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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

265 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 265
Hads: 1,577
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 21.56%
Wants: 839
Gots: 523 | FT: 89
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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Habmike on 12-08-2010

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Photo of Ryanster8
4.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Caramel, cereal, lactose, whiskey, bourbon and chocolate. Amazingly balanced on the edge of sweetness with a little alcohol in the nose but none in the taste. If I were to guess this would be a 13%+ alcohol beer but is under 9%. Wonderful rolling complexity!

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Photo of zac16125
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
2014 Vintage


Thanks to themadhanner for sending this one over via trade.


A: Opaque black, less than 1 fingers width of mocha colored head dissipates down quickly and leaves essentially zero lacing. 4.25

S: Great nose. Tons of chocolate, fudgey, nutty, roasty, charred wood. Great balance of sweetness and roasted characters. I don’t get many barrel notes, but still excellent aroma. 4.5

T: Very sweet with honey up front, followed by roasted malts on the back end. Chocolate fudge, bitter coffee, a bit of booze. Barrel notes more prominent than in the aroma with oak, char, and vanilla. 4.5

M/D: Medium bodied, could stand to be thicker/fuller, carbonation appropriately low, drinkability is good but somewhat limited secondary to the big sweetness. 4.25

O: Excellent beer, the big sweetness reminds me of 50/50 Eclipse, with weaker barrel notes which gives it less balance. Sweetness becomes a bit much at times, a couple extra months in the barrel and this beer would be elite. Very enjoyably nonetheless. 4.5

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Photo of cducap
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was blown away by this beer. Silky mouthfeel. Tons of coffee and dark chocolate notes at the first smell and confirmed in the taste. The hint of honey is subtle but a welcome addition. An excellent beer that I wish I had more of.

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Photo of cvm4
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 12/15/2014

L - Pours very motor oil black with a 1/2 finger of dark tan head on top. Not much retention or lacing.

S - A decadent nose of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Some honey, marshmallow and caramel.

T - The taste really follows the nose to a T. Nothing more to be said here from me.

F - For the abv and considering it's not a RIS, I can't complain much. Medium bodied and low carbonation. Smooth body, velvety. There is a little heat, but it's not too bad.

O - For an 8.50% abv beer, this beer has so much flavor and brings a lot to the table.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this and Lindley Park with a few weeks of each other and I could not taste much difference between the two. I did not get the honey at all, but it was a pretty good stout overall

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Photo of tillmac62
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BOD 12/18/14. Pours almost pitch black. Normal head volume and retention for barrel aged, excellent lacing.

Nice rich nose of bourbon and heavy notes of oak and bitter dark chocolate over a light caramel coupled with plum.

Rich full body with a creamy texture that has an oily component as well. Light carbonation with just a hint of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is borderline World Class. It is intense, extremely complex and one of the most balanced BA imperial stouts I've encountered. It's only shortcoming, which is slight, is the lack of total alcohol coverage. It begins with a bourbon slap that quickly yields to a rich semi-sweet rush of chocolate. The middle is a light bitterness over a fading chocolate that allows the astringent alcohol flavor to manifest itself over a coffee note. As this fades into the finish, light plum notes appear over a sweet vanilla and bourbon background. The finish is slightly astringent and has a moderate alcohol heat.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imperial stout brewed with honey and aged in bourbon barrels. 2014 bottling poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is black, not terribly viscous, and a rough pour produces a rocky brown head which retains quite well. The first notes I get on the nose are bourbon and dark fruit (plenty of each). With the bourbon, I don't get the nice vanilla and toasted oak, just the residual alcohol. The dark fruit is nice and port-like, but I'd rather have cocoa, coffee, and maybe some coconut aromas in a big barrel-aged stout.

