Imperial Stout | Olde Hickory Brewery

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
492 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 12-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
492
Reviews:
152
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
Wants:
114
Gots:
158
For Trade:
21
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. 2011 vintage. Purchased at Peabody's (Boone, NC) and cellared at 60-65F.

A: Very dark brown to black with mahogany edges, 1 finger of beige quickly dissipating head but leaves a nice collection of lace scraps.

S: Aroma is fairly sweet for the style, a combination of molasses and brown sugar with some coffee and milk chocolate too.

T: The flavor is also pretty sweet, but it works as they provide a substantial bitterness charge to complement the sweetness. The caramel malts are prominent with a lot of toffee flavors which move to cappucino and roast malt and leave a bit of acrid bitterness, but nothing ashy or unpleasant. The chocolate flavors are darker than in the aroma. THe bitterness is hefty to keep the sweetness in check.

M: The mouthfeel is a little over-carbonated and a bit drier than I think it should be. Body is medium-full but a lot less than many other American imperial stouts.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, although it does fall pretty clearly on the sweet side of the style. OH does a good job of hitting the palate with a solid shot of bitterness to balance things reasonably well. Another winner from Olde Hickory.

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22oz Bomber
$11.99
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at a tasting. Vintages 2011 and 2014 compared one after the other. Much thanks to Josh and Sheldon.

Classic walnut brown body, with a simple tan collar. Pretty much identical in appearance between vintages, but with a nice appearance, quite dark a nice thick pour out of the bottle for both.

Real interesting aroma. Light airy clove and dark brown spices. Very aromatic. Some hints of cherry like fruit, and soft toffee. Honey rounds out, but is strangely larger in the older vintage.

Palate comes with a giant honey sweetness. Luckily a decent mellow and thick roast char comes in but the sweetness is just dominating. The clove action is balanced in with it really nicely though, with a good creamy palate to match. Spicy finish, in a hot spice not alcohol way. Even some creamy frangelico like nut quality to match.

It's a real interesting brew and take to add honey, but it's still just far too sweet for my tastes and not well integrated with the rest of the malt. Roast and char is just aching to be heard here, along with some solid flavors trying to escape.

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Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 492 ratings.
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