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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 489
Gots: 191 | FT: 26
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:
An imperial stout brewed with honey and raspberries, then aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: GehenHerzog on 11-08-2011)
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Sammy, Feb 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

t0rin0, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and raspberry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer some great flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

djrn2, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

zestar, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.2%

acurtis, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

metter98, May 18, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with garnet highlights; not much of a head, but the beer has legs

Smell: Rich, dark chocolate and fresh raspberry purée with a hint of honey and Bourbon

Taste: Dark chocolate and honey appear first, but it doesn't take long for the tart black and red raspberry flavors to assert themselves; after the swallow, the tart black raspberry and sweet red raspberry elements sway back and forth, though the chocolate, Bourbon and honey lingers underneath, throughout; puckerish tartness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: 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

brentk56, Nov 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Texasfan549, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

kjkinsey, Jul 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

GRG1313, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

ygtbsm94, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gurgled forth a black, viscous-looking body with a frothing, very dark tan-hued head.

Smell: Hearty, fresh, moist dark bread before the coffee-accented roast overtakes it, along with bold notes of spiced honey, melted chocolate, and pureed raspberries. The barrel character is there, yielding a bit of bourbon, oak, but it takes a back seat to the other scents.

Taste: A start of bitterish chocolate sauce, dark caramel, and a heavy roastiness rubbing shoulders with a spiced dark German bread taste and a whisper of the honey. Lindley Park maintains this spiciness, adds some warming alcohol, and a touch of bitterness. Then, it's raspberries, baby! As with the aroma, the barrel-aged quality is there, sure, but it is not at the forefront of this brew. The flavors leisurely roll this way and that, leading to the drying, chocolate-covered raspberry, honey-dosed coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Delicious! Today, I am a raspberry stout fan.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Knapp85, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a deep nearly cocoa colored 1/2 finger head atop.Deep choclate walnut brownies and raspberry syrup in the nose,it's dessert with a big kick.Flavors of deep mocha roast coffee infused with raspberry,it's deeply roasted with hefty sweetness from the raspberries and honey.This is a sipper but it hits home with all the different elements of the beer,kick ass.

oberon, Nov 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

largadeer, Apr 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

JAHMUR, Mar 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

SocalKicks, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz wax topped bomber into a couple of snifters. Big thanks go to my buddy Barscream for sharing this with me. Pours dark and oily in the glass, with an angry looking head of dark mocha foam. This stays robust and leaves back some quite heavy lacing at times. Smells of dark roasted coffee, chocolate and a good bit of tart fruitiness, with some softer raspberry accents definitely showing themselves. Oak and alcohol warmth rounds out the edges. The taste is similar. Roasted malts, sweet chocolate and honey, some prominent raspberry flavor and a touch of herbal character. Little vanilla and oak mixed in as well. Alcohol adds some extra bold sweetness. The mouthfeel is full and chewy with a touch of underlying tannic slickness that helps add some smoothness to this. The alcohol can be strong is spots but is overall pretty accessible for 10%. There was certainly no shortage of character going on with this, sometimes maybe a little too much, as those big Stout, raspberry and barrel flavors all kind of crashed into each at times. This was still pretty nice though. Half the bottle was a good enough amount for me. Thanks Greg!

Kegatron, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean, I think? Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - A half-finger of tan foam that settles to a collar and spotty lace. Very dark brown body with a lighter shade of brown at the fringes of the glass.

S - Big earthy bourbon character, oaky vanilla, roasted grains, dark chocolate honey, and an increasingly prominent raspberry character as the beer warms up.

T - The taste is actually a tiny bit better (although not enough to warrant a perfect score). A super smooth raspberry dark chocolate cheesecake is as apt a description as any. Well-hidden alcohol.

M - Solidly hefty medium-full body, chewy texture, lightly tannic in the finish with mild lingering stickiness. Again, minimal alcohol warmth.

D - A great barrel-aged raspberry imperial stout. I'd like to get a bottle of this to enjoy on my own, as it's an excellent take on The Event Horizon. Old Hickory seems to have this style figured out. Worth seeking out and surprisingly drinkable considering the style and ABV.

MasterSki, Jan 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

drabmuh, Jan 03, 2012
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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.