Lindley Park | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

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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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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Photo of heddar33
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Possibly NC’s best offering in the style and def. on par with BCBS. If this didn’t have the raspberries, I don’t think I’d be able to tell the difference between this and BC. This is for sure a chocolatey, fudgey, bourbon berry dessert bomb! If you’re looking for something desserty and are a fan of BC, you won’t be disappointed with this one. Hats off to OHB!

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Photo of walkinginplace
3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GoodBeerFan2006
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/13/2016
Consumed 11/19/2017
Gifted to me! Thanks.
A: wispy dark tan head; deep black color
S: As it opens up the smell shines through
Dark chocolate
Faint raspberries
Pipe tobacco
T: dark chocolate bitterness ; bourbon; raspberry (not as dominant to me compared to the other flavors noted prior, but there, and it's nice); vanilla; a little alcohol burn
F: slickish, thinner than expected, but fine nonetheless

Overall: wasn't sure about this one at first, but it turned out to be a solid imperial stout. Nice flavors, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IKR
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage

Appearance: Very dark brown with a modest-sized dark beige head that slowly faded. It's a good looking Imperial Stout.

Smell: The raspberries feature strongly in the nose followed mild bourbon notes, mild brown sugar, and faint coffee/roasted malt aroma. Nice nose on this one.

Taste: True to the nose, the raspberry notes have a prominent presence followed by notes of honey, moderate bourbon, roasted malts notes, mild brown sugar, modest dark chocolate, and tannic oak notes. The finish is fairly dry and ends with some woody notes.

Mouth-feel: Somewhere between medium and of full-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.

Overall: A good Imperial Stout with a very nice use of raspberries. The raspberries, honey, and bourbon bal-aging play well together with the fruit notes being the star. The bourbon bal-aging isn't as strong in the taste profile as a Bourbon County but if it was the raspberry notes would more than likely be buried. Tasty beer.

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

Photo of SLeffler27
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours velvety dark chocolate with mahogany highlights. Appears black in an Antiek snifter with a short lived, very dark walnut head that is creamy on the edge, rocky in the middle, and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is decadently infused with dark chocolate and whiskey. Sweet malt leads to honey and oak that dance in the shadows, while raspberry is all but lost.

Upon entry, sweetness dominates, but fades quickly to leave roasted bitterness and slight tartness. Ovaltine chocolate with notes of vanilla combine with bourbon and raspberry in light touches. A long alcohol edged finish is strong without harshness. Warmth brings out a luscious quality.

Body is full and almost dense while the texture is soft, smooth and chewy. Alcohol is bold and a little warming while carbonation is light and fizzy,

This beer aged nine months and is reminiscent of summer in the Hudson River Valley with my grandparents. It is cool with a hot edge, a little musty and immensely relaxed. I am reminded of vanilla floats in Rupert mugs.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bcsbeer
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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