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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

968 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 756
Gots: 373 | 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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jh1982

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

11-15-2011 00:46:07 | More by jh1982
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Rau71

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-24-2013 20:45:15 | More by Rau71
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-22-2014 02:59:15 | More by Hallertau
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mverity

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

02-13-2014 06:05:16 | More by mverity
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Roger85

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-27-2014 13:35:16 | More by Roger85
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-13-2014 01:31:14 | More by SkiBum22
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 23:00:45 | More by ChadQuest
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

04-29-2012 18:51:04 | More by dtx00
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EasyReader

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-17-2011 00:58:23 | More by EasyReader
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-16-2014 23:53:03 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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claaark13

Indiana

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

This one arrived unexpectedly on a Friday afternoon. Poured into a Founders snifter. Thanks morimoto, what a surprise.

A - Black, thick appearance with a thick medium tan colored head. Lacing remains across the surface once the head clears. Sticks well to the side of the glass.

S - Just about as bourbon forward as it can get, with some licorice sneaking through. Very potent, very appealing.

T - Honey, bourbon, cocoa. The taste feels a little light in the middle. Finishes with some more bourbon, oak and some hints of cocoa. The flavor is lighter than I'd expect, and doesn't allow for any of the individual notes to dominate. The honey helps carry the flavors from start to finish.

M - Medium and slightly prickly body. The beer appears to be thicker than it feels on the tongue. Highly drinkable based on the somewhat subdued flavor and medium body.

O - Although I find the flavor to be a little light for a BA RIS, this beer drinks so easily. It is also impressive that it is kept at 8.5% with this much bourbon in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 01:10:07 | More by claaark13
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-03-2014 01:11:13 | More by greg4579
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-31-2011 19:00:40 | More by mgbickel
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-05-2012 23:34:15 | More by sisuspeed
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dressed all in black he is, a gangly silhouette of bones, coattails and the ever-present tan top hat and collar, his signature of sorts. Few know his story, they only know him as the lurker upon the street corner, to be seen by the lamplight, and a "g'devenin sir," or "howdy, ma'am," all to be heard. Next to the old baker's shop, he can sometimes be seen seated comfortably atop an old icing-bucket, humming small swatches of forgotten tunes and grinning at any passersby, as some small children run to him and give him great big hugs, while others cower behind their well-to-do mothers who hurry past.
The aromas waft out of the bakery-door... The old walls of oak still lending their peculiar brand to all of the other aromas that are fighting their way to be first in your nostrils, perhaps they'll make a lasting impression and you'll choose this bread or that pastry... toffee, almonds, coconut, chocolate, a peculiar candy-sweetness from all of the sugar caramelizing, and he smiles and lights his pipe as you step into the wonderland of flavours and tastes, he looks on from outside as each new flavour captures you in its grasp and takes your tastebuds and mind on a fantasy tour, one complete with the low humming of his forgotten songs and the occasional "howdy do!"
So you pull your bourbon-flask from your pocket and take a pull between each new delectable treat that is placed before you, and the experience melds into something like this: bourbon barrel infused with toffee and chocolate, coconut and vanilla, "g'day sir," coffee-bitter with amaretto and cocoa, "Yes ma'am, well ma'am, thankee ma'am," a slight warm finish of dark chocolate and hazelnut-cream "evenin, young feller."
Thin and warm, the bourbon washes down the wisps of sugar-cane and brown sugar, a plain-as-day representation of a light syrup extracted to a dark brown congelatin chocolate monster, a ridiculously roasty and nutty version of the style...
So you step down and out of the shop, a few choice parcels under your arm and a slight lilt in your voice, "g'day, sir," "g'day young feller. Find somethin' to your likin?"
"Yes sir."
"Well son, I tell 'ee... naught but a few in this 'eer warn world can build 'em like 'at. You'd a-better enjoy that 'un. I heard tell the ol' shop-keeps about done in this 'eer warn world. You'd a-better enjoy them 'uns awhile 'ees 'eer... I spect when he goes on up to the great kitchen, well 'eel receive a job well done... but me, son, I'll be a-movin on, and make no mistake."
"Thank you sir."
"g'day, son. Make your mama proud today."
"Yes sir."

Thanks to kkipple for a taste of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 13:14:41 | More by khiasmus
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jpro

South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz (2013) bottle from Peabody's. Poured into a Left Hand stout glass...

A: pours black with a three finger, mocha head of milkshake-like foam; no lace.

S: bourbon; vanilla; sweet malt and honey; a touch hot as it warms.

T: chocolate; sweet roasted malt; bourbon; honey; it's not that rosary or bitter... Perhaps a bit too sweet.

M: medium-full body; high carbonation; sticky.

O: a nice barrel aged stout, but too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 01:03:27 | More by jpro
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riemster

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-16-2014 19:21:29 | More by riemster
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RayUF07

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-06-2014 04:11:54 | More by RayUF07
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emottram

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-18-2013 19:15:44 | More by emottram
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -14%

04-26-2013 02:10:04 | More by HopsMatt
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-27-2013 20:39:01 | More by bradfordjohnson
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found a bottle of the 2012 release over the weekend and was anxiously looking forward to popping it last night. This beer is pretty legendary in our parts, and the mixture of several malts, 4 hops, locally farmed honey and aging in bourbon barrels is infamous. Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head glass.

A: Near jet black/brown, no turbidity but virtually opaque. Minimal head, first pour gave me maybe 5mm thin line and 2nd pour (a little warmer and more vigourous) gave be a nice 2 finger chocolate brown head which pretty minimal retention and some light lacing.

S: You immediately get the feeling that this will be a big boozy monster. You smell the honey sweetness first, but the bourbon notes dominate the nose. Nose is almost quad-like and says "buckle up".

T: Again you get honey and brown sugar sweetness on the entry, with a finish which is really driven by the charred bourbon barrels. It's nice and very elegant. This beer changes dramatically in complexity as it warms and opens up. First pour (cool) is really driven by honey and bourbon, but once it warms for 15 - 20 minutes you start to pick up lots of other layers: dry cocoa powder, toffee , caramel and vanilla. Almost each sip can be a little different. Really complex and intriguing. This is not a boozy beer at all, no alcohol burn, the nose is just deceiving in that it gives you that impression that you are in for a monster.

MF: Really slick, oily and viscous. Not fork and knife thick like some imperial stouts, but definitely substantial. Coats the mouth in a very sexual way which is addictive, especially near the bottom of the glass. I actually would have liked a bump more carbonation to release the flavors more fully, but I think subtle is part of the plot here.

All in all, A truly EPIC beer which lives up to the hype of being one of the best, if not , the best beer brewed in North Carolina. Definitely worth searching and definitely worth cellaring. Let it open and warm a bit for maximum enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 13:07:12 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-07-2012 17:14:31 | More by Yabev15
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IAmHollywood13

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-09-2014 20:16:46 | More by IAmHollywood13
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Denzo

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-20-2014 00:29:15 | More by Denzo
The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
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