The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 252
Hads: 1,490
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 22.07%
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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

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Beer added by: Habmike on 12-08-2010

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Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
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.


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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of camil1mj
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of iadler
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of ASUBeer
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of marvin213
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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!

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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!

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Photo of russpowell
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Photo of mechamifune
4.33/5  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.

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Photo of oberon
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of lanamj
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.



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.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into my cigar city tulip.

A: Pretty much opaque. A two finger, dark brown, head appeard and left some nice rings of lace.

A: Smells of rich chocolate, toffee, vanilla, roasted coffee, and caramel. The bourbon notes are not as in your face as other BA brews of the same caliber. But IMO are right on the mark.

T: Just an outstanding fusion of the barrel and the beer. Bourbon, as in the nose, is not overpowering, but accentuating. The notes of vanilla and caramel from the barrel balance perfectly with the roasty coffee and chocolate flavors in the brew.

M: Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but carbonation is just about right.

O: A really outstanding beer. I am very impressed by the balance between the barrel and the beer. I would absolutely have this one again. Skal.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown/balck color with a dark tan head. Head collars around the glass. Very, very rich smell with notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, and slight roast. Velvety medium mouthfeel, could be a little heavier for me. Starts sweet with molasses, brown sugar, that then goes to a rich chocolaty roasted flavor. The bourbon is well incorporated. Overall, I am really impressed with this one. Given all the hype and noise around this one, I was skeptical on if it woudl be good or not but it certainly lives up to the hype.

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Photo of jale
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to my great friend Eric(turdfurgison) for the chance to try this.

A: Pours black with little head.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon and dark fruits.

T: Roasted malt and slight bitter cocoa followed by caramel and nice mild bourbon oakiness. The bourbon is mild and well done. The honey adds some complexity to the beer. I get somme dark fruits and just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Creamy thick body with average carbontion.

O: Wish I had more. Thanks again Eric.

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Photo of goveia75
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Matt. Thanks so much!!!

Pours a deep space black with an incredibly frothy tan head that laced onto the glass beautifully. Smells of chocolatey goodness, vanilla, maple, honey, and bourbon. Taste brought out those same flavors, but the bourbon was a little more muted than in the nose. Reminded me much of a Founders Black Biscuit. Mouthfeel was very nice, though maybe just a tad less creamy than I'd have hoped for. But this is easily one of the best beers I've had this year. Holy smokes this was a frickin treat.

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Photo of tewaris
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't quite remember who shared it but I think it was Kevin again. Thanks!
Fairly standard -bal Imperial Stout with a dark, smooth body and tiny head. The aroma is full of chocolate notes and vanilla, and of course bourbon. Tastes chocolaty and is reminiscent of BCBS without the booze. Mouthfeel is good for an ~8% beer. An achievement in the sense that so much flavor is packed into this beer without being too strong. Very very good.
3.5, 4, 4, 4, 4.5

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Photo of GbVDave
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to Wil for the hook-up!

A: Pours your typical IS level of black. Pure, rich black. Dark espresso crema colored foam hung around shortly before disappearing completely..

S: Completely killer aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and/or whisky. Roasted nuts, pipe tobacco, fudge, brown sugar/molassas, milk chocolate covered cherries, and a dose of campfire smoke.

T: As above with less emphasis on the bourbon and more on the chocolate. Dark fruit, devil's food cake, and vanilla bean.

M: Slick and slippery with just the right amount of heft. Not too sticky and/or sweet like other examples of the style.

O: Made to be shared but not at all oppressively heavy. Thanks again, Wil!

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a snifter from a bomber generously shared at a birthday celebration with fellow BA Cosmicevan.

Appears a really nice super dark chocolate brown. A small rim of foam remains around the rim.

Smells of musky bourbon with some coffee and dark chocolate coming through. There's a butterscotch sweetness coming through that's nice - perhaps a contribution from the honey.

Taste is super balanced. A conversation with Cosmicevan revealed his opinion of it's honey sweetness - a point I can concur on.

This goes down rather easily. Noteworthy is a puckering of the tongue from the barreling.

This was a nice experience. I had it after a GI BCB Rare so it's hard to compare.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.7/5  rDev +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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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.