The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 243
Hads: 1,449
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
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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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Photo of GregSVT
3.45/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of bballmj2k
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
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...) (696 characters)

Photo of Crass3000
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of beckard13
4.58/5  rDev +5%
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. (706 characters)

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

A huge thanks to Peter (mullenpc) for this beer. Cheers! 2011 vintage.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with an utter dark black color and deep viscosity. About a half finger of mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates somewhat fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Holy bittersweet chocolate and bourbon. Slight licorice, oak, and vanilla. A hint of dark fruit such as plum comes through as the beer warms.

Taste – You know, I honestly wanted to not “like” Olde Hickory due to the insane Event Horizon ordeal that happened last year…but after Lindley Park and this…I have to give it to the brewery in regards to this beer. The taste starts with a nice mellow bourbon characteristic that melds with the fudgy chocolates and slight bittersweet cocoa. A wonderful oak and vanilla flavor comes in later and ends with a wonderful roasted malt which gives some nice dryness to the beer.

Mouthfeel – Medium to almost full bodied. Quite creamy, moderate to lower carbonation. Finishes nice and dry.

Overall – For a “lower” ABV stout, this is fantastic. This is no BCBS (or variation) or DL with crazy high ABV…but this has intense flavors. They have gotten this beer down. Well worth the hype. A just fantastic stout. (1,263 characters)

Photo of dcloeren
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JR for splitting yet another awesome bottle with me.

Poured an inky black and looks thick as it pours out of the bottle. Got about a finger of dark cinnamon colored head that stuck around for maybe 3 seconds before receding to a thin ring around the edges.

The aroma on this beer is amazing. Getting hit in the face with big bourbon and oak notes right off the back with the sweet smell of honey kissing my nose on the back end. Roasted malt and dark chocolate and vanilla round off this amazing smelling beer.

Taste follows the nose to the T except the honey sweetness blends into the main body just to sweeten it up a bit. Great bourbon notes, nice chocolate coated roasted malt and smooth vanilla making up the back end.

Full bodied, thick and slightly chewy. Just enough carbonation to make its way through this thick stout to tickle my tongue. Couldn't ask for a better body/ mouthfeel for this beer.

Overall, this was a BIG TIME stout with a some serious kick. I dont know if I could really ask for anything else from this beer. I thought the honey gave the beer just the right amount of sweetness and I loved the big bourbon and oak characteristics. JR is knocking this tasting out of the park! THanks again! (1,230 characters)

Photo of silentnoiz
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of 2011.

A - super dark pour with a thin layer of head

S - sweet vanilla with a really nice roasty and not burnt aroma

T - really complex flavors. Vanilla throughout with a really nice roasty not burnt flavor. A bit of cherry and young oak. The booze shows through, I guessed this at 11.5% but I like that.

M - nice feel fairly thick

O - really great brew, enjoyed quite a bit. Might make my top 10 stouts. (418 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to raveskdr for sharing this beer. 2011 vintage.

Beer pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan head with moderate lacing. Smells of chocolate with some bourbon and oak. Taste follows the aroma - a nice mix of the three, but not overwhelmed by any of the flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a nice bourbon barrel stout, but there's nothing to make it stand out. I'm a little disappointed given the hype it's gotten. (462 characters)

Photo of SkeeterElvis
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 in a snifter

Appearance: brown head, moderate lacing

Nose: carob, vanilla, caramel, some cherry/raisin

Taste: dark chocolate, faint caramel, and vanilla fade to smooth bourbon, finishes with espresso which lingers

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, somewhat creamy

One smooth beast. (290 characters)

Photo of Netdigger2
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is not for someone just getting started into stouts or Barrel Aged beers. If that's you, cellar it until you are ready. That said, this was a 2011 bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours opaque with brown head, lots of carbonation and lacing.

The smell is small batch bourbon, roasted malt, toffee, cherries or currants, raisins, possibly some tree nuts. It is outrageously complex.

Taste is good bourbon, roasted malt, cacao nibs, raisins, bread. Again, the complexity is crazy.

Mouthfeel is heavy, only cut by the barrel aging. Carbonation is high.

Amazing beer, different from the 2010 batch, but not necessarily worse-just slightly different nuances. (663 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
1.31/5  rDev -70%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Obsidian black pour into my Darkness tulip. 2011 bottle date.

Promising full finger of mocha head. The lacing cakes. I wasn't prepared for the smell but yet as my brain told me what it was I could not get over it. The barrel aging is there but it smelled exactly like barrel aged play-doh. Unbelievably awful nose. Put it down and came back to it after a few minutes. I sucked up the courage for a few sips and that was a big a let down as the smell. Carbonation was fine but it was malty burnt toast. Three sips is all I could muster. 19 of those 22 ounces were drain poured.

I can not see nor do I want to be told why that beer is so great. Horrid awful garbage that was made in a bathtub. One of my worst drinking experiences ever. (737 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Big thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

2010 vintage, reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of golden brown foam (I can hear the Stranglers in the background now...). The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, sweet honey (really more of a vague sweetness, but I'm attributing it to the honey anyway), and a dusting of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a touch of oak and an even lighter touch of mild bourbon. I thought I got a bit of coffee in there, too, but it could have been caused by the several cups of java circulating around me at this point in the evening. The body is a strong medium, bordering on heft, with a light moderate carbonation and a very lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout. I'm not sure it deserves a lot of the amazing press it gets, but it's definitely a tasty beverage. (928 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this elusive bottle.

