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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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1,238 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,238
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 791
Gots: 411 | FT: 58
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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:
Beer added by: Habmike on 12-08-2010

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Brabander
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was drank by me a couple of months ago at a houseboat tasting in Amsterdam. Vanlingleipa, Frank, was our host during a fabulous tasting.

This was a damned good beer. The looks are not very great but the rest was more than positive. Some light lacing in the glass and i had some notes of honey!

Good beer. Not the best in this style but very well made!

Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GabrielM
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery snifter.

A - a body as dark as a black hole with a half an inch of espresso-colored foamy head on top.

S - the smell is amazing! Sweet bourbon and honey are pouring out of my glass, as well as hints of chocolate, coffee and oak.

T - everything the nose predicted - bourbon dominates, followed by chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some honey sweetness. The oak and some bitterness close it out as it flows down the throat.

M - ultra creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation.

O - this is an excellent representation of the style and one I've been wanting to try for a while now. Great bourbon, coffee and vanilla notes put this is the upper tier as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of boonejag75
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of rudylaw
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of brystmar
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2010. Opened alongside the 2011 for comparison.

Roasty malts, caramel, fudge, bourbon, and vanilla fill my nostrils. Full, creamy body greets me with well-balanced bourbon flavors against the rich stout base. Molasses and deeply roasted malts shine here. A touch of dark fruits hit my throat as I swallow, somehow imparting zero alcoholic warmth. This is a very good RIS.

The '10 was significantly more complex and better layered than the '11, which tasted amateur-ish by comparison. The newer batch had a little too much bourbon, and it didn't integrate well with the other flavors present. I was quite disappointed in the '11, truth be told, particularly when the '10 was this good.

Would love to get my hands on another bottle of the 2010!

Photo of birchstick
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Event Horizon

A - pours black in color without a head

S - bourbon, sweet honey, chocolates erupt out of the glass

T - sweet malts with some honey are upfront. These fade to a really nice chocolate flavor that move on to some great bourbon flavors.

M - thin but and a little dry, but works welll

D - really solid brew overall. This is one of the best barrel aged beers I have had in recent memory. Highly recommended!

Photo of Exiled
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of metalgdog
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Yabev15
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pitch black with a half finger of light tan foam that quickly recedes to a light film.

S: Very complex, strong bourbon supported by milk and dark chocolate, malted milk balls, toffee, and caramel.

T: Very strong dark chocolate and bourbon start off with light, smooth roast and some subtle dark cherry in the background. I get malted milk balls like in the aroma as well. So complex, so tasty.

M: Thick yet very easy to drink. Hard to describe how this is easy to drink yet very viscous.

O: Amazing. So complex, so viscous, yet easy to drink. Everything is very well integrated. Tons of chocolate, moderate bourbon, toffee, and malted milk balls.

Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to TATURBO for bring this out to share! Thanks Chris!

beer reviewed from notes taken 6/1/12.

Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Light black bodied beer with a dark brown cap that drops to a ring around the glass.

Smell: light roasty malt, honey, and chocolate chips. Just a hint of black licorice.

Taste: The smell is just a bit underwhelming compared to the nose. But it still tasty beer. Milk chocolates, black licorice, molasses. Really mellow oak, vanilla, bourbon and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel: medium body with low carbonation levels. Mellow, silky and smooth.

Overall: Really solid beer. I love my BA stouts and the addition of honey in this beer adds some really unique complexity to the nose of this beer. Love the fact that some breweries are trying to make a nice mellow stout instead of the in your face bourbon bombs. With thant said i could use just a touch more barrel notes in the taste of the beer. The nose and mouthfeel are my favorite aspects of this beer, but its a well integrated beer that melds flavors together.

Photo of Mahlik
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 2011 waxed and capped bottle. Chilled and served into my Kate the Great tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Nice dark brown lacing around the rim. A bit lighter in color than most imperial stouts.

Aroma: Milk chocolate, fudge cake some through really strongly upfront. Lots of molasses, caramel, vanilla and bourbon all nicely balanced throughout. Really great balance of the barrel aging and the base beer.

Taste: Big chocolate cake, fudge, and a little smoke character from the base beer really is dominant upfront. Bourbon, vanilla, and caramel sweetness really start to stand out and take over. Really nice balance of the barrel character and the base beer. Not boozy at all. The lower than average ABV doesn't affect how strong the flavors are at all. This is really flavorful and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Not too heavy at all.

Overall, a really great bourbon barrel stout. I can't believe the ABV is as low as it is. The amount of flavor and the balance is incredible. Definitely worthy of its reputation and near the top of my favorite imperial stouts.

Photo of Duff27
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head on dark brown/black body. Good alcohol legs.

Smells like chocolate chip cookies!! Lovely.

Follows the nose. Roasty, no astringency. Drinks bigger than 8.5%abv for sure.

Smooth medium mouthfeel, Low carbonation.

Tasty bevy here. The aroma was great. Thanks to TATURBO for bringin this.

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of CruisaC
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 version thanks to Chris.

Pours a pretty standard black with a dark mocha head.

Smell is fairly dominated by bourbon. Almost a little one dimensional.

Fortunately the taste is much more complex. Some chocolate, booze, vanilla, finished with some roasted coffee mix in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick which is fitting for a bbal stout of this magnitude.

Glad to have snagged a couple of these, one was definitely headed down my gullet.

Photo of s1ckboy
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle with about 6 months of age on it.

A - Black body with a finger or so of tan head.

S - Bourbon, oak, sweeness (honey I suppose), hint of dark fruits.

T - A lot of bitterness initially that lingers, chocolate, bourbon, prunes/dates, not really picking up the honey. Bourbon is a bit on the hot side, could have aged this for a while longer.

M - On the lighter side of full. Fairly smooth even with the hot bourbon. Medium carbonation.

Smells sweet, tastes bitter. I think some age would do this a lot of good. Should have gotten 2!

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of dtx00
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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%

The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,238 ratings.