ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark color with a tan head. aroma pleasant and inviting with heavy roast on the verge of smokey. Chocolate malts, light citrus, chalk, hops. toffee and grains dry bittersweet finish
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown, thin wispy white head, lightly oily. Off, lightly lactic nose, bit oxidized. Thin body, roast heavy, light milk and iron through the finish. Drying, sticky body. Wood.
nimbleprop (7100) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours an opaque black with a soft, off white head. Nice toasty nose, dark bread, coffee grounds, brown sugar, a little molasses, sweet, malty. Flavor is nice, brown sugar, malty, toasted brown bread, coffee. Medium bodied, dry finish. Very drinkable.
Travlr (20350) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle, not sure who brought this one to the DC/Baltimore gathering. Metallic taste, otherwise unremarkable.
argo0 (12943) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Medium tan head that mostly dissipates atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, light grapefruit/earthy, smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, roast, some bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, light effervescence.
GT (9933) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Poured a deep brown with really no head whatsoever. Big bubbles roam around the glass. Nose is floral hops, some citrus fruits, mint. Taste is watery, some cedar dryness, chalkiness, roastiness coming through. Chalky palate.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with a light tan head. Herbal hop aroma with pine and mint. Dry milky stout with a light bitter hop finish.
BeerandBlues2 (11861) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear black with a small-medium, fizzy beige head, low retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, nutty), light hops (earthy), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of lightly sweet wood, charcoal, and smoke. Flavor is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, nutty), light hops (earthy), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of lightly sweet wood, charcoal, and smoke. Medium body, warmth, carbonation, and creaminess with a sweet finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Chalky, milk chocolate nose, some caramel, very light. Taste is dry, lots of chalk, some chocolate and cola. Bland and chalky.
ChainGangGuy (4721) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle - $4.50 at Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville, North Carolina.
Appearance: Pours a carbon black body with a light tan-colored head that soon settles.
Smell: Aroma smelling of blackened grains, simple coffee, and downright bitter chocolate with some hopeful notes of citrus, floral, spicy American hops underneath.
Taste: Ah, black patent malt, my old friend, still tasting of two day-old truck stop coffee and creosote, I see. Very minor touches of unsweetened chocolate and caramel attempt to peer through the acrid roastiness. Floral, citrusy hops with a medium load of bitterness. A bit more fruity lemon on the finish with a prevalent astringency.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: That black patent malt astringency quickly becomes the predominate flavor, making for a crude, palate-wearying drink. A pity, really. As I’ve enjoyed Olde Hickory’s other bottled offerings, I found this one to be both a surprise and a disappointment.