Travlr (15110) - 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 (11972) - 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.
GT2 (9259) - San Diego County, 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 (1368) - 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 (10608) - San Diego, 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 (4492) - Marietta, 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.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a mostly receding wispy mocha head. Notes of sweet roasted malt, vinous dark malt, black loamy earth, chalky carbonate, peppery red fruits. Full bodied with lush carbonation. Very tasty, quite enjoyable. Reminds me of Kalamazoo.
jrob21 (2854) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can you tell I picked up a bunch of olde hickory bottles on my last trip north? This one is getting back in to their niche of nice high complexity and entertaining beers. Interesting aroma for a stout with a little bit of earthiness and some grassy notes. Flavor is creamy and smooth. A little sweet and very coffee bitter on the finish. Full mouth feel and has a big presence for something as low alcohol as this says it is.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle from Bestway in Greensboro, NC, rated 4/28/10. Pours a dark brown color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and spicy hop notes. The taste is roasted malts, a bit of smoke, spicy hops and a bit of coffee in the finish. Smooth, medium bodied, and fairly dry throughout. Good stout.