The Event Horizon | Olde Hickory Brewery

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96
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1,767 Ratings
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:
1,767
Reviews:
305
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
8.72%
 
 
Wants:
846
Gots:
539
For Trade:
86
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Ratings: 1,767 |  Reviews: 305
Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dactrius
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with minimal head. Smell and taste are pure and intense bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Definitely reminds me of BCBS but it's crazy that this is just 8.5ABV, it tastes and feels like a much, much bigger stout. This has got to be the best BB stout I've had at this low of an ABV.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From 22oz bomber bottled 11/18/2015 picked up in Asheville month ago. Below average looking. Smell is typical of stout, but no BA smell or taste. Still Extremely complex tasting, full bodied and unique. Great stout. World class!

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

Photo of Nuggetz
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leroybrown10
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and oily. Small khaki head is very slow to form and vanishes quickish. Some small amount of spiderweb lacing.

Bourbon and oak on the nose. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and caramel.

Big oak and vanilla barrel notes on first sip. Roasted malt and caramel. Bourbon is there but mild, much less than expected considering the nose.

Rich, creamy mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Oily on the tongue. Barrel is very prominent and lingers. Just the right amount of sweetness to balance the barrel and roasted malt.

Really big barrel notes without a very strong bourbon presence.

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

Photo of jlee922
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wulfie85
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer, but nothing I would seek out. The oak and the bourbon came through well from the barrel, however wa not as thick as I was hoping for. Still good thoug

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Photo of alucard
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joran1978
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of tbryan5
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage poured into tulip. (5 years old)

This beer lived up to the hype for me. Completely oaky and boozy without being overwhelming. Great body and mouthfeel. It wasn't like oil but was not watered down either. An amazing beer that will surprise you at 8.5%. I haven't had it fresh but age hasn't hurt this beer in the least.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrsaffert
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fooferjw
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

2014 edition. Bottle. Poured a pitch black body with minimal head and tan lacing. Not a lot of head and head dissolved quickly. This concerned me. Smell is slight bourbon, aged oak, chocolate, toffee and raisins??? Coffee buried in there. Taste is very small. What I mean is you don't get overwhelmed with booze or bourbon. It's a smooth but only medium bodied stout. You get all the traditional imperial stout rates including above but vanilla and mild coffee. Smooth, medium-bodied beer with great balance along with bits of stickiness and there are hints of everything including mild coffee, vanilla, wood, chocolate and booze. The taste really improved as it warmed up. Finish is a little hint of coffee, chocolate and bourbon. It's really smooth and easy to drink. Not a high ABV so this one you could drink several and enjoy. Really liked it. Try it!

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Photo of target88
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Rogorama
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Klourie
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
4.36 out of 5 based on 1,767 ratings.
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