The Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery in Hickory, North Carolina pours out pitch black in color and is topped with a two finger, fluffy, mocha colored head that still stands a finger tall after close to ten minutes but more resembles a thick espresso foam now. On the nose, lovely deep roast aromas with a nice level of charred wood, coffee, chocolate and faint molasses. In the mouth, roast and slightly hoppy with a touch of cream. Flavors of charred grain, earth, wood, fresh brewed strong coffee, unsweetened dark chocolate, a hint of orange and just a little molasses sweetness. Medium to full bodied. Lively carbonation. Sheets of lacing on the glass. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. The finish is long with the chocolate and coffee flavors lasting almost as long as the roast grain flavor.
A very nice stout that is well crafted. On the higher end of char for a stout but well within what is considered normal. Nice layers of flavor really show themselves as this warms. If you see it on the shelf put a few bottles in your basket. recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 5.8%, 52 IBU
Beer 350 of 366 for 2012
Thanks to Ken for sending me this stout!