Raspberry Stout | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Raspberry StoutRaspberry Stout

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chocolate Stout with Virginia raspberries

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a finger of chocolate-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic with tons of rich, earthy, bright, inviting aromas of bready, roasted malt, fruity raspberries and dark chocolate filling the air. Reminds me of freshly toasted dark bread topped with raspberry jam and a glass of chocolate milk! There are hints of brown sugar and caramel, too, but the predominate aroma is that of fruity raspberry and toasted malt. Delicious!

Taste: Wow! Exceptionally delicious! Tons of roasted malt up front, immediately followed by sweet/sour raspberries and dark chocolate, like a raspberry/chocolate truffle, as well as some brown sugar-like sweetness. Remarkable! I love this beer!

Mouthfeel: Chewy, creamy and smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9.2%, there is just a hint of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What an exceptional beer! Strong flavors of roasted malt, semi-sweet raspberries and semi-sweet dark chocolate, all in perfect balance with equally perfect aromas and mouthfeel! A raspberry/chocolate truffle in a glass! This is another excellent offering from Hardywood, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite Virginia breweries! Highly recommended!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Dark brownish black/tan with a monster 3 Inch khaki colored, foamy head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Raspberries, dark chocolate, roasted malts, a little molasses and coffee aroma at that finish. Really pleasant aroma that truly smells like a dessert.

Taste - From first sip you get nice fruity raspberries, not some cheap artificial flavor, real raspberries. There, sweet and tart and provide a nice smooth flavor. Cocoa, chocolate and a little coffee add a solid bold flavor that works perfect with the raspberries. Roasted malts along with a nice sour bite comes out at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Truly pleasant tasting, raspberries coat the tongue with a nice sweet and sour flavor. Malts, chocolates and coffee show up on the palate. Aftertaste is sweet berries, and bold dark chocolate.

Overall - Just fantastic really. Smooth, sweet, real fruit berry taste. Has the right amount of raspberries, never becomes sickening sweet or boring. Balance is amazing, every aspect of this beer works together and creates a simply pleasurable liquid drink. World class or sure. Don't think I've tasted a better dessert beer...

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is simply delicious! As soon as I popped the cork, huge burst of raspberries and dark chocolate. Pours a deep brown...not inky black...but a nice warming deep brown color. Stick your nose in the glass...wow...huge raspberry smell. The taste is just as nice...big raspberries, chocolate, really nice...no alcohol at all. So nice and smooth. Overall...another awesome example of a great stout by Hardywood!

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Badger6
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750mL bottle, into a tulip. No dating on the bottle. Let sit for a few minutes to air in the glass.

A: Dark brown, almost black body. No light comes through, not even at the edge. Nice one-finger head, dark tan, slightly fizzy, diminished semi-fast to a ring at the edge of the surface. Light lacing.

S: Malty stout scent. Hints of raspberries. Slight aroma od alcohol, expected at 9.2%.

T: Cocoa flavors meet you right in the front. Stouty maltiness comes in right behind and carries to the end. Raspberry flavors arrive in the middle, carry to the finish. None of the flavors is overpowering, and they all balance well. Definitely a sweeter beer, and finishes with a light berry sweetness.

M: Medium body, with light carbonation. Feels very soft on the palate, with a warmth form the alcohol.

O: HOLY COW! This is great beer. The flavors are well balanced, and the alcohol content at 9.2% is barely noticeable. This is very smooth, and easy to drink...pace yourself, because this is like driving a 911, you're gonna look down and be going 120 without realizing it. Great beer!

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Photo of C20Percent
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Alright -- let's do this. I usually only do reviews if the beer is really bad or really good. I'm happy that this offering is the latter. It was utterly fantastic.

Appearance -- Not inky black like a lot of stouts. This one was a nice dark brown with shades of red -- certainly from the Raspberries. Really nice tan head. Clearly the red-colored hues is the thing that stands out the most. Reminds me of the same color as Backyard.

Smell -- OMG! Now we get to the really good parts of this beer. Some beers just have an aroma that you want to smell forever. You don't even care about drinking it, you just want to sniff it all night. That's this beer. It's raspberry and chocolate -- truffle like. Gourmet smells. No booze or anything like that. Carefully crafted to present to present a high-quality aroma. Can't say enough about the raspberry here. So nice.

Taste -- BAM! Addicted to this. It taste like a Raspberry Tootsie Roll Pop! I once had a Cherry Chocolate Dr. Pepper that tasted just like a Cherry Tootsie Roll Pop. Basically liquid candy. That's what this beer is -- liquid candy. I have no idea how people can say there wasn't any raspberry is the flavor or the aroma. I don't know what they're drinking. Insane how you cannot taste the flavors here.

