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The Event Horizon - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,241 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 792
Gots: 415 | 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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Photo of homebrew311
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with minimal head. Nose features heavy dark chocolate with cacao, molasses, vanilla and a touch of honey. Taste is rich and full of deep chocolate with minimal bourbon character. Mf is thick and lightly carbonated. Overall

Photo of flexabull
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of koopa
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle. Thanks for this and all the other great bottles, mrbubbler.

Appearance. Pours a thick black with half a finger of deep brown head.

Smell. Chocolate truffles with some woody, vanilla bourbon and a little bit of liccorice and molasses. If I didn't read the label, I wouldn't have got the floral honey that I'm also picking up, but I did read it so whatever... ;-)

Taste. Huge dark chocolate and some warm bourbon. A nice sweetness present that doesn't drown out the chocolate bitterness and dark roasted malt.

Mouthfeel. Big and thick mouthfeel with low+ carbonation and a bit of smooth boozy warmth. Very nice.

Overall. I knew I'd like this beer because I've been dreaming about Lindley Park since I tried it. This didn't disapoint with a ton of dark chocolate and a nice complimentary amount of smooth bourbon. Great stuff.

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

Who can't love a beer that looks like this? Pours out a lot like other highly hyped beers like Dark Lord and Sexual Chocolate, having a toasted dark golden/bronze head and a liquid body of pure black onyx. Head doesn't last too long but comes back with a gentle swirl. Oh that mocha-bronzed head...so I keep swirling and reviving it...

Aroma is fantastic too. Not too much booze, not too much bourbon, but enough of it to give the chocolaty, coffee-like essence a shot in the arm. Big notes of graham cracker and gooey chocolate cake drizzled generously with honey. Yep, this was brewed with honey, but even if you didn't know it, you'd smell it.

I'm blown away. The flavors here are many, and they all mingle exceptionally well. Honey is prominent but never too sweet. Requisite big stout characteristics like dark roast coffee and bittersweet baking chocolate are here (some milk chocolate too). A hint of mint (is that the hops?); big graham cracker; fermented grape or, okay, wine; only a bit of bourbon and some musty wood along with it. Lots of dark fruit too, especially raisin and fig. Alcohol is nicely controlled, entwined with the bourbon flavor to give it a measure of warmth.

Texturally this is top-notch. Utterly silky, super-smooth, very creamy and gorgeously rounded, avoiding any unpleasant heaviness or stickiness.

Well this is about the best brew I've had from North Carolina, period. It even just eclipses Sexual Chocolate, the regular and barrel-aged version. Hey, 21 reviews and lowest score so far is 4.25? Believe it!

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Falcone
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of GbVDave
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to Wil for the hook-up!

A: Pours your typical IS level of black. Pure, rich black. Dark espresso crema colored foam hung around shortly before disappearing completely..

S: Completely killer aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and/or whisky. Roasted nuts, pipe tobacco, fudge, brown sugar/molassas, milk chocolate covered cherries, and a dose of campfire smoke.

T: As above with less emphasis on the bourbon and more on the chocolate. Dark fruit, devil's food cake, and vanilla bean.

M: Slick and slippery with just the right amount of heft. Not too sticky and/or sweet like other examples of the style.

O: Made to be shared but not at all oppressively heavy. Thanks again, Wil!

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of greenspointexas
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Vigorous pour yields a slow pooling of brown head that eventually subsides to some major stickage on the glass. Pitch-black color. Madeira-soaked dried plums, vanilla, nougat, wood, dark chocolate and soft charcoal rush the nose ... very aromatic and mouthwatering. Slick package, fullish body unfolds slowly. More oak than vanilla-bourbon to start; lush maltiness turns roasty as quick as the oakiness pulls the palate. Light on the hops--or at least they mellowed out. Chocolate and sweetness fade quick. Slow drinking here, which helps to let the beer evolve. Very enjoyable.

Photo of mklisz
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color.

The aroma has tons of honey sweetness along with a bit of bourbon and barrel, but mostly sweet chocolate and roasty malt.

The flavor follows of chocolate fudge, a bourbon barrel vanilla sweetness, along a lingering honey sweetness.

The body is nice and creamy.

This is a really solid beer. Not too much barrel character, but well made and that honey note is very interesting.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of wedge
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012

Pours completely black, covered with densely creamy caramel colored foam. Rich bourbon-fueled aroma... fudgy chocolate, blackstrap molasses, maple syrup, nuts, cherries, creamy vanilla, and wood. Flavor is big and powerful, avoiding the sometimes overly boozy punch of stronger BA beers. Oaky vanilla Bourbon richness, honey, tobacco, and graham crackers all rolled into a smooth malty package. Medium-full body and creamy. A very nice, malty, sticky stout.

Photo of ncstateplaya
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Chaney
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Churchkey as part of the Craft Brewing Conference 2013. I had both a full snifter and another taster of this stuff.

A: Poured as black as night and with an oil-like consistency. That coupled with the fact that the head was only a couple of shades lighter than the liquid below it let me know right off the bat that I was in for a ride.

S: Nah, wouldn't say this was a bourbon bomb at all. It deserves more credit than that. The bourbon combined with the overall hop/malt profile produced something that was oaky, nutty, and even a bit fruity (dark fruit - dates and/or figs). Take high grade hot cocoa, throw in some dates and vanilla, then age that on oak chips and then take a whiff... You've got yourself some Event Horizon!

T: Cocoa laced buttercream frosting with oak. Simply sublime! Also, the finish on this was as smooth as silk and sort of reminded me of the first time I ever had a dark chocolate Dagoba milkshake at the Hershey's Chocolate World.

M: Ridiculous sticky lacing on this bad boy, not much bitterness, no booze detected, yet at the same time, the sugar was really dialed down to a very gulpable level. Remarkable!

O: Pure bliss in a glass. No need for dessert if you have this one around. Actually, come to think of it, there's no need for breakfast or lunch either.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Jeffo
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
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 rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger deep brown head that doesn't last long.

S-Bourbon, honey, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee.

T-Starts with a nice blend of bourbon and honey. Slight chocolate. Nice roasted malt and coffee. But the finish doesn't bring the beer together.

M-Heavy, thick, not much carbonation though.

O-The beer starts off great but the finish leaves me wanting more.

The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,241 ratings.