Lindley Park | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
An imperial stout brewed with honey and raspberries, then aged in bourbon barrels.

Added by GehenHerzog on 11-08-2011

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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 notchucknorris
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours pretty much black with a great looking two finger mocha colored head. Some decent lacing down the glass.

S: Straight dark chocolate with this rich, dark fruity edge to it like a raisin and raspberry jam truffle. Reminds me of those Trader Joes Raspberry Chocolate Sticks that I pop like nobody's business when no one's around to stop me.

T: Honestly, this one is a little bit of a letdown for me. Kind of disjointed notes of dark chocolate, dark fruit, currant and some molasses. A touch of wet wood and char, but no real bourbon character that I can pick up on at all. Maybe a little bit of vanilla, but not much sweetness here at all. Much more of a roasty, dark chocolate feel than the sweet bomb I was expecting. A pretty tasty stout, but I would definitely like to see a little more here from both the barrel and the raspberries.

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Photo of dutesanch
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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!

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Photo of zac16125
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 11/4/14

Thanks to themadhanner for sending this one over via trade!


A: Pours an opaque absolutely jet black, with just under 2 fingers width of dense, dark mocha colored head which dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves only a very slight degree of lacing.

S: Huge sweetness, tons of raspberry, chocolate fudge, and roasted malt. Barrel notes are certainly present with charred oak and bourbon-y vanilla. Excellent nose.

T: Like the nose there are lots of raspberry and roasty notes. I don’t get the sweet chocolatey fudge notes I picked up in the aroma, but maybe a subtle semi sweet cocoa. Theres an herbaceous characters as well. Barrel notes are there with oak and bourbony booze. Lots going on, but raspberry is definitely the dominant flavor. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, but not necessarily thick, carbonation appropriate, ABV is well restrained and drinkability is excellent. 4.25

O: Really well done beer. I liked it a lot more than The Event Horizon, more balanced flavor profile and the addition of raspberries is very nice. 4.5

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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 mr-jj
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is definitely raspberry along with some roasted malt and chocolate. The raspberry is still strong on the taste, but much more balanced with the other flavors of chocolate, anise, and some booze. Body is full and creamy. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of IMFletcher
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.19/5  rDev -25.5%
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!

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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 tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious raspberry stout--- chocolate flavors surround a laser-beam of fresh raspberry flavor... also has complexity, subtle flavors that are hard to describe but very unique... a winner!

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of mythaeus
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 out of a snifter. Liked how they stamped the wax. Toppling Goliath can learn something from them. The beer was decent, rather syrupy, but all the flavors combined for a very smoky taste that I didn't care for.

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Photo of HOPSareKey
3.24/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily the best ba stout nc has to offer. Pours out a very dark brown color with little head. Alcohol legs. Smells like chocolate raspberry candy dipped in bourbon. Tastes the same. Nice medium plus mouthfeel. Fudge too. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of Canes97
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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!

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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 kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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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 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 sportstsar
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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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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