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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 919
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 484
Gots: 292 | FT: 55
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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

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 thegodfather2701
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours essentially pitch black with a mocha head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing or cascading

S-dark chocolate, coffee, with hints of alcohol, bourbon, and raspberry

T-chocolate, coffee, bourbon, coconut, a touch of alcohol, with raspberry in the finish - pretty complex especially with the sourness from the raspberries in the finish

M-rich and creamy-a great mouthfeel

D-Given its high abv. and complexity its a sipper.

Overall, its not a beer I would drink every day, but would love to drink again. A great and complex beer.

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

A big thanks to Peter (mullenpc) for this beer. Enjoyed a second time thanks to Sean (Sean9689) this past weekend.

Appearance – Pours a deep black into a tulip with some great looking brown head that sticks around the entire time.

Smell – Massive ripe raspberries mixed in with milk chocolate. Slight roast at the end. Mainly raspberries.

Taste – Exactly like the nose (thankfully). A rich raspberry flavor combined with sweet chocolate and just a hint of coffee. A subtle trio of oak, vanilla, and alcohol from the bourbon emerge later in the sip. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, decent carbonation.

Overall – At both tasting’s I’ve had this at, the consensus was this was a very good beer and not just due to hype. Glad I have one left in the cellar to enjoy on yet another occasion.

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

A - Pours viscous black with a dark tan head that fades semi-quickly but leaves a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S - Can smell this one as soon as the cap is popped with aromas of bourbon and light raspberry. Once the nose is buried in the tulip glass the raspberries are more pronounced and very ripe. The bourbon compliments the honey very well into a blend of nice sweetness.

T - Raspberries from the get go but then the bourbon and stout sweetness kick in right after. Once they blend it's a wonderful harmony of tart fruit, sweet honey, and toasted/roasted notes from the barrel. The flavors are still a little separated since this one is still fresh but it's still a homerun.

M - Full body with just the right amount of carbonation. No alcohol flavor or burn but the warmth is felt. Very smooth and velvety on the palate and finishes with an awesome raspberry aftertaste.

O - I brought this to the FFF XV Anniversary beer release and it was one of, if not the favorite beer, of the tasting group throughout the entire day. Enough said. Give it some time and I'm sure all the 4.5's will turn into 5.0's.

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

Unexpected opportunity to try this one, huge thanks to another BA'er (whose name I'll be damned if I can remember, sorry) for the share. Poured into a tulip on March 10th, 2012 at KBS release.

A - Eerily similar to Black Note that I tried less than 10 minutes before this pour. Moderately think deep brown, black coloring with a twinge of violet or dark ruby hues. Very little head, retention, or lacing.

S - It took one dig into the nose to understand that this is how fruit should be integrated. The raspberries are tart and prominent, but only just so. Underlying wood barrel, a bit vineous, earthy, and subtle dark fruit beyond the rasp-variety.

T - More of that great raspberry tartness blended with mahogany or oak, raisins, slight molasses, roast. More than enjoyable.

M - Unpronounced medium body, good carbonation, dry finish.

D - Very memorable brew on a great day of tastings. Honestly, this kicks BC Bramble Rye's ass. Take note Goose Island, you can add in the fruit yet retain a sense of balance and complexity throughout.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another elusive bottle shared by BeerFMAndy. Thanks man!

Pitch black hue. Mocha head. The raspberry is front and center in the nose. Loads of chocolate as well. The raspberries blend perfectly with the chocolate in the flavor. Neither really over takes the other. Like a well made chocolate cake with raspberry filling. Full thick body. This one was a treat from start to finish.

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

Bottle into a Duck Rabbit snifter. High hopes for this one.

Pours an opaque black with tiny, quickly nonexistent head except for a thin rim. Good appearance.

Smell is complex. Lots of chocolate and raspberry, with some floral honey (actual honey, not just sugar). A bit of currant and fig. The barrel is buried on the nose. Some booziness is present, but not overwhelming in any way.

Taste is where this one shines. Some tart raspberry up front with a backing of honey sweetness. Lots of cocoa in this one. The oak is present but subtle - not bourbony or overwhelming in any way. Fairly sweet as far as imperial stouts go but very balanced. Finish is dry and primarily oak with bitter chocolate. Subtle as far as big barrel-aged imperial stouts go but delicious.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin but still good. Carbonation is perfect, though. The alcohol is totally absent from the taste, only showing up in the nose, which is fairly impressive. Easy drinking for its power.

Overall this is a very, very good bal stout. Definitely worth seeking out and I'm very glad I have some more bottles of it. I think with a year or two on it this will be extremely good, with just that much more blending of flavors and less booze in the nose. Another great stout from Olde Hickory.

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

A: Pours really thick and pitch black with a dark tan head. S: Some raspberry and honey, with a good amount of bourbon and a little dark chocolate. T: A hint of raspberry/honey sweetness upfront, with a nice bitter dark chocolate on the back end to cut the sweetness. Not a ton of bourbon, but it definitely helps keep the from being too sweet. M: On the fuller size. It has a little chewiness to it. O: This beer was delicious. Having this side by side with raspberry truffle abduction, this blew that away. It was not as nice of a smell, but it had a great balance on the taste and a chewy mouthfeel that put it in a different class. Well done

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

Been holding on to this one for quite some time....recently shared with some friends and it was all that I expected it to be. Nice dark chocolate and some berry notes on the finish.

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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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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.