Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #14
Ranked #338
4.46 | pDev: 7.4%
Jan 20, 2023
Mar 29, 2015
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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Reviewed by MadMadMike from France

4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Sampled at Cigar City Brewing’s El Catador Club XV bottle share party.
Pours almost flat, barely any head or glass lacing.
Aroma is dark stone fruit, barrel, pipe tobacco.
Flavor is a different animal. It leads with dry dark 70% cacao chocolate that reduces into the character of the oak bourbon barrel. The good woodsyness then fades to vanilla caramel and finishes with a sweet, but not cloying, alcohol bite.
Mouthfeel is dessert territory thick. Being a 2019 vint, almost all carbonation has been swalowed up by the ingredients combo.
Overall, right fine brew!
Jan 20, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by McBraniel from Virginia

Dec 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.35 by Hendry from Vermont

Feb 17, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Dec 29, 2019
Rated: 4.52 by alexsergio from New York

Aug 18, 2019
Rated: 4.52 by ThatAmateurBeerDrinker from New York

Apr 25, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts

Apr 16, 2019
Rated: 4.68 by edthehead from Maryland

Feb 17, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Jan 13, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Dec 29, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by kjkinsey from Texas

Dec 14, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by mltobin from Connecticut

Sep 26, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina

Sep 11, 2018
Rated: 5 by estruntz from Maryland

Jul 03, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

May 21, 2018
Rated: 4.58 by Slack from Virginia

May 16, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by Tim725 from New Jersey

Apr 28, 2018
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Reviewed by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Foolery from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 222 ratings