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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 1,467
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 827
Gots: 492 | FT: 76
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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 steve8robin
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love the regular Imperial Stout and Irish Walker from Olde Hickory, excited to give this well rate brew a try for myself. 22oz bottle, 2010 vintage...

A: A perfect pitch black with a small dark mocha colored head that fades to a bubbly lace atop the brew. Good.

S: Smells of a great chocolatey brownie upfront. Reminds me somewhat of Black Tuesday in the scent! Some awesome bourbon notes quickly followed with some nice cocoa in the middle. A little vanilla and coffee notes on the backend. Awesome blend of scents. Very good!

T: A nice thick chocolate and vanilla blend upfront with hints of roasty coffee. Some mild chocolate bitterness in the middle with some cocoa notes on the backend. This almost reminds me of a milk chocolate bar. I get some lactose tastes on the backend. Nothing in this is overpowering other flavors. Very well balance. Awesome!

M: Full bodied with a great carbonation. A nice thick creamy finish. Not cloying at all. Perfect.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, a big standing ovation! OHB has really outdone themselves this time. This stout rivals Black Tuesday in the scent and is a perfect example of the style in the taste. The balance is incredible on this one. Definitely try one of these if you like stouts. (1,249 characters)

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

Big thanks to Craytonic for sending this.

Appearance is typical of the style, an opaque black with moderate carbonation that forms a small tan head.

The nose is huge, with blatant bourbon overtones of caramel and vanilla that hover over a chocolatey, charred malt base. Licorice is evident, and there's a faint scorched and earthy quality.

There's more molasses than chocolate on the palate, along with a kick of licorice and bourbon. The mid-palate brings out more caramel and vanilla sweetness, but the finish is more tannic and dry with a kick of bitter charred malt. The beer is surprisingly viscous for the supposed 8.5% ABV. (633 characters)

Photo of glazeman
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Macky20 for this one! Split with airohead2001 and Zpack. Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark black, like the rim of a black hole. Excellent dark mocha colored head that has moderate retention and great lacing.

S: I popped the bottle and was blown away by the melding of the maple and bourbon notes on the nose. A truly phenomenal smelling beer without being overly strong smelling. I get a bit of vanilla at the end.

T: There's prefect balance of everything that should be in a stout. The bourbon is more of a supporting role and is not overbearing in the least. There's great roasted coffee, some maple, and a tad bit of vanilla and dark fruit, though not much of the later two. My only complaint is that this is a bit too sweet.

M: At first I thought this was a tad thick, but as it warmed it was near perfect. Excellent carbonation and aftertaste let this sit on the tongue perfectly.

D: I could drink this all day long without hesitation. It's up there with bourbon barrel plead the fifth and rare BCS for the best and most drinkable bourbon barrel stout I've had. (1,084 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to glazeman. Accompanied by the Z-pack. Really excited to try this beer.

This is a pretty looking beer. Started with a beautiful looking 2 finger brown-red, coffee appearing head that eventually faded. A good swirl or two brings the thick foam back. Brown-yellow syrup coats the walls of the snifter.

The smell is perfect for the style - combines the vanilla, nuttiness, and maple syrup of CBS with the dark fruits of Dark Lord.

Taste is also one of the best of it's style - Smoooth bourbon and vanilla through out with roasted coffee in the background. Whereas other bourbon American stouts end with a harsh bitter finish, The Event Horizon is smooth through the finish. The balance is perfect.

THICK THICK THICK. Great mouthfeel.

Thanks to the smooth balance of this outstanding beer, the drinkability is very high.

Overall, this beer was amazing. Nuff said. (881 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle shared by Javier, thanks! Poured into a snifter. This beer is like three to four months old? It's very odd, the outside of the cap shows a significant amount of rust and deterioration beneath the wax.

A: Glugs out thick and viscous, a formidable pitch black. The frothy head is a very dark shade of brown. Nice looking beer.

S: Big and rich, with strong dark chocolate and cocoa nib aromas. Honey accompanies brown sugar, oak, and a prominent yet graceful oxidation note. Bourbon profile is excellent.

T: Rich dark chocolate and cocoa accompany oak, brown sugar, honey, and well integrated bourbon. Lightly oxidized. Incredibly rich. Booze is well hidden. Slightly dry cocoa bourbon oak finish.

M: Full body with upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and viscous.

Overall: Excellent stuff. The bottle says it can age, but this is more than ready to drink now. (894 characters)

Photo of titosupertramp
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to 67couple for the opportunity to try this one.

A: Maybe the darkest beer that I've seen. No brown showing when tilted and raised to light. Big, two finger head that's chocolate in color. Slowly fades and leaves large bubbles around the outside edges. Some lacing, not much.

