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Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.03%


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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Verecund

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber split two ways on November 9, 2011.

Pours black with a thin ring of tan head that recedes to a mere ring about the glass. Light lacing.

Luscious nose featuring dark chocolate, sweet-tart raspberries, and blackcurrant. I want to say bourbony oak, but it's hard to tell beneath the increasingly poignant berry fruitiness. Very light oxidation adds a later of richness.

A touch of berry fruit tartness on the very front of the palate, sweet dark maltiness which dries out on the mid and late palate (I assume from the honey), figgy dark fruit, and a touch of soy. Bitter chocolate and oak tannins on the [dry, lightly bitter] finish. Easy drinking and tasty.

Medium-thin in body, with medium carbonation; slightly thin in the mouth, unfortunately. Drinks at its ABV.

This is a nice imperial stout. The raspberry adds a layer of richness, especially on the nose, but the beer still exhibits great balance. I don't think a fruited stout is the easiest thing to pull off, and this is fairly impressive within that niche.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 03:26:58 | More by Verecund
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:21:24 | More by Powderhornphil
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mechamifune

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:52:42 | More by mechamifune
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scifan

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Jackie O's tulip. Pours pitch black with a light tan head that quickly settles into a wispy ring around the glass.
I could literally smell this as soon as I opened it. If I had to use just one word it would be decadent. Sweet dark chocolate dominates the nose. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak also make themselves known. Just a hint of tart raspberry and alcohol round things out.
Sweet chocolate kick things off with the first sip. Again the word decadent comes to mind, this would make a fine dessert beer. The barrel aging while very evident remains very much in balance. The nice tartness from the raspberry provides a nice contrast from the intial sweetness and keeps you coming back for another sip. Also has a phenomenal aftertaste.
Has a perfect mouthfeel. Smooth, rich, creamy, and coats the entire mouth.
One of the best beers I've had in awhile and reminds me why Olde Hickory is THE BEST brewery in NC.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 04:19:59 | More by scifan
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to FUwolfpacker for the trade and hooking me up with this beer. This was a fantastic stout! The flavors were were great. Poured nice and thick, big smell of raspberry, but not overpowering. Taste...right on...everythign was very very balanced...so much so that it tasted as if the recipe for the beer was measured out and test so that it was perfect...really nice! Overall, my first beer from Old Hickory and it was great!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 12:17:05 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 09:26:28 | More by standardcherry
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roger617

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:39:57 | More by roger617
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Delirium tulip.

Appeared a jet black color with a bit of red-colored "hue" to it around the edges when held to the light. Very fluffy three finger head which also had a bit of reddish tone to it.

Smell was fantastic. Smelled like black raspberries mixed with chocolate. Slight alcohol scent but not overpowering. A bit roasty.

Taste was a bit of a let down compared to the smell. Way too sweet. I do like raspberry but this was a bit overpowering. Would have liked the bourbon to take away a bit of the raspberry but it was very mild.

Mouthfeel was good - medium body, smooth, no heat from the bourbon. A bit of a sour feel to it.

Overall I liked it and thought it was a good representation of the style. They hit the nail on the head with what they were going for, though I think it was a bit too on the sweet side for my liking. Glad I tried it, though!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 21:19:36 | More by TWStandley
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 20:29:15 | More by brewdude1982
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jtd1969

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with little lacing or carbonation. Reddish Brown head

S - Dark fruit, sweet chocolate

T - Deep dark chocolate that is sweet with raspberries. Tastes like a dark chocolate raspberry truffle.

D - Full Bodied with low carbonation

O - Excellent stout. Quite unique I recommend this delicious beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 01:33:20 | More by jtd1969
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Ungertaker

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade from n2185 today. I was too anxious to put it away!

A- a red-hued, semi-translucent espresso with a 1/8" white head that leaves a sticky lacing.

S- dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, raspberries, very faint vanilla

T- raspberry hits immediately and remains throughout. Bitter dark chocolate and a subtle cappuccino come in the middle. A sweet honey finish tops it off.

M- The balance of carbonation and viscous mouthfeel is amazing!

