The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 243
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rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
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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 Jwale73
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage procured in a trade. Pours an inky black with a cocoa-colored head that dissipates into a thin band around the shoulders. Nose is quite reminiscent of BCBS - bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and ethanol. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of lactose. Less bourbon is present in the flavor profile than is expressed in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light and a little on the thin side for the style. Texture is creamy with a light, even carbonation throughout. Overall, a great beer that would be fantastic with just a little more to the body. (560 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color.

The aroma has tons of honey sweetness along with a bit of bourbon and barrel, but mostly sweet chocolate and roasty malt.

The flavor follows of chocolate fudge, a bourbon barrel vanilla sweetness, along a lingering honey sweetness.

The body is nice and creamy.

This is a really solid beer. Not too much barrel character, but well made and that honey note is very interesting. (423 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - As black as it can get. Small, mocha head, some mocha lace. Head leaves fast. Pretty. LIke an espresso.

S - Gazinga. Soy, bourbon, heavy malt, booze, wood and god knows what else.

T - Flavor only enriches the smell properties. A fine quality beer.

M - Heavy body, good carb, a bit cloying, but not too bad.

D - Excellent for one. Couldn't do it all night. (363 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass. Shared by nonstick.

A - Pours a dark brown color with a half finger of mocha colored frothy head. Head falls after a minute or so, leaving a big collar and spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Molasses, honey, prunes, raisins, bourbon, licorice, a touch sweet.

T - Bourbony, boozy, caramel and toffee. Quite smooth, alcohol is kept in check pretty well. Licorice, vanilla and honey.

M - Light tingle from the booze, medium body with a lowish tingly carbonation.

O - Very good...smooth, complex with pretty good balance. Nice barrel treatment on a base beer where honey shows thru quite well. (655 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I was really excited to try this beer, thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Very small fizzy dark head, dark colored, pitch black beer with decent legs. Head is disappointing.

Nose tons of super dark malts, little roast like, super dark choc, syrupy, caramel, choc syrup, then into mild bourbon, little vanilla barrel, bakers choc, etc. There is a decent honey aroma in there too bit not dominant as it's a bit behind the dark malts.

Taste thick syrupy little creamy dark malt base, tons of chocolate, like chocolate ice cream and melted milk choc, little bakers. Then vanilla barrel, hint of bourbon, little toasted oak. Mild booze warmth and hint phenols. Earthy Hops and dark malts bring hint of bitterness. Finish is semi sweet still, fair bitter slight spicy hops, sticky syrupy feel, more chocolate syrup, little bourbon. After an hour or sitting and warming, it has that big thick heavy syrupy boozy beer feel.

Mouth is med bod but very syrupy and too much carbonation, light warming booze.

Overall good but not great. Mouth is not so great, bourbon is light, dark malts are nice, but just not add earthy shattering as I hoped. (1,135 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to someone who will remain anonymous for sending me this bottle. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a thin half finger head that fades to leave a thin halo and wispy mocha notes.

S - Aromas of honey, definitely honey, nice creamy bourbon, faint barrel notes, chocolate, faint alcohol, nice light roast, sweeter malts. Solid.

T - Taste is light fudge, barrel, smooth creamy bourbon, light vanilla, faint honey notes. Quite nice, not really earth shattering but really tasty. Well crafted, well executed. Nice coffee and chocolate notes here, good fudge.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, lightly carbonated, slightly creamy.

O - Overall this was a solid beer, real nice and tasty, nice chocolate, would like a more velvety mouthfeel. Good though. (826 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Thick ink black on the pour with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S - Sweet bourbon and vanilla notes up front with charred oak, chocolate fudge and a light coconut aroma. A fantastic nose.

T - The barrel characteristics shine in this one with sweet bourbon and vanilla flavours hitting the tongue first. A big chocolate fudge presence shows up mid-palate along with roast and sweet molasses. Toasted oak and a light coconut flavor are present throughout.

M - Medium body that never quite gets as viscous as the pour indicated. A touch watery at times for the style. Moderate carbonation. (632 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with no head. A few discrete bubbles on the surface and a stray wisp.

Smell - Oaky with some bourbon. Not too intense. Deep chocolate.

Taste - Fudgy. Lots of dark chocolate to this stout. Fresh bourbon flavor. Two distinct flavors that I like. Could be a bit better integrated, though. Lends an unrefined alcohol flavor and a hot finish.

Mouthfeel - The barrel heat lasts long after the stout. Boozy for its size with medium carbonation.

