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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon

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1,044 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 764
Gots: 377 | 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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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-15-2011 10:44:54 | More by eerbayman
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-15-2011 05:07:52 | More by bombadil
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

22 oz. bomber poured into my cigar city tulip.

A: Pretty much opaque. A two finger, dark brown, head appeard and left some nice rings of lace.

A: Smells of rich chocolate, toffee, vanilla, roasted coffee, and caramel. The bourbon notes are not as in your face as other BA brews of the same caliber. But IMO are right on the mark.

T: Just an outstanding fusion of the barrel and the beer. Bourbon, as in the nose, is not overpowering, but accentuating. The notes of vanilla and caramel from the barrel balance perfectly with the roasty coffee and chocolate flavors in the brew.

M: Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but carbonation is just about right.

O: A really outstanding beer. I am very impressed by the balance between the barrel and the beer. I would absolutely have this one again. Skal.

11-15-2011 01:03:46 | More by Gtreid
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

11-15-2011 00:46:07 | More by jh1982
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-14-2011 22:23:36 | More by Adamostella
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 21:51:28 | More by Photekut
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-14-2011 18:06:01 | More by leschkie
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-14-2011 15:28:18 | More by Kaydogg
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New York

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 15:05:00 | More by whartontallboy
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 11:40:48 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottle. Pours a dark brown/balck color with a dark tan head. Head collars around the glass. Very, very rich smell with notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, and slight roast. Velvety medium mouthfeel, could be a little heavier for me. Starts sweet with molasses, brown sugar, that then goes to a rich chocolaty roasted flavor. The bourbon is well incorporated. Overall, I am really impressed with this one. Given all the hype and noise around this one, I was skeptical on if it woudl be good or not but it certainly lives up to the hype.

10-24-2011 00:59:14 | More by kbutler1
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

Huge thanks to my great friend Eric(turdfurgison) for the chance to try this.

A: Pours black with little head.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon and dark fruits.

T: Roasted malt and slight bitter cocoa followed by caramel and nice mild bourbon oakiness. The bourbon is mild and well done. The honey adds some complexity to the beer. I get somme dark fruits and just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Creamy thick body with average carbontion.

O: Wish I had more. Thanks again Eric.

10-06-2011 13:55:25 | More by jale
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4.93/5  rDev +13.1%

Bottle shared by Matt. Thanks so much!!!

Pours a deep space black with an incredibly frothy tan head that laced onto the glass beautifully. Smells of chocolatey goodness, vanilla, maple, honey, and bourbon. Taste brought out those same flavors, but the bourbon was a little more muted than in the nose. Reminded me much of a Founders Black Biscuit. Mouthfeel was very nice, though maybe just a tad less creamy than I'd have hoped for. But this is easily one of the best beers I've had this year. Holy smokes this was a frickin treat.

09-29-2011 21:54:18 | More by goveia75
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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%

I don't quite remember who shared it but I think it was Kevin again. Thanks!
Fairly standard -bal Imperial Stout with a dark, smooth body and tiny head. The aroma is full of chocolate notes and vanilla, and of course bourbon. Tastes chocolaty and is reminiscent of BCBS without the booze. Mouthfeel is good for an ~8% beer. An achievement in the sense that so much flavor is packed into this beer without being too strong. Very very good.
3.5, 4, 4, 4, 4.5

09-13-2011 06:30:22 | More by tewaris
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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to Wil for the hook-up!

A: Pours your typical IS level of black. Pure, rich black. Dark espresso crema colored foam hung around shortly before disappearing completely..

S: Completely killer aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and/or whisky. Roasted nuts, pipe tobacco, fudge, brown sugar/molassas, milk chocolate covered cherries, and a dose of campfire smoke.

T: As above with less emphasis on the bourbon and more on the chocolate. Dark fruit, devil's food cake, and vanilla bean.

M: Slick and slippery with just the right amount of heft. Not too sticky and/or sweet like other examples of the style.

O: Made to be shared but not at all oppressively heavy. Thanks again, Wil!

09-05-2011 19:14:01 | More by GbVDave
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

Served into a snifter from a bomber generously shared at a birthday celebration with fellow BA Cosmicevan.

Appears a really nice super dark chocolate brown. A small rim of foam remains around the rim.

Smells of musky bourbon with some coffee and dark chocolate coming through. There's a butterscotch sweetness coming through that's nice - perhaps a contribution from the honey.

Taste is super balanced. A conversation with Cosmicevan revealed his opinion of it's honey sweetness - a point I can concur on.

