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Lindley Park | Olde Hickory Brewery

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

2013 Vintage, black wax. Bomber poured into a snifter, the beer pours oily black, with a thick look to it, and settles in with a low profile, bubbly, dark tan head that quickly settles out into a surface ring. This just looks weighty pouring it into the glass. Aromas of rich, bittersweet chocolate, with raspberry overlays that are sweet and tart. Rich honey notes, with some woody characteristics. This smells like a raspberry chocolate truffle a bit, and that smells delicious. Flavors are very fruit and roast forward, with a huge blast of tart raspberry, rich, bittersweet chocolate, boozy and woody notes, and an underlying bitterness. Very rich throughout, with a heaviness to the body that once again likens it to oil. The thick, heavy body does work with all of the pronounced flavors, and you do build a bit of warmth as you drink. The bittersweet chocolate character becomes more bitter than sweet as it heads towards the tail end of the palate, with a tart and bitter aftertaste that lingers quite a bit. The finish is slick, and the beer coats the mouth a bit. Very well balanced, and the beer is heavy. Would love to see how this would age.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another big thanks goes out to Huhzubendah for cracking this one open at a recent tasting, served in a snifter. At the time of this review, this beer is the #41 beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial Stout" list.

Beer is black, with a thin lazy tan head of small bubbles, low retention, minimal lacing, low carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is bourbon and raspberries, smells awesome.

Beer is sweet up front with a nice bourbon character and then the raspberries take over. Very fruit forward in this beer, strong but not annoying or too cloying. Big presence on the palate, the finish leaves you tasting more raspberries, the bourbon is entirely front palate, a nice beer overall I'd have it again. I might have enjoyed it a little bit more if the raspberries were subtler but I understand how this beer works. good.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage.
Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Thick, ink black colour with a thin layer of dark brown head that quickly reduced to a ring around the edges.

S - Tart raspberry up front that gives way to sweet milk chocolate, roast and molasses.

T - Sweet raspberry puree up front that is present throughout. Mid-palate ads cocoa, molasses and roast. The finish is tart with a touch of smokiness. The oak is barely noticeable but is slightly evident in the finish.

M - Medium body; smooth and creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.19/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Almost everyone at the tasting agreed that this must be a bad batch or bottle. One of the tasting group members has had many of the previous batches and loved it, and he felt this was WAY off! It could be bottle variation, but I would be very cautious of trading for the '14 vintage of this beer!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a dark black, with a half inch mocha colored head, and a good amount of lacing down the glass.

Aromas include fresh raspberry, roasted malt, and chocolate.

The taste is similar. There is only the lightest amount of roasted malt in the flavor- the raspberry and chocolate are the big starts. The raspberry flavor is mostly sweet and slightly tart- more jammy than reminiscent of whole raspberries. The honey provides an additional layer of sweetness as well. There is some rich milk chocolate, and a little bit of a lactose flavor. The bourbon flavor is very mild, and only noticeable when the beer warms up.

Medium bodied, but I wish it could be thicker, slightly thin for a BA stout. Low carbonation, creamy, sweet mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

This was excellent. Beef up the body a little bit, and it would be perfect.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle courtesy of ASUbeer. Snifter.

A: Black with an inch of tan froth.

S: The nose is very fruity. Raspberries blend nicely with aromatic dark chocolate. As you might have expected, bourbon is a great addition to the raspberry truffle theme. Oak is restrained, and there's a little caramel in there. I don't get any booze in the nose. Smells very good.

T: It tastes like dark chocolate raspberry cake. The raspberries do the base beer much credit, and bourbon blends in splendidly. There's a lower moderate bitterness and a touch of alcohol, though it's not at all detracting. Roasted grains accompany oak and a shadow of honey. I get cocoa and a little coffee on the back end. There's a very low level of tartness throughout.

M: Full in body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky, sticky, and lightly tannic, with warming on the palate.

Overall: Very good, but not something I'd want to drink large quantities of. I haven't had very good luck with this brewery and this beer sounds a little strange from the description, but it's well executed and I recommend you give it a try.

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Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to BubbaBeerMan for sending me a bottle of this in a recent trade.

Pours viscous and pitch black with a thin beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Sweet, vinous aroma that's dominated by the raspberries. There's also a decent barrel presence and some roasted dark malt notes underneath. The nose is bursting forth with fresh raspberries but they are countered by the dry oak and sweet bourbon along with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and toast.

Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with subtle oxidization and tight carbonation up front. The beer looks viscuos and oily but it's slightly watered down and not as chewy/full as I had hoped for.

This beers has a complex flavor profile with a balance of fresh fruit, earthy oak, bourbon and dark malt. There's a huge burst of sweet, uber-fresh raspberry up front that dominates the flavor and lingers throughout. This beer is still young so I suspect that this will fade over time but for now the flavor is really strong. It seems like I can even taste the seeds which give it a slight earthy presence. The fruit flavor is countered by the dry toasted oak and near burnt dark malts. Subtle coffee roast, dry wood and bitter dark chocolate notes along with some boozy bourbon sweetness. The bourbon is faint and there is more of a non descript alcohol flavor than anything but the beer never becomes harsh or overly hot. Still, the oxidization and dry wood/roast flavor hurt the drinkability for me. This beer has the potential of being a chocolate covered bourbon raspberry delight but it well a little short of my expectations.

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Photo of rudzud
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark black pour with s rich deep mocha head that fades to a thin halo and light wisps. Big huge legs.

S - Aromas of nice raspberry, sweet honey, chocolate. The alcohol is rather noticeable, not much malts though.

T - Taste is very nice, incredibly smooth. Very nice raspberry jam without being sweet, rich dark chocolate, light honey to mellow things out. The base beer with the pappy barrels really shine through. Tastes like a raspberry truffle, very rich and smooth. The bourbon and honey really balance things out.

M - Mouthfeel is really smooth and silky, super rich.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot. Thought the raspberry was well done here, but wanted a bit more.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured big, smooth with lots of viscosity. A nice big, brown cap sits atop after the pour, good head retention leaves nice lacing on the glass after a few sips

S: Some dark chocolate smothered in raspberries, perhaps to much as I felt the raspberries were a little backseat, big and heavy roast, coffee with some good ol' molasses

T: It starts out very sweet, like wow sweet, that honey and chocolate gets after your taste buds, lots of chocolate and a big burnt or even char like barley note. The bourbon and booze is right upfront but fades and re-appears on finish. A bit of molasses, perhaps anise underneath, The raspberries are right upfront but sordove settled down afterwards, very mellow to me. The finish on this beer is sweet, sticky, lots of char and chocolate

M: Definitely full bodied, well carbonated, decadent, very sweet, lots of residual sugar I feel. The raspberries give way to that big hearty base

O: Very, very good! I love Olde Hickory stouts for their big body and full, robust flavors and feel. This is no exception and no letdown.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75


22oz waxed bottle into a snifter. 9/30/13 bottling date purchased and consumed 10/11/13.

Pours an opaque black with a creamy beige 1/2 inch head with a slight red hue to it that lasts for a good while.. Extremely attractive pour. The smell is in your face with chocolate and a good amount of raspberries. It's astonishingly aromatic with the raspberries...wow. The taste is insanely good. Its not sweet by any means, but its just so flavorful. You get the raspberries at first then it follows with chocolately goodness and a lingering amount of malty stoutness with a return of raspberries to your palate. This amazing taste lingers for a long while. ABV is undetectable on the palate. This would be a beer that would pair exceptional with a plethora of foods from chocolate cake to salmon to cheese. Full bodied but not syrupy, mild carbonation.

Overall this is possible my all time favorite beer. Highest praise.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened a 2013 bottle in September 2015. Still tons of raspberry on the nose. The front of the taste is sweet and raspberry but fairly mild. The back end is a little harsh where the honey no longer holds that smooth finish. Better fresh, but still great with some age.

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

2014 bottle. Pours out super dark. Gorgeous mocha head. Dark chocolate, raspberries, cocoa, berries and oak. Medium bodied. Bitter, dry finish. Pretty damn good.Liked this so much more the second time around.

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

650ml bottle of the 10/2015 release, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark brown body, opaque enough to be considered almost black; one finger offwhite head that dies down fairly quickly. Smells of oak, melted dark chocolate, cocoa, a bit of espresso, a little bit of bourbon but not a ton. Not much raspberry. It's solid. Flavour brings a slight bit more raspberry to the table, dark chocolate background, again not a lot of bourbon, but there is a decent oak presence and a bit of earthiness to offset the chocolate and raspberry. It's fairly well balanced, not spectacular but good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lower carbonation, slight raspberry kiss on the finish. Solid raspberry imperial stout that isn't all that fruity like fruited Bourbon County can be, but it's not bad.

