Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
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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 jeonseh
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon is there but could be more present. Rather roasty. Too much honey for me. THe raspberries are there but do not provide much in the way of fruit. Neither of the Olde Hickory stout have done it for me.

Photo of sportstsar
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Wax sealed bomber poured into a teku. Acquired via IP trade with iHia

Appearance: A deep, dark brown with a tiny ring of foam. I could have sworn the foamy head had a bit of a red tinge to it, but it's probably my brain/eyes playing tricks on me knowing ahead of time that this has raspberry in it.

Smell: Raspberry hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. After pouring it, the smell reminds me of those dark chocolate covered raspberry gummy candies at Trader Joe's

Taste: Just like those previously mentioned candies. Bitter dark chocolate lingers as it warms up. Not picking up much of the bourbon barrel character though.

Mouthfeel: Not light, but not super heavy and viscous. Right in between. The raspberry sweetness and chocolatey bitterness tend to punch me in the mouth and I find myself sipping some water to recover.

Overall: The only similar beer I have had was BCBS Backyard Rye. Definitely enjoyed both and like the style. Nice to see that this is a regular seasonal release, so if you're in the mood, it can certainly be tracked down. Would certainly have this again if the opportunity presented itself.

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of mythaeus
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 out of a snifter. Liked how they stamped the wax. Toppling Goliath can learn something from them. The beer was decent, rather syrupy, but all the flavors combined for a very smoky taste that I didn't care for.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Bruery snifter.

Black body with hardly any head. A circle of brown around the glass but no head.

Smells like what I would expect. Sweet, soy sauce-y, maybe a hint of barrel aging but not as much as I expected. Not really any raspberry aroma but has a hint of that aged, almost oxidized aroma.

Taste is in line with the aroma. Maybe not as sweet as the nose would make me believe. still some hints of soy sauce, I pick up the raspberries in the finish a little. A little chocolatey but not as much as the label would make you think. More dark fruit flavors and hardly any roasty notes. Nice mouthfeel that I'd expect from a big stout but not quite as heavy as Dark Lord and it's ilk.

Overall a solid beer and a definite improvement over the regular IS from Olde Hickory but not at the level of Event Horizon. I wouldn't mind drinking this one again but I don't think it is worth going crazy trying to obtain it. I wish the raspberries were more present. I'm not sure what some age will do to this one but I can't imagine it helping too much since it already has a hint of that aged stout taste.

Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. 2013 bottle date. Thanks for the trade, Rusel_G.

A: Pours super dark brown, near black, with a thin dark brown head. Spotty streaky lace was left down the glass.
S: Raspberry is noticeable but it's very sweet and reminds me of pastry filling. Smells just like the guts of a jelly donut. The base stout adds a delicious chocolate scent underneath that combines with the strange raspberry and smells like dark chocolate with candy raspberry filling.
T: Not as synthetic and jelly filling-like as the nose suggested, with the sweetness being more akin to honey, dark chocolate, and sugary berries. Sweet chocolaty finish, with a touch of bitterness from the chocolate in the aftertaste.
M: Thick body, heavy chewy mouthfeel with a slick bit of grease to it.
O: Pleasant and delicious. Easy to drink. Not super complex or decadent, but very enjoyable. Thanks again Russell.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours smooth oily pitch black with a small amount of coffee colored head that sits along the edges of the beer quite nicely. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up scents of molasses, dark chocolate, and raspberry. There is an underlying burnt toast smell, and I also get a bit of soy and some alcohol.

T: It starts out sweet with a little burst of fruit flavor. The middle of the beer has a bright tartness from the raspberry. As that fades the bittersweet chocolate shines through. The finish has bit bit of a burnt charcoal like flavor mixed with booze.

M: Full bodied beer. The beer doesn't coat the palate (like I thought it would). The flavors dance on the tongue and fade away after the beer is gone. There is a lingering mix of tart and burnt.

O: I think this beer is pretty good. It's got a lot going on in it. The flavors are a weird mix, and I would have liked it to not have been so bitter. It's good, but I won't be seeking this beer out again.

Photo of Kegatron
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

Photo of mr-jj
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is definitely raspberry along with some roasted malt and chocolate. The raspberry is still strong on the taste, but much more balanced with the other flavors of chocolate, anise, and some booze. Body is full and creamy. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of mechamifune
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near pitch black with a slight brown head. Carbonation is evident and good for the style. Nice lacing.

