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The Event Horizon | Olde Hickory Brewery

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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon
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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reef
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/28/2016 22 oz. bomber

A black hole admitting no light, skinny tan head, beautiful full lacing curtain.
Complex fig, prune, ginger, molasses scents for starters, faint ozone, faint musk, probably more aromas will surface as it warms
Bourbon, fig, honey, chocolate show up on first mouthful. A little winey tang aftertaste.
Smooth rich mouthfeel, dry finish, no alcohol burn.
Full flavor at a lower ABV than other BBA imperial stouts, a must have each fall.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samact
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a thin tan head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and honey.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, honey, oak and bourbon.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Very tasty BBA stout. Mouthfeel is a little thin but the big flavors definetly make up for it.

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Photo of darktronica
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh release in the new 4-pack bottle format, from December 2018. I've always liked The Event Horizon more than the regular Imperial Stout because the ageing and barrel treatment takes the edge off of the base beer's olivine, green quality. What's left is a robust, unique stout with a moderately sweet mid-palate and dry finish. Some green apple and wildflower honey on the nose, with bitter dark chocolate, birch bark, and very light sorghum on the palate.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An imperial stout brewed with honey and aged in bourbon barrels.

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle dated 12/07/18 into a snifter glass. This beer pours out as black as night with very minimal highlights. It forms a pinky width of caramel colored crown that is very fast to dissipate.

The smell is a bourbon and dark fruit wonderland. Bourbon, oak, dark fruit, chocolate, leather, tobacco, vanilla. Wow. A lot going on, and in a good way.

The taste brings that dark fruit once again along with the vanilla, leather, heavy bourbon and oak still. Slightly roasty chocolate.

The mouthfeel is dry leather and oak. Could use a little more bounce from carbonation but not lacking any in the thickness or full body aspects.

Overall, I might have detected a very slight honey, but not enough to be noteworthy. I feel like that would be hard to achieve with a stout of this nature. What I did detect was a very enjoyable and complex stout. There is a reason it has the rating it does. It’s good.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks to the Joe for this delectable concoction. Cheers!

Bottled 11/22/2017.

The Event Horizon is a beautiful beer. The pitch black body acts as a mirror. A gloriously beautiful mirror, obviously. No light can penetrate it, and an appropriately rich espresso head slowly descends into a fine ring and small amoeba patches on the surface.

Plenty of booze off the bat. Sweet smelling with a chocolate and vanilla influence front and center. "A twinkle of honey" is accurate. Dark honey. Very, very dark honey. More like black strap molasses. A touch of charred oak, not smokey but toasted.

Perhaps the added year of aging helped here, I don't know, but this is frickin' delicious. It's sweet and is reminiscent of a marshmallowy BA stout, but better. Not disgustingly sweet. Just right. Vanilla, check. Chocolate, check. Coffee... fig and blueberry... molasses... check, check, check. The honey actually comes in a bit in the flavor as a drizzle over lightly toasted almonds. With a little warmth, a touch of holiday spice comes to. Or perhaps that's just my imagination.

Rich and creamy to the fullest with an emphasis on sweet. Almost zero carbonation, in fact quite flat especially after being subjected to the inevitable tick of time. There's a nutty, toasty element and spiciness in the end that seems to be the sole provider of a bitter finish, and that's just fine by me. It acts like a big boy, but the warmth keeps true to it's advertised abv.

This is one delicious and complex beer. Another example that stouts, or any style for that matter, don't need to be extreme to achieve top shelf. Don't get me wrong. This beer is extreme. Extremely delicious, extremely beautiful, and extremely enjoyable to sip.

Cheers, and thanks again Joe.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 edition.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/22/17; drank 11/13/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice dark tan head; frothy lace.

Dark roast coffee bean, raspberry, chocolate & mild honey notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate & dark roast coffee bean flavors up front; honey & mild fresh earth & faint raspberry notes on the finish. Almost no booze heat.

A bit thin for the style, but enjoyable. I'd have another.

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Photo of Benish
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a highly viscous pitch black color. Almost of maple syrup consistency - surprising for a 8.5% abv. Aroma not as complex as I have hoped, upfront is bittersweet dark chocolate with heavy notes of bourbon, quite more bourbon forward than many other BA stouts. The flavors are just the same, very rich bittersweet chocolate soaked in heavy bourbon. Maybe just a twang of cherry. The bourbon is so prominent at the finish, you think you're drinking bourbon alone. Flavors kind of fall short with chocolate and bourbon, was hoping for more. Mouthfeel is rich and medium to full body, again impressive for a 8.5% abv beer. Overall this beer proved an exceptional appearance and mouthfeel for a lower end ABV imperial stout. But the flavors are not as complex as I wished, it had only two main things: chocolate and tons of bourbon.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The foil wrapper on the cap is a little difficult to open as the pull tab fails, but the cap pops off fine.
The beer pours a rich dark chocolate color with no light passing through the glass. A creamy tan head of 1 cm foams up and fades to a sturdy edge layer. This ring remains throughout the sampling of the beer. The aroma is dark chocolate and some coffee grounds. I also get a little bit of an anice note and some sweet floral honey too, but only very faint in the background. The booze is well hidden at this point and I dont get any hops here either.
First sip reveals a thick body with silky smooth texture and fine and soft carbonation that rolls easily across my palate. Big robust brew is delivering so far.
Flavor is what I would expect with all malt profile. Dark chocolate, roasted notes, some anice again, bourbon notes come through with some sweetness. The sweetness lingers a bit after each swallow. Still no hops at any point on this one. The heat from the booze is pretty well hidden throughout and the beer sits heavy in my belly after each sip.
Quite a nice robust Imperial Stout. Very glad to have tried this one and I would be very glad to have another bottle.

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Photo of krl2112
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled 11/22/17

L-The beer pours dark brown to black. The head is one finger of mocha colored bubbles. The head recedes to a thin film with sparse lacing.
S- The nose is primarily dark chocolate mixed with moderately strong bourbon presence. As the dark chocolate mixes with the sweeter vanilla bourbon presence I get more of a impression of milk chocolate.
T-The strongest presence on the palate is chocolate. It starts out dark like the nose, but sweetens as the flavors transition to the bourbon. Roast presence is very mild.
F- Mouthfeel is medium, a touch light for the style. There is a touch of slickness. Carbonation is on the lighter side of medium.
O-A really tasty stout. More chocolaty than roasty. Mouthfeel is a touch light, but a really solid barrel aged stout. Recommended.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avisong
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Captain69
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of senglish7
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tony210
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a fizzy mocha head, big and foamy, unusually large bubbles in the head. Nose is big but not exciting. Lots of chocolate and alcohol, some barrel, touch of coffee. Flavor is big roasty chocolate, more fudge, sweet vanilla, dark roast coffee, lots of bourbon barrel. Pretty full bodied, thick and chewy, a touch too much carbonation for the style. Overall an outstanding beer.

Bomber dated 11/22/17
4.5 rating

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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,823 ratings