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Imperial Stout | Olde Hickory Brewery

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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

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Ranking:
#1,988
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
497
pDev:
9.2%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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Photo of Eidsonjh
2.16/5  rDev -47.7%

Photo of Gotti311
2.5/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of hannydawg
2.83/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage
22 oz bomber into snifter

A- Dark brown with a one finger, tan head. Very minimal lacing.

S- Roast, chocolate, honey, slight coffee, and a touch of hoppiness. Also getting some dark fruits as it warms up.

T- Bitter, which I guess comes from the coffee, chocolate, and hops, but usually in an imperial stout, these flavors blend, where here, the whole is less than the sum of the parts. Alcohol really becomes apparent on the finish, and not in a pleasant way. The dark fruits I got in the nose are not present in the taste.

M- A bit thin for the style, and lacking in carbonation as well. I feel that if more carbonation was present, the alcohol would be a bit more balanced, instead of overpowering.

O- If I ever tried this again, it would have to be aged at least a year or so, so maybe the alcohol would mellow and hopefully the flavors would come together.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.87/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours near black, with a light tan head. Roasted malt aroma, sweetness, with hints of chocolate. Taste has a bit of a char quality, and more than a "touch" of honey sweetness. Some roasted malts, but not much, if any, chocolate and no coffee. (I mention the lack there of only because of the labeling claim of deep chocolate and coffee.) Finish was slightly bitter though. Slick and creamy, but not wildly full bodied.

I have grown less and less fond of honey as an ingredient. While it's a fairly good stout, to me, the honey adds an unbalanced amount of sweetness.

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Photo of Desaparecido
3/5  rDev -27.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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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3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Readbaron for the bomber
Poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark brown and settled black. Just hints of ruby at the tip of the beer. Dark, one finger, mocha brown head. Good lacing with the beer as it left wisps of lacing and spotting lacing while drinking this. Settled down to a solid collar/ film through drinking.

S-- Malt, lots of malt. Chocolate, honey, orange, port, molasses and as it warmed a lot of soy sauce. Got really sweet as it warmed up.

T-- Orange covered chocolate with the above mentioned flavors. As already mentioned it got really sweet and soy sauce like as it warmed up.

M-- Medium bodied and low carbonation. Honey and soy sauce stood out in the body. Got really sticky sweet in the mouth and became a slow drinker.

O-- interesting at first and then got really overbearing. Too much honey and soy sauce. Needed more roast to carry the profile I thought. Interesting for a barrel treatment and kind of cries out for one to save the overpowering sweetness of the beer.

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Photo of cradke
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark as Night. There is very little head and when looking down to smell, I can actually see my face quite well.

Smell: Dark Chocolates, earth, some yeast all in addition to a great malt profile. Very pleasant.

Taste: Quite complex and layered. Initially, very much caramel and molasses; sweet but very good. However, the aftertaste isn't the best and kind of ruins my impression of the beer unfortunatly. I think just a bit too much honey that at 10 % ABV turns to molasses. I think this would be much better with some age.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly viscous, the carbonation is right on. Well done.

Overall: This beer has some great potential but there is just...something... that doesn't sit well. It's not the taste of honey, but the sugar is just a bit too much and makes for a bad sweetness at the end. The smell is great and the initial flavor is right on, but it's just the aftertaste that unfortuntly ruins the beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of facesnorth
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of biglite351
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - just a touch of red around the edges. Very tight tan head.

S - strong roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee and a touch of fruit, maybe that is the honey?

T - lots of bitterness, from coffee, baking chocolate and such.

M - solid coating with tingles all over the mouth. Alcohol burn in the chest.

O - bitterness put a major kobosh on this brew.

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Photo of ImperialKitten
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I expected to really enjoy this beer especially because it was the color and had the aroma I like. But I write to clue folks in that this beer had a very wintergreen mint undertone that turned me off - it was enough of a wintergreen to throw off my enjoyment. I like a lot of complexity but this was a bit outside my preference level.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of this one from jbeatty. Fun trade man; cheers for all the brews!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
Imperial stout brewed with honey

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown pour, slightly transparent, yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with good retention. Black body and medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp cap and coats the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big, malty nose here. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses and some port wine. Espresso coffee and light notes of honey as well. Light touch of soy perhaps.

TASTE: Roasted malts, molasses and notes of honey up front. Pure honey, port wine, with some bitter dark chocolate and espresso flavors at the swallow. Bold and lingering aftertaste of sweet honey, bitter dark chocolate, port wine and a hint of soy as well. This is a malt bomb; lots of malty flavor with a touch of honey and bitterness trying to balance it out.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Not creamy enough really, goes down alright with a bit of a burn after the swallow and finishes pretty sticky. Some heat lingers as well. Very sticky sweet.

OVERALL: A solid beer all around, though a little too sweet perhaps, and the light soy notes were in the way slightly. Would appreciate a little more bitterness to balance out the sticky sweetness, but this is a solid effort worth checking out, especially if you like your imperial stouts on this side of the spectrum. I expect this would barrel age pretty well actually. Give this one a go if you come across it. Thanks again jbeatty.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Bruery tulip, purchased in Asheville back in May and cellared downstairs since. I've been looking forward to this one for awhile.

Pours pitch black top to bottom, with very little in the way of head or lacing. Nice legs.

Nose is really nice - intense notes of dark fruits and burnt sugar, with a bit of deeply roasted malt and just a bit of char. Wee bit of alcohol comes through as well. I can almost talk myself into getting a bit of honey out of there also, but that may be me persuading myself.

Taste is nice; big on burnt sugar and those same dark fruits. Alcohol pops through as well. Just a bit of an ash quality under there, roasted bitterness lingering on the finish. Pretty tasty, though not what I'd consider to be the most well-rounded of stouts. Still, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is the major weak point of this one - thin, a bit undercarbonated and what's there is a bit too sharp, and even a bit sticky on top of that.

Drinkability is ok; alcohol is fairly well hidden, and there's a decent balance between the sweet and burnt aspects that is interesting, even if not my favorite take on the style.

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Photo of nkersten
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tasting glass at the Goose Island gathering. Reviewed from notes, finally. Pours an opaque black with a small tan head, fades to a ring. Smell is kind of boring and simple - heavy on the grain, it reminds me of boiling wort with some honey and alcohol. Light hop aroma. Taste is very sweet, dominated by a plain two row type malt flavor with a bit of toasty malt bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky with a light carbonation. Drinkability is not bad, but a bit too sweet to have a lot of.

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Photo of myspoonistoobig
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz 2011 bottle split two ways.

Thanks to Doug for including this as an extra in my first ever trade, a little over a year ago.

Appearance: dark, nearly black; tan head recedes, but lingers.

Smell: roasty with a hint of sweetness, but doesn't leap out of the glass.

Taste: tastes like it smells: roasted malt character, dark roast coffee, just a hint of sweetness (tastes more like malty sweet than honey sweet).

Mouthfeel: good carbonation and solid finish.

Overall: very nice stout. I don't think they're looking to change the world with this, but I did enjoy drinking it, and that's what matters in the end.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of mwbrady12
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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