Raspberry Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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Reviews by C20Percent:
4.58/5 rDev +13.6%
Alright -- let's do this. I usually only do reviews if the beer is really bad or really good. I'm happy that this offering is the latter. It was utterly fantastic.
Appearance -- Not inky black like a lot of stouts. This one was a nice dark brown with shades of red -- certainly from the Raspberries. Really nice tan head. Clearly the red-colored hues is the thing that stands out the most. Reminds me of the same color as Backyard.
Smell -- OMG! Now we get to the really good parts of this beer. Some beers just have an aroma that you want to smell forever. You don't even care about drinking it, you just want to sniff it all night. That's this beer. It's raspberry and chocolate -- truffle like. Gourmet smells. No booze or anything like that. Carefully crafted to present to present a high-quality aroma. Can't say enough about the raspberry here. So nice.
Taste -- BAM! Addicted to this. It taste like a Raspberry Tootsie Roll Pop! I once had a Cherry Chocolate Dr. Pepper that tasted just like a Cherry Tootsie Roll Pop. Basically liquid candy. That's what this beer is -- liquid candy. I have no idea how people can say there wasn't any raspberry is the flavor or the aroma. I don't know what they're drinking. Insane how you cannot taste the flavors here.
Feel -- At this point, it's all taste. The mouth feel is perfectly fine. It's not a star here, but it doesn't detract from the finer points of this brew. Sort of like how Russel Wilson just needs to manage the offense; he doesn't need to be Peyton Manning to win. The feel of this beer is like Russel Wilson's football game.
Overall -- Outstanding beer. Stellar. Can't say enough great things about this brew. Highly recommended.
02-21-2014 16:45:08 | More by C20Percent
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3.69/5 rDev -8.4%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2014. Solid pop off the cork, but the cork is bubbling... this has me a little concerned.
A real nice creamy forming head, very light coffee and cocoa brown colored, with a creamy character to it. Settles very slowly on to a simple dark walnut black body, quite opaque and dark. Some leopard prints of lacing on the glass as well as some minor legs too. Quite nice looking.
Real nice bouquet and aromas. Good smelling raspberry fruit, bursting and nearly juicy. Hints of faint char but nicely balanced. Not overly sweet, and quite fresh sense smelling too. Smells literally like black forest cake in a glass with some nice chocolate which doesn't seem distinct enough between milk or dark. Delicious.
Palate though comes quite fizzy. Really takes the taste down quite a notch. Aftertaste is really lingering and not good, huge amounts of gaseous carbon dioxide and mineral soda water. Luckily with time and warmth it calms down. Mid palate has some nice fruit raspberry juice to it. Some charring noticeable roast, which makes for some nice aromatics with the tight carbonation. Missing lots of chocolate and malt roast depths though here, and has a watery cream character to it.
Still the beer manages to deliver. It hinted to me maybe being compromised but doesn't appear to be. Really missing some creamy mouthfeel and texture to bring it all together, but it's fruit angle is very fun and enjoyable.
03-27-2014 21:09:52 | More by smakawhat
Raspberry Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.