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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 488
Gots: 191 | 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 HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12/30/2011

Bottle courtesy of ASUbeer. Snifter.

A: Black with an inch of tan froth.

S: The nose is very fruity. Raspberries blend nicely with aromatic dark chocolate. As you might have expected, bourbon is a great addition to the raspberry truffle theme. Oak is restrained, and there's a little caramel in there. I don't get any booze in the nose. Smells very good.

T: It tastes like dark chocolate raspberry cake. The raspberries do the base beer much credit, and bourbon blends in splendidly. There's a lower moderate bitterness and a touch of alcohol, though it's not at all detracting. Roasted grains accompany oak and a shadow of honey. I get cocoa and a little coffee on the back end. There's a very low level of tartness throughout.

M: Full in body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky, sticky, and lightly tannic, with warming on the palate.

Overall: Very good, but not something I'd want to drink large quantities of. I haven't had very good luck with this brewery and this beer sounds a little strange from the description, but it's well executed and I recommend you give it a try.

HopHead84, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

ShanePB, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

iL0VEbeer, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

GarthDanielson, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

tobelerone, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass nicely. Not much going of a head, but the blackness is enough to forgive that. Very thin khaki collar.

Smell - Raspberry and dark chocolate, pushing coffee aroma. Oak is strong. The raspberry is a nice aroma. Not really fresh, but not artificial either.

Taste - Sweet up front with some honey. Dark chocolate. Raspberry fruit flavor lends a bit of tartness. Buckets of oak in this, which cuts some of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Not too viscous. A little boozy.

Overall - The fruit is incorporated very well. The oak cuts the sweetness and keeps this manageable.

Alieniloquium, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

TurdFurgison, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, split

Avery snifter - 2nd time having this. Really a remarkable beer - unquestionably the best fruit-oriented stout I've ever had. The raspberry is so potent and vibrant - really beautiful. Layers of cocoa, malt, cream, berry. Awesome beer.

dirtylou, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Rhettroactive, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -7.2%

drummermattie02, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into Olde Hickory tulip - thanks to CarolinaKevin

Inky black pour, viscous and sticky on the glass with a one-finger crop of tanned head resting on top. Webbed lacing and wispy film stick around while drinking, nice legs on the glass.

Wonderfully rich and decadent in the nose, swirling scents of honey, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and bourbon. Toasted/charred oak, molasses, cocoa, raspberries and cherries. I can't wait to dive into this one.

Thick and viscous, this wraps around the tongue with layers of raspberries and cherries, dunked in bourbon and covered in chocolate. Dark and dreamy, complimented by roasted dark malts, boozy warmth, oak and a dash of residual vanilla bean from the barrel-aging. Honey sweetness underneath, finishing sweet and warm on the tongue.

Full bodied, milder carbonation, creamy, sticky and slightly heavy on the tongue. Flat out, this is a phenomenal fruited imperial stout that combines the sweeter profile with boozy warmth and roasted malts to balance itself out.

xnicknj, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

chippo33, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Cynic-ale, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev -7.2%

jrallen34, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to sincereNC for sharing this one with me! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle roasted malt, dark chocolate, raspberries, and a subtle tart note. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, raspberries, and tart cherries. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I'm not sure how I feel about the new 'let's add fruit to this stout to make it better' movement, but this one just did not do it for my palate. While it was quite easy to drink, it just didn't continue to make me come back for more and more as I would have hoped. While still good, it just feel a little short of my expectations.

thagr81us, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black colored beer with a nice, brown head that faded to a little bit of a ring. Pretty good looking, appropriate.

S - Bourbon, oak, vanilla. There's a great raspberry presence to this one that adds some berry sweetness and depth. The honey coming through reminds you it is an Olde Hickory brew.

T - Nice raspberry, good chocolate. As far as raspberry/chocolate stouts go, this is fantastic. The chocolate is more of the roasted, slightly unsweetened type. Honey adds a bit of sweetness.

M - Heavier side of medium bodied, fairly creamy. Moderate to slightly lower carbonation.

O - Very good beer, expected this to be another initially hyped and underwhelming brew. Would like to drink this again.

AgentZero, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

bsuedekum, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fudgey brown color with garnet highlights; not much of a khaki colored head, but the lacing is substantial.

Aromas of rich, dark chocolate and fresh raspberry purée. As it warms you get hints of honey and Bourbon.

The tastes begin with dark chocolate and honey upront, but it doesn't take long for the tart berry flavors to assert themselves. As it warms the tart black raspberry and sweet red raspberry elements assert themselves more and more, though the chocolate, Bourbon and honey lingers underneath, throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Finish is semi-sweet and mildly drying as well from the barrel presence.

Overall this was very enjoyable overall and what I wish GI Bramble Rye would have tasted like. The Bramble fruit flavors were a bit more artificial. 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 as they all mix very well in a harmonious fashion.

claspada, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Duff27, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Axnjxn
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

re-review

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.

Axnjxn, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Lare453
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large format bottle in a dfh glass

A black with a dark brown head that changes color into a medium tan head. No lacing, fast dissipating head, looks great.

S bitter chocolate, raspberry, malt, oak, dark malt, dark caramel, very complex.

T amazing! Dark chocolate and bitter chocolate beginning, the middle is a a sweet chocolate and heavy oak which leads into a vibrant raspberry and chocolate truffle flavor. The aftertaste is wonderful, dark chocolate covered raspberries, tastes like the ones you get at Godiva. It is amazing.

M thick, rich, smooth, extremely lightly carbonated, soft.

O DANG! One of the best beers I've ever had . I loved it! Not being a fan of combining fruit and chocolate,this beer was very surprising and has a wonderful fresh flavor. Nothing fake tasting and has a great profile.

Lare453, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Gobzilla, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

aasher, Jul 21, 2013
Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.