S: Whoa. Big time aromas coming from this(wife could smell it across the room). Sweet is balanced well with roasted/smokey notes. Chocolate, dark fruit, roasted barley, vanilla, honey..maybe a little bit of coconut. Very inviting smell...lovely.

T: Again, sweet and roasted flavors are balanced. Dark chocolate, raisins, plums, vanilla, coffee, toffee, honey just a little bit of citrus hops and of course bourbon towards the end..there's almost a cinamon

M: Velvety, smooth..a real mouthful. Coats the mouth with a nice, bitter sweet taste.

D: Tasty, no signs of alcohol in the taste or smell which is rare of a barrel aged stout. For being a big beer, it doesn't sit all that heavy on the stomach either.

Is The Even Horizon deserving of all the hype? Maybe not, but what beer is after it's been built up like so many are on this and other sites. Regardless, this is a terrific beer that I'm very happy that I had the opportunity to try. Thanks again Jon. Go Munster! (1,265 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Trevor.

Pour is sexy as hell. Pitch black pour with a big thick mocha head that shows great retention. Not much lacing but that's nitpicking.

Aroma is huge and sweet with chocolate malts, molasses and honey. A bit of bitter bakers chocolate and roasted coffee along with some faint oak barrel and smoke character.

The taste is big sweet and roasty if that makes sense. Thick molasses and chocolate backbone with heavily roasted malts and tobacco. The finish is bitter but with a slight bourbon burn.

The mouthfeel is ridiculous for such a low ABV beer. Crazy smooth, thick and full bodied.

This is an excellent imp stout and really complex and flavorful given the relative low ABV. The honey really adds to the complexity and feel. Great stuff. (766 characters)

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

Inky black color with a sort of rust brown head.

Smells of bakers chocolate, molasses, oak, taninins, a touch of chalk, dark chocolate, charred malt and some tar.

The taste is a little heavy on the honey, lots of tannins and oak, a good bit of char in the finish, but not much bourbon character. The honey/molasses is overpowering at the front with too much char on th end.

Mothfeel is heavy, but slick and not too syrupy. Carbonation is great. It could be more viscous though.

Not my favorite bourbon imperial stout to say the least. I felt like it went from somewhat cloying sweetness straight to tar like tannic flavors. Alcohol is fairly well hidden though.


Sampled at oakquinox. It's awesome. Clearly some bottle variation on this one.

Look is the same. Smell is chocolate, fudge, brownie, tobacco, WTF this is not the same beer. Taste follows smell plus some toffee and coffee.

Dear Olde Hickory, you guys blow at bottling. Waaay too much variation. This is a fantastic beer, but y'all North Carolina homies need to figure your shit out. Kthanxbye! (1,071 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)

Photo of ssuggs01
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black and comletely opaque with a two finger dark mocha head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that provides a minimal amount of lacing.

Complex aroma with a good balance of hops, bourbon barrel ans honey. Hints of pine up front along with a prominent bourbon character. Hints of sweet spirit and oak as well as a healthy dose of vanilla in the nose. Viscous, chewy medium body that's on the full end with lots chocolate malt, a very prominent hop forward bitterness, oak, vanilla, honey and almost the perfect amount of bourbon. Mid-palate sweet chocolate malt, honey and licorice. I was expecting much more of a bourbon bomb but this beer is incredibly well balanced, complex and delicious. This is the best NC beer I have had to date. (767 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a small mocha head

Rich dark chocolate aroma and toasted coconut. Bright dark cherries and charred oak.

An amazingly bold flavors for a lower abv barrel aged imp. stout. Milk chocolate and rich malt coats your tongue. Finishes with high quality bitter dark chocolate and medium toasted oak. Bourbon doesn't push through very well but is rather soft and intertwined within the milk chocolate. I wouldn't mind it being more pronounced. This beer is so rich and silky and you could easily put back a few glasses. Hype warranted. (544 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 ROBORB
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: On draft and from 22 oz bomber this beer pours solid black with a brown 2 inch head that fades quickly.
S: The beers smells like a bourbon stout should with dark roasted malts, chocolate, smooth bourbon and some residual molasses.
T: The taste is what does it for me with this beer. You are assaulted with the aforementioned malts and chocolate initially. The taste develops into a nice vanilla/coconut bourbon that is still holding onto the chocolate. And finally it finishes sweet with the honey and chocolate following through. These guys did a great job of making something just complex enough and not over the top that it is actually very drinkable!
M: The mouthfeel is on par with some of the best bourbon stouts that I have had. The carbonation level seems to be just right but I would still like it to be a little more viscous.
D: At 8.5 ABV and the taste not fatiguing your palate this beer is very drinkable.

