The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,193 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,193
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 786
Gots: 380 | FT: 55
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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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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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

Pours an oily viscous black with a mocha foamy head. Decent retention and spotty lacing. 

Nice nose full of chocolate brownie and dark fruit. A little bourbon. 

Flavor is quite nice. Great balance and a wide range of flavor. Nice roasted nutty notes along with mild dark fruit, bitter chocolate, molasses, mocha coffee and a touch of rich dark honey on the back end. 

Full bodied mouth. Creamy smooth medium carbonation and a little bit dry  

This is a fantastic beer. Very well executed. Great all around.   

Photo of derkfromwi
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Poured into New Belgium Globe glass

A: Half-inch dark mocha head that fades leaving a nice ring around edges of glass, pitch black color, decent lacing for an IS

S: Bourbon, chocolate, oak, molasses, very complex with a very nice blend of malts, touch of spiciness

T: Sweetness from honey and some malts I'm guessing, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, bitterness from hop blend, very tasty

M: Smooth and velvety, light carbonation, medium-full bodied, a bit warming

O: Very good Imperial Stout, got a feeling that this will be gaining in popularity pretty quick, I think this beer will be a permawant for me

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got bottles of this in a couple trades. A big thanks goes out to jbeatty for the 2011 and another massive cheers to Stakem for sending us the 2010. These were well appreciated gents.

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
Black wax with 2011 stamped into the front

Note: Drank the 2011 and 2010 afterwards for comparison purposes. Review is for the 2011.

APPEARANCE: Pours out a thicker looking black, yielding a one finger, medium-thick looking, dark tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a thin, bubbly wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. A slight wisp remains to the end and leaves touches of lacing down the glass. The 2010 looked exactly the same.

SMELL: Bold nose on this one with plenty of bourbon, vanilla and oak aromas. Dark chocolate and some nice molasses come through from the base beer, with the roasted qualities providing a faint base. Bold and enticing for sure. The 2010 was a touch mellower on the bourbon barrel notes, but more chocolate and base beer played a roll.

TASTE: Big flavors as well. Oak and bourbon up front with vanilla and notes of milk chocolate. A bit of nail polish remover as well, but barely worth noting. Sweet honey and dark, bitter chocolate at the swallow into a big and persistent aftertaste of bourbon, molasses, bitter dark chocolate and a touch of sweet, caramel and honey. Pretty complex and flavorful, and the barrel meshes well with the base beer. The 2010, by comparison, had mellower bourbon barrel flavors, no nail polish remover, with more chocolate and molasses. The heat from the barrels had also mellowed and made it a way smoother drink. Would score this vintage higher.

PALATE: Medium body and medium, slightly prickly carbonation. Not really creamy enough for the style, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. A bit of a burn at the swallow and a touch of heat lingers. Surprising, given the lower ABV. The 2010 vintage, on the other hand, was smoother, creamier, and showed no heat. Much nicer, making it a more enjoyable drink.

OVERALL: This is a more than solid, lower ABV barrel aged imperial stout. The flavors were very complex, with the barrel components and base beer working well together. This is a good example of the barrel complimenting the beer as opposed to dominating it. The rougher and slightly hot feel held it back a little, unfortunately. As a comparison, the 2010 vintage was perfectly smooth and showcased an even better balance between base beer and barrel. Decadent and impressive. Either this beer does great after a year, or the first bottling in 2010 was slightly superior. In the end, this is a solid beer worth tracking down, and I’d love to drink it again. Thanks again for the trades jbeatty and Stakem. Highly recommended.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve - Thanks Steve !

2010 Bottle -

A: Pours a deep black with slight mocha lacing , good carbonation.

S: Slight vanilla , deep roasted malts , bourbon.

T: Vanilla , bourbon , chocolate, roasted malts , slight sweetness.

O: Overall a solid bourbon aged stout that I'm glad I had a chance to try , very well blended and balanced beer.

Photo of schwaeh
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle

A: Dense black beer with a 3/4" tan colored head. Fairly decent lacing along the glass. High viscosity for the abv.

S: Crazy smooth bourbon chocolate. Good amounts of toffee and anise. The alcohol seems very low but all of the aroma and bite remains high. I couldn't imagine a barrel aged stout being at a better integrated point than this.

T: This is such a great base stout used here, not over the top, just damn good brewing. Bourbon is sewn into the soul of the beer at this point. Nothing overpowers or becomes too much with event horizon. Roasty, chocolate, and coffee malts are used in a great balance and the honey just adds a nip of sweet to the brew. Slight oak-vanilla nuttiness adds some more complexities.

M: Higher carbonation than most stouts in this class. Real creamy and easy going. Goes down smooth.

O: Fairly tame in a very good way, just smooth chocolate with sweet bourbon hints. A nice well brewed stout to stand up to a little barrel aging. I hope I can get the chance to try this a little fresher.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of xnicknj
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into large snifter - 2011 vintage

Pours a viscous blackness with a one-finger crop of tanned head resting on top. Dissolves almost completely, leaving a few spots of film and a very little lacing.

