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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,274 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,274
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 806
Gots: 433 | FT: 65
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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

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Beer added by: Habmike on 12-08-2010

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a snifter. It was pitch black with a tiny ring of mocha colored foam that didn't leave any lacing.

S-Coffee, chocolate, bourbon, blackstrap molasses

T-Roasted malt, coffee, bourbon, leather, and a lingering flavor that I can only describe as like an artificial sweetener.

M-Fairly thick and creamy, with not much carbonation at all.

D-This was a one and done for me I didn't like the leather note and the lingering odd aftertaste.

Overall, I was disappointed in this beer. I have had Olde Hickory's regular imperial stout and thought it was amazing, but this let me down. However, I would try this again and recommend others trying it as well.

Photo of axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2012 vintage. Thanks to Tiger33 for the hookup. The bottle was allowed to warm just a bit before being poured into my NEBCO 668 tulip.

The Event Horizon pours jet black, and a careful pour yields almost three fingers of burnt caramel tinted foam that actually rises up past the rim of the glass, without spilling out over the side. Head retention is pretty good, but lacing is definitely a bit spotty. The nose is wonderful, with aromas of cocoa powder, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, and vanilla all wafting out of the glass. The flavor profile shifts and consolidates a little bit. The beer is definitely more oak and bourbon forward on my palate than in the aroma, and most of the vanilla is phased out and replaced by more brown sugar. Dark chocolate continues to provide a base for all of these characteristics to play off of. The mouthfeel is great, because while it still has that slightly chewy aspect to it, it feels a little bit less heavy (thanks to the honey?) than most big stouts, and as a result it comes across as a fair bit more drinkable. As with all great stouts, the carbonation is nice and muted. I found this super fresh bottle of The Event Horizon to be just a tad barrel forward for my taste. It's still a very good beer, but even just a little time to mellow and come together should yield spectacular results.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Joshuamcsee
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of the 2012 release a week after tasting the 2011 aged a year.

A: Darker than a black steer's toucas on a moonless prairie night. Little to no head.

S: Dark chocolate, bourbon, and thick honey. Even the smell is rich. Reminds me of those little chocolate barrels of whiskey they sell at the Vegas airport.

T: The dark chocolate hits you hard up front, and the whiskey lingers. The honey is always there as a nice compliment. The relatively low ABV is hidden well. The charred bourbon is there but more as a complimentary sweetness than a bite.

MF: Not as thick as many imperials. Great balance: not too heavy not too light. Medium carbination for the style. Lingers for quite a while.

Overall: Damn. This is a fantastic beer. Definitely one of the best North Carolina has to offer, and that's saying something these days. After tasting this I bought way too many. A couple for Christmas presents, a couple to stash away for a year, and a couple to enjoy now. Pick a few up while you can.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found a bottle of the 2012 release over the weekend and was anxiously looking forward to popping it last night. This beer is pretty legendary in our parts, and the mixture of several malts, 4 hops, locally farmed honey and aging in bourbon barrels is infamous. Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head glass.

A: Near jet black/brown, no turbidity but virtually opaque. Minimal head, first pour gave me maybe 5mm thin line and 2nd pour (a little warmer and more vigourous) gave be a nice 2 finger chocolate brown head which pretty minimal retention and some light lacing.

S: You immediately get the feeling that this will be a big boozy monster. You smell the honey sweetness first, but the bourbon notes dominate the nose. Nose is almost quad-like and says "buckle up".

T: Again you get honey and brown sugar sweetness on the entry, with a finish which is really driven by the charred bourbon barrels. It's nice and very elegant. This beer changes dramatically in complexity as it warms and opens up. First pour (cool) is really driven by honey and bourbon, but once it warms for 15 - 20 minutes you start to pick up lots of other layers: dry cocoa powder, toffee , caramel and vanilla. Almost each sip can be a little different. Really complex and intriguing. This is not a boozy beer at all, no alcohol burn, the nose is just deceiving in that it gives you that impression that you are in for a monster.

MF: Really slick, oily and viscous. Not fork and knife thick like some imperial stouts, but definitely substantial. Coats the mouth in a very sexual way which is addictive, especially near the bottom of the glass. I actually would have liked a bump more carbonation to release the flavors more fully, but I think subtle is part of the plot here.

All in all, A truly EPIC beer which lives up to the hype of being one of the best, if not , the best beer brewed in North Carolina. Definitely worth searching and definitely worth cellaring. Let it open and warm a bit for maximum enjoyment.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nUgZ
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber from the 2011 release.

A: Pours an extremely dark color, almost pitch black with a half finger head and some lacing.

S: Lots of fruit, dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and bourbon.

T: Very sweet and nicely balanced flavors of hops, malts, honey, oak, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol. The bourbon aging works wonderfully with this one.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is a great example of what can be done with a barrel aged stout. I am very impressed. I'll have to see if I can get a couple bottles of this years release.

Photo of Bung
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On te hand pump at Duckworths Park rd. Dirty motor oil brown, though some light does get trough. Light brown head quickly recedes.

Aroma, heavy molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, oak.

Taste, it's all there. Some more malty toffee here. Chocolates, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar. Earthy peat and barrel, Roast and cocoa makes an appearance at the end as well.

Big for its 8.5%. It takes some skill to brew something this good without just overloading the bill and making it huge. Maybe not quite full body, but coats great, and drinks even better with the slightly smaller size.

Spent a day drinking this on cask during the Duckworths cask event last year. Didn't disappoint this year either. Thought I was maybe over praising last year, but two years in a row is the real deal. This is up there with Bourbon County for the non-coffee bourbon stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of brewdude1982
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 4.0 very dark
S: 4.5 you can definitely smell the bourbon from this beer
T: 4.5 nice and sweet upfront followed by a a booze taste on the back end
MF: 3.5 very smooth initially and then tingly in the back of your mouth from the booze that they tried to hide pretty full on the body of the beer.
O: 4.0 good beer with a lot of booze

Photo of CManuel
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 release, consumed fresh within a few days of the Raleigh NC release.

Appearance - The beer pours a pitch black with a deep brown frothy head that quickly dissipates

Smell - The smell is dominated by charred bourbon oaky goodness. Dark fruits are the second most apparent aroma, followed by subtle hints of vanilla and a mild sugary sweetness (probably the honey).

Taste - Wow, there is a lot going on with the taste. This is one complex beer. The bourbon charred taste is most dominant, but there are wonderful hints of vanilla, oak woodiness, dark fruits, and chocolate flavors. Amazingly balanced and will only get better with age. The complexity of this beer really stands out as it warms up.

Mouthfeel - very oily and slick, thick but not nearly as thick as other imperial stouts out there.

Overall - This has to be one of my top three imperial stouts. I really enjoyed how balanced this beer is, despite its complexity. I'm glad I have several bottles of this, can't wait to see how it tastes over the years!

The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,274 ratings.