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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Double / 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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4.28
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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black body capped by two fingers of dense froth. The nose is excellent, comprised almost entirely of rich dark chocolate and sweet-tart raspberries. Barrel presence is minimal, especially compared to Event Horizon - perhaps this beer used 2nd fill barrels? In any case, it smells excellent. The palate is excellent, too. The very robust chocolate-forward and semi-roasty malt flavor is dominant, but there's a ton of raspberry here too, which is both sweet and tart. Mouthfeel is full and silky, and sweetness is pleasantly reigned-in. I detect a bit of caramel and oak tannin toward the finish, but beyond that there isn't much barrel flavor. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12/30/2011

Bottle courtesy of ASUbeer. Snifter.

A: Black with an inch of tan froth.

S: The nose is very fruity. Raspberries blend nicely with aromatic dark chocolate. As you might have expected, bourbon is a great addition to the raspberry truffle theme. Oak is restrained, and there's a little caramel in there. I don't get any booze in the nose. Smells very good.

T: It tastes like dark chocolate raspberry cake. The raspberries do the base beer much credit, and bourbon blends in splendidly. There's a lower moderate bitterness and a touch of alcohol, though it's not at all detracting. Roasted grains accompany oak and a shadow of honey. I get cocoa and a little coffee on the back end. There's a very low level of tartness throughout.

M: Full in body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky, sticky, and lightly tannic, with warming on the palate.

Overall: Very good, but not something I'd want to drink large quantities of. I haven't had very good luck with this brewery and this beer sounds a little strange from the description, but it's well executed and I recommend you give it a try.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing a 2014 vintage, bottled 11/04/14

Pours a pitch black body, head is espresso foam colored. Head retention was good and lacing was average.

Smell immediately transported me to the Colorado Convention Center during GABF. Idk why but I got a whiff of a used taster glass, and I mean it in the best possible way. Heavily roasted malt, bourbon, and sweet raspberry jam dominate the nose. Hops aren't present and alcohol scent is moderate.

Taste is very smooth and balanced. Charred malts, sweet raspberry and honey, and bourbon meld nicely together. Fruit isn't too sweet or medicinal tasting and alcohol isn't overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Head stayed for awhile and added a nice texture to the beer. Wish it was a bit thicker overall.

Overall this was an outstanding fruit stout and one of the best raspberry beers i've ever had. Well balanced between sweetness and bourbon but I think a tad more bourbon and a thicker body would have pushed this beer to world class status. Regardless, definitely looking forward to more of this, Olde Hickory really knows how to make imperial stouts.

P.s. Maybe next time I should drink it fresher to compare

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Photo of Verecund
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber split two ways on November 9, 2011.

Pours black with a thin ring of tan head that recedes to a mere ring about the glass. Light lacing.

Luscious nose featuring dark chocolate, sweet-tart raspberries, and blackcurrant. I want to say bourbony oak, but it's hard to tell beneath the increasingly poignant berry fruitiness. Very light oxidation adds a later of richness.

A touch of berry fruit tartness on the very front of the palate, sweet dark maltiness which dries out on the mid and late palate (I assume from the honey), figgy dark fruit, and a touch of soy. Bitter chocolate and oak tannins on the [dry, lightly bitter] finish. Easy drinking and tasty.

Medium-thin in body, with medium carbonation; slightly thin in the mouth, unfortunately. Drinks at its ABV.

This is a nice imperial stout. The raspberry adds a layer of richness, especially on the nose, but the beer still exhibits great balance. I don't think a fruited stout is the easiest thing to pull off, and this is fairly impressive within that niche.

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Photo of n2185
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts up front with semi-sweet chocolate followed by tart raspberries, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Very pleasant

T: roasted malts followed by dark chocolate and sweet and tart raspberries. Oak, toffee, and bourbon notes follow with a finish of bitter roasted malts and char. Slight alcohol burn. Quite tasty.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is fairly smooth and creamy.

O: a good beer that manages to balance the fruit with the stout and bourbon characters very well. Nice depth and complexity of flavor and aroma. I'd like a bit creamier body, but that's just a minor nitpick.

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Photo of metter98
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black and poured with essentially no head, leaving only a minuscule ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and raspberries are present in the nose. As the beer begins to warm up, slight notes of bourbon become noticeable.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of both chocolate and raspberries, the latter of which stand out and linger through the finish. Slight hints of sweetness from the honey are also perceptible. As the beer warms up, the raspberries become more dominant. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you like raspberries, this is a really nice imperial stout as they stand out and would make this a good beer to pair with a dessert. It tastes a bit strong, but is for the most part very easy to drink.

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Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bomber received in a trade with spaten454 thanks!

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown to black with a beautiful 2.5 finger mocha brown crown that displays good retention and some lace.

Smell: A mixture of the faintest amount of roast malt and a pale chocolate covered raspberry note that can't be denied. The raspberry note has both a lightly sweet quality and a tart raspberry skin quality. That combination is further rounded out by a supporting vanilla bourbon note.

