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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

969 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 969
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 756
Gots: 374 | 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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t0rin0

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-04-2012 23:08:43 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that tastes much better than it smells in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:19:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-16-2011 01:49:34 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to an ever generous BA for sharing some of this at the Splinter Black release. Nothing like a great impy stout to cure the chills. Served in my Savor snifter.

Pours a deep, dark black color with a thin mocha cap and a slight collar around the edges. The nose is an explosion with fantastic notes of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, roast, and a tiny bit of char. The dark chocolate and espresso come together splendidly to create and nice slightly-charred cherry character.

The taste picks up right where the nose left off and is buoyed even more by the excellent mouthfeel, which is thick and really lifts the flavors of this one. Love the espresso notes coming out of this. Full and thick feel coats my mouth and finishes smoothly with just a bit of slight booze, which was welcome on this cold morning. Drinkability is quite good as well. I've been nothing but impressed with Olde Hickory thus far and I'd love to try some more things from them.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 12:22:33 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of vanilla and oak are present in the nose along with hints of bourbon.
T: He taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of vanilla and oak; notes of chocolate and dark malts are also noticeable. No roasted or bitter favor are present - there are some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is really easy to drink compared to other bourbon barrel aged stouts because it doesn't feel too heavy and no alcohol is noticeable. Everything seems very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 21:40:29 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:11:22 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my buddy Calton for hooking me up with this one. Decided to break myself in with a big stout and went local to do it.

Pour was outstanding, really could not have asked for it to be any better then it was. Thick, dark, incky black with a huge head of tan that reached a height of around three inches and left tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Aroma of burnt chocolate, rich coffee, hints of oak and a touch of vanilla waft throough the air. This is a big beer, their is no denying that at all. Rich and huge flavor is dominated by roasted malts and touches of vanilla, tastes bigger and may need a year or 6 months at the least to cool down, but otherwise outstanding as the light sweet finish seals the deal.

Overall just outstanding, again not a bad word to be said here.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 15:04:53 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-18-2011 17:45:18 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With an ominous tone, The Event Horizon actually takes a somber tone with its body and strength in order to promote the assertive bourbon barrel-aging for not only balance but for complexity, intrigue and even finesse at times.

Its dark and mysterious body is a very hazy, near-black appearance with ominous garnet low-lights cast about its margins. As a delicate, coffee-like creme swirls about its surface, the ale simply simmers and stews inside the glass. As the beer's foam slowly succumbs to the weight of the beer, it eventually takes on the appearance of blackened brandy inside the snifter.

Its bourbon influence is known immediately as that very first sniff unleashes a plethora of wood caramels, vanillans and coconut. Its surprising intensity edges out the scent of dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate and charred toast if ever so slightly. But those stout underpinnings absorb the unmistakable scent of bourbon soaked charred oak with ease.

Its taste is sublime as the malt sweetness of brown sugar, molasses and toffee fuses together with bourbon caramel and vanilla for a super-charged malty portray. The balance comes with tones of robust character- espresso, bittersweet chocolate, roasted walnuts, burnt toast and rusted chicory. Together, all that boisterous taste wraps around the early and middle palate with utter decadence. Its trailing hop bitterness pulls form the coffee-type roast and rides along side of drunken wood and tangy vinous tannin for a bourbony balance to all that early sweetness.

Its lavish taste rests upon a body of fullness, but not ridiculousness. Having some semblance of drinkability, the beer's silky smoothness caresses the tongue like velvet as it saturates the taste buds with sultry maple booziness. Its finish comes bitter and modestly resinous for a malty-dry finish with an aftertaste of... you guessed it- bourbon.

With a ton of bourbon flavor but little of the burn, The Event Horizon is fairly modest to be of "Imperial" strength. This subtleness allows the bourbon to stand out more because it has less stout to contend with. Still, the beer stands tall and wrangles the barrels for seamless taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 19:05:47 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:30:32 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-14-2011 23:56:12 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-29-2012 22:15:59 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-12-2013 07:11:05 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-16-2012 06:31:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-30-2012 16:38:11 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 22:03:32 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-25-2014 03:55:48 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Big thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

2010 vintage, reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of golden brown foam (I can hear the Stranglers in the background now...). The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, sweet honey (really more of a vague sweetness, but I'm attributing it to the honey anyway), and a dusting of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a touch of oak and an even lighter touch of mild bourbon. I thought I got a bit of coffee in there, too, but it could have been caused by the several cups of java circulating around me at this point in the evening. The body is a strong medium, bordering on heft, with a light moderate carbonation and a very lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout. I'm not sure it deserves a lot of the amazing press it gets, but it's definitely a tasty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 23:43:22 | More by TMoney2591
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

03-06-2014 14:37:59 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 03:33:54 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-27-2011 20:30:34 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Craytonic for sending this.

Appearance is typical of the style, an opaque black with moderate carbonation that forms a small tan head.

The nose is huge, with blatant bourbon overtones of caramel and vanilla that hover over a chocolatey, charred malt base. Licorice is evident, and there's a faint scorched and earthy quality.

There's more molasses than chocolate on the palate, along with a kick of licorice and bourbon. The mid-palate brings out more caramel and vanilla sweetness, but the finish is more tannic and dry with a kick of bitter charred malt. The beer is surprisingly viscous for the supposed 8.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 01:17:07 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-09-2013 18:12:05 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chad for sharing. As usual, it took 15 minutes to get the damn Old Hickory wax off. Sampled side-by-side with the Imperial Stout for reference. Served in a New Belgium tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a hazy cap of film and a thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is pitch black. Looks more ominous than an 8.5% Imperial Stout has any business doing so.

S - Huge bourbon and earthy, roasted grains, lots of chocolate cake, burnt sugars. As it warms up more oak and barrel creeps in, along with a faint whiff of alcohol.

T - Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, honey, and some earthy bourbon and oak character that keeps things from getting too cloying.

M - Sticky, mouth-coating, and surprisingly full-bodied and viscous for the listed ABV. Booze is well-hidden, and the finish is only lightly tannic.

D - I like this better than the standard Imperial Stout by a fair margin. It's not a particularly subtle beer, but it is a delicious one. Definitely for sipping and sharing, but something I'd happily revisit.

NOTE: I'm pretty sure the 8.5% ABV can't be correct. The base beer is listed at 10.2%!! However, if it really is only 8.5% it sure packs in a lot of flavor and heft, while still maintaining fairly well-hidden alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 20:42:07 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split post Sexual Chocolate by Lunch, thanks Paul.

Beer is dark with almost no head, haloed, clinging to the sides of the glass I was drinking out of, carbonation low and some lacing but not much. Looks like a lot of barrel aged stouts.

Beer has a nice aroma, sweet, bourbon, mild oakiness, that late sweetness that almost is dry in the nose, smells very nice.

Beer is medium bodied, creamy on the mouth. Fills out nicely in the back half of the beer. The lead off here is the malt syrupy sweetness, not too sweet or cloying, just enough, the bourbon lets loose next giving some mild heat, not off putting but it is definitely aggressive, the back end is bitter with the roast with a nice finish, the swallow allows the flavor to rediffuse through the palate leaving you wanting another drink. It's a good beer, not the best barrel aged stout I've had but it's up there. Thanks.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 18:59:18 | More by drabmuh
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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
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