Daniel Boone | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oberon on 05-10-2012

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tasted On: 03-08-2013
Freshness: Bottled 05-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Wellington
Purchased: Single from Duckworth's, Charlotte

Pours a clear and dark brown color capped by a small tan head that fades fast. Lacing on the glass is good.

Aromas have sweet malts and woodiness, but then I get smells of sour cherries and vinegar.

The taste confirms the idea that this beer has some sort of infection problem. The sweet caramel malts are countered by a vinegar-like sour aspect. I really don't get any kind of bourbon or whiskey elements either. The taste isn't bad, but seems far off from the intended style/mark.

High carbonation and medium-bodied in the mouthfeel, with a finish that is semi-dry and malty, but also has more vinegar tartness.

If this was sold as a wild ale it would seem appropriate and I'd give it better marks. It's not bad per se, but does fall flat as a bourbon-barrel aged imperial brown ale. Granted my bottle is 10 months old, but I don't think that would be the cause for an infection.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to nc41 for sending me a box full of Olde Hickory, which appears in the dictionary beside "under-rated breweries". This came out just before the trade & was a last-minute addition. 22 oz. bottle split, twice. Evenly. My wife becomes angry if I short her 1/4 ounce, so I'm very careful. I bruise easily.

Pour is suitably dirty brown with a tinge of rosee' when held up to the light. Nose is a snoot full of vanilla with a nice base of sweet malts. Promising.

Daniel Boone. Yes. Immediate impression is that the base beer is too wimpy to hold this one up. There's a nice shot of bourbon & vanilla, then...not much. Light malts, singe of roast, bare sweetness. All overwhelmed by the bourbon. And the bourbon, unfortunately, isn't tasty enough to carry this one alone.

Not bad by any means, but really just, well, beer. Perhaps the most bullseye mediocre barrel-aged beer I've ever tasted.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ice tea brown color with a modest cap on top; a few strands of lace hang around

Smell: Caramel, vanilla, oak and Bourbon, offset slightly by a sour tone

Taste: Oaky caramel, up front, with the Bourbon competing with a sourness that winds up dominating the finish

Mouthfeel: The body is thinner than expected with higher levels of carbonation; I think this may have been caused by the slight infection

Overall: This had the makings of a nice beer but the infection, though it adds an interesting dimension (for those who like sours) , leaves this beer far from what the brewer intended

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Extremely wispy and airy head, almost entirely very large bubbles with so-so retention at best, general tan color, given this there’s a little more stick to the lacing than expected if not anything spectacular. The liquid is murky, like a still stream, all browns and oranges and yellows, you can kind of see through it but there’s hardly any visible carbonation. The nose is oak influence to the exclusion of most else, coconut custard, butterscotch, vanilla, toffee, creamed coffee and then heavyset prune, date, raisin, dried apricot fruit scents, cinnamon and nutmeg too, a trace of yeasts or unbaked bread dough, has a vinous quality as well, not especially balanced. Medium-bodied, has weight but not proportionately distributed density hence it trails off some at the end. Here there’s a nice nuttiness and more breadiness which zaps some of the undue sweetness out of the caramel, butterscotch, toffee, coconut, crème brûlée flavors. The low carbonation makes it sluggish. The peach, apricot catches up some to the date, fig, prune base. It has flavor, not intensity and after half a glass it’s too monochrome to hold your interest.

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Daniel Boone from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 54.9% out of 100 with 133 ratings
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