Raspberry Stout
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Raspberry StoutRaspberry Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,727
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,857
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 11.36%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
407
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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  48
Gots
  97
SCORE
91
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Raspberry StoutRaspberry Stout
Notes: Chocolate Stout with Virginia raspberries
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 407
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/21/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy red raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, raspberries, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge juicy/tart/tangy red raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness; and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy red raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark/brown bread/crust, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, raspberries, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome hop/char bitter/sweet, and fruit tang/tartness balance; with no puckering, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and tart/tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, bready, grainy, sticky, chalky, acidic, tangy, tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 9.2% after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic fruited imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, raspberries, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on with the moderately bitter/tart/tangy/drying finish. Nicely soft, and not overdone on fruit. Fantastic balance of juicy/jammy raspberries, and rich malt complexity; with great earthy hop presence, and restrained fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in an apparently 500ml bottle from which pours a jet black body with huge foaming thick tan head
Aroma big treacle filled stout played against rich fruity raspberry jam
It starts chocolate pudding then a bit of tart fruit then bitter tang

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a nice brown head
The raspberry is present nicely next to the big roasty malts
Strong and drinkable, the beer is very enjoyable. Not too sweet, it has a moderate to high carbonation

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Photo of eldergleam
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I recently turned 21 and I have been waiting so patiently to finally get in the beer game and really branch out there and I couldn't have picked a more perfect local brew than this. I honestly feel like I'll be coming back to this a lot more.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-The beer pours a dark brown, almost black with a finger and a half of tan foam. The head recedes to a thin film with legs of slippery lacing which slide down the glass to rejoin the head.
S- The nose is tart raspberry up front which rides high on a chocolatey malt base. Not complex, but pleasing.
T- Like the nose the raspberry is first up. Unlike the nose the chocolate malt base plays a much bigger part of taste. The raspberry fades early in the mid palate giving way to dark chocolate finish.
F- The mouthfeel overall is solidly medium. Carbonation is light, but prickly.
O- One of the better done fruit additions to stout that I've had. Worth the money if you want to try a stout that's a bit outside the norm. Recommended.

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Photo of Mike_Benson
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

raspberry is hard to pull off, but they did it in a balanced manner. I had high expectations too because I generally like raspberry flavored things. great stout, was super pleased my friend was able to get a bottle to share

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a wine glass to a black beer topped by a dense and long lasting three finger tan head which fades leaving decent lacing
S: Smells of raspberries and dark chocolate
T: Taste is raspberries, chocolate, light roasted malts and a hint of smoke. Maybe a bit oxidized from the age as well as I've had this one for about three years. Swallow is more raspberries and chocolate with some more hints of oxidation. Flavors are very mellow as well.
M: This beer is thick and velvety on the palate while the carbonation is on the low side of the spectrum but is still adequate. The beer has a dry finish.
O: Overall I think this is really good. It has aged well over time but this one is probably best consumed fresh when the fruit notes are a little more vibrant. Well done though and worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a VERY dark brown or black with a light brown head, which lasts a good while. Definite raspberries in the nose. Definite raspberry in the mouth as well, along with a nice roasted malt flavor. Yum!

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Photo of Marraybay
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look - Dark reddish brown as the name implies. Not much head.

Smell - Raspberries; java; chocolate

Taste: Really a nice overall mix of fruit, chocolate, and roasted grains.

Feel: Thick; very smooth and velvety.

Overall: Had this at an event and it was by far the best pour of the night. Would
certainly enjoy having it again.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A growler into a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head.

Bold raspberry nose and honestly not much room for else but maybe some char when you take a deep whiff.

The taste is raspberry upfront then earth and char like coffee and chocolate.

Medium to lighter in body with moderate carbonation. Its decent and different but not something I need to have again.

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Photo of Nosquatch
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It wasn’t a bad beer, in fact it’s a pretty good stout. But...everyone I know has a big but, let’s talk about this big “but”. I didn’t get much in the way of chocolate or raspberry. A little disappointing. Glad I bought at Costco for a good price. Costco...am I right?

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a black color with a thick finger’s worth of off white to almost tan head. Dissipates at a nice even pace. Light messy lacing. The aroma starts with the cocoa and coffee roasty beans. Raspberry develops as it warms. The flavor wraps it all up tightly with a crisp tart red raspberry. Sweet and roasty notes combine nicely. Well blended tart to sweet and roasty aftertaste. Quick dry finish. On the palate, this sat about a medium on the body with a sipping quality about it. Low carbonation. Refined tartness to allow semi-smooth capabilities rolling over my tongue. Overall, actually thought I had this in here, not sure why I found that I didn’t. Glad I did and would love to have again if possible.

