Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 148
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rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 3.02%
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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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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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Ppeworks snifter

A- pours black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Random blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- chocolate, roast, dark fruits, light pine.

T- bitter chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, bitter coffee.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly syrupy with a fairly smooth finish.

O- very good beer. Nice balance of bitter chocolate and dark fruits. (404 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Thanks to RC0032 for bringing this over.

The beer itself has a nearly black mahogany color with dark ruby edges. Not much light makes it through anywhere in the glass. A small tan head forms initially and fades pretty quickly.

The aroma and flavor are fairly consistent. There is a little bit of honey in the aroma, not as much in the flavor. Some milk chocolate, some dark, bitter chocolate, slightly tart raspberries all work very well together. a little bit of booze tingles the tongue and warms the stomach. The carbonation is on the light and creamy side, working well with the chocolate covered raspberry flavor and full body.

As someone who has a soft spot for raspberries, the chocolate covered raspberry flavor is pretty dead on accurate and enjoyable. (808 characters)

Photo of Ohiovania
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look and smell are fantastic. Nice raspberry notes with some decent chocolate presence. Barrel character is barely there, if at all, and the mouthfeel is awful. This might be an off bottle or something but I wouldn't buy this again. (232 characters)

Photo of TWStandley
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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! (875 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice dark black pour with a small beige head, small amount of lacing

Smell: Event horizon + raspberries, and the raspberries seem out of place. Nice notes of malt, oak, coffee, dark chocolate and bourbon

Taste: The Raspberries are dominant but not pleasant or integrated. Very odd mixup. The base beer, minus the berries, has great notes of malt, oak, coffee, bourbon and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - medium/full body and mouthfeel

Overall: I was really looking forward to this one and definitely disappointed, the raspberries just do not play well with this imperial stout. (585 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into chalice. Bottled in fall of 2013.

A - Very dark, almost black with a blood red tinge around the edge. Thin brown head that fades away and leaves no lacing behind.

S - Smells like a nice RIS with big roasted malts, bitter chocolate,raspberry, and dark fruit. Hints of honey, vanilla, and oak come through as it warms.

T - Starts out with a mix of roasted malt, raspberry, and bitter chocolate. Dark fruits are noticeable in the middle along with hints of bourbon and honey. The finish really brings out the raspberry flavors.

M - Medium bodied with okay carbonation. Finish has a bit of tart/bitter feel to it.

O - This beer was good, but I think it would have been even better if it was not barrel aged. It seemed like the barrel aging made it a bit harsh, even after resting a year. I think it would be more raspberry and chocolate without sitting in a barrel. (893 characters)

Photo of mythaeus
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 out of a snifter. Liked how they stamped the wax. Toppling Goliath can learn something from them. The beer was decent, rather syrupy, but all the flavors combined for a very smoky taste that I didn't care for. (214 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 11/4/14

Thanks to themadhanner for sending this one over via trade!


A: Pours an opaque absolutely jet black, with just under 2 fingers width of dense, dark mocha colored head which dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves only a very slight degree of lacing.

S: Huge sweetness, tons of raspberry, chocolate fudge, and roasted malt. Barrel notes are certainly present with charred oak and bourbon-y vanilla. Excellent nose.

T: Like the nose there are lots of raspberry and roasty notes. I don’t get the sweet chocolatey fudge notes I picked up in the aroma, but maybe a subtle semi sweet cocoa. Theres an herbaceous characters as well. Barrel notes are there with oak and bourbony booze. Lots going on, but raspberry is definitely the dominant flavor. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, but not necessarily thick, carbonation appropriate, ABV is well restrained and drinkability is excellent. 4.25

O: Really well done beer. I liked it a lot more than The Event Horizon, more balanced flavor profile and the addition of raspberries is very nice. 4.5 (1,100 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, blue wax with a 2013 stamp, poured into an Olde Hickory short chalice.

