Horizon is a smooth, cleaner version of most barrel-aged stouts. It doesn’t kick your ass and impresses with drinkability.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mulder1010 for sharing this bomber. My share was poured into a Great Divide tulip style glass.

Pours a thick black, thicker than the 8.5% ABV would have you imagine. Nice mocha and tan coloured head of foam that sat at a bit above a finger and settled down well. Surprising the intense appearance of this given the strength.

Ever-changing smell, started off with dark fruits, particularly raisins and dates. Changed part of the way through to cheese, namely cheese squares and then blue cheese. This threw me in a big way, not a bad way, just couldn't believe what was coming through. In the end it settled with oak and bourbon.

The taste was more understated, more malt and even more malt, it just kept coming. Layered, perhaps a little one-dimensional at times. Later, chocolate came through and a touch of coffee very late and very faint.

Given the malt, could the mouthfeel be anything but silky smooth. This was thick, coating and very smooth.

Overall an interesting stout that defied the specs on a number of fronts. Lovely and smooth, it was amazing in the way that the smell continued to change throughout. The taste was a little downer and it was a big tasting beer, taking us 45 mins or more to share a bottle. The mouthfeel was very impressive. Some great parts and some parts that whilst not great, were still quite good.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerness for this bottle. Owe you big time on this.
Shared with Mr. Kennedy
Bomber poured into a snifter

A-- Thick, dark, bold and oily. Looked like pure motor oil at first and then a half finger of dark leather head reverse cascaded up. Eventually no film at all. Head stuck around a little bit and went to dark leather film. Left no lacing at all but a dark, oily substance on the sides of the glass. Looks a lot bigger than what it should be. As I drank on I did get red tints on the sides of the glass but otherwise pitch black.

S-- Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cherry dates, marshmallow, oak, bourbon and cheese?? I thought slight hints of blue cheese mixed with parmigiana cheese. Really bizarre but good smell. Kept changing by the minute. Oak and bourbon really small in comparison to the rest or the smells.

T-- Thick, rich and dark. A brownie on overload really. Chocolate, Carmel, marshmallow, coffee, and some hops to give this life and a bit prickly.

M-- Chewy, thick and rich. Almost decadent in a way. Hops faded in the mouth, leaving milk chocolate, changing to bakers chocolate, with Carmel and coffee acidity in the end. Bourbon and oak still on the soft side here. Alcohol is non existent for the size of the beer. Low carbonation and massive heavy feel. Lots of malts with this. Does get a bit one dimensional at the end.

O-- A much bigger feeling stout than it really is. Big beer but easy to drink. Could use a bit more carbonation and more of a silky feel to it though, as it became very coffee acidic in the end. Quite unique as the hints of bourbon and Oak just toy with the senses. This was far more about malts than anything else. Worth trying.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to a couple guys for this.

4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy medium brown head. Retention is about average and a thick ring of lacing is left behind.

5.0 S: The nose exceeds any expectations I've had. This gives off rich and powerful, yet graceful aromas. Tons and tons of sweet milk chocolate with a soft, smooth roastiness. Lightly leathery bourbon nows enters the scene and in perfect proportion. The beer itself is easily the main attraction, but the bourbon adds an impressive sideshow. The bourbon itself is woody overall with oak and vanilla coming from the barrel. Sweet caramel and molasses, with the slightest touch of honey.

4.5 T: Bourbon and honey are much more prominent in the taste, especially the honey. Still a good bit of chocolate, but nowhere near as much as in the nose. Again, plenty of caramel and molasses with a soft roastiness. Light earthy hop flavor. Leather and a touch of char from the bourbon along with a good bit of vanilla and oak. Pretty much no booze. Honey gives it's distinct flavor in moderate proportions.

4.0 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Quite heavy for the ABV. Good moderate carbonation. Woody aftertaste. Creamy, but I wish it was more so to give a velvety texture.

4.5 D: This is a very good beer, there's no doubt about that. I'm not a huge fan of stouts that use honey so I'm a little negatively biased against this brew, but I would have no problem trading for it again. That said, I'd say that the hype behind this is more than justified. If you like honey stouts, this is likely the best. Well done OH.

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

thanks to stoutfiend27 for sending this my way.

A: pours out thick and dark. the beer has a nice brown head that faded somewhat quickly.

S: dark fruits, molasses, vanilla. there is bourbon and oak. i get roasted malt, sweetness, bittersweet chocolate and brown sugar.

T: hints of bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak. it has a nice bitterness in the finish. starts out a bit sweet. there is also molasses, brown sugar, burnt sugar, and roasted malt in there.

M: thick and low carbed. smooth mouthfeel.

O: this is a great beer. wish i had more.

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Photo of maximum12
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Special thanks to readbaron for sharing this one.

Appearance: In the glass, this is nearly black with dark red edges. There is no head, even with an aggressive pour.

