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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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Dope

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle

A: Pours pitch black with a small medium brown head. Fades very quickly, only a smattering of lacing on the glass.

S: Bright and delicious bourbon. Loaded with caramel, toffee and some molasses. Brown sugar and some oaky vanilla. A bit of roasted malt character comes through with rich dark chocolate overtones. Alcohol stings just a bit. Reminds me a lot of BCBS to be honest.

T: Up front, some caramel and toffee with a bit of alcohol burn. Strong dark chocolate with a bit of coffee, char and anise in the middle. Dark chocolate pervades the entire beer. Finishes with some strong oak and vanilla and just a hint of some dark fruit. More long lingering oak in the aftertaste. The honey shows up floating around in the aftertaste too.

M: Not as heavy as you'd expect but it is oh so creamy and smooth. A touch chalky in the aftertaste.

O: An excellent barrel aged IS. So creamy and chocolatey! It's sort of like drinking brownie batter or maybe chocolate cake. Sweet (but not overly so like some) and chocolately with a wonderful balance of complex flavors. Top notch example of the style, kind of like a slightly less harsh BCBS but with a little more chocolate. A must-have for the chocolate lover.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 03:12:07 | More by Dope
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jsanford

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

05-12-2013 01:15:28 | More by jsanford
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-07-2013 18:29:08 | More by BMart
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koopa

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-28-2013 14:38:28 | More by koopa
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Churchkey as part of the Craft Brewing Conference 2013. I had both a full snifter and another taster of this stuff.

A: Poured as black as night and with an oil-like consistency. That coupled with the fact that the head was only a couple of shades lighter than the liquid below it let me know right off the bat that I was in for a ride.

S: Nah, wouldn't say this was a bourbon bomb at all. It deserves more credit than that. The bourbon combined with the overall hop/malt profile produced something that was oaky, nutty, and even a bit fruity (dark fruit - dates and/or figs). Take high grade hot cocoa, throw in some dates and vanilla, then age that on oak chips and then take a whiff... You've got yourself some Event Horizon!

T: Cocoa laced buttercream frosting with oak. Simply sublime! Also, the finish on this was as smooth as silk and sort of reminded me of the first time I ever had a dark chocolate Dagoba milkshake at the Hershey's Chocolate World.

M: Ridiculous sticky lacing on this bad boy, not much bitterness, no booze detected, yet at the same time, the sugar was really dialed down to a very gulpable level. Remarkable!

O: Pure bliss in a glass. No need for dessert if you have this one around. Actually, come to think of it, there's no need for breakfast or lunch either.

Serving type: cask

03-29-2013 11:24:28 | More by Chaney
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birchstick

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 03:51:48 | More by birchstick
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Vigorous pour yields a slow pooling of brown head that eventually subsides to some major stickage on the glass. Pitch-black color. Madeira-soaked dried plums, vanilla, nougat, wood, dark chocolate and soft charcoal rush the nose ... very aromatic and mouthwatering. Slick package, fullish body unfolds slowly. More oak than vanilla-bourbon to start; lush maltiness turns roasty as quick as the oakiness pulls the palate. Light on the hops--or at least they mellowed out. Chocolate and sweetness fade quick. Slow drinking here, which helps to let the beer evolve. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 14:46:40 | More by BeerAdvocate
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-04-2013 04:33:25 | More by DarthKostrizer
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crobinso

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

11-02-2013 15:11:29 | More by crobinso
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-26-2013 01:02:35 | More by ADTaber
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-16-2012 23:48:02 | More by ncaudle
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-30-2013 05:32:26 | More by stereosforgeeks
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-17-2012 09:29:36 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got bottles of this in a couple trades. A big thanks goes out to jbeatty for the 2011 and another massive cheers to Stakem for sending us the 2010. These were well appreciated gents.

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
Black wax with 2011 stamped into the front

Note: Drank the 2011 and 2010 afterwards for comparison purposes. Review is for the 2011.

