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Bourbon Cru - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 38
Gots: 58 | FT: 6
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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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Dactrius, Apr 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

lunarbrew, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Beejay
3.98/5  rDev -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.

Beejay, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Sanchezrox23, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
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

brentk56, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

danwho, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jaymo18, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

KVNBGRY, Feb 14, 2014
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4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
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

Earpe, Feb 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

HellAwaits, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Ainjyll, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Morey, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Rmbr2, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JWalterWeatherman, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

dtivp, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

cwguy5, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Flabbyjandro, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

zekeman17, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

wiltznucs, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

dannyhead, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

schmidtmattsays, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

plumcrazyfx, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

BeerHunter76, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

HopVA, Nov 17, 2013
Bourbon Cru from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.