Lindley Park | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

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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Reviews: 203 | Ratings: 1,062
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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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle.
Thick, full body with medium-light carbonation.

Rich malty flavor with subtle but detectable raspberries; hints of dark fruits and dark chocolate. Faint coffee in the aftertaste.

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

I got a lot of chocolate and vanilla, with a sprinkling of toffee and caramel malt. This finishes with even more chocolate character. Not overly complex but very delicious.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jet black color with creamy brown head. Aroma has bourbon, raspberries and roasted malts, absolutely well integrated. Taste starts with a nice raspberry note, toffee, slight coffee bitterness and really well integrated bourbon notes. Body is medium-heavy and the ideal amount of carbonation for the style. Beautiful beer overall. Perfect combination of fruit and imperial stout.

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

2014 vintage broke open at cellar temp and poured into a Hoppin Frog snifter.

Opaque, black elixir, crazy 2-3 finger mocha-light brown head takes it's time to settle into a nice 3mm crown. Scant, thick lacing coats the glass.

The fruit and honey sugar are at the forefront. Subtle char and a bit of barrel round out the aroma.

A blast or sweet fruit, raspberries, honey with a nice lingering chocolate presence. Some barrel but not much. Could be aged a bit longer to balance the fruit.

A bit under carbonated, full body, alcohol hidden.

A fine brew but could use a bit more barrel and bourbon to balance out the fruit.

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

Pours with an inch or two or red / brown head that fades fairly quickly leaving a still, slick appearance. The only weak link. Smell is warm raspberries ... having grown up in the northwest picking raspberries and blackberries, this is the smell you get pulling them off the vine in summer; a subtler sweetness, a round flavor that's dense but not jammy, a bitter seed note that gives them a wilder flavor and some structure to the taste. Wrap that in dark chocolate, baking chocolate, cocoa, oak. It's a dark, rich flavor devoid of sweetness giving it an almost savory note. Unique and awesome. For those, like myself, that find the BCBS fruit versions too boozy and the fruit, by necessity, artificial to stand above the huge bourbony base, this treads a more user friendly and authentically berry flavored vibe. Flavor follows. Insane drinkability due to the honey drying out the body. My bottle was a 2013 so almost 2 years age on it. The flavors are melded, tight and unified. Lingering cocoa and raspberry preserve finish. Body is appropriately thick without being dense or coating. Really great beer ... my pleasure in drinking it exceeds its rating.

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Hickory Station. Thick, chewy, & viscous. Pours fairly black with a tight, tan head. Good lacing & head retention. Honey imparted a ton of dryness. Barrel & chocolate come through loud & clear. A bit tough to drink, very hefty/complex. I liked this way better than the Founders beer with raspberries

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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 Jaseface123
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bomber
Look: almost zero carbonation, appears very thick with tiny reddish brown bubbles near the edge of the glass
Smell: berries, bourbon, and maybe some roasted malt
Taste: chocolate covered raspberries, bourbon, sweet with a tiny bit of tart from the fruit
Feel: very rich and smooth
Overall: one of my all-time favorites
The 2013s are holding up extremely well
Near perfection

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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 1,062 ratings