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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

881 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%


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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dcloeren

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JR for splitting yet another awesome bottle with me.

Poured an inky black and looks thick as it pours out of the bottle. Got about a finger of dark cinnamon colored head that stuck around for maybe 3 seconds before receding to a thin ring around the edges.

The aroma on this beer is amazing. Getting hit in the face with big bourbon and oak notes right off the back with the sweet smell of honey kissing my nose on the back end. Roasted malt and dark chocolate and vanilla round off this amazing smelling beer.

Taste follows the nose to the T except the honey sweetness blends into the main body just to sweeten it up a bit. Great bourbon notes, nice chocolate coated roasted malt and smooth vanilla making up the back end.

Full bodied, thick and slightly chewy. Just enough carbonation to make its way through this thick stout to tickle my tongue. Couldn't ask for a better body/ mouthfeel for this beer.

Overall, this was a BIG TIME stout with a some serious kick. I dont know if I could really ask for anything else from this beer. I thought the honey gave the beer just the right amount of sweetness and I loved the big bourbon and oak characteristics. JR is knocking this tasting out of the park! THanks again!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 03:16:41 | More by dcloeren
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silentnoiz

Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of 2011.

A - super dark pour with a thin layer of head

S - sweet vanilla with a really nice roasty and not burnt aroma

T - really complex flavors. Vanilla throughout with a really nice roasty not burnt flavor. A bit of cherry and young oak. The booze shows through, I guessed this at 11.5% but I like that.

M - nice feel fairly thick

O - really great brew, enjoyed quite a bit. Might make my top 10 stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 05:31:04 | More by silentnoiz
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to raveskdr for sharing this beer. 2011 vintage.

Beer pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan head with moderate lacing. Smells of chocolate with some bourbon and oak. Taste follows the aroma - a nice mix of the three, but not overwhelmed by any of the flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a nice bourbon barrel stout, but there's nothing to make it stand out. I'm a little disappointed given the hype it's gotten.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 05:31:58 | More by starrdogg
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SkeeterElvis

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 in a snifter

Appearance: brown head, moderate lacing

Nose: carob, vanilla, caramel, some cherry/raisin

Taste: dark chocolate, faint caramel, and vanilla fade to smooth bourbon, finishes with espresso which lingers

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, somewhat creamy

One smooth beast.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:21:59 | More by SkeeterElvis
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Netdigger2

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is not for someone just getting started into stouts or Barrel Aged beers. If that's you, cellar it until you are ready. That said, this was a 2011 bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours opaque with brown head, lots of carbonation and lacing.

The smell is small batch bourbon, roasted malt, toffee, cherries or currants, raisins, possibly some tree nuts. It is outrageously complex.

Taste is good bourbon, roasted malt, cacao nibs, raisins, bread. Again, the complexity is crazy.

Mouthfeel is heavy, only cut by the barrel aging. Carbonation is high.

Amazing beer, different from the 2010 batch, but not necessarily worse-just slightly different nuances.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 13:12:31 | More by Netdigger2
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

1.27/5  rDev -70.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 04:19:25 | More by TheDudeRules
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
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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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this elusive bottle.

Pitch black hue, small mocha head. Some cascade action. Rich chocolate fudge, molasses, coffee, bourbon. Flavors are rich and full of chocolate gnash, coffee, bourbon. Full thick body. Mild carbonation. A very well done Imperial stout. Olde Hickory knows how to make em.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 22:26:39 | More by beerwolf77
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dirtylou

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, split over x-mas, 2011 vintage

appearance: served in large belgian chalice, deep ebony body - thick mocha head with nice thick lace

smell: rich dark chocolate, bourbon, espresso, vanilla, caramel

taste: highly anticipated release from olde hickory, one of my favs in NC...rich decadent flavor profile - slightly bitter dark chocolate, rich but not potent bourbon, vanilla, caramel, honey in the finish. heavy roasted malt, chocolate cake, oak

mouthfeeel: creamy and rich, abv not abrasive

overall: quality stout - one of the finer beers to come out of NC

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 00:58:11 | More by dirtylou
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Izecold88 hooked me up with this bottle from the first run... Big props Manny!!

Pours thick and viscous... great dark brown head.... the brew stains the glass with each swirl....

Nose is fudgy... with vanilla and coffee... smells decadent.

Flavor is very rich... waves of bourbon and vanilla... thick dark chocolate.... hints of sweet cherry.. wonderful.

Body is surprisingly not as thick as expected.... a solid medium... nice small bubble carbonation allows the flavors to linger on the palate.

Thanks again Manny.... I look forward to many more fantastic trades.

4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 04:41:16 | More by JohnGalt1
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VaTechHopHead


4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and looks like used motor oil. Quick fading head and leaves good lacing

Reeks of Bourbon in a good way, slightly sweet from the honey and a slight dryness from the malts

Tastes sweet right from the start but the Bourbon kicks in very quickly along with dry wood and highly roasted malts. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn and leaves the palate dry

Heavy body with very low volumes of carbonation, finishes semi dry and aftertaste fades quickly. Alcohol is noticeable but not in a bad way. Easy to drink slow

An excellent beer and the honey adds a nice sweet touch to a style with big and robust flavors. Definitely a seeker

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 23:26:56 | More by VaTechHopHead
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camil1mj

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle shared at the 4 Elf Party.

