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Hardywood Bourbon Sidamo

Discussion in 'US - South-Atlantic' started by VeganUndead, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Savant (350) Virginia Nov 20, 2012

    The limit for all was a 4pk. I am glad they did let you purchase some. I think due to the amount of people they have working that they have to put the break in between. At the BB GBS release I waited in line for over an hour to get some. I am sure the GBS release this year will be even longer....
  2. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Savant (350) Virginia Nov 20, 2012

    The only sour I had before was the Tart of Darkness and hated it I have a supplication coming so I wanted to try and get my pallet warmed up for it. I absolutely loved it and probably will be back for another.
  3. djre4orm

    djre4orm Savant (345) Virginia Oct 21, 2011

    Cool! Thanks for clearing that up. Makes more sense now. I couldn't undertand if I was getting scolded or not. Decided to take my 4pk & get the heck out. The lady ringing my up was nice but the other guy not so much.
  4. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Savant (350) Virginia Nov 20, 2012

    They could just be watching the VCU game though and you interrupted him LOL. They are beating the brakes off Butler. They have always been nice on the releases I have gone to. Hope you do come back again!
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  5. BeastLU

    BeastLU Advocate (510) Virginia Dec 20, 2012

    The Randall is ridiculous. Vanilla beans coffee cocoa nibs and ginger.

    Pallets of bottles left. Expecting a drunk Vcu crowd very soon.
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  6. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Savant (350) Virginia Nov 20, 2012

    Holy Hell, that beer is Ridiculous good!
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  7. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Advocate (645) Virginia Apr 25, 2012

    Stopped by after i got off work, tried it on draft...then bought 4 bottles...
  8. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Savant (350) Virginia Nov 20, 2012

    Yeah, It was so good I actually wrote a review - and I suck at trying those....
  9. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Advocate (645) Virginia Apr 25, 2012

    Its ok you're in the military we dont ask that you be good at critquing, just killing people. #forestgump
  10. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Savant (350) Virginia Nov 20, 2012

    LOL - former Marine - Muscles Are Required, Intelligence Not Essential...
  11. ncaudle

    ncaudle Advocate (605) Virginia May 28, 2010

    we opened a bottle this morning after the release.
    the Makers Mark barrels are an immediate improvement on the Bowmans barrels they tend to use. a touch thin on the mouthfeel for my tastes... the sidamo bean/roast is different than what one may be used to in a coffee stout. I liked it.
    wish I could have gone back in the afternoon to try the randall, sounds great.
  12. Comparing it to regular Sidamo, how's the mouthfeel? I had two complaints with the regular version - thin mouth and light on the coffee. How's the BA version in both of those departments?
  13. ncaudle

    ncaudle Advocate (605) Virginia May 28, 2010

    already commented that it is a touch thinner than I would personally prefer.
    Bourbon County Coffee and BA Kopi Luwak this is not - the coffee flavors are not in your face. is that due to the roast level, the amount of coffee in the brew, or both? this coffee bean has a slight berry finish and chocolate tones that I think go well in the beer. it does need to be drank on the warmer end for the coffee notes to fully express themself.

    all that said, I like this brew.
  14. Just got a pack of four bottles yesterday! :) I have a question, would it be alirght to cellar these beers?
  15. Thanks for the info. I was looking for more direct comparison to regular Sidamo, though. I've heard rumor that the coffee is more forward in BA than normal, or that the barrel affected the thickness some. I know regular Sidamo is thinner and not as coffee-forward, just looking to see how the BA compares to it.
  16. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Advocate (645) Virginia Apr 25, 2012

    Absolutely the abv is high enough that you can cellar them if you would like. I would be curious to see how some age would affect these being it is a thinner milk stout base, but the big bourbon flavor and alcohol burn should mellow nicely with some age on these. cheers.
  17. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Advocate (645) Virginia Apr 25, 2012

    Having had both, you don't get more coffee i the BBA version because of the barrel aging. Im not a coffee drinker so I actually like the BBA version better, but if you were looking for more coffee compared to the sidamo, don't think this is going to satisfy you there because, especially fresh, the bourbon is very forward with lots of remnants from makers mark. The BBA version is not as thin though, as typical with most BBA versions of beer, the barrel aging adds more weight to it and it's a full percent higher in abv than your regular sidamo. A bit thicker than the sidamo, but still the same milk stout base so by no means a heavy, thick stout.

    Feel like i just did a full review on the brew, hope that answers your question. cheers
  18. ncaudle

    ncaudle Advocate (605) Virginia May 28, 2010

    Sidamo is not a milk stout base
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  19. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Advocate (645) Virginia Apr 25, 2012

    You're right my mistake, discredit everything i said
  20. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) New York Dec 30, 2011

    When you guys say 4-pack, are these in 12oz bottles?
  21. ncaudle

    ncaudle Advocate (605) Virginia May 28, 2010

    750s
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  22. BeastLU

    BeastLU Advocate (510) Virginia Dec 20, 2012

    $56 4 pack. Def a record for me.
  23. So, are these sold out? I know enough people in/around Richmond that hopefully someone could get me some of this.
  24. ncaudle

    ncaudle Advocate (605) Virginia May 28, 2010

    shouldnt be, plus will see local distribution.
  25. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Savant (350) Virginia Nov 20, 2012

    Chocolate Heat still hasn't hit local distribution so I am not sure how long it will take before I see it readily available. I will deff be getting more.....
  26. ncaudle

    ncaudle Advocate (605) Virginia May 28, 2010

    Chocolate Heat should hit dist later this week
  27. Shilt

    Shilt Savant (370) Virginia Dec 26, 2011

    They held chocolate heat back because it wasn't ready, and it wasn't very good. Did a 2nd batch that is supposed to be better. I hope it is, I found it to be offensive to my palate on the three occasions I've tried it.
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  28. BeastLU

    BeastLU Advocate (510) Virginia Dec 20, 2012

    It was actually pretty good at the release this past Saturday. Looked way different than the original batch IMO.
  29. JustinH2

    JustinH2 Aficionado (155) Virginia Oct 18, 2009

    Looking forward to getting Chocolate Heat


    BTW, anybody know how much Hardywood hoodies are? Wish I bought one back in Nov
  30. ewright

    ewright Savant (440) North Carolina Oct 25, 2007

    Is it actually "packaged"? If not, I think a "4 pack" of Olde Rabbits Foot and/or BA Sexual Chocolate at $80 would be my top. I did buy 2 bottles of Matt at a rate that would have been $90/6pk... and those ARE 12 oz bottles. :eek:
  31. I got one but it ain't cheap. Fifty bucks and it's made by American Apparel. Nice-looking hoodie!
  32. Is it "packaged"? You'll be the judge. Here's the picture: http://instagram.com/p/WXLafmO4H3/
  33. ewright

    ewright Savant (440) North Carolina Oct 25, 2007

    I'd say that counts. First time I've seen anything like that.
  34. Any Charlotte, NC folk interested in a day trip to Hardywood in the next 4 or 5 days?

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