Kudos to Olde Hickory for a great job on this beer, highly recommended. (995 characters)

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

Bottle split post Sexual Chocolate by Lunch, thanks Paul.

Beer is dark with almost no head, haloed, clinging to the sides of the glass I was drinking out of, carbonation low and some lacing but not much. Looks like a lot of barrel aged stouts.

Beer has a nice aroma, sweet, bourbon, mild oakiness, that late sweetness that almost is dry in the nose, smells very nice.

Beer is medium bodied, creamy on the mouth. Fills out nicely in the back half of the beer. The lead off here is the malt syrupy sweetness, not too sweet or cloying, just enough, the bourbon lets loose next giving some mild heat, not off putting but it is definitely aggressive, the back end is bitter with the roast with a nice finish, the swallow allows the flavor to rediffuse through the palate leaving you wanting another drink. It's a good beer, not the best barrel aged stout I've had but it's up there. Thanks. (888 characters)

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.1/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011. Pours a deep black color with a thick brownish white head and a small amount of lacing. Smells of sweet chocolate and coffee. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and some roasted malts. No hops anywhere. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is low. I don't care for it. (304 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

This beer is black with a thin, beige head that leaves some good lacing on the glass. The aroma brings roasted malt, bourbon, honey, chocolate, and oak. The taste is fabulous - a wonderful barrel-aged imperial stout. Additional flavors of coffee and vanilla add to an already complex and awesome beer. Super smooth and creamy feel, with alcohol presence well disguised. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Highly recommended. (459 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried at Jester King, 29 Jan 2011. Courtesy of injuredreserve, thanks for sharing this!

Small dark brown head quickly dissipates. Lightly carbonated. Oily and viscous looking. Dark brown in color. Smells very syrupy with a soy sauce kick. Chocolate and some soy sauce, but less soy than in the aroma. Medium body. Dark chocolate. Soy sauce decreases as it warms. Moderate ethanol.

A says serve with tuna tartare. (414 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (2,614 characters)

Photo of Genghis22
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another unexpected treat from my good buddy Stephen.

Chilled bomber, poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a thick, viscous, tar like black. Big, dense chocolate colored head.

S - The moment this beer hit the glass I was blasted with a big whiff of chocolate. Once I got my nose into it though, there is a lot of dark fruit smells. Fig, plum, sweet toffee and milk chocolate. Not what I was expecting at all. Oakiness is faint, but detectable. Faint touch of vanilla and honey.

T - Up front this is VERY sweet. Lots of fruit flavor. Fig, plum, apricot, honey. There is a brief interlude of bourbon and oak. The hops kick in and bathe the tongue in a much needed dose of bitterness. The aftertaste is all chocolate and roasted coffee. There is a lot going on in this one.

M - Viscous, but not quite chewy. Low to moderate carbonation. I could actually use a touch more, but it is very much in the acceptable range for the style.

D - Still trying to figure out how I feel about this one. It starts off like a Belgian Quad, but finishes like an Imperial Stout. The alcohol is noticable in flashes as you sip the beer, but at 8.5%, this is a one and done for sure. I think some age would do this beer well. Hopefully some of the overt sweetness will fade out. Glad I have another bottle of this, look forawrd to tasting it again in a few years. (1,341 characters)

Photo of abecall98
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Loki83 for bringing this, glad I have a bottle of my own coming.

A - pours an oil black, with some slight light coming through. Head is there, and coats the glass.

S - this is where the beer shines. The nose is strong. Smells of Fresh chocolate are the first thing I notice. I then smell some bourbon, and a little oak. Vanilla is also present. The nose continues playing after I leave the glass alone. So strong.

T - bourbon, a very sweet bourbon. Noticeable sugar sweetness and chocolate notes. Some roasted malt and coffee also come through.

M - a little weak in this aspect. The beer feels thin. It doesn't explode with every sip.

D - I don't know how much abv this beer has, but it has very high flavor, with no alcohol or burn. The strong nose and great flavor compliment this well.

