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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 Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown-black pour with a thin cap of tan head that receded to a wispy layer, leaving oily strands of lacing on the glass. In the nose, roasty dark malts, chocolate, coffee, raspberry, slight boozy notes. An attractive taste to match an attractive aroma, dark malts and toasted bread, chocolate fudge, raspberry--good balance of tart and sweet--with a woody bourbon presence lurking beneath, as well as a touch of tobacco. I didn't really get much in the way of honey as a distinct factor. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, pretty smooth and enjoyable. Well-done for a fruit-infused stout, which can be a disaster if done wrong.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75


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.

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

Appearance: Gurgled forth a black, viscous-looking body with a frothing, very dark tan-hued head.

Smell: Hearty, fresh, moist dark bread before the coffee-accented roast overtakes it, along with bold notes of spiced honey, melted chocolate, and pureed raspberries. The barrel character is there, yielding a bit of bourbon, oak, but it takes a back seat to the other scents.

Taste: A start of bitterish chocolate sauce, dark caramel, and a heavy roastiness rubbing shoulders with a spiced dark German bread taste and a whisper of the honey. Lindley Park maintains this spiciness, adds some warming alcohol, and a touch of bitterness. Then, it's raspberries, baby! As with the aroma, the barrel-aged quality is there, sure, but it is not at the forefront of this brew. The flavors leisurely roll this way and that, leading to the drying, chocolate-covered raspberry, honey-dosed coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Delicious! Today, I am a raspberry stout fan.

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

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer. Thanks elliot!

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a dark brown cap that drops down into a ring.

Smell: It almost smells like a blend of a raspberry stout and a mead. Its got a nice oak beer smell. The raspberries are pretty big in the nose as well.

Taste: Its like a raspberry totsie roll with a hint of oak barrel and honey. Finishes with a little bit of bitterness in the form of bakers cocoa and subdued raspberries.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer has a little bit of a dry finish. It lighter than its ABV. Nice approachable mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a great fruited stout! Probably my favorite beer to date from Olde Hickory!

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

Pours pitch black. No light at all comes through. 1 finger khaki, mocha head with a slight reddish berry tint.

Smells of raspberries. Chocolate and bourbon.

Wow this tastes good. Great actually. Raspberry, dark chocolate and some bourbon. Really smooth no alcohol. Not too sweet at all just wonderfully balanced. Some bitterness keeps the sweetness in check.

Full mouthfeel. Matches the desert like quality of this beer.

One of the best I fruit stouts I have had.

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

Very daring, unique, bold beer. The blending of tart raspberries and dark chocolate, I found to be a bit too sharp on the palate at first, but it finishes quite smoothly. Also, that blend really softens as the beer warms. I give this beer bonus points for its assertive, pronounced style.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle that was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Tiger33 for sending this (among others) my way.

Lindley Park pours completely black, with three fingers of foam that are almost dark chocolate in color. Head retention and lacing are both good, but neither are great. The aroma has lots of dark chocolate, along with a bit of oak. The raspberry is also there, but it's definitely buried a little. The flavor leads off with a robust chocolate character, before a brief brown sugar interlude ushers in a slightly tart raspberry note. The raspberry grows more prominent as the beer warms, but there's always a subtle woody finish present. The body could stand to be just a bit more full for my taste, and the carbonation is a tad too lively, but the mouthfeel is still solid. I really enjoyed Lindley Park, it's definitely an improvement over the other barrel aged raspberry stout I've had (Bramble).

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the last bottle that I could find in the area today at The Dispensary in Apex.

A-Pitch black color and pours like motor oil. One finger, dark tan head, that fades.

S- Sweet roasted malts, rasberries, and a little bit of oak.

T- Sweet dark chocolate, honey, and raspberry puree up front. Then balanced out nicely with the roasted malt and mild oak flavor. The alcohol in the aftertaste is masked nicely by the tartness of the raspberries.

M- Nice smooth, velvety mouthfeel with a slightly higher carbonation level that I like in my imp stouts.

O-Excellent beer! I was a little apprehensive with the combination of raspberries and honey in a stout, but it balances out the bitterness of the roasted malts well. All the flavors blend perfectly together.

