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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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157 Reviews
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Reviews: 157
Hads: 889
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 487
Gots: 275 | FT: 49
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:
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 Spaten454
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours viscous black with a dark tan head that fades semi-quickly but leaves a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S - Can smell this one as soon as the cap is popped with aromas of bourbon and light raspberry. Once the nose is buried in the tulip glass the raspberries are more pronounced and very ripe. The bourbon compliments the honey very well into a blend of nice sweetness.

T - Raspberries from the get go but then the bourbon and stout sweetness kick in right after. Once they blend it's a wonderful harmony of tart fruit, sweet honey, and toasted/roasted notes from the barrel. The flavors are still a little separated since this one is still fresh but it's still a homerun.

M - Full body with just the right amount of carbonation. No alcohol flavor or burn but the warmth is felt. Very smooth and velvety on the palate and finishes with an awesome raspberry aftertaste.

O - I brought this to the FFF XV Anniversary beer release and it was one of, if not the favorite beer, of the tasting group throughout the entire day. Enough said. Give it some time and I'm sure all the 4.5's will turn into 5.0's.

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Photo of Auracom
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unexpected opportunity to try this one, huge thanks to another BA'er (whose name I'll be damned if I can remember, sorry) for the share. Poured into a tulip on March 10th, 2012 at KBS release.

A - Eerily similar to Black Note that I tried less than 10 minutes before this pour. Moderately think deep brown, black coloring with a twinge of violet or dark ruby hues. Very little head, retention, or lacing.

S - It took one dig into the nose to understand that this is how fruit should be integrated. The raspberries are tart and prominent, but only just so. Underlying wood barrel, a bit vineous, earthy, and subtle dark fruit beyond the rasp-variety.

T - More of that great raspberry tartness blended with mahogany or oak, raisins, slight molasses, roast. More than enjoyable.

M - Unpronounced medium body, good carbonation, dry finish.

D - Very memorable brew on a great day of tastings. Honestly, this kicks BC Bramble Rye's ass. Take note Goose Island, you can add in the fruit yet retain a sense of balance and complexity throughout.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another elusive bottle shared by BeerFMAndy. Thanks man!

Pitch black hue. Mocha head. The raspberry is front and center in the nose. Loads of chocolate as well. The raspberries blend perfectly with the chocolate in the flavor. Neither really over takes the other. Like a well made chocolate cake with raspberry filling. Full thick body. This one was a treat from start to finish.

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Photo of OSUBeerStudent
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Duck Rabbit snifter. High hopes for this one.

Pours an opaque black with tiny, quickly nonexistent head except for a thin rim. Good appearance.

Smell is complex. Lots of chocolate and raspberry, with some floral honey (actual honey, not just sugar). A bit of currant and fig. The barrel is buried on the nose. Some booziness is present, but not overwhelming in any way.

Taste is where this one shines. Some tart raspberry up front with a backing of honey sweetness. Lots of cocoa in this one. The oak is present but subtle - not bourbony or overwhelming in any way. Fairly sweet as far as imperial stouts go but very balanced. Finish is dry and primarily oak with bitter chocolate. Subtle as far as big barrel-aged imperial stouts go but delicious.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin but still good. Carbonation is perfect, though. The alcohol is totally absent from the taste, only showing up in the nose, which is fairly impressive. Easy drinking for its power.

Overall this is a very, very good bal stout. Definitely worth seeking out and I'm very glad I have some more bottles of it. I think with a year or two on it this will be extremely good, with just that much more blending of flavors and less booze in the nose. Another great stout from Olde Hickory.

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Photo of Florida9
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Viscous glossy black in color. Forms a fizzy dark mocha colored head that manages to fizz away quite quickly. No lacing.

S: Dark malts, dark fruit, raspberries, chocolate, and a touch of smoke.

T: Chocolate and lots of it. Light sweetness. Raspberries, vanilla, and some dark fruit with just a faint hint of char on the back end. Heavily roasted malts and raspberry on the finish.

M: Thick, viscous, and heavy. Lower carbonation. Dry, chalky char mouthfeel.

O: A surprisingly good beer. Very raspberry forward, but done in a way that is quite restrained leaving a beer that is not at all overly sweet or cloying.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a deep, dark brown shade, nearing black. Atop the beer is a half inch of soapy, beige head that leaves random traces of lacing on the tulip.

The aroma brings raspberries, roasted malt, chocolates. Smells like a gourmet raspberry chocolate candy.

Really enjoyable. Lots of raspberry throughout. Chocolate raspberries. Not too sweet. Well balanced, with a present alcoholic warmth. I love raspberries, and they work beautifully in this stout.

