Hickory Stick Stout | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by veech on 09-23-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
258
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
22.07%
 
 
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Photo of SFNC
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Tuckieman
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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 largadeer
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Matt.

Dark earthy brown, opaque in the center with slightly translucent edges. The beige head is lasting, and leaves rings of lacing.

The nose is dry and ashy, charred malt and fennel at the forefront with a hint of cocoa sweetness underneath.

More burnt, smoky and ashy on the tongue than I'd have expected, but not unpleasantly so - there's just enough dark chocolate sweetness to balance it. Dark roasted, almost burnt coffee and licorice flavors segue into a bitter, charred and hoppy finish. For a beer under 6% ABV, this is intensely malty and flavorful, though not overly heavy. I wasn't huge on it at first, but halfway through the bottle it grew on me quite a bit. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber pours a near black with ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. The disconcertingly effervescent head with very large bubbles settles down within a couple of minutes, but not attractive and not a pleasant pour.

Aroma of roasted dark malts and dark chocolate, with some smoky wooden barrel in the background. A warm and robust aroma with good depth. The taste is more single dimensional and surprisingly astringent, with a bitterness that some may not enjoy as much. Mouthfeel is much thinner than I expected.

Purchased in North Carolina and a brewery I'm glad to have supported, but not a beer I’d choose over many other American Stouts.

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Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. Best by date of 11/11.

Pours a fairly dark black with slightly brown edges and a creamy off-white head that recedes to a thin ring and swirly haze. Smells of deep, roasted malt, coffee beans, and chocolate with a bit of vanilla for good measure. Flavors follow the nose closely, lots of roasted coffee and chocolate with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is gonna hurt this a bit for me, too watery and fizzy for my liking, and not nearly as creamy as I like my Stouts. Still, an overall pretty solid brew that walks the line between "big and roasty" and "sessionable". Nicely done.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. "Keep and serve cool, enjoy before A 11" notched on the label.

Thanks to Onenote81 for another Olde Hickory brew and pint glass as well!

A - Clarity on the pour is nice but it ends up black in the tulip with a thin tan head. Low retention but nice fingers of lace reach up along the outside.

S - Woody roasted chocolate malts with cocoa notes and milk chocolate coming out of a swirl. Reminding myself this isn't imperial and over-the-top, it smells good for a stout. It becomes a little charred and rubbery as it warms though.

T - Chocolatey bitter roasted malt with a dry, woody, slightly smokey finish.

M - A bit on the thin side, this stout is medium-bodied with a lightly dry, lightly acrid bitter finish.

D - Good drinkability for a standard American Stout, this goes down well and has good flavor to boot! Thanks Jon!

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Victory tulip glass. Split between two people. Bottle reads "enjoy before 1/12", so that is interesting.

A: Dark deep brown (almost black). Finger plus of light tan head. Nice carbonation coming up. Not as thick as I was expecting.

S: Lots of roasty esters. Some coffee and chocolate too. Some hops, piney ones, are in there as well.

T: I get some mild hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Don't know which variety I am tasting. Then I get those roast notes: some dark chocolate and mild coffee etc. This is lower ABV I assume. Definitely not imperial status. Very easy drinking.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: It's a good stout. Nothing completely mind blowing, just a well done lower ABV stout that you could have a few glasses of and not get into trouble.

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Photo of joepais
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbros for this sending this wonderful brew along to me as an extra. Split the bottle three ways into ½ pint glasses it produced a good finger worth of tan head that settled to a thin lace across the top but was quickly revived by a swirl . The body was a typical black stout color .

I will have to rely on some help for the aroma because of a stuffy nose I got some nice roast notes so I take it that it was strong with a light hop background that is were the help came in

The flavor was roast forward as well with a nice dry bitter in the end. It was a little light in the mouth feel I would say towards the light side of medium but it had good carbonation for a bottled stout.

It was easy to drink. I wanted for more, so the brew is fine on the drinkability scale. A good local dry stout one to be proud of

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Photo of argock
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by 6/10 notched on side of label. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $3.59.

