Lindley Park | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Lindley ParkLindley Park

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


Deep brown to black in color with a small but complete circles worth of head and minimal legs.

Nose is honey and booze with oak and raspberry.

Taste is similar to the nose with honey and raspberry, oak, mild bourbon, and mild black coffee.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and almost entirely smooth. Carbonation is average to low. Finish is semi sweet.

Really enjoyable fruited barrel aged beer. The raspberries work nicely with the bourbon and honey however the oak comes across fairly strong probably due to age. Surprisingly it is still a touch hot as well. I would recommend trying this in a very to see how it ages.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled August 3rd 2016.

Muted head creation, a little weak but manages a nice pencil thin collar, and faint whispy non oily top. Body color, your standard stout darkness. Not ultra dark, but a good simple opaque nearly black body gives its presence.

Very interesting aroma. Smokey hits and roast dark chocolate really open up. This brew is a little different than your typical barrel aged stout. Has that smoke salt like quality, and some tasty dark chocolate notes on the nose. Rich and full rounded but hints a little salty with not much barrel tones coming out. Still very enjoyable, and more importantly memorable.

Palate brings a real decent experience. Deep dark chocolate, with a bit of body than your average stout. Rich dark chocolate, particularly on the swallow and aftertaste that really lingers. Rich bodied, but also really simple flavors, almost a little one dimensional. Touches of molasses bring a little bit of twangy flavor, but some of that smoke seems to be lost as well.

This is a real decent barrel aged stout that I could come back to again and again anytime. Has a bit of one note hit, but dang it's a good one.

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

A solid beer, though a little thinner than I wanted. The raspberry nonetheless works well. I don't know that it's one I'd seek out per se, but it is nonetheless very well done.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - pitch black with practically no head.
Smell - rich roasted malts, brown sugar, vanilla, raspberry, alcohol rounds it all out.
Taste - raspberry notes are dominant, which is pretty awesome, and there are notes of caramel and roasted chocolate malts, as well as some sweet honey, and the alcohol notes are subdued for the ABV but still present.
Feel - low carbonation, medium body, and a slightly slick texture, but considering that it is barrel-aged and 10%, it is completely appropriate.
Overall, I'm most impressed by how they were able to let the raspberry notes shine in this one. I highly recommend it if you like that flavor mixed with a rich roasted stout.

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

Bottle dated 8/3/2016. Poured into snifter glass. It pours almost jet black with walnut hues when held to the light, and a thin, mocha-colored head and lacing that dissipated quickly. It smells of rich cocoa, vanilla, molasses, and dark fruit. It's really aromatic. The taste is sublime: dark chocolate, raspberry, caramel, and a hint of brown sugar. The raspberry really comes to the fore as the glass warms. The flavors blend beautifully. For an "Imperial Stout," the mouth feel is a little thin. But the carbonation is light and the 10% ABV seems nowhere to be found. I've been wanting to try this for the long time and the smell and taste are amazing. If it were a little creamier, then it would be off the charts. Still, this is a must try for stout fanciers.

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Photo of Damian
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from a 22 fluid ounces/1pint 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Appalachian Vinter, Asheville, NC
Bottling date 8/3/16
Served in a snifter

Dark brown/black appearance. Medium bodied for the style. Somewhat oily. The liquid was topped by a thin, patchy film of tan froth that transformed into a bubbly ringlet. Minimal lacing.

The nose was rich and robust. Big, roasty, dark malt notes were nicely matched by loads of sweet molasses and brown sugar. Bourbon came through strong. Super smooth and really fragrant. Vanilla was noticeable as well. Bit of tart raspberry in the background.

Roasted malts led things off in the flavor profile. Some bitter espresso appeared in the center. Hint of tart fruitiness. More roast and bitterness came through on the back end. The beer finished somewhat ashy with a fairly big, boozy kick. The actual bourbon presence was rather mild however.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Soft and smooth but a touch thin for the style. The liquid contained a fine, subtle effervescence.