Overall - Hot barrel, but the stout stands up pretty well. (578 characters)

Photo of mhksuccess
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a bruery snifter
pour is dark with little to no head
smell is heavy chocolate you can smell from a distance
followed by toffee and sweetness of the honey
taste is overpower chocolate with a slight bourbon and sweetness of honey on the back end
if you swirl the glass it will coat the glass nicely it is thick but not overly thick
and has an intensely awesome mouthfeel
this is a great and enjoyable brew which I would definitely drink again (468 characters)

Photo of zipper8650
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another good beer Sunday
I have high hopes for this one, big honey fan and have been craving a good BB stout
2012 poured down the middle into snifter
A - jet black in, forms a great looking thin mocha with some burnt orange higlights, really good looking
S - the bourbon hit me befoe I even got it to my nose. smell is all the usual suspects, bourbon, molasses, coffee, booze etc etc; wheres the honey??
T - bourbon, dark bitter chocolate, fresh quality coffe end note. Given the style its dead on.
M - the most impressive part of this beer for me is the mouthfeel. creamy goodness!
O - overall, i was hoping for a BB honey bomb but the honey just wasnt there for me. Forget the honey and I have to say its a great beer. definilty worth seeking out and I wouldnt pass up getting another bottle of this to see how it does after a few years. a trade partner recently said he prefers thier standard I.S. over the Horizon, so that and Lindley Park are my next project
Skol (969 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of vanilla and oak are present in the nose along with hints of bourbon.
T: He taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of vanilla and oak; notes of chocolate and dark malts are also noticeable. No roasted or bitter favor are present - there are some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is really easy to drink compared to other bourbon barrel aged stouts because it doesn't feel too heavy and no alcohol is noticeable. Everything seems very well balanced. (839 characters)

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

2012 Edition

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some very light hints of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and oak with some lighter amounts of dark fruits, anise, and honey sweetness. Moderate aromas of dark chocolate that sticks with you.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some significant amounts of bourbon flavors. There are lighter notes of the vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrel aging. After that, there are moderate to strong flavors of dark chocolate, dark fruits (plum), and anise. Very light notes of honey contributing some initial sweetness. Minimal amounts of lingering bitterness,

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Overall this is a great beer - the bourbon barrel aging really enhances the overall flavors and aromas of this beer. There is a nice balance and the bourbon barrel aging adds to it but does not contribute much alcohol heat or alcohol presence in the nose/taste. Definitely glad I was able to grab one of these on my NC visit at Thanksgiving. (1,354 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

Nothing unexpected that this beer pours black. Jet Black. It is of note the richness of the caramel colored head about 2 fingers deeps. Nice.

Not a bourbon bomb, the nose has hints of bourbon, deep cacao, some barrel and vanilla.

The taste starts with a sweet bourbon and continues to cacao. Lots of bittersweet roast. It tastes like a 90 percent cacao chocolate bar with the healthy does of bitterness. But there's a honey, malty sweetness to balance it and it finishes like the dryness of just swallowing a chocolate covered expresso bean.

Medium mouthfeel. not too heavy.

Certainly worth it to try this beer at least once. (643 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with minimal head. Nose features heavy dark chocolate with cacao, molasses, vanilla and a touch of honey. Taste is rich and full of deep chocolate with minimal bourbon character. Mf is thick and lightly carbonated. Overall (249 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that tastes much better than it smells in my opinion. (620 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours pitch black with a 1 finger cola head. Sporadic bubbles and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- very nice blend of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla.

T- chocolate, caramel, honey, vanilla, and bourbon.

M- medium body and carbonation. Actually drinks bigger than a 8.5% beer, in a good way.

O- very nice BA RIS! Surprised that it was only a 8.5% beer. Nice meld of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. (480 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Churchkey as part of the Craft Brewing Conference 2013. I had both a full snifter and another taster of this stuff.

A: Poured as black as night and with an oil-like consistency. That coupled with the fact that the head was only a couple of shades lighter than the liquid below it let me know right off the bat that I was in for a ride.

S: Nah, wouldn't say this was a bourbon bomb at all. It deserves more credit than that. The bourbon combined with the overall hop/malt profile produced something that was oaky, nutty, and even a bit fruity (dark fruit - dates and/or figs). Take high grade hot cocoa, throw in some dates and vanilla, then age that on oak chips and then take a whiff... You've got yourself some Event Horizon!

T: Cocoa laced buttercream frosting with oak. Simply sublime! Also, the finish on this was as smooth as silk and sort of reminded me of the first time I ever had a dark chocolate Dagoba milkshake at the Hershey's Chocolate World.

M: Ridiculous sticky lacing on this bad boy, not much bitterness, no booze detected, yet at the same time, the sugar was really dialed down to a very gulpable level. Remarkable!

O: Pure bliss in a glass. No need for dessert if you have this one around. Actually, come to think of it, there's no need for breakfast or lunch either. (1,315 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Churchkey, served in a snifter.

A- Pours black with a thick layer of creamy, mocha head, has great retention and some spotty lacing.

S- Goddamn this smells delicious. Has a great aroma of creamy milk chocolate, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, some barrel, and an awesome honey aroma. The chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and honey are all amazing and create a sweet, but not at all cloying, aroma. This is really fantastic.

