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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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world-class

1,283 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,283
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 809
Gots: 434 | FT: 64
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Habmike on 12-08-2010

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of barczar
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge notes of chocolate fudge and brownies in aroma.

Flavor is sweet, chocolatey, and rich. A guilty pleasure of a beer. This is incredible.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jbaker67
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep inky black with a medium chocolaty head that faded within 45 seconds into a medium collar and wisps at the surface. Aroma is dark chocolate, deeply roasted malt, some charred earth, some wine-like must. Taste is earthy and roasty at the front, some dark chocolate in the middle, and some wine must at the end. The honey really plays well in the aftertaste. Thick rich body and medium carbonation.

Photo of Bung
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. Had on-tap at Appalachian Vintner. Served in a short Oskar Blues glass.

A- Pours a midnight black color with a 1/8 inch brown head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sparse amount of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin broken ring behind.

S- Immediate waft of medicinal oak combined with a maple/brown sugar/caramel sweetness.

T- Hits all the right notes with a pronounced sweetness that plays off the bourbon flavors damn near perfectly. Solid dark roast sets a nice framework for the other tastes to be seen in their full glory. Drinkability is high.

M- Semi-creamy with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- A stellar BBA Stout where the moderate ABV allows the beer to sing in harmony from start to finish. So glad I got the chance to try this.

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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I brought to share to Curran's tasting.

Pours a thick, dark black, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing, not much.

Smells like chocolate, bourbon, roasted malt, and booze. The aroma is fairly bourbon-forward.

The taste is similar, however, the bourbon is better integrated into the smell. There's some cookie dough, cocoa powder, Hershey's syrup, roasted malt, bourbon, and only the slightest booziness- the alcohol is hidden well here. Some slight caramel and vanilla as well.

Medium bodied, but like Lindley Park, could be a little thicker for the style. Still quite creamy and rich in the mouthfeel, with low carbonation. Very drinkable.

Another winner from Olde Hickory, they make some great BA stouts.

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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into snifter. Thanks to kingkong for this beer!

A: Pours an almost black with pretty much no head. A faint collar formed and left some spotty lacing down the glass after each sip.
S: I get rich notes of molasses, chocolate and a hint of vanilla, coffee and soy sauce.
T: Smooth as can be with flavors of sweet dark fruits, chocolate, toffee, brown sugar and a hint of nuts. Luckily I’m not really getting any soy sauce. Alcohol warmth is faint, and the finish contains some nice barrel notes.
M: Medium-thick body, low but bubbly carbonation, with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
O: An excellent stout, and one I have been wanting to try for some time now. Very smooth and flavorful, thanks again kingkong!

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4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to TATURBO for bring this out to share! Thanks Chris!

beer reviewed from notes taken 6/1/12.

Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Light black bodied beer with a dark brown cap that drops to a ring around the glass.

Smell: light roasty malt, honey, and chocolate chips. Just a hint of black licorice.

Taste: The smell is just a bit underwhelming compared to the nose. But it still tasty beer. Milk chocolates, black licorice, molasses. Really mellow oak, vanilla, bourbon and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel: medium body with low carbonation levels. Mellow, silky and smooth.

Overall: Really solid beer. I love my BA stouts and the addition of honey in this beer adds some really unique complexity to the nose of this beer. Love the fact that some breweries are trying to make a nice mellow stout instead of the in your face bourbon bombs. With thant said i could use just a touch more barrel notes in the taste of the beer. The nose and mouthfeel are my favorite aspects of this beer, but its a well integrated beer that melds flavors together.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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 Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for this! 22oz bottle into CCB snifter.

A - Pours black, mocha head, spotty lacing, thick ring around the glass, lots of bubbles on top.

S- Huge sweetness, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, slight chocolate, honey, oak. Very strong sweetness that's a bit overpowering.

T - Not as sweet as the nose. Molasses, honey, chocolate, honey, oak. A bit more subtle, which is nice.

M - Full, creamy, rich, viscous.

D - Easily the most impressive beer I've had from NC/SC. Perhaps a little too sweet, but hey, very solid. Recommend!

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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
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???

The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,283 ratings.