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Photo of youradhere
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Olde Hickory Lindley Park- on a cold night like this I figured what the hell. Pours pitch black with a wet paper bag brown head, smell is pomegranate and anise, chocolate and cinnamon, chocolate raisins. Taste is juicy raspberry wrapped in mocha bean chocolate, mild sweetness brings up juicy prunes, bitter chocolate, little to no astringency and slight raspberry tartness at the end. Extremely smooth, slight alcohol warmth on the back, creamy feel with the lighter carbonation, well balanced between raspberry and chocolate bitters and residual sugar sweetness.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with a nice brown head. At least 2 fingers.
S: Smells like fruit. I smell some fruity tartness there. Lots of chocolate.
T: Tastes fruity. Some raspberry, chocolate, and roastiness.
M: A bit too much carbonation for my taste, but pretty nice. Goes down easy though.
O: Very nice, fruity stout. Very sweet, could've been a dessert beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage.
Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Thick, ink black colour with a thin layer of dark brown head that quickly reduced to a ring around the edges.

S - Tart raspberry up front that gives way to sweet milk chocolate, roast and molasses.

T - Sweet raspberry puree up front that is present throughout. Mid-palate ads cocoa, molasses and roast. The finish is tart with a touch of smokiness. The oak is barely noticeable but is slightly evident in the finish.

M - Medium body; smooth and creamy. Light carbonation.

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

Bottle shared at the NWI Tasting Group December Meetup

A - Dark brown with a small cream colored head

S - Bramble, light honey, chocolate, and light oak on the finish

T - Strong raspberry up front with chocolate and caramel on the backend. Reminds me of GI bramble but a bit sweeter due to the honey

MF - Medium body with a nice syrup that remains on the tongue as well as being slighly oily

O - Really solid stout that has a nice raspberry presence. If you love GI Bramble, this could satisfy your craving. Plus since this is made each year, it would be easier to get ahold of than paying the increasing price for Bramble

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 4.5 deep dark rich pour with almost no head
S: 4.0 nice sweet smell with a fruit smell on the back end
T: 4.5 great big body taste upfront and then immediately followed by a great raspberry finish. This beer could easily be paired with a dessert
MF: 4.0 ssmooth beer that goes down easy and the fruit flavor just deposits itself on your taste buds
O:4.5 nice oak aged beer that definitely delivers and provides a great change to the normal stout taste

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle.

A – pitch black with a big, foamy, brown head

S – chocolate, wood, vanilla, raspberries, roasted malts

T – chocolate, roasted malts, raspberries, honey, wood

M – full bodied, smooth, perfectly carbonated

This is a fantastic take on a nontraditional stout. The raspberries have their place but are not tart or overpowering. They blend perfectly with the chocolaty, somewhat bitter roasted malts. This beer would probably pair great with dessert. Excellently done.

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Photo of egrace84
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aquired this through a trade and super excited to be giving this a try tonight.

A- Poured into a Duvel snifter. Pours motor oil black w/ a kick-ass reddish-brown head!

S- The raspberry is pretty pronounced in the nose w/ a hint of honey and the oak joining in as well.

T- Blast of raspberry right up front! then here comes the honey, oak and dark chocolate all melded together... Crazy how the raspberry starts it off and stands alone. Almost makes it a bit difficult to pick up the other flavors.

M- I enjoy the mouthfeel on this one. Slick and velvety, with a tiny bit of carbonation, which i feel is appropriate with the raspberry. Also a nice little tinge of tartness from the raspberry on the back end.

O- A great beer that im happy to have gotten the chance to try. Love the oak, honey, and smooth dark chocolate in this one, and while the raspberry is clean and crisp, its just a bit much in my opinion. Either way, a great beer and definately worth your time.

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

Pours jet black with a deep nearly cocoa colored 1/2 finger head atop.Deep choclate walnut brownies and raspberry syrup in the nose,it's dessert with a big kick.Flavors of deep mocha roast coffee infused with raspberry,it's deeply roasted with hefty sweetness from the raspberries and honey.This is a sipper but it hits home with all the different elements of the beer,kick ass.

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Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bomber received in a trade with spaten454 thanks!

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown to black with a beautiful 2.5 finger mocha brown crown that displays good retention and some lace.

Smell: A mixture of the faintest amount of roast malt and a pale chocolate covered raspberry note that can't be denied. The raspberry note has both a lightly sweet quality and a tart raspberry skin quality. That combination is further rounded out by a supporting vanilla bourbon note.

Taste: Same as the nose but a touch acrid. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid effort producing a fairly delicious pale chocolate covered raspberry flavor that is supported nicely by a vanilla bourbon quality and only detracted slightly by an acrid roast malt quality.


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Photo of Bung
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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

While in Asheville, NC I picked this up at Bruisin' Ales under recommendation by the guy running the place that day. Per Blanche DeBois, I have always "relied on the kindness of strangers" in regard to beer recommendations. This was excellent. You won't regret it.

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