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Raspberry Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 305
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 38.35%
Wants: 50
Gots: 67 | FT: 5
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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 9.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MDDMD on 03-30-2013

Chocolate Stout with Virginia raspberries
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Photo of teromous
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black body with a short khaki head that fades to a ring. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: It has this rich roasted aroma mixed with this odd sickly sour smelling thing that I find in a lot of beers that are fermented with real fruit (notably berries). Some coffee aroma and raspberry aroma is in there as well. It doesn't scream out "raspberry" but it is obvious.

Taste: It has this strong pipe tobacco flavor with that coal and sour flavor. It is a strong and memorable flavor that immediately came to mind. It may sound like a very odd flavor but I assure you it adds a great deal of complexity. Sprinkled on that complexity is a light coat of raspberry flavor. It is very well done.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry with a good deal of roasted bitterness to quell any desire to drink this fast. Great carbonation. It feels perfect on the palate.

Overall: It's a great rich and roasted stout with lots of complexity and a good raspberry flavor. There's not much more to say. I would recommend it. It is a very slow drinking beer. The palate is overwhelmed with rich complexity and bitterness from the roasted grains. If you age beers this is one that would probably do very well in the cellar for a year or more to mellow out and merge those complex flavors a bit more. For this reason I would recommend sharing this big bottle of complex beer and saving an additional one for later.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large shared bottle.
Pours thick and dark with nice reddish-brown highlights.
Aroma - lots of raspberry here; so much that this smmells more like a fruit beer than a stout.

Flavor: both dark grains and raspberry are obvious although the raspberry is the dominant flavor. Hints of chocolate, Sweet and bitter at appropriate levels.

Overall: a very fruit stout.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wish this was considerably sweeter, but the raspberry comes out more as it warms. Has a nice velvety mouthfeel and goes down easy. Not a bad beer by any means and the fruit is well integrated, I just wish it was more prominent.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is jet black, oily thick, with a sparse, wispy surface coat of off-white head, and a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. The aromas are tart and sweet raspberry forward, with a solid backbone of bittersweet chocolate. Literally smells like candy. Flavors are bitter roasted forward, with notes of coffee and cacao nib, followed by a blast of raspberry fruit notes both tart and sweet, and subtle creamy sweet highlights. Full bodied, with a dry undertone. The aftertaste is bitter dark chocolate and tart, sugary raspberry. Again, this is hitting the liquid candy realm. Smooth, slow, lingering finish, with tart raspberry notes setting up camp on your taste buds. Great beer.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a finger of chocolate-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic with tons of rich, earthy, bright, inviting aromas of bready, roasted malt, fruity raspberries and dark chocolate filling the air. Reminds me of freshly toasted dark bread topped with raspberry jam and a glass of chocolate milk! There are hints of brown sugar and caramel, too, but the predominate aroma is that of fruity raspberry and toasted malt. Delicious!

Taste: Wow! Exceptionally delicious! Tons of roasted malt up front, immediately followed by sweet/sour raspberries and dark chocolate, like a raspberry/chocolate truffle, as well as some brown sugar-like sweetness. Remarkable! I love this beer!

Mouthfeel: Chewy, creamy and smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9.2%, there is just a hint of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What an exceptional beer! Strong flavors of roasted malt, semi-sweet raspberries and semi-sweet dark chocolate, all in perfect balance with equally perfect aromas and mouthfeel! A raspberry/chocolate truffle in a glass! This is another excellent offering from Hardywood, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite Virginia breweries! Highly recommended!

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Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good chocolate flavor. Very mild raspberry undertones. Would like to be more raspberry forward. Labeled as fruit/veg beer. Hardly the case. Should be stout

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Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best beer I have had from this brewery. Taste is big time raspberries, sweet and dark chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malt. Tastes like a raspberry cordial mixed with a stout. Excellent dessert beer that I will have to look for again.

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Photo of qchic
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let it warm up. Out of the fridge, a little medicinal. Nice tart raspberry in the aroma that doesn't overpower the flavor. Drier than expected, and I wonder what a tad more sweetness would do... Certainly way better than most fruit beers, and I'll get it again next year.

