Hickory Stick Stout
Olde Hickory Brewery

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Style:
American Stout
Ranked #782
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #31,199
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 14.44%
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
277
From:
Olde Hickory Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  11
Gots
  40
SCORE
84
Good
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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: smoked hickory wood, barley, dark malts some hops present. Deep smoked nose. Black/Brown semi opaque, smaller tan head and lace. Medium body. Had years ago.

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, spicy hops, slight alcohol, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, spicy hops, slight alcohol, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, good appearance, great blend, but lacking depth of body.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- opaque black with minimal head and foam. Poor lacing on the pint.

S- wood, caramel and coffee notes.

F- coffee, wood and dark caramel flavors

M- creamy and medium bodied. The coffee lingers around in the mouth a bit longer than usual.

O- a good stout and would have it again.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/18/18; drank 8/22/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big khaki head; frothy lace.

Fresh earth, cream & black coffee notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Fresh earth & mild cream flavors up front; burnt black coffee notes on the finish. A bit harsh.

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Photo of nick_perry
2.31/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Black color, thin white head. No discernible aromas. Strong malt flavors with a delayed finish of burnt wood, which leaves a weird aftertaste. I don’t get any of the caramel, chocolate, or coffee notes the bottle claims.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black in color with a tan head. Nose has hints of chocolate, roasted malts and dark, burnt coffee. When tasting, you get the roasted malts and chocolate with the burnt coffee on the back end. Pretty good.

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Photo of arizcards
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber at Loews in Banner Elk Saturday for $4.49. Bottled on 3-8-16.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head.

Nose has hints of roasted malts.

Taste is roasted malts forward with a decent amount of grapefruit hops that is leaving a lingering bitterness on the palate.

Mouthfeel is thinner than hoped and somewhat smooth.

Overall this is a decent brew that is worth a shot.

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Photo of hman43
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: The color is dark brown that is fairly clear when held to the light. It has a tan head.

Smell: It has aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, some burnt smells, and low fruit aroma most like dark fruits.

Taste: The flavors are roasted malts with chocolate compliments. There are some burnt flavors that are moderate. The fruit flavors are low and dark.

Feel: It has a medium feel with slightly above moderate carbonation.

Overall: As an American Stout, it was a little more burnt than and expected and fruits were more dark than citrus. With that said, it was a malt driven flavor beer that has good taste overall and was easy drinking.

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Photo of wedge
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours black under a small beige head that collects around the edges into a bubbly ring. Malty aromas like toasty caramel, roasted grain, light smoke, and coffee with cream. Flavor is fairly heavy on the char, a little watery coffee roast, and some hoppy bitterness....seems to be missing some sweetness and substance, coming across as a bit empty. Medium bodied. I love a good regular stout, but this is completely forgettable unfortunately.

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Photo of SFNC
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking stout with a long lasting tan head. Mild coffee and burnt malt nose, with a taste to match. Not too sweet, but not very complex either. Feels a little closer to a porter, but overall easy drinking and satisfying.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says Bottling Date: 4/8/15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Roasty aroma brings to mind chocolate, chicory and coffee.

T- Flavor follows suit with dark roasted malt taking center stage. Mild hop bitterness plays well with the chocolate notes. Pretty easy to drink, not very sweet.

M- Could use more viscosity but pretty much on-par with the style. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Decent but I'm glad I only got a single as it would wear on me after working through six of these.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Beautiful color out of the bottle, a deep and clear mahogany red and orange, fills the glass with a dark mahogany brownish red color, and a simple creamy three finger tan espresso head. Very creamy retention and top, smooth and whipped, lots of staying power great looking stout.

Interesting aroma. Nice light roasty grains, a hint of char, and a hint of smokey wood just a touch. A mild sense of nutty quality as well in the mix, all very subtle and pleasant, great interesting smelling brew.

Packing a super creamy mouthfeel, the flavors hit with great thickness. Creamy rich and mild sweetness quickly gives way to big roasting char. Woody and almost salty like finish, with a large lingering pine bitterness that creeps in but really builds on the aftertaste in awhile. Wonderfully sensing smokey and pine like aromas seem to fill the mid palate real nicely too.

Very unique stout animal and very delicious.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown (SRM 34) in a Dogfish Head snifter. A creamy, half-inch, light chestnut head dissipates to a rocky coating.

Sweet milk chocolate balances against roasted malt and ground coffee. Pumpernickel bread takes over with warming.

Enters sweet and builds to roasted bitterness that lasts through a long, prominent finish of black coffee. Light flavors of citrus hops are displayed with warmth. Possibly some licorice and pumpernickel accentuating throughout.

Medium body with a hint of alcohol and modest carbonation. A scratchy, cotton texture plays well with light astringency.

This is an excellent beer to enjoy with lively conversation with open-minded friends.

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Photo of Tuckieman
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep dark coffee brown with a thick tan head and persistent tacky lacing even several minutes after initial pour and several tastes. No light penetrating through the pint glass. Aromas of roasted malts, american oak, and wet hops. Taste of coffee, cocoa nibs and again the slight bitter finish of hops. Mouth of a porter more than a stout IMO. Very drinkable, and definitely an American Stout style and not milk stout. We'll see how a couple of bottles age with the flavors inherent in this brew.