A: Dark, dark brown, almost black. Some mocha colored head. Some lacing.

S: Great sniffs. Bourbon, chocolate and toffee.

T: Good balance of the typical BA stout flavors: bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate malt.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

O: A great middle of the pack BA stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 13:48:48 | More by camil1mj
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iadler

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 06:45:36 | More by iadler
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 15:31:19 | More by Gfunk720
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jethrodium

California

3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 00:32:44 | More by jethrodium
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 03:31:46 | More by ASUBeer
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claaark13

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
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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marvin213

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 19:20:15 | More by marvin213
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap it was more carbonated when I had it at TJs in Carrboro.

Pours a thick pitch black, almost forceful effort needed to leave the bottle. No head and no carbonation. ill come back and add cellaring reviews as needed.

Smells of honey and bourbon, and dry grains. None of the initial stout smells are there, probably taken over by the barrel aging flavors.

Tastes like it smells. Honey is the biggest flavor here. It kind of takes over, and I like it. Vanilla is there that compliments the bourbon smoothness. And yes its as good as it sounds. Hyped up and deserving. A spicy oaky wood just runs all over.

**UPDATE**
Same keg, 45 days later. I get more barrel, but more specifically it feels like honey bourbon barrels. Very slick and smooth. Still highly rated. Cant wait to try with dakkon54 and the rest of the guys at Parrothead pub in April!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 23:30:30 | More by VncentLIFE
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this today at the Olde Hickory Tap Room down town...

Pour black & oily with a modicum of tan head. Minimal head retention & some sticky lacing

Nice Bourbon notes, some cheyy, oak & vanilla

Dark chocolate, Bourbon, & oakyness up front. A touch of dryness gives way to a bit of earthy coffee & molasess with nice vnnilla swwetness. Finishes dry, smooth & soothing, not perfect, but a damn good take on the stylr

MF: Chewy,sooth & warming

Drank very easy for the style. This brewery has really progessed in the last few-3 years, well done OHB. You've done this ex-Hickory, NC resident proud!

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 23:50:51 | More by russpowell
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mechamifune

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 22:13:34 | More by mechamifune
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oberon

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle thanks to lanamj.
22oz bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with only a few dark brown bubbles forming around the edges.

S - Strong bourbon hits me first, then some nice chocolate and oak.

T - The strong chocolate hits me hard here, then some anise, slight bitter coffee, and a nice bourbon finish.

D - A ver smooth drinker, but a slight bitter after-taste.

O - Great. A bourbon and chocolate delight. Who could complain about that.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:56:33 | More by HuskyinPDX
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lanamj

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Bottle served in a Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip.

A- Pores a nice thick black color with minimal mocha colored head that resides to a perfect lace with good retention. A perfect looking stout!!

S- As I pore it i can automatically begin to smell the chocolate!! Rich malts and chocolate dominates the nose followed by beautiful bourbon, vanilla and oak aromas as well. I could smell this one all day, yankee candle needs to makes the sent happen!!! It is a perfectly balanced nose, couldn't be better IMO.

T- More bourbon then the nose. In fact i feel the flavors are reverse then the nose. The bourbon, oak and vanilla are up front, as is the honey. And the chocolate resides in the end. The chocolate lingers well. A perfect tasting stout.

M- Nice and smooth. Very silky and creamy. Carbonation is perfect for a barrel aged stout. This again can not get much better!!

O- I felt last years Event was as good as it gets... I was wrong, it's this years!! What a great beer, not as sweet and more smooth chocolate flavors. I also feel what little tang was present from oxidation is not present this year. I love this beer and Im happy I live where I do.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 21:39:47 | More by lanamj
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bomber into a Darkness glass. Thanks go out to the generous kingkong for sending this my way. Shared at a tasting.

A: Fully black body under a finger of incredibly dense, creamy brown head. Terrific retention and lacing. Gorgeous stout.

S: Big, sweet, and roasty. Chocolate, molasses, licorice, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and just a hint of dark fruit. Complex and lovely.

T: Roasty up front, with dark chocolate dominating while coffee and molasses swirl underneath; some bourbon and vanilla nuances show up midway through, but the base stout's malt and roast are always more noticeable than the barrel. The finish is a little odd, combining vanilla with surprising dryness from the roastiness. Absolutely spectacular overall: not overwhelming in any way, and drinkable throughout. Terrific stout.

M: Medium-to-full body with lots of creamy froth. A little over the top carbonation-wise, but extremely enjoyable nonetheless.

O: I flirted with giving this one a perfect score for flavor, but shied away in the end - only because its impeccable balance made me feel like something was ever-so-slightly missing. I could have dealt with just a big more bourbon presence, and look forward to trying a fresh bottle of the 2011 vintage to see if the barrel is more prominent right out of the gate. Terrific beer, and entirely worthy of its high scores - if not some of the outsized trades it was demanding a while back. Huge thanks, again, to kingkong for generously making this one possible.

Cheers!

EDIT:

I was fortunate enough to try the new 2011 version of this (also thanks to kingkong's remarkable generosity), and it was every bit as delicious. I can't believe how much flavor they pack into such a moderate ABV. Terrific beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 19:40:04 | More by woosterbill
The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.