O- an incredible beer! This is the first Olde Hickory brew I have had and definitely won't be the last. The raspberry stands out, but does not dominate. I would love to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 03:52:48 | More by Ungertaker
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Lare453

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 02:48:25 | More by Lare453
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black pour, not very much head, tan bubbly ring around the glass. The smell is sweet, bourbon, raspberries, oak, toffee. Lots of flavor. Chocolate, raspberry, oak, bit of smoke. Medium mouthfeel. Not too much carbonation. All the flavors linger for a while, mostly chocolate raspberry. Really great stout with a ton of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 00:01:54 | More by Mikeypnh
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Wolfpack2005

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 23:50:48 | More by Wolfpack2005
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lanamj

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz with raspberry colored wax shared with Jonathan from Old Hickory at Duckworths. Glad you thought of this one.

A- Pours a nice silky black color with little head that dissipates to a small amount of lacing on the edge of the glass. Towards the edge of the glass a nice raspberry hue appears where light is able to penetrate.

S- Wow so good. Lots of chocolate and raspberry. I get a faint but nice amount of vanilla, bourbon and oak. I also get the honey from the base beer. Not hot at all for the ABV.

T- As good if not better then the nose. Like a desert this beer is. Lots of chocolate, raspberry, honey, bourbon and vanilla. They all come together very nicely. The chocolate and raspberry are the focal point here. Its like Event meets Imperial Stout meets Raspberries.

M- Very smooth and silky. It is exactly how it should be. The body is heavy but not to thick. It feels like chocolate milk going down!!

O- One of the best beers Old Hickory has to offer. A true stout that stands up to the best. This is the third bottle I've shared since it's release and i could share a million more. This is what a fruit stout should/needs to taste like.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 15:12:54 | More by lanamj
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz waxed bottle, purchased at Brawleys, poured into the brand new Brawley's Snifter. Split with my pops

A- Pours a deep black with a very minimal tan head. No lacing to speak of on this one

S- Smells like those chewy chocolate raspberry candies. Strong chocolate and raspberry with subtle hints of coconut and bourbon.

T- This is where this beers really shines. Immediately there is a nice raspberry tartness followed by almost everything you get from Event Horizon. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and a little bit of coconut round this one off. A little heat comes off in the aftertaste

M- Medium thick beer. A little under carbonated but not enough to worry

D- this one tasted a little bigger than the alcohol % indicates but its a very smooth brew

Overall, I think I like the flavors of this one a little more than Event Horizon because I really like raspberries. But, all around I would say Event Horizon is a better beer. My dad isn't a huge fan of BA beers (or of Event horizon) but seemed to really enjoy this one. Another great BA offering from Olde Hickory.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 01:43:01 | More by GehenHerzog
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 16:59:49 | More by UpToMeBeer
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humuloner22

North Carolina

4.84/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 19:17:56 | More by humuloner22
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 03:27:15 | More by mjohnson17
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty legendary in these parts, but I still feel it is somewhat lesser known outside of North Carolina. Poured from a 2013 black wax bomber at 50F into an Olde Hickory mini-Pokal.

A: Heavy black wax with a cool vintage stamp this year. Poured the darkest black mahogany with a finger of very thick chocolate color head. Subsequent warmer pours gave a bit more head. Good looking for sure.

N: The nose on this beer when fresh is really amazing. You get loads of fresh raspberries, literally like they are just being smashed in the basket after picking them. You also smell the honey, along with Chocolate notes and a bit of the barrel character.

T: This beer has an amazing flavor profile which I would describe as a dark chocolate raspberry truffle. The fruit is still young and very up front on this one, one of the dominant flavors for sure. Chambord and dark baker's chocolate fill your mouth with each sip. The roast malts are somewhat subdued and overshadowed by sweetness from the berries and the honey. As it warms, the bourbon barrel character emerges a little more strongly. I wouldn't say this 10% beer is boozy but it is still a tad hot to me. I think as it ages the flavors will balance out even more subtly. Some purists might find this beer a bit sweet for an Imperial Stout, fruit and honey take the place of coffee and roast you would commonly find in some other stouts. Very unique combo though.

MF: Lovely, slick and thick. Not chewy but definitely on the heavy side of medium. Goes down very easy and coats the mouth so well.

