Imperial Stout | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 501
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Bitterbill one my most awesome & generous partners for hooking me up with a brew from my old stomping grounds! Great lacing & head retention

Pours mahogany with a finger+ of mocha head.

S: Vanilla, dark fruit, & dark chocolate & some noticeable raisin booze once warm

T: Dark chocolate, rum raisin, smokeyness & mocha up front. Mocha, a bit of booze warmth & dryness dominate as this warms along with a touch of herbal hops, plus some boozey raisins & plums. Finishes dry, a touch boozey with figs & mocha

MF: Chewy with assertive carbonation, starts to thin out a bit as this warms; then smooths out again. Turns a bit coarse, but very warming at the end

Drinks pretty easy, the ABV is noticable, but never runs over the flavor. One of the better offerings, plus a draft version of THIS I have had from these guys, I look forward to trying more bottled offerings from these guys when I visit the family.. Only gonna get better with age...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev -3.1%

22oz Bomber
Brawley's - Charlotte

2014 Bottling

The wax surprisingly easy to cut through so no worries there. Glugging from the bottle is a viscous liquid as black as night. The head is so dark, so chocolatey brown, that it nearly has a purple tinge. The foam forms easy on the pour and, even though it falls, always remains at least a solid cap on the surface. Patchy foam clicks here and there.

This guy has a very unique nose. Upfront is a wildflower quality that I'm assuming is from the added honey. Blackstrap molasses and a touch of anise play second fiddle to a deep, rich, roasted graininess. Hints of dark berries show themselves as the beer warms and compliment the roast. A bit of a tea leaf quality floats through as well.

Robust roast washes over the palate and remains the centerpiece of this hefty drink. Tea like herbalness pops up mid palate along with the dark berries and deep molasses qualities. The finish bursts with roasty bitterness and herbal hoppiness while the swallow leaves behind a lingering honey sweetness. The flavor profile is unique and I dig it.

The body is luxurious and full but by no means sticky or sweet. Carbonation is soft which in turn makes the body feel velvety in its slow movement. The finish is dry and bitter from both the hopping and roast. This one is going down pretty quickly.

Olde Hickory's Imperial Stout is big and robust. A heavy roast adds bitterness while a moderate hopping adds a touch as well. Unique qualities like florals and molasses set this beer apart from others. More of these will be in my future, no doubt.

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Photo of BeerZack
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of movingtrain
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, thick gold wax seal, 2011 imprinted in the wax.

Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black. A bit of ruby red color around the edges of the glass. Nice head and decent carbonation.

Excellent aroma...powerful and pungent. There are notes of honey (bottle also states this stout as being brewed with honey), milk chocolate, anise, vanilla bean, coffee, molasses, wet wood, worn leather, and graham cracker.

The taste is very, very rich. Notes of dark chocolate, honeycomb, dark roasted coffee, bittersweet espresso, toffee, vanilla, raisin, and wet rolled oats.

This beer is a powerhouse. Not only does it sit high in ABV, but the beer is balanced, has a superb aroma, and tastes wonderful. The beer coats the palate, allowing some of the roasted, dense flavors to linger and be savored.

Overall, this is an excellent beer--one of the best I've come across in the style. It is big, bold, and balanced.

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Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a dark body black in color with a small-sized, beige-colored head.

Smell: A boldly roasty scent to lift this tired, lonely drinker's spirits with striking notes of chunked bittersweet chocolate, a double-shot of espresso, and charred grains. Slightly lesser hints of vanilla bean and dark fruits.

Taste: Heavily roasty, heavily tasting of bittersweet chocolate, with a minor hint of vanilla. Like a top-notch, top-dollar mochachino or maybe fudge brownies. Roasty, earthy bitterness with a teensy bit of astringency. Some dark fruits buried within all this lavish maltiness. Late arriving molasses. Roasty, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Nicely chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Quite good, this one. Olde Hick's Imperial Stout is a force to be reckoned with.

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the bomber into my bruery snifter. Tan head with beautiful lacing, this is a nice looking beer. Aroma of sweet coffee and alcohol. Taste follows the nose, a little boozy but nothing crazy. Pretty sweet but not too much. This is a very tasty stout. Pretty good all around beer.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of qcbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Thanks & Maximum Respect to ASUBeer for this beauty.

Pours a shiny mahogany with espresso like lacing that holds on for a few minutes. The smell gives me a coffee roast that hints of dark baker's chocolate, but also gives ocassional hints of a Baltic Porter. A bit of roasty wood barrel comes through also.

Now this is a 2012, and I may have popped her cherry a bit prematurely, but I got impatient. The flavor is pretty consistent with the nose. Roasty upfront--coffee meets wood, meets chocolate. But chocolate less so. A little "warm" on the alcohol, but I think it's just enough to add a nice bonus of complexity to this stout

Mouthfeel is nice and full, even chewy. I also love the slick, slightly oily presence that slowly finishes each sip.

This is a fine stout, but I need to get this one again. I will sit on it, and give it some more time.

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Photo of phishbfm
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stretching the limits of roasted flavor in stout means that a balance has to come from somewhere. When malt has reached its limits it's time to call in the honey adjunct for charm, softness and to offset the acrid char of roast. This is what the keen brewers at Olde Hickory knows and is well exhibited in their Imperial Stout with Honey.