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

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer. Thanks elliot!

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a dark brown cap that drops down into a ring.

Smell: It almost smells like a blend of a raspberry stout and a mead. Its got a nice oak beer smell. The raspberries are pretty big in the nose as well.

Taste: Its like a raspberry totsie roll with a hint of oak barrel and honey. Finishes with a little bit of bitterness in the form of bakers cocoa and subdued raspberries.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer has a little bit of a dry finish. It lighter than its ABV. Nice approachable mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a great fruited stout! Probably my favorite beer to date from Olde Hickory!

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Photo of egrace84
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aquired this through a trade and super excited to be giving this a try tonight.

A- Poured into a Duvel snifter. Pours motor oil black w/ a kick-ass reddish-brown head!

S- The raspberry is pretty pronounced in the nose w/ a hint of honey and the oak joining in as well.

T- Blast of raspberry right up front! then here comes the honey, oak and dark chocolate all melded together... Crazy how the raspberry starts it off and stands alone. Almost makes it a bit difficult to pick up the other flavors.

M- I enjoy the mouthfeel on this one. Slick and velvety, with a tiny bit of carbonation, which i feel is appropriate with the raspberry. Also a nice little tinge of tartness from the raspberry on the back end.

O- A great beer that im happy to have gotten the chance to try. Love the oak, honey, and smooth dark chocolate in this one, and while the raspberry is clean and crisp, its just a bit much in my opinion. Either way, a great beer and definately worth your time.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.3.12.

A - Pours a very dark, motor oil brown with a small dark brown head that slowly moves to the edges.

S - Roasted malts, sweetness, some soy sauce, and fruit.

T - A typical roasty, boozy stout then a sweet raspberry treat hits you straight on.

D - Mild to medium carbonation with a heavier body.

O - A good stout, but the raspberry and honey bravel show up here. Nice.

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Photo of Bung
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Duckworths. Wow is that a dark brown head, though it did not last terribly long. Pretty thick black below that.

Aroma, noticeable fruit, raspberry, blackberry. Roast malt and dark chocolate. Not really all that potent, though the 8.5oz glassware here is lacking.

Taste, pretty interesting. Starts with the slightly tart/sweet of the dark red fruit. Melds nicely into the roast malt and chocolates. A little vanilla and just the faintest anise. The cocoa really lingers.

A decently heavy body, good level of carbonation, no alcohol presence. I also get zero barrel presence.

A tough one for me. Have not cared for any of the fruit imperial stouts. This one did was better than some, but I am glad I didn't have to go through the bull to get a bottle. Glad I did not fork out for the bottle. At the same time I would definetely recommend it.

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

Pours a fudgey brown color with garnet highlights; not much of a khaki colored head, but the lacing is substantial.

Aromas of rich, dark chocolate and fresh raspberry purée. As it warms you get hints of honey and Bourbon.

The tastes begin with dark chocolate and honey upront, but it doesn't take long for the tart berry flavors to assert themselves. As it warms the tart black raspberry and sweet red raspberry elements assert themselves more and more, though the chocolate, Bourbon and honey lingers underneath, throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Finish is semi-sweet and mildly drying as well from the barrel presence.

Overall this was very enjoyable overall and what I wish GI Bramble Rye would have tasted like. The Bramble fruit flavors were a bit more artificial. Though I would prefer a slightly fuller mouthfeel, I am really impressed by this beer and am really enjoying the tart raspberry edge, the chocolate and the subtle Bourbon elements as they all mix very well in a harmonious fashion.

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

Thanks to my cousin Sonny for sharing this over a long weekend of beer tasting. Fully reviewed Sunday to E-mail notes.

A- Poured to four glasses from the bomber with a midnight black body. Light mocha brown head forms to about a finger with decent retention. Head descends to a frothy ring at the edges. Tons of legs lead to spotty lacing.

S- Raspberry nectar at an impressive strength. The fruit is definitely the star but a rich chocolate, dark roasty malt base comes through just enough to make you realize this is not a straight fruit beer. Fruity baked goods.

T- Damn, Olde Hickory... the raspberry comes through from the nose in a fashion I can't quite say that I have ever found in another beer. Fresh, authentic fruit feel dominates the flavor early on but the base stout opens up after a few sips. Decadent chocolate malts, dark roast grains, sweetness and nuttiness. Oak wood feel but no whiskey for me.

