The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 243
Hads: 1,454
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 3.67%
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Gots: 483 | FT: 72
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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 iadler
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle exitmusic00 opened up for the holiday party. You're the man, Matt.

A- Pours a deep black with a nice two finger head mocha head that dissipates into a thin cap. Some lines of lacing are left behind.

S- Oak, smoke and roasted upfront followed by bakers chocolate, vanilla, coffee, sweet bourbon, dark fruit and some peppery spice.

T- Earthy with oak, smoke, roasted malt, and bourbon followed by a mix of dark and milk chocolate with vanilla, plumbs, red cherry and star anise. Finishes with some honey sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation and a light to medium body. The body is a bit thin.

O- Overall, a well crafted imperial stout and no alcoholic bite being fresh. I did wish that the body was a little thicker and the carbonation was lower as it felt watered down. (786 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from the 11 oz bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours jet black with minimal caramel head.
Smells a lot like bourbon and roasted cherries.
Tastes huge. Intense flavor of a cherry cordial and roasted malts. Tons of cherry, tons of chocolate.
Mouthfeel is is very thick and very heavy.
A sipping beer that will fill you up very fast. Intense flavor. (352 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip - 2014 vintage.

Pours deep dark with a toffee colored head of fine bubbles that linger for a moment but reside to a calm surface. The smell certainly develops as it warms to toffee/coco/bourbon infused oak with a slight finish of chocolate. The taste follows nicely with more bitter chocolate than before and a healthy dose of roasted malts and barrel. Moderate viscosity, and carbonation, full body and slightly sticky as it warms.

A damn nice BA stout, kind of in the realm of a BCBS in terms of body and flavors. I highly recommend this and will seek this out next year (maybe just another excuse to roll over to Ashville). (644 characters)

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

from notes.
a: dark tan head; black body with a bit of head retention
s: heavy vanilla and coconut bourbon barrel notes; dark chocolate
t: pronounced licorice flavor coupled with aforementioned bourbon notes and sweet chocolate; a bit of roast and some bitterness on the back end but surprisingly not much at all. some warming alcohol also present but well integrated into the taste.
m: medium heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation but goes down very smoothly.
d: sip and appreciate, especially as this is so hard to come by. wish I had more.

definitely worth the hype. one of the better brews I've had lately. (614 characters)

Photo of brewdude1982
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 4.0 very dark
S: 4.5 you can definitely smell the bourbon from this beer
T: 4.5 nice and sweet upfront followed by a a booze taste on the back end
MF: 3.5 very smooth initially and then tingly in the back of your mouth from the booze that they tried to hide pretty full on the body of the beer.
O: 4.0 good beer with a lot of booze (337 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Commis for the hookup on this one...

Poured from a flip top into a Cigar City pint glass...

A - Poures pitch black with a one finger brown head on a fairly agresive pour. Decent amount of head retention, and while the lacing is not the best; there is still some to be had here...

S - Chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, and the aromatic smell of Bourbon...

T - Chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla, and plums. Ends on smooth Bourbon note that is not over the top, but is enough to make an appereance and let you know that it is present. The flavors in this one are really balanced, and the abv is well hidden. Delicious...

M - A chewy viscous brew, that is at the time smooth and easy to drink, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Amazing...

D - This one is amazing, Had a hard time reviewing it before finishing the pint. Definitely looking to score more of these. Olde Hickory brewed a top notch beer here...

Cheers... (939 characters)

Photo of nkersten
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. 2010 vintage. Thanks for sharing Phyllis. Pours a dark brown with small light chocolate head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is chocolate, bourbon, some light oak and vanilla, as well as a bit of caramel. The taste is sweet dark chocolate, some bourbon, vanilla, and oak, and a bit of caramel. The finish is smooth with some light alcohol. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. Fairly enjoyable, but not great. Comes off a little bit too sweet. (505 characters)

Photo of OneEye78
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep black with almost no head. Taste of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, a hint of chocolate and a slight barrel spice. A little sweeter than I like, but very well done. (179 characters)

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip. Black wax shows 2011 vintage. Received in a fantasy football BIF from tclapper, this has been a real big want for a while, thanks alot Tim!

A: Pours a pitch black with a nice full caramel colored head. Long lasting, leaving beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass. Some light getting thru towards the edge of the glass.

N: Big notes of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and some moderate oak.

T: I don't get any of the honey in the nose, but I get it on the palate and it is very subtle, but pleasurable and unique. There is a good amount of bitterness, both from the some nice hop and honey alike. Dry roasted malt, followed by punchy dark fruits, and chocolate.

