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Daniel Boone - Olde Hickory Brewery

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122 Ratings

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 05-10-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Sammy, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ice tea brown color with a modest cap on top; a few strands of lace hang around

Smell: Caramel, vanilla, oak and Bourbon, offset slightly by a sour tone

Taste: Oaky caramel, up front, with the Bourbon competing with a sourness that winds up dominating the finish

Mouthfeel: The body is thinner than expected with higher levels of carbonation; I think this may have been caused by the slight infection

Overall: This had the makings of a nice beer but the infection, though it adds an interesting dimension (for those who like sours) , leaves this beer far from what the brewer intended

brentk56, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Jason
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Jason, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

oline73, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Olde Hickory Brewery Daniel Boone, Ale Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels. 8.5% Alc./Vol. Brewed and bottled by Olde Hickory Brewing, Hickory, North Carolina.

Extra black, extra dark. With a slim whitish ring of foam above.

Aroma: straight-up bourbon, with flickers of cocoa, molasses and more. Vanilla. tobacco. black cherry.

Taste: It's all there again, the flavors from the nose jumping on board the palate, the full body, the richness, the bourbon flavors, cocoa, the toasty oak, the sweet, sweet liquor. Tasty stuff, but the question returns from the last bourbon barrel beer I'd had, where the original beer was not a known entity. Maybe the label will tell me?

"New Frontier Beer. Boone, traveling through Kentucky on his way to the frontier, need a place to store his beer. He placed an imperial brown in discarded bourbon barrels. Months later he had an amazing beer that would cellar well. And so a legend was born. (* Events presented here are not factual, but are based on actual events. In our dreams. After sampling the beer a few times.) Cheers!"

So, there you go. Imperial brown ale, eh? Not my favorite venue for bourbon barrel-aging. The flavors in the beer are utterly swamped and smothered by the barrel effects. Another case where you are drinking whiskey in the form of beer. Imperial brown ale will bring some flavor, some depth, and the booze, but not enough to really provide character, beyond what's brought by the barrels.

feloniousmonk, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

orangesol, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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
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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

billab914, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this review tonight... from about 6 months ago.

Received this as an awesome extra in a already great trade from
Commis.... Thanks Matt!!

Poured into a standard pint... Tannish head with lackluster lacing...
decent cap... the brew is clear walnut brown... No real head or lacing
to speak of.

The nose is thick with brown malt... and pretty much straight
bourbon... not really any wood or expected complexities... brown sugar
and hot caramel with warmth..

Flavor is interesting ... great malt notes are accentuated by vanilla
and the barrel presence.... tons of toasty malt.. nutty notes and a
very light cocoa.... a bunch of bourbon doesn't really jive with all
the maltiness... but I still dig it.. too assertive bourbon and barrel
on the finish.

Body is surprisingly light for such a big ABV brew... not a bad thing.
Carbonation and bubbles are cool...

If I had this one available locally, I would certainly buy it often if
it was in the $7-8 area... While it is interesting as for me as a
one-off, I find it a bit boring in the long run.


JohnGalt1, Nov 29, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -52.4%

Rhettroactive, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Axnjxn, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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
3/5  rDev -18.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BGsWo22, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mocha brown that is brilliant in the light with an off white head. It looks kind of dead but a quick waft tells you otherwise. This beer is alive with flavor. A very nicely done brown ale that gives a rich background of flavors. Chocolate, bread, caramel, toasted grains, and a very balanced bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavor. Amazingly easy to drink.

DmanGTR, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

BMart, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to nc41 for sending me a box full of Olde Hickory, which appears in the dictionary beside "under-rated breweries". This came out just before the trade & was a last-minute addition. 22 oz. bottle split, twice. Evenly. My wife becomes angry if I short her 1/4 ounce, so I'm very careful. I bruise easily.

Pour is suitably dirty brown with a tinge of rosee' when held up to the light. Nose is a snoot full of vanilla with a nice base of sweet malts. Promising.

Daniel Boone. Yes. Immediate impression is that the base beer is too wimpy to hold this one up. There's a nice shot of bourbon & vanilla, then...not much. Light malts, singe of roast, bare sweetness. All overwhelmed by the bourbon. And the bourbon, unfortunately, isn't tasty enough to carry this one alone.

Not bad by any means, but really just, well, beer. Perhaps the most bullseye mediocre barrel-aged beer I've ever tasted.

maximum12, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Bung, Nov 04, 2013
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Daniel Boone from Olde Hickory Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.