Ruse
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #28
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
95
Ranked #903
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 7.01%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
108
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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
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Photo of VoodooBear
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 750 mL brown bottle with the bottling date printed on the glass. Served in a Teku.

Appearance: The thin, very dark tan head goes away almost immediately and leaves behind some lacing in small spots as well as a brown, oily film when swirled around the glass. It's a pure black color.

Smell: There's plum, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, cocoa, leather and wood.

Taste: There chocolatey notes at first with some vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. It finishes with a dry, alcoholic, fruity, red wine finish.

Mouthfeel: It's extremely thick, rich, creamy and oily with low carbonation.

Overall: An exceptional beer that stands by itself without leaning too heavily on the wine barrel character. It's definitely there and adds some nice, subtle variety on the nose and palate but isn't defined by it.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional balanced flavors that dance on your tongue and tickle your senses. Had poured out of a bomber into a snifter glass. Pours dark chocolate with a frothy head.

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Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at SAVOR 2017. This brew was very roasty and sweet, with tons of barrel character but not much red wine noticeable. It had a hot and sticky finish, but it was otherwise very rich and delicious.

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Photo of avalon07
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A powerful, bracing aroma of chocolate, malt, a vinous quality, and oak.

T: Like the aroma, the taste was very big: Tons of malt, a lot of chocolate, a mild milky quality, a huge amount of the advertised red wine, a hint of oak, and tinge caramel. While the booze from the red wine is quite noticeable, it never overpowers the other ingredients. A complex flavor.

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

O: This is a massive beer that assaults your palate; it's certainly not for amateurs. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black with a beige head that fades completely. Huge chocolate aroma with notes of vague fruit. Taste follows with boozy barrel accents. Full texture with low carbonation. Outstanding.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 Vintage
750ml cork and cage bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours jet black with a motor oil consistency, producing a dark brown foamy head that has short retention before leaving just a ring behind

S- huge red wine notes pour out of the glass, bringing aromas of black currant, plum, black cherry, red apple skin, anise, dried cranberry, leather & earthy/woody oak. The base beer brings undertones of milk chocolate, vanilla cream, milk sugars and caramel.

T- red wine is immediately noticed up front with notes of black currant, black cherry, red plum & red apple skin. Mid-palate brings rich dark milk chocolate, vanilla whipping cream, molasses, caramel/toffee & fig. The finish gives woody oak and has a surprisingly dry, tannic linger

M- thick and viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy silky mouthfeel and a velvety finish that lingers with just a hint of alcohol warmth

O- an outstanding barrel treatment adds multiple layers to the base beer, rich dark fruit throughout, outstanding

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a very light and bubbly creamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice brown ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is really good to look and very alluring. It's a deep melted milk chocolate black with a nice syrup like texture that shows it definitely has some heft to it.

The smell is fantastic with a lot of subtle notes that blend in well with one another. The beer has a fairly strong wood note emanating from the beer along with a subtle red wine note that is hard to detect. The chocolate note is actually the second strongest note underneath the wood. The chocolate note comes off as more of a bitter milk chocolate than a dark chocolate note. Other notes such as vanilla are just as subtle. The smell also has a slight alcohol note that you normally find in wine, which works very with the other notes.

The taste is fantastic. The taste has a delicious milk chocolate note mixed with cocoa. The red wine wooden barrel note underneath the beer notes are fairly moderate and pretty good. The red wine note is subtle and berry like that comes out more in the taste than it does in the smell and adds an interesting contrast to the sweeter notes with a slightly acidic and sweet note.

The feel is good. It's a heavy bodied but feels a bit lighter and easier to drink than expected. The feel is milky and slightly viscous with a slightly tingly carbonation that adds a nice tickle to it. There is a slight thinness to the beer but adds rather than subtracts from the beer.

Overall, this was an enjoyable beer and worth the hassle getting my hands on it. The notes are fairly complex but blend very well together to create a delicious and indulgent beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, one finger offwhite head, good retention, not much lacing. Smell is lactose, milk chocolate, red vinous character, slight green pepper. Flavour is more of an astringent red wine mixing in with milk chocolate and cocoa. The red wine barrel is a bit strange. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy, with a slightly dry oaky finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another great barrel aged Stout from Hardywood. The wine barrel works a lot better than I anticipated it would. It added a lot of flavor depth, providing just a touch of acidic tartness.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a pretty silky looking dark black, with a small head, a good amount of lacing.

The red wine barrel-aging seems to have super accentuated the fruity aspects of this beer, I get dark cherry, sweet red wine, raisins, plums, all drizzled in luscious milk chocolate syrup. There's a bit of roastiness on the nose, but not a ton.

This is definitely a very sweet beer, but luckily it doesn't get off-putting or overwhelming. The red wine barrel is very present, adding a nice layer of fruity sweetness to the beer. Whatever wine was in the barrel originally seems to have been a pretty sweet one. There's sweet cherries covered in chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, a little bit of roast, and light oak.

This is medium bodied, with a pretty creamy mouthfeel, and a normal level of carbonation for the style. The alcohol is not really present at all, which is a feat in itself.

It's always cool to see well done BA stouts in "alternative" barrels. Bourbon can get kind of boring sometimes.

