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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303
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1,752
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
8.72%
 
 
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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Craytonic for sending this.

Appearance is typical of the style, an opaque black with moderate carbonation that forms a small tan head.

The nose is huge, with blatant bourbon overtones of caramel and vanilla that hover over a chocolatey, charred malt base. Licorice is evident, and there's a faint scorched and earthy quality.

There's more molasses than chocolate on the palate, along with a kick of licorice and bourbon. The mid-palate brings out more caramel and vanilla sweetness, but the finish is more tannic and dry with a kick of bitter charred malt. The beer is surprisingly viscous for the supposed 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of billyshears
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes.
a: dark tan head; black body with a bit of head retention
s: heavy vanilla and coconut bourbon barrel notes; dark chocolate
t: pronounced licorice flavor coupled with aforementioned bourbon notes and sweet chocolate; a bit of roast and some bitterness on the back end but surprisingly not much at all. some warming alcohol also present but well integrated into the taste.
m: medium heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation but goes down very smoothly.
d: sip and appreciate, especially as this is so hard to come by. wish I had more.

definitely worth the hype. one of the better brews I've had lately.

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Photo of macher0
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip - 2014 vintage.

Pours deep dark with a toffee colored head of fine bubbles that linger for a moment but reside to a calm surface. The smell certainly develops as it warms to toffee/coco/bourbon infused oak with a slight finish of chocolate. The taste follows nicely with more bitter chocolate than before and a healthy dose of roasted malts and barrel. Moderate viscosity, and carbonation, full body and slightly sticky as it warms.

A damn nice BA stout, kind of in the realm of a BCBS in terms of body and flavors. I highly recommend this and will seek this out next year (maybe just another excuse to roll over to Ashville).

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Mike. Been looking forward to trying this one.

A: The pour is thick and black with a finger or so of brown head.

S: Rich bourbon and vanilla aromas that are just smooth as can be. A moderate roasted malt character with plenty of smooth chocolate, particularly dark chocolate. Quite a bit of caramel and molasses as well. Really quite decadent.

T: Plenty of rich, smooth vanilla and bourbon flavor to it as well. Dark and milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, and molasses provide some nice sweetness and there is just a modest amount of roasted malt.

M: Medium to full in body with a creamy and smooth carbonation.

O: Very pleased to have tried this beer. Fantastic stuff. In retrospect, I should have shared less and hoarded more.

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Photo of cvm4
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 12/15/2014

L - Pours very motor oil black with a 1/2 finger of dark tan head on top. Not much retention or lacing.

S - A decadent nose of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Some honey, marshmallow and caramel.

T - The taste really follows the nose to a T. Nothing more to be said here from me.

F - For the abv and considering it's not a RIS, I can't complain much. Medium bodied and low carbonation. Smooth body, velvety. There is a little heat, but it's not too bad.

O - For an 8.50% abv beer, this beer has so much flavor and brings a lot to the table.

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Photo of silentnoiz
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of 2011.

A - super dark pour with a thin layer of head

S - sweet vanilla with a really nice roasty and not burnt aroma

T - really complex flavors. Vanilla throughout with a really nice roasty not burnt flavor. A bit of cherry and young oak. The booze shows through, I guessed this at 11.5% but I like that.

M - nice feel fairly thick

O - really great brew, enjoyed quite a bit. Might make my top 10 stouts.

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Photo of GJ40
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Busy Bee in Raleigh. Basic appearance with black color and small head. But huge in aroma with loads of bourbon. flavor leads with bourbon but balanced with roasted malt and malt sweetness. Very interesting and only gets better as it warms.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-black body with a tan head that quickly disapates
S-nice oaky smell. Almost smells like licorice.
T-a lot like it smells. Very smooth oak burbon taste.
M-medium. Body and so smooth
O-good brew. Close to worth or equal to the hype. Crazy drinkable and redonkulously smooth. Only knock is no head...

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/02/11 notes. Big thanks to tarheels86 (RB) for bringing this one. Thanks GT, been wanting to try this.

a - Pours a jet black color with one inch of tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, caramel malts, dark fruits, roasted malts, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, caramel malts, dark fruit, roasted malts, and vanilla.

m - Full, rich body and low carbonation, smooth and chewy. Very nice.

d - I thought this was a great barrel aged stout and very drinkable. I loved the bourbon and oak in the smell and taste and didn't feel it overpowered the rest of the flavors; it was pretty balanced. Would love to try this one again.

