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 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 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 Rifugium
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap at the POPE.

Murky, muddy appearance, dark brown chocolaty, with little to no head, leaving greasy film on the glass. I imagine I just got a bad pour, making this the bar's fault. Aroma of dark malts and raspberry jam. Taste of baker's chocolate, raspberry jam sweetness, earthy, or dirty rather. Slick, oily mouthfeel, chewy and somewhat unpleasant, yet still too light/thin for a stout. Tried giving this the benefit of the doubt, assuming a bad pour, but I still got a pretty good idea of what was going on. Too much clashing sweetness going on.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2014. Solid pop off the cork, but the cork is bubbling... this has me a little concerned.

A real nice creamy forming head, very light coffee and cocoa brown colored, with a creamy character to it. Settles very slowly on to a simple dark walnut black body, quite opaque and dark. Some leopard prints of lacing on the glass as well as some minor legs too. Quite nice looking.

Real nice bouquet and aromas. Good smelling raspberry fruit, bursting and nearly juicy. Hints of faint char but nicely balanced. Not overly sweet, and quite fresh sense smelling too. Smells literally like black forest cake in a glass with some nice chocolate which doesn't seem distinct enough between milk or dark. Delicious.

Palate though comes quite fizzy. Really takes the taste down quite a notch. Aftertaste is really lingering and not good, huge amounts of gaseous carbon dioxide and mineral soda water. Luckily with time and warmth it calms down. Mid palate has some nice fruit raspberry juice to it. Some charring noticeable roast, which makes for some nice aromatics with the tight carbonation. Missing lots of chocolate and malt roast depths though here, and has a watery cream character to it.

Still the beer manages to deliver. It hinted to me maybe being compromised but doesn't appear to be. Really missing some creamy mouthfeel and texture to bring it all together, but it's fruit angle is very fun and enjoyable.

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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 dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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 rudzud
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Cork nearly exploded, slow gusher, poured a nice deep dark almost black with a nice foamy, fluffy three finger mocha head that faded to a light creamy head

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, flashes of raspberries, metal, alcohol too.

T - Taste is much. much better than the nose. Big jammy raspberries, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate. Tastes like a raspberry truffle, light sweetness, roasted malts, alcohol hidden well. Shocked at how much better the taste is than the nose, the raspberry is more fruity berry, not cloy at all.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, lighter, alcohol hidden almost entirely. Wish it was a bit heavier/chewy.

O - Overall, a tasty stout. Wish the nose was better, and the mouthfeel was a bit heavier. Still, quite tasty

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a almost black body with one finger khaki head and has an aroma of hearty raspberries, some breadiness and a good amount of tartness thanks to the razzies along with little bits of bitter chocolate. A fuller, heavier stout, definite sipper, the cocoa nibs give off this bitter chocolate vibe that balances well with the sweet and sour/tart aspects of the raspberries. Well balanced as nothing overpowers rest of beer nor does anything bleed or ruin the beer. I like the give and take from the sweet and sour aspects of beer and the ABV is well hidden. Finishes dry, almost cracker dry, and has a bread like filling aspect that makes this beer a slow and delicious sipper.

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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 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 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 Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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 HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours some nice creamy and brown head that takes a while to dissipate. The head also leaves a nice trace of of brown on the top of the beer. The beer itself is an opaque black. The beer leaves some nice lacing behind.

The beer smell has very strong raspberry notes that are tart and mix very well with the darker notes of the malts and chocolate. The other notes are a sweet dark chocolate with a slightly roastier malt smell.

The beer taste is fairly tart and dominates the other roastier and sweeter chocolate taste. Additionally, the beer has a more hoppier bitter note that isn't found in the smell. The various notes mix pretty well and are pretty good.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for a stout with little bit of smoothness. The beer is still heavy bodied but feels lighter than it should be. Carbonation is biting.

Overall, a pretty good raspberry stout and recommended to try at least once.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 PsilohsaiBiN
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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 qchic
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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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