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Daniel Boone - Olde Hickory Brewery

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119 Ratings

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 05-10-2012)
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Reviews by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahonany brown with the slightest of off white head. Almost no sense of carbonation or lacing. Looks sticky in the glass though the body looks thin.

Smell is tons of bourbon upfront, with notes of vanilla, oak, caramel. A nice enough smell though the bourbon really dominates.

Taste is sweet upfront with the bourbon dominating at first but then settling in with the rest of the flavors. As you get through the glass all the notes seem to blend together nicely. A nice bourbon forward beer without feeling hot at all.

Mouthfeel is the low point for me. Almost "angel's share" level of carbonation. I know this style shouldn't be loaded with cabonation, but the body is just a little too thin for the size of the flavor here. Just needs a bit more cabonation, and I think this could become a great beer.

Overall, this is an interesting beer that I'm glad I tried. Feels more like an old ale than a brown ale (given the abv, i guess this is more an "imperial" brown ale), but I suppose that's really semantics at this point. It will be interesting to see how it ages and how the flavors develop. As it is now, it is one of the better taste profiles I've had in a bourbon forward beer. The body just ultimately makes it a little hard to get through for me.

mechamifune, May 13, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer that's starting to attract a buzz in the southeast forum I picked one up at Bestway today here in Greensboro.Poured a rich clear deep amber/brown with a very thin wispy head atop,love the color not impressed with the head.Bourbon and vanilla dominated the aromas,they really took over with only some dark fruit coming into play outside of the barrel.Vanilla and dark fruit flavors on the palate with a bit of sweet alcohol,the vanilla is the major flavor note with the beer a little secondary.I have a problem with over done bourbon barrel aging on a beer,I wanna taste beer not bourbon,I want the bourbon to accent and not dominate the flavor profile.OH is my favorite NC brewery but I have to go against the grain and say this isn't that great...it is pretty good.

oberon, May 11, 2012
Photo of Spaten454
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Todd, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Jason, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Mantooth, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of HopAttack3
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

HopAttack3, Yesterday at 02:11 AM
Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

JMS1512, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown it is, pretty thick and a fairly dark shade at that. A wispy off-white head has a bit of a struggle and makes a foam that does manage some light spotting on the glass.
There's a surprising bourbon presence considering I don't get this much out of some similarly barrel-aged beers at higher ABVs. Sweet notes of caramel, toffee and vanilla come out along with the woody dryness, and the bourbon note is fortunately distinctive rather than a nondescript alcoholic presence. In the flavor, a bit of nuttiness is present as well. The base is nicely strong for a brown as well, providing an adequate malt base.
A medium-bodied beer, the crispness is a bit of a surprise. It's not too thin, as can be the case both with the style and these sorts of barrel-aged offerings. Well done overall.

Brenden, May 27, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

InfernoBoss, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of twowheelssoar
4.5/5  rDev +22%

twowheelssoar, May 29, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Sammy, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber with a loose, soft, brown cap of head that has good retention

S - caramel undertones with big bourbon, woody overtones

T - caramel, nutty, bourbon, woody, earthy, alcohol

M - medium bodied, warm, good carbonation

This is a nice beer. The bourbon definitely takes over. I think if the beer were a little bolder with a heavier malt character it would stand up to the bourbon better. As it is though it's definitely a solid offering worth trying. I was not disappointed.

tdm168, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -18.7%

leschkie, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

qcbrewer, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a sliver of tan head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Booze/bourbon, figs

T: Sourmash up front, a touch of dryness & brown sugar as well. Booze warmth as this warms, oakyness, a touch of pralines & faint woody hops. Finishes dry, sweet, slightly boozey with oaky undertones

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, turns chewier as it warms, some stickyness too, was hoping for way more body...

This is a bit rough around edges, but not a bad sipper even on a June evening. This was my assesment when I tried it on tap in Hickory. May age into something special, but maybe not

russpowell, Jun 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

beerFool28607, May 24, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had during the 2nd Annual Redneck Racin’ & Tastin’ while tailgating at the dirt track race! Big thanks goes out to wolfeman007 for this one! Served from bottle into a NoDa snifter. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, caramel, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, fruit, wood, dark fruit, and vanilla. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. It was really nice to find the dark fruit character in the flavor on this one. While probably having the WORST label in all of craft beer this one managed to impress me with its flavor. The aroma was decent at best as it was very typical of the style when barrel aged, so nothing really stood out to me. The flavor just brought a little bit of a ‘kick’ comparatively. Definitely worth trying even if you have to look at that horrid label while drinking it.

thagr81us, Jun 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

claaark13, Jun 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Kunstman, Jul 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

wolfeman007, May 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Bung, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

JeffreyJDavis, May 18, 2013
Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

dvmin98, Apr 08, 2013
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Daniel Boone from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.