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Raspberry Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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89
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250 Ratings
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
Wants: 41
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  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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Ratings: 250 | Reviews: 35
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Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of davesv
2.81/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer is bleh etc

Photo of hophugger
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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 !!

Photo of boredalready
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wanted jammy fruit and I got jammy raspberry.

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gregaroo
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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!

Photo of Badger6
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750mL bottle, into a tulip. No dating on the bottle. Let sit for a few minutes to air in the glass.

A: Dark brown, almost black body. No light comes through, not even at the edge. Nice one-finger head, dark tan, slightly fizzy, diminished semi-fast to a ring at the edge of the surface. Light lacing.

S: Malty stout scent. Hints of raspberries. Slight aroma od alcohol, expected at 9.2%.

T: Cocoa flavors meet you right in the front. Stouty maltiness comes in right behind and carries to the end. Raspberry flavors arrive in the middle, carry to the finish. None of the flavors is overpowering, and they all balance well. Definitely a sweeter beer, and finishes with a light berry sweetness.

M: Medium body, with light carbonation. Feels very soft on the palate, with a warmth form the alcohol.

O: HOLY COW! This is great beer. The flavors are well balanced, and the alcohol content at 9.2% is barely noticeable. This is very smooth, and easy to drink...pace yourself, because this is like driving a 911, you're gonna look down and be going 120 without realizing it. Great beer!

Photo of obywan59
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of lillitnn92
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bitter, not what I would expect. For something that claims "heaps of Chocolate malt" It's kinda watery. Can't get past the bitter

Photo of Rifugium
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of RoyBurks
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I expected a lot more.

Photo of tmentzer
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great on the nose, carries through on the palate. Great balance of flavors. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of Deltoro
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

very tannic and raspberry tasted like extract. not a fan of this one

Photo of uvachief
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Zraly
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick black with an ample tan head. Very aromatic -- the smell of fresh raspberries wafts around and makes this stout undeniably enticing. The smell is perfect. I had this first on draft at the brewery and loved it so much I brought a growler home.

Rich, dark chocolatey notes predominate and the finish is a snappy raspberry note. No fake or overly-sweet fruit flavors to muck up the flavor or mouthfeel. Soft bitterness rounds out on the palate, which balances out the otherwise very rich, fudge-like characteristic of this stout. A bit of chew and earth. Tastes like eating chocolate cake filled with raspberry puree. Full-bodied and definitely made for dessert.

I was able to convince my non-RIS drinking girlfriend to try this one and she liked it. She requested a glass from the growler with no arm twisting -- and a full glass, not a 3 oz. pour. It's a fantastic dessert beer.

Hardywood Park is consistent in offering quality brews.

Photo of Mortman
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Better served at room temp. Takes some of the bitterness away.

Photo of Tfols
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of antique
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/31/14, served in a stemmed glass. Great dessert beer, chocolate stout without the raspberries being overpowering.

Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is simply delicious! As soon as I popped the cork, huge burst of raspberries and dark chocolate. Pours a deep brown...not inky black...but a nice warming deep brown color. Stick your nose in the glass...wow...huge raspberry smell. The taste is just as nice...big raspberries, chocolate, really nice...no alcohol at all. So nice and smooth. Overall...another awesome example of a great stout by Hardywood!

Photo of Chaney
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't get why peeps aren't heaping praise on this fantastic brew left and right.

Split with my wife and served in a "Game of Thrones" glass.

A: Poured black as night and with lots of cocoa web left on the glass.

S: Totally a nose right out of the New Glarus playbook. Deep, rich, fresh raspberry, with a chocolate mask thrown right over the top.

T: Holy cow the raspberry component is the real deal! The chocolate plays second string quarterback but still present.

M: Not too thick, and I think that's a good thing in this setting. This is one of the first stouts I can think of off the top of my head that is a thirst-quencher.

O: One of the best of 2014 so far.

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Raspberry Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.