The beer pours an inky jet black color, thick and viscous texture with a finger or so of caramel head that recedes to a rim of film around the circumference of the glass yielding a spot or two of lace. Raspberries immediately make themselves known in the aroma, thick and sweet chocolate, caramel, very faint oak with a bit of honey and some unwelcome alcohol aromas at the end, but the balance is nice. The raspberry is nice and jammy, bittersweet chocolate follows well, light roast with some rich grains and stone fruits. It's balanced well, sweeter for sure, but not overly so, nor is there any tartness or acidity from the berries and the alcohol is hidden very well on the tongue, however there is a distinct lack of any barrel character, oak bourbon or otherwise. The mouthfeel is nice, smooth and silky, a bit thinner than I'd prefer, but it coats the mouth well and finishes very softly.

Verdict: A nice raspberry stout from Olde Hickory but the complete lack of any barrel character is a real disappointment. It's simple and balanced, but a bit boring and one dimensional and the raspberry is really the only interesting thing here. (1,230 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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). (954 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
4.33/5  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. (386 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up from a great trade with Mike! Thick pitch black pour with an incredibly dark brown head that unfortunately faded almost immediately with no lacing. Big bold, roasty nose totally dominated by the raspberries along with hints of dark chocolate, booze, honey, and subtle bourbon notes. The taste follows suit with the raspberries once again dominating. Chocolate fudge, booze, and cocoa along with hints of honey, coffee, and black cherries. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and a bit sweet up front, but it mellows as it warms. The finish is subtly warming and slightly bitter. Overall, this is definitely a sipper as it's very rich. It's not quite as sweet as I had expected it to be, but it's still more of a desert beer for my tastes. Reminds me a lot of the Goose Island Cherry Rye. (800 characters)

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Darkness tulip 2-12-12

A: Black with a khaki colored head. Ruby around the edges with a nice bit of lacing.

S: I absolutely love the smell of this beer. Dark chocolate and charred malt with a wonderful sweet raspberry puree aroma. Mild oak as well.

T: Taste is intense charred/roasted malt and a bitter chocolate and tart raspberries. Just doesn't work for me, the raspberries add a bit of acidity and make the stout feel a bit thin and taste a bit more bitter.

M: A little thinner than I'd like. Medium bodied to thin for the style.

O: I really enjoyed sipping on this beer and could not stop smelling it. I do not get much honey from it but that may be because there are so many other elements to it. (719 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage

A - Pours with a black, thick body and the head is just a dark brown ring around the glass. It would really look great with a little more carb so it's not looking flat out of the bottle.

S - Raspberry, roasted malts, dark chocolate, a touch of honey and bourbon barrels on the backend. The nose is really out of this world to me.

T - Raspberry and dark chocolate dominate and shine through on the taste. The raspberry is ever so sweet and ever so tart. I think the honey helps here. Roasted malts are present, but definitely take a backseat. The bourbon barrel come through in the finish and lingers.

M - On the heavy side of light to almost medium with minimal carbonation. It has a wet finish and is very drinkable.

O - I could drink this beer a lot and not tire of it. To me, it's hitting the right chords except for the appearance and mouthfeel, which is due to lack of carbonation. (905 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber (2013) that was poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out dark brown out of the bottle but black as it pools up in the glass. Dark coffee/espresso with a touch of milk colored head with a little better than average lacing. Slight highlights where the liquid gets thinner. Good looking stout.

Smells awesome. The raspberries have really settled nicely here and are very present in the nose. It's like a dark chocolate covered raspberry just not quite a decadent. There's plenty of roasted and charred grain here too. Not really a hop presence but there's a slight bitterness that I would imagine would be from the hops. I like how things are meshing here.

Love the flavor here. Lots of dark roasted grains some out at you right away. The raspberries, honey, and oak are very easily detected. The grains provide a nice chocolatey flavor and there's a bit of a vanilla flavor from the oak barrels everything meshes quite well together. Anytime flavor, breakfast, lunch, dinner, night cap, you name it this beer can happen.

