The Event Horizon | Olde Hickory Brewery

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The Event HorizonThe Event Horizon
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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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4.36
pDev:
21.33%
 
 
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Photo of Urbancaver
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a reddish tint to it. Very little head but well carbonated. Smells very chocolate heavy with some light oak. Vry rich on the nose. Tastes like bittersweet chocolate. Lots of rich thick malts. The bourbon characteristics are fairly subtle but definitely compliment the beer well. Overall very tasty

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours pitch black with a 1 finger cola head. Sporadic bubbles and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- very nice blend of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla.

T- chocolate, caramel, honey, vanilla, and bourbon.

M- medium body and carbonation. Actually drinks bigger than a 8.5% beer, in a good way.

O- very nice BA RIS! Surprised that it was only a 8.5% beer. Nice meld of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla.

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

Thanks to raveskdr for sharing this beer. 2011 vintage.

Beer pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan head with moderate lacing. Smells of chocolate with some bourbon and oak. Taste follows the aroma - a nice mix of the three, but not overwhelmed by any of the flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a nice bourbon barrel stout, but there's nothing to make it stand out. I'm a little disappointed given the hype it's gotten.

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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 zac16125
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
2014 Vintage


Thanks to themadhanner for sending this one over via trade.


A: Opaque black, less than 1 fingers width of mocha colored head dissipates down quickly and leaves essentially zero lacing. 4.25

S: Great nose. Tons of chocolate, fudgey, nutty, roasty, charred wood. Great balance of sweetness and roasted characters. I don’t get many barrel notes, but still excellent aroma. 4.5

T: Very sweet with honey up front, followed by roasted malts on the back end. Chocolate fudge, bitter coffee, a bit of booze. Barrel notes more prominent than in the aroma with oak, char, and vanilla. 4.5

M/D: Medium bodied, could stand to be thicker/fuller, carbonation appropriately low, drinkability is good but somewhat limited secondary to the big sweetness. 4.25

O: Excellent beer, the big sweetness reminds me of 50/50 Eclipse, with weaker barrel notes which gives it less balance. Sweetness becomes a bit much at times, a couple extra months in the barrel and this beer would be elite. Very enjoyably nonetheless. 4.5

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried at Jester King, 29 Jan 2011. Courtesy of injuredreserve, thanks for sharing this!

Small dark brown head quickly dissipates. Lightly carbonated. Oily and viscous looking. Dark brown in color. Smells very syrupy with a soy sauce kick. Chocolate and some soy sauce, but less soy than in the aroma. Medium body. Dark chocolate. Soy sauce decreases as it warms. Moderate ethanol.

A says serve with tuna tartare.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.61/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pitch black, with a thin head that instantly dissipates.

S: Bourbon, sweet malt, honey, bitter chocolate.

T: Sweet bourbon, bitter, dark chocolate. Finish is bitter and lightly sweet with hints of bourbon. Okay.

M: Thin to medium body with average carbonation.

O: A very average barrel-aged stout. A bit too sweet for my taste, while simultaneously being heavy on bitter hops. Not one I'd seek again.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

I'll write a full review later, but this beer is in my top 5 BA stouts as of right now. Unbelievable quality, barrel characteristics, and balance. I can't wait to seek out more.

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

The aromas for this beer are out of bounds ! Appearance isn't as pitch black as I would like to see but still pours a respectable dark with a thin khaki colored head. Flavors of chocolate, maple syrup and bourbon mingle with the roasted malts and create a slick and sticky barrel aged imperial stout. Overall, not as full bodied as I would have hoped . . . Actually I had a fresh bottle of this a year ago and thought it was much better. With a year on this one I don't think the aging has done this beer justice. However, it's still a very tasty and well made stout with enjoyable barrel character that you can still easily drink the whole bomber by yourself and not hate yourself tomorrow. On this cold and rainy winter evening . . . It's just right.

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Photo of beer2day
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Busy Bee for the Raleigh Beer Week kickoff party. 2011 keg.

Classic black pour into a tulip glass. A bit disappointing was the complete lack of head and weak lace. Really the only thing taking away from this glass, though.

Nose is oh so good. Big chocolate aroma with a good hop character underneath. Musty tobacco, roast malt, dark roast coffee all combine with bourbon to yield a very complex nose. All the components work very well together.

All of the flavors picked up in the nose translate to the taste. The bourbon is a bit stronger than in the nose. Very dry finish with a good bitter bite from both chocolate and hop sources.

Medium body, not completely up to the complex flavors.

An outstanding glass of beer.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at churchkey as part of CBC.

Pours a super jet black with a nice tan head and pretty substantial lacing, looks very oily and delicious.

The smell is amazing and has tons of beautiful bourbon, vanilla, molasses, touch of sweet latte, honey, oak wood, and some fudge. Rides that line of imperial stout in bourbon and barrel aged strong ale, but it's delicious. Taste follows the smell to a T, with some extra decadent choco cake notes and more roast. Also some great honey soaked barley and amazing explosions of flavor from the spirit.

