Imperial Stout | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bitterbill on 12-06-2009

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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 154
Photo of davemathews68
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of srandycarter
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown head fades quickly to thin ring. VERY sparce, spotty lace. VERY black.

S - Sweet, malty, vanilla and cocoa seem to be the predominate smells.

T - Very sweet, got that vanilla, choc chip cookie thing going on. Very malty.

M - Lower carbonation, but ok. Balance to the sweet, but ok.

D - A nice offering.

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Photo of firstlighthiker
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of JoninVT
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of macher0
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black. Glossy. Frothy amber head that retreats to a rim and film. Smells of boozey malts. Simple but very upfront. Taste is similar but added hops and notes of vanilla, licorice, and hops. High carbonation for an imperial stout. Highly viscous. Overall very nice. I highly recommend this ale.

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

Old Hickory Imperial Stout (2013)

Appearance (4.25) – Pitch black, heavy pour. Huge, huge, head that is really dark mocha. No light penetrates this behemoth. Pour lacing for such a huge beer.

Smell (4.25) – Coffee is abundant up front. Very mild chocolates and vanilla notes. Crisp and potent though not very complex.

Taste (4.25) – Sweet chocolates immediately. Coffee comes in big time in the middle and finish. Bitterness is present mostly with the coffee flavor. Smokey flavors here and there with some hickory notes. Flavor really lasts for a while.

Mouthfeel (4.25) – Huge. This is a beer to chew on. Sweetness makes this quite smooth though. Predictably sticky on the lips afterwards.

Overall (4.25) – I think this is a pretty solid imperial stout. I really like the heavy character with sweet notes. Flavor is not incredibly complex but stands alone very well.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ldhughes3
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Small khaki head. Slight transparency.

Smell - Chocolate. Nutty malts. A little boozy.

Taste - Chocolate and caramel. Oaky nutty malts. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - A little bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - A good beer, as always, from Olde Hickory.

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Photo of AGoodStout
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2013 Bottling

A: Pours a thick opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and only the faintest of dark cola brown highlights at the edges when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that very slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of slightly sweet roasted malts with moderate amounts of dark chocolate and lighter aromas of freshly ground coffee. Very light notes of anise/licorice.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted dark malts with a light touch of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of anise/licorice and dark chocolate. Light notes of coffee. Moderate amounts of bitterness which linger in the finish.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Light hints of alcohol warming in the finish as the beer warms up.

O: This is a really enjoyable stout and seemed like an appropriate beer for Stout Day and a colder autumn evening. Olde Hickory really makes some excellent stouts and the addition of the honey brings out just enough sweetness to have the other flavors really pop.

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Photo of bcm75
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GatorLCA
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of RayUF07
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MacQ32
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep rich brown with nearly a finger of super rich cholatey head, decent retention, a thin thin layer remains across the surface 10+ minutes later, strong lacing.

S - Tons of sweet sweet chocolate and honey, lactose, dark chocolate and espresso - moderate/mild alcohol burn. Can smell it from 3 feet away!

T - Big rich and dark chocolates combine with espresso notes initially and minimal hints of honey. Lots of espresso. Alcohol burn and bitterness come into play shortly after. Finish is still alcohol and bitterness. Aftertaste is the same. Big flavor, alcohol does not burn but its very much there.

M - Full bodied, very very robust, minimal carbonation, smooth like butter. Perfect winter sipper.

O - Honestly a fantastic big IS. I think with 2 or 3 years on it this would be absolutely fantastic, as the sweetness in the nose is mostly dominates by alcohol and bitter flavors. Still a superb big stout.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage poured in to snifter.

A - Poured a thick, sludgy ink black with half a finger of espresso coloured head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - A huge roast aroma dominates with sweet molasses, chocolate, smoke and a hint of anise.

T - Roast and a nice bitterness up front. Semi-sweet chocolate, anise and smoke notes are also present.

M - Full body; viscous. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of kayakandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Thesoundandthefury
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nicely done imperial stout. A 6 oz pour produces little head, but the aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted barley make up for this.

Taste is smooth and delicious. Some residual sweetness, but a nice balance of roasted dry notes, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of astringency.

Mouthfeel was thick and rich, but not chewy.

Overall an exceptionally well done Imperial stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottling

Appearance: A pitch black pour, with a small mocha head that quickly fades to a ringlet though it leaves streaks of lace behind

Smell: Rich fudge with licorice and a hint of hops

Taste: Chocolate fudge with some roast, to boot; by mid-palate, the licorice and hoppy elements add both sweetness and bitterness; in the finish some dark fruit and coffee flavors arrive to complete the package

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and somewhat creamy, with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Having tasted this several times, I am surprised that I have not yet reviewed it; this beer just shows the skill that Olde Hickory has in brewing big stouts - Lindley Park, Event Horizon and this one are quite a trio, not to mention their contribution to Olde Rabbit's Foot

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Photo of mrw1zard
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 497 ratings
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