The Event Horizon | Olde Hickory Brewery

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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon
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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Habmike on 12-08-2010

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Photo of marvin213
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque. It's so black it hardly looks liquid. The fuzz is a brown tan. It looks fine...like a hottie dime on the cover of Jett or Ebony. That tan head--a favorite of mine--hangs around and clings to the sides. Maybe half the black stout shines through the surface.

The nose is oaky bourbon. Even cold it's one of the most bourbon barrely beer I've ever smelt. In contrast to the alcoholic bourbon of a bold GI BCS, it's a wet, oaky bourbon--it's like smelling a 2 x 4 that's been sitting in a chocolate-malted Buffalo Trace barrel. That's the bourbon, right? I don't know how to make a BA stout smell better.

It tastes and feels rich. There's an abundant sweetness: honey and chocolate and bourbon. It's like decadent, but nearly overwhelming. Has the beer been sitting in barrels since the last bottling? It's heavy like that. The feel teeters on cordial. I'm glad everybody's fired up about this one. I'd say it's the Carolinas Abyss! The honey adds sweetness you could counter is unnecessary, but it adds some smoothness that pulls it ahead of a BA Blackbeerd. Disclaimer: only had the BT, wish I could've tried the Beam variety. The Event Horizon is a legitimate bad ass!

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Photo of mulder1010
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerness for this bottle. Owe you big time on this.
Shared with Mr. Kennedy
Bomber poured into a snifter

A-- Thick, dark, bold and oily. Looked like pure motor oil at first and then a half finger of dark leather head reverse cascaded up. Eventually no film at all. Head stuck around a little bit and went to dark leather film. Left no lacing at all but a dark, oily substance on the sides of the glass. Looks a lot bigger than what it should be. As I drank on I did get red tints on the sides of the glass but otherwise pitch black.

S-- Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cherry dates, marshmallow, oak, bourbon and cheese?? I thought slight hints of blue cheese mixed with parmigiana cheese. Really bizarre but good smell. Kept changing by the minute. Oak and bourbon really small in comparison to the rest or the smells.

T-- Thick, rich and dark. A brownie on overload really. Chocolate, Carmel, marshmallow, coffee, and some hops to give this life and a bit prickly.

M-- Chewy, thick and rich. Almost decadent in a way. Hops faded in the mouth, leaving milk chocolate, changing to bakers chocolate, with Carmel and coffee acidity in the end. Bourbon and oak still on the soft side here. Alcohol is non existent for the size of the beer. Low carbonation and massive heavy feel. Lots of malts with this. Does get a bit one dimensional at the end.

O-- A much bigger feeling stout than it really is. Big beer but easy to drink. Could use a bit more carbonation and more of a silky feel to it though, as it became very coffee acidic in the end. Quite unique as the hints of bourbon and Oak just toy with the senses. This was far more about malts than anything else. Worth trying.

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Photo of brystmar
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2010. Opened alongside the 2011 for comparison.

Roasty malts, caramel, fudge, bourbon, and vanilla fill my nostrils. Full, creamy body greets me with well-balanced bourbon flavors against the rich stout base. Molasses and deeply roasted malts shine here. A touch of dark fruits hit my throat as I swallow, somehow imparting zero alcoholic warmth. This is a very good RIS.

The '10 was significantly more complex and better layered than the '11, which tasted amateur-ish by comparison. The newer batch had a little too much bourbon, and it didn't integrate well with the other flavors present. I was quite disappointed in the '11, truth be told, particularly when the '10 was this good.

Would love to get my hands on another bottle of the 2010!

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Photo of jale
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to my great friend Eric(turdfurgison) for the chance to try this.

A: Pours black with little head.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon and dark fruits.

T: Roasted malt and slight bitter cocoa followed by caramel and nice mild bourbon oakiness. The bourbon is mild and well done. The honey adds some complexity to the beer. I get somme dark fruits and just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Creamy thick body with average carbontion.

