Old Wooden Head | Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Burnt Hickory Brewery
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
John Bell Hood was called “Old Wooden Head” by his troops for his tenacity and hard headed-ness. Our ale is just that. Full of hops (how many? we donʼt know) Full of Malt (we shut a whole field down) this extreme gravity beer will not stop until you surrender to itʼs amazing flavor.

Added by Jadjunk on 09-18-2012

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 80
Photo of psycHOPathy
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: rich orange amber with bubbles stuck to glass. <1cm head
Smell: really fruity and juicy, blood orange, mango, jackfruit, cherry
Taste: closer to pitted fruit than citrus, sandalwood. Very concentrated pine
Clings to your tongue after, a little harsh
The aftertaste and mouth coating doesn't go away and is not pleasant

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Photo of BigGold
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle into TEKU. This Southern Imperial IPA is big, and alcohol-forward, but balanced like an even-sided artillery battle.

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Photo of cosmickevbot
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This last batch was exceptional. Big hop flavour and aroma which is nice in a 10% Dipa. I've had this one before and this last batch (4 pk from the brewery) was awesome. Best Dipa in the state for sure. Really easy drinking but will literally put you on your head if you are not careful.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured orange amber in color, and the body looked quite hazy, when held up against a light. The head formed to a height of two fingers thick, and left spotty lace around the glass. The smell was a blend of hops and malts, giving an impression of balanced beer. The blended aromas reminded me the most of mangoes and peaches. Since I was sampling this beer nine months past the hand written bottled on date, I wonder if the hops were more pronounced at one time. The taste was very mellow, with a good tropical fruit flavor, followed by a kick of spicy hops. The body was quite tick for the style, making this beer start to encroach on barleywine territory. The beer was enjoyable DIPA, but sadly not a memorable one.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter from a growler purchased at 5 Points Growler Athens.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and sheer swirls of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Sweet, malty aroma with a bit of a booze punch. Slight citrus character.

T- Big hop bite with a lingering resinous taste. Alcohol is decently hidden but this is really more of a hoppy barleywine. Piney, somewhat sweet and has a fruity duality.

M- Sticky with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- The more I drink this and it warms, the fruity character comes out of the hops which complements the aggressive resinous aspect of the initial sips. Still, it's just a bit too bitter to be exceptional IMO. Pretty easy to drink I must say though.

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Photo of do_ob
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to HopDawg03 for hooking me up with this beer.

Bomber into a snifter. Pours a slightly cloudy, vibrant orange with a pillowy 1.5 finger head of white foam. Great nose on this one - grapefruit, pineapple, banana, kiwi, and mango. Medium weight, and very creamy mouthfeel. Tart fruit and bitterness dominate the taste up front, quite equally. It's like a legendary battle between mangos and hop cones, where there is no loser. Grapefruit, mango, banana, oranges, kiwi, pineapple...basically any tropical fruit you can think of can be tasted is some way or another in this beer. Finish is smooth, malty, and sweet. A little bitterness still lingers on the aftertaste, but there's also lots of sweetness to remember this one by when it's gone.

Overall, a great beer. Very sweet, and fruit-forward, yet has been hopped to infinity and beyond. This is very well balanced in terms of fruit/hops/malt. It's a little boozey, but not bad.

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Photo of Hayden34
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First I'd like to mention I rated a 4.75 based on the "look" because this is a super cloudy, murky beer. I understand many would consider this a flaw in a beer, but I actually prefer the cloudy IPAs. This beer is super flavorful and hoppy. An excellent beer that I would highly recommend to any fan of hops.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: not quite crystal clear apricot. Happy big bubble near white head.
smell: Malty tropical, which is to say savory, intriguing and pleasant.
smell: much like the nose with some pithy bitterness in the finish.
overall: IPA's and DIPA's are all the rage and that spurs breweries creative juices i'm all for it.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opaque deep auburn with thick off white head. Caramel and citrus aromas;earthy pine/hops more so as liquid warms. Caramel and toffee and Meyers lemons. A generous amount of alcohol on the exhale. Great bitter hop balance with sweet malt. Creamy medium mouthfeel/ very warming. Overall, citrus/piney hops balance well with semi sweet toffee candy, and this tasty combination greatly masks alcohol which is still discernible and warming. Kudos.

