Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 149
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rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.99%
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North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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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 SadMachine
3.19/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Almost everyone at the tasting agreed that this must be a bad batch or bottle. One of the tasting group members has had many of the previous batches and loved it, and he felt this was WAY off! It could be bottle variation, but I would be very cautious of trading for the '14 vintage of this beer! (296 characters)

Photo of HOPSareKey
3.24/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looked good on the pour, but quickly took a bad turn. Slight aroma of roasted malt and faint fruit. No barrel detected. Subtle raspberry in the mid. Awkwardly out of place light mouth feel. (189 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice dark black pour with a small beige head, small amount of lacing

Smell: Event horizon + raspberries, and the raspberries seem out of place. Nice notes of malt, oak, coffee, dark chocolate and bourbon

Taste: The Raspberries are dominant but not pleasant or integrated. Very odd mixup. The base beer, minus the berries, has great notes of malt, oak, coffee, bourbon and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - medium/full body and mouthfeel

Overall: I was really looking forward to this one and definitely disappointed, the raspberries just do not play well with this imperial stout. (585 characters)

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. (1,230 characters)

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. (876 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 11/4/14. Pours black as a starless night. Normal head, lacing and retention for a barrel aged stout.

Nice nose of bourbon over bittersweet chocolate.

Light medium body with a very smooth texture that approaches slick. Light carbonation, which is normal for barrel aging, with just a hint of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, complex and somewhat balanced. Bourbon and alcohol dominate, but do allow the complexity to come forward. It begins with a slightly sweet blend of flavors that slowly separate beneath the bourbon. Tart raspberries lead, then flow into a light honey sweetness that yields to rich chocolate. In the middle, a slight bitterness emerges, that has an astringent alcohol bite, with a touch of roast, vanilla and oak over a rich honey sweetness - here is where honey is most evident. The finish gives that alcohol burn at the back of the throat coupled with a fading taste of bourbon and honey/chocolate sweetness over notes of grain alcohol. (1,003 characters)

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. (1,376 characters)

Photo of huddyball
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage courtesy of LGB362.

A: Vigorous pour into a snifter. Pours jet black with no head. This surprises me based on other reviews.

S: Winner here. Nice raspberry and chocolate aroma coming through.

T: Good, not great. You get the sweetness of the berries and chocolate, but I also get a heavy char. Char mellows when warming, but still there. This may be just me, but I get a heavy dose of the honey when I burp.

M: About average. Let down by the lack of carbonation. Figured this would be the case with the lack of a head.

O: Very good, but not what I was expecting. (579 characters)

Photo of Ohiovania
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look and smell are fantastic. Nice raspberry notes with some decent chocolate presence. Barrel character is barely there, if at all, and the mouthfeel is awful. This might be an off bottle or something but I wouldn't buy this again. (232 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-03-07
22oz bottle poured into four little samplers.

Pours black, still, with a ring of tan head. Smell is raspberries, roasty, some chocolate, plenty of alcohol.

Taste is fruity, raspberry, alcohol, bourbon. Mouthfeel is smooth and nice. (244 characters)

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. (893 characters)

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

Served on tap at the Omega Point release party. I found the raspberry to be unpleasantly overpowering, beyond a Backyard Rye, but otherwise an excellent brew. (158 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to BubbaBeerMan for sending me a bottle of this in a recent trade.

Pours viscous and pitch black with a thin beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Sweet, vinous aroma that's dominated by the raspberries. There's also a decent barrel presence and some roasted dark malt notes underneath. The nose is bursting forth with fresh raspberries but they are countered by the dry oak and sweet bourbon along with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and toast.

Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with subtle oxidization and tight carbonation up front. The beer looks viscuos and oily but it's slightly watered down and not as chewy/full as I had hoped for.

This beers has a complex flavor profile with a balance of fresh fruit, earthy oak, bourbon and dark malt. There's a huge burst of sweet, uber-fresh raspberry up front that dominates the flavor and lingers throughout. This beer is still young so I suspect that this will fade over time but for now the flavor is really strong. It seems like I can even taste the seeds which give it a slight earthy presence. The fruit flavor is countered by the dry toasted oak and near burnt dark malts. Subtle coffee roast, dry wood and bitter dark chocolate notes along with some boozy bourbon sweetness. The bourbon is faint and there is more of a non descript alcohol flavor than anything but the beer never becomes harsh or overly hot. Still, the oxidization and dry wood/roast flavor hurt the drinkability for me. This beer has the potential of being a chocolate covered bourbon raspberry delight but it well a little short of my expectations. (1,651 characters)

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. (850 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We opened this up during the tasting this weekend. Poured into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some red at the edge. There is just a layer of off white head that fades to a thin ring on top of the pour.

