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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 866
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 21.03%
Wants: 494
Gots: 261 | 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 bcp5296d
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Lindley Park on-tap.

The berries have subdued, carbonation is perfect, and this beer has balanced perfectly. I would imagine this beer is at its very best 1-3 years after bottling. The combination of berry sweetness and dark chocolate are perfect and the amount of heat has settled to perfection. Olde Hickory is killing it right now.

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Photo of roger617
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter.

A: Very dark black pour with a small amount of tan head. Appears to be very thick.
S: The rasberries on this are very much in the front of the aroma. Roasty goodness follows faintly and lingers.
T: Rasberry sweetness up front and lingering for a while. Very complex and balanced, I only get a little bit of honey on this one.
M: Smooth, carbed well.
O: This in a very unique brew, anyone who has a chance to try this certainly should!

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Photo of TWStandley
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Delirium tulip.

Appeared a jet black color with a bit of red-colored "hue" to it around the edges when held to the light. Very fluffy three finger head which also had a bit of reddish tone to it.

Smell was fantastic. Smelled like black raspberries mixed with chocolate. Slight alcohol scent but not overpowering. A bit roasty.

Taste was a bit of a let down compared to the smell. Way too sweet. I do like raspberry but this was a bit overpowering. Would have liked the bourbon to take away a bit of the raspberry but it was very mild.

Mouthfeel was good - medium body, smooth, no heat from the bourbon. A bit of a sour feel to it.

Overall I liked it and thought it was a good representation of the style. They hit the nail on the head with what they were going for, though I think it was a bit too on the sweet side for my liking. Glad I tried it, though!

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have had this beer many times but apparently never reviewed.
22 oz. bottle poured in a Sam Adams perfect pour glass.

Nose is raspberry and chocolate and lots of it. Poured straight down the middle of the glass produced little head and no lacing is present after sipping. Color is very dark but clarity is good with a flash light.

Front end is alcoholic, but not bourbonesque. Needs to age more. I have had this bottle for about 6 months since the release. Good thing I have more and some to trade :)

Tastes great, heavy mouth coating of sweetness and cocoa leading to a more char, oakiness and dry-sweet finish.

Overall I freaking love this beer and am happy to be able to get it when it comes out but I would gladly get a pour of a better stout if I had access to one in my state.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up from a great trade with Mike! Thick pitch black pour with an incredibly dark brown head that unfortunately faded almost immediately with no lacing. Big bold, roasty nose totally dominated by the raspberries along with hints of dark chocolate, booze, honey, and subtle bourbon notes. The taste follows suit with the raspberries once again dominating. Chocolate fudge, booze, and cocoa along with hints of honey, coffee, and black cherries. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and a bit sweet up front, but it mellows as it warms. The finish is subtly warming and slightly bitter. Overall, this is definitely a sipper as it's very rich. It's not quite as sweet as I had expected it to be, but it's still more of a desert beer for my tastes. Reminds me a lot of the Goose Island Cherry Rye.

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Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle. As a raspberry addict I am happy to finally try this one.

Appearance: Creamy beige head that seems to not want to go away. Love it!!

Smell: Maybe my favorite aspect. As a raspberry fan the sweetness of the fruit and honey is delightful. Can slightly smell the bourbon but happy the focus is on the sweetness.

Taste: Wow. Love that the raspberry is so strong and the bourbon takes the back seat.

Mouthfeel: Sweetness aside, this is a delightfully put together stout.

Overall: So, so good. If you haven't had it you really need to track this one down.

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Photo of pimpinmidget
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage poured into a snifter

A: Pours a nice thick oil black with a small maybe half to 1 finger mocha head that fades rather quickly.

S: Huge roasted malts and dark chocolate. Raspberries are prominent but not overwhelmingly so. Barrel characteristics are also there. Has a slight sweetness to the nose as well.