Taste: Same as the nose but a touch acrid. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid effort producing a fairly delicious pale chocolate covered raspberry flavor that is supported nicely by a vanilla bourbon quality and only detracted slightly by an acrid roast malt quality.

Overall:

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours - Jet black decent tan head that lasts a good bit good lacing.

Smell - I get honey up front also a little bit of bourbon and some oak.

Taste - The first thing I taste is raspberries a little bit of honey the alcohol is well masked also get some oak bourbon flavor.

Feel - full bodied very smooth and luscious.

Overall - An amazing beer glad I picked this one up I would have it again.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.

A: Slightly chocolate-like malt, big grain roast, with noticeable honey, and big bourbon barrel character.

A: Black color, totally opaque wit a moderate tannish head that quickly receded to a thin film.

T: Big grain roast, slight raspberry sweet/tartness, with moderate bourbon barrel presence. The beer has a light bitterness on the finish.

M: Full Bodied with moderately light carbonation – the beer is fairly viscous.

O: Awesome; the big RIS base is well complimented by the raspberries and bourbon barrel presence. This beer is exact to slowly sip and savor.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 4.5 deep dark rich pour with almost no head
S: 4.0 nice sweet smell with a fruit smell on the back end
T: 4.5 great big body taste upfront and then immediately followed by a great raspberry finish. This beer could easily be paired with a dessert
MF: 4.0 ssmooth beer that goes down easy and the fruit flavor just deposits itself on your taste buds
O:4.5 nice oak aged beer that definitely delivers and provides a great change to the normal stout taste

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A (3/3) - Dark brown, almost black with tan foamy head that dissipates reasonably quickly, leaving traces around the edge for a long time
S (10/12) - Wood and alcohol dominate with honey hinting throughout
T (17/20) - Coffee and...something like fruit preserves...raspberries, that's it! Thanks bottle!
M (5/5) - Medium-bodied with dry finish
O (8/10) - Wow, what a different experience. I'm used to the typical bourbon/chocolate/coffee/booze tetrahedron with a BA stout like this, but this one really threw me for a loop, and had me puzzling over ingredients until I looked at the bottle.
(43/50)

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

I got a lot of chocolate and vanilla, with a sprinkling of toffee and caramel malt. This finishes with even more chocolate character. Not overly complex but very delicious.

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Photo of stakem
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a tulip. The brew appears pitch black in color with an angry looking dark brown head that is more than 2 fingers strong. As the cap slowly fades, it appears a slightly lighter dark brown with stringy fingers of lace sticking to the glass. An easy swirl revives a finger back to the surface and paints some spots of lace on the glass. When held to the light, there is hardly any clarity and lighter brown indications shown around the edges.

The aroma has a sweet and tart fruity raspberry inclusion. Coffee and cocoa also come into play with an indication of that 10% alcohol also showing through. There is quite a bit of roast included here with a touch of anise. As the brew warms up, a bit of a medicinal aspect emerges from the glass as the focus turns to more of the fruity alcohol esters.

The flavor of this brew is very rich with the dark roasted grain aspect leading the way in the taste profile. Roast like coffee is the first thing to come to mind that is mildly earthy and like bakers cocoa. A slight fruity tingle of raspberry is evident with both a ripe sweetness and also a natural almost seedy tart aspect as well. The way the flavors blend together is quite nice. The roast and stout portion of this brew are front and center stage with the raspberry inclusion providing a pleasing subtle contrast. The aftertaste is a bit of black licorice mixed with tobacco and ash.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This brew was everything I imagined and a bit more. I dont like to draw comparisons to other breweries however I have to for this. The first "retired" beer I ever fell in love with was Weyerbacher's raspberry imperial stout. Everything about this brew screams in the direction of that brew's memory. I am a fan by default. This one is worth checking out.

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Photo of MalibuKenny
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from draft tap, jet black, with thin layer of caramel head that quickly dissipated into a ring, clinging to the side of tasting glass

S: when first poured all I can smell is fruit purée. Slowly warmed in my hand, i can start to appreciate the Bourbon and chocolate

T: raspberries, dark chocolate, Bourbon warmness. Reminded me of those Belgian Cordial Cherries (marinated in Brandy, I think) we used to get close to Christmas time.

M: from light-medium body to medium-heavy body as it warns in glass. Bourbon barrel character grows increasingly prominent. Creaminess.

O: Met my expectation from last year. When a beer go to regular release there's always a fear of drop in quality. Olde Hickory can keep a consistency, and that's admirable

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage.
Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Thick, ink black colour with a thin layer of dark brown head that quickly reduced to a ring around the edges.

S - Tart raspberry up front that gives way to sweet milk chocolate, roast and molasses.

T - Sweet raspberry puree up front that is present throughout. Mid-palate ads cocoa, molasses and roast. The finish is tart with a touch of smokiness. The oak is barely noticeable but is slightly evident in the finish.

M - Medium body; smooth and creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a dark black, with a half inch mocha colored head, and a good amount of lacing down the glass.

Aromas include fresh raspberry, roasted malt, and chocolate.