Ominously black and gleaning with an onyx-like sheen, the beer's frothy mocha stained cap carries the scent of turkish coffee, smoldering embers, smoky chocolate and the floral finesses of winter's honey. Sweet and roasty on the early palate, the extreme taste of cocoa, coffee, walnut, burnt toast and honey allow for a taste of sweetened espresso to open the session.

Roasted barley overtakes the middle palate with ease. Charred woods, burnt toast, scorched coffee, baker's chocolate, roasting walnut and herbal chicory carry the earthy, smoky and sharp flavors across a malty sweet base of black-strap molasses, toffee and sweet & savory honey. Its rich earthiness rounds off the rough edges of char and soothes the smoked flavors before trailing with coffee-like bitterness with hints of cherry and fennel looming.

Lavish, full and succulent, the beer coats the mouth with booze and sweetness, along with those deeply woven roasted overtones. A long and savory linger of sweet char seems mesquite-like with the simmering warmth of alcohol seeming irish coffee in nature. The stout begs for those sweet and tangy Carolina barbecue ribs in complemnt.

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Photo of harrymel
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2011

A: Pours a thick, black ale with transient mocha head. No light thru this puppy. Spotty lacing. Surface can retain a bit of head with agitation.

S: The hops in this are actually fairly present - piney and resiny. Then theres some good fig tones as well as graham, toast, cocoa, honey, and hints of wood. Slightest pork scent at the finish (maybe hot dog smell).

T: Still pretty hot, this one. Plenty of cocoa, dry bitterness, turkish coffee, and hops. The beer isn't particularly complex, but it isn't bad either. Fairly one dimensional though. The alcohol is really poorly addressed here though. The finish is fusel plus above.

M: Thick, smooth and creamy. Nice, soft carbonation accentuates the beer well. Slippery finish.

O: Hard to get past the heat in this beer. Likely a really great brew at the one year to 18month marks. I would drink again, but only aged, but I would not seek for procurement.

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Photo of thundersnow
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: unibroue tulip, the beer is - not surprisingly - pitch black in color, sporting a lightly retained rusty-mocha head

s: big chocolate roasted barley nose, sweet burnt sugars and dark fruits underneath, maybe even some honey pulling through, mild alcohol, very nice

m: carbonation low, smooth and silky, with a medium-full body that glides across the palate, satisfying

t: lots of rich, full roast flavors, dark chocolate barley, extremely chocolaty, espresso, beginning sweet but moving towards astringent roasts in the second half creates a nice contrast, dark fruits and burnt sugars persist underneath the roast load, hops mild, honey mostly lost in the mix, quite tasty

d: easily drinkable with very little booze heat - even consumed at room temperature, a roast bomb of an imperial stout - it's a very good IS, just don't think it has the depth for higher scores

bomber from Bruisin', just around a year old

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Photo of Kmlund
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zillo043068
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, gifted by blackie many moons ago

appeareance: cool label - gold waxed bottle. The wax was a beast to remove (enough with the waxing already). poured into a snifter - full mahogany body...pretty much no head to speak of

smell: dry chocolate, sweet honey, charred malt, espresso and cream

taste: espresso, roasted malts, creamy chocolate, rum soaked fruit, honey, fudge. This stout is light on the bitterness which allows the creamy body to display a nice profile of flavors

mouthfeel: smooth, creamy

drinkability: good

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Olde Hickory Imperial Stout is a big beer. The beer poured a pitch black with tan head which did not lace....I'm assuming because of the sweetness. The smell was honey balanced with slight roast and coffee. The taste was very sweet from the honey with some big malt, roast balance. The mouthfeel was a full body beer with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a good beer but it is not for everyone. You better like sweet big beers.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in Charlotte, served in a small (8.5oz) goblet. The beer is dark brown, close to black but not quite there. Thin mocha-colored foam that leaves dried rivulets of lace.

It smells really roasty, no sweetness from the honey (at least in the aroma). The roasted malt character dominates the flavor as well, tasty but sort of lacking the sweetness I expected/hoped for. It's really rich though, lots of malt in the bill. Well-hidden alcohol, and although at first I was discouraged by the small draft size I eventually was grateful. A little goes a long way.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Oxbow snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Poured an opaque black w/ thin mocha head that faded quickly. Can actually see a good bit of bubbles rush up the sides and then fizzle away as they hit the top.

S: Nice aroma...bitter dark chocolate, roast, molasses, vanilla, touch of an earthy hop presence. Maybe just a slight coffee note in there as well.

T/M: Interesting. Typical roast, bitter dark chocolate as the dominant notes...some toffee, graham cracker, rum-soaked raisin. Finishes with a bit of a floral taste. Slightly bitter. Mouthfeel could have been a little more viscous. Was certainly solid though - say medium to medium-full. Carbonation might have been a little too fizzy also but I'm sure I'm just nitpicking.

O: Really enjoyed this. I think the honey might have dried out the beer and made it a tad thin...but at the same time, I wouldn't be surprised if that's what contributed to the floral note in the back of the palate, which I dug. Would certainly drink this many times over...

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