KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a very dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that had great retention, slowly reducing to a thick cap which lasted throughout and had good streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a burnt bread malt, light resin hops and a bold leathery yeast with notes of bakersí chocolate, roasted coffee and a charred smoky scent.
The taste was bitter, malty and rather roasty with a strong bitter chocolate note from the beginning, progressing with a strong hoppiness, a bitter coffee presence and a bold charred taste towards the end. The flavor lasted a very long time after the swallow, with a mild charred hoppy taste hitting you right in the back of the throat and lingering for just a little while longer.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a quite lively carbonation.
Overall this was a bold and roasty Stout with a smoky charred finish and a good smooth drinkability...
hman43 (986) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The color is dark brown that is fairly clear when held to the light. It has a tan head. It has aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, some burnt smells, and low fruit aroma most like dark fruits. The flavors are roasted malts with chocolate compliments. There are some burnt flavors that are moderate. The fruit flavors are low and dark. It has a medium feel with slightly above moderate carbonation.
TAR (2627) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black chestnut. Stable khaki head. Tarry, inky aromas prevail over black licorice, espresso, chocolate truffles and grapefruit. Soft, plentiful carbonation. Caramel-rich and forcefully roasty, up front, with big citric hop bitterness cutting through the sugars and aligning with pronounced black patent astringency. Smoky, tarry notes are buried within the expressive maltiness. Prevalent notes of char supply noticeable acidity and some rough edges to the otherwise rich and multilayered malt, though a pleasant fudgelike, inky richness does persist. Stacks of burnt toffee, ash and espresso comprise the intensely roasty, smoky finish. A hopcentric stout a la Avery Out of Bounds. Just as Crystal malt serves as the base of Averyís rendition, Olde Hickory hasnít been shy with the Crystal, and itís similarly heavy handed with the roast and hops. A bit ashy and astringent for me to throw back quickly, but itís complex and virtually flawless. Nice effort.
SudsMcDuff (7803) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, a decent beer .. . dark brown black .. mild foam .. cooking chocolate mostly, some dusty hop grass .. . decent finish . .. .
If you lived to be 100 years old, what would you say was the secret to your longevity just to screw with everybody?
....Slightly undercooked chicken once a week.
ads135 (4011) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Mild coffee and chocolate flavor and a slightly more assertive roasted bean aroma. Picked up in Asheville in 2015.
RobertDale (5180) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of smoke. Pleasant, but nothing too exciting for me.
climberbob (381) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Big bottle into stout glass. Huge thick tan head on top of black beer. Aroma of mud, leather and alcohol. Bitter chocolate and burnt coffee taste. Thin mouthfeel. Looks good but Disappointing.
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rumproasts (4828) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Black with small head. Very malty. Dry slightly bitter finish. Solid, if unexceptional stout.
Itzjerm (2162) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice standard stout. Malt toasts burnt. Sweet. Aroma all the same. Head present. A good go to.
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llcooldave (1188) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in the glass. Thin soapy head. Slight cocoa and nutty aroma. Dry on the palate. Cocoa flavor with a hint of dark coffee and roasted malt. Overall, a solid easy drinking brew.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Vanilla and dark fruit plunge into an ashy, roasty finish in this slender Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the blackness.
-The nose was promising, but that overly roasty ending decreased drinkability and enjoyment somewhat.
-Like all Olde Hickory brews Iíve had, this is flavorful throughout but lacks refinement, smoothness.
On tap at the Olde Hickory Station.