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Hickory Stick Stout | Olde Hickory Brewery

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3.68/5
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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:
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Added by veech on 09-23-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,201
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
266
pDev:
14.4%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
39
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 266 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of Namarsha82
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Gyle41386
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber marked enjoy before May 12 into a pint glass.

Pours a dark cola color with about two fingers of plush tan foam. Head retention is quite good and there are thick sheets of lacing plastered to the glass.

Aroma is mostly bitter. Roasted (or charred) grain and citric hops dominate with some bittersweet chocolate underneath. May also be a little caramel sweetness in there as well, but it mostly smells of burnt coffee.

The roast intensifies in the flavor. Burnt coffee pretty much all the way into the dry finish. The bitterness, which is compounded by the citric hops, comes pretty close to being unpleasant, but I think there's just enough chocolate/caramel sweetness to keep it under control. Still, it's pretty intense.

Edit: I went back and read some reviews and saw DavoleBomb's that likened this to a black IPA. Great call.

Medium bodied. The foam produced by the pour led me to believe this would have a soft, plush texture, but that's not really the case. It's lightly tingly with a dry finish.

This beer has intense flavor, a lot for a 5.8% stout, which is good if you're into what it has to offer. It grew on me as I worked my way through the bomber, but I wouldn't necessarily call this an easy drinker despite the low alcohol content. All in all, an interesting beer, but not one I'd want if I didn't have a decent amount of time to spend drinking it.

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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 Khazadum
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Good lacing, decent head development, but retention time was lacking. Least the lacing is sticky as hell and the body is soy sauce/cola dark.

S- Smells of honey, sweet smoked caramel, bits of cereal grains.. like unmashed grain. Tons of oxidized aroma as well as grape nuts. Faint coffee bitterness, shitty coffee at that... like discount dollar store brand. Finishes a light... almost belgian sweetness.

T- Ooo... what is this. Cereal grains, unfermented grape nuts... btiter burnt grain, oxidized coffee flavor. Nasty discount style coffee... truck stop style. It tastes like they dropped grain into the already boiled beer right before bottling. Finishes off just a generic burnt bread nature. Bit of hops to it I suppose.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation off the bat but dies off quickly. Sticky flavor that I really want to get the hell out. Some residual creamy nature. I'm sure this could be a bit less carbonation that would detract less.

The flavors are just... ugh. Not my type of stout in the least.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 DexterP236
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dprophet
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of AndybIPA
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerness for this one

Look: black body with brown rings around the edges. 1 inch head on a hard pour and just good retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate and vanilla slight oak note with traces of coffee

Taste: A little bit of chocolate and some roasted malts. Slight vanilla and oak mid palate and finishes with a bit of ash

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mildly carbonated

Overall: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and highly recommend trying it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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 s1ckboy
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of whitekiboko
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Chrisheartsbeer
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice black-ish color with a warm tan lacings. Lacings were about half-inch and lingered a fair amount.

Smell - Smell was minimal. Not a whole lot going on. Straight forward and one-dimensional smell of some cocoa.

Taste - I'd have to agree with several others who've review this beer. It was simple and straight forward. Bitter cocoa tastes and some woody undertones. Definitely leaves bitters on the back of the pallet.

Mouthfeel - light and wispy.

Overall - Enjoyed this beer, despite my poor review. If it cellared a bit longer, it might be even better. Just lacks a lot of excitement that other stouts in similar categories offer.

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Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bcostner1
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I wouldn't call it pitch black...more very, very dark brown. Decent tan head that sticks around.

S: Chocolate and some wood. Not a ton else really.

T: Reminiscent of Oak Aged Yeti to me but not quite as rich or tasty. Definite chocolate of the bittersweet variety; becomes sweeter as it warms.. Definite woody/oaky presence as well. Very dry tasting. The label says there should be hints of coffee but I'm not really getting any.

M: Pretty easy drinker. A little thin on the body for a stout. Moderate ABV means you don't have to make it into a sipper.

Overall, not a bad beer by any means. Just not particularly memorable or outstanding to me. I would definitely drink it again, just wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out necessarily (as I would the Irish Walker Barleywine from Olde Hickory which is outstanding!)

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Milltown in Carrboro, NC.

Pours dark brown with mahogany hues. Light caramel head that measures about a quarter inch.

Smell isnt all that impressive. Nothing really there. hm.

Taste is very bitter. Tastes like bitter hickory chips. That bitter flavor is somewhat of a bite, but not in a bad way. Maybe its the bitterness, but I feel coffee in there somewhere. Definitely different than the average single stout. Tastes basically bitter and woody.

Is not smooth by anymeans, and leaves a feeling like eating wood chips.

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Photo of UNCCTDawg
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of claytong
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i was thinking this was an 09 but im not sure... best by is 7-11

appearance - dark dark brown with a decent mocha head dissipates and leaves minor lacing that stays forever.

smell - dark malts, bakers chocolate is minor, roasted malts, minor caramel

taste - similar but much more mellow

mouthfeel - thin but this is 5.8 stout im not use to it. and actually for that its thick and nicely carbonated especially for after best by

overall - nice beer for the style but i prefer oatmeal stouts just to more complexity and thicker bodies if i want a low abv and cheap price.

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Photo of Rhode17
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 266 ratings
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