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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 919
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 484
Gots: 292 | FT: 54
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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GehenHerzog on 11-08-2011

An imperial stout brewed with honey and raspberries, then aged in bourbon barrels.
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Photo of TimZebGir
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A (3/3) - Dark brown, almost black with tan foamy head that dissipates reasonably quickly, leaving traces around the edge for a long time
S (10/12) - Wood and alcohol dominate with honey hinting throughout
T (17/20) - Coffee and...something like fruit preserves...raspberries, that's it! Thanks bottle!
M (5/5) - Medium-bodied with dry finish
O (8/10) - Wow, what a different experience. I'm used to the typical bourbon/chocolate/coffee/booze tetrahedron with a BA stout like this, but this one really threw me for a loop, and had me puzzling over ingredients until I looked at the bottle.
(43/50)

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours really thick and pitch black with a dark tan head. S: Some raspberry and honey, with a good amount of bourbon and a little dark chocolate. T: A hint of raspberry/honey sweetness upfront, with a nice bitter dark chocolate on the back end to cut the sweetness. Not a ton of bourbon, but it definitely helps keep the from being too sweet. M: On the fuller size. It has a little chewiness to it. O: This beer was delicious. Having this side by side with raspberry truffle abduction, this blew that away. It was not as nice of a smell, but it had a great balance on the taste and a chewy mouthfeel that put it in a different class. Well done

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz glass into a speiglau glass.

Pitch black pour with a tan milk chocolate colored head.

Aroma is a mixture of dark roasted malt, tart raspberries, and a little bit of bourbon note on the end.

Taste is creamier than expected. Very sweet slight tart fruit mixed with the roasted malt taste of an imperial milk stout. Little vanilla off the bourbon.

Excellent beer.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11/04/2014 bottle poured into teku glass. Pours pitch black with generous tan head. Smell is raspberry syrup, malt, sugar, bread, cocoa, honey, slight oak. Very little bourbon on the nose. Taste is raspberry, oak, caramel, cocoa, and slight vanilla. Bourbon is slight here, but finish is nice in that it is slightly tart rather than sweet. Mouth is creamy, slightly rich, and medium carbonation.

After a year + in the cellar, this tastes like a raspberry chocolate torte in liquid form.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into an oversized tulip.

Love how this looks and appears: viscous, oily, dark khaki head.

Oaken aroma and a bit soy saucy and roasty. Caramel and bourbon combination is nice. Fruity and floral as I get deeper into the aroma. 4

Like the nose, oaken and roasty and it approaches soy sauce. I do get a nice honey flavor that gives way to some prickly raspberry on the finish. 4.25

Definitely has a bit of a prickly feel amid the viscosity and thick body. Has some bitterness that hits at the finish and contributes to a surprisingly dry finish. 4.25

Great effing beer. Love the blend of sensations and taste. Well done.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been holding on to this one for quite some time....recently shared with some friends and it was all that I expected it to be. Nice dark chocolate and some berry notes on the finish.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle.
Thick, full body with medium-light carbonation.

Rich malty flavor with subtle but detectable raspberries; hints of dark fruits and dark chocolate. Faint coffee in the aftertaste.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got a lot of chocolate and vanilla, with a sprinkling of toffee and caramel malt. This finishes with even more chocolate character. Not overly complex but very delicious.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jet black color with creamy brown head. Aroma has bourbon, raspberries and roasted malts, absolutely well integrated. Taste starts with a nice raspberry note, toffee, slight coffee bitterness and really well integrated bourbon notes. Body is medium-heavy and the ideal amount of carbonation for the style. Beautiful beer overall. Perfect combination of fruit and imperial stout.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours near black from a 22 oz bottle. Rather large head of near 2 fingers. Aroma is that of a raspberry garden surrounded by oak trees. Fruity, malty, with a hint of bourbon. Flavor is very forward with the raspberry jam notes, some roasted malt, and all riding on a very subtle bourbon backbone. Warmth in the back of the throat, but not totally becoming. Creamy, silky, smooth. Mid body. Maybe just a touch too much carbonation.

Overall, probably my second favorite fruited stout behind Backyard. One to seek out if you dig dessert beers.
$14 for 22oz bottle

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage broke open at cellar temp and poured into a Hoppin Frog snifter.

Opaque, black elixir, crazy 2-3 finger mocha-light brown head takes it's time to settle into a nice 3mm crown. Scant, thick lacing coats the glass.

The fruit and honey sugar are at the forefront. Subtle char and a bit of barrel round out the aroma.

A blast or sweet fruit, raspberries, honey with a nice lingering chocolate presence. Some barrel but not much. Could be aged a bit longer to balance the fruit.

A bit under carbonated, full body, alcohol hidden.