Smell: Smells like raspberry truffles. I'm picking up some of the honey and lots of raspberries with chocolate and some roast. Quite smooth with very little alcohol.

Taste: Chocolate and raspberries dominate. There is a tartness from the berries, but it doesn't clash with the roast. Quite sweet and warm from alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The raspberries were tastefully done. There is a good balance and this makes a really nice desert beer. I'd have another given the chance. (775 characters)

Photo of dutesanch
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The smell was truly exceptional. Right up there with Parabola and BCBS. Starts off very smooth with a bunch of Carmel, molasses and toffee. The Raspberry makes the finish a little tart which I didn't expect. Not a fan of that but still a high quality beer with very robust and distinct flavors. Not my favorite beer in this style but I can see why people love this beer. Again smells amazing! (393 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle courtesy of @jbwimer. Thanks man. Pours pitch black and viscous looking with a small creamy dark mocha brown head. Aroma of lots of chocolate, booze, and tart raspberries. Some roast in there, oaky vanilla bourbon notes. Interesting. Flavor is roasty bitter up front, fades into tart raspberries, some chocolate and booze. Pretty hot for 10%. The tart raspberries are a little strange intermingled with the roast here, but I tend to always have this response to fruit in my stouts. Super rich and creamy mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation.

I've wanted to try this one for a while, and in terms of quality of the stout here it is top notch. But I think the fruit just makes it a funky experience for me. Fruit/sour/tart just doesn't work for me with roast and chocolate. The bitterness is a bit much for the tart complement, and it makes it tough to put down more than a few ounces. Nevertheless, I'm pushing through. If you love fruited stouts, this is the bees knees. I recognize the quality of the craft here. These just never seem to hit my flavor spots. (1,072 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz split into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a half finger of light brown head, which receded fairly quickly.

S: Strong sweet bourbon with lots of booze, dark chocolate, and caramel sweetness. Faint raspberries in the background. Very much reminiscent of BCBS. A bit much for me.

T: Much better than aroma. Strong dark chocolate and roast with raspberries in the background. Caramel sweetness to balance. A bit boozy, but not bad.

M: Very thick and creamy.

O: A very intense bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, quite similar to BCBS. The flavor is pretty balanced, though. The raspberries are way in the background, but provide a nice touch. I have a hard time believing this is 10%, though. Seems more like 13%. (724 characters)

Photo of ScotNH
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with no head at all. Barely a ring of bubbles around the top. Some carbonation stubbornly clinging to the glass.

S - Raspberry dark chocolate. Fresh raspberries. Smells like dessert.

T - Follows the nose, with hints of bourbon and booze as well. Mostly well balanced with a very tart finish.

M - Medium-full body with light carbonation. Very pleasant.

O - This is too tart for my taste. I would love to try one of these with some age on it. The fresh raspberries really stand out. (500 characters)

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! (875 characters)

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. (671 characters)

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 (627 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon is there but could be more present. Rather roasty. Too much honey for me. THe raspberries are there but do not provide much in the way of fruit. Neither of the Olde Hickory stout have done it for me. (211 characters)

Photo of sportstsar
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Wax sealed bomber poured into a teku. Acquired via IP trade with iHia

Appearance: A deep, dark brown with a tiny ring of foam. I could have sworn the foamy head had a bit of a red tinge to it, but it's probably my brain/eyes playing tricks on me knowing ahead of time that this has raspberry in it.

Smell: Raspberry hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. After pouring it, the smell reminds me of those dark chocolate covered raspberry gummy candies at Trader Joe's

Taste: Just like those previously mentioned candies. Bitter dark chocolate lingers as it warms up. Not picking up much of the bourbon barrel character though.

Mouthfeel: Not light, but not super heavy and viscous. Right in between. The raspberry sweetness and chocolatey bitterness tend to punch me in the mouth and I find myself sipping some water to recover.

Overall: The only similar beer I have had was BCBS Backyard Rye. Definitely enjoyed both and like the style. Nice to see that this is a regular seasonal release, so if you're in the mood, it can certainly be tracked down. Would certainly have this again if the opportunity presented itself. (1,122 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Ppeworks snifter

A- pours black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Random blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- chocolate, roast, dark fruits, light pine.

T- bitter chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, bitter coffee.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly syrupy with a fairly smooth finish.

O- very good beer. Nice balance of bitter chocolate and dark fruits. (404 characters)

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