The beer is full bodied and has a good firm feel (a little oily - good for the style). The flavors follow the nose quite well. There is a little bit of tartness up front. It's not infection or off-flavor, it's the dark fruit that I nosed. Following the fruit are hints of roasted malt, toasted almonds, dark chocolate, burnt toast, some licorice, and ruby port on the finish. The beer is not liqueur-like (as some top-shelf barrel-aged stouts are). Rather, it tastes like a genuine stout ale. As with the nose, the beer has a lot of great flavor, but is not "bourbon-forward" in the ways I would like it to be. Nevertheless, there's a lot to like here.

Overall, a very good beer and one I enjoyed a great deal. Not one of my favorite barrel-aged double stouts, but very well-crafted. The flavor is quite complex (more than I thought it would be at 8.5%). Still, I prefer more vanilla and toasted oak and less dark fruit.

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Photo of barczar
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge notes of chocolate fudge and brownies in aroma.

Flavor is sweet, chocolatey, and rich. A guilty pleasure of a beer. This is incredible. Should age well.

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Photo of TK5150
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dense very dark brown/ black with hints of brown around the edges. A small beige colored head recedes to just a ring around the edge of the glass. Nice lacing as I swirl.

S- Liquid chocolate, natural raw honey (even has that weird stink to it), marshmallow, and caramel focused bourbon. Bold. Great aroma.

T- Mirrors the nose very well. The honey, marshmallow and chocolate really stand out in this one. The bourbon compliments everything with some presence on the back-end with some oak tannins and heat.

M- Full bodied and really smooth. Like silk.

O- I was surprised at how good this one was. I knew it was highly rated, but this is one of the best beers I've had in the past year. Packs a lot of flavor into an 8.5% alcohol beer. Great job Olde Hickory!

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Photo of JohnG190
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Jeffrey2310. 2013 bottle. Pours pitch black with no discernable head. Lots of chocolate on the nose with hints of bourbon. Probably the best representation of chocolate in a stout that I have come across. Chocolate dominates the palate with hints of vanilla, bourbon, and dark fruit. Full bodied mouthfeel that is bolstered by the utter lack of carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter, with a final flourish of chocolate. Overall, an extremely complex and layered stout that definately benefited from a year in the cellar.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and thick and oily. It has a nice bourbon nose with hints of vanilla. Mouthfeel is very thick with minimal carbonation. Nice sweet up front taste with vanilla and oaky roasted taste with a great bourbon finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enough of the barrel aged stouts out there. this is a sort of shut up and sit down to the millions of wannabes out there. i absolutely love this one. its rich and frothy in looks, dense and dark, and with a nose that is just insane. toasted coconut, cocoa, vanilla, dry chalky grain, and a whiskey smoothness thats incredible. love that its under ten percent abv too, which is great, allows me to drink a bunch of this. a real cool nuttiness too, almond and hazelnut, lasting, and going brilliantly with the whiskey complexion. rich lathery feel, lasting forever in the finish, but not ever really getting all that heavy. this is my first and only beer ive ever had from these guys, and the hype is real, i mean, this thing is just insane. as layered as anything, its as close to as intensely flavored as the bruery big ones like black tuesday and its relatives. half the abv or less, but such a dynamic beer. chocolate in the finish, oaky, memorable. i want a mainline of this one. one of the few beers where its as good or better as the masses say. a must

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Photo of roger617
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle reviewed 11/6/2014. Bottle poured into snifter.

A: Pours black with 1 finger of khaki head that reduces fairly quickly and leaves a thin collar with no lacing. For under 10%, I'm surprised at how thick the viscosity appears.
S: Chocolate, bourbon, roasted malt, and just a tad bit of sweetness that I'll attribute to the honey.
T: The dominant flavors are chocolate and honey, with a good compliment of bourbon and roast malt. Lingering flavor is heavy with the honey.
M: Carbed well, fairly bitter. Leaves a dryer after taste that brings the honey flavor out.
O: This one exceeded my expectations. I love the honey addition, it goes really well with the chocolate and bourbon.

