Hickory Stick Stout | Olde Hickory Brewery

BA SCORE
83
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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
Ratings:
266
Reviews:
109
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
39
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is smoky and little powdery with a hint of roast malt. It pours a dark-chocolate brown that lets daylight through only at the very edges, and has a fluffy, persistent, pale tan head. Flavor is mainly like burnt wood with just a little bit of coffee and tiny hints of molasses and unsweet chocolate. Texture seems just an itty bit on the thin side, but it is fairly fizzy and still manages to satisfy. Nothing great, but worth a try.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received in a trade about a year ago with craytonic I believe. Bottled Oct. 2010.

A: This beer let off a huge ppffff upon cracking the cap, and upon pouring all I got was a big glass of foam. The huge, dense, dark khaki colored head took forever to fade into a pool of deep brown liquid beneath a very dense head. On the up side, the amount and pattern of lacing left after a pour like this is a thing of beauty.
S: I get deep notes of roasted malts and just a hint of chocolate, wood, and earth. Earthy is definitely a good descriptor of the smell.
T: Again, the flavor is very earthy with woody dirt-like flavors in a good kind of way. The roasted malt flavors remind me a bit of burnt wood, and the finish is woody yet creamy similar to roasted marshmallows. I read somewhere that a beers head contains more bitterness than the actual beer, and on my second frothy pour I tried a bit of the foam which indeed contained notes of bitter pine and grassy hops that were much harder to detect in the liquid itself. The aftertaste is smoking and roasted.
M: Despite the huge pour the carbonation is on the low side. The mouthfeel is a bit watery but not necessarily thin, and the body is medium-thick.
O: This is one of those bottles that I just never got around to drinking, but it seems to have held up pretty well over the past year. I really liked the woody earthy flavors in this as opposed to the ton of sweet chocolate and coffee that I seem to encounter more.

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Photo of Dope
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown pour with a good sized frothy light brown head adorning it. Fades slowly, leaving behind a pretty nice layer of lacing all over the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt aroma. Hints of chocolate and coffee in there. Pretty straight forward.

T: Some creamy roasted malt character with mild chocolate and coffee notes. Odd bitterness follows with no real flavor. Perhaps some hops whose flavor has gotten buried? Strange.

M: Medium body and fairly smooth.

O: It's not horrible but a bit odd. It's a fairly plain, mild stout with a strange bitterness on the back end - but no hop flavor to accompany it. Otherwise it's a pretty standard and simple stout.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of khargro2
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thagr81us
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a deep dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, slight caramel, and very slight bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, bitter hops, and slight caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it also wasn't that great either. The hop character really surprised me on this one. It wasn't overpowering by any means, but it also wasn't needed in my personal opinion. This one is worth trying, but that is about it.

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Photo of popery
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours coffee black with an aggressive, tan head. It bubbles up fast and big. Lots of lacing. Big clumps of bubbles stick to the walls of the glass. Good looking stout. The aroma is fairly mild. There's roast, citric/vegetal hops, a healthy caramel sweetness and a mocha-ish coffee flavor. It's nice, but the aggressive head seems to dissipate the aroma a bit too quickly. The beer is bitter with both hops and roast. It's a pleasant bitterness, though, and there's some good sugary, caramel sweetness underneath. The finish is coffee and grapefruit rind. Mouthfeel is gentle - I expected it to be overcarbonated, but I guess head doesn't always indicate carbonation. Lasting finish. It's agreeably refreshing for a stout. This would be a good dark beer for a hot day.

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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 arizcards
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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 tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wedge
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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 DavoleBomb
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy tan head. Retention is average with a solid ring of lacing being left behind.

3.5 S: Roasted barley, coffee, and citrusy hops are the most prominent aromas. I'm not a big fan of black IPAs and this seems as much like one as a stout. There's some caramel and chocolate underneath the main flavors, but the hops are too strong for my liking and the malts are too weak.

3.0 T: The taste is like the nose, but even hoppier. Orange citrus hops and a more than moderate bitterness make this a hop forward stout. There is a ton of coffee flavor in this though. After that there's a solid roastiness, caramel, and a light burntness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not really creamy.

3.5 D: This is a good pick for black IPA fans. For people like me that don't like dark malts and hops, it's best to stay away from.

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Photo of Jeffo
1.33/5  rDev -63.8%
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 Mantooth
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Zonian1
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Intricate crown of lacing on the glass, two clear shades away from black as well. Slightly burnt, charred wood aroma with some subtle fruitiness and yeast in the back. Charred grain is very prevalent but never acrid or astringent. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate with some mild herbal citric hop. A little burnt sugar flashes some sweetness on the palate. Well- rounded burnt grain character with some dark fruitiness in the semi-dry finish.

Beer geeks, let's remember our normal-strength Stouts. Easy to drink and chock-full of flavor, a wonderful dark quaff.

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Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: piraat snifter, pours nearly black in color with some mahogany around the edges, coated with a nice mocha colored head, good retention

s: loads of rich, dark chocolate roasts and a good balance of earthy dark pine hops, smoky charred barley, old coffee grounds, some toffee sugars peek out, just packed with deep stout character and roasted goodness

m: lightly carbonated, medium-full body, not a thick stout, but appropriate

t: lots of roasted barley char, bitter dark cocoa and bakers chocolate, burnt coffee, just a quick flash of sweetness at the start before going dry, leaving deep roasted flavors and a mild bitterness to linger, might seem touch thin but it hits some dry stout notes quite well

d: really a great stout, not flashy but very well crafted, guess some don't like the black patent - but I dig it, the dry finish and moderate mouthfeel contribute to high drinkability

my first from Olde Hickory, bomber picked up at Bruisin'

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of KYGunner
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice black features with dark brown edges, there was a large bubbly and lively head.

The scent is exceptionally weak but there are dry chocolate notes and lactose-sweetness.

Strong carbonated tastes and feel there's a wateriness that fills the mouth. Dry Graham cracker, dry chocolate and a plastic milkiness exist but get lost in the water.

I brought this to a bottle share and walked away embarrassed.

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Photo of Jhfinn
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.67 out of 5 based on 266 ratings.
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