Feel -- At this point, it's all taste. The mouth feel is perfectly fine. It's not a star here, but it doesn't detract from the finer points of this brew. Sort of like how Russel Wilson just needs to manage the offense; he doesn't need to be Peyton Manning to win. The feel of this beer is like Russel Wilson's football game.

Overall -- Outstanding beer. Stellar. Can't say enough great things about this brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Zraly
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick black with an ample tan head. Very aromatic -- the smell of fresh raspberries wafts around and makes this stout undeniably enticing. The smell is perfect. I had this first on draft at the brewery and loved it so much I brought a growler home.

Rich, dark chocolatey notes predominate and the finish is a snappy raspberry note. No fake or overly-sweet fruit flavors to muck up the flavor or mouthfeel. Soft bitterness rounds out on the palate, which balances out the otherwise very rich, fudge-like characteristic of this stout. A bit of chew and earth. Tastes like eating chocolate cake filled with raspberry puree. Full-bodied and definitely made for dessert.

I was able to convince my non-RIS drinking girlfriend to try this one and she liked it. She requested a glass from the growler with no arm twisting -- and a full glass, not a 3 oz. pour. It's a fantastic dessert beer.

Hardywood Park is consistent in offering quality brews.

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Photo of Chaney
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't get why peeps aren't heaping praise on this fantastic brew left and right.

Split with my wife and served in a "Game of Thrones" glass.

A: Poured black as night and with lots of cocoa web left on the glass.

S: Totally a nose right out of the New Glarus playbook. Deep, rich, fresh raspberry, with a chocolate mask thrown right over the top.

T: Holy cow the raspberry component is the real deal! The chocolate plays second string quarterback but still present.

M: Not too thick, and I think that's a good thing in this setting. This is one of the first stouts I can think of off the top of my head that is a thirst-quencher.

O: One of the best of 2014 so far.

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Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best beer I have had from this brewery. Taste is big time raspberries, sweet and dark chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malt. Tastes like a raspberry cordial mixed with a stout. Excellent dessert beer that I will have to look for again.

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Photo of Riff
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque black cherry with a bit of tan head.
S: It smelled like dry cocoa powder, with a little dark fruit and rich dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and sweet and tart raspberry, with some dry cocoa powder. It had a clean and lasting sweet tart aftertaste.
M: It was thick with fine carbonation. Very nice slick body.
D: This was a great beer, just what you would hope for based on the label. Perfect balance of sweet and tart, but not cloying in the scent or taste. The body was excellent, and the finish was smooth with pretty well hidden alcohol. So easy to drink, but it should be sipped and savored. Might hold up over time, but should probably be enjoyed fresh to get the most fruit character. Solid brew.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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 hophugger
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a great deep chocolate brown with a moderate tan head and tons of fizzy, bubbly lacing coating the whole glass. Aroma will knock your socks off with fresh raspberries and touches of chocolate and malt. Flavor is out of this world with semi-sweet and bittersweet cocoa and very light malt. Finishes nicely with a great balance of cocoa bitterness and fresh raspberry puree. Feels great on the palate, although there is a touch of alcohol burn on this one(9.2% ABV). Will definitely revisit this one again. Definitely a sipper, this one !!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is jet black, oily thick, with a sparse, wispy surface coat of off-white head, and a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. The aromas are tart and sweet raspberry forward, with a solid backbone of bittersweet chocolate. Literally smells like candy. Flavors are bitter roasted forward, with notes of coffee and cacao nib, followed by a blast of raspberry fruit notes both tart and sweet, and subtle creamy sweet highlights. Full bodied, with a dry undertone. The aftertaste is bitter dark chocolate and tart, sugary raspberry. Again, this is hitting the liquid candy realm. Smooth, slow, lingering finish, with tart raspberry notes setting up camp on your taste buds. Great beer.

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Photo of DIM
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

2014 release.

Poured at cellar temperature, I got a glass more than than half full of tan colored foam.

This smelled strongly of raspberries, both tart and sweet. There was a faint syrupy quality that wasn't as pleasant. I also found some cocoa.

This tastes a good deal better than it smells. The raspberry comes across as genuinely fruity and tastes both lightly tart and sweet. The chocolate took a back seat but came across strongly enough to suit me.

