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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 490
Gots: 259 | FT: 43
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Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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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Ratings: 827 | Reviews: 149
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Photo of tectactoe
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of marvin213
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Ri0
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into chalice. Bottled in fall of 2013.

A - Very dark, almost black with a blood red tinge around the edge. Thin brown head that fades away and leaves no lacing behind.

S - Smells like a nice RIS with big roasted malts, bitter chocolate,raspberry, and dark fruit. Hints of honey, vanilla, and oak come through as it warms.

T - Starts out with a mix of roasted malt, raspberry, and bitter chocolate. Dark fruits are noticeable in the middle along with hints of bourbon and honey. The finish really brings out the raspberry flavors.

M - Medium bodied with okay carbonation. Finish has a bit of tart/bitter feel to it.

O - This beer was good, but I think it would have been even better if it was not barrel aged. It seemed like the barrel aging made it a bit harsh, even after resting a year. I think it would be more raspberry and chocolate without sitting in a barrel.

Photo of MalibuKenny
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from draft tap, jet black, with thin layer of caramel head that quickly dissipated into a ring, clinging to the side of tasting glass

S: when first poured all I can smell is fruit purée. Slowly warmed in my hand, i can start to appreciate the Bourbon and chocolate

T: raspberries, dark chocolate, Bourbon warmness. Reminded me of those Belgian Cordial Cherries (marinated in Brandy, I think) we used to get close to Christmas time.

M: from light-medium body to medium-heavy body as it warns in glass. Bourbon barrel character grows increasingly prominent. Creaminess.

O: Met my expectation from last year. When a beer go to regular release there's always a fear of drop in quality. Olde Hickory can keep a consistency, and that's admirable

Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, blue wax with a 2013 stamp, poured into an Olde Hickory short chalice.

The beer pours an inky jet black color, thick and viscous texture with a finger or so of caramel head that recedes to a rim of film around the circumference of the glass yielding a spot or two of lace. Raspberries immediately make themselves known in the aroma, thick and sweet chocolate, caramel, very faint oak with a bit of honey and some unwelcome alcohol aromas at the end, but the balance is nice. The raspberry is nice and jammy, bittersweet chocolate follows well, light roast with some rich grains and stone fruits. It's balanced well, sweeter for sure, but not overly so, nor is there any tartness or acidity from the berries and the alcohol is hidden very well on the tongue, however there is a distinct lack of any barrel character, oak bourbon or otherwise. The mouthfeel is nice, smooth and silky, a bit thinner than I'd prefer, but it coats the mouth well and finishes very softly.

Verdict: A nice raspberry stout from Olde Hickory but the complete lack of any barrel character is a real disappointment. It's simple and balanced, but a bit boring and one dimensional and the raspberry is really the only interesting thing here.

Photo of oberon
4.47/5  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.

Photo of Spaten454
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of standardcherry
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  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.

Photo of jeonseh
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Photo of lanamj
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz with raspberry colored wax shared with Jonathan from Old Hickory at Duckworths. Glad you thought of this one.

A- Pours a nice silky black color with little head that dissipates to a small amount of lacing on the edge of the glass. Towards the edge of the glass a nice raspberry hue appears where light is able to penetrate.

S- Wow so good. Lots of chocolate and raspberry. I get a faint but nice amount of vanilla, bourbon and oak. I also get the honey from the base beer. Not hot at all for the ABV.

T- As good if not better then the nose. Like a desert this beer is. Lots of chocolate, raspberry, honey, bourbon and vanilla. They all come together very nicely. The chocolate and raspberry are the focal point here. Its like Event meets Imperial Stout meets Raspberries.

M- Very smooth and silky. It is exactly how it should be. The body is heavy but not to thick. It feels like chocolate milk going down!!

O- One of the best beers Old Hickory has to offer. A true stout that stands up to the best. This is the third bottle I've shared since it's release and i could share a million more. This is what a fruit stout should/needs to taste like.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle.

A – pitch black with a big, foamy, brown head

S – chocolate, wood, vanilla, raspberries, roasted malts

T – chocolate, roasted malts, raspberries, honey, wood

M – full bodied, smooth, perfectly carbonated

This is a fantastic take on a nontraditional stout. The raspberries have their place but are not tart or overpowering. They blend perfectly with the chocolaty, somewhat bitter roasted malts. This beer would probably pair great with dessert. Excellently done.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Sam for this one. 2012 vintage. 22oz waxed and capped bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery pint. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a frothy 2 finger dark mocha colored head with moderate retention. Beer is thick, viscous and pitch black. Lacing is stringy and sparse with little stick. Moderate legs. Pretty good.

