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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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631 Ratings
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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 491
Gots: 190 | FT: 26
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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Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

jlindros, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We opened this up during the tasting this weekend. Poured into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some red at the edge. There is just a layer of off white head that fades to a thin ring on top of the pour.

Smell: Smells like raspberry truffles. I'm picking up some of the honey and lots of raspberries with chocolate and some roast. Quite smooth with very little alcohol.

Taste: Chocolate and raspberries dominate. There is a tartness from the berries, but it doesn't clash with the roast. Quite sweet and warm from alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The raspberries were tastefully done. There is a good balance and this makes a really nice desert beer. I'd have another given the chance.

oline73, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

mendvicdog, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/03/13 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one to two inches of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks really nice.

s - Smells of roasted malts, milk chocolate, honey, sweet dark fruits, dark chocolate, toasted malts, some oak, and burnt malts. Nice sweet nose, with good chocolate and fruits coming through.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, milk chocolate, raspberries, cherries, sweet dark fruity malts, dark chocolate, toasted malts, earthy malts, burnt notes. Nice mix of sweet and dark chocolate, and a little more raspberry and dark fruit here. Very good.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Body is thick and smooth, with no heat. Awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I liked this stout a lot; it's a really good example of a non-bourbon big stout. The dark fruits come through really well and add a lot to the sweet and dark chocolate already there. No heat and easy to drink, would love to have it again. Personally I like Event Horizon a little better, but this is great.

mdfb79, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

MarkyMOD, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

beernads, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

oriolesfan4, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

InspectorBob, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to BubbaBeerMan for sending me a bottle of this in a recent trade.

Pours viscous and pitch black with a thin beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Sweet, vinous aroma that's dominated by the raspberries. There's also a decent barrel presence and some roasted dark malt notes underneath. The nose is bursting forth with fresh raspberries but they are countered by the dry oak and sweet bourbon along with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and toast.

Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with subtle oxidization and tight carbonation up front. The beer looks viscuos and oily but it's slightly watered down and not as chewy/full as I had hoped for.

This beers has a complex flavor profile with a balance of fresh fruit, earthy oak, bourbon and dark malt. There's a huge burst of sweet, uber-fresh raspberry up front that dominates the flavor and lingers throughout. This beer is still young so I suspect that this will fade over time but for now the flavor is really strong. It seems like I can even taste the seeds which give it a slight earthy presence. The fruit flavor is countered by the dry toasted oak and near burnt dark malts. Subtle coffee roast, dry wood and bitter dark chocolate notes along with some boozy bourbon sweetness. The bourbon is faint and there is more of a non descript alcohol flavor than anything but the beer never becomes harsh or overly hot. Still, the oxidization and dry wood/roast flavor hurt the drinkability for me. This beer has the potential of being a chocolate covered bourbon raspberry delight but it well a little short of my expectations.

corby112, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

yourefragile, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

barleywinefiend, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

stakem, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2013 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with light gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and the faintest hint of very dark brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of rich dark chocolate and raspberries with light notes of honey, bourbon, and oak.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor of rich dark chocolate with a light amount of roasted malts with a hint of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of raspberries - very natural raspberry flavors with some tartness and some sweetness. Light amounts of bourbon, vanilla, and oak towards the finish. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.

O: I had this beer on Valentine's Day and the smell reminds me of really great handmade chocolates (thinking raspberry truffle). I really enjoyed this beer and it was well worth the wait - it was saved for a special occasion after I picked it up in the autumn. Easy to drink with very well hidden ABV.

dbrauneis, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

drewone, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

duceswild, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Gonzoillini, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

mdaschaf, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

tdm168, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

billab914, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Kelp, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Zaphog, Dec 13, 2012
Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.