Foolery
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #11
ABV:
13%
Score:
98
Ranked #331
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 7.13%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
220
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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
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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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Reviews by DVMin98:
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This thing looked like pure burnt motor oil. Thick body as it poured into the glass. No head whatsoever. Smell is roasted malts and bourbon. Taste is the same. Not as bourbon-forward as I would have thought, but sweetness and roasted malts. You do get that nice bourbon flavor, but not over powering. It was even better when it hit room temperature. Feel is thick. Love my stouts this way. Overall, this is a near perfect barrel aged milk stout. Loved everything about it.

Jul 31, 2016
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HomerSwim from Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is amazing fresh. Great milk stout recipe. Color and motor oil, sweet smell with bits of coffee, vanilla, and sweet chocolate, tastes great with notes of honey, an amazing balance between the stout and the barrel, drinks great for a 14% beer with minimal heat.

Batch 2 is on par with the first. More bottles though which means more Virginia traders flooding the market with their beer! Oh wait...I'm from Virginia. Sorry, please disregard. Trade with me! Trade with me!

Apr 06, 2015
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mozif from Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trickery base aged in bourbon barrels. Look is almost motor oil black with present carbonation and tan coffeelike head. Smells of bourbon toffee sweet molasses and coffee. At 14% abv it is hidden very well... Not as hot as trickery. Taste is full of caramel tobacco and perfectly balanced bourbon notes. Overall one of my favorite bba stouts. Definitely best of the best of stouts coming out of VA. Worth seeking out.

Apr 05, 2015
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Precog640 from Virginia

4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful beer by Hardywood , the bourbon barrels really come thru. Doesn't taste like 14%. Just as good if not better than Trickery.

Apr 14, 2015
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lillitnn92 from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm just not that into H'wood's barrel program. Balance is always towards the booze.

Apr 13, 2015
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4thelvofbeer from Virginia

4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to my buddy Greg for sharing this 4/11/15. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Immediate strong smells of bourbon barrel, molassess...looks delicious! Surprising this is 14% because no overpowering alcohol taste....Nice sweet taste from this milk stout...nothing was overpowering, very very nicely balanced. Nice silky feel. Another awesome beer from Hardywood...could be the best I've had from them so far (gives GBS a run!)

Apr 12, 2015
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SlothB77 from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The next day and I can still taste this coating the inside of my cheeks and I can still smell this in my nostrils. The finish on this beer is insane. I can't get this beer out of my tastebuds. The body on this beer is one of the largest I have ever had. One day later and I am craving more. Lots of bourbon. Lots of heat. The milk stout base helps smooth out the finish with minimal burn. The bourbon hits first with some notes of coffee, then the chocolate and molasses and the vanilla creaminess at the end. The lingering finish is leather, tobacco, wood and smokey. Extremely manly and musky on the finish.

I preferred the Trickery to this, but mainly because there are so many bourbon barrel beers and not as many apple brandy barrel beers.

Apr 03, 2016
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brocktune from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at the brewery. It pours a thick black with a brown thin head. Coats the glass like oil. The smell is heavy on molasses and vanilla. Booziness and bourbon very apparent in the taste but smooth and not too overpowering. Again the molasses and vanilla are very bold. Overall a fantastic beer.

Apr 02, 2016
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JMFP from Delaware

4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jun 08, 2015
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful chocolate notes (maybe a hint of vanilla), but overall a smooth delicious sweet stout that left me wanting much more after my glass was empty.

May 16, 2016
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atrocity from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 25, 2016
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julielynndubee from Virginia

4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 04, 2015
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fire34fighter from Virginia

4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nov 26, 2016
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DeadWalkerAir from South Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apr 06, 2015
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Run4theRoses from South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 11, 2018
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kamikazeokami from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 04, 2015
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OneEye78 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 27, 2017
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KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 15, 2016
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ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 29, 2016
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Beer4B from Florida

4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apr 27, 2015
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Keananmichael5 from California

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 06, 2017
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Tim725 from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Apr 28, 2018
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Narthax from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 11, 2016
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sposter4 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 01, 2017
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 14, 2018
Foolery from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 220 ratings