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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeastLU on 03-15-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
137
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
30.61%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
51
For Trade:
8
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 137
Reviews by Beejay:
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3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Got myself a nice beer to celebrate my birthday, may be a day late, but still...

A: Deep brown and hazy with a small amount of light brown head.

S: Bourbon and oak with hints of vanilla, there is a pretty big hit of hops in there as well as a little bit of a burnt smell in the finish.

T: Notes of vanilla and oak, the hops are earthy and slightly piney. There is a bit of a burnt flavor coming through, might be the barrel aging, but I've had a lot of barrel aged beers as well as whiskies, and it seems a little out of place. The hoppiness seems a little strong for the style.

M: Thick in feel, carbonation is fairly high, the finish is a little syrupy with a lingering bite from the hops.

O: Overall the beer is good, but it seems to me like the mark was a little missed on the style. The bottle says it is decadent and a dessert all by itself. The beer comes off as way to sharp and hoppy for the style, and for that description. Still enjoyable, but not the smooth sipper I hoped for.

EDIT: As the beer warms a bit the sharp edges dull a little and the beer evens out a little, I also start to taste the barrel aging a little more. Th hops are still fairly aggressive, but by far a more enjoyable experience. If you get yourself a bottle, do yourself a favor and let it sit on the counter for 20 minutes (maybe more) before you dive in.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 catboy
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although not imparting much of a bourbon barrel feel to it, this high alcohol content brew is EXTREMELY SMOOTH!

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Photo of 01001111
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mtpHokie
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 tabascosigned
4/5  rDev +2%

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

Photo of AirborneBeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of apasternak
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bourbon barrels didnt really help this

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Photo of tridge85
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkirkland80
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of BeastLU
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of montman
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter not unlike the one shaped on the bottle.

Murky and somewhat muddy body color, with a swamp like brown and hints of deep red on the edges. Head is supper creamy, makes a simple one finger and almost nitro like appearance, but then settles down to a nice simple but good sized collar. A little bit of spotted lacing on a tip within the legs.

The brew has taken the barrel well. Real interesting whiskey tones that manage to actually get up ahead of the malts without a lot of heat. Spiced fruit and real soft vanilla caramel, a near sticky toffee really manages to stick out. Good woody oaky notes and almost pine wood and tree sap quality. Muted sweetness as well, very impressive.

Palate comes wonderfully. Great buttery toffee in the mid palate, with just a hair though of distracting carbonation. Mineral finish with the tight carbonation but a good thick caramel really coats and still comes through. Hints of cherry and fruit warmth in the middle, coming with a peppery notes as well. Good almost oily controlled aftertaste and even a little juicy hint of American hop like presence it seems. A mild hint of soy like salinity but actually blends in well with the rest of the brew.

A real unique tasting barleywine, did well with this one very memorable and also unique in the realm. One to look out for in the future.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Mark tonight, thanks man!

This one pours a slightly flat-looking golden brown, with no head or lacing.

Smells fairly generic, a bit of caramel, bourbon, and booze.

This one falls a little flat for me, honestly, both literally and figuratively. It has a very low level of carbonation, so it literally falls flat. Flavor-wise, it's just seems a little basic, some caramel, sweet booziness, and a lot of bourbon. Doesn't seem all that complex, or well constructed. I wish it had a bit more depth of flavor.

This has very little carbonation, with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

This one just feels slightly disappointing to me.

This was just slightly disappointing, honestly. I've had much much better from Hardywood.

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Photo of DubCo21
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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 1424IpA
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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Bourbon Barleywine from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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