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
oldehickorybrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,770
Reviews:
307
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
8.72%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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 Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle. Thanks for this and all the other great bottles, mrbubbler.

Appearance. Pours a thick black with half a finger of deep brown head.

Smell. Chocolate truffles with some woody, vanilla bourbon and a little bit of liccorice and molasses. If I didn't read the label, I wouldn't have got the floral honey that I'm also picking up, but I did read it so whatever... ;-)

Taste. Huge dark chocolate and some warm bourbon. A nice sweetness present that doesn't drown out the chocolate bitterness and dark roasted malt.

Mouthfeel. Big and thick mouthfeel with low+ carbonation and a bit of smooth boozy warmth. Very nice.

Overall. I knew I'd like this beer because I've been dreaming about Lindley Park since I tried it. This didn't disapoint with a ton of dark chocolate and a nice complimentary amount of smooth bourbon. Great stuff.

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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 claspada
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger deep brown head that doesn't last long.

S-Bourbon, honey, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee.

T-Starts with a nice blend of bourbon and honey. Slight chocolate. Nice roasted malt and coffee. But the finish doesn't bring the beer together.

M-Heavy, thick, not much carbonation though.

O-The beer starts off great but the finish leaves me wanting more.

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

Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mattreitz49
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akang
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.84/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage at Tasty Beverage Co.

I really love the bourbon qualities of the aroma - there is a ton of oak, vanilla, and banana, topped with a hint of coconut. Despite the age, there's still a bit of black coffee floating around, along with plenty of honey, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. I love how it condenses so many notes I love in a BA stout, while staying in a smaller package. The flavor profile is heavy on the dark chocolate and dark fruits. Not as roasted and barrel-y as the nose suggested, but both show up as wonderful subtleties on the mid-taste and finish. No alcohol is to be found, but plenty of dark chocolate, vanilla, and coconut are. The feel, though a touch light, compensates with a skillful combination of coating richness and clean dryness. I could, would, and probably should drink this all damn day. Olde Hickory is now on my watch list after what can only be described as a masterpiece.

4.54/5: Best black hole ever!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Lucoli
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

22oz bomber, split over x-mas, 2011 vintage

appearance: served in large belgian chalice, deep ebony body - thick mocha head with nice thick lace

smell: rich dark chocolate, bourbon, espresso, vanilla, caramel

taste: highly anticipated release from olde hickory, one of my favs in NC...rich decadent flavor profile - slightly bitter dark chocolate, rich but not potent bourbon, vanilla, caramel, honey in the finish. heavy roasted malt, chocolate cake, oak

mouthfeeel: creamy and rich, abv not abrasive

overall: quality stout - one of the finer beers to come out of NC

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Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -8.3%

The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
4.36 out of 5 based on 1,770 ratings.
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