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely raspberry forward. If that isn't your thing, avoid this. Deep purple color, raspberry all over the nose and taste, soft creamy mouthfeel. Solid beer.

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Photo of drtth
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Corsondonk goblet a rich dark brown that looks black. There is a 1/4“ light tan head that recedes to a ring and an irregular island of foam on the surface. Sipping creates a few scattered specks and patches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas include the chocolate and raspberry blend up front, with just a hint of roasted malt in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with but with chocolate up front and backed up strongly by the raspberries. There’s also a light touch of roasted malt and bitterness from the roast. Mingled in to the flavor mix are some fruity sweetness and a bit of tartness from the raspberries. There doesn’t seem to be any real hop bitterness showing. The alcohol is well concealed here and noticeable only from the slight warmth it creates after several sips.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with the small bubbled light carbonation. The medium long finish begins as the chocolate and roasted malt recede further into the background, leaving the raspberry, the light sweetness and the touch of tartness to slowly follow them. Finally in the ending there is again some dark roasted bitterness that becomes tinged with a dry hint of the raspberry in the back of the palate.

Overall this is a very well made beer that I’m very much enjoying and one I certainly expect to be having again. In fact I think I’ll get another bottle to have on hand for a special occasion or for a day that needs to be improved by having a special beer. If you think you might enjoy chocolate covered raspberries this is recommended.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep, black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of raspberries, chocolate, malt, and some hops.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of dark chocolate, a good shot of raspberries (not as much you might think), some malt, light hops, and a creamy quality. A very solid flavor that's not as centered on raspberries as advertised. Still, a complex and satisfying flavor.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This isn't the perfect stout, but it's very well done and certainly drinkable. Well worth a look.

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Photo of srw
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black color with a nice tan head that lingers and leaves some nice lacing.
Smell is mostly raspberry with hints of chocolate.
Taste is more sweet chocolate with the raspberries being in the background but they still add a nice tartness. The alcohol is not too strong and the beer improves as it warms up.
Has a nice creamy mouth feel.
Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of gestyr
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in the glass with red tone when held to the light. Nice tan head that lasts. Smells of chocolate, raspberries, dark malt. Tastes of chocolate and raspberries. Well balanced. A bit lighter in body than I expected. Nice warming and bitterness. I would buy again.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisited 1/20/18

The beer pours a dark opaque color with a nice head and lacing. Aroma has chocolate and raspberry hints, the taste follows the nose with the raspberries resounding presence. Medium bodied very well done beer. A good beer from a brewery that consistently puts out good stouts.

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Photo of Riff
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, inky black with about a finger of tan head that takes a while to dissipate. Smells primarily of raspberries and chocolate. Tastes like a chocolate bar with a little bit of raspberry to it. The raspberry is not cloyingly sweet, though it is slightly overpowered by the chocolate. Feel is on the thin side for a stout. Taste washes cleanly away, doesn't tend to linger long. Overall it smells great, doesn't quite deliver on the smell but is still a tasty stout.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells surprisingly tart, lots of tart raspberry, without much of the sweetness usually associated with raspberry. There's also a lot of chocolate on the nose.

This is a tiny bit thin tasting. I usually like my stouts to be less sweet, but I'm actually wishing for a bit more sweetness here- the raspberries add a seediness and a tartness, but barely any sweetness. There's lots of rich creamy chocolate.

This has a pretty thin body, I definitely wish it was much thicker and creamier.

Not a bad effort from Hardywood, but far from their best in the stout department.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks and smells great. Nice balance of cocoa and raspberry with a cocoa bitterness that lingers. I like that the raspberry doesn't taste like cough syrup like in other raspberry stouts I have tried. Mouth feel is a little thin, but not overwhelmingly so. ABV pretty well hidden.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is an incredibly rich black with a coffee tan head.

The aroma is absolutely incredible. Smells like chocolate biscuit and real raspberry syrup.

Taste doesn't quite delivery on aroma. Lot more chocolate with a definite underlying berry note.

Different beer in aroma and taste but both are very good. Excellent sipper.

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Photo of doremite
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thin mouthfeel. Sweetness from the raspberries is nicely blended here. Complimentary rather than dominant. I can't say I am familiar with "the style" but this is an interesting and enjoyable infusion of rasberry into a stout. Definitely worth trying

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice a dark brown, almost blackish in color. Smells or raspberry hit your nose. Raspberry is very prominent on the palate, with a little hint of cocoa. A Very satisfying brew from Hardywood.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinking in Virginia beach on tap wt Keagans. I agree with others, raspberry take a back seat to cocoa. However it is close. However I can see reddish color in a sea of black.

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