Aurelius (5499) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2003 A rich Cascade hop and toasty stout aroma, with some bitter chocolate. Great 5 liter can, inky black-brown beer, with a stiff tan head. A manly beer with lots of dark malt and Cascade hop bittering. Well-balanced, with lots of bitter chocolate, lightly sweet, and much more complex as it warms. Medium-bodied, this makes a good session stout. Has a looong bitter finish, and every time that you move your toungue it comes back. Though this isn't high enough ABV to be a true Imperial Stout, in my book, it was still a fine pot of stout. This was a good tip from an old friend. Note on shelf life after opening: I've had a couple of queries about how long this lasts after you open the 5 liter keg. Mine is in good shape after a week, but speaking as a homebrewer, you need to be careful about sucking in bad germs when you vent the keg to pour initially. If you're only going to drink, say, 2 liters of the 5, then I'd recommend pouring it off into a clean 2 liter bottle for the session and resealing your keg tightly. That way you only vent for one short pour from the keg. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Pours very dark and thick with only a moderate head. Nice roasted flavors to it and thick, though really easy to drink. Good stout. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
Originally reviewed: 1/26/10. Bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a very deep black with a thin cola-like head on top. This pops and fizzles away to nothing pretty quick. Leaves some really pretty sip rings and sticky globs on the glass though. Scents of mild roasted coffee, burnt matches, and grassy hops. I like that hop scent in a big dark beer!
The body is creamy and smooth with a bit of heaviness to it. Lightly drying finish. Great woodsy flavors in this beer. Like others have said, I’m not sure if Hickory was used in the making of this, but it does carry a wood-like flavor with it. Good black coffee flavors meld to a semi-sweet chocolate finish. Some bittering hops are noted as well. This is good, well-hopped Stout that I would not mind having again and again. So glad this is around the area now. Kudos, Olde Hickory! MKromhoutNC (18) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2017
Good basic stout, nice dark color, good full taste, caramels, toastiness. And other stuff...
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Wiseblood (701) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Very dark, even on a sunny day. Nice thick tan head with aromas of malt and chocolate. Flavors were full and balanced-nice strong black malt tastes with some woody(hickory?) hop flavor. Dry, bitter finish, but easy to drink and impressive.
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
On tap at the SunSpot on the Strip. Very good! Nice black pour with a thick tan head. Nice, solid aroma. Roasted malts, and a hint of hickory. Good taste. Kind of a dry hickory taste, hence the name. Pretty solid stout overall. A nice try! 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. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells resiny with some roasty undertones. Tastes resiny and semi sweet with some chocolate and some bitterness on the finish. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Color is motor oil black with a mega huge head of light brown hued foam. The head is super lumpy and has big divets laying across its landscape, looks alot like a sponge, I kid you not, and the lacing is reminisent of thickly applied glue. Amazing sight to behold!
It has a very soft, faint aroma of sweet roasted malts and definate hop notes located in bigger wiffs.
Taste is a hard one to nail down, but here goes.....its sort of split in two, the front or start is airy smooth and not much of anything in flavor, everything gets going from the middle to mostly the back, which is nicely roasted dark malt, flavors are of sweetly tanged malts and espresso-like. Fairly deep and strong, but mellow enough as not to overwhelm. Its a bit uneven, could be heavier and bolder. There's a bit of a smokey taste and feel very late in the back as well. Feel is medium bodied and moderately thinning a bit throughout.
I'll tout this stout any Ol' time. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2004
really hoppy for a stout. coffee aftertaste that lingers a while. a pretty good imperial stout brewed in NC, the only one i know of actually. you can tell the alcohol is a little lacking since it is probably under 6%. poured from another 5L keg. thick creamy head. good beer