Lindley Park | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldehickorybrewery.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
An imperial stout brewed with honey and raspberries, then aged in bourbon barrels.

Added by GehenHerzog on 11-08-2011

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1,058
pDev:
8.41%
 
 
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Photo of jonbonfondle
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/13/15.

Dark, viscous pour, almost black. Small amount of ivory head settles around the rim of the glass, without much of any lacing that sticks around.

Loads of dark fruit on the nose. Raspberry really comes out after a quick second, and as it warms slightly the aromas are really reminiscent of JtR from Bottle Logic. Getting chocolate emerging as it warms.

Very mild oxidation, but this has held up so well. Raspberries very prevalent in the flavor, with a great dark fruit balance and chocolate notes. Solid. Hints of vanilla starting to come out as well. Not JtR level, but very good.

Smooth, very low carb, with a sticky finish and a nice warmth down the hatch.

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Photo of Benish
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/31/17

Appearance: poured a pitch black color with no translucence. Quite impressive for a 10%.

Smell: Wow. Very heavy on the honey. I may have tried several beers with honey added but don't recall those being as abundant as this one. It is so heavy and floral to the nose. Then there is a touch of tartness from the berries, but almost overshadowed by the sweet nectar of honey.

Taste: again the honey is heavily dominant, very sweet, floral, and earthy with a kick of black licorice. Then quickly the tartness of red raspberries comes in with sweet jammy flavors. The honey and berries work interestingly well together. Slight chocolate tones and the bourbon is noticeable at the finish when the honey fades. However, the honey still sticks around in the mouth after the finish.

Mouthfeel: full bodied and smooth. Perfect.

Overall: I never expected this much honey. Definitely an interesting treat that stands apart from other big stouts.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a deep black color with dark mocha colored bubbles crowning the glass.

Smell - There were many raspberries in the nose. The berries were fresh are not like bad perfume or hairspray.

Taste - There were a big fresh raspberry presence in the taste. It seemed to be just the right balance with just a touch of honey showing up as it warms. The smooth sweet berries linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Whether it is the honey or the body of the stout, this beer was smooth.

Overall - Raspberries are tough to balance in a beer. This beer does a nice job.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

High hopes, low rating. Sorry.
Bottled 10/31/18. There must be something went wrong in this part of the batch; judging from another recent review from someone in Illinois. Hard to guess, but seems like barrel bacteria made my bottle bad.
There are sippers and then are those few that I can only touch my tongue to.
This is the later. I tried repeatedly, but could not bring myself to sip this. (There even was no dessert at this party.)
Curiously, nothing is terrible about this RIS. But, it is indescribably hard to drink. Four others at the party I persuaded to try this could not sip twice.
One of life's rare drain pours. And at its price, that is painful.

But, I hope to find one of Olde Hickory's less risky offerings. I went on there website and they seem dedicated to their craft and have been for 25 years.

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Photo of Beer-Ed
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Frus77
2.96/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very disappointed by this one. Bottle date: 10/31/17.

Very barrel forward, and the raspberry is very muted with some mild honey sweetness on the way back.

As I'm writing this and drinking it, the more it tastes and smells like a really gross hot sauce.

Maybe there was something wrong with my bottle? I'm not really sure, but this was a major drain pour, which is something I rarely ever do.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle

Pours opaque black, tan ring for a head.

Aroma is molasses, anise, mesquite, caramel, cocoa and tart raspberry.

Flavor is of chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee, fig, plum, and fresh raspberry.

Full body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Smooth, rich, threatens to be cloying but doesn't get there. Slow sipper and immensely enjoyable. A real treat.

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Photo of GreenMind
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dodo2step
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- opaque black with minimal head and light lacing on the pint. Nothing exciting yet.

S- honey and raspberries hit the nose. bourbon and molasses round it out

F- bourbon and raspberries dominate the palate. chicory honey complement it nicely.

M- Heavy bodied. Bourbon and tartness linger. strong as I get farther along

O- A great stout. Thanks to my buddy Trask for getting this for me. only downside is the grain seems stronger and more potent as you go along.

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Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tony210
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black, impervious to light. Minimal mochahead that fades quickly. Huge chocolate and raspberry aromas, molasses, bourbon barrel. Again, big raspberry flavor dominates, lots of chocolate, syrupy molasses and brown sugar, the raspberry adds a nice tartness to the finish. Thick and creamy, full bodied. Overall an outstanding base beer with a nice raspberry infusion. Would drink over and over.

6/13/18
Bomber dated 10/19/17
4.75 rating

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Photo of skiking70
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikexw
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a thin, tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of bourbon, roasted malt, raspberries, chocolate, honey, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of roasted malt (mostly in the finish), a good amount of coffee, lots of raspberries, some chocolate, a bit of coffee, a tinge of honey, some bourbon (and the accompanying oak barrel), a nutty quality, and a hint of vanilla. This is a rich, complex, yet somehow subtle flavor. Very well-balanced and delicious.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This is an extremely enjoyable imperial stout. Well made and drinkable.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hc4thehc
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TBonez477
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nwhittin
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You may have had me at bourbon, but with the added flavors of raspberries and honey, Olde Hickory's bourbon barrel aged imperial stout just became irresistible.

Reasonably black and skirted by a thin veil of foam, the look of robust espresso brings the nose close. Its roasty, toasty scent of charred grain comes just in front of chambord liquor, caramelized whisky and an overall scent of burnt marshmallow. Its taste is creamy sweet with toffee, molasses and a vanilla-like softness that's amplified by the floral honey sweetness.

As the flavors develop across the middle palate, the sweetness slowly fades and the tanginess of raspberries creep onto the tastebuds with its bright and robust fruit balance to the burnt sweetness of walnut, toasted oak, dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolates and an underlying creaminess of tiramisu. Bourbon spice brings its own vanillan, caramel, coconut and cherry like complexities to the late palate as a culmination of coffee, chocolate and raspberry swoons the finish.

Full bodied but somewhat cut in its viscosity by the thinning action of booze, raspberry acidity and coffee-like bitterness, the stout finds a reasonable sense of drinkability for such a robust taste and texture. Its dessert-like taste of raspberry liquor, coffee liquor and dark chocolate continue to mingle long and lean on the after palate.

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Photo of gia7272
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of lebriarjr
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goodbeergoodfood
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look Pitch black no head some lacing.
Smell orange, orange chocolate raspberry and more rasppberry ,milk chocolate, dark chocolate and nuts and honey.
Taste hit you with a bitter dark chocolate or Oak then immediately you get a burst of orange and raspberry with more raspberry and honey and a slight in a bourbon at the Finish.
Feels is very nice carbonation tickling the tongue and slightly chewy not super thick though.
Overall I think this beer is pretty darn good. He has a lot of complexity my only fault is the death of flavor is not very deep if it finished stronger with a sweet note instead of a bitter chocolate or milk chocolate it would be awesome. All the flavors blend together extremely well None overpowers the other and it hads layers of Flavour. Bitter chocolate ,milk chocolate, raspberry orange bourbon Oak and Coffee . Honestly living locally near the brewery I was somewhat skeptical to try this beer based on its hype but it certainly lives up to it. It is a very tasty beer.

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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 1,058 ratings