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The Event Horizon | Olde Hickory Brewery

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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Habmike on 12-08-2010

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

2010 Vintage

A: Pours a deep black with a tan/brown head on top, about a finger upon pouring, which reduces to a thin cap on top. Thin lacing.

S: Some dark fruits, cherrys, plum, and raisins mixed with chocolate, bourbon, a bit of oak and vanilla.

T: Similar to the aroma and fantastic. Lots of chocolate and bourbon flavors up front, a bit of brown sugar and molasses. More dark fruit in the middle mixed with a touch of honey.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Glad I was finally able to try this beer, definitely a highlight from the tasting.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to an ever generous BA for sharing some of this at the Splinter Black release. Nothing like a great impy stout to cure the chills. Served in my Savor snifter.

Pours a deep, dark black color with a thin mocha cap and a slight collar around the edges. The nose is an explosion with fantastic notes of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, roast, and a tiny bit of char. The dark chocolate and espresso come together splendidly to create and nice slightly-charred cherry character.

The taste picks up right where the nose left off and is buoyed even more by the excellent mouthfeel, which is thick and really lifts the flavors of this one. Love the espresso notes coming out of this. Full and thick feel coats my mouth and finishes smoothly with just a bit of slight booze, which was welcome on this cold morning. Drinkability is quite good as well. I've been nothing but impressed with Olde Hickory thus far and I'd love to try some more things from them.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Commis for the hookup on this one...

Poured from a flip top into a Cigar City pint glass...

A - Poures pitch black with a one finger brown head on a fairly agresive pour. Decent amount of head retention, and while the lacing is not the best; there is still some to be had here...

S - Chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, and the aromatic smell of Bourbon...

T - Chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla, and plums. Ends on smooth Bourbon note that is not over the top, but is enough to make an appereance and let you know that it is present. The flavors in this one are really balanced, and the abv is well hidden. Delicious...

M - A chewy viscous brew, that is at the time smooth and easy to drink, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Amazing...

D - This one is amazing, Had a hard time reviewing it before finishing the pint. Definitely looking to score more of these. Olde Hickory brewed a top notch beer here...

Cheers...

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Photo of Onenote81
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Went to the OHB tasting at City Beverage in town this last weekend, and thought I was only going to get a sample of this, but to my surprise, they had it on tap! Score! Now I can muster the self control to hold my bottle for a little while longer. Enjoyed this one with a couple local BAs, mjmadden and EasyReader.

They poured this one into a pint glass, filled to the brim. A small mocha sheet thinly veils this evil-looking brew. On first whiff, this reminds me a liquid Hershey's bar. Pure sweet chocolate. Notes of vanilla, oak and faint bourbon. This aspect is not as strong as I'd expected, but that's just fine with me. I prefer the roasted/chocolate tones to the boozy ones.

Excellent mouthfeel as this completely coats and warms the palate. Silky smooth. Soft finish. The bourbon quality complements this beer excellently, but is not in-your-face at all. Lots of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, mild cold coffee, honey, and hints of vanilla tannins. And only 8.50%, are you kidding me?! This was such a treat. I could sip this one all day. Best thing OHB has ever put out. For those that enjoy the big boozy BBA Stouts, this may not be your favorite, but I loved it.

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

Bottle split post Sexual Chocolate by Lunch, thanks Paul.

Beer is dark with almost no head, haloed, clinging to the sides of the glass I was drinking out of, carbonation low and some lacing but not much. Looks like a lot of barrel aged stouts.

Beer has a nice aroma, sweet, bourbon, mild oakiness, that late sweetness that almost is dry in the nose, smells very nice.

Beer is medium bodied, creamy on the mouth. Fills out nicely in the back half of the beer. The lead off here is the malt syrupy sweetness, not too sweet or cloying, just enough, the bourbon lets loose next giving some mild heat, not off putting but it is definitely aggressive, the back end is bitter with the roast with a nice finish, the swallow allows the flavor to rediffuse through the palate leaving you wanting another drink. It's a good beer, not the best barrel aged stout I've had but it's up there. Thanks.

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

Thanks Chad for sharing. As usual, it took 15 minutes to get the damn Old Hickory wax off. Sampled side-by-side with the Imperial Stout for reference. Served in a New Belgium tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a hazy cap of film and a thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is pitch black. Looks more ominous than an 8.5% Imperial Stout has any business doing so.

