Lindley Park Stout Olde Hickory Bourbon Barrel Aged with Raspberries and Honey

Lindley Park Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout with Raspberries and Honey, brewed by Old Hickory Brewing

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Tasting: August 4, 2017
Style: Bourbon-Barrel Aged Stout with Raspberries and Honey added.
Beer #: 1,085
ABV: 10%

Lindley Park Stout

Lindley Park is a neighborhood in Greensboro, North Carolina. The area is named after Quaker and local businessman John Van Lindley. In 1902, he donated 60 acres of land to be used as a recreation complex. The area had a man-made lake and amusement park. The lake and amusement park closed in 1917 and the town fathers set out to create a neighborhood with a park as its main element. Coincidentally, the community celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Another serendipitous discovery is that the name Lindley comes from the English text, Lind – meaning tree and Ley – meaning clearing. So, it seems Van Lindley lived up to his name by clearing some trees for the construction of the lake.

Maybe it’s just the age on this bottle (probably 2 years old) but the raspberry is non-existent. Well-polished stout with robust roasted coffee, baker’s chocolate but soft edges and a plush mouthfeel. A nice stout, wonder what it would have been like with some raspberry. I’ll give Lindley Park Stout 92 points.

Was Lindley Park better than this Raspberry Stout?

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Siberian Night & Rise of Mayan Dog by Thirsty Dog

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© 2014 popsonhops

Thirsty Dog

I’ve been giving the site seekabrew.com a real work out lately as I’ve been asking traveling friends and family for some “beer favors”. This handy site will map out a brewery’s distribution by state and will also compare what’s unique to your state when compared to another state. It certainly takes a lot of the guess work out of trades and helps me be specific in my favor requests. If you recall from a recent post, my brother-in-law Dave did the scavenger hunt while traveling with my sister on business. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that the Cincinnati airport was located in Kentucky – Wow! Two states of possibilities!

These two stouts from Thirsty Dog are brewed in Akron, Ohio and were also souvenirs from that trip to Cincinnati. Siberian Night was a requested brew while Rise of Mayan Dog was an okay, I’ll give it a go.

Thirsty Dog – Rise of Mayan Dog
Tasting: July 23, 2014
Style: Stout
Beer #: 562

This opaque black ale from Thirsty Dog is called a chocolate honey stout. The label says it’s made with Mayan spices (?), honey and chocolate nibs. Rise of Mayan Dog checks in at 7% alcohol by volume (ABV) with an international bitterness unit (IBU) score of 35 (low-medium bitterness). Pair that information with the reported original gravity (OG) of 18 degrees plato (dense), I’ll expect little roasted grains which typically provide bitterness in beer. I’ll also expect a creamy somewhat thick mouthfeel. First few sips and it’s a mixed bag on my predictions – it is a bit thin up front but it does lack most of the roasted grain bitterness you’d find in a stout. Reminds of a milk stout. The flavor offers mostly hints of chocolate over that slight roasted flavor and honestly not much depth beyond that. It’s okay and would be a decent introduction to a stout. Thirsty Dog Rise of Mayan Dog – 85 points.

Thirsty Dog – Siberian Night
Tasting: July 23, 2014
Style: Stout
Beer #: 563

I just picked up the bourbon-barrel aged version of this beer so I’m hopeful that the base stout is a worthy stepping off point for that brew. Siberian Night comes in a few ticks ahead of Rise of Mayan Dog in all the vital categories – 9.7% ABV – 58 IBU and an OG of 25 degrees plato. Siberian Night has a lot of similarities in flavor profile except the roasted bitterness is amped up just a few notches but certainly not overbearing. The mouthfeel is much more rich but still has some of that fizziness. I wish this stout had more chocolate, coffee or roasted flavor in the forefront. It’s still a good stout but I’m hoping that the barrel-aged version amazes – stay tuned. 89 points from me.

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Head Hunter IPA & Bumble Berry by Fat Head’s Brewing

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© 2014 popsonhops

Knowing that my sister and her husband were going to be in Cincinnati a couple of weeks ago, I sent her a note asking her if she happened to see a good beer store would they mind taking a look for a couple of beers that I couldn’t find in New Jersey? After my brother-in-law Dave discovered that beyond watery chili – there was very little that Cincinnati had to offer visitors, he took to my request. We texted back and forth and in one message he wrote that he was really enjoying this scavenger hunt. I thought for a moment and realized that the search is really one of the elements that I enjoy as well and I thought of the various things I enjoy about craft beer:

1. The challenge of finding a rare beer that I’ve targeted

2. Thrill of finding this rare beer or the unexpected discovery

3. Possessing rare beer

4. Consuming rare beer

5. Relaying tasting experiences of rare beers with other enthusiasts

6. Finally the quest to replace and repossess the classic finds.

Dave found a number of gems and shipped them in two large boxes. I was heartbroken when we were informed that the contents of one box went “missing” in transit. Luckily, Dave divvied the bottles so that there were two bottles of each beer in each box.

Bumble Berry
Tasting: June 30, 2014
Style: Fruit Ale
Beer #: 553

Loud and fizzy as I pour. Smells like the filling of a blueberry pop tart. That blueberry taste vanishes along with a lot of the other flavors after the first couple of sips. I’m sorry but cold, wet and fizzy aren’t going to cut it. Luckily, this wasn’t on my target list, I would have been totally disappointed. I’ll peg Bumble Berry at just 79 points. Up next – one of my targets from Fat Head’s – Head Hunter IPA

Head Hunter IPA
Beer #: 554

Head Hunter IPA is a very aromatic IPA loaded with sweet tropical fruit and pine. The flavor doesn’t necessarily follow the nose as the pine from the hop leads the bitterness dominate the malt backbone – but it works really well. The lingering bitterness is of citrus rind and it builds to a crescendo and recedes pleasantly. Head Hunter IPA has a smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation. Overall, Head Hunter IPA is an outstanding IPA – 95 points.

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