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Photo of barczar
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge notes of chocolate fudge and brownies in aroma.

Flavor is sweet, chocolatey, and rich. A guilty pleasure of a beer. This is incredible. Should age well.

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Photo of Verecund
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerness for generously grabbing this for me. Batch 1 (2010), opened on February 17, 2011.

Pours black with a thin mocha-colored cap.

Rich, milk chocolate with sweet bourbon running through it. A small amount of charred oakiness, but the toasted coconut is the scent that really rounds this out. My nose tickles with a hint of wild cherry on the finish. Superb.

Sweet bourbon and some of the richest fudge presence I've had in a stout. Some toffee sweetness, vanilla, and earthy oak. The bourbon is nicely integrated and isn't overpowering. It works harmoniously with the honey, berry, and chocolate sweetness, but is surprisingly not cloying.

Sticky, almost syrupy, with carbonation on the lower end of the spectrum. Really silky. It drinks right around or under its ABV - it's certainly less boozy than most imperial stouts.

This has been the talk of the town around here recently, as it was an unexpectedly great offering from Olde Hickory. I can't say I'm disappointed, and I prefer this to any other North Carolina barrel-aged stouts, with the exception of one or two vintages of ORF. I love the dark cherry and toasted coconut notes, the bourbon is well-integrated, the fudge is luscious, and the body is mind-blowing. I wish I had more than this one bottle.

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Photo of ottovon
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to stoutfiend27 for sending this my way.

A: pours out thick and dark. the beer has a nice brown head that faded somewhat quickly.

S: dark fruits, molasses, vanilla. there is bourbon and oak. i get roasted malt, sweetness, bittersweet chocolate and brown sugar.

T: hints of bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak. it has a nice bitterness in the finish. starts out a bit sweet. there is also molasses, brown sugar, burnt sugar, and roasted malt in there.

M: thick and low carbed. smooth mouthfeel.

O: this is a great beer. wish i had more.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

I'll write a full review later, but this beer is in my top 5 BA stouts as of right now. Unbelievable quality, barrel characteristics, and balance. I can't wait to seek out more.

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

Bomber poured into a glass

Black liquid, thin brown layer of brown bubbles

Aroma of bourbon, teriyaki?, umami?

Taste of bourbon, honey , coffee, charcoal charred oak,

Feel the alcohol but doesn't burn, smooth, silky, rich

Great beer

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

2012 bottle

Dark brown pour with small almond head. Smells wonderfully of bourbon and chocolate, barrel aging is very apparent. Taste starts with vanilla, brown sugar and oak and ends with some slight alcohol heat. Carbonation is lower side with a slightly light mouthfeel.

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

Pours opaque black with a nice tan head. Touch of ripe apple on the nose - interesting alongside chocolate, oak, vanilla, and hazelnut. Taste of bourbon and dark, rich chocolate with notes of honey, oak, nuttiness, and dark umami. Feel is rich and medium-heavy with solid carbonation but not too much. Very good and true to style.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 02/05/2012
Type: 22oz. Waxed Bomber
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Southampton Large Snifter

Pours a midnight black in color w/ a skim coat brown head that leaves little to no lacing. Aromas of chocolate fudge, German chocolate cake, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Awesome nose! Taste starts off w/ sweet chocolate fudge and German cak up front, followed by smooth bourbon and oak, and finishes w/ hop bitterness and a good bit of char. Full bodied and lush. Initially, I thought I would be able to polish off the bottle w/ ease, but after almost a whole glass the char on the backside really started to turn me away.

Overall, great beer for what it is, and that is why I rated it so. Not really my cup of tea as my palate has changed considerably, more into less filling brews right now. However, if you want a great BA IS, this one is calling your name.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into large snifter - 2011 vintage

Pours a viscous blackness with a one-finger crop of tanned head resting on top. Dissolves almost completely, leaving a few spots of film and a very little lacing.

Rich and robust in the nose with plenty of dark chocolate. Syrup and honey tones mix with the vanilla and bourbon-soaked oak. A bit nutty and boozy.