A fine brew but could use a bit more barrel and bourbon to balance out the fruit.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with an inch or two or red / brown head that fades fairly quickly leaving a still, slick appearance. The only weak link. Smell is warm raspberries ... having grown up in the northwest picking raspberries and blackberries, this is the smell you get pulling them off the vine in summer; a subtler sweetness, a round flavor that's dense but not jammy, a bitter seed note that gives them a wilder flavor and some structure to the taste. Wrap that in dark chocolate, baking chocolate, cocoa, oak. It's a dark, rich flavor devoid of sweetness giving it an almost savory note. Unique and awesome. For those, like myself, that find the BCBS fruit versions too boozy and the fruit, by necessity, artificial to stand above the huge bourbony base, this treads a more user friendly and authentically berry flavored vibe. Flavor follows. Insane drinkability due to the honey drying out the body. My bottle was a 2013 so almost 2 years age on it. The flavors are melded, tight and unified. Lingering cocoa and raspberry preserve finish. Body is appropriately thick without being dense or coating. Really great beer ... my pleasure in drinking it exceeds its rating.

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Hickory Station. Thick, chewy, & viscous. Pours fairly black with a tight, tan head. Good lacing & head retention. Honey imparted a ton of dryness. Barrel & chocolate come through loud & clear. A bit tough to drink, very hefty/complex. I liked this way better than the Founders beer with raspberries

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from ThatCracker (thanks man!). Bottled 11/4/14. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours oil black with half finger rich tan head. The froth fades to a full collar but leaves only a little lace.

Smells of chocolate, raspberries, soft bourbon and hints of oak. Starts nice and gets better as the chill fades.

Tastes of dark chocolate, bourbon, semi tart raspberries, molasses, coffee, oak, mild char and a nip of booze. The raspberries play well with the chocolate malts and barrel character.

Creamy, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Booze doused, chocolate covered raspberries linger on the palate in the rich finish.

Lindley Park is another tasty imperial stout from Olde Hickory. I'm not sure if it's the same base as The Event Horizon but the berries certainly lead it in a different direction. Glad I got to try this and would definitely pick some up of I came accross it.

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Photo of Jaseface123
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bomber
Look: almost zero carbonation, appears very thick with tiny reddish brown bubbles near the edge of the glass
Smell: berries, bourbon, and maybe some roasted malt
Taste: chocolate covered raspberries, bourbon, sweet with a tiny bit of tart from the fruit
Feel: very rich and smooth
Overall: one of my all-time favorites
The 2013s are holding up extremely well
Near perfection

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose - not much in the nose oddly enough. Slight roasted aroma.
Appearance - pitch black. Motor oil. Thick.
Taste - huge chocolate followed by subtle raspberry and honey sweetness. Very decadent.
Mouthfeel - thick, rich and viscous
Overall - phenomenal imperial stout. Very decadent and definitely a dessert beer.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pour - deep brown with 1" tan head. Smell is boozy with some roast but also some wet cardboard - least appealing part to me. Taste doesn't suffer in the same way - bitter roast and a little sweetness out front, with the berry coming out on the finish. Alcohol burn is little to none - overall, a solid and different BBA stout.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. 2013 bottle date. Thanks for the trade, Rusel_G.

A: Pours super dark brown, near black, with a thin dark brown head. Spotty streaky lace was left down the glass.
S: Raspberry is noticeable but it's very sweet and reminds me of pastry filling. Smells just like the guts of a jelly donut. The base stout adds a delicious chocolate scent underneath that combines with the strange raspberry and smells like dark chocolate with candy raspberry filling.
T: Not as synthetic and jelly filling-like as the nose suggested, with the sweetness being more akin to honey, dark chocolate, and sugary berries. Sweet chocolaty finish, with a touch of bitterness from the chocolate in the aftertaste.
M: Thick body, heavy chewy mouthfeel with a slick bit of grease to it.
O: Pleasant and delicious. Easy to drink. Not super complex or decadent, but very enjoyable. Thanks again Russell.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber (2013) that was poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out dark brown out of the bottle but black as it pools up in the glass. Dark coffee/espresso with a touch of milk colored head with a little better than average lacing. Slight highlights where the liquid gets thinner. Good looking stout.

Smells awesome. The raspberries have really settled nicely here and are very present in the nose. It's like a dark chocolate covered raspberry just not quite a decadent. There's plenty of roasted and charred grain here too. Not really a hop presence but there's a slight bitterness that I would imagine would be from the hops. I like how things are meshing here.

Love the flavor here. Lots of dark roasted grains some out at you right away. The raspberries, honey, and oak are very easily detected. The grains provide a nice chocolatey flavor and there's a bit of a vanilla flavor from the oak barrels everything meshes quite well together. Anytime flavor, breakfast, lunch, dinner, night cap, you name it this beer can happen.

