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Raspberry Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 275
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 48
Gots: 64 | FT: 3
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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

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 ElGordito
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%
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. (172 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.95/5  rDev -28%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of antique
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of uvachief
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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. (205 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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. (1,460 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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 (159 characters)

Photo of Tfols
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
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 (160 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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 (810 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of hops202
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of Gregaroo
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (276 characters)

Photo of qchic
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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 (585 characters)

Photo of Big_V
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of obywan59
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (927 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a one finger tan head and minimal lacing

S-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, raspberry, hint of molasses

T-follows the nose with nice chocolate, coffee, roasted malt flavors blended nicely with raspberry and a mild bitter finish

F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel

O-wasn't sure how I would like the raspberry in a RIS, but this was very well done and flavorful and complemented the flavors of the RIS nicely (495 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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. (558 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,019 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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 !! (543 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (233 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,698 characters)

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