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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 866
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 494
Gots: 262 | FT: 43
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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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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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Photo of cvm4
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage

A - Pours with a black, thick body and the head is just a dark brown ring around the glass. It would really look great with a little more carb so it's not looking flat out of the bottle.

S - Raspberry, roasted malts, dark chocolate, a touch of honey and bourbon barrels on the backend. The nose is really out of this world to me.

T - Raspberry and dark chocolate dominate and shine through on the taste. The raspberry is ever so sweet and ever so tart. I think the honey helps here. Roasted malts are present, but definitely take a backseat. The bourbon barrel come through in the finish and lingers.

M - On the heavy side of light to almost medium with minimal carbonation. It has a wet finish and is very drinkable.

O - I could drink this beer a lot and not tire of it. To me, it's hitting the right chords except for the appearance and mouthfeel, which is due to lack of carbonation.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black with deep maroon highlights. This is a black hole of a beer, even held up to the sun, no light permeates this behemoth! Small red tinted head that faded almost immediately. Very sparse lacing. Lots of raspberry on the nose with hints of chocolate and coffee. On the tongue, lots of raspberry followed by dark chocolate and a hint of black coffee. Finishes slightly dry and astringent. Full bodied with little carbonation. Overall, an outstanding stout that lives up to the hype!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a dark black, with a half inch mocha colored head, and a good amount of lacing down the glass.

Aromas include fresh raspberry, roasted malt, and chocolate.

The taste is similar. There is only the lightest amount of roasted malt in the flavor- the raspberry and chocolate are the big starts. The raspberry flavor is mostly sweet and slightly tart- more jammy than reminiscent of whole raspberries. The honey provides an additional layer of sweetness as well. There is some rich milk chocolate, and a little bit of a lactose flavor. The bourbon flavor is very mild, and only noticeable when the beer warms up.

Medium bodied, but I wish it could be thicker, slightly thin for a BA stout. Low carbonation, creamy, sweet mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

This was excellent. Beef up the body a little bit, and it would be perfect.

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Photo of metter98
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


A- Black with small purple ring; like Prince.

S- Big chocolate and raspberry upfront! Nice barrel notes after that. It smells like a raspberry chocolate that you would eat... writer's block

T- Big chocolate and raspberry. More raspberry than chocolate though. Very creamy tasting too

M- I am knocking this one for lack of carb, and it's not like it gets by like CCB; but other than that the M is fantastic. It leaves a wax layer of raspberry chocolate in your mouth. Glorious, but no carb

O- A fantastic brew! I would def seek this out as it is an experience

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Photo of yankeepride
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deepest brown you can be without being black. As soon as I cracked the cap, I could smell the raspberries. In the tulip, the booze really comes through. It's super-smooth, and the only real complaint I have is that the oak mutes both the honey and the berries. This one is so close to perfect, but I think I'd prefer it without the barrel.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my cousin Sonny for sharing this over a long weekend of beer tasting. Fully reviewed Sunday to E-mail notes.

A- Poured to four glasses from the bomber with a midnight black body. Light mocha brown head forms to about a finger with decent retention. Head descends to a frothy ring at the edges. Tons of legs lead to spotty lacing.

S- Raspberry nectar at an impressive strength. The fruit is definitely the star but a rich chocolate, dark roasty malt base comes through just enough to make you realize this is not a straight fruit beer. Fruity baked goods.

T- Damn, Olde Hickory... the raspberry comes through from the nose in a fashion I can't quite say that I have ever found in another beer. Fresh, authentic fruit feel dominates the flavor early on but the base stout opens up after a few sips. Decadent chocolate malts, dark roast grains, sweetness and nuttiness. Oak wood feel but no whiskey for me.

MF- Thick body with a creamy and slightly silky texture. Carbonation is at a medium level. No alcohol warmth present and semi-tart raspberry lingers with some roast bitterness.

Not sure I have ever found a beer with raspberry flavor quite like this. Each sip reveals waves of flavor that oscillates between straight fresh raspberry and rich chocolate truffle. The barrels don't really do much for me but insane raspberry takes the cake.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2013 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with light gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and the faintest hint of very dark brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of rich dark chocolate and raspberries with light notes of honey, bourbon, and oak.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor of rich dark chocolate with a light amount of roasted malts with a hint of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of raspberries - very natural raspberry flavors with some tartness and some sweetness. Light amounts of bourbon, vanilla, and oak towards the finish. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.

O: I had this beer on Valentine's Day and the smell reminds me of really great handmade chocolates (thinking raspberry truffle). I really enjoyed this beer and it was well worth the wait - it was saved for a special occasion after I picked it up in the autumn. Easy to drink with very well hidden ABV.

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Photo of Dope
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch.

A: Jet black pour with a medium-sized, dense and dark brown head. Head sticks around quite well. Tiniest streaks of lacing.

S: Raspberries before I even get the glass near my face. Strong raspberry aroma with bourbon. Unique for sure. Some caramel and toasted sugar from the bourbon. Oaky too. I swear I get some honey but it might be the power of suggestion.

T: Sweet raspberries and bourbon together at the forefront. Very interesting and tasty combination. Caramel, toffee and honey in the middle. There is a sudden hit of very bitter, almost acrid char and cocoa in the finish as the adjuncts fade. Finish is more lingering, drying bitter char and oak.

M: Heavy but not overly so. Dry aftertaste.

O: Interesting and unique combination for a beer. In fact I'm guessing this is one of a kind. Interesting juxtaposition of sugary sweet fruits up front and dry char and cocoa on the back end. Totally opposite ends of the spectrum, separated by about one second. It's tasty and unique. Not as mind blowing as I had hoped, but alas. Some chocolate to go with the raspberry would have been really nice I think. A little residual sweetness would be excellent in the finish too. Why am I making suggestions? I do not know.

