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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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 358
Photo of drtth
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +3.2%
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 +0.7%
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 +5.3%
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 Riff
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -14.3%
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 -1%
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 +4.1%
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 +2.2%
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 +12.9%
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 -12.6%
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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Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mellow Mushroom Blacksburg

A- pours a deep brown, almost black color with a small foamy off white head that reduces completely

S- smells of raspberry jam, chocolate, vanilla & cream

T- initially sweet with a nice raspberry purée flavor, followed by undertones of chocolate, vanilla & whipped cream. Slightly toasted malt finish with more sweet raspberry on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into the finish

O- solid choice as a dessert beer, just enough raspberry without overdoing it

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Photo of teromous
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 chinchill
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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 PsilohsaiBiN
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wish this was considerably sweeter, but the raspberry comes out more as it warms. Has a nice velvety mouthfeel and goes down easy. Not a bad beer by any means and the fruit is well integrated, I just wish it was more prominent.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Jeffreysan
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
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 dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good chocolate flavor. Very mild raspberry undertones. Would like to be more raspberry forward. Labeled as fruit/veg beer. Hardly the case. Should be stout

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Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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 qchic
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let it warm up. Out of the fridge, a little medicinal. Nice tart raspberry in the aroma that doesn't overpower the flavor. Drier than expected, and I wonder what a tad more sweetness would do... Certainly way better than most fruit beers, and I'll get it again next year.

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Photo of hophugger
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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 brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Tfols
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid - good initial flavor, as it got warmer it felt like the raspberry got a bit more "chemically" which is often a problem I have with raspberry beers

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of uvachief
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Deep chocolate dark brown with a redish tint. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and raspberries. Tastes much the same. Very sweet. Little hoppy. Not my cup of tea at all.

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