O: Wish I had more. Thanks again Eric.

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Photo of Brabander
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was drank by me a couple of months ago at a houseboat tasting in Amsterdam. Vanlingleipa, Frank, was our host during a fabulous tasting.

This was a damned good beer. The looks are not very great but the rest was more than positive. Some light lacing in the glass and i had some notes of honey!

Good beer. Not the best in this style but very well made!

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap it was more carbonated when I had it at TJs in Carrboro.

Pours a thick pitch black, almost forceful effort needed to leave the bottle. No head and no carbonation. ill come back and add cellaring reviews as needed.

Smells of honey and bourbon, and dry grains. None of the initial stout smells are there, probably taken over by the barrel aging flavors.

Tastes like it smells. Honey is the biggest flavor here. It kind of takes over, and I like it. Vanilla is there that compliments the bourbon smoothness. And yes its as good as it sounds. Hyped up and deserving. A spicy oaky wood just runs all over.

**UPDATE**
Same keg, 45 days later. I get more barrel, but more specifically it feels like honey bourbon barrels. Very slick and smooth. Still highly rated. Cant wait to try with dakkon54 and the rest of the guys at Parrothead pub in April!

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased from Duckworth's, Charlotte, NC. Black waxed, with the cap imprinted with an OHB, and poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours an ebony body, thick, oily, and viscous, even around the periphery, for a nearly completely fudgy black body, through and through. Carbonation is sparse and far between, with only a few faint streams of fine, prickly, but still lively effervescence dribbling skyward. At the time of the writing of this word, it dribbles skywards to a dense, creamy collar, all that remains of one finger of khaki cocoa head. The retention leaves a little to be desired, though that's to be expected from a barrel aged beer (though perhaps not one that's only 8.5% abv, hm). A little nicer is the side lacing, streaky and and delicate up and down the sides of the tulip in angular and sinusoidal patterns.

Aroma: Oak nuggets encrusted in raisin and cherry honey puree, drizzled with hop oil-infused cocoa. A really rich nose, with a nice balance of notes, though it tends towards the light end of things - tons of sweet, light stone fruits mingle with faint, simple cocoa, coconut, vanilla, and a biting amount of green oak. The cocoa is nice, intense, authentic, very powdery and intensely cocoa-like, though the bourbon is fairly faint.

Taste: A very unusual flavor profile for a barrel aged beer, heavier on certain elements and lighter on others than I'm used to. First, there's the base beer. Tons of light fruit mingle with pure dutch process cocoa notes and faint toast - chocolate-covered cherries would be the most obvious point of reference - though a handful of dark fruits and a dash of earthy coffee-like notes do add a slight amount of complexity. You can definitely taste the "lightening" of this beer - that is, that the base beer has been cut with a slew of golden, slightly spicy honey. Another batch of enhanced aspects of this beer (vis a vis other -bal RISs) are the barrel notes - creamy vanilla and toasty coconut mingle with green oak notes to give both a layered as well as a virginal profile. Contrast that with the relative paucity of bourbon notes - only a small amount of spicy, caramel whiskey sweetness is present, not so much as contributing even a hint of a burn. That's not necessarily a bad thing, given that I'm perfectly happy to drink a virgin RIS any day of the week. Just a point worth making. The lightness of the whole ordeal also doesn't hide the alcohol burn - that is, the estery, chemical-y, ethanol notes - as well as perhaps a fuller, heavier, denser beer would.

Mouthfeel: A rich, creamy, decadent mouth, one of the nicest I've experienced in recent memory. It's immaculately even, smooth, and velvety, with a great amount of soft, subtle lift in a moderate, slightly oily body - the end result is a perfect amount of balance amongst competing forces, resulting in an easy perfect score.