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Photo of hophugger
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a great deep chocolate brown with a moderate tan head and tons of fizzy, bubbly lacing coating the whole glass. Aroma will knock your socks off with fresh raspberries and touches of chocolate and malt. Flavor is out of this world with semi-sweet and bittersweet cocoa and very light malt. Finishes nicely with a great balance of cocoa bitterness and fresh raspberry puree. Feels great on the palate, although there is a touch of alcohol burn on this one(9.2% ABV). Will definitely revisit this one again. Definitely a sipper, this one !!

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Fills the glass with a fudge brown liquid accented by ruby highlights; the modest head leaves a few squiggles of lacing

Smell: The raspberry tones blend with the roast and the chocolate

Taste: The roast and the chocolate elements jut forward on the palate with the raspberry coming later to add both sweetness and a modest amount of tartness; the more the beer warms the more you notice the raspberry

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Hardywood does a great job with its stout variants and this beer adds another notch in their belt

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Photo of Tfols
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid - good initial flavor, as it got warmer it felt like the raspberry got a bit more "chemically" which is often a problem I have with raspberry beers

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ah, there they are. Couldn't find my raspberries until the very last sip. If you're against raspberries in your raspberry stout, travel to Richmond, VA. This was poured at TRIA Rittenhouse in Philly. Nice and smooth with little fruit aftertaste (until the last). Go Hardywood!

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Photo of uvachief
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Deep chocolate dark brown with a redish tint. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and raspberries. Tastes much the same. Very sweet. Little hoppy. Not my cup of tea at all.

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Photo of obywan59
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours not quite pitch black. There's a bit of ruby around the edges when held up to a bright light. a 3 finger brown head recedes leaving light to moderate lacing.

Predominantly sweet/tart raspberry backed by dark chocolate from the glass, with some raspberry truffle with milk chocolate from the bottle.

Raspberry and chocolate again dominate the taste. Both sweet and tart with the bitterness of dark chocolate that is by no means overpowering. Earlier descriptions of raspberry jam are appropriate.

Medium full in body with a light bite of carbonation and plenty of sticky retention on the tongue, lips, etc. Light warmth. Alcohol is well hidden.

The best raspberry beer in my experience. What I had always hoped for when seeing the word "raspberry" associated with a beer, but never realized before now. Raspberry dominates, as it should, but it does not overwhelm. The beer is well balanced, tasty, and easy drinking.

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Photo of Big_V
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Del Ray Pizzaria.
A-1 finger head,deep deep red/blk
S-bitter chocolate, roasted malts
T-very well balanced. Getting raspberry and bitter chocolate notes. Deliciously smooth. Not overly sweet as many have desribed.
M-low carbonation, medium mouthfill.
O-very good brew,only compliant was the finish was a little too dry. The raspberry left a aftertaste. Want to try more from Hardywood.

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Photo of ElGordito
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It has nice notes of raspberry in the nose and taste until the bitterness kicks in. I tried letting it warm up but it was still too bitter and took away from the raspberry.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a almost black body with one finger khaki head and has an aroma of hearty raspberries, some breadiness and a good amount of tartness thanks to the razzies along with little bits of bitter chocolate. A fuller, heavier stout, definite sipper, the cocoa nibs give off this bitter chocolate vibe that balances well with the sweet and sour/tart aspects of the raspberries. Well balanced as nothing overpowers rest of beer nor does anything bleed or ruin the beer. I like the give and take from the sweet and sour aspects of beer and the ABV is well hidden. Finishes dry, almost cracker dry, and has a bread like filling aspect that makes this beer a slow and delicious sipper.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.95/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap at the POPE.

Murky, muddy appearance, dark brown chocolaty, with little to no head, leaving greasy film on the glass. I imagine I just got a bad pour, making this the bar's fault. Aroma of dark malts and raspberry jam. Taste of baker's chocolate, raspberry jam sweetness, earthy, or dirty rather. Slick, oily mouthfeel, chewy and somewhat unpleasant, yet still too light/thin for a stout. Tried giving this the benefit of the doubt, assuming a bad pour, but I still got a pretty good idea of what was going on. Too much clashing sweetness going on.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours some nice creamy and brown head that takes a while to dissipate. The head also leaves a nice trace of of brown on the top of the beer. The beer itself is an opaque black. The beer leaves some nice lacing behind.