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Photo of KevSal
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

thanks kevin you always blow me away

750 poured into a perfect stout glass

looks great, super dark, dark chocolate head. awesome label

aroma is muted at first but as soon as it comes up it's great! wine and barrel come first, great roasted malts, ends sweet

taste is fantastic! wine barrel with the base is phenomenal, might be the best wine barrel beer i've had in a long time. great balance in this one with a big roasted and tasty base

mouthfeel is thick and juicy. flavor coats the younger and lingers. zero alch

overall this is another home run. the base is fantastic, i've had it before and loved it, had it in apple brandy barrels and loved. now i'm having it in wine barrels.., and love it! just a notch below the ab version. hardywood has it right!

thanks kevin!

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Photo of Slack
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with a semi circles worth of head. A nice bit of lacing on a sip and swirl.

Nose is chocolate and cherries, a bit of molasses, a bit of oak, and some subtle sweetness.

Taste is sweetness mixed with oak, chocolate, molasses, and red wine on the backside.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and smooth. Carbonation is medium to low. Finish is dry.

Having now tried all three of the barrel aged Cassowary's, I gotta say this just might be my favorite. The red wine barrel adds such a nice flavor. It's not too sweet, not too dry, very balanced. Would love to see Hardywood keep up the trend with a rye whiskey barrel.

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Photo of gopens44
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big, bold mocha colored head that leaves virtually no lacing atop this pitch black beer. Nose is massive molasses, caramel and Tootsie Roll. Tart up front, next taste is dead on Tootsie Roll. Following that fun is the tart's explanation a little, as a slightly vinous quality surfaces. Not overwhelming, but I do find a bit of wine drenched oak on the exit. Feel is one of a kind. Super silky, cloying in a way that covers the entire mouth. Aftertaste is only slightly sweet with a decent amount of coffee lingering.

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Photo of Riff
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black color with a thick, almost finger and a half brown head. Smells of milk chocolate, malts, and red wine, thinking merlot or pinot noir. Tastes of red wine up front, quickly followed by darker chocolate, hint of malts, then fading into milk chocolate. Creamy, smooth stout.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Brewery. Fantastic stout. The red wine barrel aging is different and wonderful. Big tan head. Creamy smooth mouth feel. This is a more than equal partner to the Trickery, Foolery trinity.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: pours pitch black with no head
S: sweet wine barrel
T: huge wine, starts sweet but turns drying like a big cab. There are some chocolate notes but the wine is overpowering all.
F: smooth, but drying.
O: too much wine, needs to be double barreled with bourbon.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours inky black with a dark tan, foamy halo of carbonation lingering throughout the session. The nose is a little roasty, some milk chocolate, alcohol, and wine (minimal). The taste fills in some of the nose's lackings - wine chocolates, barrel, and a boozy burn that lingers. Although this is a big beer, the alcohol's muted by the beer's chocolatey sweetness, fluffy carbonation, and semi-dry, tannic finish. The beer was served at 55 degrees, but improved as it warmed. I can't say I prefer this over Trickery, but it's a really nice beer (just wish the nose was more wine-forward).

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Photo of Hopislovehopislife
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this in a trade from one of my good friends in Virginia. He told me it was much better than he expected and what people expected. I was told there was only maybe 200/people at the release. But I was surprised with this beer, red wine is not something I drink often and really isn't my thing. But this really shocked me, lots of chocalate, good rich roasted malt, coats the tongue well and lots of body. Pours like motor oil, and is pitch black. Lots of dark fruit and cocoa on this with nice hints of almost a leather characteristic. It also is complemented nicely with the barrel. Best milk stout I had in 2015, also my favorite beer I've had by trickery I'd say it's clearly better than trickery and foolery.

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Photo of tclipse
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A touch sweet for my liking, but an awesome beer regardless. It is what you would expect it to be- Trickery/Foolery with a red wine kick. I expected this to be the lesser of the three by a decent margin, but it beat my expectations handily. Seek it out.

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Photo of vicinandp
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I thought I was going to hate this beer initially because I am not a wine fine at all. So imperial milk stout age in wine barrels but damn was I wrong. This beer is phenomenal. I like this beer the best of their brewery only barrel releases. Pitch black , mocha brown head,very roasty coffee aroma with nice hints of wine and chocolate. Probably one of my favorite beers Ive had

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Photo of xt0n1cx
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted Ruse at the release and it was one of the best beers I have ever had. Very deep flavor and the beer really picks up the barrel characteristics. Awesome job Hardywood!

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Photo of Nfotiu
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For the style (actually for any style), it is pretty much perfect. It is a very big beer, and very complex. Had the 3 oz taster on the release and waiting for a special occasion to drink the bottle. Fantastic, big, full, mouth taste, surprisingly not too boozy. Just a great, big stout with a port finish.

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Photo of TheCobbgoblin
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never thought an imperial milk stout aged in red wine barrels wouldn't be great. Wow was I wrong. So tasty, with great flavors of chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of leather. Best BA milk stout I've ever had

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Photo of mozif
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a pour at snallygaster. Wonderful beer. Dark pour with medium tan head. Huge roasty smell with a big wine barrel character. I think this spent 18 months in the barrels and it's super thick. One of best moutfeel of a beer ivr had in a while. Wish more was made. Quality beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a tulip taster, the beer is jet black, with a foamy, light tan head. Nose of roasted coffee, campfire smoke, red wine notes, woody highlights, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Flavors are tart and dry red wine characteristics forward, with chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, brown sugar, caramel, and subtle smoky overtones. Rich, smooth, velvety layered body. The aftertaste is tart red wine notes, chocolate, roasted coffee, and a subtle sugary linger. Layered, smooth, rich finish. Great beer.

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Ruse from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 108 ratings