Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #28
Ranked #902
4.42 | pDev: 7.01%
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 108 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by VoodooBear:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 enelson
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenMind
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 monarchs20
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

By far and away the best beer Hardywood has ever made. Just phenomenal.

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Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 siege06nd
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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 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 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 LeeEvolved
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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