The Event Horizon | Olde Hickory Brewery

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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon
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Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldehickorybrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Habmike on 12-08-2010

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Photo of roger617
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle reviewed 11/6/2014. Bottle poured into snifter.

A: Pours black with 1 finger of khaki head that reduces fairly quickly and leaves a thin collar with no lacing. For under 10%, I'm surprised at how thick the viscosity appears.
S: Chocolate, bourbon, roasted malt, and just a tad bit of sweetness that I'll attribute to the honey.
T: The dominant flavors are chocolate and honey, with a good compliment of bourbon and roast malt. Lingering flavor is heavy with the honey.
M: Carbed well, fairly bitter. Leaves a dryer after taste that brings the honey flavor out.
O: This one exceeded my expectations. I love the honey addition, it goes really well with the chocolate and bourbon.

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Photo of mgp2675
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to this one after being stashed away for a while. Drank side by side with Olde Hickory Imperial Stout. I'm not sure if this is the BA version of it but I was guessing that it is.

A- Pours black, nice and thick. The head is a tan-mocha color, definitely not as dark as the head on the Imperial Stout.

S- Vanilla, oak, toffee, a little bit of alcohol burn but not too much.

T- Great tasting beer...vanilla is definitely the dominant flavor, but it definitely has a bitter dark chocolate taste in there. It has some of the characteristics of the Imperial Stout like the bitterness but it's so much smoother. It's a tad sweet, but not too much. I despise really sweet beers and I didn't think this was bad at all. All of the harshness in the flavor is completely gone due to the barrel aging, it's very well balanced.

M- Thick, great mouthfeel.

O- This was a treat. It isn't the best BA stout I've ever had but it's certainly up there. I probably won't seek out more because I already have a bottle to age and that's all I need, but I would recommend trying this if you haven't. If this is the BA version of their Imperial Stout, the barrel aging process made a world of difference. Worth some hype.

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Photo of SFNC
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as night with practically no head
Smell is Bourbon, tobacco, molasses, scorched sugar and bakers chocolate. Very, very nice!
Taste; Mimics the smell, but this might have spent a little too long in the barrel. The bourbon is quite strong, also a tad too sweet, still enjoyable, but a little restraint would have this in the stratosphere.
Feel is sticky and a big burn from the bourbon. A tad harsh and I love bourbon!
Overall, despite the negatives, quite enjoyable. Some tweaks and this would be mind-blowing!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Thick ink black on the pour with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S - Sweet bourbon and vanilla notes up front with charred oak, chocolate fudge and a light coconut aroma. A fantastic nose.

T - The barrel characteristics shine in this one with sweet bourbon and vanilla flavours hitting the tongue first. A big chocolate fudge presence shows up mid-palate along with roast and sweet molasses. Toasted oak and a light coconut flavor are present throughout.

M - Medium body that never quite gets as viscous as the pour indicated. A touch watery at times for the style. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and oily. Small khaki head is very slow to form and vanishes quickish. Some small amount of spiderweb lacing.

Bourbon and oak on the nose. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and caramel.

Big oak and vanilla barrel notes on first sip. Roasted malt and caramel. Bourbon is there but mild, much less than expected considering the nose.

Rich, creamy mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Oily on the tongue. Barrel is very prominent and lingers. Just the right amount of sweetness to balance the barrel and roasted malt.

Really big barrel notes without a very strong bourbon presence.

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

Huge thanks to my buddy Calton for hooking me up with this one. Decided to break myself in with a big stout and went local to do it.

Pour was outstanding, really could not have asked for it to be any better then it was. Thick, dark, incky black with a huge head of tan that reached a height of around three inches and left tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Aroma of burnt chocolate, rich coffee, hints of oak and a touch of vanilla waft throough the air. This is a big beer, their is no denying that at all. Rich and huge flavor is dominated by roasted malts and touches of vanilla, tastes bigger and may need a year or 6 months at the least to cool down, but otherwise outstanding as the light sweet finish seals the deal.

Overall just outstanding, again not a bad word to be said here.

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

Pours about as black as any beer i've ever had. Looks a little thin in the pour. Slight brown head that goes away pretty quickly. Strong lacing, a nice looking beer.

Smell is bourbon upfront followed by nice roasted notes and dark chocolate. A pleasant smell though the bourbon dominates a little.

Taste is very in line with the smell only with a little bit of a dark fruit element as well. Bourbon taste is really well blended and doesn't drink hot as all.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. Not totally off, but i think a little thicker mouthfeel would do wonders for this beer.

Overall this is a really enjoyably beer and highly drinkable for the style. Locally, i'd rate it a slight notch below BA Sexy Chocolate, a slight notch above ORF, and a good step above Igor and Silent Night. Get this one if you can.

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Photo of zipper8650
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another good beer Sunday
I have high hopes for this one, big honey fan and have been craving a good BB stout
2012 poured down the middle into snifter
A - jet black in, forms a great looking thin mocha with some burnt orange higlights, really good looking
S - the bourbon hit me befoe I even got it to my nose. smell is all the usual suspects, bourbon, molasses, coffee, booze etc etc; wheres the honey??
T - bourbon, dark bitter chocolate, fresh quality coffe end note. Given the style its dead on.
M - the most impressive part of this beer for me is the mouthfeel. creamy goodness!
O - overall, i was hoping for a BB honey bomb but the honey just wasnt there for me. Forget the honey and I have to say its a great beer. definilty worth seeking out and I wouldnt pass up getting another bottle of this to see how it does after a few years. a trade partner recently said he prefers thier standard I.S. over the Horizon, so that and Lindley Park are my next project
Skol

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black with a very dark mocha head ; not the biggest head I have ever seen but it retains fairly well and leaves plenty of lacing dots behind

Smell: Dark chocolate; graham cracker, dark fruit, honey, licorice and bourbon

Taste: A quadrella at the outset, with the dark chocolate, graham cracker, bourbon and dark fruit elements all commanding attention; a nice balance from the hops arrives by mid-palate along with the honey and, after the swallow, it all comes together in a multi-layered finish; there is a touch of sourness in there, too

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A splendid beer with multiple layers of flavor; the sourness worried me in the first few sips but it settled down as the beer aired out; I wonder how that element will affect the aging potential?

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Photo of jbaker67
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep inky black with a medium chocolaty head that faded within 45 seconds into a medium collar and wisps at the surface. Aroma is dark chocolate, deeply roasted malt, some charred earth, some wine-like must. Taste is earthy and roasty at the front, some dark chocolate in the middle, and some wine must at the end. The honey really plays well in the aftertaste. Thick rich body and medium carbonation.

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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 Apellonious
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

'16 version from 9/26/16 poured into a tulip glass. A dark black, solid, with brown highlights and a thin rim of tan lace. The smell is decadent. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted grains, brown sugar. The taste is primarily bourbon, chocolate, anise, roasted grains and hints of almonds. Carbonation is medium low with a touch of sharpness on the finish. The feel is medium heavy and get a little sticky. Overall, a tasty stout , been impressed with OH's stouts so far.

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

Drank fresh (~6 months old). Rich dark chocolate, roasted grain, soy sauce, boozy bourbon all entice the nose and flatter the taste buds. An incredible nose with a really nice palate, smooth, round and complex. Delicious.

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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 Newport_beerguy
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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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
4.36 out of 5 based on 1,747 ratings.
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