This goes down rather easily. Noteworthy is a puckering of the tongue from the barreling.

This was a nice experience. I had it after a GI BCB Rare so it's hard to compare.

09-05-2011 02:39:06 | More by Yagman3000
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New York

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

shared with yagman. very pumped to try this one for a while. big thanks to mikecharley for trading this one my way.

a - much like the rare we just finished, this beer is an oily black with no head at all. swirl of the glass builds a thin sharp looking brown head that leaves as quick as it arrived. lacing is pretty slick, but leaves some traces on the glass. has a really nice shine to it.

s - oh yum. smells of stout with honey. the honey adds a sharper sweet smell that rounds out the massive roastiness and chocolatey. barrel is evident, but the honey gives it a down home feel. almost a bit nutty.

t - barrel aged stout indeed, but there is a HUGE sweetness on top from the honey. it really compliments the stout flavors. i just polished off a bottle of rare and this beer is nowhere near as thick and the honey is a huge element of the flavor. really delicious and unique. the honey seems to really carry much of this beer.

m - again, very smooth and easy to drink. the honey gives the beer a walking on air type of feel and makes it very light and fluffy. the smoothness of the barrel is there, but coming off a BCBRS it is hard to find something smoother...but searching my memory banks through stouts, this is a huge winner.

o - overall, what a night of great stouts. from olde hickory to rare to event horizon...really all worlds apart and all incredible quality. this beer is world class and another that is worth the hype. the honey adds an incredible dimension that makes an otherwise heavy heavy beer to be silky and light. really enjoyable and a must try for any big stout fan.

09-05-2011 02:23:54 | More by cosmicevan
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Huge thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

22 oz bottle poured into a KBS snifter glass.

A- Pours pretty thick, dark brown basically black color, dark brown ½ finger head, really nice lacing when you stir it up.
S- The aroma is very nice, big bourbon aroma, vanilla, oak, nice rich chocolate aroma, dark malts, sweet bitterness.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma with some dark fruit flavors coming out, rich chocolate, dark malt, pretty sweet, slight roasted notes, oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, really rich complex beer.
M- Medium/big mouth feel, decent carbonation, smooth and creamy, slight dry finish.
O- I was really impressed with this beer. Really easy drinkability, each sip was rich and complex, really nice dessert beer.

09-03-2011 06:12:21 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.1/5  rDev -6%

Huge thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one! Epic indeed.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is pretty much black. Pours pretty thick.

Aroma: A heavy dose of bourbon, stings the nostrils. Very chocolaty. Rich and malty. Caramel flavors. The oak and vanilla shows nicely. Great aroma.

Taste: Rich dark chocolate. Some cocoa. Caramel and vanilla. Warming bourbon. A bit of roast and some coffee. A nice amount of barrel aging shows. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, and creamy. Medium to full bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Ends malty, but clean.

Overall, this beer was much better than I expected. It was very tasty. Easy to drink and enjoyable. Maybe a bit too roasty, but that's it.

08-27-2011 00:31:54 | More by mothman
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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Thanks Wil for sharing this one!
Served in a small taster glass, at least a 6 oz. pour, with seconds added after the rounds had been made.

Obsidian black, spindly arcs of sticky tan lace inside the glass. Surface foam has a creamy texture to it. Aromas of sweet sticky molasses, vanilla, malted milk balls. Rich flavors of dark chocolate, tobacco, chickory, and chocolate covered dried cherries. Slightly woody and leathery, in a good way. Mild dark chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste. Super creamy with a milky feel to it. Long drawn out chocolatey finish. A smooth sipper, one to share. Thanks again Wil!

08-26-2011 03:33:54 | More by emerge077
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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

736th Review on BA
Bottle to goblet

Thanks to domtromzero for this one

App- Super dark beer. Almost black as ive seen in a stout with a very nice one finger head. Came and went very quickly.

Smell- A multitude of smells on this one. Many layers of chocolate abound. Big dark chocolate with some creamy milk chocolate. The vanilla and oak and bourbon notes are there but just more mellow on this one.

Taste- Its a good stout. I can see why highly acclaimed. A lot of chocolate still remains but is now taken up in layers of bourbon notes, vanilla, oak, some unfamiliar sweetness and a touch of honey.