Smell: Roasted malt with almost no burnt aroma, cocoa, sweet molasses, and some dark fruits, mostly fig and plum. Vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon mellow in the background.

Taste: The bourbon flavor pops right up front, but it is not too dominant. Although it starts out quite sweet with a molasses flavor, it dries out just a bit with the roasted malt. The dark fruits provide further depth to the full roasted malt and cocoa flavors. The finish stays mostly sweet, with a very smooth overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: This has a very full body, with a full stickiness to go along with it. A little dryness at the front of the sip lightens it out a little bit. Lightly carbonated, maybe undercarbonated a bit. Quite smooth. No real bourbon burn or booziness to speak of.

Overall: The flavors still haven't melted together seamlessly, which to me signifies that a little bit more time in the cellar will help out. Even so, this was smooth and delicious. Maybe due to the lighter than insane ABV, but it was not too boozy either.

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Photo of stakem
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black with a very dark mocha head ; not the biggest head I have ever seen but it retains fairly well and leaves plenty of lacing dots behind

Smell: Dark chocolate; graham cracker, dark fruit, honey, licorice and bourbon

Taste: A quadrella at the outset, with the dark chocolate, graham cracker, bourbon and dark fruit elements all commanding attention; a nice balance from the hops arrives by mid-palate along with the honey and, after the swallow, it all comes together in a multi-layered finish; there is a touch of sourness in there, too

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A splendid beer with multiple layers of flavor; the sourness worried me in the first few sips but it settled down as the beer aired out; I wonder how that element will affect the aging potential?

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Photo of GehenHerzog
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Soonami
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in the glass with creamy tan mousse. Aroams of big roast and coffee, a slight boozines hides underneath. Flavor is bold and roasty, yet chocolatey and smooth. Very fine carbonation and rich creamy mouthfeel. Delightful overall, worth the hype it received.

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Photo of wino47
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of hannydawg
3.12/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saved this bottle for DLD and my first review. Thanks to ewright for trading me this bottle.

A- Dark brown with an off white head. I usually want a darker appearance on a big stout.

S- Dark fruits, slight chocolate, and a hint of bourbon, and I mean a hint. No where near as impressive as other Bourbon aged stouts, especially because of the barrel used for this beer.

T- Dark fruits, raisins, sugary malts. The chocolate on the nose is not present here, and I get no bourbon taste. Disappointing.

M- Medium body, although a little watery for the style. Carbonation is ok.

O- Maybe I hyped up this beer pre-drinking, but after sampling two bottles, one on DLD, and one the night before, this beer is a complete letdown.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had two differant bottles both Pre & during DLD, One from Hannydawg and not sure about the others bringer, but thanks to both for keeping me from trading alot away for the chance to try this one.
The pour is less dark then expected and is a dark brown with moderate viscosity. I't looks average for a 8.5% stout, i would have liked to see more viscosity & depth of color.
The aroma and flavors really took me off guard, and had huge dark fruit influence throughout with strong Prune & Raisons, with a Soy & Molasses paste holding it together. There was powdered cacao blended in somewhat. I didn't notice any heat and no barrel influence either which was a let down, as being from PVW barrels this is treated as if gold.

This was one of the beers i was really excited for when i saw it out, but it was a let down. I even gave it a 2nd chance the next day, and can't report any differant.

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

Bottle courtesy of Mike. Been looking forward to trying this one.

A: The pour is thick and black with a finger or so of brown head.

S: Rich bourbon and vanilla aromas that are just smooth as can be. A moderate roasted malt character with plenty of smooth chocolate, particularly dark chocolate. Quite a bit of caramel and molasses as well. Really quite decadent.

T: Plenty of rich, smooth vanilla and bourbon flavor to it as well. Dark and milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, and molasses provide some nice sweetness and there is just a modest amount of roasted malt.

M: Medium to full in body with a creamy and smooth carbonation.

O: Very pleased to have tried this beer. Fantastic stuff. In retrospect, I should have shared less and hoarded more.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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).

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of brew3crew
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-black body with a tan head that quickly disapates
S-nice oaky smell. Almost smells like licorice.
T-a lot like it smells. Very smooth oak burbon taste.
M-medium. Body and so smooth
O-good brew. Close to worth or equal to the hype. Crazy drinkable and redonkulously smooth. Only knock is no head...

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Photo of nkersten
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chad for bringing this one over, reviewed from notes. Poured into New Belgium globe, black with a mocha foamy head that fades to a collar, not a bad looking beer. Smells like bourbon, graham cracker, crusty bread, oak, lots of vanilla, slight alcohol. Interesting flavor, graham cracker crust, lots of sweet sugary malt, oak and barrel, vanilla, bourbon, slightly smokey, some bitterness, strange aftertaste sweet cherries. A strange off flavor that I cant pinpoint - maybe honey? Heavy body and light carbonation. Not bad but the strange off taste keeps me from wanting more of this one.

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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.