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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 493
Gots: 215 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
An imperial stout brewed with honey and raspberries, then aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: GehenHerzog on 11-08-2011)
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

DavidEddie, Dec 27, 2011
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Photo of oberon
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a deep nearly cocoa colored 1/2 finger head atop.Deep choclate walnut brownies and raspberry syrup in the nose,it's dessert with a big kick.Flavors of deep mocha roast coffee infused with raspberry,it's deeply roasted with hefty sweetness from the raspberries and honey.This is a sipper but it hits home with all the different elements of the beer,kick ass.

oberon, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

DanGeo, Jul 11, 2014
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4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for splitting his bottle with me - been trying for this one for a while now. Side by side with Pipeworks' Raspberry Truffle Abduction; I had a hunch that this one would be better, I guess we'll see. It pours dark as hell - pitch black, completely opaque. Barely any head formation after a straight-down pour, though swirling the glass brings to life one of the darkest tan heads I've ever seen; thick, frothy, and quick to recede back into nothing.

One whiff of this and you're off and running in barrel-land. Big-time barrel aromas - tons of oak, moderate vanilla, and silky smooth bourbon. The bourbon is pretty powerful, yet tamed well and not abrasive to my nostrils. Malty as hell with a ton of thick, brown sugar, molasses, and roasted cocoa beans.

The raspberry is actually a little quiet at first, not peeking its head out until I take a few more successive whiffs. Once it finally comes out, though, it's wonderful. Lightly sweet raspberry jam; deep, pure, and extremely inviting. Some moderate honey sweetness in the tail end, though I could just be imagining that since the bottle says "honey" on it. Wonderful execution of "stout + barrel + raspberry" without leaning out of kilter towards any given side.

The only thing left to do is taste this one... and the first sip is simply magical. Leading the way is a surge of thick molasses coupled with a generous helping of juicy, raspberry jam. Bourbon and oak flavors outline the edges constantly, along with a mild vanilla flavor that works perfectly in the small doses it's given in. The raspberry flavor starts off strong and within a second or two, a delicate tartness comes out and then quickly transcends into a sweet bit-part between the rest of the flavors.

I love this beer because the raspberry flavor is integrated in a neigh perfect manner. It's got a bunch of sweetness and even a mild tartness to it, while still remaining "dark" or "deep" enough to blend well with a barrel-aged stout (which is executed beautifully on its own). The finish is pretty sweet; raspberries, other mixed berries, figs, oak, and mild bourbon. Lots of sticky brown sugar left on the palate once the beer is gone, too. Big, heavy body with low-medium carbonation. Mildly sticky mouth feel, chewy and thick as hell.

So glad I got to try this one. I would definitely like to seek out more bottles of this. I love raspberry and I love stouts. Barrel-aging doesn't hurt, either. I feel like if this beer were just a barrel-aged stout without raspberries, it would be great. Adding raspberries to an already delicious barrel-aged stout is a risky move, but Olde Hickory pulled it off with flying colors.

tectactoe, Apr 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

CavemanRamblin, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of Spaten454
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz 2012 Ive been waiting along time to get to try this brew.

A- Pours black and thick with a tan head that dissipates across the top quickly.

S- Dark chocolate is most prominent. boozy bourbon and raspberry backing. Honey is strongest when you swirl the glass.

T- The same as the smell. Loads of chocolate mixed with smooth bourbon with the raspberries playing a their roll in the background. Finishes a dark, bitter chocolate.

D- Smooth, rich with mild carbonation

O- This is a good, balanced stout that I cant wait to try after it gets some age on it.

Spaten454, Oct 06, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a tan head, it dissipates quickly. A neat red tinge appears on the swirl. It smells almost like a stout sour or a Belgian impy or something. That sweet honey/sour raspberry combo offers what smells like a sweet tartness. I mean, really, my nose wrinkles and my brows furrows as I try to figure it out. The mouthfeel is sensational as the berries do add a neat and tingly sensation to the big ol chocolate stout feel. It tastes simply like an OHB impy + raspberries. It's not even that the berries impart so much flavor, but they do enhance the overall feel and appeal to it. A winner.

marvin213, Dec 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Callmecoon, May 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

beckard13, Nov 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

aquazr1, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of standardcherry
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with a nice brown head. At least 2 fingers.
S: Smells like fruit. I smell some fruity tartness there. Lots of chocolate.
T: Tastes fruity. Some raspberry, chocolate, and roastiness.
M: A bit too much carbonation for my taste, but pretty nice. Goes down easy though.
O: Very nice, fruity stout. Very sweet, could've been a dessert beer.

standardcherry, Dec 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

hiphopipa, Nov 26, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Black, moderately thick, body with a thin crown of dark brown bubbly. Leaves dots of stick down the glass.

An incredibly successful aroma; I have to believe this is exactly what the brewers were aiming for. The base beer shines through, with good amounts of roast, chocolate, and sweetness, though the raspberry character is both in-your-face but complementary. Quite exceptional.

The flavor is nearly as successful, with the raspberry even more present than in the aroma, complemented nicely by the more typical stout elements: roast, sweet chocolate, and candy bar.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Very drinkable.

This reminds me a lot of Bramble, and may just in fact be better. Really an exceptional fruited stout.

ehammond1, Oct 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Mantooth, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Cynic-ale, Aug 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

timahood32, Apr 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

TKEbeerman, Jun 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

beerexplorer1973, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

williamjbauer, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jtladner, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

SPRichard, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

stereosforgeeks, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the NWI Tasting Group December Meetup

A - Dark brown with a small cream colored head

S - Bramble, light honey, chocolate, and light oak on the finish

T - Strong raspberry up front with chocolate and caramel on the backend. Reminds me of GI bramble but a bit sweeter due to the honey

MF - Medium body with a nice syrup that remains on the tongue as well as being slighly oily

O - Really solid stout that has a nice raspberry presence. If you love GI Bramble, this could satisfy your craving. Plus since this is made each year, it would be easier to get ahold of than paying the increasing price for Bramble

jeonseh, Dec 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

JulianB, Mar 27, 2013
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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
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