MF- Thick body with a creamy and slightly silky texture. Carbonation is at a medium level. No alcohol warmth present and semi-tart raspberry lingers with some roast bitterness.

Not sure I have ever found a beer with raspberry flavor quite like this. Each sip reveals waves of flavor that oscillates between straight fresh raspberry and rich chocolate truffle. The barrels don't really do much for me but insane raspberry takes the cake.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours smooth oily pitch black with a small amount of coffee colored head that sits along the edges of the beer quite nicely. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up scents of molasses, dark chocolate, and raspberry. There is an underlying burnt toast smell, and I also get a bit of soy and some alcohol.

T: It starts out sweet with a little burst of fruit flavor. The middle of the beer has a bright tartness from the raspberry. As that fades the bittersweet chocolate shines through. The finish has bit bit of a burnt charcoal like flavor mixed with booze.

M: Full bodied beer. The beer doesn't coat the palate (like I thought it would). The flavors dance on the tongue and fade away after the beer is gone. There is a lingering mix of tart and burnt.

O: I think this beer is pretty good. It's got a lot going on in it. The flavors are a weird mix, and I would have liked it to not have been so bitter. It's good, but I won't be seeking this beer out again.

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Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerness for this bottle: for those keeping score at home, that's two nights in a row of beerness. I think I'm getting a callous. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pours a distinctly black dark with minimal carbonation. Smell is a winner: certainly suffused with raspberries, nearly the level of Kuhnhenn's Raspberry Eisbock: pretty wicked nice. Little vanilla, more sweet. Definition of promising.

Lindley Park certainly has a bite to go with its nose. Yow! Alcohol roundhouse to the synapses starts the experience. The raspberries aren't as pronounced as in the nose, being cut with sweet malts & what I can only assume is honey. Chocolate is restrained but shows. Bourbon arrives only as a warmth in the back of the throat. Sweet fruit really lightens this one up compared to your average big stout; & the drinkability is the star. A sipper you can't sip. Big Gulps are the norm.

Not quite life-changing, but an excellent beer that really brings all the components together with a masterfully light touch. More & more impressed with Olde Hickory with every beer I have.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon is there but could be more present. Rather roasty. Too much honey for me. THe raspberries are there but do not provide much in the way of fruit. Neither of the Olde Hickory stout have done it for me.

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Photo of Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Msquared2, I thank you for this beer. What a perfect way to end the week.
2011 bottle, poured into a Deschutes tulip.

Apearance. Pours thick and black with half a finger of tan head.

Smell. Oh man, this is going to be nice. Massive amounts of bittersweet chocolate, a little raspberry and cherry, a small hint of booze ...and some more dark chocolate.

Taste. Wow, the raspberry caught me by surprise after smelling just a little. Real raspberries, that nice dark chocolate that I was smelling and just a bit of roasty malts. Very little bitterness, except for the dark chocolate flavours, a little sweet in the right proportion with the flavours, and just a little bit of tang from the berries. Awesome stuff.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium-low carbonation, not at all taxing.

Overall. I was expecting good, but this one is awesome. It's going to go down way too quick.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, split

Avery snifter - 2nd time having this. Really a remarkable beer - unquestionably the best fruit-oriented stout I've ever had. The raspberry is so potent and vibrant - really beautiful. Layers of cocoa, malt, cream, berry. Awesome beer.

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Photo of Resuin
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a teku glass. This is a 2013 version.

Appearance: Pours dark black and leaves a medium brown, nice head of a couple fingers which slowly fades to a thin layer atop the beer.

Smell: Nice sweet raspberries take the lead, along with rich chocolate, malts. Can't get much beyond the raspberries and chocolate, but it's really nice, I'll definitely enjoy smelling this for a while.

Taste: More complex than the aroma: Raspberries, roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, oak, finishes with more raspberries. Really well balanced flavors, very tasty. Pretty rich.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium, creamy body. Finishes pretty smooth. Could be a bit thicker, but is still very nice.

Overall: As a big fan of berries, I really enjoyed the heavy raspberry influence in this one. Quite rich and with a lot of flavor, but really well balanced. I think the bourbon barrels really helped smooth this out.

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Lindley Park from Olde Hickory Brewery
4.28 out of 5 based on 994 ratings.
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