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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,164 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 780
Gots: 377 | FT: 50
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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Photo of mikeyv35
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 02/05/2012
Type: 22oz. Waxed Bomber
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Southampton Large Snifter

Pours a midnight black in color w/ a skim coat brown head that leaves little to no lacing. Aromas of chocolate fudge, German chocolate cake, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Awesome nose! Taste starts off w/ sweet chocolate fudge and German cak up front, followed by smooth bourbon and oak, and finishes w/ hop bitterness and a good bit of char. Full bodied and lush. Initially, I thought I would be able to polish off the bottle w/ ease, but after almost a whole glass the char on the backside really started to turn me away.

Overall, great beer for what it is, and that is why I rated it so. Not really my cup of tea as my palate has changed considerably, more into less filling brews right now. However, if you want a great BA IS, this one is calling your name.

mikeyv35, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Beerverage
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Beerverage, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
3.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a tulip - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly totally black, with a medium sized brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of vanilla, hints of molasses, dark roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and some earthy hops in the background. The hops actually lend an odd aroma which I'm not a fan of...the rest smells delicious.

T: The taste is molasses, vanilla, dark chocolate, honey, and the earthy hops from the nose. It's a touch bitter on the finish which is surprising.

M: The feel is thick and creamy.

O: This isn't much different from the regular Imperial Stout besides some vanilla and molasses characteristics. The feel is about the best part of the beer. Could probably use a bit more time in the barrel.

GregSVT, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -8%

bauermj, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

bs870621345, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of azdback
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

azdback, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of DavidEddie
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

DavidEddie, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

sisuspeed, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of CarolinaKevin
5/5  rDev +14.9%

CarolinaKevin, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Jakers90
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Jakers90, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Dano420
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Dano420, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of bballmj2k
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage - released in November, only a few months old now.

A - Solid oil black with a really dark brown head that lingers with great lacing.

S - I love the way this beer smells. So much coconut, toasted oak, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt. Hints of some dark fruitiness thats really mild.

T - Sweet flavors dominate. Not quite as complex as the nose. Dark chocolate and bitterness are on the back end.

M - Silky smooth but not quite as thick as I'd like in something thats barrel-aged. It's a lower ABV stout (comparatively) so thats justified, just want a bit more body.

O - This is great - I haven't had a ton of barrel-aged stouts but this ranks up there with the best (BCBS, ORF...)

bballmj2k, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

bertram, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

stbo101, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Crass3000
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black as night with a nice small brown head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is nice chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and a tiny bit of dark fruits. Taste is just as amazing. Awesome chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits, and a really nice tiny hint of bourbon in the background.

Crass3000, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip. Black wax shows 2011 vintage. Received in a fantasy football BIF from tclapper, this has been a real big want for a while, thanks alot Tim!

A: Pours a pitch black with a nice full caramel colored head. Long lasting, leaving beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass. Some light getting thru towards the edge of the glass.

N: Big notes of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and some moderate oak.

T: I don't get any of the honey in the nose, but I get it on the palate and it is very subtle, but pleasurable and unique. There is a good amount of bitterness, both from the some nice hop and honey alike. Dry roasted malt, followed by punchy dark fruits, and chocolate.

M: Slightly dry mouthfeel, but it was well carbonated and had a great texture. Wasn't heavy, or too sweet, or cloying. Very round, and well balanced. Good hop coming through. Really impressive beer.

D and O: Great beer, thanks alot Tim! Great beer, not extremely high in the ABV realm, which is appreciated, yet didn't skimp on any flavor.

MarcatGSB, Jan 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

ThirstyHerf, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bpfrush, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

afksports, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

CuriousMonk, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of mdalpert
5/5  rDev +14.9%

mdalpert, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

oline73, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of beckard13
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

beckard13, Jan 15, 2012
The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.