A: Nearly black with 1-2 finger light beige head with decent retention and a few lace formations.

S: Dry bittersweet chocolate, toasted malt, and floral hoppiness are the most prominent

T: The flavor is complex and long with initial floral hops with citrus notes with cofffe in the finish which is very dry.

M: Nice medium-full body with coffee and toasted dark malt aftertaste.

D: A nice dry stout with a great price tag to match.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brent for this one!

A: Pours a dark brown with a small tan head on top made up of rather large bubbles. This reduces to a ring around the top with some thin and sticky lacing on top.

S: Plenty of roasted malt, slightly charred, with a good bit of chocolate and a little coffee.

T: Light roasted malt with a surprising amount of pine in the middle. There is a nice amount of chocolate through out.

M: Medium bodied, but seemed a little thin with medium carbonation.

O: Another beer from OH that I enjoyed, there seems to be a pattern here. Thought that the roasted/charred malt worked well with the chocolate and pine. Would have liked it to be a bit bigger.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man its great to see OH bottled brews here in Greensboro!Poured more of deep cola color than the jet black that usually find in beers of the style,a thinner bet really well retained light mocha colored head atop.Big dark coffee aromas with light earth,and some unsweetened chocolate.The flavors may be as dry as any stout I have had to date,intense roast and raw earth flavors really stick out,light unsweetened chocolate comes thru in the finish.This a damn fine dry stout, and its very dry.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is fairly straightforward but is pretty nice. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes in the aroma, two qualities that are repeated in the flavor. In addition, I also get some coffee notes in the flavor which go nicely with the other characteristics. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice easy-drinking stout. I poured the whole bottle into a Hooters mug and sipped it at an outdoor party. Pours a dense black color with only a bit of light coming through. Big light tan head with good retention and some lacing.

Aroma is fairly mild, mostly roasted malt with a little coffee.

Taste is more robust. Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, balanced just right in an easy sipper.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth as a milk or oatmeal stout.

Very nice!!!! Every stout does not have to be a Bourbon barrel, high octane extravaganza.

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Photo of craytonic
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is near jet black, enormous coffee head with a decent showing of lace

Smell & taste: Bold and aggressive, dark coffee and bitter chocolate with licorice and peat. Very dry

Mouthfeel: very cream with nice carbonation, strong coffee aftertaste

Drinkability: Flavors are a bit bold to get down quickly, otherwise a great stout for a great price

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark cola with very little cocoa head

very rich, full of toffee and caramel. light roasted malts.

very roasted through out. a nice subtle burnt charcoal flavor. light richness through out. a bit of burnt wood. a hint of citrus.

body is a bit thin but the carbonation is nice.

for the low ABV and big flavor, this is pretty good. i would love to have this again.

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Photo of devilben02
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with a Guinness-loving Columbian friend from out-of-town, this one pours into the glasses with an expected black color and a small but present fizzy tan head. The aroma is quite pleasant, with a light coffee and milk character at first that eventually opens up to include notes of dark cocoa powder as it warms. The flavor is likewise lighter at first, with characteristics of light milk chocolate and black coffee that give way to a nice, deep (almost burnt) roasted malt flavor. The abundant, prickly carbonation is distracting at first, but it mellows with time to a nice moderate level that melds well with the rich roasted flavors.

Overall, this beer transformed more from the first sip to the last than most beers I've ever had, making for an interesting experience. In the end, though, all I will remember is that this is a very fine semi-dry stout.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with some red light showing through. Nice white head that doesn't hold up well.

S: Lots of chocolate malt. Slight roastiness picks up with warmth. Malts combine for kind of a cocoa powder effect.

T: Not nearly as sweet smell suggests. Lots of coffee and to a lesser degree cocoa, lead things off. There's also a little leafy hops and roasted malt and smokey characters. Finish is long, somewhat dry, and pretty bitter.

M: Lighter for style, almost thin with low carbonation.

Hickory Stick is a pretty roasted, yet restrained stout. Flavorful, while still easy drinking. Would like to see a little more body in the mouthfeel, but a tasty beer, especially for the reasonable price. Another good dark beer out of N.C.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near jet black with reddish highlights and a thin tan head.

