Hickory Stick Stout | Olde Hickory Brewery

Hickory Stick StoutHickory Stick Stout
BA SCORE
57.1%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 266 ratings
Hickory Stick StoutHickory Stick Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldehickorybrewery.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by veech on 09-23-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,850
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
266
Liked:
152
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
14.4%
Alströms:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
39
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 266 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of Jeffo
1.33/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Got this one from Doodler in a recent trade. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Best Before Jan 2012. A month late.

APPEARANCE: A slow gusher. Pours a huge, 4+ finger, thin, bubbly, light tan head that won’t quit. Foamy Swiss-cheese head. Black body, transparent, with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and leaves chunky, foamy lacing down the glass. Head is out of control. Looks like an infected stout.

SMELL: Smells infected too. Funky, yeasty and sour berries. Not very stout-like, unfortunately.

TASTE: Not as bad as the nose, but it’s off. Cardboard, funky yeast and sour tartness for the most part. Mild aftertaste, thankfully, of cardboard and metallic sourness. If it’s not infected, then it’s definitely off at this point.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Luckily this isn’t bad. Semi-smooth on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Too little too late.

OVERALL: Pretty horrible stuff. Hard to say if this is some sort of infection, or if it’s just been mishandled somehow. It’s only a month past its best by date, so age can’t be the issue here. Whatever it is, this was awful and the drain enjoyed everything but 4oz of it. Would be glad to try a fresh bottle of this at some point. Thanks again for the trade Doodler. They can’t all be winners.

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Photo of marleyr
1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

Photo of CJS
1.68/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A Pitch black with at least 2 inches of head on the pour. Sign of over carbonating in my usually on a stout.

S Dry roasted, burnt coffee, charred wood, crackers, and wheat bread.

T That dry roast smell is overall key element in the taste. Hoppy crocodile bite. And a lot of carbonation foretold by the head to me.

M Just a taste bud stabbing of bitter bitter chocolate and stale coffee attack to me.

O Glad I didn't pay for it.

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Photo of Flabbyjandro
1.83/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Too much carbonation and hops just unbalance the style. Not enough chocolate or coffee come through

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of xpdrinker
2.2/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Pours dark brown, appears thin.  Light tan head with a little lacing.

S - Toasty malt, earthy, semi-sweet chocolate and a little coffee.

T - Weak coffee, bitter chocolate, not a whole lot else.

M - Super thin. Frail light body to the point of anorexia. High carbonation.

O - There's a special place in hell for stouts this thin.

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Photo of jsteele
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of nick_perry
2.31/5  rDev -37.2%
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 Arborescence
2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Black, pours a rather modest head which recedes quickly.

Aroma: Mild, malty, a hint of vanilla, nothing very impressive.

Taste: Mild chocolate flavour, bitter aftertaste with distinct hops.

Mouthfeel: Soft and round, medium bodied.

Overall: Kind of watery really, at least for a beer that claims to be full bodied with intense chocolate and coffee. Nothing of the sort really. It's drinkable, but quite light. Doesn't do justice to this type of stout.

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Photo of WCKDVBZ
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of neurobot01
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing. Bottle from July 2011.

Appearance
Spidery889 lace is left crawling from a receding head. The beer is a thinner looking middle-roasted brown that collects a thin black.

Aroma
The nose is fruity and ashy. Some smoke wafts in and out.

Taste
There is an even roast that never quite reaches burnt or charred. Smoke is light, but adds a welcome ashiness to the flavor profile. The finish is woody/charcoal and grassy.

Mouthfeel
The body is thin, but the finish is nice and dry which plays off of the smoke and ashy flavors.

Overall
A decent one, I suppose. Nothing over the top, but nothing gross either.

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

continuing my ripping through Olde Hickory bottles I picked up when visiting family in NC about a month ago...notched as best by november 2012 (OOPS - keep that in mind when viewing this review)...bottoms up! enjoyed from a duck rabbit snifter.

a - brew opened with a big pop and poured with some lively carbonation (not a gusher by any means though). looked kind of porter like with the big fizzy grey head. the head was gone quick leaving some chunky lacing on the glass and a thin skin of head on the surface of the beer. the body of the beer was dark as night and thick.

s - burnt and charry (again like a porter), but with some great thick chcoolate and coffee notes as well. roasty.

t - hmmm...interesting. much like the ruby lager, this one has some intense carbonation and it somewhat overpowers the flavors. char, roast, chocolate. some hops are in there as well which seem misplaced and add to the off-ness that is lead by the over carbonation.

m - fizzy and over carbonated.

o - overall, this is very porter like. extreme char rules alongside with the heavy carbonation fizziness. not a fan. judging by when the other reviews happened for this beer, seems like this bottle might be ancient (although only slightly out of date based on what the label says). i'm a big fan of stouts and this one fell short by a long shot. i'm surprised since i've had many great beers from this brewery.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade. Loved the other brews I tried from OH. Let's hope this one doesn't disappoint. 22oz bomber. Enjoy before April 2011...

A: Dark with ruby red highlights shining through. A thick 1+ inch tan head that fades slowly. Good.

S: Almost like an autumn ale scent to it. Smells of like a woody cedar scent upfront. Goes along with the name "Stick". Some sweet malty notes blended in with some faint bitter earthiness on the backend. Decent.

T: Kind of a soapy wood flavor upfront with some vanilla hidden in the middle and some earthy hop bitterness on the backend. Eh.

M: Light body with a heavy carbonation. Kind of a grassy bitter finish. Eh.

D: Goes down a little harsh because the flavors are not all that well done. Ok.

All in all, this is my first disappointment from Olde Hickory. I've had their Irish Walker and Imperial Stout and both were great. I've had their barleywine wish was good, but this was no where in the same ballpark at all. Don't worry about this one.

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Photo of jpro
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville. Picked up a few months ago...

A: Poured into a pint glass... near black, light brown head; not much lace, nor head retention.

S: Smells a tad roasty and sweet... also some soapy aroma.

T: Charry malts and some pretty noticeable hop bitterness (piney) are the major players here. Nothing too exciting, though.

M: Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation.

D: Not the most enjoyable stout I've had... nothing memorable - that's for sure. Probably won't be seeking this out in the future. Oh, well.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of TheDTrain
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFM Andy for sharing this east coast brew! Smokey black in color with light tan head...nice looking. A drinkable American stout with not a whole lot of backbone. Some fond notes of vanilla, dark fruit, coco, and grass, but overall pretty average.

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Photo of wedge
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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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Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 57.1% out of 100 with 266 ratings
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