Lindley Park | Olde Hickory Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldehickorybrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,026
Reviews:
187
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.41%
 
 
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468
Gots:
304
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54
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Ratings: 1,026 |  Reviews: 187
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 gibgink
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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 Evan
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of carlso_aw
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BuggalooShrimp
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ManBearPat
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of target88
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Klourie
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmf5581
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ADG2995
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mumbled
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 sposter4
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nra818
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Danny1217
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 leaversuch
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,026 ratings.
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