Mouth- A big thick medium stout with a paired carbonation. I liked the creamy chocolate notes on this beer

Drink- A very good stout. Has a ton going on and its a beer you had to focus on while drinking it. Layers abound and continue to evolve as it warms. Wouldnt mind a bottle of my own

08-22-2011 19:06:42 | More by FosterJM
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3.1/5  rDev -28.9%

Poured into a Bruery snifter with a group of about 8 at cellar temp from the wine fridge. Pours very dark, thick black with a small cocoa head. Looks good. The nose is sweet malts and dark fruit, bourbon, oak. Smells fine. Taste is that sweet malt, dark fruit, and very understated barrel character. One note until the finish. The finish is acrid burnt something and hops. Burnt honey and bittering hops? Whatever it is, the finish does not work for me at all. It's that same finish that is present in a lot of maple imperial stouts/black ales that does not work for me at all. Good body for the ABV, which was oddly low. We had a good lineup, but this bottle wasn't finished. Let me state that again. There were 8 people there and this bottle was not finished. Everyone else was defending that it was fine, but that is not exactly what my expectation was. In my opinion, this was very forgettable and in the opinion of my group, it was only slightly better. Choo-choo

07-23-2011 15:05:33 | More by seeswo
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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a bottle shared by ottovon into a tulip.

Pitch black, with no light coming through at all. A very thin, dark cinnamon-colored layer of fizz pops away to a thin ring quickly.

Nice, sweet nose with lots of barrel character. Blend of molasses and cocoa powder with a hint of earthy hops to balance.

More bitterness in the flavor. Acrid, burnt bitterness, actually. I also get lots of toffee milk chocolate, vanilla extract and a bit of burnt toast. Impressively clean finish.

Medium massaging carbonation amidst a body just a shade under medium-light. Kind of tongue-coating.

Overall, Event Horizon is a smooth, cleaner version of most barrel-aged stouts. It doesn’t kick your ass and impresses with drinkability.

07-19-2011 23:10:19 | More by Phelps
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

Huge thanks to mulder1010 for sharing this bomber. My share was poured into a Great Divide tulip style glass.

Pours a thick black, thicker than the 8.5% ABV would have you imagine. Nice mocha and tan coloured head of foam that sat at a bit above a finger and settled down well. Surprising the intense appearance of this given the strength.

Ever-changing smell, started off with dark fruits, particularly raisins and dates. Changed part of the way through to cheese, namely cheese squares and then blue cheese. This threw me in a big way, not a bad way, just couldn't believe what was coming through. In the end it settled with oak and bourbon.

The taste was more understated, more malt and even more malt, it just kept coming. Layered, perhaps a little one-dimensional at times. Later, chocolate came through and a touch of coffee very late and very faint.

Given the malt, could the mouthfeel be anything but silky smooth. This was thick, coating and very smooth.

Overall an interesting stout that defied the specs on a number of fronts. Lovely and smooth, it was amazing in the way that the smell continued to change throughout. The taste was a little downer and it was a big tasting beer, taking us 45 mins or more to share a bottle. The mouthfeel was very impressive. Some great parts and some parts that whilst not great, were still quite good.

07-16-2011 11:23:56 | More by MrKennedy
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to Beerness for this bottle. Owe you big time on this.
Shared with Mr. Kennedy
Bomber poured into a snifter

A-- Thick, dark, bold and oily. Looked like pure motor oil at first and then a half finger of dark leather head reverse cascaded up. Eventually no film at all. Head stuck around a little bit and went to dark leather film. Left no lacing at all but a dark, oily substance on the sides of the glass. Looks a lot bigger than what it should be. As I drank on I did get red tints on the sides of the glass but otherwise pitch black.

S-- Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cherry dates, marshmallow, oak, bourbon and cheese?? I thought slight hints of blue cheese mixed with parmigiana cheese. Really bizarre but good smell. Kept changing by the minute. Oak and bourbon really small in comparison to the rest or the smells.

T-- Thick, rich and dark. A brownie on overload really. Chocolate, Carmel, marshmallow, coffee, and some hops to give this life and a bit prickly.

M-- Chewy, thick and rich. Almost decadent in a way. Hops faded in the mouth, leaving milk chocolate, changing to bakers chocolate, with Carmel and coffee acidity in the end. Bourbon and oak still on the soft side here. Alcohol is non existent for the size of the beer. Low carbonation and massive heavy feel. Lots of malts with this. Does get a bit one dimensional at the end.

O-- A much bigger feeling stout than it really is. Big beer but easy to drink. Could use a bit more carbonation and more of a silky feel to it though, as it became very coffee acidic in the end. Quite unique as the hints of bourbon and Oak just toy with the senses. This was far more about malts than anything else. Worth trying.

07-16-2011 11:08:51 | More by mulder1010
The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.