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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

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

Black pour, not very much head, tan bubbly ring around the glass. The smell is sweet, bourbon, raspberries, oak, toffee. Lots of flavor. Chocolate, raspberry, oak, bit of smoke. Medium mouthfeel. Not too much carbonation. All the flavors linger for a while, mostly chocolate raspberry. Really great stout with a ton of flavor.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this one a couple times now, and noticed I never gave it a proper review. 22oz bottle, split with my wife, poured my allotment into a snifter. Pours a deep, thick black. Small mocha head on top. Light lace left behind. Scents of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate. The mouth is creamy and smooth with subtle carbonation on the palate. Bourbon starts this one off. Chocolate rounds it out, and there’s a slight tangy fruit finish from the raspberries. Mild wood character noted as well. This was a treat the first time I had it, and it’s still good after a half year in the cellar. Looking forward to seeing what a little more time will do to this one.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from ThatCracker (thanks man!). Bottled 11/4/14. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours oil black with half finger rich tan head. The froth fades to a full collar but leaves only a little lace.

Smells of chocolate, raspberries, soft bourbon and hints of oak. Starts nice and gets better as the chill fades.

Tastes of dark chocolate, bourbon, semi tart raspberries, molasses, coffee, oak, mild char and a nip of booze. The raspberries play well with the chocolate malts and barrel character.

Creamy, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Booze doused, chocolate covered raspberries linger on the palate in the rich finish.

Lindley Park is another tasty imperial stout from Olde Hickory. I'm not sure if it's the same base as The Event Horizon but the berries certainly lead it in a different direction. Glad I got to try this and would definitely pick some up of I came accross it.

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look and smell are fantastic. Nice raspberry notes with some decent chocolate presence. Barrel character is barely there, if at all, and the mouthfeel is awful. This might be an off bottle or something but I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue waxed 2013 vintage 22oz bottle poured into a CBS oversized snifter.

A - Pours an opaque black color with a thin 1/2 finger of dark brown fizzy head that falls almost immediately and leaves behind a thick foamy collar and faint traces of lacing on the glass.

S - A bit of paint thinner up front, followed up by much more desirable raspberries. Buttery caramel, fudgy chocolate, bitter chocolate.

T - Very firm raspberry up front, bright with fruitiness and a tart fruit character as well. Bitter bakers chocolate, dry cocoa-like flavor, chocolate fudge, honey, smokey, some tobacco, a touch of char. Raspberry is way up front in the flavor profile and pushes everything else into the background.

M - Medium body, perhaps a bit light for the style. Carbonation is appropriately low/mid level giving only a mild tingle. Very fruity with some tartness and a host of chocolate varieties in the background.

O - Far more raspberry forward than I expected...maybe just past the ideal amount for me. I love raspberries, but this overshadows the rest of the flavors a bit too much. I think a blend with more chocolate/less fruit would be ideal. Fairly dessert like in character...nice NFL playoff weekend sipper.

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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 jegross2
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery out of North Carolina. This beer is a twist on their most famous brew, the Event Horizon.
Score: 92

From the 267 day of 2011. Enjoyed 06/16/12, served in a St. Bernardus Watou stemmed snifter and shared with my father for father's day.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger of creamy mocha head that settles to a ring around the glass. Good lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Huge doses of sweet honey, bourbon-y molasses, raisin, and raspberries. Sweet milk chocolate too. The most prominent aroma, by a mile, is the honey when you swirl the brew. There's some complementary vanilla and oak in the mix too. 4.5/5

Taste: More raspberry upfront and throughout on the palate than the nose led on. In the aroma, the raspberry was more an incorporated element, but it's dominant on the palate. Behind the raspberry is sweet raisin, brown sugar and vanilla. Dark chocolate flavor behind that. Just a little bit of oaky flavor and residual black coffee towards the finish. Very sweet, but the alcohol is well-hidden. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied, light carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: About on par with Bramble, though the flavors are better incorporated here. This is a very sweet imperial stout, and I have a strong feeling that those who did not like Dark Lord or Bramble Bourbon County Stout will not like this too much either.

Recommendation: Worth seeking out a glass, but I couldn't finish a whole bomber of this to myself if I tried.

Pairings: Steak.

Cost: $18 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed 11 May 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours very deep brown and opaque, with 1 finger of medium tan head.

The raspberries blend with the stout in a way that really evokes molasses. Smell and taste are both heavy on the raspberries, but heavier on a molasses-like dark sugary sweetness. Kinda like eating raspberry gingerbread without the ginger.

