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First Anniversary Ale - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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First Anniversary Ale
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86
very good

21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: VaTechHopHead on 05-28-2013)
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-02-2014 00:13:11 | More by ncaudle
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Beejay

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been saving this one for a special occasion... So here we go:
A: Pours a fairly light red color, in the glass it is dark black with a good amount of tan head.

S: Oak and vanilla right up front. Light fruit, with berries coming later and a hit of molasses in the finish.

T: Rich and malty with a fruit kicker. Big molasses up front with oak and vanilla, this is followed by a light berry flavor. The finish is light fruit, and toasty caramel, perhaps a touch of burnt coffee. Not a lot of alcohol flavor considering the abv.

M: Medium thick is body, with fairly high carbonation. While the body feels fairly thick, the finish of this beer seems fairly thin to me, I wish it had a little more creaminess to the finish.

O: Decent flavor, although I think the the sum of the parts may not be as strong as just brewing a beer with these flavors. I think the blackberry ale thins out the beer without adding enough fruit character, while the malt and barrel run over much of what the blackberry might have brought to the party. I think this beer could have been better if it was brewed as a blueberry impy stout then aged in barrels. It's a good beer, and definitely something that could sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 00:19:27 | More by Beejay
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-23-2014 23:09:33 | More by hilgart1
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Sanchezrox23

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-17-2014 07:35:28 | More by Sanchezrox23
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ubufan2112

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-23-2014 21:04:12 | More by ubufan2112
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TriageStat

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-11-2014 23:36:03 | More by TriageStat
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jdb8507

Virginia

5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to snag a couple of bottles of this, and the first one was so incredibly good I do not know how long I can resist aging the next.

I wasn't a huge fan of the HPCB fruit beers, but the blackberry was the best one. It paired perfectly with the stout, which I am a huge fan of as well.

Good luck find this one, but if you do don't pass up on it. It might be my favorite beer from them, and I have had them all... a lot...

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 20:37:53 | More by jdb8507
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claspada

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-25-2013 00:56:58 | More by claspada
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-15-2013 16:46:56 | More by baybum
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maxk

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16%

10-28-2013 15:18:38 | More by maxk
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LambicKing

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

09-22-2013 23:03:45 | More by LambicKing
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

09-22-2013 20:41:34 | More by Hanzo
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.7%

08-14-2013 00:49:50 | More by thebouch01
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drummermattie02

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

07-28-2013 20:52:52 | More by drummermattie02
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-27-2013 17:52:11 | More by kjkinsey
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-20-2013 02:01:31 | More by mikeincharleston
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egrace84

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-24-2013 15:11:10 | More by egrace84
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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-05-2013 09:43:38 | More by beernads
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BeerBarron

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-04-2013 18:50:17 | More by BeerBarron
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-31-2013 02:19:57 | More by stereosforgeeks
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VaTechHopHead


4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was very skeptical before trying this beer due to the unique blend: 40% 2011 barrel-aged milk stout, 40% 2012 barrel-aged milk stout, 20% blackberry wit beer. Blending 2 very dissimilar styles threw me for a loop.

But to my surprise the beer was very pleasant. There was a very noticeable wood character but not too oaky/vanilla flavored like normal bourbon barrels, more or a robust light char character. The beer started off with that rich wood flavor and quickly moved to a stout-infused blackberry character with the fruit tasting very ripe and rich, not like a fruit flavoring additive. There was a wisp of booze right at the finish but it was mostly a combination of fruit and light wood/bourbon notes.

A complex/unique beer for sure and very easy to drink for 11%

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 16:18:28 | More by VaTechHopHead
First Anniversary Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.