Although the raspberry, the honey and the bourbon barrel all had minimal impact on this beer's flavor and aroma, Lindley Park is still very a solid imperial stout. While I probably would not actively seek this out, I was glad I picked up a bottle on my recent Asheville vacation.

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Photo of gopens44
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one to one and a half finger coppery brown head atop a predictably black body. Little to no lacing at all.

Nose has a lot happening. Molasses, raspberry, vanilla, brown sugar(that too much like molasses??) and caramel.

Taste is bursting with raspberry, tell you that right now. I mean wow, this is absolutely a raspberry bomb. Massive. I've had beers before that promised raspberry, this is the first to deliver, and deliver it does, in spades. I mean, damn. OK, getting past that, we have some chocolate and hints of vanilla. Virtually no heat at all, as this is a chocolate covered raspberry aperitif.

This beer is just about the most well thought out adjunct enhanced beer I've ever had. Again, damn.

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Photo of wolfpac255
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wasn't a big fan of this one. Nice chocolate flavor but the raspberry flavor underneath just didn't work for me. I still thought this was a good beer, just not a fan of the flavor profile. Also didn't really get much bourbon flavor in it, was kind of disappointed.

2015 version, aged about 9 months.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, like you'd expect with a stout; a 1 inch head dwindles very slowly as you drink. Despite the age (11-2014), it's still quite boozy, and it's first noticed on the nose, but then on the tastbuds. A nice subtle raspberry fruitiness attempts to override the heat of the bourbon however, making this a nice dessert beer. I'd definitely drink this again.

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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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Photo of farrago
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour yields close to a finger of extremely dark brown foam, the surface scattered with larger bubbles, retention is adequate for what’s there, the lacing is thin and wispy. The liquid is jet black, completely impenetrable, looks clean and has some shine to it, impossible to see any bubbles. The nose is akin to getting slugged in the jaw, leaps right at you with crushed raspberries, coconut, butterscotch, graham cracker, coffee ice cream, the honey seems folded into the rest, as it settles in you get more roast as well as grassiness, keeps the booziness in check, likely deserves to get closer to room temperature to really let the aromas release. Full-bodied, were it not for the steady prickle provided by the carbonation it would flatten the palate. The cereal grains and breadiness show stronger here, as does spiced orange peel and coffee to mocha roast. The butterscotch knits in well and the honey enunciates more clearly, particularly through the finish. Same raspberry fruit with cherry accents. Some mesquite qualities but the oak barrel is well integrated and not insipidly dominating. The finish is quite extended but not clumsily so. If you like big, flavored stouts this is an impressive choice. (Bottled 10/13/2015)

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

Perfectly balanced stout. The honey or raspberry flavor is present but not overpowering, and the bourbon aging was perfectly done to allow for the flavor of the stout to still maintain center stage. Very well done

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Photo of Myotus
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 48°F from a 22oz bottle (bottling date 04Nov14) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 29May16.
LOOK: Two fingers worth of cinnamon colored foam is formed after pouring. At one and half minutes, the foam finally changed color to khaki. Dissipation finally occurs at the three minute mark when only half a fingers worth has disappeared. Black in color with an orange luster. An abundance of tiny rising bubbles explains why the head is so obstinate. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick.
SMELL: To my surprise, strong raspberry aromas are immediately noticed from this year and a half old brew. The raspberry aromas lean more towards the tart side with a fair amount of sweetness. Backing those up are mild aromas of sweet chocolate and sweet coffee; subtle honey, oak, and vanilla aromas; and hints of bourbon.
TASTE: Strong tart raspberry and sweet chocolate flavors entangle and create a wonderfully sour and sweet initial flavor. Mild coffee and subtle honey flavors flow in right after as raspberry flavors develop a balancing berry sweetness. Subtle vanilla and oak flavors along with hints of bitter roasted malts and bourbon finish off the taste theatrical as raspberry and coffee flavors maintain, but honey flavors grow stronger and chocolate flavors fade to mild.
FEEL: This is such a thick and full-bodied beer. I feel like I'm drinking syrup and I love it. Carbonation is low. This goes down insanely smooth while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. A mild and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: I can't imagine how much more of a raspberry bomb this would have been if it was fresh. The raspberry flavors were approaching the threshold of pure domination, which would have been terrible. This was just the right amount. I was disappointed that the bourbon was hardly existent. With all that being said, this was quite a tasty treat.

