The Event Horizon | Olde Hickory Brewery

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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon
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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Habmike on 12-08-2010

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

“Black” is a poor descriptive of this beer that annihilates all light, seemingly dimming the room around it. A thick, dark walnut creamy head reaches half an inch before leaving patches of lace above a syrupy film.

A Dogfish Head snifter gives up bourbon-soaked figs with vanilla and bitter chocolate. Fermented cherries and sweetened espresso give way to a light aroma of licorice.

This Imperial Stout is quite sweet, similar to rich fudge brownies. The flavor profile is rounded out with plums, espresso and licorice, simultaneously sour and bitter. Warmth evokes clear memories of bourbon plum pudding on cold Christmas nights. The finish is long, subtle and sweet.

The dense body is syrupy smooth with light carbonation and alcohol as expected.

This is a fantastic beer to be sipped during contemplation or while reading. It could pair well with a cigar or ice cream. This beer elicits comforting memories of time with my Grandfather, sitting in leather chairs with book-clad walls, thick cigar smoke, a humidor, and his sculpted trout ashtray. I can only imagine the conversations we would have today, he with his bourbon and me with this thought-provoking beer. Thank you Rodney and Louise.

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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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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,793 ratings