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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 491
Gots: 252 | FT: 39
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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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Ratings: 814 | Reviews: 146
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 wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jlindros
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another big thanks goes out to Huhzubendah for cracking this one open at a recent tasting, served in a snifter. At the time of this review, this beer is the #41 beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial Stout" list.

Beer is black, with a thin lazy tan head of small bubbles, low retention, minimal lacing, low carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is bourbon and raspberries, smells awesome.

Beer is sweet up front with a nice bourbon character and then the raspberries take over. Very fruit forward in this beer, strong but not annoying or too cloying. Big presence on the palate, the finish leaves you tasting more raspberries, the bourbon is entirely front palate, a nice beer overall I'd have it again. I might have enjoyed it a little bit more if the raspberries were subtler but I understand how this beer works. good.

Photo of mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +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.

Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
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