Lindley Park
Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #600
Ranked #1,560
4.28 | pDev: 8.41%
Oct 01, 2021
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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4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

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
More User Ratings:
4.25 by MJSFS from Florida on Oct 01, 2021
4.5 by JamesLeung from Florida on Sep 12, 2021
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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
4.24 by hockeypuck from Maine on May 17, 2020
4.67 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina on May 13, 2020
4 by pkalix from California on Dec 23, 2019
4.5 by paulish from New York on Dec 20, 2019
4.02 by cd34 from Illinois on Dec 07, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Arjen from Netherlands

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
4.55 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Nov 16, 2019
4.55 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Sep 04, 2019
4.74 by bubseymour from Maryland on Sep 03, 2019
4 by dsshuck from Delaware on Jul 31, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AyatollahGold from Indiana

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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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

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
3.48 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 08, 2019
3.76 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Jun 22, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jun 02, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

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
4.29 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Mar 03, 2019
4.43 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Feb 03, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by GrumpyGas from Illinois

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
4 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota on Dec 26, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by WickedBeer from Alabama

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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Benish from Wisconsin

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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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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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3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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
4.31 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands on Nov 23, 2018
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2.96/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Frus77 from Illinois

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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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

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
4.04 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Sep 22, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

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
4.56 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Jul 08, 2018
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4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Tony210 from New Jersey

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
4.38 by skiking70 from Maryland on Jun 13, 2018
3.75 by rspauldi from Texas on Apr 16, 2018
4.19 by Mikexw from New York on Apr 15, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by avalon07 from South Carolina

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.

Mar 22, 2018
4.4 by unclekeith from Alaska on Mar 18, 2018
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