Smooth on the palate. Easy drinking and teeming with flavor. Moderately low carbonation.

Overall, very glad I traded for this. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Slentz for sharing this one.

A: Bottle split into a few snifters. Pitch black with a small, off-white head. Almost want to say I see a raspberry red glow, but it's surely in my mind.

S: Aroma is full of raspberries and roasty goodness. Very impressed with how much the fruit shows through the base stout. Incredibly balanced with tart berries, chocolate malts and some nice bittering hops.

T: A mouthful of raspberries with huge chocolate and coffee flavors following. Flavors compliment themselves very well. Very sweet, the only downfall I find with this beer. Definitely a beautiful combination of an Imp Stout and fruit.

M: Alcohol hits a bit hard, thins the mouthfeel out a bit. The body of the beer is quite nice though. Starts sweet, midway is roasty and bold, finishes a bit tart. Interesting beer.

O: Haven't really had a raspberry beer that I haven't enjoyed...maybe I'm partial. This beer is phenomenal. Has everything that an Imp stout should have plus the added fruit on top. Would work well as an aperitif, even works well on its own.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to Eric for sharing this one next to my Event Horizon. 2011 vintage poured from a 220z bottle. Pitch black in color with a thin tan head scattered across top.

The aroma shows some bourbon, brown sugar, dark chocolate and a little bit of raspberry sweetness. It comes together very well, the raspberries are very appealing in it and they blend with the chocolate flavors very well. The bourbon is well done as well and not overpowering all the other additions in it.

The raspberries also blend in and compliment very well in the taste. There is a little bourbon there, but again it's not overdone. It's got a little more chocolate to it up front, where the finish shows a little more of a roasted bitterness. The chocolate, bourbon and raspberries are a really great combination.

The mouthfeel is heavier with low carbonation, which works well for the style. Overall it was a great beer. The fresh raspberry flavors complimented the base beer very well. From the examples I've had, I don't usually think adding fruit to an imperial stout works all that well. This one however changed my mind, it was just as good if not better than the Event Horizon.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2013 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with light gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and the faintest hint of very dark brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of rich dark chocolate and raspberries with light notes of honey, bourbon, and oak.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor of rich dark chocolate with a light amount of roasted malts with a hint of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of raspberries - very natural raspberry flavors with some tartness and some sweetness. Light amounts of bourbon, vanilla, and oak towards the finish. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.

O: I had this beer on Valentine's Day and the smell reminds me of really great handmade chocolates (thinking raspberry truffle). I really enjoyed this beer and it was well worth the wait - it was saved for a special occasion after I picked it up in the autumn. Easy to drink with very well hidden ABV.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours essentially pitch black with a mocha head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing or cascading

S-dark chocolate, coffee, with hints of alcohol, bourbon, and raspberry

T-chocolate, coffee, bourbon, coconut, a touch of alcohol, with raspberry in the finish - pretty complex especially with the sourness from the raspberries in the finish

M-rich and creamy-a great mouthfeel

D-Given its high abv. and complexity its a sipper.

Overall, its not a beer I would drink every day, but would love to drink again. A great and complex beer.

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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 Sean9689
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brought by me to the good beer/bad beer tasting. Poured into Bell's tulip.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin film on top.

S - Big chocolate covered raspberry nose, very sweet & rich, some burnt sugars, slight oak, sweet honey. The raspberry is integrated perfectly with the stout and the sweetness isn't over-the-top.

T - Tastes like chocolate raspberry cheesecake. Again, the raspberry and chocolate are perfectly balanced and the honey gives it a nice smoothness. Not too sweet, but obviously, not something you're going to pound through.

M - Full, rich & smooth, creamy finish.

O - An excellent beer that I really enjoyed. I am going to locate another bottle here soon for future tasting to see how it ages. I really think it's ready to go now, but hey, it's always fun to see what happens. Recommend!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/03/13 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one to two inches of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks really nice.

s - Smells of roasted malts, milk chocolate, honey, sweet dark fruits, dark chocolate, toasted malts, some oak, and burnt malts. Nice sweet nose, with good chocolate and fruits coming through.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, milk chocolate, raspberries, cherries, sweet dark fruity malts, dark chocolate, toasted malts, earthy malts, burnt notes. Nice mix of sweet and dark chocolate, and a little more raspberry and dark fruit here. Very good.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Body is thick and smooth, with no heat. Awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I liked this stout a lot; it's a really good example of a non-bourbon big stout. The dark fruits come through really well and add a lot to the sweet and dark chocolate already there. No heat and easy to drink, would love to have it again. Personally I like Event Horizon a little better, but this is great.

