Foolery
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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From:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #10
ABV:
13%
Score:
98
Ranked #321
Avg:
4.47 | pDev: 7.16%
Ratings:
220
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 08, 2020
Added:
Mar 29, 2015
Wants:
  116
Gots:
  55
SCORE
98
World-Class
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Notes: Hardywood Foolery is a huge Imperial Stout aged for eight months in bourbon barrels. Massive chocolate, vanilla, and caramel flavors are preceded by aromatic hints of dark cherry, tobacco, leather and oak. Thick and rich, Foolery brings rounded bourbon character contributions from the barrels and a nice warming finish.
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4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

Really great. So much barrel character to this one. This one was moderately sweet- Nothing compared to some of the stuff being produced now. Not sure which year this one was as I didn’t see it listed on the bottle. Hope to get to try again

Aug 08, 2020
 
4.35 by Hendry from Vermont on Feb 17, 2020
 
4.44 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Dec 29, 2019
 
4.52 by alexsergio from New York on Aug 18, 2019
 
4.52 by ThatAmateurBeerDrinker from New York on Apr 25, 2019
 
4.5 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts on Apr 16, 2019
 
4.68 by edthehead from New York on Feb 17, 2019
 
4.29 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Jan 13, 2019
 
4.49 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Dec 29, 2018
 
4.5 by kjkinsey from Texas on Dec 14, 2018
 
4.28 by mltobin from Connecticut on Sep 26, 2018
 
4.45 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on Sep 11, 2018
 
5 by estruntz from Maryland on Jul 03, 2018
 
4.04 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on May 21, 2018
 
4.58 by Slack from Virginia on May 16, 2018
 
4.75 by Tim725 from New Jersey on Apr 28, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

Wow - this is a stunner. Probably the best BA milk stout I've ever had. Balance is perfect. Barrel character is there, but dialed back. I know Hardywood is well regarded, but they should be higher on the hype list if they are making beers like this.

Apr 09, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a small amount of creamy, tan-colored head that lasted a below average amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruit, bourbon, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a good shot of bourbon (and the accompanying barrel, a moderate amount of roasted malt, some cherry notes, a hint of vanilla, a little caramel, and a ton of chocolate. An extremely complex, aggressive, powerful flavor. The booze isn't all that noticeable. Well-balanced and tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is an incredibly well made and flavorful beer. Very much drinkable.

Apr 08, 2018
 
3.68 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Apr 07, 2018
 
4.64 by Fantific from North Carolina on Mar 27, 2018
 
4.5 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Mar 14, 2018
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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by stortore from Illinois

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Had 10/7/17.

Pours near black, opaque, with a one inch head of darker foam and some soapy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, malt, chocolate, caramel, oak, raisins, figs, molasses, some tobacco, light vanilla. Pretty awesome. The taste is just as great- bourbon, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, oak, vanilla, raisins, some molasses and licorice. Smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

Wow. This is one to seek out. Terrific aroma and flavor, both well developed. Almost crushable, which is crazy for the ABV. Hope to have this again.

Mar 10, 2018
 
4.59 by Armando_Perez from Florida on Mar 07, 2018
 
4.35 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Feb 07, 2018
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4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

2016 bottle. Black in color. Tan head.

For some reason this wasn't on par with the other hardywood beers I've had. Trickery was much better. Chocolate and cocoa with bourbon, but not overly thick and not a huge barrel flavor. Solid, but I had higher expectations.

Jan 11, 2018
 
4.5 by Radcpa from Washington on Jan 09, 2018
 
4.68 by rcjennings from Ohio on Jan 08, 2018
 
4.5 by Zuidman from Illinois on Jan 02, 2018
 
4.68 by PhilHarmstead from New Jersey on Jan 01, 2018
 
4.53 by johnlatona from New Jersey on Jan 01, 2018
 
4.25 by krome from Illinois on Dec 15, 2017
 
4.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Dec 15, 2017
 
4.43 by BeerBeast from Florida on Dec 13, 2017
 
4.98 by sendbeer from Georgia on Dec 02, 2017
 
4.26 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Nov 19, 2017
 
4.2 by REVZEB from Illinois on Nov 13, 2017
 
5 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Nov 13, 2017
 
4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois on Nov 12, 2017
 
4.16 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Nov 12, 2017
 
5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado on Nov 11, 2017
Foolery from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 220 ratings