M: Slightly dry mouthfeel, but it was well carbonated and had a great texture. Wasn't heavy, or too sweet, or cloying. Very round, and well balanced. Good hop coming through. Really impressive beer.

D and O: Great beer, thanks alot Tim! Great beer, not extremely high in the ABV realm, which is appreciated, yet didn't skimp on any flavor. (1,068 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
1.31/5  rDev -70%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Obsidian black pour into my Darkness tulip. 2011 bottle date.

Promising full finger of mocha head. The lacing cakes. I wasn't prepared for the smell but yet as my brain told me what it was I could not get over it. The barrel aging is there but it smelled exactly like barrel aged play-doh. Unbelievably awful nose. Put it down and came back to it after a few minutes. I sucked up the courage for a few sips and that was a big a let down as the smell. Carbonation was fine but it was malty burnt toast. Three sips is all I could muster. 19 of those 22 ounces were drain poured.

I can not see nor do I want to be told why that beer is so great. Horrid awful garbage that was made in a bathtub. One of my worst drinking experiences ever. (737 characters)

Photo of ASUBeer
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into a large snifter.

A: a dark, oily stout with a small dark tan head that spreads out and then falls back to the edge of the glass.

S: the nose on this beer is terrific. You get a smooth oak, bourbon scent with a light tobacco, molasses and honey in there too.

T: so mellow and balanced. I'm really surprised by how balanced this is while basically fresh. You get a warm dark chocolate and honey taste that is quickly chased with a warm bourbon and oak taste.

M. Very silky and the honey definitely gives it a sticky texture that makes it a very nice, slow sipping stout.

O: Overall this is a home run of a barrel age stout that really is different than most BA stouts I've had. The nose is fantastic and this beer is very smooth for being do young. (781 characters)

Photo of GehenHerzog
5/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.69/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good googly moogly!!! This ale is straight up alcohol and I am surprised is isn't sold in the local ABC store on the shelf beside the Midnight Moon moonshine! Poured a dark black with minimal head, very much like a Barley Wine...In fact, a lot like a barley wine in the aftertaste! Interestingly enough, the "honey" really comes through the warmer it gets! Overall, "The Event Horizon" is an amazing brew worthy of a try!! (424 characters)

Photo of marvin213
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque. It's so black it hardly looks liquid. The fuzz is a brown tan. It looks fine...like a hottie dime on the cover of Jett or Ebony. That tan head--a favorite of mine--hangs around and clings to the sides. Maybe half the black stout shines through the surface.

The nose is oaky bourbon. Even cold it's one of the most bourbon barrely beer I've ever smelt. In contrast to the alcoholic bourbon of a bold GI BCS, it's a wet, oaky bourbon--it's like smelling a 2 x 4 that's been sitting in a chocolate-malted Buffalo Trace barrel. That's the bourbon, right? I don't know how to make a BA stout smell better.

It tastes and feels rich. There's an abundant sweetness: honey and chocolate and bourbon. It's like decadent, but nearly overwhelming. Has the beer been sitting in barrels since the last bottling? It's heavy like that. The feel teeters on cordial. I'm glad everybody's fired up about this one. I'd say it's the Carolinas Abyss! The honey adds sweetness you could counter is unnecessary, but it adds some smoothness that pulls it ahead of a BA Blackbeerd. Disclaimer: only had the BT, wish I could've tried the Beam variety. The Event Horizon is a legitimate bad ass! (1,179 characters)

Photo of Finatic
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2011 vintage into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, jet black color with a small light brown head. Very little lacing that receded very quickly.

S: Dark chocolate with hints of bourbon, oak, vanilla and some molasses.

T: Bourbon taste is very prominent with some chocolate and vanilla. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste. No hint of honey that I can taste.

M: Very smooth considering the bitter aftertaste. Very well carbonated.

O: This could do with some aging IMO. I would rather have Silent Night. (514 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 02/05/2012
Type: 22oz. Waxed Bomber
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Southampton Large Snifter

Pours a midnight black in color w/ a skim coat brown head that leaves little to no lacing. Aromas of chocolate fudge, German chocolate cake, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Awesome nose! Taste starts off w/ sweet chocolate fudge and German cak up front, followed by smooth bourbon and oak, and finishes w/ hop bitterness and a good bit of char. Full bodied and lush. Initially, I thought I would be able to polish off the bottle w/ ease, but after almost a whole glass the char on the backside really started to turn me away.

