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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon

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254 Reviews

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Reviews: 254
Hads: 1,515
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 838
Gots: 500 | FT: 85
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:
Beer added by: Habmike on 12-08-2010

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Photo of derftron
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Friend brought back a bottle to Oregon from N. Carolina

bomber split between 4 of us

smell was of chocolate, oak, honey, sugar, bourbon

very little head and small amount of lacing left on gleass

this beer was a real treat. sooo smooth and tasty. never had anything from this brewery and we were all very impressed. just a solid imperial stout that drank bigger than 8.5% would lead you to believe. definite sweetness to the beer, but very well balanced and had a good bourboun.oak character that evened things out. loved it

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Photo of jbaker67
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep inky black with a medium chocolaty head that faded within 45 seconds into a medium collar and wisps at the surface. Aroma is dark chocolate, deeply roasted malt, some charred earth, some wine-like must. Taste is earthy and roasty at the front, some dark chocolate in the middle, and some wine must at the end. The honey really plays well in the aftertaste. Thick rich body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of sleepyteacher
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my first cask and I was told that I couldn't have picked a better cask to start on. When some friends joined me and wanted to try it, I told them that it's a boozy dame and I was not joking. This beer packs a punch, but it is very tasty.

Lots of fruity notes, no coffee or chocolate flavors to stay trendy. This beer is a statement. Wish I could say more, but you've got to try it. Sorry to hear the 2013 bottles aren't as good as previous years.

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

Pours a deep inky black with a medium chocolaty head that faded within 45 seconds into a medium collar and wisps at the surface. Aroma is dark chocolate, deeply roasted malt, some charred earth, some wine-like must. Taste is earthy and roasty at the front, some dark chocolate in the middle, and some wine must at the end. The honey really plays well in the aftertaste. Thick rich body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Broanoke
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very surprised with this one. I was a little worried that the 8.5% would make this stout take a backseat to many of the other monster stouts out there, but The Event Horizon has very little short comings. Quite bold with amazing barrel characters, and the honey really helps provide a touch of sweetness to smooth out the beer. Very well worth the price point.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a motor oil black with a dark brown coffee collar of head. Very good retention, no lacing.

S: Big dark chocolate and bourbon, supported by ample roast, vanilla extract, a bit of fig.

T: Tannic oak imparts a dry almost harsh quality, cola, milk chocolate, sharp honey, touch of espresso and dark dried fruit (fig, plum). Finishes off dry.

M: Thin, medium-light body, not unexpected given the ABV. Light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Pretty good, but honestly no better than much more available BA stouts. The low ABV and mostly dry taste tilts this more toward the drinkable end of the spectrum.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.69/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good googly moogly!!! This ale is straight up alcohol and I am surprised is isn't sold in the local ABC store on the shelf beside the Midnight Moon moonshine! Poured a dark black with minimal head, very much like a Barley Wine...In fact, a lot like a barley wine in the aftertaste! Interestingly enough, the "honey" really comes through the warmer it gets! Overall, "The Event Horizon" is an amazing brew worthy of a try!!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger deep brown head that doesn't last long.

S-Bourbon, honey, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee.

T-Starts with a nice blend of bourbon and honey. Slight chocolate. Nice roasted malt and coffee. But the finish doesn't bring the beer together.

M-Heavy, thick, not much carbonation though.

O-The beer starts off great but the finish leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of aleckpa
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 32 oz. growler from Hops and Grapes in Hickory, North Carolina.

A: Black like motor oil. There is a small burnt mocha head that goes away quickly However, there’s great lacing. Can’t see anything through it.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, oak, and of course some bourbon This is a really good smelling beer. A lot of the flavors are subtle, but complex. All the scents come out as the beer warms.

T: Front of the tongue, I taste the bourbon, back of the tongue I get the flavors I smelled. The vanilla, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Also get some honey. There is some alcohol burn, which surprised me at 8.5%, but it isn't bad. Regardless, it is dangerously easily drinkable.

M: Creamy, smooth, and full bodied. Not too thick, well balanced. Feel some of the tingle on your tongue from the carbonation.

O: This is easily my favorite offerings from Olde Hickory. I think it is well balanced with a lot of complexities. It tastes even better as it warms. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz waxed and stamped bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 15.99. 2013 vintage, recent release. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours oil black with a half finger light brown head. Nice thin cap and halo of froth reamain and leave a good bit of lace.

Smells sweet and inviting. Chocolate, bourbon, honey, vanilla and caramel. Not too terribly deep but quite nice all the same.

Taste follows the nose in all the right ways. Rich, fudgey chocolate, sweet subtle bourbon, vanilla, honey, oak, burnt caramel, molasses, creamed mild coffee, raw cane sugar, slightly nutty, a little dark fruit and a small amount of booze. The barrel stands out increasingly as it warms but never quite over takes the fudge and honey.

Creamy, light medium body with moderate carbonation. Boubon and fudge linger in the aftertaste.

Such an incredibly drinkable barrel aged stout. Thinner than I'd prefer but it really delivers the flavor. This one is worth a try.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just released 2013---Holiday treat

A: Black, opaque with a small head and lacing that followed to the bottom

S: Prominent bourbon notes and sweet vanilla

T: Bourbon on the nose is stronger than on the tongue but very well integrated and a bit more subdued than some offerings. Honey and vanilla come through big on the back end. Delightful, smooth and just a pleasure.

M: Full bodied but not syrupy.

O: Strong performance this year. Not the bourbon bomb some can be--very integrated. Easy to drink. Will save at least two--one to side by side with the KBS release and one for next year to compare with the 2014--I bet a year will make it even better. Well done--a trade worthy NC offering.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.