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

The beer is a deep, dark brown shade, nearing black. Atop the beer is a half inch of soapy, beige head that leaves random traces of lacing on the tulip.

The aroma brings raspberries, roasted malt, chocolates. Smells like a gourmet raspberry chocolate candy.

Really enjoyable. Lots of raspberry throughout. Chocolate raspberries. Not too sweet. Well balanced, with a present alcoholic warmth. I love raspberries, and they work beautifully in this stout.

Smooth on the palate. Easy drinking and teeming with flavor. Moderately low carbonation.

Overall, very glad I traded for this. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Slentz for sharing this one.

A: Bottle split into a few snifters. Pitch black with a small, off-white head. Almost want to say I see a raspberry red glow, but it's surely in my mind.

S: Aroma is full of raspberries and roasty goodness. Very impressed with how much the fruit shows through the base stout. Incredibly balanced with tart berries, chocolate malts and some nice bittering hops.

T: A mouthful of raspberries with huge chocolate and coffee flavors following. Flavors compliment themselves very well. Very sweet, the only downfall I find with this beer. Definitely a beautiful combination of an Imp Stout and fruit.

M: Alcohol hits a bit hard, thins the mouthfeel out a bit. The body of the beer is quite nice though. Starts sweet, midway is roasty and bold, finishes a bit tart. Interesting beer.

O: Haven't really had a raspberry beer that I haven't enjoyed...maybe I'm partial. This beer is phenomenal. Has everything that an Imp stout should have plus the added fruit on top. Would work well as an aperitif, even works well on its own.

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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 russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Hickory Station. Thick, chewy, & viscous. Pours fairly black with a tight, tan head. Good lacing & head retention. Honey imparted a ton of dryness. Barrel & chocolate come through loud & clear. A bit tough to drink, very hefty/complex. I liked this way better than the Founders beer with raspberries

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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 zac16125
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 11/4/14

Thanks to themadhanner for sending this one over via trade!

A: Pours an opaque absolutely jet black, with just under 2 fingers width of dense, dark mocha colored head which dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves only a very slight degree of lacing.

S: Huge sweetness, tons of raspberry, chocolate fudge, and roasted malt. Barrel notes are certainly present with charred oak and bourbon-y vanilla. Excellent nose.

T: Like the nose there are lots of raspberry and roasty notes. I don’t get the sweet chocolatey fudge notes I picked up in the aroma, but maybe a subtle semi sweet cocoa. Theres an herbaceous characters as well. Barrel notes are there with oak and bourbony booze. Lots going on, but raspberry is definitely the dominant flavor. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, but not necessarily thick, carbonation appropriate, ABV is well restrained and drinkability is excellent. 4.25

O: Really well done beer. I liked it a lot more than The Event Horizon, more balanced flavor profile and the addition of raspberries is very nice. 4.5

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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 Ready4aHeady
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious raspberry stout--- chocolate flavors surround a laser-beam of fresh raspberry flavor... also has complexity, subtle flavors that are hard to describe but very unique... a winner!

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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 brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with garnet highlights; not much of a head, but the beer has legs

Smell: Rich, dark chocolate and fresh raspberry purée with a hint of honey and Bourbon

Taste: Dark chocolate and honey appear first, but it doesn't take long for the tart black and red raspberry flavors to assert themselves; after the swallow, the tart black raspberry and sweet red raspberry elements sway back and forth, though the chocolate, Bourbon and honey lingers underneath, throughout; puckerish tartness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: 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

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

Thanks to Sean, I think? Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - A half-finger of tan foam that settles to a collar and spotty lace. Very dark brown body with a lighter shade of brown at the fringes of the glass.

S - Big earthy bourbon character, oaky vanilla, roasted grains, dark chocolate honey, and an increasingly prominent raspberry character as the beer warms up.

T - The taste is actually a tiny bit better (although not enough to warrant a perfect score). A super smooth raspberry dark chocolate cheesecake is as apt a description as any. Well-hidden alcohol.

M - Solidly hefty medium-full body, chewy texture, lightly tannic in the finish with mild lingering stickiness. Again, minimal alcohol warmth.

D - A great barrel-aged raspberry imperial stout. I'd like to get a bottle of this to enjoy on my own, as it's an excellent take on The Event Horizon. Old Hickory seems to have this style figured out. Worth seeking out and surprisingly drinkable considering the style and ABV.

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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 ASUBeer
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours black with an oily look to it. A 1/2 inch brown head made up of fairly large bubbles. The head subsides but leaves nice residule bubbles around the outside of the glass with a little froth in the center.

The smell is phenomenal. Vanilla, oak, bourbon, raspberries, and molasses. The taste is also very complex. There is a nice bitter chocolate taste with a touch of honey, tart raspberries and a smooth oak- bourbon mixed in.

The mouthfeel is that of an oily stout with a thickness from the honey that coats your mouth. Light carbonation.

Overall this is a very good beer. Probably needs sometime to mellow and for all the flavors to completely gel but it is very good and very unique. No one flavor overpowers.

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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 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 kenthoggard
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts with a nice aroma of fresh raspberries and chocolate. Taste Starts with a hint of raspberries, blends into a choclatelaty raspberry finish with light hints of bourbon on the back end. Light to medium carbonation. Nice light finish! Great Beer!

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