Nose is chocolate, cocoa powder and raspberry puree in the back. Deep stout aromas with just a slightest hint of fruit. On point. Aromatic too.

Opens chocolate, fudge, salt, and raspberry pulp and seed. Boozy in the middle with a sweet molasses, honey, and syrup quality. Ends chocolate raspberry truffle. Finishes sweet with a sweet, dark red fruit and cocoa powder aftertaste. Great complexity and certainly unique... but not particularly good.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily with some sparse bubbles in the mouth and goes down warm and slightly boozy. Finishes messy with lingering aftertaste that coats the mouth. Pretty good but the bubbles make this one a touch thin.

After all I've heard about this beer, I'm honestly a bit disappointed. The raspberry presence turns out to be a bit too salty and the ample carbonation present in this one makes it a touch thin in the mouth... which is a killer for the style. This is definitely worth trying because its got some unique things going on. But its not one I'd go out of my way to revisit.

Photo of dirtylou
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, split

Avery snifter - 2nd time having this. Really a remarkable beer - unquestionably the best fruit-oriented stout I've ever had. The raspberry is so potent and vibrant - really beautiful. Layers of cocoa, malt, cream, berry. Awesome beer.

Photo of Bierleichen
3.1/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Interesting taste, a tad sour for a stout.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass nicely. Not much going of a head, but the blackness is enough to forgive that. Very thin khaki collar.

Smell - Raspberry and dark chocolate, pushing coffee aroma. Oak is strong. The raspberry is a nice aroma. Not really fresh, but not artificial either.

Taste - Sweet up front with some honey. Dark chocolate. Raspberry fruit flavor lends a bit of tartness. Buckets of oak in this, which cuts some of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Not too viscous. A little boozy.

Overall - The fruit is incorporated very well. The oak cuts the sweetness and keeps this manageable.

Photo of Kegatron
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz wax topped bomber into a couple of snifters. Big thanks go to my buddy Barscream for sharing this with me. Pours dark and oily in the glass, with an angry looking head of dark mocha foam. This stays robust and leaves back some quite heavy lacing at times. Smells of dark roasted coffee, chocolate and a good bit of tart fruitiness, with some softer raspberry accents definitely showing themselves. Oak and alcohol warmth rounds out the edges. The taste is similar. Roasted malts, sweet chocolate and honey, some prominent raspberry flavor and a touch of herbal character. Little vanilla and oak mixed in as well. Alcohol adds some extra bold sweetness. The mouthfeel is full and chewy with a touch of underlying tannic slickness that helps add some smoothness to this. The alcohol can be strong is spots but is overall pretty accessible for 10%. There was certainly no shortage of character going on with this, sometimes maybe a little too much, as those big Stout, raspberry and barrel flavors all kind of crashed into each at times. This was still pretty nice though. Half the bottle was a good enough amount for me. Thanks Greg!

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to sincereNC for sharing this one with me! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle roasted malt, dark chocolate, raspberries, and a subtle tart note. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, raspberries, and tart cherries. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I'm not sure how I feel about the new 'let's add fruit to this stout to make it better' movement, but this one just did not do it for my palate. While it was quite easy to drink, it just didn't continue to make me come back for more and more as I would have hoped. While still good, it just feel a little short of my expectations.

Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Peter (mullenpc) for this beer. Enjoyed a second time thanks to Sean (Sean9689) this past weekend.

Appearance – Pours a deep black into a tulip with some great looking brown head that sticks around the entire time.

Smell – Massive ripe raspberries mixed in with milk chocolate. Slight roast at the end. Mainly raspberries.

Taste – Exactly like the nose (thankfully). A rich raspberry flavor combined with sweet chocolate and just a hint of coffee. A subtle trio of oak, vanilla, and alcohol from the bourbon emerge later in the sip. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, decent carbonation.

Overall – At both tasting’s I’ve had this at, the consensus was this was a very good beer and not just due to hype. Glad I have one left in the cellar to enjoy on yet another occasion.

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle. As a raspberry addict I am happy to finally try this one.

Appearance: Creamy beige head that seems to not want to go away. Love it!!

