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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

970 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 755
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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ChuckS

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-10-2014 11:09:59 | More by ChuckS
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-10-2014 03:52:28 | More by facesnorth
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NCLorax

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-09-2014 22:15:35 | More by NCLorax
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Chingringo

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-09-2014 20:35:26 | More by Chingringo
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-09-2014 12:20:25 | More by Sarge3130
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Butchnasty

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +14.7%

03-08-2014 07:59:49 | More by Butchnasty
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-07-2014 05:59:20 | More by Schlais
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. Poured into a snifter, the beer is jet black, like oil, with a chocolate brown head that sits dense and foamy on the surface. Beautiful. Aromas of rich molasses, old world fruit, roasted coffee, booze, raw honey, cream, vanilla, and woody highlights. Very heavy, layered nose. Flavors are rich and smooth, with an immediate blast of booze and warmth. Wow, this is a beast. Black strap molasses, cocoa nibs, cream, and booze all blend for the initial wave across the taste buds. You also get a solid measure of old world fruits, such as dates and raisins. Extremely dynamic. Wood and vanilla imparts can be picked up throughout, and the warmth continues to build. This is velvety smooth with every sip, although extremely heavy, as well, making you work for the enjoyment you are receiving. Nothing worth having comes for free. The aftertaste has a bit more bitterness to help balance, with more of the chocolate notes coming forward to balance all the rich sweetness, including the continued raw honey highlights. Very nice. The finish is smooth, with a slightly sweet linger that avoids cloying, and just begs you to continue drinking. Can't wait to see how this bad boy ages!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 01:47:54 | More by GarthDanielson
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Brew33

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-06-2014 16:58:13 | More by Brew33
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

03-06-2014 14:37:59 | More by GRG1313
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Dag48

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-06-2014 00:42:00 | More by Dag48
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Dolfan907

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-06-2014 00:24:40 | More by Dolfan907
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beast464

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-05-2014 14:39:19 | More by beast464
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socalbrewlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-05-2014 10:02:40 | More by socalbrewlvr
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brett_arneson

Colorado

5/5  rDev +14.7%

03-04-2014 19:23:59 | More by brett_arneson
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With an ominous tone, The Event Horizon actually takes a somber tone with its body and strength in order to promote the assertive bourbon barrel-aging for not only balance but for complexity, intrigue and even finesse at times.

Its dark and mysterious body is a very hazy, near-black appearance with ominous garnet low-lights cast about its margins. As a delicate, coffee-like creme swirls about its surface, the ale simply simmers and stews inside the glass. As the beer's foam slowly succumbs to the weight of the beer, it eventually takes on the appearance of blackened brandy inside the snifter.

Its bourbon influence is known immediately as that very first sniff unleashes a plethora of wood caramels, vanillans and coconut. Its surprising intensity edges out the scent of dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate and charred toast if ever so slightly. But those stout underpinnings absorb the unmistakable scent of bourbon soaked charred oak with ease.

Its taste is sublime as the malt sweetness of brown sugar, molasses and toffee fuses together with bourbon caramel and vanilla for a super-charged malty portray. The balance comes with tones of robust character- espresso, bittersweet chocolate, roasted walnuts, burnt toast and rusted chicory. Together, all that boisterous taste wraps around the early and middle palate with utter decadence. Its trailing hop bitterness pulls form the coffee-type roast and rides along side of drunken wood and tangy vinous tannin for a bourbony balance to all that early sweetness.

Its lavish taste rests upon a body of fullness, but not ridiculousness. Having some semblance of drinkability, the beer's silky smoothness caresses the tongue like velvet as it saturates the taste buds with sultry maple booziness. Its finish comes bitter and modestly resinous for a malty-dry finish with an aftertaste of... you guessed it- bourbon.

With a ton of bourbon flavor but little of the burn, The Event Horizon is fairly modest to be of "Imperial" strength. This subtleness allows the bourbon to stand out more because it has less stout to contend with. Still, the beer stands tall and wrangles the barrels for seamless taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 19:05:47 | More by BEERchitect
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-04-2014 01:15:16 | More by Jeffrey2310
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PatB1987

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-04-2014 00:04:21 | More by PatB1987
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derftron

Oregon

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Friend brought back a bottle to Oregon from N. Carolina

bomber split between 4 of us

smell was of chocolate, oak, honey, sugar, bourbon

very little head and small amount of lacing left on gleass

this beer was a real treat. sooo smooth and tasty. never had anything from this brewery and we were all very impressed. just a solid imperial stout that drank bigger than 8.5% would lead you to believe. definite sweetness to the beer, but very well balanced and had a good bourboun.oak character that evened things out. loved it

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 19:28:37 | More by derftron
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seavercm

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-03-2014 15:09:42 | More by seavercm
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mychalg9

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-03-2014 02:36:13 | More by mychalg9
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kushlash23

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-02-2014 14:09:40 | More by kushlash23
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep inky black with a medium chocolaty head that faded within 45 seconds into a medium collar and wisps at the surface. Aroma is dark chocolate, deeply roasted malt, some charred earth, some wine-like must. Taste is earthy and roasty at the front, some dark chocolate in the middle, and some wine must at the end. The honey really plays well in the aftertaste. Thick rich body and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 11:33:16 | More by jbaker67
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striker2160

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-01-2014 16:08:25 | More by striker2160
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Bartos

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-01-2014 03:40:25 | More by Bartos
The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.