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

Pitch black body capped by two fingers of dense froth. The nose is excellent, comprised almost entirely of rich dark chocolate and sweet-tart raspberries. Barrel presence is minimal, especially compared to Event Horizon - perhaps this beer used 2nd fill barrels? In any case, it smells excellent. The palate is excellent, too. The very robust chocolate-forward and semi-roasty malt flavor is dominant, but there's a ton of raspberry here too, which is both sweet and tart. Mouthfeel is full and silky, and sweetness is pleasantly reigned-in. I detect a bit of caramel and oak tannin toward the finish, but beyond that there isn't much barrel flavor. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle courtesy of ASUbeer. Snifter.

A: Black with an inch of tan froth.

S: The nose is very fruity. Raspberries blend nicely with aromatic dark chocolate. As you might have expected, bourbon is a great addition to the raspberry truffle theme. Oak is restrained, and there's a little caramel in there. I don't get any booze in the nose. Smells very good.

T: It tastes like dark chocolate raspberry cake. The raspberries do the base beer much credit, and bourbon blends in splendidly. There's a lower moderate bitterness and a touch of alcohol, though it's not at all detracting. Roasted grains accompany oak and a shadow of honey. I get cocoa and a little coffee on the back end. There's a very low level of tartness throughout.

M: Full in body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky, sticky, and lightly tannic, with warming on the palate.

Overall: Very good, but not something I'd want to drink large quantities of. I haven't had very good luck with this brewery and this beer sounds a little strange from the description, but it's well executed and I recommend you give it a try.

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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 Verecund
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber split two ways on November 9, 2011.

Pours black with a thin ring of tan head that recedes to a mere ring about the glass. Light lacing.

Luscious nose featuring dark chocolate, sweet-tart raspberries, and blackcurrant. I want to say bourbony oak, but it's hard to tell beneath the increasingly poignant berry fruitiness. Very light oxidation adds a later of richness.

A touch of berry fruit tartness on the very front of the palate, sweet dark maltiness which dries out on the mid and late palate (I assume from the honey), figgy dark fruit, and a touch of soy. Bitter chocolate and oak tannins on the [dry, lightly bitter] finish. Easy drinking and tasty.

Medium-thin in body, with medium carbonation; slightly thin in the mouth, unfortunately. Drinks at its ABV.

This is a nice imperial stout. The raspberry adds a layer of richness, especially on the nose, but the beer still exhibits great balance. I don't think a fruited stout is the easiest thing to pull off, and this is fairly impressive within that niche.

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Photo of n2185
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts up front with semi-sweet chocolate followed by tart raspberries, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Very pleasant

T: roasted malts followed by dark chocolate and sweet and tart raspberries. Oak, toffee, and bourbon notes follow with a finish of bitter roasted malts and char. Slight alcohol burn. Quite tasty.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is fairly smooth and creamy.

O: a good beer that manages to balance the fruit with the stout and bourbon characters very well. Nice depth and complexity of flavor and aroma. I'd like a bit creamier body, but that's just a minor nitpick.

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Photo of metter98
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black and poured with essentially no head, leaving only a minuscule ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and raspberries are present in the nose. As the beer begins to warm up, slight notes of bourbon become noticeable.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of both chocolate and raspberries, the latter of which stand out and linger through the finish. Slight hints of sweetness from the honey are also perceptible. As the beer warms up, the raspberries become more dominant. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you like raspberries, this is a really nice imperial stout as they stand out and would make this a good beer to pair with a dessert. It tastes a bit strong, but is for the most part very easy to drink.

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Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bomber received in a trade with spaten454 thanks!

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown to black with a beautiful 2.5 finger mocha brown crown that displays good retention and some lace.

Smell: A mixture of the faintest amount of roast malt and a pale chocolate covered raspberry note that can't be denied. The raspberry note has both a lightly sweet quality and a tart raspberry skin quality. That combination is further rounded out by a supporting vanilla bourbon note.

Taste: Same as the nose but a touch acrid. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid effort producing a fairly delicious pale chocolate covered raspberry flavor that is supported nicely by a vanilla bourbon quality and only detracted slightly by an acrid roast malt quality.


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Photo of standardcherry
4.33/5  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.

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 4.5 deep dark rich pour with almost no head
S: 4.0 nice sweet smell with a fruit smell on the back end
T: 4.5 great big body taste upfront and then immediately followed by a great raspberry finish. This beer could easily be paired with a dessert
MF: 4.0 ssmooth beer that goes down easy and the fruit flavor just deposits itself on your taste buds
O:4.5 nice oak aged beer that definitely delivers and provides a great change to the normal stout taste

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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.