T: Dark chocolate, tart raspberries that blend well with the slight sweetness of the honey. A nice roast maltiness throughout with a touch of coffee and vanilla. The barrel is there as well, but takes a backseat to the main components of this wonderful brew.

M: Creamy, viscus, medium to full body that coats the mouth and goes down smooth. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O: Phenomenal stout - I'd say the best stout to come out of NC (if not it is #2). Well blended and just hits all the right things in all the right places. Worth seeing out or trading for.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black pour, not very much head, tan bubbly ring around the glass. The smell is sweet, bourbon, raspberries, oak, toffee. Lots of flavor. Chocolate, raspberry, oak, bit of smoke. Medium mouthfeel. Not too much carbonation. All the flavors linger for a while, mostly chocolate raspberry. Really great stout with a ton of flavor.

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Photo of Beeranator
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into Snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark black and looks like molasses. No head or carbonation to be seen.

Smell:Raspberries, booze, sweetness, caramel, toffee.

Taste: Tartness from the raspberries, not at all sweet as the smell implies. Toastiness, still can't get over the acidity kinda like when coffee tastes acidic. caramel and roasted malts in the back end.

Mouthfeel: slight to no carbonation, not thick but not thin on the mouth.

Overall: I think I built up this beer too much for myself, I wouldn't mind having it again but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to FUwolfpacker for the trade and hooking me up with this beer. This was a fantastic stout! The flavors were were great. Poured nice and thick, big smell of raspberry, but not overpowering. Taste...right on...everythign was very very balanced...so much so that it tasted as if the recipe for the beer was measured out and test so that it was perfect...really nice! Overall, my first beer from Old Hickory and it was great!!!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured big, smooth with lots of viscosity. A nice big, brown cap sits atop after the pour, good head retention leaves nice lacing on the glass after a few sips

S: Some dark chocolate smothered in raspberries, perhaps to much as I felt the raspberries were a little backseat, big and heavy roast, coffee with some good ol' molasses

T: It starts out very sweet, like wow sweet, that honey and chocolate gets after your taste buds, lots of chocolate and a big burnt or even char like barley note. The bourbon and booze is right upfront but fades and re-appears on finish. A bit of molasses, perhaps anise underneath, The raspberries are right upfront but sordove settled down afterwards, very mellow to me. The finish on this beer is sweet, sticky, lots of char and chocolate

M: Definitely full bodied, well carbonated, decadent, very sweet, lots of residual sugar I feel. The raspberries give way to that big hearty base

O: Very, very good! I love Olde Hickory stouts for their big body and full, robust flavors and feel. This is no exception and no letdown.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass nicely. Not much going of a head, but the blackness is enough to forgive that. Very thin khaki collar.

Smell - Raspberry and dark chocolate, pushing coffee aroma. Oak is strong. The raspberry is a nice aroma. Not really fresh, but not artificial either.

Taste - Sweet up front with some honey. Dark chocolate. Raspberry fruit flavor lends a bit of tartness. Buckets of oak in this, which cuts some of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Not too viscous. A little boozy.

Overall - The fruit is incorporated very well. The oak cuts the sweetness and keeps this manageable.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Sam for this one. 2012 vintage. 22oz waxed and capped bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery pint. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a frothy 2 finger dark mocha colored head with moderate retention. Beer is thick, viscous and pitch black. Lacing is stringy and sparse with little stick. Moderate legs. Pretty good.

Nose is chocolate, cocoa powder and raspberry puree in the back. Deep stout aromas with just a slightest hint of fruit. On point. Aromatic too.

Opens chocolate, fudge, salt, and raspberry pulp and seed. Boozy in the middle with a sweet molasses, honey, and syrup quality. Ends chocolate raspberry truffle. Finishes sweet with a sweet, dark red fruit and cocoa powder aftertaste. Great complexity and certainly unique... but not particularly good.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily with some sparse bubbles in the mouth and goes down warm and slightly boozy. Finishes messy with lingering aftertaste that coats the mouth. Pretty good but the bubbles make this one a touch thin.