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Photo of ScotNH
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with no head at all. Barely a ring of bubbles around the top. Some carbonation stubbornly clinging to the glass.

S - Raspberry dark chocolate. Fresh raspberries. Smells like dessert.

T - Follows the nose, with hints of bourbon and booze as well. Mostly well balanced with a very tart finish.

M - Medium-full body with light carbonation. Very pleasant.

O - This is too tart for my taste. I would love to try one of these with some age on it. The fresh raspberries really stand out.

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Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue waxed 2013 vintage 22oz bottle poured into a CBS oversized snifter.

A - Pours an opaque black color with a thin 1/2 finger of dark brown fizzy head that falls almost immediately and leaves behind a thick foamy collar and faint traces of lacing on the glass.

S - A bit of paint thinner up front, followed up by much more desirable raspberries. Buttery caramel, fudgy chocolate, bitter chocolate.

T - Very firm raspberry up front, bright with fruitiness and a tart fruit character as well. Bitter bakers chocolate, dry cocoa-like flavor, chocolate fudge, honey, smokey, some tobacco, a touch of char. Raspberry is way up front in the flavor profile and pushes everything else into the background.

M - Medium body, perhaps a bit light for the style. Carbonation is appropriately low/mid level giving only a mild tingle. Very fruity with some tartness and a host of chocolate varieties in the background.

O - Far more raspberry forward than I expected...maybe just past the ideal amount for me. I love raspberries, but this overshadows the rest of the flavors a bit too much. I think a blend with more chocolate/less fruit would be ideal. Fairly dessert like in character...nice NFL playoff weekend sipper.

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Photo of huddyball
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage courtesy of LGB362.

A: Vigorous pour into a snifter. Pours jet black with no head. This surprises me based on other reviews.

S: Winner here. Nice raspberry and chocolate aroma coming through.

T: Good, not great. You get the sweetness of the berries and chocolate, but I also get a heavy char. Char mellows when warming, but still there. This may be just me, but I get a heavy dose of the honey when I burp.

M: About average. Let down by the lack of carbonation. Figured this would be the case with the lack of a head.

O: Very good, but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty legendary in these parts, but I still feel it is somewhat lesser known outside of North Carolina. Poured from a 2013 black wax bomber at 50F into an Olde Hickory mini-Pokal.

A: Heavy black wax with a cool vintage stamp this year. Poured the darkest black mahogany with a finger of very thick chocolate color head. Subsequent warmer pours gave a bit more head. Good looking for sure.

N: The nose on this beer when fresh is really amazing. You get loads of fresh raspberries, literally like they are just being smashed in the basket after picking them. You also smell the honey, along with Chocolate notes and a bit of the barrel character.

T: This beer has an amazing flavor profile which I would describe as a dark chocolate raspberry truffle. The fruit is still young and very up front on this one, one of the dominant flavors for sure. Chambord and dark baker's chocolate fill your mouth with each sip. The roast malts are somewhat subdued and overshadowed by sweetness from the berries and the honey. As it warms, the bourbon barrel character emerges a little more strongly. I wouldn't say this 10% beer is boozy but it is still a tad hot to me. I think as it ages the flavors will balance out even more subtly. Some purists might find this beer a bit sweet for an Imperial Stout, fruit and honey take the place of coffee and roast you would commonly find in some other stouts. Very unique combo though.

MF: Lovely, slick and thick. Not chewy but definitely on the heavy side of medium. Goes down very easy and coats the mouth so well.

O: I think the 2013 vintage is excellent and lives up to the heritage of this beer. Right now it's amazing, but a little fruit forward and a bit warm; I imagine one year from now and beyond it will be exceptional. Definitely a beer to seek out if you like this fruit infused Imperial Stout style. I've got a few in the cellar and looking forward to some verticals over the coming years.

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Photo of Resuin
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a teku glass. This is a 2013 version.

Appearance: Pours dark black and leaves a medium brown, nice head of a couple fingers which slowly fades to a thin layer atop the beer.

Smell: Nice sweet raspberries take the lead, along with rich chocolate, malts. Can't get much beyond the raspberries and chocolate, but it's really nice, I'll definitely enjoy smelling this for a while.

Taste: More complex than the aroma: Raspberries, roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, oak, finishes with more raspberries. Really well balanced flavors, very tasty. Pretty rich.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium, creamy body. Finishes pretty smooth. Could be a bit thicker, but is still very nice.

Overall: As a big fan of berries, I really enjoyed the heavy raspberry influence in this one. Quite rich and with a lot of flavor, but really well balanced. I think the bourbon barrels really helped smooth this out.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage, black wax. Bomber poured into a snifter, the beer pours oily black, with a thick look to it, and settles in with a low profile, bubbly, dark tan head that quickly settles out into a surface ring. This just looks weighty pouring it into the glass. Aromas of rich, bittersweet chocolate, with raspberry overlays that are sweet and tart. Rich honey notes, with some woody characteristics. This smells like a raspberry chocolate truffle a bit, and that smells delicious. Flavors are very fruit and roast forward, with a huge blast of tart raspberry, rich, bittersweet chocolate, boozy and woody notes, and an underlying bitterness. Very rich throughout, with a heaviness to the body that once again likens it to oil. The thick, heavy body does work with all of the pronounced flavors, and you do build a bit of warmth as you drink. The bittersweet chocolate character becomes more bitter than sweet as it heads towards the tail end of the palate, with a tart and bitter aftertaste that lingers quite a bit. The finish is slick, and the beer coats the mouth a bit. Very well balanced, and the beer is heavy. Would love to see how this would age.

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Photo of rudzud
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.