S - Huge bourbon and earthy, roasted grains, lots of chocolate cake, burnt sugars. As it warms up more oak and barrel creeps in, along with a faint whiff of alcohol.

T - Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, honey, and some earthy bourbon and oak character that keeps things from getting too cloying.

M - Sticky, mouth-coating, and surprisingly full-bodied and viscous for the listed ABV. Booze is well-hidden, and the finish is only lightly tannic.

D - I like this better than the standard Imperial Stout by a fair margin. It's not a particularly subtle beer, but it is a delicious one. Definitely for sipping and sharing, but something I'd happily revisit.

NOTE: I'm pretty sure the 8.5% ABV can't be correct. The base beer is listed at 10.2%!! However, if it really is only 8.5% it sure packs in a lot of flavor and heft, while still maintaining fairly well-hidden alcohol.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I brought to share to Curran's tasting.

Pours a thick, dark black, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing, not much.

Smells like chocolate, bourbon, roasted malt, and booze. The aroma is fairly bourbon-forward.

The taste is similar, however, the bourbon is better integrated into the smell. There's some cookie dough, cocoa powder, Hershey's syrup, roasted malt, bourbon, and only the slightest booziness- the alcohol is hidden well here. Some slight caramel and vanilla as well.

Medium bodied, but like Lindley Park, could be a little thicker for the style. Still quite creamy and rich in the mouthfeel, with low carbonation. Very drinkable.

Another winner from Olde Hickory, they make some great BA stouts.

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Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of vanilla and oak are present in the nose along with hints of bourbon.
T: He taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of vanilla and oak; notes of chocolate and dark malts are also noticeable. No roasted or bitter favor are present - there are some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is really easy to drink compared to other bourbon barrel aged stouts because it doesn't feel too heavy and no alcohol is noticeable. Everything seems very well balanced.

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Photo of SkeeterElvis
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 in a snifter

Appearance: brown head, moderate lacing

Nose: carob, vanilla, caramel, some cherry/raisin

Taste: dark chocolate, faint caramel, and vanilla fade to smooth bourbon, finishes with espresso which lingers

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, somewhat creamy

One smooth beast.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Special thanks to readbaron for sharing this one.

Appearance: In the glass, this is nearly black with dark red edges. There is no head, even with an aggressive pour.

Smell: Roasted malt with almost no burnt aroma, cocoa, sweet molasses, and some dark fruits, mostly fig and plum. Vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon mellow in the background.

Taste: The bourbon flavor pops right up front, but it is not too dominant. Although it starts out quite sweet with a molasses flavor, it dries out just a bit with the roasted malt. The dark fruits provide further depth to the full roasted malt and cocoa flavors. The finish stays mostly sweet, with a very smooth overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: This has a very full body, with a full stickiness to go along with it. A little dryness at the front of the sip lightens it out a little bit. Lightly carbonated, maybe undercarbonated a bit. Quite smooth. No real bourbon burn or booziness to speak of.

Overall: The flavors still haven't melted together seamlessly, which to me signifies that a little bit more time in the cellar will help out. Even so, this was smooth and delicious. Maybe due to the lighter than insane ABV, but it was not too boozy either.

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Photo of scifan
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After working up a sweat trying to peel off a huge layer of wax I was finally able to pour this into my Portsmouth balloon glass.
A hard pour reveals a big dark brown head with a thick pitch black body. Looks every bit the part of a big ol imperial stout. Very nice. Leaves some lacing as the head quiets down a bit.
Smells great. Lots of sweet dark malts hit the nose along with hints of tobacco and juicy dark fruit. With some nice roastiness rounding it all out. Just a hint of bourbon shines through.
The barrel aging makes itself known in the taste. Smooth oak and vanilla come across first and followed by sweet dark malts. Then a nice roasty finish.
The mouthfeel is one of the best parts of this beer. Very rich and velvety smooth, everything a imperial stout should be and more. The carbonation is spot on. Not a hint of any alcohol and this goes down very smooth. Olde Hickory is one of my favorite breweries in NC and this beer did not dissapoint. Nice Job.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is of 2013 vintage

Pours opaque black body, head is cappuccino colored and 1/5 of an inch. Head retention was average for barrel aged stout and lacing was above average.