Rich and robust in the nose with plenty of dark chocolate. Syrup and honey tones mix with the vanilla and bourbon-soaked oak. A bit nutty and boozy.

A bit boozy and syrupy up front, giving way to a rich chocolatey character. Brownies and bourbon with a pleasant splash of vanilla. The honey adds a nice bit of sweetness, but doesnt quite go over the top. The oaky tannins lie underneath, followed by the burly dark malt backbone. Roasty and warm with some slight nuttiness. Chocolate with a light touch of roasted coffee beans. Finishes sticky and boozy with some lingering vanilla.

Fuller body, slightly milder carbonation, smooth and creamy, sticky and chewy while drinking. This is an easy stand out for me - I love the balance of flavor and somewhat aggressive barrel character. The addition of honey adds a nice dimension that you typically wouldn't see in some other barrel aged beers.

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz wax topped bomber into a couple of oversized snifters. 2011 Edition. Big thanks go to Barscream for sharing this.

Pours as black as an oil slick in the glass, with a thin covering of burnt mocha head. This maintains some frothy edges, leaving back a rich cascade of spotty lace and brown oils down the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite dense in the nose, with notes of fudge, molasses, vanilla, and coffee. Charred oak adds some zip to the edges of this, while an underpinning of warmth gives this a little sharpness as well.

The taste is chocolate syrup, roasted coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, and some green herbal hops. The barrel really gives this a charred feeing tannic sharpness that keeps the overall profile from coming off as too overly sweet and decadent yet hangs in the finish with a little too much strength with a burnt and woody feel. This does start to dissipate and full integrate itself until unfortunately it’s more towards the end of the glass. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a thick chewiness that is sharp feeling up front but then creamier along the back. There is some alcohol present here but it mostly seems to be coming from the barrel flavors.

This showed some moments of greatness but never quite got over the hump for me, as this retained a bit too much of a charred burn throughout that seemed to hold this back some and a complete melding of barrel and beer that occurred a little too late in my opinion. This is still a really nice BA Stout but I wouldn’t break the bank for it.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Capped and waxed bottle into a Southampton oversize snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a big, black mocha head with little retention. Thick legs with spotty and sticky lace. Solid.

Boozy nose with hints of mocha, sweet soy sauce, fudge, chocolate, and molasses. Robust and very aromatic.

Sweet cocoa and mildly boozy. Chocolate, soy sauce. Finish is grainy cocoa powder and fudge. Sweet but with nice balance. Taste like it smells, which is temptingly decadent.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky and smooth going down. A touch over-carbonated which makes this one feel a bit thin at times.

Real glad to have had the chance to give this one a shot but I'm not overly impressed here. Simply a solid offering in a style that's flooded with great beers. Still worth a try for sure though.

Photo of EricCioe
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of trapper2408
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into snifter. Thanks to kingkong for this beer!

A: Pours an almost black with pretty much no head. A faint collar formed and left some spotty lacing down the glass after each sip.
S: I get rich notes of molasses, chocolate and a hint of vanilla, coffee and soy sauce.
T: Smooth as can be with flavors of sweet dark fruits, chocolate, toffee, brown sugar and a hint of nuts. Luckily I’m not really getting any soy sauce. Alcohol warmth is faint, and the finish contains some nice barrel notes.
M: Medium-thick body, low but bubbly carbonation, with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
O: An excellent stout, and one I have been wanting to try for some time now. Very smooth and flavorful, thanks again kingkong!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peabody's in Boone, NC had the Event Horizon in their inventory. Thanks again!

A - Pours black with a slight medium brown foam. Light does not penetrate this beer.

S - The malts come through with hints of honey used in making this beer. A slight smell of sweetness and alcohol is present as well. I did get some slight bitter scent which must be the hops.

T - Bourbon, malts, hops, honey, and a sting of alcohol come through each taste which is awesome. An aftertaste of hops, bourbon, honey, and alcohol all with a richness of an imperial stout.

M - A great feel of this complex beer that it requires that time be taken to enjoy the taste, aftertaste, and the post aftertastes/scents that accompany good beers such a this.

O - I would recommend this beer to everyone and to let this beer warm some and if you can let it age in your brew frig. A definite must try! Nice job Olde Hickory, keep up the good work!

Photo of Finatic
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2011 vintage into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, jet black color with a small light brown head. Very little lacing that receded very quickly.

S: Dark chocolate with hints of bourbon, oak, vanilla and some molasses.

T: Bourbon taste is very prominent with some chocolate and vanilla. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste. No hint of honey that I can taste.

M: Very smooth considering the bitter aftertaste. Very well carbonated.

O: This could do with some aging IMO. I would rather have Silent Night.

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2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,193 ratings.