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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.03%


Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
An imperial stout brewed with honey and raspberries, then aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: GehenHerzog on 11-08-2011)
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pimpinmidget

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 15:44:46 | More by pimpinmidget
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benjaminahudson

North Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 15:22:54 | More by benjaminahudson
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dirtylou

Washington

4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 04:39:21 | More by dirtylou
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 00:01:54 | More by Mikeypnh
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AppalachianVntnr

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Superb use of the fruit in this one. Aroma of fresh ripe raspberry, chocolate and honey. The palate is flush with the raspberry but of the fresh kind, thats slightly bitter with notes of the fleshy seeds, roasted coco nibs, toffee with a great weight to it all from the honey. A higher than usual level of carbonation and a slight brisk acidity really keeps it refreshing. Really long finish like a great wine. Again really nice use of the fruit in this stout, one of the better examples of an Impy fruit stout. I will also say that this needs some time and would benefit from some aging but would be perfect with Thanksgiving in a few weeks. Grab one before they are all gone.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 21:52:48 | More by AppalachianVntnr
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Ungertaker

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade from n2185 today. I was too anxious to put it away!

A- a red-hued, semi-translucent espresso with a 1/8" white head that leaves a sticky lacing.

S- dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, raspberries, very faint vanilla

T- raspberry hits immediately and remains throughout. Bitter dark chocolate and a subtle cappuccino come in the middle. A sweet honey finish tops it off.

M- The balance of carbonation and viscous mouthfeel is amazing!

O- an incredible beer! This is the first Olde Hickory brew I have had and definitely won't be the last. The raspberry stands out, but does not dominate. I would love to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 03:52:48 | More by Ungertaker
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Lare453

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large format bottle in a dfh glass

A black with a dark brown head that changes color into a medium tan head. No lacing, fast dissipating head, looks great.

S bitter chocolate, raspberry, malt, oak, dark malt, dark caramel, very complex.

T amazing! Dark chocolate and bitter chocolate beginning, the middle is a a sweet chocolate and heavy oak which leads into a vibrant raspberry and chocolate truffle flavor. The aftertaste is wonderful, dark chocolate covered raspberries, tastes like the ones you get at Godiva. It is amazing.

M thick, rich, smooth, extremely lightly carbonated, soft.

O DANG! One of the best beers I've ever had . I loved it! Not being a fan of combining fruit and chocolate,this beer was very surprising and has a wonderful fresh flavor. Nothing fake tasting and has a great profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 02:48:25 | More by Lare453
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

re-review

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:27:14 | More by Axnjxn
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, nearly opaque, save for a few touches of reddish highlights coming through on the side and the bottom of the glass. A huge head of tan foam, perhaps three inches high, came over the top and settled down only gradually,

The aroma was rich with fruit. This was very nicely done. You could definitely tell there was a nice sweet stout underneath though, as touches of chocolate and lactose came through from underneath of it. But the main player by far was ras[berry. Not overly tart, but enough to offset the rest of what was there. The flavor was more of the same. The initial taste was that of a rich milk stout, butt hat was very short-lived as sooner then later the fruit took over. I am a fan of fruit beers, and have had quite a few. They can go right or horribly wrong, Rich, almost decadent dessert like flavor here. Rich notes of cranberry sorbet like flavor swirled around in a light chocolate base, with hints of vanilla and a touch of bitter in the finish. This was by no means a heavy stout, nothing big about it at all, more subtle then anything. The feel was al little light, not as full as I would have wanted, however it was still done very well. Good carbonation and an easy sipper. I would guess the ABV was in the neighborhood of 5-6%, no more as this was easy to put down and did not really leave much of a lingering effect on me.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 06:18:56 | More by mikesgroove
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz waxed bottle, purchased at Brawleys, poured into the brand new Brawley's Snifter. Split with my pops

A- Pours a deep black with a very minimal tan head. No lacing to speak of on this one

S- Smells like those chewy chocolate raspberry candies. Strong chocolate and raspberry with subtle hints of coconut and bourbon.

T- This is where this beers really shines. Immediately there is a nice raspberry tartness followed by almost everything you get from Event Horizon. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and a little bit of coconut round this one off. A little heat comes off in the aftertaste

M- Medium thick beer. A little under carbonated but not enough to worry

D- this one tasted a little bigger than the alcohol % indicates but its a very smooth brew

Overall, I think I like the flavors of this one a little more than Event Horizon because I really like raspberries. But, all around I would say Event Horizon is a better beer. My dad isn't a huge fan of BA beers (or of Event horizon) but seemed to really enjoy this one. Another great BA offering from Olde Hickory.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 01:43:01 | More by GehenHerzog
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Wolfpack2005

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 23:50:48 | More by Wolfpack2005
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humuloner22

North Carolina

4.84/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 19:17:56 | More by humuloner22
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 12:17:05 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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lanamj

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz with raspberry colored wax shared with Jonathan from Old Hickory at Duckworths. Glad you thought of this one.

A- Pours a nice silky black color with little head that dissipates to a small amount of lacing on the edge of the glass. Towards the edge of the glass a nice raspberry hue appears where light is able to penetrate.

S- Wow so good. Lots of chocolate and raspberry. I get a faint but nice amount of vanilla, bourbon and oak. I also get the honey from the base beer. Not hot at all for the ABV.

T- As good if not better then the nose. Like a desert this beer is. Lots of chocolate, raspberry, honey, bourbon and vanilla. They all come together very nicely. The chocolate and raspberry are the focal point here. Its like Event meets Imperial Stout meets Raspberries.

M- Very smooth and silky. It is exactly how it should be. The body is heavy but not to thick. It feels like chocolate milk going down!!

O- One of the best beers Old Hickory has to offer. A true stout that stands up to the best. This is the third bottle I've shared since it's release and i could share a million more. This is what a fruit stout should/needs to taste like.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 15:12:54 | More by lanamj
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