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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,069 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,069
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 768
Gots: 374 | FT: 48
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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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Rhode17, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

2010 bottle thanks to lanamj.
22oz bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with only a few dark brown bubbles forming around the edges.

S - Strong bourbon hits me first, then some nice chocolate and oak.

T - The strong chocolate hits me hard here, then some anise, slight bitter coffee, and a nice bourbon finish.

D - A ver smooth drinker, but a slight bitter after-taste.

O - Great. A bourbon and chocolate delight. Who could complain about that.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

wolfeman007, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of lanamj
5/5  rDev +14.7%

2011 Bottle served in a Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip.

A- Pores a nice thick black color with minimal mocha colored head that resides to a perfect lace with good retention. A perfect looking stout!!

S- As I pore it i can automatically begin to smell the chocolate!! Rich malts and chocolate dominates the nose followed by beautiful bourbon, vanilla and oak aromas as well. I could smell this one all day, yankee candle needs to makes the sent happen!!! It is a perfectly balanced nose, couldn't be better IMO.

T- More bourbon then the nose. In fact i feel the flavors are reverse then the nose. The bourbon, oak and vanilla are up front, as is the honey. And the chocolate resides in the end. The chocolate lingers well. A perfect tasting stout.

M- Nice and smooth. Very silky and creamy. Carbonation is perfect for a barrel aged stout. This again can not get much better!!

O- I felt last years Event was as good as it gets... I was wrong, it's this years!! What a great beer, not as sweet and more smooth chocolate flavors. I also feel what little tang was present from oxidation is not present this year. I love this beer and Im happy I live where I do.

lanamj, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

2010 bomber into a Darkness glass. Thanks go out to the generous kingkong for sending this my way. Shared at a tasting.

A: Fully black body under a finger of incredibly dense, creamy brown head. Terrific retention and lacing. Gorgeous stout.

S: Big, sweet, and roasty. Chocolate, molasses, licorice, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and just a hint of dark fruit. Complex and lovely.

T: Roasty up front, with dark chocolate dominating while coffee and molasses swirl underneath; some bourbon and vanilla nuances show up midway through, but the base stout's malt and roast are always more noticeable than the barrel. The finish is a little odd, combining vanilla with surprising dryness from the roastiness. Absolutely spectacular overall: not overwhelming in any way, and drinkable throughout. Terrific stout.

M: Medium-to-full body with lots of creamy froth. A little over the top carbonation-wise, but extremely enjoyable nonetheless.

O: I flirted with giving this one a perfect score for flavor, but shied away in the end - only because its impeccable balance made me feel like something was ever-so-slightly missing. I could have dealt with just a big more bourbon presence, and look forward to trying a fresh bottle of the 2011 vintage to see if the barrel is more prominent right out of the gate. Terrific beer, and entirely worthy of its high scores - if not some of the outsized trades it was demanding a while back. Huge thanks, again, to kingkong for generously making this one possible.

Cheers!

EDIT:

I was fortunate enough to try the new 2011 version of this (also thanks to kingkong's remarkable generosity), and it was every bit as delicious. I can't believe how much flavor they pack into such a moderate ABV. Terrific beer.

woosterbill, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

wchollif, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

DaveONan, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

ewright, Nov 30, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

mullenpc, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Jstark5150, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

UnDeadly, Nov 23, 2011
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McNuts, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

lakersfan16, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

mecherd, Nov 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

derandscott, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

JebediahScooter, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

smittybrew83, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

jwelsh, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

pittsburghkid66, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,069 ratings.