Bourbon Barleywine | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
hardywood.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.30%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeastLU on 03-15-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.99%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
50
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of agreenman19
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - pours a gritty, dirty copper. Thick and hazy with minimal head. Looks like syrup. Sun-kissed yellowy tan foam upon swirling.

S - whiskey heat and oak. Subtle orange vanilla cream. Caramel, raisins, dark fruits.

T - toasted marshmallows and grain. Little bit of bourbon wood and some medium-dark fruits a la figs and dates. The alcohol is shockingly well-hidden, but you can start to feel the ol' tongue numbing and lip tingling after a few sips. Has a doughy toasted white bread finish.

F - disappointing to say the least. A sinfully silky smooth syrupy feel would have gone great with this, but instead we get a kinda light, kinda thin, and overly carbed half-added attempt.

O - this is a bold barleywine, but a bit unbalanced and unrefined. It hides the alcohol amazingly well and that's the best thing it does. Flavors are muted and muddled, but like I said before, they are strong and potent. It's by no means a bad beer, but there is room for improvement. One thing is for sure though... it is going to light me up.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to larryi86 for this 2016 version.
Sweet bourbon aroma with some alcohol and corn. A little intermingling of candy sweet malt and caramel, but mostly bourbon upfront.
A nice tan heads leaves before too long leaving a small bubbly haze on top. The dark amber shines nicely in the light with a brown red gold glow.
Bourbon is still dominant but there is more blending in the taste with the barleywine character showing greater presence esp. up front. An immediate warm shot to the gut and a ping in the prefrontal cortex ("ping"), but that's to be expected with a beer this size. A very long finish of alcohol warmth with enough hoppy bitterness to notice it - it's kinda' nice and then the bourbon. The wood character shows but it tends to be background and not much for any vanilla (and just as I write this the vanilla shows - must have needed a little opening up), more character presence than flavor.
Moderate but not much bigger heft, but nicely smooth and carbonate just enough.
This is a quality drink. While the bourbon is bigger than I prefer, it's still in the range of balanced as enough of the barleywine character shows through.
I may edit this some through the day, as I anticipate a many hour process to get through this one.

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Photo of shirtless_mike
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ctb6582
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. 2016 vintage.

A: Hazy chestnut brown with amber edge with minimal head and no lacing.

S: The aroma has grown on me with warming with more pineapple, coconut, and vanilla coming through with fig and date malt components.

T: Flavor is oak barrel heavy and very pleasant with the funky pineapple, vanilla, and coconut joining to leave a very fruity initial impression that is tempered mildly with medium caramel and fig and date. There is a slight boozy flavor component, but in the grand scheme, the alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Silky with even carbonation, medium body. Dangerously drinkable.

O: Enjoyable but a little muted in all areas but very drinkable for the huge ABV.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 release

Appearance - Pours ruby brown with reddish highlights. The head is khaki in color and peaks at a finger's width before fading in fair succession. The result is a mostly barren surface with a thin ring of suds around the edge. Not much lacing but none expected for a BA beer.

Smell - Aromatic, with lots of deep toffee and lesser caramel upfront. Hints of fig, oak, molasses and a bit of booze make up the rest of the aroma.

Taste - Flips the script on the nose. More Molasses and dark fruit fig upfront, with lesser notes of toffee and a hint of toffee. Oaky undertone. A bit of vanilla and tobacco come into play. The finish delves into more wood, dark fruit and a hint of booziness that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with low to moderate carbonation, A bit sticky in texture with a slightly boozy, bone dry finish.

Overall - A wonderful BA barleywine that's ready to drink now, or just as likely to age with amazing results. Reminds me a bit of some of my favorite old ales, specifically North Coast Old Stock, so I'd pause before trading for it again, but I'd be all over this if it were to become widely available.

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Photo of tigg924
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, orange-brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is big bourbon, vanilla, English toffee, barrel, and light alcohol. No beer this big has any right to be this smooth. One of the smoothest big beers I have ever had. Sweet and tasty. Big winner from Hardywood. I will look for this and try to pick this up again.

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Photo of skaboom420
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours a cloud dark amber color with a tan head.

Smell: There are various malty aromas that include bread and toffee. In addition there are aromas of dried fruits and molasses.

Taste: The flavors are sweet with bread, toffee, molasses, bourbon, dried fruits, and alcohol.

Feel: It is moderately bitter with a full body. There is also a bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall: It is a very rich malty beer that is complex with the malts and complimented by the bourbon and dried fruit.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flyersfan900
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml corked & caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Murky / hazy mahogany-amber with a short head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Toffee, molasses, caramel, prune, tobacco, and slight bourbon.

Taste
Toffee, molasses, and caramel cubes. Tobacco, leather, and earth. Mellow bourbon presence with hints of charred oak. Touches of prune and vanilla.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, silky, smooth, chewy, and warming with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
Excellent! A mellowed bourbon presence on a strong Barleywine foundaion that hides the 13.3% abv extremely well.

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Photo of Evan
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Drew26
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of timothybarney
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwoolley1
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Bourbon Barleywine from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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