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The Event Horizon | Olde Hickory Brewery

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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon
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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of lemmy187
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer had a murky black color with a slight off white head.

Smell - In the nose, I detect raisins in dark chewy liquid form.

Taste - The beer has smooth chocolate, raisins, and just a hint of booze. There are also hints of tobacco and figs before more dark chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - As far as smoothness and balanced carbonation, this beer hits it out of the park.

Overall - For a non-BA stout, this beer is an excellent demonstration of the style.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Roguer
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good sized head, but poor retention.

Tons of bourbon on the nose, along with chocolate and coffee. Nuts, oak, and toffee.

Wonderfully straight BBA stout on the palate. Chocolate and roasted barley, perfectly balanced bourbon and oak.

Wonderfully thick and creamy feel. Because of the bourbon, this comes across hot despite being only 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of brunsojw
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer.

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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 codytwo
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

22 oz

Pours a deep.brown to black color with no head. Minor lacing on a sip.

Nose is dark fruit, oak, subtle bourbon, and a bit of malt.

Taste is bourbon, honey, oak, coffee, a bit of vanilla, and molasses.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and smooth. Carbonation is low. Finish is semi dry.

3+ years of aging has removed any and all hotness to this beer. It has changed into a strongly balanced bb stout that is really drinkable. Would recommend aging this for a couple of years.

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Photo of TheLefty1616
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maxdeusphallis
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Strong roasted malt and bourbon on the nose. A little vanilla and some very dark chocolate.

Pours dark as midnight in hell. Small tan head that disappears pretty quick.

Taste is complex and thick. Smoky vanilla, caramel and toffee. Sweet backend - molasses and dark fruit. Thick - almost syrupy.

Some heat in the throat.

Not much hop bitterness or presence. Almost like drinking sweet liquid smoke mixed with thick milk chocolate nougat.

Reminds me of Millers Toll. Super rich and complex beer.

I love this beer - but be careful, its rich like a chocolate cheese cake.

Almost too thick for me - but I love it. Feel like I need a shower for my beard after this one. Feels like it should have a higher ABV. At 8.5%, less alcohol than the thickness and complexity of the beer would suggest.

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Photo of Tommo
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was pretty nice, but fell short of being truly stellar. Very nice flavor, and the bourbon comes through strongly but has some astringency. The body was pretty thin with very minimal head. Overall nice but not my favorite

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Photo of beer_guy_nc
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.77/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ink black, obsidian pour. Angry reddish beige head of 1 finger, dwindling to a fingernail a little later.

Nose is really heavy on the bourbon, oaky sweetness, a hint of vanilla, some really charred malts, and light caramel.

Flavor is complex, starting off with a millisecond of lovely oats and chocolate, and then suddenly twisting into clear distilled alcohol, ethanol, and burnt malts. A hint of honey tea. Hits of caramel weave in and out. I'm not impressed. It's really a shame because I was expecting more subtlety with the barrel. Underneath the wave of ethanol and alcohol, I get some vanilla, anise, ground cinnamon, and oak character. It's kind of a rough sipper.

Feel is sticky, thick, sappy, hot, with a drying alcohol finish.

Overall, this is no slouch - but I feel it was way too boozy to enjoy even as a slow sipper. It's like drinking straight vodka and whiskey combined and chasing it with a sip of honey tea. I really hate giving hyped beers lower than average ratings, but I just couldn't jive with this one.

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

Deep and robust but surpringly light bodied (thin) on the tongue. Sweet finish with fruit notes and light coffee. Lots of bourbon flavor with a dry stout finish.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black hole body with low carbonation. Thin dark tan head.

S: Rich vanilla nose, deep velvety malt.

T: Vanilla, dark fruits, hint of bourbon on the very smooth finish.

M: Oilyness is very noticeable on the palate. Smooth, slick, very coating. Outstanding!

O: Very reminiscent of Kate the Great. Vanilla, rich boozy finish. I love this beer!

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Photo of ptrck_nl
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of larryi86
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you goingbrokeonbeer for this
22 oz bottle, dated 11/18/15, poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, honey, dark fruits, bourbon, some coffee.

T- Roasted coffee, dark fruits, dark chocolate, some honey, molasses, bourbon. Up front and the middle lean towards the sweet side, finish has a nice bitterness that really balances the beer.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- I have been wanting to try this for for years and it lives up to the hype. Worth seeking out, huge flavors for be under 9% ABV.

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Photo of Sam_The_Elder
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of hman43
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours black with a small brown head.

Smell: It has a rich, sweet coffee and bourbon aromas with a bit of chocolate, cocoa, and nuts.

Taste: It has flavors of coffee, bourbon flavors, and oak. There are also chocolate notes, cocoa, and hint of honey.

Feel: It has a full body with a smooth feel to it. It has a bitter finish on the palate that highlights the oak and bourbon.

Overall: This is a quite delicious stout with complex combinations flavors. It will well done the way the bourbon, oak, chocolate, and coffee flavors blend with the other elements in the background.

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Photo of kraticus41
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,782 ratings
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