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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 885
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 488
Gots: 271 | FT: 48
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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Reviews: 156 | Hads: 885
Photo of stakem
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a tulip. The brew appears pitch black in color with an angry looking dark brown head that is more than 2 fingers strong. As the cap slowly fades, it appears a slightly lighter dark brown with stringy fingers of lace sticking to the glass. An easy swirl revives a finger back to the surface and paints some spots of lace on the glass. When held to the light, there is hardly any clarity and lighter brown indications shown around the edges.

The aroma has a sweet and tart fruity raspberry inclusion. Coffee and cocoa also come into play with an indication of that 10% alcohol also showing through. There is quite a bit of roast included here with a touch of anise. As the brew warms up, a bit of a medicinal aspect emerges from the glass as the focus turns to more of the fruity alcohol esters.

The flavor of this brew is very rich with the dark roasted grain aspect leading the way in the taste profile. Roast like coffee is the first thing to come to mind that is mildly earthy and like bakers cocoa. A slight fruity tingle of raspberry is evident with both a ripe sweetness and also a natural almost seedy tart aspect as well. The way the flavors blend together is quite nice. The roast and stout portion of this brew are front and center stage with the raspberry inclusion providing a pleasing subtle contrast. The aftertaste is a bit of black licorice mixed with tobacco and ash.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This brew was everything I imagined and a bit more. I dont like to draw comparisons to other breweries however I have to for this. The first "retired" beer I ever fell in love with was Weyerbacher's raspberry imperial stout. Everything about this brew screams in the direction of that brew's memory. I am a fan by default. This one is worth checking out.

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Photo of MalibuKenny
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage.
Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Thick, ink black colour with a thin layer of dark brown head that quickly reduced to a ring around the edges.

S - Tart raspberry up front that gives way to sweet milk chocolate, roast and molasses.

T - Sweet raspberry puree up front that is present throughout. Mid-palate ads cocoa, molasses and roast. The finish is tart with a touch of smokiness. The oak is barely noticeable but is slightly evident in the finish.

M - Medium body; smooth and creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a dark black, with a half inch mocha colored head, and a good amount of lacing down the glass.

Aromas include fresh raspberry, roasted malt, and chocolate.

The taste is similar. There is only the lightest amount of roasted malt in the flavor- the raspberry and chocolate are the big starts. The raspberry flavor is mostly sweet and slightly tart- more jammy than reminiscent of whole raspberries. The honey provides an additional layer of sweetness as well. There is some rich milk chocolate, and a little bit of a lactose flavor. The bourbon flavor is very mild, and only noticeable when the beer warms up.

Medium bodied, but I wish it could be thicker, slightly thin for a BA stout. Low carbonation, creamy, sweet mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

This was excellent. Beef up the body a little bit, and it would be perfect.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black colored beer with a nice, brown head that faded to a little bit of a ring. Pretty good looking, appropriate.

S - Bourbon, oak, vanilla. There's a great raspberry presence to this one that adds some berry sweetness and depth. The honey coming through reminds you it is an Olde Hickory brew.

T - Nice raspberry, good chocolate. As far as raspberry/chocolate stouts go, this is fantastic. The chocolate is more of the roasted, slightly unsweetened type. Honey adds a bit of sweetness.

M - Heavier side of medium bodied, fairly creamy. Moderate to slightly lower carbonation.

O - Very good beer, expected this to be another initially hyped and underwhelming brew. Would like to drink this again.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours very dark. Small tan head, mostly ring. Small bubble cling lace.

S - Wow. Coffee. Chocolate. Slight soy sauce. Incredible.

T - Most of the smell attributes. Soy more prominent in flavor. Very nice.

M - Medium to heavy body. Good carb, though light, good balance and finish.

D - Huge ABV and you can tell. Good for one.

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Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

22oz Bottle

2013 Vintage

It seems I have been drinking a lot of beer from Wil lately. Again, Wil, thanks guy! A black hole of a beer, chalky even. So dark in fact that the head is even the color of cocoa powder. The foam grows to a velvety finger in height on an easy pour and slowly fades to a thin ring that manages to leave pencil thin drink lines.

The nose is both intense and mouthwatering. Chocolate of the darkest variety mingles with raspberry syrup boiled down to its most intense point. It's like a high quality raspberry truffle. Other berry fruitiness mingles with the intense raspberry. Honey adds a touch of sweetness to the already dessert qualities of this adult beverage. Soft coffee and cream wrap it up.

Raspberry syrup pops right off the bat, intense. The high cocoa content dark chocolate adds a soft herbal bitterness. The honey is noticeable with a residual sweetness that adds depth. Other dark berries mingle with the truffle, blackberry mostly. Hops add a little leafy, herbal bitterness that plays well. The roast is moderate and lets the adjuncts shine. This stout is insanely rich and delicious.

The body is luxuriously smooth with a manageable weight ringing in at full but not overly so. Although this beer is a sipper, and sweet, it's easy to handle and in no way cloying. The carbonation is active and adds a touch of liveliness.