After all I've heard about this beer, I'm honestly a bit disappointed. The raspberry presence turns out to be a bit too salty and the ample carbonation present in this one makes it a touch thin in the mouth... which is a killer for the style. This is definitely worth trying because its got some unique things going on. But its not one I'd go out of my way to revisit.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/03/13 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one to two inches of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks really nice.

s - Smells of roasted malts, milk chocolate, honey, sweet dark fruits, dark chocolate, toasted malts, some oak, and burnt malts. Nice sweet nose, with good chocolate and fruits coming through.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, milk chocolate, raspberries, cherries, sweet dark fruity malts, dark chocolate, toasted malts, earthy malts, burnt notes. Nice mix of sweet and dark chocolate, and a little more raspberry and dark fruit here. Very good.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Body is thick and smooth, with no heat. Awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I liked this stout a lot; it's a really good example of a non-bourbon big stout. The dark fruits come through really well and add a lot to the sweet and dark chocolate already there. No heat and easy to drink, would love to have it again. Personally I like Event Horizon a little better, but this is great.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into Olde Hickory tulip - thanks to CarolinaKevin

Inky black pour, viscous and sticky on the glass with a one-finger crop of tanned head resting on top. Webbed lacing and wispy film stick around while drinking, nice legs on the glass.

Wonderfully rich and decadent in the nose, swirling scents of honey, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and bourbon. Toasted/charred oak, molasses, cocoa, raspberries and cherries. I can't wait to dive into this one.

Thick and viscous, this wraps around the tongue with layers of raspberries and cherries, dunked in bourbon and covered in chocolate. Dark and dreamy, complimented by roasted dark malts, boozy warmth, oak and a dash of residual vanilla bean from the barrel-aging. Honey sweetness underneath, finishing sweet and warm on the tongue.

Full bodied, milder carbonation, creamy, sticky and slightly heavy on the tongue. Flat out, this is a phenomenal fruited imperial stout that combines the sweeter profile with boozy warmth and roasted malts to balance itself out.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, split

Avery snifter - 2nd time having this. Really a remarkable beer - unquestionably the best fruit-oriented stout I've ever had. The raspberry is so potent and vibrant - really beautiful. Layers of cocoa, malt, cream, berry. Awesome beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.52/5  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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this beer for a long time, so a big shout out to jbeatty for hooking me up with this one. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2012
Brewed with honey, raspberries and aged in oak barrels

APPEARANCE: A thick, black, sludgy pour yields a two finger, medium looking, dark tan head with good retention. Jet black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap, then recedes to a half wisp. A ring remains until the end and leaves touches of lacing down the glass. Great looking, thick black beer.

SMELL: Lots of roasted and chocolate notes here. Pure baker's chocolate, some oak in there, with light vanilla and cream, but the pure chocolate is more prevalent. Honey and light raspberries are noticeable, though I might not have noticed had they not said anything. Pretty well done actually. Light toffee notes as well. This is a really wonderful merger of aromas between the base chocolatey stout and the oak barrels lending some nice vanilla and sweet notes. Great stuff.

TASTE: Raspberries some out much more in the flavor, while the chocolate is in the back a little bit. Roasted flavors and red fruits up front, then some dark, pure chocolate, roasted notes, a touch of toffee and more raspberries at the swallow. A bold and lingering finish is fruity with hints of bitter chocolate and roasted grain under it, as well as some mild oak and whisky flavor. A good mix between whisky barrel and raspberries, though it use more chocolatey base beer to compete with the fruit. A little more fruit dominante compared to the nose, but still very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down alright and finishes quite sticky. No bite or burn.

OVERALL: The look was great and the nose excellent, but the taste was a little too fruit forward to really make this as good as it wanted to be. A more balanced flavor profile that matches the nose would make this outsanding. Moreover, the feel would need to be a little fuller and creamier for top marks. Still, this is a top class beer that I would gladly drink again. Thanks again jbeatty!