Feel is heavy and thick - quite chewy. Enough carbonation.

A good, interesting stout. I don't know where that sugary molasses character came from, but it works fairly well.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Peter (mullenpc) for this beer. Enjoyed a second time thanks to Sean (Sean9689) this past weekend.

Appearance – Pours a deep black into a tulip with some great looking brown head that sticks around the entire time.

Smell – Massive ripe raspberries mixed in with milk chocolate. Slight roast at the end. Mainly raspberries.

Taste – Exactly like the nose (thankfully). A rich raspberry flavor combined with sweet chocolate and just a hint of coffee. A subtle trio of oak, vanilla, and alcohol from the bourbon emerge later in the sip. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, decent carbonation.

Overall – At both tasting’s I’ve had this at, the consensus was this was a very good beer and not just due to hype. Glad I have one left in the cellar to enjoy on yet another occasion.

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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 inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2011 vintage
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours almost completely black, but there are some reddish hues towards. Ring of tan around the edges but that is about it. Some lacing bits after you swirl.

S: Dark bakers chocolate. Some roasty notes. Then you do get the fruit. Definitely pulling that raspberry sweetness still after a year.

T: Tart raspberry on the tip of the tongue, coupled with that chocolate bitterness. Deep dark chocolate. It's actually really delicious, even though the people I was sharing with didn't enjoy as much. Flavors really grow on you after a while. Like others have described, raspberry truffle character. Don't get much of the barreling, aside from some vanilla notes that mesh with the roast and fruit. Only knock on this one. Finish is long and the flavors stick with you.

M: Big medium leading to large. Thought it was going to be a little larger.

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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 Ri0
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into chalice. Bottled in fall of 2013.

A - Very dark, almost black with a blood red tinge around the edge. Thin brown head that fades away and leaves no lacing behind.

S - Smells like a nice RIS with big roasted malts, bitter chocolate,raspberry, and dark fruit. Hints of honey, vanilla, and oak come through as it warms.

T - Starts out with a mix of roasted malt, raspberry, and bitter chocolate. Dark fruits are noticeable in the middle along with hints of bourbon and honey. The finish really brings out the raspberry flavors.

M - Medium bodied with okay carbonation. Finish has a bit of tart/bitter feel to it.

O - This beer was good, but I think it would have been even better if it was not barrel aged. It seemed like the barrel aging made it a bit harsh, even after resting a year. I think it would be more raspberry and chocolate without sitting in a barrel.

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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 brystmar
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Loved the last bottle I opened in Feb, hope it held up!

Black body, tan head, great retention on the lace. Strong raspberry aroma shines through the stouty base. A kids of honey sweetness makes its way in as well. Mmmmm...

Taste is about what you'd expect as raspberries sit atop the stout base. Can't really taste the honey. Boozy warmth soothes my throat at the end; roasty base tides me over until then. Fruits don't overwhelm, adding just enough complexity to remind you they are still here. Deserves a 4.25/5 on taste, rounding up.

I really like this beer; need another bottle!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another elusive bottle shared by BeerFMAndy. Thanks man!

Pitch black hue. Mocha head. The raspberry is front and center in the nose. Loads of chocolate as well. The raspberries blend perfectly with the chocolate in the flavor. Neither really over takes the other. Like a well made chocolate cake with raspberry filling. Full thick body. This one was a treat from start to finish.

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

2013 bottle. As a raspberry addict I am happy to finally try this one.

Appearance: Creamy beige head that seems to not want to go away. Love it!!

Smell: Maybe my favorite aspect. As a raspberry fan the sweetness of the fruit and honey is delightful. Can slightly smell the bourbon but happy the focus is on the sweetness.

Taste: Wow. Love that the raspberry is so strong and the bourbon takes the back seat.

Mouthfeel: Sweetness aside, this is a delightfully put together stout.

Overall: So, so good. If you haven't had it you really need to track this one down.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours near black from a 22 oz bottle. Rather large head of near 2 fingers. Aroma is that of a raspberry garden surrounded by oak trees. Fruity, malty, with a hint of bourbon. Flavor is very forward with the raspberry jam notes, some roasted malt, and all riding on a very subtle bourbon backbone. Warmth in the back of the throat, but not totally becoming. Creamy, silky, smooth. Mid body. Maybe just a touch too much carbonation.

Overall, probably my second favorite fruited stout behind Backyard. One to seek out if you dig dessert beers.
$14 for 22oz bottle

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Photo of mythaeus
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 out of a snifter. Liked how they stamped the wax. Toppling Goliath can learn something from them. The beer was decent, rather syrupy, but all the flavors combined for a very smoky taste that I didn't care for.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz split into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a half finger of light brown head, which receded fairly quickly.