O: I think the 2013 vintage is excellent and lives up to the heritage of this beer. Right now it's amazing, but a little fruit forward and a bit warm; I imagine one year from now and beyond it will be exceptional. Definitely a beer to seek out if you like this fruit infused Imperial Stout style. I've got a few in the cellar and looking forward to some verticals over the coming years.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 14:13:53 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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yankeepride

New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deepest brown you can be without being black. As soon as I cracked the cap, I could smell the raspberries. In the tulip, the booze really comes through. It's super-smooth, and the only real complaint I have is that the oak mutes both the honey and the berries. This one is so close to perfect, but I think I'd prefer it without the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 18:57:56 | More by yankeepride
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bballmj2k

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking in celebration of Coach K's #903 victory.

A - Pitch black, not quite as viscous as I expected when it poured. Minimal mocha colored lacing with no head to speak of.

S - Whoah - immediately reminiscent of Olde Rabbit's Foot. Chocolate, coffee, roasted notes, bourbon, vanilla, and some coconut from the barrels all overtop of a hint of raspberry sweet/tart notes. Really unique and fantastic.

T - Follows the taste quite accurately. Sweetness up front with the chocolate notes. Middle fills out with the bourbon/barrel notes and ends with bitterness and some boozy character. Raspberry tartness - almost reminiscent of New Belgium's clutch with the sour ale - exists in the background and melds so well with the base beer.

M - Medium-bodied with about the same carbonation. Slightly sweet and boozy on the end but it works quite well.

O - Haven't had Olde Hickory's Event Horizon before but if this is any indication I look forward to its release soon. Great beer and Olde Hickory is quickly becoming a favorite local brewery for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:29:08 | More by bballmj2k
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OSUBeerStudent

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Duck Rabbit snifter. High hopes for this one.

Pours an opaque black with tiny, quickly nonexistent head except for a thin rim. Good appearance.

Smell is complex. Lots of chocolate and raspberry, with some floral honey (actual honey, not just sugar). A bit of currant and fig. The barrel is buried on the nose. Some booziness is present, but not overwhelming in any way.

Taste is where this one shines. Some tart raspberry up front with a backing of honey sweetness. Lots of cocoa in this one. The oak is present but subtle - not bourbony or overwhelming in any way. Fairly sweet as far as imperial stouts go but very balanced. Finish is dry and primarily oak with bitter chocolate. Subtle as far as big barrel-aged imperial stouts go but delicious.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin but still good. Carbonation is perfect, though. The alcohol is totally absent from the taste, only showing up in the nose, which is fairly impressive. Easy drinking for its power.

Overall this is a very, very good bal stout. Definitely worth seeking out and I'm very glad I have some more bottles of it. I think with a year or two on it this will be extremely good, with just that much more blending of flavors and less booze in the nose. Another great stout from Olde Hickory.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 22:56:42 | More by OSUBeerStudent
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CManuel

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up from Tasty Beverage in Raleigh NC.

A-Very smooth and thick looking stout. Jet black. Head is minimal and fades fast. Call me crazy but you can almost see a red tint in the beer from the raspberries.

S-Hits you in the face dark fruit notes, especially berries. Chocolate is there throughout, but more subtle. I can smell a little bit of the bourbon/vanilla from the barrels, but it's hard to pick out for me.

T-WOW. The flavors that are present really come together in a harmonious manner. Mostly fruit and chocolate throughout, but the honey and bourbon flavors really come in as well. It all blends together so perfectly. It's a strong beer, but there's not much alcohol heat present. This is one amazing tasting beer, EASILY the best I've had from Olde Hickory (have not tried event horizon yet).

M-As I was pouring it, i thought it was going to be one thick beer. But its really smooth and easy, I'd almost venture to say that mouthfeel is one of the better aspects of this beer.

O-Hands down one of my favorite Dark beers. I'm not usually a fan of fruit infused stouts, but this one really took me by surprise. If you can find this, GET IT!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 01:28:22 | More by CManuel
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ScotNH

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with no head at all. Barely a ring of bubbles around the top. Some carbonation stubbornly clinging to the glass.

S - Raspberry dark chocolate. Fresh raspberries. Smells like dessert.

T - Follows the nose, with hints of bourbon and booze as well. Mostly well balanced with a very tart finish.

M - Medium-full body with light carbonation. Very pleasant.

O - This is too tart for my taste. I would love to try one of these with some age on it. The fresh raspberries really stand out.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 01:54:45 | More by ScotNH
Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
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