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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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157 Reviews
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Reviews: 157
Hads: 888
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 487
Gots: 272 | FT: 48
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:
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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Reviews: 157 | Hads: 888
Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of CManuel
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up from Tasty Beverage in Raleigh NC.

A-Very smooth and thick looking stout. Jet black. Head is minimal and fades fast. Call me crazy but you can almost see a red tint in the beer from the raspberries.

S-Hits you in the face dark fruit notes, especially berries. Chocolate is there throughout, but more subtle. I can smell a little bit of the bourbon/vanilla from the barrels, but it's hard to pick out for me.

T-WOW. The flavors that are present really come together in a harmonious manner. Mostly fruit and chocolate throughout, but the honey and bourbon flavors really come in as well. It all blends together so perfectly. It's a strong beer, but there's not much alcohol heat present. This is one amazing tasting beer, EASILY the best I've had from Olde Hickory (have not tried event horizon yet).

M-As I was pouring it, i thought it was going to be one thick beer. But its really smooth and easy, I'd almost venture to say that mouthfeel is one of the better aspects of this beer.

O-Hands down one of my favorite Dark beers. I'm not usually a fan of fruit infused stouts, but this one really took me by surprise. If you can find this, GET IT!

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Photo of benjaminahudson
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with decent lacing and a brownish head

S - Definitely taste the fruit notes, and hints of chocolate throughout. Nothing overpowering, but noticeable.

T - The taste of the raspberries and chocolate are noticeable.

O - One of my favorite Old Hickory offerings. I would still probably give the edge to The Event Horizon, but both are outstanding beers and deserving of the continued recognition they will no doubt receive in the future.

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Photo of Spaten454
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz 2012 Ive been waiting along time to get to try this brew.

A- Pours black and thick with a tan head that dissipates across the top quickly.

S- Dark chocolate is most prominent. boozy bourbon and raspberry backing. Honey is strongest when you swirl the glass.

T- The same as the smell. Loads of chocolate mixed with smooth bourbon with the raspberries playing a their roll in the background. Finishes a dark, bitter chocolate.

D- Smooth, rich with mild carbonation

O- This is a good, balanced stout that I cant wait to try after it gets some age on it.

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Photo of Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Msquared2, I thank you for this beer. What a perfect way to end the week.
2011 bottle, poured into a Deschutes tulip.

Apearance. Pours thick and black with half a finger of tan head.

Smell. Oh man, this is going to be nice. Massive amounts of bittersweet chocolate, a little raspberry and cherry, a small hint of booze ...and some more dark chocolate.

Taste. Wow, the raspberry caught me by surprise after smelling just a little. Real raspberries, that nice dark chocolate that I was smelling and just a bit of roasty malts. Very little bitterness, except for the dark chocolate flavours, a little sweet in the right proportion with the flavours, and just a little bit of tang from the berries. Awesome stuff.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium-low carbonation, not at all taxing.

Overall. I was expecting good, but this one is awesome. It's going to go down way too quick.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2011 vintage
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours almost completely black, but there are some reddish hues towards. Ring of tan around the edges but that is about it. Some lacing bits after you swirl.

S: Dark bakers chocolate. Some roasty notes. Then you do get the fruit. Definitely pulling that raspberry sweetness still after a year.

T: Tart raspberry on the tip of the tongue, coupled with that chocolate bitterness. Deep dark chocolate. It's actually really delicious, even though the people I was sharing with didn't enjoy as much. Flavors really grow on you after a while. Like others have described, raspberry truffle character. Don't get much of the barreling, aside from some vanilla notes that mesh with the roast and fruit. Only knock on this one. Finish is long and the flavors stick with you.

M: Big medium leading to large. Thought it was going to be a little larger.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with little lacing or carbonation. Reddish Brown head

S - Dark fruit, sweet chocolate

T - Deep dark chocolate that is sweet with raspberries. Tastes like a dark chocolate raspberry truffle.

D - Full Bodied with low carbonation

O - Excellent stout. Quite unique I recommend this delicious beer!

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Photo of brystmar
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Loved the last bottle I opened in Feb, hope it held up!

Black body, tan head, great retention on the lace. Strong raspberry aroma shines through the stouty base. A kids of honey sweetness makes its way in as well. Mmmmm...

Taste is about what you'd expect as raspberries sit atop the stout base. Can't really taste the honey. Boozy warmth soothes my throat at the end; roasty base tides me over until then. Fruits don't overwhelm, adding just enough complexity to remind you they are still here. Deserves a 4.25/5 on taste, rounding up.

I really like this beer; need another bottle!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.3.12.

