Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
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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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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 CX2600A
5/5  rDev +16.6%

An amazing imperial stout!!! I wish it was more than a limited release.

Photo of WckdVbz
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Perfect!

Photo of humuloner22
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I let this one cellar for a while before finally opening it today. The label suggests Valentines day, but I waited a little longer to be rebellious. The appearance once poured into an imperial pint glass was black as night with a slight caramel colored head that settled to a thin layer on top. The aroma was molasses and honey with some chocolate notes and the slightness of raspberries, wonderful! I let it sit for a few minutes longer and then began to take small sips to appreciate this one. The taste was sweet, but not cloying, well balanced and the aroma matched the taste profile pretty consistently. It did not have that overly burned taste that some Imperial Stouts have, it was smooth and easily drinkable but you would have to be careful with this one because at 10 percent you could get yourself into some trouble. Unique among Imperial stouts because this one drinks much smoother and easier than many I have had. It would be a great dessert beer to end the night. Overall Olde Hickory has hit another home run.

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to FUwolfpacker for the trade and hooking me up with this beer. This was a fantastic stout! The flavors were were great. Poured nice and thick, big smell of raspberry, but not overpowering. Taste...right on...everythign was very very balanced...so much so that it tasted as if the recipe for the beer was measured out and test so that it was perfect...really nice! Overall, my first beer from Old Hickory and it was great!!!

Photo of JohnG190
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black with deep maroon highlights. This is a black hole of a beer, even held up to the sun, no light permeates this behemoth! Small red tinted head that faded almost immediately. Very sparse lacing. Lots of raspberry on the nose with hints of chocolate and coffee. On the tongue, lots of raspberry followed by dark chocolate and a hint of black coffee. Finishes slightly dry and astringent. Full bodied with little carbonation. Overall, an outstanding stout that lives up to the hype!

Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the last bottle that I could find in the area today at The Dispensary in Apex.

A-Pitch black color and pours like motor oil. One finger, dark tan head, that fades.

S- Sweet roasted malts, rasberries, and a little bit of oak.

T- Sweet dark chocolate, honey, and raspberry puree up front. Then balanced out nicely with the roasted malt and mild oak flavor. The alcohol in the aftertaste is masked nicely by the tartness of the raspberries.

M- Nice smooth, velvety mouthfeel with a slightly higher carbonation level that I like in my imp stouts.

O-Excellent beer! I was a little apprehensive with the combination of raspberries and honey in a stout, but it balances out the bitterness of the roasted malts well. All the flavors blend perfectly together.

Photo of GehenHerzog
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz waxed bottle, purchased at Brawleys, poured into the brand new Brawley's Snifter. Split with my pops

A- Pours a deep black with a very minimal tan head. No lacing to speak of on this one

S- Smells like those chewy chocolate raspberry candies. Strong chocolate and raspberry with subtle hints of coconut and bourbon.

T- This is where this beers really shines. Immediately there is a nice raspberry tartness followed by almost everything you get from Event Horizon. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and a little bit of coconut round this one off. A little heat comes off in the aftertaste

M- Medium thick beer. A little under carbonated but not enough to worry

D- this one tasted a little bigger than the alcohol % indicates but its a very smooth brew

Overall, I think I like the flavors of this one a little more than Event Horizon because I really like raspberries. But, all around I would say Event Horizon is a better beer. My dad isn't a huge fan of BA beers (or of Event horizon) but seemed to really enjoy this one. Another great BA offering from Olde Hickory.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, nearly opaque, save for a few touches of reddish highlights coming through on the side and the bottom of the glass. A huge head of tan foam, perhaps three inches high, came over the top and settled down only gradually,

The aroma was rich with fruit. This was very nicely done. You could definitely tell there was a nice sweet stout underneath though, as touches of chocolate and lactose came through from underneath of it. But the main player by far was ras[berry. Not overly tart, but enough to offset the rest of what was there. The flavor was more of the same. The initial taste was that of a rich milk stout, butt hat was very short-lived as sooner then later the fruit took over. I am a fan of fruit beers, and have had quite a few. They can go right or horribly wrong, Rich, almost decadent dessert like flavor here. Rich notes of cranberry sorbet like flavor swirled around in a light chocolate base, with hints of vanilla and a touch of bitter in the finish. This was by no means a heavy stout, nothing big about it at all, more subtle then anything. The feel was al little light, not as full as I would have wanted, however it was still done very well. Good carbonation and an easy sipper. I would guess the ABV was in the neighborhood of 5-6%, no more as this was easy to put down and did not really leave much of a lingering effect on me.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

re-review

22oz waxed bottle into a snifter. 9/30/13 bottling date purchased and consumed 10/11/13.

Pours an opaque black with a creamy beige 1/2 inch head with a slight red hue to it that lasts for a good while.. Extremely attractive pour. The smell is in your face with chocolate and a good amount of raspberries. It's astonishingly aromatic with the raspberries...wow. The taste is insanely good. Its not sweet by any means, but its just so flavorful. You get the raspberries at first then it follows with chocolately goodness and a lingering amount of malty stoutness with a return of raspberries to your palate. This amazing taste lingers for a long while. ABV is undetectable on the palate. This would be a beer that would pair exceptional with a plethora of foods from chocolate cake to salmon to cheese. Full bodied but not syrupy, mild carbonation.

Overall this is possible my all time favorite beer. Highest praise.

Photo of AppalachianVntnr
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Superb use of the fruit in this one. Aroma of fresh ripe raspberry, chocolate and honey. The palate is flush with the raspberry but of the fresh kind, thats slightly bitter with notes of the fleshy seeds, roasted coco nibs, toffee with a great weight to it all from the honey. A higher than usual level of carbonation and a slight brisk acidity really keeps it refreshing. Really long finish like a great wine. Again really nice use of the fruit in this stout, one of the better examples of an Impy fruit stout. I will also say that this needs some time and would benefit from some aging but would be perfect with Thanksgiving in a few weeks. Grab one before they are all gone.

