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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,189 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,189
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 786
Gots: 371 | FT: 52
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Habmike on 12-08-2010)
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to this one after being stashed away for a while. Drank side by side with Olde Hickory Imperial Stout. I'm not sure if this is the BA version of it but I was guessing that it is.

A- Pours black, nice and thick. The head is a tan-mocha color, definitely not as dark as the head on the Imperial Stout.

S- Vanilla, oak, toffee, a little bit of alcohol burn but not too much.

T- Great tasting beer...vanilla is definitely the dominant flavor, but it definitely has a bitter dark chocolate taste in there. It has some of the characteristics of the Imperial Stout like the bitterness but it's so much smoother. It's a tad sweet, but not too much. I despise really sweet beers and I didn't think this was bad at all. All of the harshness in the flavor is completely gone due to the barrel aging, it's very well balanced.

M- Thick, great mouthfeel.

O- This was a treat. It isn't the best BA stout I've ever had but it's certainly up there. I probably won't seek out more because I already have a bottle to age and that's all I need, but I would recommend trying this if you haven't. If this is the BA version of their Imperial Stout, the barrel aging process made a world of difference. Worth some hype.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pitch black, with a thin head that instantly dissipates.

S: Bourbon, sweet malt, honey, bitter chocolate.

T: Sweet bourbon, bitter, dark chocolate. Finish is bitter and lightly sweet with hints of bourbon. Okay.

M: Thin to medium body with average carbonation.

O: A very average barrel-aged stout. A bit too sweet for my taste, while simultaneously being heavy on bitter hops. Not one I'd seek again.

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4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Busy Bee for the Raleigh Beer Week kickoff party. 2011 keg.

Classic black pour into a tulip glass. A bit disappointing was the complete lack of head and weak lace. Really the only thing taking away from this glass, though.

Nose is oh so good. Big chocolate aroma with a good hop character underneath. Musty tobacco, roast malt, dark roast coffee all combine with bourbon to yield a very complex nose. All the components work very well together.

All of the flavors picked up in the nose translate to the taste. The bourbon is a bit stronger than in the nose. Very dry finish with a good bitter bite from both chocolate and hop sources.

Medium body, not completely up to the complex flavors.

An outstanding glass of beer.

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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle. Pitch black in color and very thick looking. A thin tan head clung to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a good amount of the sweet bourbon with some really nice vanilla and oak to it. Notes of honey and chocolate add to the sweetness. The bourbon and vanilla flavors are both really good in it, but it's definitely on the sweeter side of the style. I really liked the aroma overall though.

The flavors are very rich with chocolate, vanilla and bourbon all coming out. More of a dark, bittersweet chocolate flavor is there in the finish. I get a little honey sweetness, but it's not overly done. It comes together very well and has some awesome flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is heavy and thick with lower carbonation. Overall I thought it was a great beer. The aroma was a little on the sweet side, although still really good. The flavors really came together the taste though. I was looking forward to finally trying this and it didn't disappoint at all.

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4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle

A: Pours pitch black with a small medium brown head. Fades very quickly, only a smattering of lacing on the glass.

S: Bright and delicious bourbon. Loaded with caramel, toffee and some molasses. Brown sugar and some oaky vanilla. A bit of roasted malt character comes through with rich dark chocolate overtones. Alcohol stings just a bit. Reminds me a lot of BCBS to be honest.

T: Up front, some caramel and toffee with a bit of alcohol burn. Strong dark chocolate with a bit of coffee, char and anise in the middle. Dark chocolate pervades the entire beer. Finishes with some strong oak and vanilla and just a hint of some dark fruit. More long lingering oak in the aftertaste. The honey shows up floating around in the aftertaste too.

M: Not as heavy as you'd expect but it is oh so creamy and smooth. A touch chalky in the aftertaste.

O: An excellent barrel aged IS. So creamy and chocolatey! It's sort of like drinking brownie batter or maybe chocolate cake. Sweet (but not overly so like some) and chocolately with a wonderful balance of complex flavors. Top notch example of the style, kind of like a slightly less harsh BCBS but with a little more chocolate. A must-have for the chocolate lover.

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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,189 ratings.