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Photo of Lager_stout_87
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very good thick stout that's got a great mouth feel to it. Pours with a thick lacing and heavy head that is light brown color. Don't live far from this brewery so I stock up on this stuff.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BBD 12/14. Pours dark as a starless night with a massive World Class head, lacing and retention. Nice, but somewhat subtle, nose of sweet dark chocolate with only a hint of roast. Very light medium body with just a touch of creamy texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with some effervescence in the middle and finish. The flavor profile is intense, a bit complex and fairly balanced. It begins with a bitter rush of dark chocolate that fades into coffee notes. The sweet aspects of the nose are not present. In turn, the coffee releases into a mild bitter roast with citric, but not quite rind like, hop bitterness. The finish is somewhat dry and leaves you with a distinctive aftertaste of charred grain. Similar to Bell's Kalamazoo, but a bit more refined.

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Photo of lochef81
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A friend gave me this to try. .. glad I didn't pay for it. The appearance is near black but with a grotesquely over foamy head. The nose is a little funky and no where near as rich as this style should be. The mouthfeel is decent but thin. The flavor is light and dissapointing with no real notes to speak of. I really hope that I just got a bad bottle but this was very dissapointing. Definitely would not try again.

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Photo of myelo
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap in a pint glass.

Opaque, black with medium tan head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin rim and prominent lacing.

Carmel malt, dark chocolate aroma. Taste is similar with moderate bitterness that lingers. No detectable ethanol.

Medium body with quite a lot of carbonation and slight warming.

Overall a tasty drinkable stout. The bitterness is a bit high for a stout with not enough sweetness to be fully balanced. Also seems a little more carbonated than some stouts.

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Photo of Mojo
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head glass

A - pours up deep black with a dark tan one inch foamy head. Retention and lacing are both good.

S - nose is sort of weak. I mostly get some roasted and grassy notes.

T - Caramel malts dominate up front with toffee, and molasses notes. It finishes clean with coffee, chicory, black licorice, and roasted nut flavors.

M - fairly thick and chewy with good carbonation

O - a decent average stout. I'd drink this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of csparace
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mild smell. Kinda musty and not as potent as I'd like. Thin pour but retains a dark color. Light chocolate colored head that fades fast.

Taste is sorta like the smell murky/must. The dryness that usually accompanies a stout is really more sour than anything. The hickory comes in only slightly when the beer warms up. It's not as thin as it looked in the poor.

Overall I have to say I'm pretty disappointed. Usually I can find at least one quality that stands out that at least gives the beer some unique identify but everything here is just equally meh.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into the larger version of the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer comes out dark brown with some deep mahogany highlights on the sides and wherever the liquid gets a little shallow. Dark tan head that is CRAZY big and frothy, felt like I was pouring a classy Belgian style at room temperature. The head on this refuses to quit and stick around the entire session and longer, it actually outlasts the liquid. I love where this is going.

Ok, smell was a little bit underwhelming, but not bad. Not as big and bad as I expected based on the color and look of the beer. Still it's above average for the style. There's some nice grainy notes with small hints of weak coffee and chocolate. At the end there's some feint citrus hop notes. Decent balance overall, just nothing too strong.

Taste is on par with the smell, a slight increase. Again some dark burned grains with subtle coffee and some semi-sweet chocolate. There's a nice lingering bitter citrus and gentle pine finish at the end from the hops. Really like the taste of this, it's a good shelf stout that can be consumed on a regular basis if stouts are your style.

Mouthfeel is really good. It's full bodied, the taste lingers for about 20 seconds after each sip so you can really notice every flavor all together. Great smoothness and well balanced. Starts smooth and has a reasonably dry bitter finish. I like how drinkable it is, but I think this is more of a beer that belongs in a 6 pack than a bomber unless you're sharing; I was ready for something else about 16oz's or so into it. Good overall though, really glad to have tried it, just wish I shared it now.

Thanks Paschal for the trade!

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Darkness tulip on 9/26/11

Courtesy of PDXHops

Split with MbpBugeye

Best before July 2011

A) Pours medium brown; settles near black. One finger head thins rapidly until it hits a thin, bubbly layer. Solid trails of lace turn into a wall of lace.

S) Aromas of toffee, peanuts, roasted chocolate and earth. Not much in the way of coffee. Modest roast notes. The aroma is tame but pleasant, become more so as it warms.

T) Moderate earthy bitterness. Bitter coffee and roasted grains. Not much in the way of chocolate. Some tangy roast. Tastes simple and straightforward. Enjoyable enough.

M) Medium body. Carbonation is high and distracting. Super dry with an earthy, roasty finish.

D) Tastes pretty good. Easily drinkable aside from the carbonation.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, BB dated Oct. 2013, poured dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head. Moderate retention; superior lacing.

Smells surprisingly hoppy for style. Moderately strong. Medium chocolate too.

A clear hop presence in the flavor too, but this is dominated by dark roasted grains with a touch of char and dark chocolate. More than a hint of char in the finish, with dark roasted and burnt grains, a touch of hops and black coffee lingering on and on in the aftertaste. Near equal sweet/bitter balance until the mildly bitter finishl.

Medium-full body; very good carbonation level; smooth; dry finish.

O: a nice stout, but with a bit too much burnt grain flavor.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on cask at steel string brewery in carrboro.

this version was infused with centennial hops.

pours a dark brown with a beautiful beige head. slight cocoa on the nose as well as hops. taste is extremely pleasant. tad of chocolate and cocoa with a good mixture of hops, but without the bitterness of an IPA. lighter side of medium bodied with light carbonation. but, this actually improves the drinkablity.

overall surprisingly excellent. I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark and chocolaty malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark and chocolate malts along with hints of chicory and a slight amount of bitterness. The chicory becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The light-bodied nature of this beer and its low alcohol content makes it very easy to drink. It is quite flavorful.

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Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 277 ratings