O - a homerun. I will want more. (838 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Center pour gets you three fingers of extremely dark brown foam, the top comprised of larger, thin-skinned bubbles, hence dissolves at a swift pace, does leave thick, messy slabs of lacing behind and the final layer across the surface has staying power. About the blackest pour you will ever see shoot out of a beer bottle, this said when logically black is just black and does not admit of gradients. Naturally, fully opaque. The nose is like a chocolate factory on fire, all roasted and toasted cocoa, mocha, caramel, coffee ice cream, butterscotch and even a suggestion of chicory, all this with a good dose of pine and orange zest blended in, the booziness gives the fruit scents a plum, raisin, cherry cast, dessert-like, otherwise too monolithic for much else to enunciate clearly. Full-bodied for sure, dry and powdery in texture, you can feel it cake up on the tongue, the oak wood evident in many different manners. So much chocolate and cocoa that it's kind of embarrassing to mention other components, the caramel, butterscotch and honey a distant second. Rum raisin, alcohol drenched poached plum, cherry to pear fruit. Lower pine here, more dried herbal and grass matter, tree bark. The grill smoke adds a helpful sour dimension. Underneath the intentional "black star" density is a fairly complex beer trying to get out. If it had more flow and "give" it would be highly notable within its category. (1,413 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle split with, and courtesy of, milwaukeeclassic. Possibly the only saving grace during yesterday's Cutlergate.

Pours deep black with no light penetration. A thin crimson ring lines the periphery. Absolutely no legs on this beer and after no sip, no evidence is left of there having been one bad mutha in this glass. Gotta ding it for that.

Nose and taste are in harmony, so I'll comment as such. Incredibly rich chocolate cake and bitter bakers chocolate meld with a decadent creamy butterscotch. Bourbon shows as smooth vanilla along the back end. Mildly evident alcohol heat is in no way distracting. A few friends who don't typically drink stouts commented on the butterscotch blast. It works quite well and offers a slightly different dimension from many ba stouts. Overall, a silky decadent beast.

Quite thick and full bodied with a near batter like consistency. Drank like the old bowl of cake batter my mom used to give us while baking. My glass disappeared in a hurry, and while it may have been in part to the Bears early ineptitude, I believe the beer deserves most of the credit. (1,104 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 22 oz. bottle with a drippy purple-black wax covering, stamped 'OHB'. Split in a couple of rounds with the wife and a good friend, all to small snifters, post-dinner. Sufficiently warmed out of the fridge, so low 50s serving temperature.

'Ale Brewed with Honey and Aged in Bourbon Barrels'
How OHB got away with the name, a blatant rip-off of the late 90's genre-busting sci-fi/horror classic none of us could figure...

A: An Abyss-ian black, a couple of the stronger pours displayed a swirling topping of muddy-tan cream. At best, they crested at a half-finger; a couple others were a bit less robust. Speckles of lace, nothing too binding.

S: Uncapping the bottle released a wondrous scent of chocolate and bourbon; we passed the bottle around just to savor before the first pour. Sweet coffee and ashy cocoa. Strong and completely enticing.

T: Incredible fudgy chocolate melds beautifully with creamy coffee and dark candied fruits. Right away S picked up raspberries, ripe and sweet. Bourbon isn't overdone; it lends a singed toffee sweetness and modest vanilla bean. Barrel wood is old, comfortable.

M: Amazingly rich and silky and sultry. Neither thick nor chewy and not overheated by alcohol or boozy bourbon barrel. If any flaws at all, I found it ever so slightly thin and a little less carbonated than I like - but that's some serious nit-picking. After a while, we all had to laugh about the ludicrous velvety smoothness, then we shook our heads and marveled silently.

D: Look, I've had some drinkable stouts (as in: "I really want to have this again" or "damn, where did that disappear to?") and I've had a few DRINKABLE STOUTS (as in: "I'd do things I may not be proud of later for another..."). This is the latter. Holy shit-delicious, perfect balance, incredibly smooth and not too heavy or boozy. Phrases were tossed around in our discussion during and after like 'ridiculous' and 'best ever' and 'bottled Nirvana'; I simply say 'wow' and give it the 5 it deserves. Three weeks into 2011 and this is the clear front-runner for New Beer of the Year.

We couldn't wait longer (can't believe cellaring would substantially improve this, but I'd like to find out); HUGE thanks to Metalmonk! More??? (2,219 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 SeattleBeerBlog
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured a midnight black, with a dark tan head. Seriously dark, held a flashlight to it and it sucked the light in...like an event horizon, crazy cool.

S- Smells of Burbon, and good burbon at that. also has chocolate, coffee notes as well as some sweetness. I couldn't believe how much this smelled like Burbon though, reminded me of putting your nose in a glass. Fantastic.

T- Tastes of sweet burbon at first but quickly gives way to roasted coffee and Chocolate as well as a slight bitterness. The beer is a smooth rise and fall of flavor, extremely impressive, while the burbon makes you think alcohol it quickly gives away. FANTASTIC

M- great carbonation and mouthfeel, a bit on the heavy side like a Imperial should but still not cloying.

D- This is probably the best Imperial Stout I have had so far, perhaps even one of the best beers I have ever had, if not the best. Not for the timid or weak but this beer is simply spectacular. Props to Old Hickory, and please make more of this. (996 characters)

The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.