Lindley Park is lively and rich. The raspberry bursts and with the dense chocolate flavors makes for dessert in a glass. With all the sugar in this beer to brew something this easy to drink with no cloying tendencies shows a deft hand at brewing. Pick this up if you come across any. It's a great beer. Thanks, Wil!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened a 2013 bottle in September 2015. Still tons of raspberry on the nose. The front of the taste is sweet and raspberry but fairly mild. The back end is a little harsh where the honey no longer holds that smooth finish. Better fresh, but still great with some age.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have had this beer many times but apparently never reviewed.
22 oz. bottle poured in a Sam Adams perfect pour glass.

Nose is raspberry and chocolate and lots of it. Poured straight down the middle of the glass produced little head and no lacing is present after sipping. Color is very dark but clarity is good with a flash light.

Front end is alcoholic, but not bourbonesque. Needs to age more. I have had this bottle for about 6 months since the release. Good thing I have more and some to trade :)

Tastes great, heavy mouth coating of sweetness and cocoa leading to a more char, oakiness and dry-sweet finish.

Overall I freaking love this beer and am happy to be able to get it when it comes out but I would gladly get a pour of a better stout if I had access to one in my state.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another big thanks goes out to Huhzubendah for cracking this one open at a recent tasting, served in a snifter. At the time of this review, this beer is the #41 beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial Stout" list.

Beer is black, with a thin lazy tan head of small bubbles, low retention, minimal lacing, low carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is bourbon and raspberries, smells awesome.

Beer is sweet up front with a nice bourbon character and then the raspberries take over. Very fruit forward in this beer, strong but not annoying or too cloying. Big presence on the palate, the finish leaves you tasting more raspberries, the bourbon is entirely front palate, a nice beer overall I'd have it again. I might have enjoyed it a little bit more if the raspberries were subtler but I understand how this beer works. good.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up from a great trade with Mike! Thick pitch black pour with an incredibly dark brown head that unfortunately faded almost immediately with no lacing. Big bold, roasty nose totally dominated by the raspberries along with hints of dark chocolate, booze, honey, and subtle bourbon notes. The taste follows suit with the raspberries once again dominating. Chocolate fudge, booze, and cocoa along with hints of honey, coffee, and black cherries. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and a bit sweet up front, but it mellows as it warms. The finish is subtly warming and slightly bitter. Overall, this is definitely a sipper as it's very rich. It's not quite as sweet as I had expected it to be, but it's still more of a desert beer for my tastes. Reminds me a lot of the Goose Island Cherry Rye.

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my cousin Sonny for sharing this over a long weekend of beer tasting. Fully reviewed Sunday to E-mail notes.

A- Poured to four glasses from the bomber with a midnight black body. Light mocha brown head forms to about a finger with decent retention. Head descends to a frothy ring at the edges. Tons of legs lead to spotty lacing.

S- Raspberry nectar at an impressive strength. The fruit is definitely the star but a rich chocolate, dark roasty malt base comes through just enough to make you realize this is not a straight fruit beer. Fruity baked goods.

T- Damn, Olde Hickory... the raspberry comes through from the nose in a fashion I can't quite say that I have ever found in another beer. Fresh, authentic fruit feel dominates the flavor early on but the base stout opens up after a few sips. Decadent chocolate malts, dark roast grains, sweetness and nuttiness. Oak wood feel but no whiskey for me.

MF- Thick body with a creamy and slightly silky texture. Carbonation is at a medium level. No alcohol warmth present and semi-tart raspberry lingers with some roast bitterness.

Not sure I have ever found a beer with raspberry flavor quite like this. Each sip reveals waves of flavor that oscillates between straight fresh raspberry and rich chocolate truffle. The barrels don't really do much for me but insane raspberry takes the cake.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown-black pour with a thin cap of tan head that receded to a wispy layer, leaving oily strands of lacing on the glass. In the nose, roasty dark malts, chocolate, coffee, raspberry, slight boozy notes. An attractive taste to match an attractive aroma, dark malts and toasted bread, chocolate fudge, raspberry--good balance of tart and sweet--with a woody bourbon presence lurking beneath, as well as a touch of tobacco. I didn't really get much in the way of honey as a distinct factor. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, pretty smooth and enjoyable. Well-done for a fruit-infused stout, which can be a disaster if done wrong.

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Photo of ILMbrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Pretty sweet taste here. Did not get a lot of bourbon because of the immense raspberry presence. We probably did this beer an injustice by tasting it in line with KBS, CBS, World Wide and BCBCS. It just isn't the same style for me. But still, it was great once my taste buds adjusted. Got better as it warmed.

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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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Photo of claspada
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fudgey brown color with garnet highlights; not much of a khaki colored head, but the lacing is substantial.

Aromas of rich, dark chocolate and fresh raspberry purée. As it warms you get hints of honey and Bourbon.

