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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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617 Ratings
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 493
Gots: 193 | 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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pathman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

12-28-2012 00:13:37 | More by pathman
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Lare453

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large format bottle in a dfh glass

A black with a dark brown head that changes color into a medium tan head. No lacing, fast dissipating head, looks great.

S bitter chocolate, raspberry, malt, oak, dark malt, dark caramel, very complex.

T amazing! Dark chocolate and bitter chocolate beginning, the middle is a a sweet chocolate and heavy oak which leads into a vibrant raspberry and chocolate truffle flavor. The aftertaste is wonderful, dark chocolate covered raspberries, tastes like the ones you get at Godiva. It is amazing.

M thick, rich, smooth, extremely lightly carbonated, soft.

O DANG! One of the best beers I've ever had . I loved it! Not being a fan of combining fruit and chocolate,this beer was very surprising and has a wonderful fresh flavor. Nothing fake tasting and has a great profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 02:48:25 | More by Lare453
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark black pour with s rich deep mocha head that fades to a thin halo and light wisps. Big huge legs.

S - Aromas of nice raspberry, sweet honey, chocolate. The alcohol is rather noticeable, not much malts though.

T - Taste is very nice, incredibly smooth. Very nice raspberry jam without being sweet, rich dark chocolate, light honey to mellow things out. The base beer with the pappy barrels really shine through. Tastes like a raspberry truffle, very rich and smooth. The bourbon and honey really balance things out.

M - Mouthfeel is really smooth and silky, super rich.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot. Thought the raspberry was well done here, but wanted a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 22:57:36 | More by rudzud
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 04:23:33 | More by maximum12
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mhaugo

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-17-2012 05:48:09 | More by mhaugo
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-06-2014 16:35:56 | More by EgadBananas
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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-31-2011 03:30:58 | More by jophish17
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

re-review

22oz waxed bottle into a snifter. 9/30/13 bottling date purchased and consumed 10/11/13.

Pours an opaque black with a creamy beige 1/2 inch head with a slight red hue to it that lasts for a good while.. Extremely attractive pour. The smell is in your face with chocolate and a good amount of raspberries. It's astonishingly aromatic with the raspberries...wow. The taste is insanely good. Its not sweet by any means, but its just so flavorful. You get the raspberries at first then it follows with chocolately goodness and a lingering amount of malty stoutness with a return of raspberries to your palate. This amazing taste lingers for a long while. ABV is undetectable on the palate. This would be a beer that would pair exceptional with a plethora of foods from chocolate cake to salmon to cheese. Full bodied but not syrupy, mild carbonation.

Overall this is possible my all time favorite beer. Highest praise.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:27:14 | More by Axnjxn
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for splitting his bottle with me - been trying for this one for a while now. Side by side with Pipeworks' Raspberry Truffle Abduction; I had a hunch that this one would be better, I guess we'll see. It pours dark as hell - pitch black, completely opaque. Barely any head formation after a straight-down pour, though swirling the glass brings to life one of the darkest tan heads I've ever seen; thick, frothy, and quick to recede back into nothing.

One whiff of this and you're off and running in barrel-land. Big-time barrel aromas - tons of oak, moderate vanilla, and silky smooth bourbon. The bourbon is pretty powerful, yet tamed well and not abrasive to my nostrils. Malty as hell with a ton of thick, brown sugar, molasses, and roasted cocoa beans.

The raspberry is actually a little quiet at first, not peeking its head out until I take a few more successive whiffs. Once it finally comes out, though, it's wonderful. Lightly sweet raspberry jam; deep, pure, and extremely inviting. Some moderate honey sweetness in the tail end, though I could just be imagining that since the bottle says "honey" on it. Wonderful execution of "stout + barrel + raspberry" without leaning out of kilter towards any given side.

The only thing left to do is taste this one... and the first sip is simply magical. Leading the way is a surge of thick molasses coupled with a generous helping of juicy, raspberry jam. Bourbon and oak flavors outline the edges constantly, along with a mild vanilla flavor that works perfectly in the small doses it's given in. The raspberry flavor starts off strong and within a second or two, a delicate tartness comes out and then quickly transcends into a sweet bit-part between the rest of the flavors.

I love this beer because the raspberry flavor is integrated in a neigh perfect manner. It's got a bunch of sweetness and even a mild tartness to it, while still remaining "dark" or "deep" enough to blend well with a barrel-aged stout (which is executed beautifully on its own). The finish is pretty sweet; raspberries, other mixed berries, figs, oak, and mild bourbon. Lots of sticky brown sugar left on the palate once the beer is gone, too. Big, heavy body with low-medium carbonation. Mildly sticky mouth feel, chewy and thick as hell.

So glad I got to try this one. I would definitely like to seek out more bottles of this. I love raspberry and I love stouts. Barrel-aging doesn't hurt, either. I feel like if this beer were just a barrel-aged stout without raspberries, it would be great. Adding raspberries to an already delicious barrel-aged stout is a risky move, but Olde Hickory pulled it off with flying colors.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 16:45:48 | More by tectactoe
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-19-2013 01:33:41 | More by KevinGordon
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-04-2013 03:42:14 | More by AngusOg
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

02-08-2014 04:38:02 | More by eawolff99
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-07-2013 02:34:05 | More by Holland
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 18:56:28 | More by Sean9689
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-19-2012 05:31:17 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

10-20-2013 19:37:32 | More by outoffocus
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ehammond1


4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 20:30:42 | More by ehammond1
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Florida9

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 13:41:52 | More by Florida9
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-21-2012 04:31:55 | More by Exiled
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

10-31-2013 04:07:17 | More by ZEB89
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srandycarter

California

4.29/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 02:24:37 | More by srandycarter
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cosmicevan

New York

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the trade, Msquared2.

a - pried the wax off and cracked the cap and filled my E snifter. nice rich sludgy pour...settles like an oil spil with a thin just shy of a finger's worth of milk mocha frappacino looking head. head fizzled away within a minute but left small milky bubble clusters on the surface. swirling rebuilds slightly and coats the glass with a thin layer or spotty lacing.

s - during the pour the smell started to fill the air. upon inspection...chocolate covered raspberries. the honey is present as well but not as much so as the raspberries. kind of like the imperial stout with some raspberries in it...as advertised. it really smells decadent...like a raspberry brownie you'd get at a steakhouse...INTENSE.

t - just as the nose advertised, i'm drinking a dessert. it is rich and thick and chocolate raspberry cake. 50 times thicker than a ten fidy (well, maybe not 50 times, but you get where i'm going with how thick and rich this one is). might be too intense for some. the raspberry is good, but VERY dominating. i am expecting the chunks that you get when eating raspberry yogurt...picture that but in a chocolate cake beer. i don't get anything from the oak barrels and i cannot pick out the honey as well as in the imperial stout.

m - full bodied and leaves a cooling crisp alcohol tingle in my mouth.

o - overall, this is all about the raspberry. very sweet and very desert like. delicious, yes...but 22 oz seems like i've got my work cut out for me. i'd probably take the imperial stout over this one if given the choice...both great beers, but the raspberry is an interesting treatment to a great beer...doesn't necessarily make it better for my taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 00:39:28 | More by cosmicevan
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

09-29-2013 18:06:42 | More by BMart
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-05-2014 22:49:24 | More by williamjbauer
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Bung

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2012 23:13:10 | More by Bung
Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
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