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

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Added by oberon on 05-10-2012

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

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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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown it is, pretty thick and a fairly dark shade at that. A wispy off-white head has a bit of a struggle and makes a foam that does manage some light spotting on the glass.
There's a surprising bourbon presence considering I don't get this much out of some similarly barrel-aged beers at higher ABVs. Sweet notes of caramel, toffee and vanilla come out along with the woody dryness, and the bourbon note is fortunately distinctive rather than a nondescript alcoholic presence. In the flavor, a bit of nuttiness is present as well. The base is nicely strong for a brown as well, providing an adequate malt base.
A medium-bodied beer, the crispness is a bit of a surprise. It's not too thin, as can be the case both with the style and these sorts of barrel-aged offerings. Well done overall.

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