Daniel Boone | Olde Hickory Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldehickorybrewery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by oberon on 05-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
131
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
13.81%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
21
For Trade:
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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 25
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer that's starting to attract a buzz in the southeast forum I picked one up at Bestway today here in Greensboro.Poured a rich clear deep amber/brown with a very thin wispy head atop,love the color not impressed with the head.Bourbon and vanilla dominated the aromas,they really took over with only some dark fruit coming into play outside of the barrel.Vanilla and dark fruit flavors on the palate with a bit of sweet alcohol,the vanilla is the major flavor note with the beer a little secondary.I have a problem with over done bourbon barrel aging on a beer,I wanna taste beer not bourbon,I want the bourbon to accent and not dominate the flavor profile.OH is my favorite NC brewery but I have to go against the grain and say this isn't that great...it is pretty good.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of billab914
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a sliver of tan head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Booze/bourbon, figs

T: Sourmash up front, a touch of dryness & brown sugar as well. Booze warmth as this warms, oakyness, a touch of pralines & faint woody hops. Finishes dry, sweet, slightly boozey with oaky undertones

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, turns chewier as it warms, some stickyness too, was hoping for way more body...

This is a bit rough around edges, but not a bad sipper even on a June evening. This was my assesment when I tried it on tap in Hickory. May age into something special, but maybe not

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber with a loose, soft, brown cap of head that has good retention

S - caramel undertones with big bourbon, woody overtones

T - caramel, nutty, bourbon, woody, earthy, alcohol

M - medium bodied, warm, good carbonation

This is a nice beer. The bourbon definitely takes over. I think if the beer were a little bolder with a heavier malt character it would stand up to the bourbon better. As it is though it's definitely a solid offering worth trying. I was not disappointed.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Olde Hickory Brewery Daniel Boone, Ale Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels. 8.5% Alc./Vol. Brewed and bottled by Olde Hickory Brewing, Hickory, North Carolina.

Extra black, extra dark. With a slim whitish ring of foam above.

Aroma: straight-up bourbon, with flickers of cocoa, molasses and more. Vanilla. tobacco. black cherry.

Taste: It's all there again, the flavors from the nose jumping on board the palate, the full body, the richness, the bourbon flavors, cocoa, the toasty oak, the sweet, sweet liquor. Tasty stuff, but the question returns from the last bourbon barrel beer I'd had, where the original beer was not a known entity. Maybe the label will tell me?

"New Frontier Beer. Boone, traveling through Kentucky on his way to the frontier, need a place to store his beer. He placed an imperial brown in discarded bourbon barrels. Months later he had an amazing beer that would cellar well. And so a legend was born. (* Events presented here are not factual, but are based on actual events. In our dreams. After sampling the beer a few times.) Cheers!"

So, there you go. Imperial brown ale, eh? Not my favorite venue for bourbon barrel-aging. The flavors in the beer are utterly swamped and smothered by the barrel effects. Another case where you are drinking whiskey in the form of beer. Imperial brown ale will bring some flavor, some depth, and the booze, but not enough to really provide character, beyond what's brought by the barrels.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this review tonight... from about 6 months ago.

Received this as an awesome extra in a already great trade from
Commis.... Thanks Matt!!

Poured into a standard pint... Tannish head with lackluster lacing...
decent cap... the brew is clear walnut brown... No real head or lacing
to speak of.

The nose is thick with brown malt... and pretty much straight
bourbon... not really any wood or expected complexities... brown sugar
and hot caramel with warmth..

Flavor is interesting ... great malt notes are accentuated by vanilla
and the barrel presence.... tons of toasty malt.. nutty notes and a
very light cocoa.... a bunch of bourbon doesn't really jive with all
the maltiness... but I still dig it.. too assertive bourbon and barrel
on the finish.

Body is surprisingly light for such a big ABV brew... not a bad thing.
Carbonation and bubbles are cool...

If I had this one available locally, I would certainly buy it often if
it was in the $7-8 area... While it is interesting as for me as a
one-off, I find it a bit boring in the long run.

3/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Onenote81 for sending this beer up the East Coast to my doorstep.

A - Pours a dark burgundy mahogany color with very little carbonation and a toffee colored lacing ring, looks thick in the glass. The lacing eventually dies down to absolutely nothing.

S - Toffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, figs, brown sugar, molasses; aroma is soft and not overly strong. This beer smells more like a barleywine than a brown ale.

T - Bourbon is up front and it's not shy followed a wave of oak, followed by caramel toffee, vanilla, subtle brown sugar, before morphing back into an oak bourbon finish.

M - Thick and full bodied, viscous, and sticky.

O - This beer is a bourbon bomb and tastes way bigger than 8.5%. IMO, this beer is far better than the overall score.

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1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Daniel Boone from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.62 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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