A - Pours a very dark, motor oil brown with a small dark brown head that slowly moves to the edges.

S - Roasted malts, sweetness, some soy sauce, and fruit.

T - A typical roasty, boozy stout then a sweet raspberry treat hits you straight on.

D - Mild to medium carbonation with a heavier body.

O - A good stout, but the raspberry and honey bravel show up here. Nice.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to Eric for sharing this one next to my Event Horizon. 2011 vintage poured from a 220z bottle. Pitch black in color with a thin tan head scattered across top.

The aroma shows some bourbon, brown sugar, dark chocolate and a little bit of raspberry sweetness. It comes together very well, the raspberries are very appealing in it and they blend with the chocolate flavors very well. The bourbon is well done as well and not overpowering all the other additions in it.

The raspberries also blend in and compliment very well in the taste. There is a little bourbon there, but again it's not overdone. It's got a little more chocolate to it up front, where the finish shows a little more of a roasted bitterness. The chocolate, bourbon and raspberries are a really great combination.

The mouthfeel is heavier with low carbonation, which works well for the style. Overall it was a great beer. The fresh raspberry flavors complimented the base beer very well. From the examples I've had, I don't usually think adding fruit to an imperial stout works all that well. This one however changed my mind, it was just as good if not better than the Event Horizon.

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Photo of claspada
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fudgey brown color with garnet highlights; not much of a khaki colored head, but the lacing is substantial.

Aromas of rich, dark chocolate and fresh raspberry purée. As it warms you get hints of honey and Bourbon.

The tastes begin with dark chocolate and honey upront, but it doesn't take long for the tart berry flavors to assert themselves. As it warms the tart black raspberry and sweet red raspberry elements assert themselves more and more, though the chocolate, Bourbon and honey lingers underneath, throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Finish is semi-sweet and mildly drying as well from the barrel presence.

Overall this was very enjoyable overall and what I wish GI Bramble Rye would have tasted like. The Bramble fruit flavors were a bit more artificial. 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 as they all mix very well in a harmonious fashion.

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Photo of jegross2
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery out of North Carolina. This beer is a twist on their most famous brew, the Event Horizon.
Score: 92

From the 267 day of 2011. Enjoyed 06/16/12, served in a St. Bernardus Watou stemmed snifter and shared with my father for father's day.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger of creamy mocha head that settles to a ring around the glass. Good lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Huge doses of sweet honey, bourbon-y molasses, raisin, and raspberries. Sweet milk chocolate too. The most prominent aroma, by a mile, is the honey when you swirl the brew. There's some complementary vanilla and oak in the mix too. 4.5/5

Taste: More raspberry upfront and throughout on the palate than the nose led on. In the aroma, the raspberry was more an incorporated element, but it's dominant on the palate. Behind the raspberry is sweet raisin, brown sugar and vanilla. Dark chocolate flavor behind that. Just a little bit of oaky flavor and residual black coffee towards the finish. Very sweet, but the alcohol is well-hidden. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied, light carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: About on par with Bramble, though the flavors are better incorporated here. This is a very sweet imperial stout, and I have a strong feeling that those who did not like Dark Lord or Bramble Bourbon County Stout will not like this too much either.

Recommendation: Worth seeking out a glass, but I couldn't finish a whole bomber of this to myself if I tried.

Pairings: Steak.

Cost: $18 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this one a couple times now, and noticed I never gave it a proper review. 22oz bottle, split with my wife, poured my allotment into a snifter. Pours a deep, thick black. Small mocha head on top. Light lace left behind. Scents of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate. The mouth is creamy and smooth with subtle carbonation on the palate. Bourbon starts this one off. Chocolate rounds it out, and there’s a slight tangy fruit finish from the raspberries. Mild wood character noted as well. This was a treat the first time I had it, and it’s still good after a half year in the cellar. Looking forward to seeing what a little more time will do to this one.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed 11 May 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours very deep brown and opaque, with 1 finger of medium tan head.

The raspberries blend with the stout in a way that really evokes molasses. Smell and taste are both heavy on the raspberries, but heavier on a molasses-like dark sugary sweetness. Kinda like eating raspberry gingerbread without the ginger.

Feel is heavy and thick - quite chewy. Enough carbonation.

A good, interesting stout. I don't know where that sugary molasses character came from, but it works fairly well.

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
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%.

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Photo of Auracom
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unexpected opportunity to try this one, huge thanks to another BA'er (whose name I'll be damned if I can remember, sorry) for the share. Poured into a tulip on March 10th, 2012 at KBS release.

A - Eerily similar to Black Note that I tried less than 10 minutes before this pour. Moderately think deep brown, black coloring with a twinge of violet or dark ruby hues. Very little head, retention, or lacing.

