The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery
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4.58/5 rDev +5%
Shared with some friends at the Cuvee De Castleton release. I forget who traded this to me, but thank you. 2010 22oz bottle.
A- A very thick and oily looking beer, light dark tannish head. The head falls to a small ring around the edge of my cup.
S- A rich scent of chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Rich dark roasted malts are also prevelant.
T- Similar to the smell, bourbon,chocolate, and roasted malt. The bourbon is noticable, but extremely well blended. It really enhances the flavor and taste of a nice Imperial Stout. I get a little bit of honey flavor.
M- Nice and full bodied, without being overboard thick and sticky. Perfect carbonation.
O- Overall I had pretty high hopes for this one, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. The barrel aging is extremely well blended, and really enhances the beer all around. I recommend it highly, and look forward to some 2011.
12-14-2011 15:31:19 | More by Gfunk720
3.73/5 rDev -14.4%
750 ml bottle. 2010 vintage. Thanks for sharing Phyllis. Pours a dark brown with small light chocolate head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is chocolate, bourbon, some light oak and vanilla, as well as a bit of caramel. The taste is sweet dark chocolate, some bourbon, vanilla, and oak, and a bit of caramel. The finish is smooth with some light alcohol. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. Fairly enjoyable, but not great. Comes off a little bit too sweet.
12-14-2011 00:32:44 | More by jethrodium
4.53/5 rDev +3.9%
2011 vintage poured into a large snifter.
A: a dark, oily stout with a small dark tan head that spreads out and then falls back to the edge of the glass.
S: the nose on this beer is terrific. You get a smooth oak, bourbon scent with a light tobacco, molasses and honey in there too.
T: so mellow and balanced. I'm really surprised by how balanced this is while basically fresh. You get a warm dark chocolate and honey taste that is quickly chased with a warm bourbon and oak taste.
M. Very silky and the honey definitely gives it a sticky texture that makes it a very nice, slow sipping stout.
O: Overall this is a home run of a barrel age stout that really is different than most BA stouts I've had. The nose is fantastic and this beer is very smooth for being do young.
12-12-2011 03:31:46 | More by ASUBeer
4.22/5 rDev -3.2%
This one arrived unexpectedly on a Friday afternoon. Poured into a Founders snifter. Thanks morimoto, what a surprise.
A - Black, thick appearance with a thick medium tan colored head. Lacing remains across the surface once the head clears. Sticks well to the side of the glass.
S - Just about as bourbon forward as it can get, with some licorice sneaking through. Very potent, very appealing.
T - Honey, bourbon, cocoa. The taste feels a little light in the middle. Finishes with some more bourbon, oak and some hints of cocoa. The flavor is lighter than I'd expect, and doesn't allow for any of the individual notes to dominate. The honey helps carry the flavors from start to finish.
M - Medium and slightly prickly body. The beer appears to be thicker than it feels on the tongue. Highly drinkable based on the somewhat subdued flavor and medium body.
O - Although I find the flavor to be a little light for a BA RIS, this beer drinks so easily. It is also impressive that it is kept at 8.5% with this much bourbon in the aroma and flavor.
12-12-2011 01:10:07 | More by claaark13
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
Opaque. It's so black it hardly looks liquid. The fuzz is a brown tan. It looks fine...like a hottie dime on the cover of Jett or Ebony. That tan head--a favorite of mine--hangs around and clings to the sides. Maybe half the black stout shines through the surface.
The nose is oaky bourbon. Even cold it's one of the most bourbon barrely beer I've ever smelt. In contrast to the alcoholic bourbon of a bold GI BCS, it's a wet, oaky bourbon--it's like smelling a 2 x 4 that's been sitting in a chocolate-malted Buffalo Trace barrel. That's the bourbon, right? I don't know how to make a BA stout smell better.
It tastes and feels rich. There's an abundant sweetness: honey and chocolate and bourbon. It's like decadent, but nearly overwhelming. Has the beer been sitting in barrels since the last bottling? It's heavy like that. The feel teeters on cordial. I'm glad everybody's fired up about this one. I'd say it's the Carolinas Abyss! The honey adds sweetness you could counter is unnecessary, but it adds some smoothness that pulls it ahead of a BA Blackbeerd. Disclaimer: only had the BT, wish I could've tried the Beam variety. The Event Horizon is a legitimate bad ass!
12-11-2011 19:20:15 | More by marvin213
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
On tap it was more carbonated when I had it at TJs in Carrboro.
Pours a thick pitch black, almost forceful effort needed to leave the bottle. No head and no carbonation. ill come back and add cellaring reviews as needed.
Smells of honey and bourbon, and dry grains. None of the initial stout smells are there, probably taken over by the barrel aging flavors.
Tastes like it smells. Honey is the biggest flavor here. It kind of takes over, and I like it. Vanilla is there that compliments the bourbon smoothness. And yes its as good as it sounds. Hyped up and deserving. A spicy oaky wood just runs all over.
Same keg, 45 days later. I get more barrel, but more specifically it feels like honey bourbon barrels. Very slick and smooth. Still highly rated. Cant wait to try with dakkon54 and the rest of the guys at Parrothead pub in April!
12-03-2011 23:30:30 | More by VncentLIFE
4.53/5 rDev +3.9%
Had this today at the Olde Hickory Tap Room down town...
Pour black & oily with a modicum of tan head. Minimal head retention & some sticky lacing
Nice Bourbon notes, some cheyy, oak & vanilla
Dark chocolate, Bourbon, & oakyness up front. A touch of dryness gives way to a bit of earthy coffee & molasess with nice vnnilla swwetness. Finishes dry, smooth & soothing, not perfect, but a damn good take on the stylr
MF: Chewy,sooth & warming
Drank very easy for the style. This brewery has really progessed in the last few-3 years, well done OHB. You've done this ex-Hickory, NC resident proud!
12-02-2011 23:50:51 | More by russpowell
The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
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