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Ppeworks snifter

A- pours black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Random blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- chocolate, roast, dark fruits, light pine.

T- bitter chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, bitter coffee.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly syrupy with a fairly smooth finish.

O- very good beer. Nice balance of bitter chocolate and dark fruits.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

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Photo of humuloner22
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I let this one cellar for a while before finally opening it today. The label suggests Valentines day, but I waited a little longer to be rebellious. The appearance once poured into an imperial pint glass was black as night with a slight caramel colored head that settled to a thin layer on top. The aroma was molasses and honey with some chocolate notes and the slightness of raspberries, wonderful! I let it sit for a few minutes longer and then began to take small sips to appreciate this one. The taste was sweet, but not cloying, well balanced and the aroma matched the taste profile pretty consistently. It did not have that overly burned taste that some Imperial Stouts have, it was smooth and easily drinkable but you would have to be careful with this one because at 10 percent you could get yourself into some trouble. Unique among Imperial stouts because this one drinks much smoother and easier than many I have had. It would be a great dessert beer to end the night. Overall Olde Hickory has hit another home run.

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Photo of mjohnson17
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Poured into a snifter

A - Pour motor oil black with a small beautiful tan head. Head dissipated quickly but leaves some nice large carbonation bubbles and some alcohol legs. After the beer settles is slightly less opaque but still very dark.

S - Oak and Tart fruit up front. Then some dark fruit and cocoa. The nose reminds me a bit of Cherry Rye only with a more sour fruit nose.

T - Dry tart raspberries and oak up front that fades to a nice chocolately malt finish. The finish is a lot like dark chocolate, a bitter cocoa taste

M - Heavy mouthfeel with nice chocolate and dryness. An ever so slight raspberry tartness but mostly a dry sweetness.

O - This is a fantastic beer. For me it ranks right up there with BCBCR, maybe slightly below it. It has a great nose and color, a nice tart fruitiness with a chocolately subtle sweetness from the honey. It's also quite dry which I enjoy. Needless to say I wish I had more of this beer. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of stakem
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a tulip. The brew appears pitch black in color with an angry looking dark brown head that is more than 2 fingers strong. As the cap slowly fades, it appears a slightly lighter dark brown with stringy fingers of lace sticking to the glass. An easy swirl revives a finger back to the surface and paints some spots of lace on the glass. When held to the light, there is hardly any clarity and lighter brown indications shown around the edges.

The aroma has a sweet and tart fruity raspberry inclusion. Coffee and cocoa also come into play with an indication of that 10% alcohol also showing through. There is quite a bit of roast included here with a touch of anise. As the brew warms up, a bit of a medicinal aspect emerges from the glass as the focus turns to more of the fruity alcohol esters.

The flavor of this brew is very rich with the dark roasted grain aspect leading the way in the taste profile. Roast like coffee is the first thing to come to mind that is mildly earthy and like bakers cocoa. A slight fruity tingle of raspberry is evident with both a ripe sweetness and also a natural almost seedy tart aspect as well. The way the flavors blend together is quite nice. The roast and stout portion of this brew are front and center stage with the raspberry inclusion providing a pleasing subtle contrast. The aftertaste is a bit of black licorice mixed with tobacco and ash.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This brew was everything I imagined and a bit more. I dont like to draw comparisons to other breweries however I have to for this. The first "retired" beer I ever fell in love with was Weyerbacher's raspberry imperial stout. Everything about this brew screams in the direction of that brew's memory. I am a fan by default. This one is worth checking out.

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Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Lightless black with a creamy tan collar. Aromas of honey, chocolate, and raw, juicy raspberries. There's some bourbon on the back end along with a whiff of booze, but it doesn't scream "bourbon barrel" to me (not a bad thing). Silky dark chocolate covered raspberries, honey, toasty caramel, and light-roast coffee. Medium-full, smooth, and a little drying in the finish. Not mind-blowing, but very good.

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