Bourbon Barrel Aged Cru
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
A Note on This Beer
Guess who Thrillist called “America’s Beer City” in January.
No, it wasn’t Denver or anywhere in the beer-saturated Pacific Northwest. It was Richmond, Virginia!
The city’s craft scene has exploded since local brewing laws were relaxed in 2012, and its number of breweries per capita ranks among the highest in the U.S.! Everyone from Men’s Journal to Forbes declares Richmond a top beer destination.
And the brewery at the very pinnacle of this brew-topia is Hardywood Park.
This is the first time we’ve had their beer on Tavour, and we couldn’t be more excited. Calling out their “blockbuster beers” Thrillist named Hardywood THE Best Brewery in Richmond!
Today’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Cru is your introduction to Hardywood Park’s mastery.
And man, what an introduction it is! The Hardywood Park team aged this Abbey-style Quad in five-year-old Virginia bourbon barrels for rich notes of oaky vanilla and toffee swirled in caramel. Whispers of almond, dark cherries, and raisin deepen the complexity of each sip, while subtle ripe plum comes through on the finish.
Let each mahogany mouthful linger, and it’ll warm you in woody, brown sugar goodness right down to your toes. Of course, that’s also the 12% ABV doing its part.
Untappd’s @Jeff T. perhaps says it best: “Dayem! I have died and gone to heaven! Home sweet home!”
Rated 4.15 on Untappd; 91/100 on BeerAdvocate
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A little flat and not as boozy as expected
Something about this tasted a little off
Nice flavor notes, but unfortunately they seem weak and watered down.
Gorgeous silky smooth with layers that reveal themselves long after swallowing.
If any of you have had the pleasure of tasting a really well made fruitcake, you will realize upon tasting that this brew is a well made fruitcake in liquid form. Amazingly complex with tons of candied fruit flavors macerated in boozy ambrosia. Fabulous!
More boozy than flavorful
Solid but undistinguished.
Pours rich brown with no head, though effervescent bubbles are apparent. Smells of overripe fruit (raisins, cherries, prunes) with slight tobacco and bourbon aromas. Body is medium with balanced bitterness (maybe tilted to malt a bit). Tastes of prunes, raisins, leather (if leather had a flavor) and sweet malt. Bourbon is not overpowering. In fact it’s a bit on the subdued side and is quite nice to not hit you in the face). Finishes with some residual sweetness but not cloying. Well done.
Gotta be kidding me! This BA quad is next level. Hardywood outdid themselves aging this one. It’s got just enough sweetness from the quad, and then you get hit with the BA/cherry goodness taste coming through.
This was an excellent beer. Well balanced and quite tasty despite the richness of the flavors.
Really good. Great barreling, strong bourbon notes.