Drinkability: I tried to show up to Duckworth's in time to try this on tap alongside Mother Earth's Silent Night. This one had kicked by the time I arrived so I was only able to try the Silent Night, but I was fortunate enough to grab this one in a bottle, at which time I was assured it was the superior beer. Now that I've had both, I have to agree. Particularly if you like "light" RISs, this one is for you - fruity, lighter, with plenty of barrel character but not an overwhelming (or even prominent) amount of bourbon. To make this beer perfect, I'd leave it in either fresher barrels, or - if these were first cut barrels - for twice as long, as well as amp up the underlying base malts, giving it a little more body and grain character. Sure, it'll probably take the abv up from 8.5% (where it was extraordinarily manageable, by the way) to something a little more intense, but that'd be a fair trade off to bring this beer a little closer to perfection. As it stands, it's an excellent beer, worth seeking out, but stands a little beneath North Carolina's best -bal RIS (Olde Rabbit's Foot, BA Sexy Choc) and some of the great -bal RISs out there (Abyss, Black Note). Nonetheless, worth seeking out.

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

2012

Pours completely black, covered with densely creamy caramel colored foam. Rich bourbon-fueled aroma... fudgy chocolate, blackstrap molasses, maple syrup, nuts, cherries, creamy vanilla, and wood. Flavor is big and powerful, avoiding the sometimes overly boozy punch of stronger BA beers. Oaky vanilla Bourbon richness, honey, tobacco, and graham crackers all rolled into a smooth malty package. Medium-full body and creamy. A very nice, malty, sticky stout.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased a bottle of this at Brawleys on my last visit home over the Christmas holidays. Was hoping to share this one but unfortunately, I am alone in this one. Pretty stoked to try this one. Had this on draft the first year it came out and remember it being pretty damn tasty.

Pours from the black waxed, American flag capped 22oz bottle into my favorite Impy Stout vessel, my La Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Emerges dark as a black hole and is topped with a somewhat wispy and rather lackluster, cuban espresso colored head. There is a somewhat foamy ring that forms around the upper edges of the beer, but all in all, slightly disappointing.

Aroma is grande! Filled with bourbon and chocolate and tobacco, dark fruits, vanilla, charred wood. There seems to be a distinct sweetness to the aroma as well, but maybe that is just the bourbon peeking through.

The bourbon really hits you upside the head in the flavor here. More vanilla, raisins, plums, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, licorice. Quite complex and rather delicious. It has been a while since I have had a bourbon beer, and now I realize that I miss having these.

My only real complaint is the mouthfeel. It isn't quite as thick and chewy as I would like, which makes the finish kind of short and bereft of any real substance. Bumping the chewiness up half a notch would really set this one apart. A really nice beer. Maybe a touch too sweet yet strangely thin on the tongue. Doubt I would get this one again given the price tag, but definitely worth a one time purchase. There are so many other barrel aged beers out there that are probably just as good for the same price or cheaper.

Edit: After this beer warms, it becomes much creamier and chewier. I am really enjoying this one as it warms up. My scores represent the edited, warmed up version.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mulder1010 for sharing this bomber. My share was poured into a Great Divide tulip style glass.

Pours a thick black, thicker than the 8.5% ABV would have you imagine. Nice mocha and tan coloured head of foam that sat at a bit above a finger and settled down well. Surprising the intense appearance of this given the strength.

Ever-changing smell, started off with dark fruits, particularly raisins and dates. Changed part of the way through to cheese, namely cheese squares and then blue cheese. This threw me in a big way, not a bad way, just couldn't believe what was coming through. In the end it settled with oak and bourbon.

The taste was more understated, more malt and even more malt, it just kept coming. Layered, perhaps a little one-dimensional at times. Later, chocolate came through and a touch of coffee very late and very faint.

Given the malt, could the mouthfeel be anything but silky smooth. This was thick, coating and very smooth.