APPEARANCE: Pours out a thicker looking black, yielding a one finger, medium-thick looking, dark tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a thin, bubbly wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. A slight wisp remains to the end and leaves touches of lacing down the glass. The 2010 looked exactly the same.

SMELL: Bold nose on this one with plenty of bourbon, vanilla and oak aromas. Dark chocolate and some nice molasses come through from the base beer, with the roasted qualities providing a faint base. Bold and enticing for sure. The 2010 was a touch mellower on the bourbon barrel notes, but more chocolate and base beer played a roll.

TASTE: Big flavors as well. Oak and bourbon up front with vanilla and notes of milk chocolate. A bit of nail polish remover as well, but barely worth noting. Sweet honey and dark, bitter chocolate at the swallow into a big and persistent aftertaste of bourbon, molasses, bitter dark chocolate and a touch of sweet, caramel and honey. Pretty complex and flavorful, and the barrel meshes well with the base beer. The 2010, by comparison, had mellower bourbon barrel flavors, no nail polish remover, with more chocolate and molasses. The heat from the barrels had also mellowed and made it a way smoother drink. Would score this vintage higher.

PALATE: Medium body and medium, slightly prickly carbonation. Not really creamy enough for the style, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. A bit of a burn at the swallow and a touch of heat lingers. Surprising, given the lower ABV. The 2010 vintage, on the other hand, was smoother, creamier, and showed no heat. Much nicer, making it a more enjoyable drink.

OVERALL: This is a more than solid, lower ABV barrel aged imperial stout. The flavors were very complex, with the barrel components and base beer working well together. This is a good example of the barrel complimenting the beer as opposed to dominating it. The rougher and slightly hot feel held it back a little, unfortunately. As a comparison, the 2010 vintage was perfectly smooth and showcased an even better balance between base beer and barrel. Decadent and impressive. Either this beer does great after a year, or the first bottling in 2010 was slightly superior. In the end, this is a solid beer worth tracking down, and I’d love to drink it again. Thanks again for the trades jbeatty and Stakem. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 13:29:00 | More by Jeffo
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seeswo

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -28.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 15:05:33 | More by seeswo
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wedge

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012

Pours completely black, covered with densely creamy caramel colored foam. Rich bourbon-fueled aroma... fudgy chocolate, blackstrap molasses, maple syrup, nuts, cherries, creamy vanilla, and wood. Flavor is big and powerful, avoiding the sometimes overly boozy punch of stronger BA beers. Oaky vanilla Bourbon richness, honey, tobacco, and graham crackers all rolled into a smooth malty package. Medium-full body and creamy. A very nice, malty, sticky stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 00:18:26 | More by wedge
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duff247

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-25-2013 00:27:20 | More by duff247
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Smarty_Pints

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-10-2013 06:03:26 | More by Smarty_Pints
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tclapper

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-04-2011 00:04:17 | More by tclapper
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-01-2013 18:35:31 | More by twenty5
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 22:55:04 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle. Thanks for this and all the other great bottles, mrbubbler.

Appearance. Pours a thick black with half a finger of deep brown head.

Smell. Chocolate truffles with some woody, vanilla bourbon and a little bit of liccorice and molasses. If I didn't read the label, I wouldn't have got the floral honey that I'm also picking up, but I did read it so whatever... ;-)

Taste. Huge dark chocolate and some warm bourbon. A nice sweetness present that doesn't drown out the chocolate bitterness and dark roasted malt.

Mouthfeel. Big and thick mouthfeel with low+ carbonation and a bit of smooth boozy warmth. Very nice.

Overall. I knew I'd like this beer because I've been dreaming about Lindley Park since I tried it. This didn't disapoint with a ton of dark chocolate and a nice complimentary amount of smooth bourbon. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:48:35 | More by Rutager
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 11:33:16 | More by jbaker67
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-17-2013 05:12:06 | More by IrishColonial
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Immortale25

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2014 16:12:09 | More by Immortale25
The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
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