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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:
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Added by Habmike on 12-08-2010

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Avg:
4.36
pDev:
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Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber

2013 Release

Again, Wil, thanks! Event Horizon is as black hole black. Don't expect any light to escape, you'll be sorely disappointed. The mocha head takes some conjuring but eventually it swirls and rises to a thick cap of creamy darkness. Thin, veil like drink lines remain behind with each drink.

The nose is full to the brim with rich, boozy chocolate. Clean heat tickles the nose upfront before waves of chocolate crash over your senses. Dark, bakers, milk, and fudge all drizzled with honey are vivid. Black coffee with a drop of cream and moderate roast play their part as well. All this mouthwatering stoutness is cradled with caramel, vanilla, oak, and toasted pecans. The barrel works wonders on this already deep stout.

Whew! Toasted pecans, vanilla, and oak get the roller coaster moving. The first curve is rich chocolate, mostly dark this time, baker's and fudge in stride. The loop sends you on a ride of rich, buttery caramel, bourbon, and macerated dark berries. The final curve brings iced coffee, that dash of cream, a little char and sweet toffee. Finishing the ride is slow, smooth chocolate, honey and a touch of vanilla. The barrel aging is nicely done, never getting in the way of the base.

My only complaint about this beer is the mouthfeel. It's substantial upon first drink, a little tannic and slick but with the swallow the body feels a tick thinner than it should. Ringing in at 8.5% may have something to do with this though. Although I don't pick up much in the flavor I do get a hop bitterness that when combined with the roast is solid.

Olde Hickory seems to have chosen an appropriate name for their big, barrel aged stout. There's no going back after the first drink, you're at the point of no return. Even handed barrel aging combined with a great base beer make for a match made in heaven. Do yourself a favor and get this beer. Thanks, Wil! Good chit, mang!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. Poured into a snifter, the beer is jet black, like oil, with a chocolate brown head that sits dense and foamy on the surface. Beautiful. Aromas of rich molasses, old world fruit, roasted coffee, booze, raw honey, cream, vanilla, and woody highlights. Very heavy, layered nose. Flavors are rich and smooth, with an immediate blast of booze and warmth. Wow, this is a beast. Black strap molasses, cocoa nibs, cream, and booze all blend for the initial wave across the taste buds. You also get a solid measure of old world fruits, such as dates and raisins. Extremely dynamic. Wood and vanilla imparts can be picked up throughout, and the warmth continues to build. This is velvety smooth with every sip, although extremely heavy, as well, making you work for the enjoyment you are receiving. Nothing worth having comes for free. The aftertaste has a bit more bitterness to help balance, with more of the chocolate notes coming forward to balance all the rich sweetness, including the continued raw honey highlights. Very nice. The finish is smooth, with a slightly sweet linger that avoids cloying, and just begs you to continue drinking. Can't wait to see how this bad boy ages!

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

Friend brought back a bottle to Oregon from N. Carolina

bomber split between 4 of us

smell was of chocolate, oak, honey, sugar, bourbon

very little head and small amount of lacing left on gleass

this beer was a real treat. sooo smooth and tasty. never had anything from this brewery and we were all very impressed. just a solid imperial stout that drank bigger than 8.5% would lead you to believe. definite sweetness to the beer, but very well balanced and had a good bourboun.oak character that evened things out. loved it

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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 sleepyteacher
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my first cask and I was told that I couldn't have picked a better cask to start on. When some friends joined me and wanted to try it, I told them that it's a boozy dame and I was not joking. This beer packs a punch, but it is very tasty.

Lots of fruity notes, no coffee or chocolate flavors to stay trendy. This beer is a statement. Wish I could say more, but you've got to try it. Sorry to hear the 2013 bottles aren't as good as previous years.

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Photo of mverity
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Broanoke
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very surprised with this one. I was a little worried that the 8.5% would make this stout take a backseat to many of the other monster stouts out there, but The Event Horizon has very little short comings. Quite bold with amazing barrel characters, and the honey really helps provide a touch of sweetness to smooth out the beer. Very well worth the price point.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a motor oil black with a dark brown coffee collar of head. Very good retention, no lacing.

S: Big dark chocolate and bourbon, supported by ample roast, vanilla extract, a bit of fig.

T: Tannic oak imparts a dry almost harsh quality, cola, milk chocolate, sharp honey, touch of espresso and dark dried fruit (fig, plum). Finishes off dry.

M: Thin, medium-light body, not unexpected given the ABV. Light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Pretty good, but honestly no better than much more available BA stouts. The low ABV and mostly dry taste tilts this more toward the drinkable end of the spectrum.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.69/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good googly moogly!!! This ale is straight up alcohol and I am surprised is isn't sold in the local ABC store on the shelf beside the Midnight Moon moonshine! Poured a dark black with minimal head, very much like a Barley Wine...In fact, a lot like a barley wine in the aftertaste! Interestingly enough, the "honey" really comes through the warmer it gets! Overall, "The Event Horizon" is an amazing brew worthy of a try!!

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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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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 ThickNStout
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz waxed and stamped bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 15.99. 2013 vintage, recent release. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours oil black with a half finger light brown head. Nice thin cap and halo of froth reamain and leave a good bit of lace.

