Lindley Park
Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #635
Ranked #1,541
4.28 | pDev: 8.41%
Dec 11, 2022
Nov 08, 2011
Lindley ParkLindley Park
Notes: An imperial stout brewed with honey and raspberries, then aged in bourbon barrels.
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Ratings by stortore:
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 10/31/17, had 12/22/18.

Pours a dark brown, opaque, with a half inch head of darker foam and some spotty cling. Aromas of bourbon, oak, roasted malt, chocolate, some caramel and char, light raspberries- more as it warms. Flavors of bourbon, raspberries, chocolate, malt, cocoa, some vanilla and oak, light caramel. Smooth, a good full body, well carbonated.

Well balanced between the base, berries and bourbon. Great aroma. The bourbon barrels are obvious, but reined in. Has a bit of a lighter feel for the style. Interestingly, the barrel influence seemed to diminish as it warmed.
Jan 30, 2020
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Rated: 4.2 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Dec 11, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Picked up a 12 oz bottle from the Blue Door Bottleshop in Hendersonville 7-11-22 for $7.50. Bottled 1-26-22; consumed 10-30-22.

Beer poured black with an okay off-white head.

Nose is nice, roasted malts and raspberry are very prevalent with some bourbon in the background.

Taste is a medium roasted malt base mellowed by honey and raspberries. Finishes with a touch of vanilla and leather that balances the sweetness but not all of it.

Mouthfeel is medium to large bodied and very smooth.

Overall not a bad beer but i think i like the base imperial stout better.
Oct 30, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Aug 25, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by edthehead from New York

Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by MJSFS from Florida

Oct 01, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by JamesLeung from Florida

Sep 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery. Received 10/8/20 from @nc41 in BIF 12. Reviewed 11/3/20.
12 oz bottle stamped on front label “BOTTLING DATE 01/23/20”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 59 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Medium amber (SRM 12), clear.
Body – Black (SRM 40), as light-absorbing as a black hole. When held to direct light, same.
Head – Tiny (Maximum five mm, aggressive center pour), tan, fizzy, no retention, diminishing to a few isolated bubbles around the rim and no cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4 – Sticky sweet molasses and raspberries, no hops, no yeast. Not very strong. I horned this baby pretty hard but couldn’t pick up a trace of bourbon, vanillin, or tannic acid.
Flavor – 4 – Begins slightly sweet with raspberry. No hops, no malt, no yeast, no bourbon. No alcohol (10.33 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma but esophageal burning and gastric warming occur. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. For some reason, this reminds me of chocolate-covered cherries with neither chocolate nor cherry flavors.
Palate – 4 – Full, just short of creamy, scattered but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Despite what isn’t there, this is still a decent Impy stout. This is one I’d try again on tap or in singles but no cases.
Nov 03, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by hockeypuck from Maine

May 17, 2020
Rated: 4.67 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

May 13, 2020
Rated: 4 by pkalix from California

Dec 23, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Dec 20, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by cd34 from Illinois

Dec 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Arjen from Netherlands

3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Sampled at Poesiat & Kater's 2019 Stout Fest. Black color, beige head with little retention. Aroma's: sourish-fruity, raspberry, mon cheri bonbons, chocolate. Retronasal it's raspberries, chocolate, bonbons. Flavor is above moderate sweet with fruity sourness. Medium bodied. Finishes droppy, fruity.
Dec 01, 2019
Rated: 4.55 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Nov 16, 2019
Rated: 4.55 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Sep 04, 2019
Rated: 4.74 by bubseymour from Maryland

Sep 03, 2019
Rated: 4 by dsshuck from Delaware

Jul 31, 2019
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a 12 oz. bottle into a PAA whiskey/tumbler glass, this beer pours out pitch black. There is a very thin ring of brown highlight along the top edge. It forms caramel colored bubbles that disappear as fast as they can generate, leaving no crown.

Huge boozy, fruity nose. That bourbon barrel is showing strong and beautifully; warming bourbon, leather, oak, figs, dates, raisins. It mixes with a jammy raspberry; biscuit covered in raspberry jam and raspberry fig newtons come to mind.

The taste comes in with all above mentioned. It also adds a bit of chocolate chip cookie to it. This is so complex and so delightful. I’m loving it. A bunch of tobacco notes too.

Thick mouthfeel, slightly warm but not burning. Dried out biscuit/tobacco feeling leaves you wanting another drink.

Overall, this is awesome. It drinks like a jam & honey covered biscuit with a glass of bourbon after having a nice chewing tobacco.
Jul 17, 2019
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours onyx black, no leakage whatsoever on the edges, with a dark tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Pop the bottle cap - waves of honey, almost an organic quality to the aroma, with some cocoa notes as well, but no sign of the raspberries.

The raspberries, though, crash the party like Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in “Wedding Crashers” - it’s literally shocking how something like raspberries could be so absent on the nose and so prominent on the taste. I’m flummoxed.

As I sipped this and enjoyed the interplay better the raspberries, honey, and cocoa notes, all I could think of was chocolate covered cherries, except with raspberries.

Sign me up.
Jul 15, 2019
Rated: 3.48 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jul 08, 2019
Rated: 3.76 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Jun 22, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jun 02, 2019
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Rated by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Rated at two and Half Years bottle aged. Didn't care for it fresher. Very Berry Forward and a good blending beer.
May 08, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Mar 03, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Feb 03, 2019
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Reviewed by GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
22oz bottle dated 10/31/2017 poured into a tulip shows an interstellar black body and before chestnut colored bubbles develop any height they are absorbed back into Lindley Park and escape only into the milky way on the surface and an edge-hugging ring. Agitation recreates the effect and generates sheets of spotted lacing that retreat to the ring.

Aroma is raspberry forward with notes of brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, and vanilla.

Raspberry flavor is strong and close to medicinal, which I ascribe to the raspberry and honey combination. Tart raspberry with chocolate, bourbon, and dark stone fruit notes.

Mouthfeel is full and has some chew with a gritty finish.

Overall a very nice barrel aged imperial stout with some age.
Jan 29, 2019
Rated: 4 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Dec 26, 2018
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

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.
Dec 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Benish from Utah

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.
Dec 14, 2018
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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.
Dec 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

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.
Dec 09, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands

Nov 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Frus77 from Illinois

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.
Nov 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

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.
Oct 21, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Sep 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

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.
Aug 16, 2018
Rated: 4.56 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Jul 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

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.

Bomber dated 10/19/17
4.75 rating
Jun 14, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by skiking70 from Maryland

Jun 13, 2018
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