Mouthfeel is great. This is a strong full bodied beer with a nice lingering flavor. Moderate carbonation level and the 10% ABV isn't really all that detectable. Nice and smooth with large lingering flavors sweet with an appropriate level of bitterness, nice sweetness and acidity from the raspberries but balanced with sweetness from the honey but ends with a earthy bitter bitter finish that's slightly acidic (the raspberries are really present the whole way through). Crazy drainable beer; a heavy stout I could dink year round. Phenomenal beer, I love it. Thanks JJ for willing to part with it!

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look and smell are fantastic. Nice raspberry notes with some decent chocolate presence. Barrel character is barely there, if at all, and the mouthfeel is awful. This might be an off bottle or something but I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing a 2014 vintage, bottled 11/04/14

Pours a pitch black body, head is espresso foam colored. Head retention was good and lacing was average.

Smell immediately transported me to the Colorado Convention Center during GABF. Idk why but I got a whiff of a used taster glass, and I mean it in the best possible way. Heavily roasted malt, bourbon, and sweet raspberry jam dominate the nose. Hops aren't present and alcohol scent is moderate.

Taste is very smooth and balanced. Charred malts, sweet raspberry and honey, and bourbon meld nicely together. Fruit isn't too sweet or medicinal tasting and alcohol isn't overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Head stayed for awhile and added a nice texture to the beer. Wish it was a bit thicker overall.

Overall this was an outstanding fruit stout and one of the best raspberry beers i've ever had. Well balanced between sweetness and bourbon but I think a tad more bourbon and a thicker body would have pushed this beer to world class status. Regardless, definitely looking forward to more of this, Olde Hickory really knows how to make imperial stouts.

P.s. Maybe next time I should drink it fresher to compare

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours pretty much black with a great looking two finger mocha colored head. Some decent lacing down the glass.

S: Straight dark chocolate with this rich, dark fruity edge to it like a raisin and raspberry jam truffle. Reminds me of those Trader Joes Raspberry Chocolate Sticks that I pop like nobody's business when no one's around to stop me.

T: Honestly, this one is a little bit of a letdown for me. Kind of disjointed notes of dark chocolate, dark fruit, currant and some molasses. A touch of wet wood and char, but no real bourbon character that I can pick up on at all. Maybe a little bit of vanilla, but not much sweetness here at all. Much more of a roasty, dark chocolate feel than the sweet bomb I was expecting. A pretty tasty stout, but I would definitely like to see a little more here from both the barrel and the raspberries.

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Photo of dutesanch
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The smell was truly exceptional. Right up there with Parabola and BCBS. Starts off very smooth with a bunch of Carmel, molasses and toffee. The Raspberry makes the finish a little tart which I didn't expect. Not a fan of that but still a high quality beer with very robust and distinct flavors. Not my favorite beer in this style but I can see why people love this beer. Again smells amazing!

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Photo of zac16125
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 11/4/14

Thanks to themadhanner for sending this one over via trade!


A: Pours an opaque absolutely jet black, with just under 2 fingers width of dense, dark mocha colored head which dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves only a very slight degree of lacing.

S: Huge sweetness, tons of raspberry, chocolate fudge, and roasted malt. Barrel notes are certainly present with charred oak and bourbon-y vanilla. Excellent nose.

T: Like the nose there are lots of raspberry and roasty notes. I don’t get the sweet chocolatey fudge notes I picked up in the aroma, but maybe a subtle semi sweet cocoa. Theres an herbaceous characters as well. Barrel notes are there with oak and bourbony booze. Lots going on, but raspberry is definitely the dominant flavor. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, but not necessarily thick, carbonation appropriate, ABV is well restrained and drinkability is excellent. 4.25

O: Really well done beer. I liked it a lot more than The Event Horizon, more balanced flavor profile and the addition of raspberries is very nice. 4.5

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Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, bottled 11/04/14, poured into a teku glass

A- pours black as night with a one-finger dark tan head that retains nicely long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- dark chocolaty roasted malt with a hint of smoke, tart raspberries poke out of the dark malt aroma to add a nice fruity aspect. Picking up just a hint of bourbon with some vanilla oak undertones

T- dark chocolate and caramel malt sweetness up front with just a hint of smoky char, the raspberries jumps out right around mid-palate, providing a tart juiciness that plays well with the chocolate malt flavor. Picking up a hint of bourbon barrel just before the finish, but it is very subtle and gives more of a vanilla oak flavor rather than bourbon, the linger gives a flavor of dark chocolate covered berries

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes slightly creamy, high drinkability

O- I really like the addition of the raspberry, it tastes like a imperial stout blended with a New Glares fruit ale. Only downside is that I would have preferred a bit more bourbon- barrel flavor

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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.