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy dark orange.

The aroma is tropical, very juicy orange, citrus seeds, starfruit, dried apricot, mango.

The flavor follows with that juicy orange throughout. Some tropical comes through slightly along with more citrus seeds and pith. A really wonderful clean mouthfeel and does not drink like 10%, although there's a touch of alcohol on the back.

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Photo of Divo366
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A fantastic Double IPA! It is entirely too smooth for such a high alcohol content, and that can cause trouble. I've tried many Doubles before, and this is by far my favorite, and the most balanced.

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Photo of Brewser_Lewser
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got a bottle. i'm in love with this brewery... upping my score to tell them i love what they are doing! i bit boozy.. and dry... but still best DIPA in the state.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really fine double IPA- big and bold with loads of flavor and a full body to match. I was pleased to find this on at the Brick Store Pub on a recent visit, and thoroughly enjoyed my pour. Big and a bit thick, this one clearly has scads of malt to develop the body, but I wouldn't call it sweet- more like chewy. A nice deep aroma and flavor of the malt comes through, coupled with a deep, diverse hoppiness that leans more toward pine and earth than bright citrus, although a bit of that is there as well. One of the better beers I've had from the newer crop of breweries in Atlanta- I look forward to great things from this place.

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Photo of Zach136
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3-17-15, enjoyed 3-25-15

Appearance: Medium clarity, orange body, one finger lasting white cap, good lacing.

Aroma: Fruity hop dominate citrus and stone fruit. More specifically grapefruit and peach.

Flavor: Still manages to be very hop forward and drinkable for 10% ABV. Hop profile dominates in the same flavors noted above. Booze character is present, but much lower than others in it's class, and actually lower than previous batches.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied, moderate carb, and slight booze.

Overall: Another stand out hop-forward brew from BHB. Keep it up dudes.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

10oz pour, on tap at Johnnie MacCracken's (Marietta, GA). 5.50. Served in a stemmed Innis & Gunn glass.

Arrives a cloudy muted orange with a quarter finger of thick pale head that recedes quickly but laces well.

Aromas of orange, pine, sweet bread and a little booze.

Taste explodes with bitter citrus and piney hops. Orange/ lemon peel, pine needles, pepper, an almost french toast sweet maltyness and a smidge of booze. Flavors blend well and it goes down smooth, particularly considering the double didgit alcohol content.

Slick, coating medium full body with a nice lively carbonated zest. Long lasting bitter citrus peel aftertaste.

Burnt Hickory continues to do great work. As expected, this is thicker, sweeter and much more assertive than their Cannon Dragger IPA. Old Wooden Head isn't "balanced" but it's an enjoyable mix of very potent hops with a thick sweet malt backing. I sure hope Scott decides to brew this more often and it makes it out to more local bars. Try it when you can- until BHB expands, their beers are pretty freakin hard to get ahold of.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Brick Store Pub on September 11, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Creamy white head, hazy copper body. Nice retention. Appearance is good overall. 4

(Smell) Very sweet malts, little hop presence in the nose. Blend of berries, like fruit by the foot? Interesting but potency is quite low. 3

(Taste) Fruity, Oaken malt bill, subtle hop presence but substantial bitterness. Heavy drinking, filling DIPA. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) creamy, medium thick texture, finishes slightly dry. Very big body pairing, nice. 4

(Overall) A nice DIPA and my first taste from the brewery. Looking forward to future releases from them. 3.5

Burnt Hickory Brewery's
Old Wooden Head

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Old Wooden Head from Burnt Hickory Brewery
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