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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

989 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 753
Gots: 372 | 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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Jlu73183

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-30-2014 01:02:54 | More by Jlu73183
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Theortiz01

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-30-2014 00:20:01 | More by Theortiz01
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ChrisMQ

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-28-2014 20:13:03 | More by ChrisMQ
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jschott75

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-25-2014 03:00:32 | More by jschott75
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-23-2014 15:17:59 | More by greenspointexas
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Wolberjs

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-23-2014 03:07:58 | More by Wolberjs
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scottgoblue314

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-23-2014 01:10:27 | More by scottgoblue314
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SLeffler27

New York

4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

“Black” is a poor descriptive of this beer that annihilates all light, seemingly dimming the room around it. A thick, dark walnut creamy head reaches half an inch before leaving patches of lace above a syrupy film.

A Dogfish Head snifter gives up bourbon-soaked figs with vanilla and bitter chocolate. Fermented cherries and sweetened espresso give way to a light aroma of licorice.

This Imperial Stout is quite sweet, similar to rich fudge brownies. The flavor profile is rounded out with plums, espresso and licorice, simultaneously sour and bitter. Warmth evokes clear memories of bourbon plum pudding on cold Christmas nights. The finish is long, subtle and sweet.

The dense body is syrupy smooth with light carbonation and alcohol as expected.

This is a fantastic beer to be sipped during contemplation or while reading. It could pair well with a cigar or ice cream. This beer elicits comforting memories of time with my Grandfather, sitting in leather chairs with book-clad walls, thick cigar smoke, a humidor, and his sculpted trout ashtray. I can only imagine the conversations we would have today, he with his bourbon and me with this thought-provoking beer. Thank you Rodney and Louise.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 20:07:47 | More by SLeffler27
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-22-2014 03:51:27 | More by PhatAtUT
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mecmd

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-22-2014 00:53:40 | More by mecmd
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imyourhero21

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-21-2014 06:03:39 | More by imyourhero21
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-18-2014 18:02:44 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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joe1510

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber

2013 Release

Again, Wil, thanks! Event Horizon is as black hole black. Don't expect any light to escape, you'll be sorely disappointed. The mocha head takes some conjuring but eventually it swirls and rises to a thick cap of creamy darkness. Thin, veil like drink lines remain behind with each drink.

The nose is full to the brim with rich, boozy chocolate. Clean heat tickles the nose upfront before waves of chocolate crash over your senses. Dark, bakers, milk, and fudge all drizzled with honey are vivid. Black coffee with a drop of cream and moderate roast play their part as well. All this mouthwatering stoutness is cradled with caramel, vanilla, oak, and toasted pecans. The barrel works wonders on this already deep stout.

Whew! Toasted pecans, vanilla, and oak get the roller coaster moving. The first curve is rich chocolate, mostly dark this time, baker's and fudge in stride. The loop sends you on a ride of rich, buttery caramel, bourbon, and macerated dark berries. The final curve brings iced coffee, that dash of cream, a little char and sweet toffee. Finishing the ride is slow, smooth chocolate, honey and a touch of vanilla. The barrel aging is nicely done, never getting in the way of the base.

My only complaint about this beer is the mouthfeel. It's substantial upon first drink, a little tannic and slick but with the swallow the body feels a tick thinner than it should. Ringing in at 8.5% may have something to do with this though. Although I don't pick up much in the flavor I do get a hop bitterness that when combined with the roast is solid.

Olde Hickory seems to have chosen an appropriate name for their big, barrel aged stout. There's no going back after the first drink, you're at the point of no return. Even handed barrel aging combined with a great base beer make for a match made in heaven. Do yourself a favor and get this beer. Thanks, Wil! Good chit, mang!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 04:09:51 | More by joe1510
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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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MrNate

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-13-2014 22:12:44 | More by MrNate
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BAsbill

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-12-2014 21:11:31 | More by BAsbill
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myersk27

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-12-2014 17:27:10 | More by myersk27
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-11-2014 02:12:08 | More by mjohnson17
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14%

03-11-2014 02:00:17 | More by brandoman63
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ChuckS

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-10-2014 11:09:59 | More by ChuckS
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-10-2014 03:52:28 | More by facesnorth
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NCLorax

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-09-2014 22:15:35 | More by NCLorax
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Chingringo

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-09-2014 20:35:26 | More by Chingringo
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-09-2014 12:20:25 | More by Sarge3130
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Butchnasty

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +14.7%

03-08-2014 07:59:49 | More by Butchnasty
The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
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