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Bourbon Cru - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

198 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 38
Gots: 56 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hardywood Bourbon Cru is brewed in the fashion of the abbey quadrupel, the grand cru of many of Belgium’s revered monastic breweries. Bourbon Cru displays a sunset orange hue with a substantial head and brilliant clarity after months of barrel ageing. The maturity and melding of flavors brought on by the freshly drained, half-decade old Virginia bourbon barrels from Fredericksburg’s A. Smith Bowman Distillery lends an extraordinary sense of harmony to Bourbon Cru.
Almond toffee and oaky vanilla aromatics give way to dark cherries, raisins and mature whiskey. A bit of plum flavor is greeted by caramel overtones and an assertive yet incredibly rounded body and a lingering, bourbon-laced finish.

18 IBU

(Beer added by: YumYumGumGum on 05-02-2012)
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Rustico Alexandria in a tulip

A-Pours ruby brown, two finger beige head. Great lacing!

S-Aroma has big bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark bread malts, dark fruit.

T-Taste is dark bread, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, sweet bourbon finish.

M-Medium body and well balanced light feel on the finish. Good carbonation

O-overall a great quad with the bourbon. Very is to drink and the ABV can sneak up of you.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2014 22:06:26 | More by reebtaerG
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Seasmom

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-19-2014 20:35:04 | More by Seasmom
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JCam9981

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-19-2014 00:37:14 | More by JCam9981
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.3%

04-09-2014 12:19:38 | More by Dactrius
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

04-09-2014 04:38:18 | More by lunarbrew
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Beejay

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 2012 release.

A: A deep red amber color, there is a small amount of off white head on the top, that looks soft, and slowly falls into the body of the beer, leaving a few fish eyes and a nice foamy halo.

S: Sweet raisins, caramel and maple syrup with vanilla and oak coming through. There are some nice dark fruit notes in the finish.

T: Bourbon is definitely there. Bourbon, oak and Vanilla start this guy off. Followed up by brown bread, some light toffee notes, and a hint of dried fruit. Finish is dark fruits and another hit from the vanilla/oak combo.

M: Medium light feel on the tongue, but as it goes down you can feel a little thickness to it, not necessarily syrupy, but on the way there. Carbonation is plentiful, but shy of the typical carbonation many traditional Belgian styles achieve.

O: Tasty. I would like to see a touch more of the barrel flavor, but the base beer is delicious, and the bourbon notes definitely pull it up into a higher level. Tasty, enjoyable, and dangerously quaff-able.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:40:29 | More by Beejay
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Sanchezrox23

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-17-2014 07:34:25 | More by Sanchezrox23
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 Release

Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut color with a layer of big bubbles capping; the head faded quickly though it did leaves a number of dots on the side of the tulip

Smell: Caramel, vanilla and Bourbon

Taste: The caramel base is complemented quickly by the Bourbon, oak and vanilla tones with almond developing, in the middle; after the swallow, just a hint of raisin appears but the finish is dominated by the Bourbon and oak

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer is enjoyable and I would score it higher if it didn't claim to be a Quad, because on that mark it falls short; it tastes more like a barrel-aged English old ale; call it that and it would be in the 4 range

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 20:21:16 | More by brentk56
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danwho

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-23-2014 04:43:40 | More by danwho
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jaymo18

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-17-2014 19:49:07 | More by jaymo18
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-14-2014 14:49:44 | More by KVNBGRY
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Earpe

North Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure how you can get a much better bourbon stout than this.

Stout is awesome from pop of the cork until finish of the glass. slight chocolate taste with nice coffee hints. ABV is high, however it is not noticeable in taste. The stout is definitely one of the best. Loved it from beginning to end, only wish the cost was a little less.

Can't go wrong here if you are a bourbon stout drinkier

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 15:27:52 | More by Earpe
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HellAwaits

Virginia

3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-25-2014 15:50:26 | More by HellAwaits
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Ainjyll

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-22-2014 04:20:26 | More by Ainjyll
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-22-2014 01:46:12 | More by Morey
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Rmbr2

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-19-2014 23:45:37 | More by Rmbr2
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-10-2014 14:51:07 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-10-2014 04:02:24 | More by dtivp
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cwguy5

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-03-2014 16:25:37 | More by cwguy5
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Flabbyjandro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-24-2013 18:01:42 | More by Flabbyjandro
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-22-2013 15:56:02 | More by zekeman17
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-09-2013 21:26:19 | More by wiltznucs
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dannyhead

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-09-2013 16:11:35 | More by dannyhead
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-03-2013 04:34:36 | More by schmidtmattsays
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-02-2013 03:53:07 | More by plumcrazyfx
Bourbon Cru from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.