Smell is big on oak, whisky, fudge, caramel, and slight soy sauce. Charred malt balances out intense sweetness. Hops arent there but alcohol is definitely present.

Taste is robust, extremely flavorful, with lots of alcohol but not harsh. This beer drinks more like 11 or 12% rather than 8.5. I would totally believe brewers if they said there was a heathy dose of chocolate in this beer, also getting coffee, but alas neither are used to produce The event horizon. Theres a slight bitterness as beer warms; vanilla, honey, oak, and bourbon reveal themselves as temperature rises.

Mouthfeel is huge with this stout. Viscous, well carbonated, on the brink of chewy. Beer leaves a slightly oily coating on the tongue. If only the head retention was there, this would have been a perfect 5.

Overall this beer is as great as it was when I first had it at Gabf in 2011. Intense malt, alcohol, char, and everything else you'd want in an imperial stout. The event horizon always has an open invitation in my fridge.

Note to self: Take notes on a fresh bottle

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Photo of Josh012012
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really reminded me of BCBS. I mean I swear that's what I was drinking.. but after getting half way through the bottle it got to be a but much where BCBS just seems to get better and better the more you drink.. now if I had only had one glass this would have been even more awesome.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Joe. Thanks brah. Pitch black pour, small fizzy dark brown head. Huge anise aroma with some coconut, lots of bourbon and woody oak, roast, sweet chocolate, caramel, yum. Flavor follows with lots of bourbon and anise and settles into vanilla and caramel. Roast and chocolate are there, and there's an extra sweet tang that I assume is from the honey. Surprised how well this stands up to the barrels at only 8.5%. Rich body, medium low carbonation. Even better than expected.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pitch black with a half finger of light tan foam that quickly recedes to a light film.

S: Very complex, strong bourbon supported by milk and dark chocolate, malted milk balls, toffee, and caramel.

T: Very strong dark chocolate and bourbon start off with light, smooth roast and some subtle dark cherry in the background. I get malted milk balls like in the aroma as well. So complex, so tasty.

M: Thick yet very easy to drink. Hard to describe how this is easy to drink yet very viscous.

O: Amazing. So complex, so viscous, yet easy to drink. Everything is very well integrated. Tons of chocolate, moderate bourbon, toffee, and malted milk balls.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled poured into my Narke tulip... A black body with faint notes of brown on the edges. The head is medium tan and rises about two full fingers before falling to a full finger cap. It fades quickly but decent lacing makes up for it... The aroma is exceedingly malty and sweet. Whopper malt, molasses, honey. Smells great, but it shouldn't smell like this, smells like a bw... The taste just isn't as successful, its very muted, lots of the sweetness of the nose is gone, and it brings out more roasty, bourbon, oak finish which is not present at all on the nose.

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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 MrVonzipper
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily viscous black with a mocha foamy head. Decent retention and spotty lacing. 

Nice nose full of chocolate brownie and dark fruit. A little bourbon. 

Flavor is quite nice. Great balance and a wide range of flavor. Nice roasted nutty notes along with mild dark fruit, bitter chocolate, molasses, mocha coffee and a touch of rich dark honey on the back end. 

Full bodied mouth. Creamy smooth medium carbonation and a little bit dry  

This is a fantastic beer. Very well executed. Great all around.   

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Peter (mullenpc) for this beer. Cheers! 2011 vintage.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with an utter dark black color and deep viscosity. About a half finger of mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates somewhat fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Holy bittersweet chocolate and bourbon. Slight licorice, oak, and vanilla. A hint of dark fruit such as plum comes through as the beer warms.

Taste – You know, I honestly wanted to not “like” Olde Hickory due to the insane Event Horizon ordeal that happened last year…but after Lindley Park and this…I have to give it to the brewery in regards to this beer. The taste starts with a nice mellow bourbon characteristic that melds with the fudgy chocolates and slight bittersweet cocoa. A wonderful oak and vanilla flavor comes in later and ends with a wonderful roasted malt which gives some nice dryness to the beer.

Mouthfeel – Medium to almost full bodied. Quite creamy, moderate to lower carbonation. Finishes nice and dry.

Overall – For a “lower” ABV stout, this is fantastic. This is no BCBS (or variation) or DL with crazy high ABV…but this has intense flavors. They have gotten this beer down. Well worth the hype. A just fantastic stout.