Smells sweet and inviting. Chocolate, bourbon, honey, vanilla and caramel. Not too terribly deep but quite nice all the same.

Taste follows the nose in all the right ways. Rich, fudgey chocolate, sweet subtle bourbon, vanilla, honey, oak, burnt caramel, molasses, creamed mild coffee, raw cane sugar, slightly nutty, a little dark fruit and a small amount of booze. The barrel stands out increasingly as it warms but never quite over takes the fudge and honey.

Creamy, light medium body with moderate carbonation. Boubon and fudge linger in the aftertaste.

Such an incredibly drinkable barrel aged stout. Thinner than I'd prefer but it really delivers the flavor. This one is worth a try.

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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 Jwale73
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage procured in a trade. Pours an inky black with a cocoa-colored head that dissipates into a thin band around the shoulders. Nose is quite reminiscent of BCBS - bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and ethanol. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of lactose. Less bourbon is present in the flavor profile than is expressed in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light and a little on the thin side for the style. Texture is creamy with a light, even carbonation throughout. Overall, a great beer that would be fantastic with just a little more to the body.

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Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color.

The aroma has tons of honey sweetness along with a bit of bourbon and barrel, but mostly sweet chocolate and roasty malt.

The flavor follows of chocolate fudge, a bourbon barrel vanilla sweetness, along a lingering honey sweetness.

The body is nice and creamy.

This is a really solid beer. Not too much barrel character, but well made and that honey note is very interesting.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - As black as it can get. Small, mocha head, some mocha lace. Head leaves fast. Pretty. LIke an espresso.

S - Gazinga. Soy, bourbon, heavy malt, booze, wood and god knows what else.

T - Flavor only enriches the smell properties. A fine quality beer.

M - Heavy body, good carb, a bit cloying, but not too bad.

D - Excellent for one. Couldn't do it all night.

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Photo of portia99
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass. Shared by nonstick.

A - Pours a dark brown color with a half finger of mocha colored frothy head. Head falls after a minute or so, leaving a big collar and spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Molasses, honey, prunes, raisins, bourbon, licorice, a touch sweet.

T - Bourbony, boozy, caramel and toffee. Quite smooth, alcohol is kept in check pretty well. Licorice, vanilla and honey.

M - Light tingle from the booze, medium body with a lowish tingly carbonation.

O - Very good...smooth, complex with pretty good balance. Nice barrel treatment on a base beer where honey shows thru quite well.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I was really excited to try this beer, thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Very small fizzy dark head, dark colored, pitch black beer with decent legs. Head is disappointing.

Nose tons of super dark malts, little roast like, super dark choc, syrupy, caramel, choc syrup, then into mild bourbon, little vanilla barrel, bakers choc, etc. There is a decent honey aroma in there too bit not dominant as it's a bit behind the dark malts.

Taste thick syrupy little creamy dark malt base, tons of chocolate, like chocolate ice cream and melted milk choc, little bakers. Then vanilla barrel, hint of bourbon, little toasted oak. Mild booze warmth and hint phenols. Earthy Hops and dark malts bring hint of bitterness. Finish is semi sweet still, fair bitter slight spicy hops, sticky syrupy feel, more chocolate syrup, little bourbon. After an hour or sitting and warming, it has that big thick heavy syrupy boozy beer feel.

Mouth is med bod but very syrupy and too much carbonation, light warming booze.

Overall good but not great. Mouth is not so great, bourbon is light, dark malts are nice, but just not add earthy shattering as I hoped.

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Photo of rudzud
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to someone who will remain anonymous for sending me this bottle. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a thin half finger head that fades to leave a thin halo and wispy mocha notes.

S - Aromas of honey, definitely honey, nice creamy bourbon, faint barrel notes, chocolate, faint alcohol, nice light roast, sweeter malts. Solid.

T - Taste is light fudge, barrel, smooth creamy bourbon, light vanilla, faint honey notes. Quite nice, not really earth shattering but really tasty. Well crafted, well executed. Nice coffee and chocolate notes here, good fudge.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, lightly carbonated, slightly creamy.

O - Overall this was a solid beer, real nice and tasty, nice chocolate, would like a more velvety mouthfeel. Good though.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with no head. A few discrete bubbles on the surface and a stray wisp.

Smell - Oaky with some bourbon. Not too intense. Deep chocolate.

Taste - Fudgy. Lots of dark chocolate to this stout. Fresh bourbon flavor. Two distinct flavors that I like. Could be a bit better integrated, though. Lends an unrefined alcohol flavor and a hot finish.

Mouthfeel - The barrel heat lasts long after the stout. Boozy for its size with medium carbonation.

Overall - Hot barrel, but the stout stands up pretty well.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a bruery snifter
pour is dark with little to no head
smell is heavy chocolate you can smell from a distance
followed by toffee and sweetness of the honey
taste is overpower chocolate with a slight bourbon and sweetness of honey on the back end
if you swirl the glass it will coat the glass nicely it is thick but not overly thick
and has an intensely awesome mouthfeel
this is a great and enjoyable brew which I would definitely drink again

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