S: Strong sweet bourbon with lots of booze, dark chocolate, and caramel sweetness. Faint raspberries in the background. Very much reminiscent of BCBS. A bit much for me.

T: Much better than aroma. Strong dark chocolate and roast with raspberries in the background. Caramel sweetness to balance. A bit boozy, but not bad.

M: Very thick and creamy.

O: A very intense bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, quite similar to BCBS. The flavor is pretty balanced, though. The raspberries are way in the background, but provide a nice touch. I have a hard time believing this is 10%, though. Seems more like 13%.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Ppeworks snifter

A- pours black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Random blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- chocolate, roast, dark fruits, light pine.

T- bitter chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, bitter coffee.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly syrupy with a fairly smooth finish.

O- very good beer. Nice balance of bitter chocolate and dark fruits.

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Photo of zac16125
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 11/4/14

Thanks to themadhanner for sending this one over via trade!


A: Pours an opaque absolutely jet black, with just under 2 fingers width of dense, dark mocha colored head which dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves only a very slight degree of lacing.

S: Huge sweetness, tons of raspberry, chocolate fudge, and roasted malt. Barrel notes are certainly present with charred oak and bourbon-y vanilla. Excellent nose.

T: Like the nose there are lots of raspberry and roasty notes. I don’t get the sweet chocolatey fudge notes I picked up in the aroma, but maybe a subtle semi sweet cocoa. Theres an herbaceous characters as well. Barrel notes are there with oak and bourbony booze. Lots going on, but raspberry is definitely the dominant flavor. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, but not necessarily thick, carbonation appropriate, ABV is well restrained and drinkability is excellent. 4.25

O: Really well done beer. I liked it a lot more than The Event Horizon, more balanced flavor profile and the addition of raspberries is very nice. 4.5

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Photo of TWStandley
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Delirium tulip.

Appeared a jet black color with a bit of red-colored "hue" to it around the edges when held to the light. Very fluffy three finger head which also had a bit of reddish tone to it.

Smell was fantastic. Smelled like black raspberries mixed with chocolate. Slight alcohol scent but not overpowering. A bit roasty.

Taste was a bit of a let down compared to the smell. Way too sweet. I do like raspberry but this was a bit overpowering. Would have liked the bourbon to take away a bit of the raspberry but it was very mild.

Mouthfeel was good - medium body, smooth, no heat from the bourbon. A bit of a sour feel to it.

Overall I liked it and thought it was a good representation of the style. They hit the nail on the head with what they were going for, though I think it was a bit too on the sweet side for my liking. Glad I tried it, though!

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Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, blue wax with a 2013 stamp, poured into an Olde Hickory short chalice.

The beer pours an inky jet black color, thick and viscous texture with a finger or so of caramel head that recedes to a rim of film around the circumference of the glass yielding a spot or two of lace. Raspberries immediately make themselves known in the aroma, thick and sweet chocolate, caramel, very faint oak with a bit of honey and some unwelcome alcohol aromas at the end, but the balance is nice. The raspberry is nice and jammy, bittersweet chocolate follows well, light roast with some rich grains and stone fruits. It's balanced well, sweeter for sure, but not overly so, nor is there any tartness or acidity from the berries and the alcohol is hidden very well on the tongue, however there is a distinct lack of any barrel character, oak bourbon or otherwise. The mouthfeel is nice, smooth and silky, a bit thinner than I'd prefer, but it coats the mouth well and finishes very softly.

Verdict: A nice raspberry stout from Olde Hickory but the complete lack of any barrel character is a real disappointment. It's simple and balanced, but a bit boring and one dimensional and the raspberry is really the only interesting thing here.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Thanks to RC0032 for bringing this over.

The beer itself has a nearly black mahogany color with dark ruby edges. Not much light makes it through anywhere in the glass. A small tan head forms initially and fades pretty quickly.

The aroma and flavor are fairly consistent. There is a little bit of honey in the aroma, not as much in the flavor. Some milk chocolate, some dark, bitter chocolate, slightly tart raspberries all work very well together. a little bit of booze tingles the tongue and warms the stomach. The carbonation is on the light and creamy side, working well with the chocolate covered raspberry flavor and full body.

As someone who has a soft spot for raspberries, the chocolate covered raspberry flavor is pretty dead on accurate and enjoyable.

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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,000 ratings.
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