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

I liked it a lot. I normally do not go for chocolate and fruit together because one or both can taste artificial, but both come through nicely. A great beer.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in November 2014 and consumed March 2016. Relatively nice chocolatey taste, with a subtle but present raspberry taste, making for nice sweet and tart combo. Body is solid. Bourbon barrel is hard to detect, however. Might possibly need to be consumed more quickly after bottling date to pick it up. I was anxious to finally try this, and I have to say I'm a little bit disappointed. Again, maybe barrel flavor is more noticeable more quickly after bottling date.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is an impressive beer. I'm typically not a huge fan of fruited imperial stouts, but this one was pretty special. I actually think it is underrated, given the 4.28 average on BA. Incredibly creamy mouthfeel; perfectly balanced barrel flavor; and a nice hint of fruity tartness from the raspberries. Such a great beer.

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Photo of Amedlin18
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 version on draft drank in March 2016. Very complex. Surprised by how prominent sour notes are and the carbonation is more than most imperial stouts. I'm not big on sour beer so this one doesn't do it for me.

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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


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 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 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.

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

A: Pours really thick and pitch black with a dark tan head. S: Some raspberry and honey, with a good amount of bourbon and a little dark chocolate. T: A hint of raspberry/honey sweetness upfront, with a nice bitter dark chocolate on the back end to cut the sweetness. Not a ton of bourbon, but it definitely helps keep the from being too sweet. M: On the fuller size. It has a little chewiness to it. O: This beer was delicious. Having this side by side with raspberry truffle abduction, this blew that away. It was not as nice of a smell, but it had a great balance on the taste and a chewy mouthfeel that put it in a different class. Well done

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz glass into a speiglau glass.

Pitch black pour with a tan milk chocolate colored head.

Aroma is a mixture of dark roasted malt, tart raspberries, and a little bit of bourbon note on the end.

Taste is creamier than expected. Very sweet slight tart fruit mixed with the roasted malt taste of an imperial milk stout. Little vanilla off the bourbon.

Excellent beer.

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

11/04/2014 bottle poured into teku glass. Pours pitch black with generous tan head. Smell is raspberry syrup, malt, sugar, bread, cocoa, honey, slight oak. Very little bourbon on the nose. Taste is raspberry, oak, caramel, cocoa, and slight vanilla. Bourbon is slight here, but finish is nice in that it is slightly tart rather than sweet. Mouth is creamy, slightly rich, and medium carbonation.

After a year + in the cellar, this tastes like a raspberry chocolate torte in liquid form.

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

Bomber into an oversized tulip.

Love how this looks and appears: viscous, oily, dark khaki head.

Oaken aroma and a bit soy saucy and roasty. Caramel and bourbon combination is nice. Fruity and floral as I get deeper into the aroma. 4

Like the nose, oaken and roasty and it approaches soy sauce. I do get a nice honey flavor that gives way to some prickly raspberry on the finish. 4.25

Definitely has a bit of a prickly feel amid the viscosity and thick body. Has some bitterness that hits at the finish and contributes to a surprisingly dry finish. 4.25

Great effing beer. Love the blend of sensations and taste. Well done.

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

Been holding on to this one for quite some time....recently shared with some friends and it was all that I expected it to be. Nice dark chocolate and some berry notes on the finish.

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