The Event Horizon: Spectrum 4 (2018)
Olde Hickory Brewery

The Event Horizon: Spectrum 4 (2018)The Event Horizon: Spectrum 4 (2018)
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American Imperial Stout
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4.24 | pDev: 6.37%
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
The Event Horizon: Spectrum 4 (2018)The Event Horizon: Spectrum 4 (2018)
Notes: Imperial stout brewed with honey and aged in bourbon barrels, with cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla and habanero peppers
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Photo of Arjen
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle @ Brouwerij de Molen (volunteers gathering), thanks for sharing John & Petra! Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma's of cinnamon, sweet malts, a bit vegetal pepper. Flavour is moderate sweet with some peppery fruitiness. Medium bodied. Increasing pepper heat. Long finish with chocolate, lasting pepper heat - a bit too much for my liking.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An authentic feeling and tasting mexican cocoa stout. The peppers really give some heat on the finish in an authentic way, the honey, melds in perfectly with the cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla, and the bourbon, malts, and wood provides a hardy backing for it all. Robust, sweet, spicy, and chewy. Smell is more focused on the cinnamon, cocoa and peppers all soaked in bourbon, where taste is more well rounded.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is fantastic beer, i didnt know they did all these variants of this one, lucky me getting to try this one! its got cocoa and vanilla in it, as well as hot habenero peppers and cinnamon, which sounds kind of strange, but its delicious and it works great. the experience starts for me as a reminder of how good the base beer is, i like that i get honey in it even with everything else going on. there is a lot of barrel too, but its in service of all the dark grain and honey character in here, not covering up flaws or hiding anything, it accents the beer in a wonderful way, lots of bourbon here, but still tastes like beer. in a way, this reminds me of the eclipse stout from fiftyfifty, the honey makes it. the added ingredients are cool here, a ton of cinnamon and chocolate in the nose, sweet but tempered by the oak and char. the flavor is more well balanced between them all, and while i can definitely taste and appreciate the orange fleshy pepper, its somehow not too much, and the warmth it contributes on the back of my throat going down is actually really awesome. the cinnamon is pretty robust here but its nice with all the dark grain. some coffee notes and sweet vanilla later on, very complex but well integrated, desserty but delicious. i love this, and now am really keen on trying some of the other variants, hopefully i get the chance some day! this was divine!

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Photo of DVMin98
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a share right after Double Barrel Mexican Cake. This was pretty darn close. A lot more heat (which I loved) and got all the adjunts. Very impressive

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Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives dark chocolate fudge colored with a tan head; decent lacing and good retention

Smell: Chocolate and cinnamon prominent, with Bourbon and habanero tones wafting

Taste: The chocolate and cinnamon emerge quickly with the Bourbon and vanilla building through the middle; the habanero explodes on the tongue, after the swallow, and brings the heat

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet and heat on the tongue

Overall: Clearly the crowd favorite, my palate is sensitive to the heat and I found that the habanero tones overwhelmed after the first few sips; an intriguing beer nonetheless

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The Event Horizon: Spectrum 4 (2018) from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 9 ratings