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Photo of CManuel
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 release, consumed fresh within a few days of the Raleigh NC release.

Appearance - The beer pours a pitch black with a deep brown frothy head that quickly dissipates

Smell - The smell is dominated by charred bourbon oaky goodness. Dark fruits are the second most apparent aroma, followed by subtle hints of vanilla and a mild sugary sweetness (probably the honey).

Taste - Wow, there is a lot going on with the taste. This is one complex beer. The bourbon charred taste is most dominant, but there are wonderful hints of vanilla, oak woodiness, dark fruits, and chocolate flavors. Amazingly balanced and will only get better with age. The complexity of this beer really stands out as it warms up.

Mouthfeel - very oily and slick, thick but not nearly as thick as other imperial stouts out there.

Overall - This has to be one of my top three imperial stouts. I really enjoyed how balanced this beer is, despite its complexity. I'm glad I have several bottles of this, can't wait to see how it tastes over the years!

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and looks like used motor oil. Quick fading head and leaves good lacing

Reeks of Bourbon in a good way, slightly sweet from the honey and a slight dryness from the malts

Tastes sweet right from the start but the Bourbon kicks in very quickly along with dry wood and highly roasted malts. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn and leaves the palate dry

Heavy body with very low volumes of carbonation, finishes semi dry and aftertaste fades quickly. Alcohol is noticeable but not in a bad way. Easy to drink slow

An excellent beer and the honey adds a nice sweet touch to a style with big and robust flavors. Definitely a seeker

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a snifter from a bomber generously shared at a birthday celebration with fellow BA Cosmicevan.

Appears a really nice super dark chocolate brown. A small rim of foam remains around the rim.

Smells of musky bourbon with some coffee and dark chocolate coming through. There's a butterscotch sweetness coming through that's nice - perhaps a contribution from the honey.

Taste is super balanced. A conversation with Cosmicevan revealed his opinion of it's honey sweetness - a point I can concur on.

This goes down rather easily. Noteworthy is a puckering of the tongue from the barreling.

This was a nice experience. I had it after a GI BCB Rare so it's hard to compare.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into my cigar city tulip.

A: Pretty much opaque. A two finger, dark brown, head appeard and left some nice rings of lace.

A: Smells of rich chocolate, toffee, vanilla, roasted coffee, and caramel. The bourbon notes are not as in your face as other BA brews of the same caliber. But IMO are right on the mark.

T: Just an outstanding fusion of the barrel and the beer. Bourbon, as in the nose, is not overpowering, but accentuating. The notes of vanilla and caramel from the barrel balance perfectly with the roasty coffee and chocolate flavors in the brew.

M: Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but carbonation is just about right.

O: A really outstanding beer. I am very impressed by the balance between the barrel and the beer. I would absolutely have this one again. Skal.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle. Pitch black in color and very thick looking. A thin tan head clung to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a good amount of the sweet bourbon with some really nice vanilla and oak to it. Notes of honey and chocolate add to the sweetness. The bourbon and vanilla flavors are both really good in it, but it's definitely on the sweeter side of the style. I really liked the aroma overall though.

The flavors are very rich with chocolate, vanilla and bourbon all coming out. More of a dark, bittersweet chocolate flavor is there in the finish. I get a little honey sweetness, but it's not overly done. It comes together very well and has some awesome flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is heavy and thick with lower carbonation. Overall I thought it was a great beer. The aroma was a little on the sweet side, although still really good. The flavors really came together the taste though. I was looking forward to finally trying this and it didn't disappoint at all.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. 2014 vintage.

A: Pours get black with a mocha head that pops up after the fact and quickly dissipates into a slim ring. A tiny bit of uniform lacing.

S: Lots going on. Chocolate, coffee, a little bourbon, as well as notes of honey, hazelnut and vanilla bean.

T: Smooth dark chocolate and bourbon up front with a touch of honey and graham cracker on the back end. A pleasant roasty bitterness on the back end with the chocolate.

M: Smooth as glass with tiny carbs up front, it glides across the palate like silk. Finishes clean with almost no alcohol warming.

O: Absolutely fantastic. I don't know what it tastes like the day after bottling, but the age on this one couldn't have hurt. It's one of the more delicious stouts I've had in a while. Cheers!

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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.
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