Smell: Maybe my favorite aspect. As a raspberry fan the sweetness of the fruit and honey is delightful. Can slightly smell the bourbon but happy the focus is on the sweetness.

Taste: Wow. Love that the raspberry is so strong and the bourbon takes the back seat.

Mouthfeel: Sweetness aside, this is a delightfully put together stout.

Overall: So, so good. If you haven't had it you really need to track this one down.

Photo of Bung
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Duckworths. Wow is that a dark brown head, though it did not last terribly long. Pretty thick black below that.

Aroma, noticeable fruit, raspberry, blackberry. Roast malt and dark chocolate. Not really all that potent, though the 8.5oz glassware here is lacking.

Taste, pretty interesting. Starts with the slightly tart/sweet of the dark red fruit. Melds nicely into the roast malt and chocolates. A little vanilla and just the faintest anise. The cocoa really lingers.

A decently heavy body, good level of carbonation, no alcohol presence. I also get zero barrel presence.

A tough one for me. Have not cared for any of the fruit imperial stouts. This one did was better than some, but I am glad I didn't have to go through the bull to get a bottle. Glad I did not fork out for the bottle. At the same time I would definetely recommend it.

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty legendary in these parts, but I still feel it is somewhat lesser known outside of North Carolina. Poured from a 2013 black wax bomber at 50F into an Olde Hickory mini-Pokal.

A: Heavy black wax with a cool vintage stamp this year. Poured the darkest black mahogany with a finger of very thick chocolate color head. Subsequent warmer pours gave a bit more head. Good looking for sure.

N: The nose on this beer when fresh is really amazing. You get loads of fresh raspberries, literally like they are just being smashed in the basket after picking them. You also smell the honey, along with Chocolate notes and a bit of the barrel character.

T: This beer has an amazing flavor profile which I would describe as a dark chocolate raspberry truffle. The fruit is still young and very up front on this one, one of the dominant flavors for sure. Chambord and dark baker's chocolate fill your mouth with each sip. The roast malts are somewhat subdued and overshadowed by sweetness from the berries and the honey. As it warms, the bourbon barrel character emerges a little more strongly. I wouldn't say this 10% beer is boozy but it is still a tad hot to me. I think as it ages the flavors will balance out even more subtly. Some purists might find this beer a bit sweet for an Imperial Stout, fruit and honey take the place of coffee and roast you would commonly find in some other stouts. Very unique combo though.

MF: Lovely, slick and thick. Not chewy but definitely on the heavy side of medium. Goes down very easy and coats the mouth so well.

O: I think the 2013 vintage is excellent and lives up to the heritage of this beer. Right now it's amazing, but a little fruit forward and a bit warm; I imagine one year from now and beyond it will be exceptional. Definitely a beer to seek out if you like this fruit infused Imperial Stout style. I've got a few in the cellar and looking forward to some verticals over the coming years.

Photo of TWStandley
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Delirium tulip.

Appeared a jet black color with a bit of red-colored "hue" to it around the edges when held to the light. Very fluffy three finger head which also had a bit of reddish tone to it.

Smell was fantastic. Smelled like black raspberries mixed with chocolate. Slight alcohol scent but not overpowering. A bit roasty.

Taste was a bit of a let down compared to the smell. Way too sweet. I do like raspberry but this was a bit overpowering. Would have liked the bourbon to take away a bit of the raspberry but it was very mild.

Mouthfeel was good - medium body, smooth, no heat from the bourbon. A bit of a sour feel to it.

Overall I liked it and thought it was a good representation of the style. They hit the nail on the head with what they were going for, though I think it was a bit too on the sweet side for my liking. Glad I tried it, though!

Photo of Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Msquared2, I thank you for this beer. What a perfect way to end the week.
2011 bottle, poured into a Deschutes tulip.

Apearance. Pours thick and black with half a finger of tan head.

Smell. Oh man, this is going to be nice. Massive amounts of bittersweet chocolate, a little raspberry and cherry, a small hint of booze ...and some more dark chocolate.

Taste. Wow, the raspberry caught me by surprise after smelling just a little. Real raspberries, that nice dark chocolate that I was smelling and just a bit of roasty malts. Very little bitterness, except for the dark chocolate flavours, a little sweet in the right proportion with the flavours, and just a little bit of tang from the berries. Awesome stuff.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium-low carbonation, not at all taxing.

Overall. I was expecting good, but this one is awesome. It's going to go down way too quick.

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