Smell is sweet malt and rasberries. A little bit of alcohol in the nose but not a lot. Bitter chocolate on the back end.

Taste is rasberries up front, followed by chocolate and a bit of a licorice taste. Finishes with a bit of a medicinal aftertaste. Rasberries are integrated pretty weel with the traditional stout flavors. Taste is pleasant though not overwhelming, overall slightly sweet and not particularly bitter or sour.

Mouthfeel is very strong and the best element of the beer. Very smooth and creamy, making it easy to drink despite the relative heaviness.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer and one I would drink again if readily available. The way the rasberries are integrated into the traditional big stout flavors shows a lot of skill, but in the end the slightly medicinal finish detracts a little. As a "special release" beer it doesn't quite register in the upper echelon for me, but that shouldn't be held against it.

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

Photo of Beeranator
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue waxed 2013 vintage 22oz bottle poured into a CBS oversized snifter.

A - Pours an opaque black color with a thin 1/2 finger of dark brown fizzy head that falls almost immediately and leaves behind a thick foamy collar and faint traces of lacing on the glass.

S - A bit of paint thinner up front, followed up by much more desirable raspberries. Buttery caramel, fudgy chocolate, bitter chocolate.

T - Very firm raspberry up front, bright with fruitiness and a tart fruit character as well. Bitter bakers chocolate, dry cocoa-like flavor, chocolate fudge, honey, smokey, some tobacco, a touch of char. Raspberry is way up front in the flavor profile and pushes everything else into the background.

M - Medium body, perhaps a bit light for the style. Carbonation is appropriately low/mid level giving only a mild tingle. Very fruity with some tartness and a host of chocolate varieties in the background.

O - Far more raspberry forward than I expected...maybe just past the ideal amount for me. I love raspberries, but this overshadows the rest of the flavors a bit too much. I think a blend with more chocolate/less fruit would be ideal. Fairly dessert like in character...nice NFL playoff weekend sipper.

Photo of jegross2
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery out of North Carolina. This beer is a twist on their most famous brew, the Event Horizon.
Score: 92

From the 267 day of 2011. Enjoyed 06/16/12, served in a St. Bernardus Watou stemmed snifter and shared with my father for father's day.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger of creamy mocha head that settles to a ring around the glass. Good lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Huge doses of sweet honey, bourbon-y molasses, raisin, and raspberries. Sweet milk chocolate too. The most prominent aroma, by a mile, is the honey when you swirl the brew. There's some complementary vanilla and oak in the mix too. 4.5/5

Taste: More raspberry upfront and throughout on the palate than the nose led on. In the aroma, the raspberry was more an incorporated element, but it's dominant on the palate. Behind the raspberry is sweet raisin, brown sugar and vanilla. Dark chocolate flavor behind that. Just a little bit of oaky flavor and residual black coffee towards the finish. Very sweet, but the alcohol is well-hidden. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied, light carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: About on par with Bramble, though the flavors are better incorporated here. This is a very sweet imperial stout, and I have a strong feeling that those who did not like Dark Lord or Bramble Bourbon County Stout will not like this too much either.

Recommendation: Worth seeking out a glass, but I couldn't finish a whole bomber of this to myself if I tried.

Pairings: Steak.

Cost: $18 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage, black wax. Bomber poured into a snifter, the beer pours oily black, with a thick look to it, and settles in with a low profile, bubbly, dark tan head that quickly settles out into a surface ring. This just looks weighty pouring it into the glass. Aromas of rich, bittersweet chocolate, with raspberry overlays that are sweet and tart. Rich honey notes, with some woody characteristics. This smells like a raspberry chocolate truffle a bit, and that smells delicious. Flavors are very fruit and roast forward, with a huge blast of tart raspberry, rich, bittersweet chocolate, boozy and woody notes, and an underlying bitterness. Very rich throughout, with a heaviness to the body that once again likens it to oil. The thick, heavy body does work with all of the pronounced flavors, and you do build a bit of warmth as you drink. The bittersweet chocolate character becomes more bitter than sweet as it heads towards the tail end of the palate, with a tart and bitter aftertaste that lingers quite a bit. The finish is slick, and the beer coats the mouth a bit. Very well balanced, and the beer is heavy. Would love to see how this would age.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the trade, Msquared2.

a - pried the wax off and cracked the cap and filled my E snifter. nice rich sludgy pour...settles like an oil spil with a thin just shy of a finger's worth of milk mocha frappacino looking head. head fizzled away within a minute but left small milky bubble clusters on the surface. swirling rebuilds slightly and coats the glass with a thin layer or spotty lacing.