The feel is a little thinner than expected, but still great. I almost expect to have more alcohol hit me with something with this much flavor.

Overall this beer is great and so drinkable for something this flavorful!

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Photo of Treebs
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB Snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a dark black color with some semi-transparent edges. A tan head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace is left behind.

S: Light bourbon up front with a malty sweetness. Caramel and milk chocolate are both present with a minimal heat to it. Strange for 8.5%. Some oak on the finish as well.

T: More sweet than the nose suggests. The milk chocolate and caramel notes coupled with some light vanilla definitely leads to the sweeter side of the spectrum. Some roasted malts in the body with a prominent bourbon characteristic displayed on the finish that is coupled with some oak barrel.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet on the finish.

O: I like the bourbon characteristics were present, but not overly alcoholic in nature. Probably due to the low ABV. I'm glad the heat in the nose didn't transfer to the taste. Overall a very solid beer.

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

This was a great stout, but for some reason it drank really boozy for me. The bottle I drank was from Dec 14, so I expected it to be really toned down and pick up on honey and chocolate. It only clocks in at 8.5%, but it drank a lot higher than that for me. Still great, but stronger than I expected.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love the regular Imperial Stout and Irish Walker from Olde Hickory, excited to give this well rate brew a try for myself. 22oz bottle, 2010 vintage...

A: A perfect pitch black with a small dark mocha colored head that fades to a bubbly lace atop the brew. Good.

S: Smells of a great chocolatey brownie upfront. Reminds me somewhat of Black Tuesday in the scent! Some awesome bourbon notes quickly followed with some nice cocoa in the middle. A little vanilla and coffee notes on the backend. Awesome blend of scents. Very good!

T: A nice thick chocolate and vanilla blend upfront with hints of roasty coffee. Some mild chocolate bitterness in the middle with some cocoa notes on the backend. This almost reminds me of a milk chocolate bar. I get some lactose tastes on the backend. Nothing in this is overpowering other flavors. Very well balance. Awesome!

M: Full bodied with a great carbonation. A nice thick creamy finish. Not cloying at all. Perfect.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, a big standing ovation! OHB has really outdone themselves this time. This stout rivals Black Tuesday in the scent and is a perfect example of the style in the taste. The balance is incredible on this one. Definitely try one of these if you like stouts.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Special thanks to readbaron for sharing this one.

Appearance: In the glass, this is nearly black with dark red edges. There is no head, even with an aggressive pour.

Smell: Roasted malt with almost no burnt aroma, cocoa, sweet molasses, and some dark fruits, mostly fig and plum. Vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon mellow in the background.

Taste: The bourbon flavor pops right up front, but it is not too dominant. Although it starts out quite sweet with a molasses flavor, it dries out just a bit with the roasted malt. The dark fruits provide further depth to the full roasted malt and cocoa flavors. The finish stays mostly sweet, with a very smooth overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: This has a very full body, with a full stickiness to go along with it. A little dryness at the front of the sip lightens it out a little bit. Lightly carbonated, maybe undercarbonated a bit. Quite smooth. No real bourbon burn or booziness to speak of.

Overall: The flavors still haven't melted together seamlessly, which to me signifies that a little bit more time in the cellar will help out. Even so, this was smooth and delicious. Maybe due to the lighter than insane ABV, but it was not too boozy either.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imperial stout brewed with honey and aged in bourbon barrels. 2014 bottling poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is black, not terribly viscous, and a rough pour produces a rocky brown head which retains quite well. The first notes I get on the nose are bourbon and dark fruit (plenty of each). With the bourbon, I don't get the nice vanilla and toasted oak, just the residual alcohol. The dark fruit is nice and port-like, but I'd rather have cocoa, coffee, and maybe some coconut aromas in a big barrel-aged stout.

The beer is full bodied and has a good firm feel (a little oily - good for the style). The flavors follow the nose quite well. There is a little bit of tartness up front. It's not infection or off-flavor, it's the dark fruit that I nosed. Following the fruit are hints of roasted malt, toasted almonds, dark chocolate, burnt toast, some licorice, and ruby port on the finish. The beer is not liqueur-like (as some top-shelf barrel-aged stouts are). Rather, it tastes like a genuine stout ale. As with the nose, the beer has a lot of great flavor, but is not "bourbon-forward" in the ways I would like it to be. Nevertheless, there's a lot to like here.

Overall, a very good beer and one I enjoyed a great deal. Not one of my favorite barrel-aged double stouts, but very well-crafted. The flavor is quite complex (more than I thought it would be at 8.5%). Still, I prefer more vanilla and toasted oak and less dark fruit.

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

2012 bottle.