Overall an interesting stout that defied the specs on a number of fronts. Lovely and smooth, it was amazing in the way that the smell continued to change throughout. The taste was a little downer and it was a big tasting beer, taking us 45 mins or more to share a bottle. The mouthfeel was very impressive. Some great parts and some parts that whilst not great, were still quite good.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte, served in a pint glass

This beer is completely black with no highlights and about one inch of dark tan head that quickly recedes leaving behind a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma is all sweet milk chocolate with subtle hints of vanilla, bourbon and honey. Quite a sweet nose with very little roastiness to balance it out.

The taste is very similar to the aroma. Lots of sweet chocolate and honey. Very little in the way of roastiness; there is some there, but not much. There are some hints of bourbon, and some vanilla from the barrel. I get just the slightest bit of alcohol burn. Full bodied and very creamy, the carbonation is spot on. Extremely easy to drink.

Really this is a terrific beer that will only get better as it ages. Mellow and quite drinkable for an 8.5% ABV Impy Stout. Just a little sweeter than I would typically like, but overall a great beer.

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Photo of kevdemers
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber dated almost exactly a year ago!

Look:
Very dark brown with brown head. A lot of late carbonation after the pour.

Smell:
A lot of honey and bourbon on the nose.

Taste:
Outstanding, a lot of flavor, I've had other stouts much greater in ABV with not as good a profile. Quick roasty start gives way quickly to a more ashtray finish (the only negative). Hot alcohol on the taste but no burn due to the relatively low ABV, a tricky palate-twister.

Feel:
Slightly thin but finishes nicely with the aforementioned late carb.

Overall:
Fantastic impy stout, glad my NC trading partner shared this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With an ominous tone, The Event Horizon actually takes a somber tone with its body and strength in order to promote the assertive bourbon barrel-aging for not only balance but for complexity, intrigue and even finesse at times.

Its dark and mysterious body is a very hazy, near-black appearance with ominous garnet low-lights cast about its margins. As a delicate, coffee-like creme swirls about its surface, the ale simply simmers and stews inside the glass. As the beer's foam slowly succumbs to the weight of the beer, it eventually takes on the appearance of blackened brandy inside the snifter.

Its bourbon influence is known immediately as that very first sniff unleashes a plethora of wood caramels, vanillans and coconut. Its surprising intensity edges out the scent of dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate and charred toast if ever so slightly. But those stout underpinnings absorb the unmistakable scent of bourbon soaked charred oak with ease.

Its taste is sublime as the malt sweetness of brown sugar, molasses and toffee fuses together with bourbon caramel and vanilla for a super-charged malty portray. The balance comes with tones of robust character- espresso, bittersweet chocolate, roasted walnuts, burnt toast and rusted chicory. Together, all that boisterous taste wraps around the early and middle palate with utter decadence. Its trailing hop bitterness pulls form the coffee-type roast and rides along side of drunken wood and tangy vinous tannin for a bourbony balance to all that early sweetness.

Its lavish taste rests upon a body of fullness, but not ridiculousness. Having some semblance of drinkability, the beer's silky smoothness caresses the tongue like velvet as it saturates the taste buds with sultry maple booziness. Its finish comes bitter and modestly resinous for a malty-dry finish with an aftertaste of... you guessed it- bourbon.

With a ton of bourbon flavor but little of the burn, The Event Horizon is fairly modest to be of "Imperial" strength. This subtleness allows the bourbon to stand out more because it has less stout to contend with. Still, the beer stands tall and wrangles the barrels for seamless taste.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from the 11 oz bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours jet black with minimal caramel head.
Smells a lot like bourbon and roasted cherries.
Tastes huge. Intense flavor of a cherry cordial and roasted malts. Tons of cherry, tons of chocolate.
Mouthfeel is is very thick and very heavy.
A sipping beer that will fill you up very fast. Intense flavor.

