Imperial Stout | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldehickorybrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 12-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
493
Reviews:
152
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
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114
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156
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I rate this beer close to 5 and here's why:

Though not the most complex stout I've had, the 2014 batch I think is an absolute perfect example of an imperial stout. Unique characteristics but stays true to form. Lots of chocolate, a little vanilla, and tasting this batch fresh gives a good little bit of punch/bitter hop, which leads to honey and more chocolate and malt. All aspects of a good imperial stout are present and the blend is perfect imho. Not too sweet, well balanced, and just the right amount of strength. Thankful I'm able to enjoy this one on a regular basis.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 bomber

Pours a small bit of light chocolate head which fades to nill. Black body with hints of mahogany around the edges. Head is somewhat rousable, with a good bit of alcohol legs.

Smells change a good amount throughout the pour. Sweet carmel, big roast, coffee, bitter chocolate, smokey in a particular way-maybe some peat or someting reminicent of a scotch ale. A bit of alcohol is definitely present as it warms.

Tastes like a big russian and american imperial stout combined. Bitter dark chocolate, dark fruit, sweet carmel, espresso/coffee, licorice and some smokey component. A firm alcohol warmth and slight taste.

Medium full bodied, low carbonation. Fairly thick and silky, which leaves the mouth coated with a big maltyness and roasty acidity.

Overall this is one big tasty stout. Quite complex and fairly drinkable. This was a great bottle to share with my wife. Great flavors and interesting with the scotch ale component that was not expected.

Thank you Tommy for this trade.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ever since I first tried the Hickory Stick Stout way back before NC popped the cap, I've often wanted OHB to make an Imperial version of it. Now I'm not sure if this is based on the Hickory Stick Stout or not but there are some similarities.
Pitch black with a huge 2 finger chocolate colored head that last until the glass is empty. This is a beer that I just sat back and stared at it for awhile.
If dark chocolate were roasted I bet it would smell like this beer. Potent aroma of roasted grains and uber sweet chocolate. Also a hint of a tropical like fruitiness. Or is it a melon smell? Eitherway it adds a nice touch and distinguishes this beer from other fine beers of the same style.
Delicious!!! Super sweet dark chocolate with rich roasted flavors to keep the beer from being too sweet. There is also a mocha flavor in there with a nice hop bite at the end. Thick mouthfeel and full bodied.
While 10+% is not a session beer it's less than many other big stouts. I really like this b/c I think it adds to the drinkability. This one is a sipper but it's one you can sip and then have another. Great beer and my hat's off to OHB for a long awaited arrival that is everything I thought it would be.

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Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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