Mouthfeel is great. This is a strong full bodied beer with a nice lingering flavor. Moderate carbonation level and the 10% ABV isn't really all that detectable. Nice and smooth with large lingering flavors sweet with an appropriate level of bitterness, nice sweetness and acidity from the raspberries but balanced with sweetness from the honey but ends with a earthy bitter bitter finish that's slightly acidic (the raspberries are really present the whole way through). Crazy drainable beer; a heavy stout I could dink year round. Phenomenal beer, I love it. Thanks JJ for willing to part with it! (1,673 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4/5  rDev -7%
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 (627 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours viscous black with a dark tan head that fades semi-quickly but leaves a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S - Can smell this one as soon as the cap is popped with aromas of bourbon and light raspberry. Once the nose is buried in the tulip glass the raspberries are more pronounced and very ripe. The bourbon compliments the honey very well into a blend of nice sweetness.

T - Raspberries from the get go but then the bourbon and stout sweetness kick in right after. Once they blend it's a wonderful harmony of tart fruit, sweet honey, and toasted/roasted notes from the barrel. The flavors are still a little separated since this one is still fresh but it's still a homerun.

M - Full body with just the right amount of carbonation. No alcohol flavor or burn but the warmth is felt. Very smooth and velvety on the palate and finishes with an awesome raspberry aftertaste.

O - I brought this to the FFF XV Anniversary beer release and it was one of, if not the favorite beer, of the tasting group throughout the entire day. Enough said. Give it some time and I'm sure all the 4.5's will turn into 5.0's. (1,111 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013

A- Black with small purple ring; like Prince.

S- Big chocolate and raspberry upfront! Nice barrel notes after that. It smells like a raspberry chocolate that you would eat... writer's block

T- Big chocolate and raspberry. More raspberry than chocolate though. Very creamy tasting too

M- I am knocking this one for lack of carb, and it's not like it gets by like CCB; but other than that the M is fantastic. It leaves a wax layer of raspberry chocolate in your mouth. Glorious, but no carb

O- A fantastic brew! I would def seek this out as it is an experience (569 characters)

Photo of IMFletcher
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Omega Point release party. I found the raspberry to be unpleasantly overpowering, beyond a Backyard Rye, but otherwise an excellent brew. (158 characters)

Photo of ScotNH
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of huddyball
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage courtesy of LGB362.

A: Vigorous pour into a snifter. Pours jet black with no head. This surprises me based on other reviews.

S: Winner here. Nice raspberry and chocolate aroma coming through.

T: Good, not great. You get the sweetness of the berries and chocolate, but I also get a heavy char. Char mellows when warming, but still there. This may be just me, but I get a heavy dose of the honey when I burp.

M: About average. Let down by the lack of carbonation. Figured this would be the case with the lack of a head.

O: Very good, but not what I was expecting. (579 characters)

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,952 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 11/4/14. Pours black as a starless night. Normal head, lacing and retention for a barrel aged stout.

Nice nose of bourbon over bittersweet chocolate.

Light medium body with a very smooth texture that approaches slick. Light carbonation, which is normal for barrel aging, with just a hint of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, complex and somewhat balanced. Bourbon and alcohol dominate, but do allow the complexity to come forward. It begins with a slightly sweet blend of flavors that slowly separate beneath the bourbon. Tart raspberries lead, then flow into a light honey sweetness that yields to rich chocolate. In the middle, a slight bitterness emerges, that has an astringent alcohol bite, with a touch of roast, vanilla and oak over a rich honey sweetness - here is where honey is most evident. The finish gives that alcohol burn at the back of the throat coupled with a fading taste of bourbon and honey/chocolate sweetness over notes of grain alcohol. (1,003 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours essentially pitch black with a mocha head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing or cascading

S-dark chocolate, coffee, with hints of alcohol, bourbon, and raspberry

T-chocolate, coffee, bourbon, coconut, a touch of alcohol, with raspberry in the finish - pretty complex especially with the sourness from the raspberries in the finish

M-rich and creamy-a great mouthfeel

D-Given its high abv. and complexity its a sipper.

Overall, its not a beer I would drink every day, but would love to drink again. A great and complex beer. (544 characters)

Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.