Overall, great beer for what it is, and that is why I rated it so. Not really my cup of tea as my palate has changed considerably, more into less filling brews right now. However, if you want a great BA IS, this one is calling your name. (849 characters)

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

Pours about as black as any beer i've ever had. Looks a little thin in the pour. Slight brown head that goes away pretty quickly. Strong lacing, a nice looking beer.

Smell is bourbon upfront followed by nice roasted notes and dark chocolate. A pleasant smell though the bourbon dominates a little.

Taste is very in line with the smell only with a little bit of a dark fruit element as well. Bourbon taste is really well blended and doesn't drink hot as all.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. Not totally off, but i think a little thicker mouthfeel would do wonders for this beer.

Overall this is a really enjoyably beer and highly drinkable for the style. Locally, i'd rate it a slight notch below BA Sexy Chocolate, a slight notch above ORF, and a good step above Igor and Silent Night. Get this one if you can. (810 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ncvbc for this extra!

Aroma:There is a huge chocolate aroma on this beer. Next comes a great bourbon undercurrent. There is also a little vanilla. This aroma is amazing, I must have spent 5 minutes just smelling it.

Appearance:Black, deep mocha colored head with OK retention.

Taste:The flavor is much like the aroma, lots of chocolate up front, and then comes the bourbon. The bourbon flavor isn't huge and hot, it's definitely there but well balanced. On the aftertaste, there's some vanilla and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel:The body on this beer is thick and creamy, and there's a little astringency towards the aftertaste. The carbonation is low to medium, but well suiting of this beer.

Drinkability:This is a wonderful chocolate beer that's smooth and really well balanced. There's not much age on this beer, but it's already amazing, and I can only imagine how this one will age. (895 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulips and shared. A jet black beer with very little detectable head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roast malt and cherries. Taste is a slightly tart cherry-chocolate followed by roasted malt and a little bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is dense, viscous, and almost flat carbonation. A huge sipper of a beer - much larger than its ABV would indicate. Overall, an enjoyable dessert stout, but not one you'd drink the whole bomber by yourself. (451 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

Dark brown pour with small almond head. Smells wonderfully of bourbon and chocolate, barrel aging is very apparent. Taste starts with vanilla, brown sugar and oak and ends with some slight alcohol heat. Carbonation is lower side with a slightly light mouthfeel. (274 characters)

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

2010 bottle

A: Dense black beer with a 3/4" tan colored head. Fairly decent lacing along the glass. High viscosity for the abv.

S: Crazy smooth bourbon chocolate. Good amounts of toffee and anise. The alcohol seems very low but all of the aroma and bite remains high. I couldn't imagine a barrel aged stout being at a better integrated point than this.

T: This is such a great base stout used here, not over the top, just damn good brewing. Bourbon is sewn into the soul of the beer at this point. Nothing overpowers or becomes too much with event horizon. Roasty, chocolate, and coffee malts are used in a great balance and the honey just adds a nip of sweet to the brew. Slight oak-vanilla nuttiness adds some more complexities.

M: Higher carbonation than most stouts in this class. Real creamy and easy going. Goes down smooth.

O: Fairly tame in a very good way, just smooth chocolate with sweet bourbon hints. A nice well brewed stout to stand up to a little barrel aging. I hope I can get the chance to try this a little fresher. (1,040 characters)

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. (885 characters)

Photo of ottovon
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (558 characters)

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

Thanks to beerness for generously grabbing this for me. Batch 1 (2010), opened on February 17, 2011.

Pours black with a thin mocha-colored cap.

Rich, milk chocolate with sweet bourbon running through it. A small amount of charred oakiness, but the toasted coconut is the scent that really rounds this out. My nose tickles with a hint of wild cherry on the finish. Superb.

Sweet bourbon and some of the richest fudge presence I've had in a stout. Some toffee sweetness, vanilla, and earthy oak. The bourbon is nicely integrated and isn't overpowering. It works harmoniously with the honey, berry, and chocolate sweetness, but is surprisingly not cloying.

Sticky, almost syrupy, with carbonation on the lower end of the spectrum. Really silky. It drinks right around or under its ABV - it's certainly less boozy than most imperial stouts.

This has been the talk of the town around here recently, as it was an unexpectedly great offering from Olde Hickory. I can't say I'm disappointed, and I prefer this to any other North Carolina barrel-aged stouts, with the exception of one or two vintages of ORF. I love the dark cherry and toasted coconut notes, the bourbon is well-integrated, the fudge is luscious, and the body is mind-blowing. I wish I had more than this one bottle. (1,282 characters)

The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.