T- Nice chocolate and honey sweetness, accents of vanilla, caramel and bourbon. There's a bit of roastiness, but it's mostly this great, smooth sweetness.

M- Full-bodied, has moderate to low carbonation with a soft, smooth feel and a tiny bit of alcohol warmth.

O- I love this beer. The flavors are blended very nicely and are all delicious. It also has a huge amount of flavor for 8.5%, it's complex and tasty enough to sip at but I could happily have finished off a bomber of this on my own. I need more of this beer. (949 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at churchkey as part of CBC.

Pours a super jet black with a nice tan head and pretty substantial lacing, looks very oily and delicious.

The smell is amazing and has tons of beautiful bourbon, vanilla, molasses, touch of sweet latte, honey, oak wood, and some fudge. Rides that line of imperial stout in bourbon and barrel aged strong ale, but it's delicious. Taste follows the smell to a T, with some extra decadent choco cake notes and more roast. Also some great honey soaked barley and amazing explosions of flavor from the spirit.

The feel is a little thinner than expected, but still great. I almost expect to have more alcohol hit me with something with this much flavor.

Overall this beer is great and so drinkable for something this flavorful! (766 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

Dark brown pour with small almond head. Smells wonderfully of bourbon and chocolate, barrel aging is very apparent. Taste starts with vanilla, brown sugar and oak and ends with some slight alcohol heat. Carbonation is lower side with a slightly light mouthfeel. (274 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a small snifter at Smoke & Barrel DC for the bottle share.

A very dark walnut black body, very dark brew, with a nice mocha brown colored dark head. Very nice looking brew.

Nose brings some sticky molasses with a lighter sense. Good balanced mix of caramel senses and light charring roast. Good oak "round"-ness, everything feels subtle and together, but noticeable.

Palate brings much of what is expected on the nose, with some surprises. Very mild roast character with a large oak depth and feel. Very light palate but still manages to fill the mouth with flavors of light bodied dark chocolate. Light warmth and in control, mid palate seems to have most of the flavor with not much of a finish, but balances with perfect roast and chocolate.

There is a huge dark chocolate milkshake quality to this brew, which really does blur the lines a bit between beer, but it makes it super easy to drink. It may not be an ultimate favorite of mine, but it's easily one of the most memorable beers I've had in this style. I would have this again, but strangely it's un-beer like character is a bit of a turn off, and that's by far a minor fault if there is any with this brew to begin with. (1,214 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 Vintage

A: Pours a deep black with a tan/brown head on top, about a finger upon pouring, which reduces to a thin cap on top. Thin lacing.

S: Some dark fruits, cherrys, plum, and raisins mixed with chocolate, bourbon, a bit of oak and vanilla.

T: Similar to the aroma and fantastic. Lots of chocolate and bourbon flavors up front, a bit of brown sugar and molasses. More dark fruit in the middle mixed with a touch of honey.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Glad I was finally able to try this beer, definitely a highlight from the tasting. (565 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared by leftyhyzer at NWI tasting group super bowl drinking

A - Dark chocolate color with thick body that coats the glass. Light brown on the edges with small amounts of carbonation and not head

S - Bourbon on the nose with light caramel and vanilla. Dark, roasted chocolate and slight honey

T - Sweet bourbon vanilla up front with light caramel. Light honey, roasted malt, and slight smokiness. Finish is slight roasted coffee that lingers on

MF - Light body with light bitter coffee that lingers on in the finish to create a slight astringency

O - Solid fudgy beer with chocolate and honey sweetness. The honey adds a nice sweetness to the beer overall that is unique in a stout (688 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012

Black with a quilt of mocha foam. Smell was evident as soon as I cracked the bottle. I don't know what barrels they used here, but I only have smelled this nose in PVW 20+ yr barrel aged beers. Minerals, nougat, vanilla, booze, cocoa, marzipan and honey in here. Really complex nose. Flavor is robust with sweet malts, some caramel, some fudge and some molasses. Again the honey is evident - which surprises me. Mineral character still there also. Full bodied with low carb and an off-dry finish. Nice beer, really the nose does it, the flavor doesn't do the olfactory justice. (591 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB Snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a dark black color with some semi-transparent edges. A tan head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace is left behind.

S: Light bourbon up front with a malty sweetness. Caramel and milk chocolate are both present with a minimal heat to it. Strange for 8.5%. Some oak on the finish as well.

T: More sweet than the nose suggests. The milk chocolate and caramel notes coupled with some light vanilla definitely leads to the sweeter side of the spectrum. Some roasted malts in the body with a prominent bourbon characteristic displayed on the finish that is coupled with some oak barrel.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet on the finish.

O: I like the bourbon characteristics were present, but not overly alcoholic in nature. Probably due to the low ABV. I'm glad the heat in the nose didn't transfer to the taste. Overall a very solid beer. (968 characters)

The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.