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Raspberry Stout | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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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

Added by MDDMD on 03-30-2013

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.96/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
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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4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Again these guys have really got something special when it comes to Brewing consistently good beer.

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4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.65/5  rDev +16%
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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4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Badger6
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
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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4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
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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4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +13%
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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4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Raspberry Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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