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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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This is STOUT beer, not for the meek! Hickory Stick Stout is a whole- lot-a beer full of malt. English pale and crystal malts start this beer quickly followed by big time chocolate and black patent malts. Tons of Cascade hops go into Hickory Stick Stout to round out the malt character. Hickory Stick Stout is a very robust stout, bursting with flavor!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Tap at Olde Hickory. Pours a deep dark brown nearing on black with a thin creamy head. Aroma is toasted malts, nutty chocolate, and decent fresh roasted barely- hints of coffee, molasses sweetness and earthy tones. Flavor is a touch acidic with roasted barley, some good bittersweet chocolate, coffee, light anise touch, and an herbal- woodsy character - and a decent pine hop bitterness. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Black with a creamy finger of tan head with nice falling rings of lacing. Big roasted coffee and malt nose, some chocolate. Heavy roasted malt taste, some chocolate or caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3936) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2008 Draft at the brewpub. Opaque with a small creamy ring that that leaves frosty lace all over. Light coffee and caramel aroma. Tastes of caramel, coffee, split-and-dried hickory and mesquite, light char. Medium-heavy body is creamy smooth with a pleasantly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freekyp (1551) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Excellent full-bodied easy drinking stout. Labelled as an Imperial, but definitely is not. Very good nonetheless. Strong bittersweet chocolate and bitter espresso notes, with a hint of sweetness to offset the bitter. Hops are apparent in the nose, along with a strong malty backbone. Very well done, and their best beer when I went to the pub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Draft at Bayou Smokehouse and GrillI in Banner Elk, NC. I utterly fail to see how this beer is an Imperial Stout. Still the aroma is a fairly rich coffee/chocolate affair with a bit of treacle in the mix. The body is full black and holds a diminishing mocha head. Has a a maple syrup/brown sugar flavor on the first sip along with bittersweet chocolate and coffee and a hint of smoky licorice, which is probably the hickory, but I’ve never had hickory so I can’t single it out. Again this isn’t really and imperial stout, but it is a pretty decent, full bodied tweener of a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Mini Keg courtesy of Degarth. Pours up dark darkness with nice frothy – creamy mocha head. The aroma is of roasted to burnt malts then into ashy-ness. The taste is much the same with highly roasted malts that head toward burnt malts and some hints of coffee. Really roasty brew but far from an Imperial Stout in style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1242) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Mini-keg from Degarth. Opaque body, quickly disappearing head. Mild chocolate aroma. Flavor is somewhat hoppy and roasty with notes of bitter coffee and a thin palate. Decent, but I agree with Degarth that this really isn’t an Imperial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Mini-keg, courtesy Degarth. Pours a dark reddish brown, with a fizzy white head and wet lacing abound. Caramel maltiness in the nose, with floral hops and some chocolate. Smooth malty flavors, tender caramel...subdued compared to the aroma. Soft and easy to drink, and finishes malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Draft sample at Knoxville Brew Jam. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Medium roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Name: Hickory Stick Stout
Date: October 16, 1998
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewfest, Real Ale Festival
Appearance: black, frothy tan head
Aroma: strong hickory aroma
Body: light body
Flavor: strong hickory character in the flavor overshadows anything else that may be going on
Overall: still not my thing

Name: Hickory Stick Stout
Date: April 12, 2003
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Hickory, NC
Score: i to iii
Appearance: dark ruby
Aroma: rich wonderful roasted chocolate aroma
Body: smooth body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of chocolate, just enough roasted to make it a stout
Overall: light for an imperial, but a good stout

Name: Hickory Stick Stout
Date: July 18, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: Taproom
Score: ii to iii
Appearance: black, thin brown head, nice lace
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma with a bit of roasted and bitterness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice bitter finish

Name: Hickory Stick Stout
Date: May 17, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: Taproom
Aroma: rich dark chocolate aroma with a touch of woody character
Body: creamy body
Flavor: same great rich chocolate flavor, just a touch of woody character in the background mixed in with the roasted and bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

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