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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 1,048
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 764
Gots: 378 | FT: 50
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Habmike on 12-08-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-22-2012 18:18:22 | More by ThirstyHerf
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.7%

01-22-2012 00:14:24 | More by dprophet
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-20-2012 18:30:00 | More by bpfrush
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-20-2012 15:17:20 | More by afksports
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4.61/5  rDev +5.7%

2011 Vintage. Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Poured deep brown and black along with a well-retained medium dark beige head. The aroma picked up burnt molasses, honey, oak, earthy bourbon and some chocolatee came through on the next wave. The flavor opened with tangy oak, rich bourbon, and a blend of coffee and chocolates. The honey and molasses, which were detected from the aroma, really thickened up the core. Medium to thick-bodied. Really enjoyed this beer quite a bit! I will continue to look for more of this.

01-19-2012 16:09:55 | More by CuriousMonk
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

01-17-2012 17:43:41 | More by mdalpert
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-16-2012 06:31:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

I had this at a tasting this past weekend. Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours black and thick with a layer of cocoa colored head that fades to a thin layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet and smooth with roast, chocolate, dark fruit and some bourbon heat.

Taste: Sweet bourbon with some chocolate and dark fruit notes. The finish is roasty with some dark chocolate but not very bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This is a great BA Imperial Stout. Goes to show you don't need to have your stouts be 12%+ to be extremely good. I hope to get the chance to have this one again in the future.

01-16-2012 01:06:55 | More by oline73
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North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +5%

On Tap at Amos Howards

A - Pours a pitch black. A burnt caramel/khaki head that dissipates pretty quickly. Leaves a little lacing.

N - Smell the bourbon. Also, get the hints of dark fruits, dark chocolate and the honey.

M - medium mouthfeel. There is definitely a creamy/chewy feel but maybe not quite as much as you would expect from such a big barrel aged stout.

T - The bourbon is very present up front and at the back. Combines nicely with the sweetness of the honey. Pretty roasty as well. Slight alcohol burn going down. Very nice taste.

O - Awesome barrel aged stout. Very drinkable. Combines all of the flavors excellently. If you enjoy large stouts and barrel aged stouts, this is a must try.

01-15-2012 19:48:59 | More by beckard13
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-15-2012 17:48:17 | More by BubbaBeerMan
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

A huge thanks to Peter (mullenpc) for this beer. Cheers! 2011 vintage.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with an utter dark black color and deep viscosity. About a half finger of mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates somewhat fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Holy bittersweet chocolate and bourbon. Slight licorice, oak, and vanilla. A hint of dark fruit such as plum comes through as the beer warms.

Taste – You know, I honestly wanted to not “like” Olde Hickory due to the insane Event Horizon ordeal that happened last year…but after Lindley Park and this…I have to give it to the brewery in regards to this beer. The taste starts with a nice mellow bourbon characteristic that melds with the fudgy chocolates and slight bittersweet cocoa. A wonderful oak and vanilla flavor comes in later and ends with a wonderful roasted malt which gives some nice dryness to the beer.

Mouthfeel – Medium to almost full bodied. Quite creamy, moderate to lower carbonation. Finishes nice and dry.

Overall – For a “lower” ABV stout, this is fantastic. This is no BCBS (or variation) or DL with crazy high ABV…but this has intense flavors. They have gotten this beer down. Well worth the hype. A just fantastic stout.

01-15-2012 04:31:28 | More by SpdKilz
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

01-14-2012 15:15:02 | More by aasher
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-14-2012 12:17:11 | More by twowheelssoar
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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%

Thanks to JR for splitting yet another awesome bottle with me.

Poured an inky black and looks thick as it pours out of the bottle. Got about a finger of dark cinnamon colored head that stuck around for maybe 3 seconds before receding to a thin ring around the edges.

The aroma on this beer is amazing. Getting hit in the face with big bourbon and oak notes right off the back with the sweet smell of honey kissing my nose on the back end. Roasted malt and dark chocolate and vanilla round off this amazing smelling beer.

Taste follows the nose to the T except the honey sweetness blends into the main body just to sweeten it up a bit. Great bourbon notes, nice chocolate coated roasted malt and smooth vanilla making up the back end.