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Photo of Macky20
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a half finger of head the color of milk chocolate. Head is dense with decent retention and moderate lacing. Aroma consists of molasses, honey, espresso, nougat, and dark chocolate. There is a lot going on when this beer hits the tongue! The North Carolina honey thats brewed in comes through quite well. There is also definite chocolate, espresso and milky sweetness finished with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect, but almost feels a touch too thin for the taste... but I can't complain. Drinkability is quite good for this style, as the alcohol does not burn and is almost a pleasant touch.

Cheers to OH Brewery. A well done RIS. Grab as many bottles as you can (only 976 released) and cellar.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve - Thanks Steve !

2010 Bottle -

A: Pours a deep black with slight mocha lacing , good carbonation.

S: Slight vanilla , deep roasted malts , bourbon.

T: Vanilla , bourbon , chocolate, roasted malts , slight sweetness.

O: Overall a solid bourbon aged stout that I'm glad I had a chance to try , very well blended and balanced beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage procured in a trade. Pours an inky black with a cocoa-colored head that dissipates into a thin band around the shoulders. Nose is quite reminiscent of BCBS - bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and ethanol. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of lactose. Less bourbon is present in the flavor profile than is expressed in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light and a little on the thin side for the style. Texture is creamy with a light, even carbonation throughout. Overall, a great beer that would be fantastic with just a little more to the body.

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Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber

2013 Release

Again, Wil, thanks! Event Horizon is as black hole black. Don't expect any light to escape, you'll be sorely disappointed. The mocha head takes some conjuring but eventually it swirls and rises to a thick cap of creamy darkness. Thin, veil like drink lines remain behind with each drink.

The nose is full to the brim with rich, boozy chocolate. Clean heat tickles the nose upfront before waves of chocolate crash over your senses. Dark, bakers, milk, and fudge all drizzled with honey are vivid. Black coffee with a drop of cream and moderate roast play their part as well. All this mouthwatering stoutness is cradled with caramel, vanilla, oak, and toasted pecans. The barrel works wonders on this already deep stout.

Whew! Toasted pecans, vanilla, and oak get the roller coaster moving. The first curve is rich chocolate, mostly dark this time, baker's and fudge in stride. The loop sends you on a ride of rich, buttery caramel, bourbon, and macerated dark berries. The final curve brings iced coffee, that dash of cream, a little char and sweet toffee. Finishing the ride is slow, smooth chocolate, honey and a touch of vanilla. The barrel aging is nicely done, never getting in the way of the base.

My only complaint about this beer is the mouthfeel. It's substantial upon first drink, a little tannic and slick but with the swallow the body feels a tick thinner than it should. Ringing in at 8.5% may have something to do with this though. Although I don't pick up much in the flavor I do get a hop bitterness that when combined with the roast is solid.

Olde Hickory seems to have chosen an appropriate name for their big, barrel aged stout. There's no going back after the first drink, you're at the point of no return. Even handed barrel aging combined with a great base beer make for a match made in heaven. Do yourself a favor and get this beer. Thanks, Wil! Good chit, mang!

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Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

December 2014 bottle.

Nicely sweet with excellent, moderate BB aging affects.
Great balance. Moderate complexity. Exceptionally smooth. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall: excellent

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Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a small snifter at Smoke & Barrel DC for the bottle share.

A very dark walnut black body, very dark brew, with a nice mocha brown colored dark head. Very nice looking brew.

Nose brings some sticky molasses with a lighter sense. Good balanced mix of caramel senses and light charring roast. Good oak "round"-ness, everything feels subtle and together, but noticeable.

Palate brings much of what is expected on the nose, with some surprises. Very mild roast character with a large oak depth and feel. Very light palate but still manages to fill the mouth with flavors of light bodied dark chocolate. Light warmth and in control, mid palate seems to have most of the flavor with not much of a finish, but balances with perfect roast and chocolate.