Black beer, foamy dark brown head and nice patches of lace. Aroma is thick with leathery tobacco, dark chocolate fudge, blackstrap molasses, caramel liquor, cherries, and blueberries. Pretty fantastic. Flavor is loaded with massive amounts of chocolate, berries, bourbon, vanilla, and some orange sneaking in at the end. Sugary, sticky, alcoholic, but smooth and creamy. Very nice blankety thickness in texture. Smooth bitterness mixed with soft carbonation throughout. This is a pretty massive beer.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque in color with a nice creamy beige colored head. Head lasted until the glass was empty and left soapsuds lacing. Very rich and intense aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso and burbon. All very balanced and working together as a cohesive unit. The flavor is very intense without being too much. This beer walks that fine line perfectly. The flavor is a mixture of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted oats and grains, and burbon. Thick, creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Man I wish this one wasn't so limited because I'd love to stock my cellar up with this one.

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Photo of craytonic
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by habmike at a dirty south tasting

Appearance: Pour is jet black, espresso head with some nice lacing as I quickly finish the glass

Smell: Very nice honey / Brown sugar sweetness, with vanilla, dark chocolate, and espresso with a bourbon backdrop

Taste: I really love the honey element here; lots of hershey's chocolate, brown sugar, sweet tobacco juice, vanilla and espresso; bourbon in the backend

Mouthfeel: creamy and silky smooth; perfect carbonation. I didn't taste booze or alcohol but I can't believe it is 8.5%

Drinkability: This was a highlight of the night beer for me (thanks habmike!). Such a great beer, it is clear they set out to make an excellent brew and not some enormous monster.

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Photo of cvm4
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 12/15/2014

L - Pours very motor oil black with a 1/2 finger of dark tan head on top. Not much retention or lacing.

S - A decadent nose of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Some honey, marshmallow and caramel.

T - The taste really follows the nose to a T. Nothing more to be said here from me.

F - For the abv and considering it's not a RIS, I can't complain much. Medium bodied and low carbonation. Smooth body, velvety. There is a little heat, but it's not too bad.

O - For an 8.50% abv beer, this beer has so much flavor and brings a lot to the table.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2012 vintage. Thanks to Tiger33 for the hookup. The bottle was allowed to warm just a bit before being poured into my NEBCO 668 tulip.

The Event Horizon pours jet black, and a careful pour yields almost three fingers of burnt caramel tinted foam that actually rises up past the rim of the glass, without spilling out over the side. Head retention is pretty good, but lacing is definitely a bit spotty. The nose is wonderful, with aromas of cocoa powder, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, and vanilla all wafting out of the glass. The flavor profile shifts and consolidates a little bit. The beer is definitely more oak and bourbon forward on my palate than in the aroma, and most of the vanilla is phased out and replaced by more brown sugar. Dark chocolate continues to provide a base for all of these characteristics to play off of. The mouthfeel is great, because while it still has that slightly chewy aspect to it, it feels a little bit less heavy (thanks to the honey?) than most big stouts, and as a result it comes across as a fair bit more drinkable. As with all great stouts, the carbonation is nice and muted. I found this super fresh bottle of The Event Horizon to be just a tad barrel forward for my taste. It's still a very good beer, but even just a little time to mellow and come together should yield spectacular results.

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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 sommersb
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted On: 01-27-2013
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap with wax seal
Glassware: Wellington
Purchased: Single from Duckworth's, Charlotte

Picked this up at the 2012 Event Horizon release party in Charlotte at Duckworth's

Appearance is a jet-black beer, opaque, topped by a nice tan head that dissipates fairly quickly (not unexpected for a beer this big). Lacing on the glass is good.

Smells are big and bold, of sweet milk chocolate, dark roasted malts, strong bourbon, vanilla, and oak wood. Just a wonderful aroma...

Taste is intense, starting with a big hit of booze, then leading into the rich, dark malt grain bill, plus chocolate/cocoa nibs and vanilla. Perceived bitterness is very low.

Mouthfeel is smooth and luscious. Full-bodied with low carbonation. Finishes rich, with dark and sweet chocolate plus a hit of the whiskey.

Overall, this is a world-class beer in my book that hits on all cylinders. Highly recommended!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BOD 12/18/14. Pours almost pitch black. Normal head volume and retention for barrel aged, excellent lacing.

Nice rich nose of bourbon and heavy notes of oak and bitter dark chocolate over a light caramel coupled with plum.

Rich full body with a creamy texture that has an oily component as well. Light carbonation with just a hint of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is borderline World Class. It is intense, extremely complex and one of the most balanced BA imperial stouts I've encountered. It's only shortcoming, which is slight, is the lack of total alcohol coverage. It begins with a bourbon slap that quickly yields to a rich semi-sweet rush of chocolate. The middle is a light bitterness over a fading chocolate that allows the astringent alcohol flavor to manifest itself over a coffee note. As this fades into the finish, light plum notes appear over a sweet vanilla and bourbon background. The finish is slightly astringent and has a moderate alcohol heat.

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Photo of smanson56
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark black color into my snifter glass. the dark tan head disappeared fast at the end of the pour.
The beer is something that is barrel aged from the nose. This is a wonderfully done beer from the nose.
The taste follows the nose lots of barrel aging and lots of nicely roasted malts perhaps a little coffee overtone but it might be from the roasted malts.
The mouth feel is perfect nice smooth the creaminess is there the way a great BBA stout should be

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The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery
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