Full bodied, thick and slightly chewy. Just enough carbonation to make its way through this thick stout to tickle my tongue. Couldn't ask for a better body/ mouthfeel for this beer.

Overall, this was a BIG TIME stout with a some serious kick. I dont know if I could really ask for anything else from this beer. I thought the honey gave the beer just the right amount of sweetness and I loved the big bourbon and oak characteristics. JR is knocking this tasting out of the park! THanks again!

01-12-2012 03:16:41 | More by dcloeren
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4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

Bomber of 2011.

A - super dark pour with a thin layer of head

S - sweet vanilla with a really nice roasty and not burnt aroma

T - really complex flavors. Vanilla throughout with a really nice roasty not burnt flavor. A bit of cherry and young oak. The booze shows through, I guessed this at 11.5% but I like that.

M - nice feel fairly thick

O - really great brew, enjoyed quite a bit. Might make my top 10 stouts.

01-10-2012 05:31:04 | More by silentnoiz
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

Thanks to raveskdr for sharing this beer. 2011 vintage.

Beer pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan head with moderate lacing. Smells of chocolate with some bourbon and oak. Taste follows the aroma - a nice mix of the three, but not overwhelmed by any of the flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a nice bourbon barrel stout, but there's nothing to make it stand out. I'm a little disappointed given the hype it's gotten.

01-08-2012 05:31:58 | More by starrdogg
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

2011 in a snifter

Appearance: brown head, moderate lacing

Nose: carob, vanilla, caramel, some cherry/raisin

Taste: dark chocolate, faint caramel, and vanilla fade to smooth bourbon, finishes with espresso which lingers

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, somewhat creamy

One smooth beast.

01-08-2012 02:21:59 | More by SkeeterElvis
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -31.2%

01-07-2012 22:40:14 | More by Tackle42
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.7%

This is not for someone just getting started into stouts or Barrel Aged beers. If that's you, cellar it until you are ready. That said, this was a 2011 bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours opaque with brown head, lots of carbonation and lacing.

The smell is small batch bourbon, roasted malt, toffee, cherries or currants, raisins, possibly some tree nuts. It is outrageously complex.

Taste is good bourbon, roasted malt, cacao nibs, raisins, bread. Again, the complexity is crazy.

Mouthfeel is heavy, only cut by the barrel aging. Carbonation is high.

Amazing beer, different from the 2010 batch, but not necessarily worse-just slightly different nuances.

01-06-2012 13:12:31 | More by Netdigger2
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-05-2012 16:17:12 | More by Kavon
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-04-2012 01:56:34 | More by joeyrvv
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1.27/5  rDev -70.9%

Obsidian black pour into my Darkness tulip. 2011 bottle date.

Promising full finger of mocha head. The lacing cakes. I wasn't prepared for the smell but yet as my brain told me what it was I could not get over it. The barrel aging is there but it smelled exactly like barrel aged play-doh. Unbelievably awful nose. Put it down and came back to it after a few minutes. I sucked up the courage for a few sips and that was a big a let down as the smell. Carbonation was fine but it was malty burnt toast. Three sips is all I could muster. 19 of those 22 ounces were drain poured.

I can not see nor do I want to be told why that beer is so great. Horrid awful garbage that was made in a bathtub. One of my worst drinking experiences ever.

01-03-2012 04:19:25 | More by TheDudeRules
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-03-2012 01:56:57 | More by theminutemen
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4.05/5  rDev -7.1%

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Big thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

2010 vintage, reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of golden brown foam (I can hear the Stranglers in the background now...). The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, sweet honey (really more of a vague sweetness, but I'm attributing it to the honey anyway), and a dusting of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a touch of oak and an even lighter touch of mild bourbon. I thought I got a bit of coffee in there, too, but it could have been caused by the several cups of java circulating around me at this point in the evening. The body is a strong medium, bordering on heft, with a light moderate carbonation and a very lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout. I'm not sure it deserves a lot of the amazing press it gets, but it's definitely a tasty beverage.

01-02-2012 23:43:22 | More by TMoney2591
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-01-2012 16:28:09 | More by Vdubb86
The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
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