ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2010
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
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 (3693) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2010
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 (13742) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2010
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. Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 13, 2010
. Split the bottle three ways into ½ pint glasses it produced a good finger worth of tan head that settled to a thin lace across the top but was quickly revived by a swirl . The body was a typical black stout color .
I will have to rely on some help for the aroma because of a stuffy nose I got some nice roast notes so I take it that it was strong with a light hop background that is were the help came in
The flavor was roast forward as well with a nice dry bitter in the end. It was a little light in the mouth feel I would say towards the light side of medium but it had good carbonation for a bottled stout.
It was easy to drink. I wanted for more, so the brew is fine on the drinkability scale. A good local dry stout one to be proud of
Serving type: bottle
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - 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. 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. nearbeer (5424) - 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. freekyp (2257) - 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. 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.