There is a huge dark chocolate milkshake quality to this brew, which really does blur the lines a bit between beer, but it makes it super easy to drink. It may not be an ultimate favorite of mine, but it's easily one of the most memorable beers I've had in this style. I would have this again, but strangely it's un-beer like character is a bit of a turn off, and that's by far a minor fault if there is any with this brew to begin with.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I feel like the taster I had on tap was fuller bodied and creamier which is why I bought this bottle. The bottle had me a little underwhelmed, but that's not saying much since I was blown away at the Hickory tasting room.

A (3/3) - Very dark, basically black with thick creamy head that resembles dark foamed milk
S (11/12) - Heavy dark chocolate notes with hints of bourbon, on subsequent sniffs the alcohol comes through a little stronger
T (16/20) - Chocolatey goodness with a sour bourbon finish
M (5/5) - Pretty creamy with a dry and bubbly finish
O (8/10) - Proof that a barrel-aged beer doesn't have to kick you in the face with bourbon, dark malt, and alcohol, this beer is subtle...and as I'm writing that I realize how ridiculous it is that this heavy-hitter counts as subtle in 2016.
(43/50)

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Photo of rpstevens
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brentk56 for this SS10 bomber. Poured into a New Belgium goblet. The beer has a deep black center with hazy brown edges and a thin mocha head that quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving some traces of oily lacing.

The smell is really great on this one. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, deep-dark red cherries and roasty malts. The dark and roasted characters give way to sweet caramel, vanilla, alcohol and generous amounts of honey before the bourbon and barrel really take over. The bourbon smell is really spot on, it overwhelms once you catch hold of it, but it's pleasant and welcome.

The taste follows the smell, but it's a bit more muted. The sweet notes of honey, vanilla and caramel hit the tongue first, followed by the dark chocolate, roasted malt and barrel flavors. The finish is all sweet bourbon heat and dark fruits, the flavor will probably develop with a little time in the bottle.

The beer is well carbonated and has a nice heavy body, fitting for the style. I would have guessed that this beer would be 11-12% based on the nose and taste, so I am surprised to see that it's only 8.5%. The alcohol is a bit overbearing, it's a sipper but it's good. This beer was a welcome surprise, glad I got to try it.

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

2014 edition. Bottle. Poured a pitch black body with minimal head and tan lacing. Not a lot of head and head dissolved quickly. This concerned me. Smell is slight bourbon, aged oak, chocolate, toffee and raisins??? Coffee buried in there. Taste is very small. What I mean is you don't get overwhelmed with booze or bourbon. It's a smooth but only medium bodied stout. You get all the traditional imperial stout rates including above but vanilla and mild coffee. Smooth, medium-bodied beer with great balance along with bits of stickiness and there are hints of everything including mild coffee, vanilla, wood, chocolate and booze. The taste really improved as it warmed up. Finish is a little hint of coffee, chocolate and bourbon. It's really smooth and easy to drink. Not a high ABV so this one you could drink several and enjoy. Really liked it. Try it!

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Photo of kbutler1
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown/balck color with a dark tan head. Head collars around the glass. Very, very rich smell with notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, and slight roast. Velvety medium mouthfeel, could be a little heavier for me. Starts sweet with molasses, brown sugar, that then goes to a rich chocolaty roasted flavor. The bourbon is well incorporated. Overall, I am really impressed with this one. Given all the hype and noise around this one, I was skeptical on if it woudl be good or not but it certainly lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

22 oz bottle poured into a KBS snifter glass.

A- Pours pretty thick, dark brown basically black color, dark brown ½ finger head, really nice lacing when you stir it up.
S- The aroma is very nice, big bourbon aroma, vanilla, oak, nice rich chocolate aroma, dark malts, sweet bitterness.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma with some dark fruit flavors coming out, rich chocolate, dark malt, pretty sweet, slight roasted notes, oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, really rich complex beer.
M- Medium/big mouth feel, decent carbonation, smooth and creamy, slight dry finish.
O- I was really impressed with this beer. Really easy drinkability, each sip was rich and complex, really nice dessert beer.

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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.
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