Lindley Park | Olde Hickory Brewery

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

Style: American 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.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Frus77
2.96/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Tony210
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

6/13/18
Bomber dated 10/19/17
4.75 rating

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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 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 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 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 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
Bourbon
Vanilla
Faint raspberries
Pipe tobacco
Oak
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 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 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 Slack
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz
10/14/15
$?

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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