s - during the pour the smell started to fill the air. upon inspection...chocolate covered raspberries. the honey is present as well but not as much so as the raspberries. kind of like the imperial stout with some raspberries in it...as advertised. it really smells decadent...like a raspberry brownie you'd get at a steakhouse...INTENSE.

t - just as the nose advertised, i'm drinking a dessert. it is rich and thick and chocolate raspberry cake. 50 times thicker than a ten fidy (well, maybe not 50 times, but you get where i'm going with how thick and rich this one is). might be too intense for some. the raspberry is good, but VERY dominating. i am expecting the chunks that you get when eating raspberry yogurt...picture that but in a chocolate cake beer. i don't get anything from the oak barrels and i cannot pick out the honey as well as in the imperial stout.

m - full bodied and leaves a cooling crisp alcohol tingle in my mouth.

o - overall, this is all about the raspberry. very sweet and very desert like. delicious, yes...but 22 oz seems like i've got my work cut out for me. i'd probably take the imperial stout over this one if given the choice...both great beers, but the raspberry is an interesting treatment to a great beer...doesn't necessarily make it better for my taste buds.

Photo of marvin213
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a tan head, it dissipates quickly. A neat red tinge appears on the swirl. It smells almost like a stout sour or a Belgian impy or something. That sweet honey/sour raspberry combo offers what smells like a sweet tartness. I mean, really, my nose wrinkles and my brows furrows as I try to figure it out. The mouthfeel is sensational as the berries do add a neat and tingly sensation to the big ol chocolate stout feel. It tastes simply like an OHB impy + raspberries. It's not even that the berries impart so much flavor, but they do enhance the overall feel and appeal to it. A winner.

Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of cvm4
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage

A - Pours with a black, thick body and the head is just a dark brown ring around the glass. It would really look great with a little more carb so it's not looking flat out of the bottle.

S - Raspberry, roasted malts, dark chocolate, a touch of honey and bourbon barrels on the backend. The nose is really out of this world to me.

T - Raspberry and dark chocolate dominate and shine through on the taste. The raspberry is ever so sweet and ever so tart. I think the honey helps here. Roasted malts are present, but definitely take a backseat. The bourbon barrel come through in the finish and lingers.

M - On the heavy side of light to almost medium with minimal carbonation. It has a wet finish and is very drinkable.

O - I could drink this beer a lot and not tire of it. To me, it's hitting the right chords except for the appearance and mouthfeel, which is due to lack of carbonation.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours pretty much black with a great looking two finger mocha colored head. Some decent lacing down the glass.

S: Straight dark chocolate with this rich, dark fruity edge to it like a raisin and raspberry jam truffle. Reminds me of those Trader Joes Raspberry Chocolate Sticks that I pop like nobody's business when no one's around to stop me.

T: Honestly, this one is a little bit of a letdown for me. Kind of disjointed notes of dark chocolate, dark fruit, currant and some molasses. A touch of wet wood and char, but no real bourbon character that I can pick up on at all. Maybe a little bit of vanilla, but not much sweetness here at all. Much more of a roasty, dark chocolate feel than the sweet bomb I was expecting. A pretty tasty stout, but I would definitely like to see a little more here from both the barrel and the raspberries.

Photo of roger617
4.16/5  rDev -3%
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!

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Darkness tulip 2-12-12

A: Black with a khaki colored head. Ruby around the edges with a nice bit of lacing.

S: I absolutely love the smell of this beer. Dark chocolate and charred malt with a wonderful sweet raspberry puree aroma. Mild oak as well.

T: Taste is intense charred/roasted malt and a bitter chocolate and tart raspberries. Just doesn't work for me, the raspberries add a bit of acidity and make the stout feel a bit thin and taste a bit more bitter.

M: A little thinner than I'd like. Medium bodied to thin for the style.

O: I really enjoyed sipping on this beer and could not stop smelling it. I do not get much honey from it but that may be because there are so many other elements to it.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.3.12.

A - Pours a very dark, motor oil brown with a small dark brown head that slowly moves to the edges.

S - Roasted malts, sweetness, some soy sauce, and fruit.

T - A typical roasty, boozy stout then a sweet raspberry treat hits you straight on.

D - Mild to medium carbonation with a heavier body.

O - A good stout, but the raspberry and honey bravel show up here. Nice.

Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.