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Raspberry Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Chocolate Stout with Virginia raspberries

(Beer added by: MDDMD on 03-30-2013)
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

djrn2, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -9%

acurtis, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

nmann08, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Knapp85, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

StonedTrippin, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Kegatron, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

oline73, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -0.2%

duceswild, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev -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.

smakawhat, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

billab914, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Kelp, May 11, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Zaphog, May 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Rhettroactive, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

chippo33, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Axnjxn, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Griffith, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

KevinGordon, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

LoveStout, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of rudzud
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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

rudzud, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

outoffocus, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Pencible
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Pencible, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Gatordaddy, Mar 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

bigred89, Mar 02, 2014
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Raspberry Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.