The tastes begin with dark chocolate and honey upront, but it doesn't take long for the tart berry flavors to assert themselves. As it warms the tart black raspberry and sweet red raspberry elements assert themselves more and more, though the chocolate, Bourbon and honey lingers underneath, throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Finish is semi-sweet and mildly drying as well from the barrel presence.

Overall this was very enjoyable overall and what I wish GI Bramble Rye would have tasted like. The Bramble fruit flavors were a bit more artificial. Though I would prefer a slightly fuller mouthfeel, I am really impressed by this beer and am really enjoying the tart raspberry edge, the chocolate and the subtle Bourbon elements as they all mix very well in a harmonious fashion.

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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 brystmar
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Loved the last bottle I opened in Feb, hope it held up!

Black body, tan head, great retention on the lace. Strong raspberry aroma shines through the stouty base. A kids of honey sweetness makes its way in as well. Mmmmm...

Taste is about what you'd expect as raspberries sit atop the stout base. Can't really taste the honey. Boozy warmth soothes my throat at the end; roasty base tides me over until then. Fruits don't overwhelm, adding just enough complexity to remind you they are still here. Deserves a 4.25/5 on taste, rounding up.

I really like this beer; need another bottle!

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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 woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an Old Engine Oil tulip. Thanks to Tony for sharing.

A: Black body with brown highlights; momentary tan head. Pretty average.

S: Whoa. Huge bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and raspberry. Smells like an incredibly delicious bourbon + raspberry filled chocolate truffle. It's a big, bold, complex, and amazing aroma.

T: Way sweeter than the nose, with far less barrel and far more fruit. Raspberry and chocolate are the main players, with some spicy booze joining in on the finish. Still great, but less mindblowing than the aroma.

M: Slick medium body with some late-arriving but fairly intense carbonation. Strange, but not unpleasant.

O: This one made me fall in love with it based on the smell along. I could inhale this all night. A must-try.


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Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerness for this bottle: for those keeping score at home, that's two nights in a row of beerness. I think I'm getting a callous. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pours a distinctly black dark with minimal carbonation. Smell is a winner: certainly suffused with raspberries, nearly the level of Kuhnhenn's Raspberry Eisbock: pretty wicked nice. Little vanilla, more sweet. Definition of promising.

Lindley Park certainly has a bite to go with its nose. Yow! Alcohol roundhouse to the synapses starts the experience. The raspberries aren't as pronounced as in the nose, being cut with sweet malts & what I can only assume is honey. Chocolate is restrained but shows. Bourbon arrives only as a warmth in the back of the throat. Sweet fruit really lightens this one up compared to your average big stout; & the drinkability is the star. A sipper you can't sip. Big Gulps are the norm.

Not quite life-changing, but an excellent beer that really brings all the components together with a masterfully light touch. More & more impressed with Olde Hickory with every beer I have.

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

2013 batch.

A: Jet black pour with a medium-sized, dense and dark brown head. Head sticks around quite well. Tiniest streaks of lacing.

S: Raspberries before I even get the glass near my face. Strong raspberry aroma with bourbon. Unique for sure. Some caramel and toasted sugar from the bourbon. Oaky too. I swear I get some honey but it might be the power of suggestion.

T: Sweet raspberries and bourbon together at the forefront. Very interesting and tasty combination. Caramel, toffee and honey in the middle. There is a sudden hit of very bitter, almost acrid char and cocoa in the finish as the adjuncts fade. Finish is more lingering, drying bitter char and oak.

M: Heavy but not overly so. Dry aftertaste.

O: Interesting and unique combination for a beer. In fact I'm guessing this is one of a kind. Interesting juxtaposition of sugary sweet fruits up front and dry char and cocoa on the back end. Totally opposite ends of the spectrum, separated by about one second. It's tasty and unique. Not as mind blowing as I had hoped, but alas. Some chocolate to go with the raspberry would have been really nice I think. A little residual sweetness would be excellent in the finish too. Why am I making suggestions? I do not know.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Geist for this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near black with a thin off white head and some slight lacing. The nose brings a good amount of raspberry plus chocolate. Faint roast as well. Raspberry is a really nice component of the flavor along wi traditional stout. Quite well balanced. Medium body with a smooth finish and a bit of booze. Boom.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very daring, unique, bold beer. The blending of tart raspberries and dark chocolate, I found to be a bit too sharp on the palate at first, but it finishes quite smoothly. Also, that blend really softens as the beer warms. I give this beer bonus points for its assertive, pronounced style.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer. Thanks elliot!

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a dark brown cap that drops down into a ring.

Smell: It almost smells like a blend of a raspberry stout and a mead. Its got a nice oak beer smell. The raspberries are pretty big in the nose as well.

Taste: Its like a raspberry totsie roll with a hint of oak barrel and honey. Finishes with a little bit of bitterness in the form of bakers cocoa and subdued raspberries.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer has a little bit of a dry finish. It lighter than its ABV. Nice approachable mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a great fruited stout! Probably my favorite beer to date from Olde Hickory!

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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.