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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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717 Ratings
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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 494
Gots: 225 | FT: 30
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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Photo of tectactoe
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of rudzud
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of woosterbill
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.