The taste is similar. There is only the lightest amount of roasted malt in the flavor- the raspberry and chocolate are the big starts. The raspberry flavor is mostly sweet and slightly tart- more jammy than reminiscent of whole raspberries. The honey provides an additional layer of sweetness as well. There is some rich milk chocolate, and a little bit of a lactose flavor. The bourbon flavor is very mild, and only noticeable when the beer warms up.

Medium bodied, but I wish it could be thicker, slightly thin for a BA stout. Low carbonation, creamy, sweet mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

This was excellent. Beef up the body a little bit, and it would be perfect.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black colored beer with a nice, brown head that faded to a little bit of a ring. Pretty good looking, appropriate.

S - Bourbon, oak, vanilla. There's a great raspberry presence to this one that adds some berry sweetness and depth. The honey coming through reminds you it is an Olde Hickory brew.

T - Nice raspberry, good chocolate. As far as raspberry/chocolate stouts go, this is fantastic. The chocolate is more of the roasted, slightly unsweetened type. Honey adds a bit of sweetness.

M - Heavier side of medium bodied, fairly creamy. Moderate to slightly lower carbonation.

O - Very good beer, expected this to be another initially hyped and underwhelming brew. Would like to drink this again.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours very dark. Small tan head, mostly ring. Small bubble cling lace.

S - Wow. Coffee. Chocolate. Slight soy sauce. Incredible.

T - Most of the smell attributes. Soy more prominent in flavor. Very nice.

M - Medium to heavy body. Good carb, though light, good balance and finish.

D - Huge ABV and you can tell. Good for one.

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Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

22oz Bottle

2013 Vintage

It seems I have been drinking a lot of beer from Wil lately. Again, Wil, thanks guy! A black hole of a beer, chalky even. So dark in fact that the head is even the color of cocoa powder. The foam grows to a velvety finger in height on an easy pour and slowly fades to a thin ring that manages to leave pencil thin drink lines.

The nose is both intense and mouthwatering. Chocolate of the darkest variety mingles with raspberry syrup boiled down to its most intense point. It's like a high quality raspberry truffle. Other berry fruitiness mingles with the intense raspberry. Honey adds a touch of sweetness to the already dessert qualities of this adult beverage. Soft coffee and cream wrap it up.

Raspberry syrup pops right off the bat, intense. The high cocoa content dark chocolate adds a soft herbal bitterness. The honey is noticeable with a residual sweetness that adds depth. Other dark berries mingle with the truffle, blackberry mostly. Hops add a little leafy, herbal bitterness that plays well. The roast is moderate and lets the adjuncts shine. This stout is insanely rich and delicious.

The body is luxuriously smooth with a manageable weight ringing in at full but not overly so. Although this beer is a sipper, and sweet, it's easy to handle and in no way cloying. The carbonation is active and adds a touch of liveliness.

Lindley Park is lively and rich. The raspberry bursts and with the dense chocolate flavors makes for dessert in a glass. With all the sugar in this beer to brew something this easy to drink with no cloying tendencies shows a deft hand at brewing. Pick this up if you come across any. It's a great beer. Thanks, Wil!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened a 2013 bottle in September 2015. Still tons of raspberry on the nose. The front of the taste is sweet and raspberry but fairly mild. The back end is a little harsh where the honey no longer holds that smooth finish. Better fresh, but still great with some age.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have had this beer many times but apparently never reviewed.
22 oz. bottle poured in a Sam Adams perfect pour glass.

Nose is raspberry and chocolate and lots of it. Poured straight down the middle of the glass produced little head and no lacing is present after sipping. Color is very dark but clarity is good with a flash light.

Front end is alcoholic, but not bourbonesque. Needs to age more. I have had this bottle for about 6 months since the release. Good thing I have more and some to trade :)

Tastes great, heavy mouth coating of sweetness and cocoa leading to a more char, oakiness and dry-sweet finish.

Overall I freaking love this beer and am happy to be able to get it when it comes out but I would gladly get a pour of a better stout if I had access to one in my state.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another big thanks goes out to Huhzubendah for cracking this one open at a recent tasting, served in a snifter. At the time of this review, this beer is the #41 beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial Stout" list.

Beer is black, with a thin lazy tan head of small bubbles, low retention, minimal lacing, low carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is bourbon and raspberries, smells awesome.

Beer is sweet up front with a nice bourbon character and then the raspberries take over. Very fruit forward in this beer, strong but not annoying or too cloying. Big presence on the palate, the finish leaves you tasting more raspberries, the bourbon is entirely front palate, a nice beer overall I'd have it again. I might have enjoyed it a little bit more if the raspberries were subtler but I understand how this beer works. good.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh raspberry with black chocolate notes and some nice bourbon notes. Taste is a nice mix of fresh raspberry notes with some black chocolate notes and some bourbon and vanilla notes with light woody notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture. Greta beer with nice balance of flavours which raspberry providing an extra level of complexity to this beer. Wish this was available to me on a regular basis.

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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.
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