Lindley Park - Olde Hickory Brewery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 625 | Reviews: 120 | Display Reviews Only:
4.54/5 rDev +5.3%
Thanks to Mike for splitting his bottle with me - been trying for this one for a while now. Side by side with Pipeworks' Raspberry Truffle Abduction; I had a hunch that this one would be better, I guess we'll see. It pours dark as hell - pitch black, completely opaque. Barely any head formation after a straight-down pour, though swirling the glass brings to life one of the darkest tan heads I've ever seen; thick, frothy, and quick to recede back into nothing.
One whiff of this and you're off and running in barrel-land. Big-time barrel aromas - tons of oak, moderate vanilla, and silky smooth bourbon. The bourbon is pretty powerful, yet tamed well and not abrasive to my nostrils. Malty as hell with a ton of thick, brown sugar, molasses, and roasted cocoa beans.
The raspberry is actually a little quiet at first, not peeking its head out until I take a few more successive whiffs. Once it finally comes out, though, it's wonderful. Lightly sweet raspberry jam; deep, pure, and extremely inviting. Some moderate honey sweetness in the tail end, though I could just be imagining that since the bottle says "honey" on it. Wonderful execution of "stout + barrel + raspberry" without leaning out of kilter towards any given side.
The only thing left to do is taste this one... and the first sip is simply magical. Leading the way is a surge of thick molasses coupled with a generous helping of juicy, raspberry jam. Bourbon and oak flavors outline the edges constantly, along with a mild vanilla flavor that works perfectly in the small doses it's given in. The raspberry flavor starts off strong and within a second or two, a delicate tartness comes out and then quickly transcends into a sweet bit-part between the rest of the flavors.
I love this beer because the raspberry flavor is integrated in a neigh perfect manner. It's got a bunch of sweetness and even a mild tartness to it, while still remaining "dark" or "deep" enough to blend well with a barrel-aged stout (which is executed beautifully on its own). The finish is pretty sweet; raspberries, other mixed berries, figs, oak, and mild bourbon. Lots of sticky brown sugar left on the palate once the beer is gone, too. Big, heavy body with low-medium carbonation. Mildly sticky mouth feel, chewy and thick as hell.
So glad I got to try this one. I would definitely like to seek out more bottles of this. I love raspberry and I love stouts. Barrel-aging doesn't hurt, either. I feel like if this beer were just a barrel-aged stout without raspberries, it would be great. Adding raspberries to an already delicious barrel-aged stout is a risky move, but Olde Hickory pulled it off with flying colors.
04-12-2013 16:45:48 | More by tectactoe
4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
Bomber into an Old Engine Oil tulip. Thanks to Tony for sharing.
A: Black body with brown highlights; momentary tan head. Pretty average.
S: Whoa. Huge bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and raspberry. Smells like an incredibly delicious bourbon + raspberry filled chocolate truffle. It's a big, bold, complex, and amazing aroma.
T: Way sweeter than the nose, with far less barrel and far more fruit. Raspberry and chocolate are the main players, with some spicy booze joining in on the finish. Still great, but less mindblowing than the aroma.
M: Slick medium body with some late-arriving but fairly intense carbonation. Strange, but not unpleasant.
O: This one made me fall in love with it based on the smell along. I could inhale this all night. A must-try.
03-05-2012 13:43:58 | More by woosterbill
4.51/5 rDev +4.6%
Shared with JLindros.
A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark black pour with s rich deep mocha head that fades to a thin halo and light wisps. Big huge legs.
S - Aromas of nice raspberry, sweet honey, chocolate. The alcohol is rather noticeable, not much malts though.
T - Taste is very nice, incredibly smooth. Very nice raspberry jam without being sweet, rich dark chocolate, light honey to mellow things out. The base beer with the pappy barrels really shine through. Tastes like a raspberry truffle, very rich and smooth. The bourbon and honey really balance things out.
M - Mouthfeel is really smooth and silky, super rich.
O - Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot. Thought the raspberry was well done here, but wanted a bit more.
12-06-2013 22:57:36 | More by rudzud
4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
Thanks to beerness for this bottle: for those keeping score at home, that's two nights in a row of beerness. I think I'm getting a callous. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.
Pours a distinctly black dark with minimal carbonation. Smell is a winner: certainly suffused with raspberries, nearly the level of Kuhnhenn's Raspberry Eisbock: pretty wicked nice. Little vanilla, more sweet. Definition of promising.
Lindley Park certainly has a bite to go with its nose. Yow! Alcohol roundhouse to the synapses starts the experience. The raspberries aren't as pronounced as in the nose, being cut with sweet malts & what I can only assume is honey. Chocolate is restrained but shows. Bourbon arrives only as a warmth in the back of the throat. Sweet fruit really lightens this one up compared to your average big stout; & the drinkability is the star. A sipper you can't sip. Big Gulps are the norm.
Not quite life-changing, but an excellent beer that really brings all the components together with a masterfully light touch. More & more impressed with Olde Hickory with every beer I have.
