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The Bean | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by beer2day on 01-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.4/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was a disappointment in my book. Don't get me wrong, I love olde hickory and stouts in general, especially ones with cute dogs on the label. It had a pretty good vanilla flavor to it however, it was just extremely watered down. It was a no go for me but if you like weaker beers then maybe you'd like it.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color (what else would be expected) with a foamy beige cap; a few strands stick to the pint glass

Smell: Freshly roasted coffee beans, brown bread and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Smooth coffee with a hint of brown bread and dusted chocolate, up front; a hint of grainy bitterness in the middle and then a finish with the Madagascar vanilla in bloom

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A wonderful example of a lighter stout that is packed with flavor; the vanilla (I was wary at first) really adds a nice dimension to the finish

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3/5  rDev -14%

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4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a reddish hue; thin white head with little retention

S - strong coffee aroma, roasted malts

T - coffee, roasted malts, chocolate

M - crisp, a tad over carbonated, medium bodied

This is a really nice coffee stout. They chose a nice strong coffee that isn't too bitter. They also offer a nice malt character that compliments the coffee with some chocolate notes. This one was easy to drink and very enjoyable. It's nice to have a full-flavored beer with a lower ABV. This is definitely worth a try.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured more a deep dark brown than black with a half finger deep tan colored head atop.The coffee as expected is huge in the nose,it's roasted with a hint of wood and raw earthiness,the vanilla is there but is subtle up against the coffee roast.Flavors also have more the deep roast coffee elements than the vanilla but the vanilla does provide a nice back drop up against the big roast and earth,it gets a bit raw in the finish.If you like dark roast coffee than this is for you,it's nice and smooth,and is what it says it is.

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3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Had this on on-tap and nitro - liked the regular draft a little more.

Nearly black with a thin, bubbly sheet of a head. Aromas of dark, shiny roasted coffee beans (no stale grounds here) and vanilla. A bit more vanilla bean in the flavor with more coffee roast tastiness. The blending of flavors is well done and the beer comes across as pretty mellow, but pleasant all-around. A nice, smooth, easy-going breakfast stout...

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed for Bottle Revolution in Raleigh, in honor of the second-best dog in the world. (Sorry, Ted, mine comes in first.)

Pours an opaque dark brown with 1-finger thick dark cream head. Excellent head retention. Laces very well, too.

Nose is medium-to-dark roast coffee and vanilla, as expected. I'm not a huge vanilla fan, but this blends very well.

Vanilla and coffee blend well in the taste, too. Not a heavy beer, based on the Hickory Stick Stout rather than their bolder Imperial Stout. Mild bitterness in the finish, more from coffee than anything else. Nice breakfast beer.

Body is on the thin side, but that is what they were going for and is appropriate for the style.

Overall, another solid beer from Olde Hickory. Get it while you can.

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The Bean from Olde Hickory Brewery
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