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Photo of FFreak
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulips and shared. A jet black beer with very little detectable head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roast malt and cherries. Taste is a slightly tart cherry-chocolate followed by roasted malt and a little bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is dense, viscous, and almost flat carbonation. A huge sipper of a beer - much larger than its ABV would indicate. Overall, an enjoyable dessert stout, but not one you'd drink the whole bomber by yourself.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
4.99/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this year's version last night and I gotta say it just may be a Top 10 beer for me. The honey sweetens it just enough to let the bourbon barrel come through at the end and at 8.5% this thing is so very drinkable it's almost unbelievable. Great beer.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from the 11 oz bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours jet black with minimal caramel head.
Smells a lot like bourbon and roasted cherries.
Tastes huge. Intense flavor of a cherry cordial and roasted malts. Tons of cherry, tons of chocolate.
Mouthfeel is is very thick and very heavy.
A sipping beer that will fill you up very fast. Intense flavor.

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Photo of Mtcarini
3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Look I'm not saying it's not a good beer - it's not but I'm not saying that. What I am saying is that who wants to have the bejeezus scared out of em every time they take a sip? Not me, that's who. That movie was really, really scary and it psychologically impacts the enjoyability of this beverage. Otherwise though, a well made beer.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a 2014 edition in the fall of 2015. Dark color. A beautiful nose of sweet bourbon. Taste is a smooth BA stout with a clean finish. Overall a very solid BA stout, the extra year really smoothes it out.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev -6%

From notes on 4/5/14

Bought a bomber of this while down in Chapel Hill for work. Heard it was good and sort of sought after around here. Poured jet black with a 1.5 inch dark brown head. Lots of boozy smell. Very sweet smelling. Reminds me of the smell of melting chocolate. Some mild fruit aromas as well. Very tasty. Lots of boozy bourbon flavor. More than most barrel aged beers. Lots of roasty sweet chocolate flavors. Slightly raisin and floral tastes. Pretty good. Very heavy though. I’m sitting in my hotel room by myself. Wish I had someone to share this with. Might be hard to get through.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely the second best ba stout nc has. Looks exactly like Lindley park. Smells like chocolate and bourbon with a little hint of vanilla in the background. Taste is more vanilla dominant. Excellent stuff

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

I'll write a full review later, but this beer is in my top 5 BA stouts as of right now. Unbelievable quality, barrel characteristics, and balance. I can't wait to seek out more.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013

It looks like pouring a black tar into the glass that spawns a thick brown foam.

The nose is creamy, lactose-sweet, with whipped cream, coconut, vanilla, hazelnuts and toffee.

This is nicely complex in flavor with hazelnuts, caramel, toffee, Bit O Honey candies, chocolate and coconut. It ends creamy and fudgey but there's a small phenolic taste that kept this from getting an even higher score.

The feel is very smooth and thick with a touch of alcohol burn.

Great beer! Immense thanks to BeerAlmanac for getting this to me, it's well worth the search.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pitch black with a 1/2 finger caramel colored head. A true glass stainer.

S- Huge bourbon notes from a couple feet away. Vanilla, oak, soaked wood. Touch of caramel.

T- Intensely sweet gets things off and running. Bourbon follows next with the vanilla. Charred malts find their way in late. Not sure how much honey was added, but does seem to be easily detectable.

M- Maybe a bit thinner than expected, but still coats nicely. Mid to full body.

O- a nice balance of the barrel notes. Not over done. Probably a little sweeter and lighter body than I prefer on the style, but few flaws in this one

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Photo of jpro
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012

Pours completely black, covered with densely creamy caramel colored foam. Rich bourbon-fueled aroma... fudgy chocolate, blackstrap molasses, maple syrup, nuts, cherries, creamy vanilla, and wood. Flavor is big and powerful, avoiding the sometimes overly boozy punch of stronger BA beers. Oaky vanilla Bourbon richness, honey, tobacco, and graham crackers all rolled into a smooth malty package. Medium-full body and creamy. A very nice, malty, sticky stout.

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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.