02-08-2012 04:23:33 | More by maximum12
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
22oz brought by me to the good beer/bad beer tasting. Poured into Bell's tulip.
A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin film on top.
S - Big chocolate covered raspberry nose, very sweet & rich, some burnt sugars, slight oak, sweet honey. The raspberry is integrated perfectly with the stout and the sweetness isn't over-the-top.
T - Tastes like chocolate raspberry cheesecake. Again, the raspberry and chocolate are perfectly balanced and the honey gives it a nice smoothness. Not too sweet, but obviously, not something you're going to pound through.
M - Full, rich & smooth, creamy finish.
O - An excellent beer that I really enjoyed. I am going to locate another bottle here soon for future tasting to see how it ages. I really think it's ready to go now, but hey, it's always fun to see what happens. Recommend!
01-09-2012 18:56:28 | More by Sean9689
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
A: Viscous glossy black in color. Forms a fizzy dark mocha colored head that manages to fizz away quite quickly. No lacing.
S: Dark malts, dark fruit, raspberries, chocolate, and a touch of smoke.
T: Chocolate and lots of it. Light sweetness. Raspberries, vanilla, and some dark fruit with just a faint hint of char on the back end. Heavily roasted malts and raspberry on the finish.
M: Thick, viscous, and heavy. Lower carbonation. Dry, chalky char mouthfeel.
O: A surprisingly good beer. Very raspberry forward, but done in a way that is quite restrained leaving a beer that is not at all overly sweet or cloying.
10-20-2012 13:41:52 | More by Florida9
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!
Black, moderately thick, body with a thin crown of dark brown bubbly. Leaves dots of stick down the glass.
An incredibly successful aroma; I have to believe this is exactly what the brewers were aiming for. The base beer shines through, with good amounts of roast, chocolate, and sweetness, though the raspberry character is both in-your-face but complementary. Quite exceptional.
The flavor is nearly as successful, with the raspberry even more present than in the aroma, complemented nicely by the more typical stout elements: roast, sweet chocolate, and candy bar.
Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Very drinkable.
This reminds me a lot of Bramble, and may just in fact be better. Really an exceptional fruited stout.
10-17-2012 20:30:42 | More by ehammond1
4.1/5 rDev -4.9%
Thanks for the trade, Msquared2.
a - pried the wax off and cracked the cap and filled my E snifter. nice rich sludgy pour...settles like an oil spil with a thin just shy of a finger's worth of milk mocha frappacino looking head. head fizzled away within a minute but left small milky bubble clusters on the surface. swirling rebuilds slightly and coats the glass with a thin layer or spotty lacing.
s - during the pour the smell started to fill the air. upon inspection...chocolate covered raspberries. the honey is present as well but not as much so as the raspberries. kind of like the imperial stout with some raspberries in it...as advertised. it really smells decadent...like a raspberry brownie you'd get at a steakhouse...INTENSE.
t - just as the nose advertised, i'm drinking a dessert. it is rich and thick and chocolate raspberry cake. 50 times thicker than a ten fidy (well, maybe not 50 times, but you get where i'm going with how thick and rich this one is). might be too intense for some. the raspberry is good, but VERY dominating. i am expecting the chunks that you get when eating raspberry yogurt...picture that but in a chocolate cake beer. i don't get anything from the oak barrels and i cannot pick out the honey as well as in the imperial stout.
m - full bodied and leaves a cooling crisp alcohol tingle in my mouth.
o - overall, this is all about the raspberry. very sweet and very desert like. delicious, yes...but 22 oz seems like i've got my work cut out for me. i'd probably take the imperial stout over this one if given the choice...both great beers, but the raspberry is an interesting treatment to a great beer...doesn't necessarily make it better for my taste buds.
11-26-2011 00:39:28 | More by cosmicevan
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
Thanks to my cousin Sonny for sharing this over a long weekend of beer tasting. Fully reviewed Sunday to E-mail notes.
A- Poured to four glasses from the bomber with a midnight black body. Light mocha brown head forms to about a finger with decent retention. Head descends to a frothy ring at the edges. Tons of legs lead to spotty lacing.
S- Raspberry nectar at an impressive strength. The fruit is definitely the star but a rich chocolate, dark roasty malt base comes through just enough to make you realize this is not a straight fruit beer. Fruity baked goods.
T- Damn, Olde Hickory... the raspberry comes through from the nose in a fashion I can't quite say that I have ever found in another beer. Fresh, authentic fruit feel dominates the flavor early on but the base stout opens up after a few sips. Decadent chocolate malts, dark roast grains, sweetness and nuttiness. Oak wood feel but no whiskey for me.
MF- Thick body with a creamy and slightly silky texture. Carbonation is at a medium level. No alcohol warmth present and semi-tart raspberry lingers with some roast bitterness.
Not sure I have ever found a beer with raspberry flavor quite like this. Each sip reveals waves of flavor that oscillates between straight fresh raspberry and rich chocolate truffle. The barrels don't really do much for me but insane raspberry takes the cake.
02-19-2014 01:28:05 | More by cbutova
Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.