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The Event Horizon | Olde Hickory Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.75%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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1,824
pDev:
8.49%
 
 
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to a couple guys for this.

4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy medium brown head. Retention is about average and a thick ring of lacing is left behind.

5.0 S: The nose exceeds any expectations I've had. This gives off rich and powerful, yet graceful aromas. Tons and tons of sweet milk chocolate with a soft, smooth roastiness. Lightly leathery bourbon nows enters the scene and in perfect proportion. The beer itself is easily the main attraction, but the bourbon adds an impressive sideshow. The bourbon itself is woody overall with oak and vanilla coming from the barrel. Sweet caramel and molasses, with the slightest touch of honey.

4.5 T: Bourbon and honey are much more prominent in the taste, especially the honey. Still a good bit of chocolate, but nowhere near as much as in the nose. Again, plenty of caramel and molasses with a soft roastiness. Light earthy hop flavor. Leather and a touch of char from the bourbon along with a good bit of vanilla and oak. Pretty much no booze. Honey gives it's distinct flavor in moderate proportions.

4.0 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Quite heavy for the ABV. Good moderate carbonation. Woody aftertaste. Creamy, but I wish it was more so to give a velvety texture.

4.5 D: This is a very good beer, there's no doubt about that. I'm not a huge fan of stouts that use honey so I'm a little negatively biased against this brew, but I would have no problem trading for it again. That said, I'd say that the hype behind this is more than justified. If you like honey stouts, this is likely the best. Well done OH.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I fell in love with with this outstanding flavor profile. Of the very best imperial stouts I've ever tasted. This came out of nowhere from a friend an damn what a surprise. I will definately be looking to get my hands on more. Note: the one I tried was aged two years.

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

Pours like motor oil and it looks like pouring motor oil (wow, nice). There is a nice pure jet black colored body. The head is thin as there is less than a half a finger’s worth. The smell has some dark chocolate up front with a super large amount of honey and then the bourbon comes into play. I do get some light vanilla and dark fruits. The taste has all of the previously mentioned flavors come to combine and give off a slight oaky quality that ends up giving off a super sweet sticky oaky bourbon vanilla aftertaste. The finish is quick with a sort of vanilla chocolate alcohol coming into play slightly dry. The palate is about a medium to heavy in body and not really sessionable - she’s a sipper. Carbonation comes across fairly smooth but with the element of Bourbon in there. I will have to admit the alcohol is slightly felt but honestly in a good way. Overall, holy moley, is this damn good or what? Definitely again if I could get it.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep black...very minimal head forms and dissipates quickly.
S - Sweetness....honey, bourbon and chocolate. Smells very decadent.
T - Exactly as the nose. Nice sweetness from the honey. Notes of bourbon and some fudginess. Drinks thick for 8.5%abv.
M - Super smooth. Coats the mouth and throat with chocolate and honey deliciousness.
O - Really shocked at how amazing this beer is. Thoroughly enjoyed though the bomber is a bit much to drink by your self due to the sweetness. Will seek this out again.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
4.99/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this year's version last night and I gotta say it just may be a Top 10 beer for me. The honey sweetens it just enough to let the bourbon barrel come through at the end and at 8.5% this thing is so very drinkable it's almost unbelievable. Great beer.

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Photo of chefbrady
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

1/4 inch head. Pitch black. Aroma is intense bourbon and oak, medium cocoa and a sweetness I can't exactly pinpoint as a smell like freshly baked German chocolate cake. Body is surprisingly slick at 8.5%. Taste is wonderfully surprising as well. I agree with other posts to the similarities to BCS, vanilla, bourbon caramel, smooth as hell. Want more!

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Photo of MANix73
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

The only beer I've had that's better is Bourbon County Stout. If you enjoy BBA beers & Imperial Stout, this is a must have!

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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 StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enough of the barrel aged stouts out there. this is a sort of shut up and sit down to the millions of wannabes out there. i absolutely love this one. its rich and frothy in looks, dense and dark, and with a nose that is just insane. toasted coconut, cocoa, vanilla, dry chalky grain, and a whiskey smoothness thats incredible. love that its under ten percent abv too, which is great, allows me to drink a bunch of this. a real cool nuttiness too, almond and hazelnut, lasting, and going brilliantly with the whiskey complexion. rich lathery feel, lasting forever in the finish, but not ever really getting all that heavy. this is my first and only beer ive ever had from these guys, and the hype is real, i mean, this thing is just insane. as layered as anything, its as close to as intensely flavored as the bruery big ones like black tuesday and its relatives. half the abv or less, but such a dynamic beer. chocolate in the finish, oaky, memorable. i want a mainline of this one. one of the few beers where its as good or better as the masses say. a must

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Photo of M_chav
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - pours a deep black, small golden head forms -less than 1/4" - nice lacing
S - Damn, straight honey to the face - thick deep honey its strong and inviting - tons of chocolate
T - Holy hell this is thick, full body molasses/honey goodness. everything you want in an imperial barrel aged stout - vanilla cream, hazelnut coffee creamer was added, its must have been. Amazing!
F - Super smooth, coates the throat with honey. good for a cold, or a winter night, or anytime, this is great.
O - Surprisingly underrated in my opinion, this would stand right up against the bourbon county lineup if they made a honey/chocolate variant.

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

2010
2011
2012 Vintage Welcoming whiskey on the nose. Love the fruit and vanilla. Prune, tobacco with a delightful bourbon character.
2017

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of browniewithnuts
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tbryan5
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage poured into tulip. (5 years old)

This beer lived up to the hype for me. Completely oaky and boozy without being overwhelming. Great body and mouthfeel. It wasn't like oil but was not watered down either. An amazing beer that will surprise you at 8.5%. I haven't had it fresh but age hasn't hurt this beer in the least.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

Photo of tastybeer
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle.

Black beer, foamy dark brown head and nice patches of lace. Aroma is thick with leathery tobacco, dark chocolate fudge, blackstrap molasses, caramel liquor, cherries, and blueberries. Pretty fantastic. Flavor is loaded with massive amounts of chocolate, berries, bourbon, vanilla, and some orange sneaking in at the end. Sugary, sticky, alcoholic, but smooth and creamy. Very nice blankety thickness in texture. Smooth bitterness mixed with soft carbonation throughout. This is a pretty massive beer.

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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbkdev
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KRG
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,824 ratings