The beer smell has very strong raspberry notes that are tart and mix very well with the darker notes of the malts and chocolate. The other notes are a sweet dark chocolate with a slightly roastier malt smell.

The beer taste is fairly tart and dominates the other roastier and sweeter chocolate taste. Additionally, the beer has a more hoppier bitter note that isn't found in the smell. The various notes mix pretty well and are pretty good.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for a stout with little bit of smoothness. The beer is still heavy bodied but feels lighter than it should be. Carbonation is biting.

Overall, a pretty good raspberry stout and recommended to try at least once.

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Photo of antique
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

thin, but crisp. nice, tiny bitterness. not as fruity as expected. packs the punch of something much heavier duty than it tastes/feels like. warms up well, tastes a bit stronger the longer it sits. it's a beer I'd consider trying again at room temperature.

still, overall, not among my favorite hardywood brews, but I'd certainly try it again.

poured from a bomber into a snifter.

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Photo of DIM
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

2014 release.

Poured at cellar temperature, I got a glass more than than half full of tan colored foam.

This smelled strongly of raspberries, both tart and sweet. There was a faint syrupy quality that wasn't as pleasant. I also found some cocoa.

This tastes a good deal better than it smells. The raspberry comes across as genuinely fruity and tastes both lightly tart and sweet. The chocolate took a back seat but came across strongly enough to suit me.

The body was a bit too thin and the carbonation to fizzy. Overall though I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque black cherry with a bit of tan head.
S: It smelled like dry cocoa powder, with a little dark fruit and rich dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and sweet and tart raspberry, with some dry cocoa powder. It had a clean and lasting sweet tart aftertaste.
M: It was thick with fine carbonation. Very nice slick body.
D: This was a great beer, just what you would hope for based on the label. Perfect balance of sweet and tart, but not cloying in the scent or taste. The body was excellent, and the finish was smooth with pretty well hidden alcohol. So easy to drink, but it should be sipped and savored. Might hold up over time, but should probably be enjoyed fresh to get the most fruit character. Solid brew.

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Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Cork nearly exploded, slow gusher, poured a nice deep dark almost black with a nice foamy, fluffy three finger mocha head that faded to a light creamy head

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, flashes of raspberries, metal, alcohol too.

T - Taste is much. much better than the nose. Big jammy raspberries, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate. Tastes like a raspberry truffle, light sweetness, roasted malts, alcohol hidden well. Shocked at how much better the taste is than the nose, the raspberry is more fruity berry, not cloy at all.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, lighter, alcohol hidden almost entirely. Wish it was a bit heavier/chewy.

O - Overall, a tasty stout. Wish the nose was better, and the mouthfeel was a bit heavier. Still, quite tasty

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Photo of hops202
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a stone snifter. 2014 Reseve Series.

Pours a dark chocolately black. Lots of raspberries and dark chocolate on the nose, smells almost like a chocolate raspberry tart. Taste has plenty of raspberry - but very good raspberry, not aritificial in any way. Bakers chocolate, light roast and great smooth finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a great and wonderful beer, courtesy of traveling claystation. deep and dark in color, almost black brown with a matte finish and over an inch of tan head, comprised of teeny tiny bubbles and lasting good and long, with some rings as it sips on down. it smells raspberry heavy, really fresh and bright, as tart as it is sweet, made bitter and balanced by the cocoa nibs and the well roasted barley malt. some sweeter chocolate notes in the taste, but they are short lived. the raspberry comes on pretty early and sticks with it all the way through to the finish, moving slowly from just a little sweet to just a little tart. great use of fruit in a dark beer. impressive. velvety smooth with a creamy texture that makes its full body seem light, and also reduces the apparentness of the alcohol to a non factor in this beer. earthy roasted barley notes highlight how interesting the fruit really is. fun stuff, thou would never know its strength, and overall a fantastic beer. easily the best i have had from hardywood.

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