First Anniversary Ale | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
3.78/5
26 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
hardywood.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by VaTechHopHead on 05-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
26
pDev:
16.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Beejay
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been saving this one for a special occasion... So here we go:
A: Pours a fairly light red color, in the glass it is dark black with a good amount of tan head.

S: Oak and vanilla right up front. Light fruit, with berries coming later and a hit of molasses in the finish.

T: Rich and malty with a fruit kicker. Big molasses up front with oak and vanilla, this is followed by a light berry flavor. The finish is light fruit, and toasty caramel, perhaps a touch of burnt coffee. Not a lot of alcohol flavor considering the abv.

M: Medium thick is body, with fairly high carbonation. While the body feels fairly thick, the finish of this beer seems fairly thin to me, I wish it had a little more creaminess to the finish.

O: Decent flavor, although I think the the sum of the parts may not be as strong as just brewing a beer with these flavors. I think the blackberry ale thins out the beer without adding enough fruit character, while the malt and barrel run over much of what the blackberry might have brought to the party. I think this beer could have been better if it was brewed as a blueberry impy stout then aged in barrels. It's a good beer, and definitely something that could sneak up on you.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jdb8507
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to snag a couple of bottles of this, and the first one was so incredibly good I do not know how long I can resist aging the next.

I wasn't a huge fan of the HPCB fruit beers, but the blackberry was the best one. It paired perfectly with the stout, which I am a huge fan of as well.

Good luck find this one, but if you do don't pass up on it. It might be my favorite beer from them, and I have had them all... a lot...

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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First Anniversary Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 26 ratings
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