S: Slightly smokey aroma with heavy notes of bittersweet chocolate.

T: Same bittersweet chocolate from the smell shows up in spades along with a lingering smokey flavor.

O: Nice to see a stout that doesn't try and kill you with crazy flavors. Simple and very good.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from brentk56, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid black color with a fluffy khaki head that slowly recedes to lots of chunky lace. Smells heavy on the roasted malts, lots of coffee, caramel, and chocolate mixed with some smoke and a hint of citrus and pine. Taste is much the same. Dark roasted malts leaning heavy on the coffee end. Pine hops come through midway and finishes with a dry long lingering roasted coffee bitterness. Medium body and light carbonation. Nice Stout! I really enjoyed this one, but it does finish a little dry for my liking. I wouldn't hesitate to imbibe this one if it were more accessible.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle a courteous extra from Beerness. Thank you, Charlie.

Charcoal black with a nice tan fluff that drops and leaves spotty lace along the sides and surface

Loads of black malt dominate the nose. Behind lurks some dark chocolate, coffee, and hops. It's nice, but the black patent is so in your face that the others stars are dimmed by its massive shadow.

The taste is nearly a carbon copy of the nose. Bitterness greets front and center and remains throughout. Hops, in the form of citric orange, showcase themselves towards the back end but are merely a pleasant flicker before being beaten down the the bitter wave that carried them there. Some day old coffee pushes the edges as well, but it too quickly receives the monstrous malt bill's shepherd's crook and is removed stage left.

The mouthfeel here falls a bit short and some smooth creaminess might help to assuage the barrage.

The drinkability here is good, but I can't help wonder what this stout could be if the secondary flavors were allowed to showcase themselves a bit more. By no means unenjoyable, but there is potential here for much more.

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Photo of fields336
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown, charcoal black completely opaque. 2 fingers khaki brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. The head is vigorous and bubbly. the lacing is really nice, and stays around.

S: chocolate, bready/biscuity malts, some sweet toffee and caramel are present as well. No alcohol is present, no hops.

T: Some bitter hoppiness is immediately present, with some bitter dark chocolate as well. There is a sweetness there, no alcohol is present in the taste

M: Full bodied, but not a sipper, is extremely easy drinking. the carbonation is really lively, treats your mouth well

O: This is a really nice example of an american stout. there is just enough hop bitterness to balance the slight sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness from the malts

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Photo of Onenote81
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by the brewpub and started out my meal with this one. Have had this a few times out of the bottle and enjoyed, so I was excited to try this on tap. Came out a deep black, with a thin khaki head on top. Minor lace left behind. The nose yields quite a hop presence that surprised me. Roasted finish. Nice pleasant "stout-y" aroma.

Moderate depth, decent carbonation, finishes quite smooth. The hops add a nice bitter quality to this one. This is one of the more "green" stouts I have had in awhile. Piney hops meld well with the toasted char flavor that is quite common with this style. Chocolate notes, but they are fleeting. If you like hoppy dark beers, this one is right up your alley. Still one of my faves from this brewery. They really know how to brew some dark-beers.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjmadden for this, the lone surviving bottle from a November-time BIF.

Pour is an appropriate level of dark, near the impenetrable level. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate Kiss, & slightly dank hops; the last

Hickory Stick Stout reverses the norm of blackened beer experience. Wildly smooth malts open up, with pleasing cocoa & a punch of bittering hops allowing a nice raise. Only after this short parade does the char flare forth like a bonfire of the vanities, blazing up & reducing anything else to a carbon memory. In the thousand or so beers I've sampled, I've never had the roast come after everything else; usually it's at the front of the line, shouting at the clerk to hurry up. Pretty cool!

Luckily I love all things charred, & combined with a reasonable ABV, this one goes down easily. Full, well-rounded, with a nice depth of character. Smooth, despite the roasted wave.

Very good beer & one that will puzzle me for a while. I wonder if it was an accident, part & parcel of the ingredients, or if the brewers intended it that way.

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Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.
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