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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 157
Hads: 889
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 488
Gots: 276 | FT: 49
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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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Reviews: 157 | Hads: 889
Photo of Kegatron
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

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Photo of humuloner22
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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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 stakem
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a tulip. The brew appears pitch black in color with an angry looking dark brown head that is more than 2 fingers strong. As the cap slowly fades, it appears a slightly lighter dark brown with stringy fingers of lace sticking to the glass. An easy swirl revives a finger back to the surface and paints some spots of lace on the glass. When held to the light, there is hardly any clarity and lighter brown indications shown around the edges.

The aroma has a sweet and tart fruity raspberry inclusion. Coffee and cocoa also come into play with an indication of that 10% alcohol also showing through. There is quite a bit of roast included here with a touch of anise. As the brew warms up, a bit of a medicinal aspect emerges from the glass as the focus turns to more of the fruity alcohol esters.

The flavor of this brew is very rich with the dark roasted grain aspect leading the way in the taste profile. Roast like coffee is the first thing to come to mind that is mildly earthy and like bakers cocoa. A slight fruity tingle of raspberry is evident with both a ripe sweetness and also a natural almost seedy tart aspect as well. The way the flavors blend together is quite nice. The roast and stout portion of this brew are front and center stage with the raspberry inclusion providing a pleasing subtle contrast. The aftertaste is a bit of black licorice mixed with tobacco and ash.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This brew was everything I imagined and a bit more. I dont like to draw comparisons to other breweries however I have to for this. The first "retired" beer I ever fell in love with was Weyerbacher's raspberry imperial stout. Everything about this brew screams in the direction of that brew's memory. I am a fan by default. This one is worth checking out.

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Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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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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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.