Photo of Canes97
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Great beer! Smells of chocolate, bourbon and honey. Pours almost a oil black with basically no head. Taste of raspberry, honey and chocolate and a finish of nice warm booze. This is a great beer I recommend to any stout lover!

Photo of Ungertaker
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade from n2185 today. I was too anxious to put it away!

A- a red-hued, semi-translucent espresso with a 1/8" white head that leaves a sticky lacing.

S- dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, raspberries, very faint vanilla

T- raspberry hits immediately and remains throughout. Bitter dark chocolate and a subtle cappuccino come in the middle. A sweet honey finish tops it off.

M- The balance of carbonation and viscous mouthfeel is amazing!

O- an incredible beer! This is the first Olde Hickory brew I have had and definitely won't be the last. The raspberry stands out, but does not dominate. I would love to try this again.

Photo of Labeorphile
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another great barrel aged beer. Love the additions ofnthe raspberries and homey. Dont sense the honey as much, but like the twist.

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 Mikeypnh
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black pour, not very much head, tan bubbly ring around the glass. The smell is sweet, bourbon, raspberries, oak, toffee. Lots of flavor. Chocolate, raspberry, oak, bit of smoke. Medium mouthfeel. Not too much carbonation. All the flavors linger for a while, mostly chocolate raspberry. Really great stout with a ton of flavor.

Photo of benjaminahudson
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with decent lacing and a brownish head

S - Definitely taste the fruit notes, and hints of chocolate throughout. Nothing overpowering, but noticeable.

T - The taste of the raspberries and chocolate are noticeable.

O - One of my favorite Old Hickory offerings. I would still probably give the edge to The Event Horizon, but both are outstanding beers and deserving of the continued recognition they will no doubt receive in the future.

Photo of pimpinmidget
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage poured into a snifter

A: Pours a nice thick oil black with a small maybe half to 1 finger mocha head that fades rather quickly.

S: Huge roasted malts and dark chocolate. Raspberries are prominent but not overwhelmingly so. Barrel characteristics are also there. Has a slight sweetness to the nose as well.

T: Dark chocolate, tart raspberries that blend well with the slight sweetness of the honey. A nice roast maltiness throughout with a touch of coffee and vanilla. The barrel is there as well, but takes a backseat to the main components of this wonderful brew.

M: Creamy, viscus, medium to full body that coats the mouth and goes down smooth. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O: Phenomenal stout - I'd say the best stout to come out of NC (if not it is #2). Well blended and just hits all the right things in all the right places. Worth seeing out or trading for.

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.

Photo of bcp5296d
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Lindley Park on-tap.

The berries have subdued, carbonation is perfect, and this beer has balanced perfectly. I would imagine this beer is at its very best 1-3 years after bottling. The combination of berry sweetness and dark chocolate are perfect and the amount of heat has settled to perfection. Olde Hickory is killing it right now.

Photo of bballmj2k
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking in celebration of Coach K's #903 victory.

A - Pitch black, not quite as viscous as I expected when it poured. Minimal mocha colored lacing with no head to speak of.

S - Whoah - immediately reminiscent of Olde Rabbit's Foot. Chocolate, coffee, roasted notes, bourbon, vanilla, and some coconut from the barrels all overtop of a hint of raspberry sweet/tart notes. Really unique and fantastic.

T - Follows the taste quite accurately. Sweetness up front with the chocolate notes. Middle fills out with the bourbon/barrel notes and ends with bitterness and some boozy character. Raspberry tartness - almost reminiscent of New Belgium's clutch with the sour ale - exists in the background and melds so well with the base beer.

M - Medium-bodied with about the same carbonation. Slightly sweet and boozy on the end but it works quite well.

O - Haven't had Olde Hickory's Event Horizon before but if this is any indication I look forward to its release soon. Great beer and Olde Hickory is quickly becoming a favorite local brewery for me.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Thanks to RC0032 for bringing this over.

The beer itself has a nearly black mahogany color with dark ruby edges. Not much light makes it through anywhere in the glass. A small tan head forms initially and fades pretty quickly.

The aroma and flavor are fairly consistent. There is a little bit of honey in the aroma, not as much in the flavor. Some milk chocolate, some dark, bitter chocolate, slightly tart raspberries all work very well together. a little bit of booze tingles the tongue and warms the stomach. The carbonation is on the light and creamy side, working well with the chocolate covered raspberry flavor and full body.

As someone who has a soft spot for raspberries, the chocolate covered raspberry flavor is pretty dead on accurate and enjoyable.

Photo of yankeepride
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deepest brown you can be without being black. As soon as I cracked the cap, I could smell the raspberries. In the tulip, the booze really comes through. It's super-smooth, and the only real complaint I have is that the oak mutes both the honey and the berries. This one is so close to perfect, but I think I'd prefer it without the barrel.

Photo of ButtonBeer
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

While in Asheville, NC I picked this up at Bruisin' Ales under recommendation by the guy running the place that day. Per Blanche DeBois, I have always "relied on the kindness of strangers" in regard to beer recommendations. This was excellent. You won't regret it.

Photo of jtd1969
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with little lacing or carbonation. Reddish Brown head

S - Dark fruit, sweet chocolate

T - Deep dark chocolate that is sweet with raspberries. Tastes like a dark chocolate raspberry truffle.

D - Full Bodied with low carbonation

O - Excellent stout. Quite unique I recommend this delicious beer!

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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
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