S - It took one dig into the nose to understand that this is how fruit should be integrated. The raspberries are tart and prominent, but only just so. Underlying wood barrel, a bit vineous, earthy, and subtle dark fruit beyond the rasp-variety.

T - More of that great raspberry tartness blended with mahogany or oak, raisins, slight molasses, roast. More than enjoyable.

M - Unpronounced medium body, good carbonation, dry finish.

D - Very memorable brew on a great day of tastings. Honestly, this kicks BC Bramble Rye's ass. Take note Goose Island, you can add in the fruit yet retain a sense of balance and complexity throughout.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours smooth oily pitch black with a small amount of coffee colored head that sits along the edges of the beer quite nicely. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up scents of molasses, dark chocolate, and raspberry. There is an underlying burnt toast smell, and I also get a bit of soy and some alcohol.

T: It starts out sweet with a little burst of fruit flavor. The middle of the beer has a bright tartness from the raspberry. As that fades the bittersweet chocolate shines through. The finish has bit bit of a burnt charcoal like flavor mixed with booze.

M: Full bodied beer. The beer doesn't coat the palate (like I thought it would). The flavors dance on the tongue and fade away after the beer is gone. There is a lingering mix of tart and burnt.

O: I think this beer is pretty good. It's got a lot going on in it. The flavors are a weird mix, and I would have liked it to not have been so bitter. It's good, but I won't be seeking this beer out again.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.


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

Re-review thanks to rudzud for sharing, and had at SMBDC tasting originally.

Super dark thick viscous like crude oil, nice dark choc colored creamy thick 1/2 finger head fades pretty quickly, even a hint of lacing, legs forget it, more like a slow mudslide on the sides of the glass.

Nose has nice bright fruit, berries, fresh bright raspberries, but not a ton. Some malts but not as much as I expected, some booze tingle even, into little cocoa, hint of rich milk choc, little wafer cookie base, little caramel, and a nice honey. Soft whisky and vanilla barrel in the background.

Taste starts with the malts, dark choc, chewy malts, oats, as well as a little wafer cookie biscuit like, milk choc, little bakers, pretty rich and heavy. Very smooth silk stout, soft truffle like choc, bit of warning booze and light tingle, into a nice honey flavor. The raspberry is there but light, a bit of a raspberry infused choc like, light tannic stem. The nice smooth flavor and everything combined gets rounded nicely but the light vanilla barrel and mild whisky, although I wish the bourbon came through a bit more. Fair bitterness from light toasty and tannic berry stem. Finish is sticky little syrupy with more mild cocoa, a lot more of the raspberry on the finish, more bitter tannin.

Mouth is smooth and little velvety, very nice, good carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall very nice, just a hint lower than goose island backyard rye.

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Photo of n2185
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts up front with semi-sweet chocolate followed by tart raspberries, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Very pleasant

T: roasted malts followed by dark chocolate and sweet and tart raspberries. Oak, toffee, and bourbon notes follow with a finish of bitter roasted malts and char. Slight alcohol burn. Quite tasty.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is fairly smooth and creamy.

O: a good beer that manages to balance the fruit with the stout and bourbon characters very well. Nice depth and complexity of flavor and aroma. I'd like a bit creamier body, but that's just a minor nitpick.

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Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Darkness tulip 2-12-12

A: Black with a khaki colored head. Ruby around the edges with a nice bit of lacing.

S: I absolutely love the smell of this beer. Dark chocolate and charred malt with a wonderful sweet raspberry puree aroma. Mild oak as well.

T: Taste is intense charred/roasted malt and a bitter chocolate and tart raspberries. Just doesn't work for me, the raspberries add a bit of acidity and make the stout feel a bit thin and taste a bit more bitter.

M: A little thinner than I'd like. Medium bodied to thin for the style.

O: I really enjoyed sipping on this beer and could not stop smelling it. I do not get much honey from it but that may be because there are so many other elements to it.

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Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Thanks to RC0032 for bringing this over.

The beer itself has a nearly black mahogany color with dark ruby edges. Not much light makes it through anywhere in the glass. A small tan head forms initially and fades pretty quickly.

The aroma and flavor are fairly consistent. There is a little bit of honey in the aroma, not as much in the flavor. Some milk chocolate, some dark, bitter chocolate, slightly tart raspberries all work very well together. a little bit of booze tingles the tongue and warms the stomach. The carbonation is on the light and creamy side, working well with the chocolate covered raspberry flavor and full body.

As someone who has a soft spot for raspberries, the chocolate covered raspberry flavor is pretty dead on accurate and enjoyable.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.