A bit boozy and syrupy up front, giving way to a rich chocolatey character. Brownies and bourbon with a pleasant splash of vanilla. The honey adds a nice bit of sweetness, but doesnt quite go over the top. The oaky tannins lie underneath, followed by the burly dark malt backbone. Roasty and warm with some slight nuttiness. Chocolate with a light touch of roasted coffee beans. Finishes sticky and boozy with some lingering vanilla.

Fuller body, slightly milder carbonation, smooth and creamy, sticky and chewy while drinking. This is an easy stand out for me - I love the balance of flavor and somewhat aggressive barrel character. The addition of honey adds a nice dimension that you typically wouldn't see in some other barrel aged beers.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one after he aged it a year.

A – pitch black with a soft, short, foamy, brown head

S – roasted malts, anise, black licorice, coffee

T – roasted malts, dark fruits, burnt sugar, coffee, anise, honey, vanilla, bourbon

M – full bodied, smooth, perfectly carbonated

This is a rich and complex beer that has a fantastic flavor profile. It has depth and character. It has perfect balance and showcases little subtleties throughout. This is definitely one of the better stouts that’s out there.

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Photo of aleckpa
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 32 oz. growler from Hops and Grapes in Hickory, North Carolina.

A: Black like motor oil. There is a small burnt mocha head that goes away quickly However, there’s great lacing. Can’t see anything through it.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, oak, and of course some bourbon This is a really good smelling beer. A lot of the flavors are subtle, but complex. All the scents come out as the beer warms.

T: Front of the tongue, I taste the bourbon, back of the tongue I get the flavors I smelled. The vanilla, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Also get some honey. There is some alcohol burn, which surprised me at 8.5%, but it isn't bad. Regardless, it is dangerously easily drinkable.

M: Creamy, smooth, and full bodied. Not too thick, well balanced. Feel some of the tingle on your tongue from the carbonation.

O: This is easily my favorite offerings from Olde Hickory. I think it is well balanced with a lot of complexities. It tastes even better as it warms. I highly recommend it.

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

Just released 2013---Holiday treat

A: Black, opaque with a small head and lacing that followed to the bottom

S: Prominent bourbon notes and sweet vanilla

T: Bourbon on the nose is stronger than on the tongue but very well integrated and a bit more subdued than some offerings. Honey and vanilla come through big on the back end. Delightful, smooth and just a pleasure.

M: Full bodied but not syrupy.

O: Strong performance this year. Not the bourbon bomb some can be--very integrated. Easy to drink. Will save at least two--one to side by side with the KBS release and one for next year to compare with the 2014--I bet a year will make it even better. Well done--a trade worthy NC offering.

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

22 ounce bomber from the 2011 release.

A: Pours an extremely dark color, almost pitch black with a half finger head and some lacing.

S: Lots of fruit, dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and bourbon.

T: Very sweet and nicely balanced flavors of hops, malts, honey, oak, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol. The bourbon aging works wonderfully with this one.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is a great example of what can be done with a barrel aged stout. I am very impressed. I'll have to see if I can get a couple bottles of this years release.

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Photo of ElMariachi29er
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I opened a bottle of 2014 after drinking another BA Stout I picked up from a limited release event. The other stout was awesome and worthy of the hype it's getting currently. Then I opened this. It is every bit as good and I was very impressed. A solid, well executed brew with roasted malt/chocolate notes and taste. Then it has a very nice, slightly sweet finish. I was left wishing I had another bottle to share! If you see it, get it. Or better yet, get two and age one.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz, 2011 vintage
5oz mini snifter

A: Pours really deep black color. Some reddish hues toward the corners of the glass. Just a faint light head. Fades quickly to a ring. Seems to be nicely carbed. Like the look of this one.

S: Great nose on this one. Even after a year in the bottle, a big bourbon forward nose. I love it. Big vanilla, toffee and oak. Deep roasted malt character as well. Some coffee. Some dark chocolate blending with the bourbon.

T: Wow. I am shocked, but this is right up there for me. Wasn't expecting to like it this much. Tons of sweet vanilla flavor from that BA'ing. As with the nose, still really dominant but it's blended so well. Doesn't hurt that the ABV is a little lower too. Getting dark chocolate with that toffee/caramel/vanilla/oak flavor. Some coffee is there, but that is not the main flavor. Long finish that only improves as this beer warms.

M: Full bodied. Mouth coated.

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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
4.36 out of 5 based on 1,752 ratings.
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