Pitch black hue, small mocha head. Some cascade action. Rich chocolate fudge, molasses, coffee, bourbon. Flavors are rich and full of chocolate gnash, coffee, bourbon. Full thick body. Mild carbonation. A very well done Imperial stout. Olde Hickory knows how to make em. (331 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, split over x-mas, 2011 vintage

appearance: served in large belgian chalice, deep ebony body - thick mocha head with nice thick lace

smell: rich dark chocolate, bourbon, espresso, vanilla, caramel

taste: highly anticipated release from olde hickory, one of my favs in NC...rich decadent flavor profile - slightly bitter dark chocolate, rich but not potent bourbon, vanilla, caramel, honey in the finish. heavy roasted malt, chocolate cake, oak

mouthfeeel: creamy and rich, abv not abrasive

overall: quality stout - one of the finer beers to come out of NC (572 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Izecold88 hooked me up with this bottle from the first run... Big props Manny!!

Pours thick and viscous... great dark brown head.... the brew stains the glass with each swirl....

Nose is fudgy... with vanilla and coffee... smells decadent.

Flavor is very rich... waves of bourbon and vanilla... thick dark chocolate.... hints of sweet cherry.. wonderful.

Body is surprisingly not as thick as expected.... a solid medium... nice small bubble carbonation allows the flavors to linger on the palate.

Thanks again Manny.... I look forward to many more fantastic trades.

4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/5 (589 characters)

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

Pours thick and looks like used motor oil. Quick fading head and leaves good lacing

Reeks of Bourbon in a good way, slightly sweet from the honey and a slight dryness from the malts

Tastes sweet right from the start but the Bourbon kicks in very quickly along with dry wood and highly roasted malts. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn and leaves the palate dry

Heavy body with very low volumes of carbonation, finishes semi dry and aftertaste fades quickly. Alcohol is noticeable but not in a bad way. Easy to drink slow

An excellent beer and the honey adds a nice sweet touch to a style with big and robust flavors. Definitely a seeker (641 characters)

Photo of camil1mj
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle shared at the 4 Elf Party.

A: Dark, dark brown, almost black. Some mocha colored head. Some lacing.

S: Great sniffs. Bourbon, chocolate and toffee.

T: Good balance of the typical BA stout flavors: bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate malt.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

O: A great middle of the pack BA stout. (325 characters)

Photo of iadler
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle exitmusic00 opened up for the holiday party. You're the man, Matt.

A- Pours a deep black with a nice two finger head mocha head that dissipates into a thin cap. Some lines of lacing are left behind.

S- Oak, smoke and roasted upfront followed by bakers chocolate, vanilla, coffee, sweet bourbon, dark fruit and some peppery spice.

T- Earthy with oak, smoke, roasted malt, and bourbon followed by a mix of dark and milk chocolate with vanilla, plumbs, red cherry and star anise. Finishes with some honey sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation and a light to medium body. The body is a bit thin.

O- Overall, a well crafted imperial stout and no alcoholic bite being fresh. I did wish that the body was a little thicker and the carbonation was lower as it felt watered down. (786 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with some friends at the Cuvee De Castleton release. I forget who traded this to me, but thank you. 2010 22oz bottle.

A- A very thick and oily looking beer, light dark tannish head. The head falls to a small ring around the edge of my cup.

S- A rich scent of chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Rich dark roasted malts are also prevelant.

T- Similar to the smell, bourbon,chocolate, and roasted malt. The bourbon is noticable, but extremely well blended. It really enhances the flavor and taste of a nice Imperial Stout. I get a little bit of honey flavor.

M- Nice and full bodied, without being overboard thick and sticky. Perfect carbonation.

O- Overall I had pretty high hopes for this one, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. The barrel aging is extremely well blended, and really enhances the beer all around. I recommend it highly, and look forward to some 2011. (885 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. 2010 vintage. Thanks for sharing Phyllis. Pours a dark brown with small light chocolate head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is chocolate, bourbon, some light oak and vanilla, as well as a bit of caramel. The taste is sweet dark chocolate, some bourbon, vanilla, and oak, and a bit of caramel. The finish is smooth with some light alcohol. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. Fairly enjoyable, but not great. Comes off a little bit too sweet. (505 characters)

Photo of ASUBeer
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into a large snifter.

A: a dark, oily stout with a small dark tan head that spreads out and then falls back to the edge of the glass.

S: the nose on this beer is terrific. You get a smooth oak, bourbon scent with a light tobacco, molasses and honey in there too.

T: so mellow and balanced. I'm really surprised by how balanced this is while basically fresh. You get a warm dark chocolate and honey taste that is quickly chased with a warm bourbon and oak taste.

M. Very silky and the honey definitely gives it a sticky texture that makes it a very nice, slow sipping stout.

O: Overall this is a home run of a barrel age stout that really is different than most BA stouts I've had. The nose is fantastic and this beer is very smooth for being do young. (781 characters)

Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one arrived unexpectedly on a Friday afternoon. Poured into a Founders snifter. Thanks morimoto, what a surprise.

A - Black, thick appearance with a thick medium tan colored head. Lacing remains across the surface once the head clears. Sticks well to the side of the glass.

S - Just about as bourbon forward as it can get, with some licorice sneaking through. Very potent, very appealing.

T - Honey, bourbon, cocoa. The taste feels a little light in the middle. Finishes with some more bourbon, oak and some hints of cocoa. The flavor is lighter than I'd expect, and doesn't allow for any of the individual notes to dominate. The honey helps carry the flavors from start to finish.

M - Medium and slightly prickly body. The beer appears to be thicker than it feels on the tongue. Highly drinkable based on the somewhat subdued flavor and medium body.

O - Although I find the flavor to be a little light for a BA RIS, this beer drinks so easily. It is also impressive that it is kept at 8.5% with this much bourbon in the aroma and flavor. (1,048 characters)

The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.