The body was a bit too thin and the carbonation to fizzy. Overall though I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a great and wonderful beer, courtesy of traveling claystation. deep and dark in color, almost black brown with a matte finish and over an inch of tan head, comprised of teeny tiny bubbles and lasting good and long, with some rings as it sips on down. it smells raspberry heavy, really fresh and bright, as tart as it is sweet, made bitter and balanced by the cocoa nibs and the well roasted barley malt. some sweeter chocolate notes in the taste, but they are short lived. the raspberry comes on pretty early and sticks with it all the way through to the finish, moving slowly from just a little sweet to just a little tart. great use of fruit in a dark beer. impressive. velvety smooth with a creamy texture that makes its full body seem light, and also reduces the apparentness of the alcohol to a non factor in this beer. earthy roasted barley notes highlight how interesting the fruit really is. fun stuff, thou would never know its strength, and overall a fantastic beer. easily the best i have had from hardywood.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a one finger tan head and minimal lacing

S-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, raspberry, hint of molasses

T-follows the nose with nice chocolate, coffee, roasted malt flavors blended nicely with raspberry and a mild bitter finish

F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel

O-wasn't sure how I would like the raspberry in a RIS, but this was very well done and flavorful and complemented the flavors of the RIS nicely

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Photo of doremite
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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 obywan59
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours not quite pitch black. There's a bit of ruby around the edges when held up to a bright light. a 3 finger brown head recedes leaving light to moderate lacing.

Predominantly sweet/tart raspberry backed by dark chocolate from the glass, with some raspberry truffle with milk chocolate from the bottle.

Raspberry and chocolate again dominate the taste. Both sweet and tart with the bitterness of dark chocolate that is by no means overpowering. Earlier descriptions of raspberry jam are appropriate.

Medium full in body with a light bite of carbonation and plenty of sticky retention on the tongue, lips, etc. Light warmth. Alcohol is well hidden.

The best raspberry beer in my experience. What I had always hoped for when seeing the word "raspberry" associated with a beer, but never realized before now. Raspberry dominates, as it should, but it does not overwhelm. The beer is well balanced, tasty, and easy drinking.

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Photo of Big_V
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Del Ray Pizzaria.
A-1 finger head,deep deep red/blk
S-bitter chocolate, roasted malts
T-very well balanced. Getting raspberry and bitter chocolate notes. Deliciously smooth. Not overly sweet as many have desribed.
M-low carbonation, medium mouthfill.
O-very good brew,only compliant was the finish was a little too dry. The raspberry left a aftertaste. Want to try more from Hardywood.

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Photo of teromous
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black body with a short khaki head that fades to a ring. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: It has this rich roasted aroma mixed with this odd sickly sour smelling thing that I find in a lot of beers that are fermented with real fruit (notably berries). Some coffee aroma and raspberry aroma is in there as well. It doesn't scream out "raspberry" but it is obvious.

Taste: It has this strong pipe tobacco flavor with that coal and sour flavor. It is a strong and memorable flavor that immediately came to mind. It may sound like a very odd flavor but I assure you it adds a great deal of complexity. Sprinkled on that complexity is a light coat of raspberry flavor. It is very well done.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry with a good deal of roasted bitterness to quell any desire to drink this fast. Great carbonation. It feels perfect on the palate.

Overall: It's a great rich and roasted stout with lots of complexity and a good raspberry flavor. There's not much more to say. I would recommend it. It is a very slow drinking beer. The palate is overwhelmed with rich complexity and bitterness from the roasted grains. If you age beers this is one that would probably do very well in the cellar for a year or more to mellow out and merge those complex flavors a bit more. For this reason I would recommend sharing this big bottle of complex beer and saving an additional one for later.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Fills the glass with a fudge brown liquid accented by ruby highlights; the modest head leaves a few squiggles of lacing

Smell: The raspberry tones blend with the roast and the chocolate

Taste: The roast and the chocolate elements jut forward on the palate with the raspberry coming later to add both sweetness and tartness; the more the beer warms the more you notice the tarter side of the raspberry

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Hardywood does a great job with its stout variants and this beer adds another notch in their belt

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large shared bottle.
Pours thick and dark with nice reddish-brown highlights.
Aroma - lots of raspberry here; so much that this smmells more like a fruit beer than a stout.

Flavor: both dark grains and raspberry are obvious although the raspberry is the dominant flavor. Hints of chocolate, Sweet and bitter at appropriate levels.

Overall: a very fruit stout.

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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 Gregaroo
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ah, there they are. Couldn't find my raspberries until the very last sip. If you're against raspberries in your raspberry stout, travel to Richmond, VA. This was poured at TRIA Rittenhouse in Philly. Nice and smooth with little fruit aftertaste (until the last). Go Hardywood!

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