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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Abbey-style Quadrupel Aged in Virginia Bourbon Barrels
Hardywood Bourbon Cru is brewed in the fashion of the abbey quadrupel, the grand cru of many of Belgiums revered monastic breweries. Bourbon Cru displays a sunset orange hue with a substantial head and brilliant clarity after months of barrel ageing. The maturity and melding of flavors brought on by the freshly drained, half-decade old Virginia bourbon barrels from Fredericksburgs A. Smith Bowman Distillery lends an extraordinary sense of harmony to Bourbon Cru. Almond toffee and oaky vanilla aromatics give way to dark cherries, raisins and mature whiskey. A bit of plum flavor is greeted by caramel overtones and an assertive yet incredibly rounded body and a lingering, bourbon-laced finish.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
babymaddy (6) - richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2012
750 ml, caged and corked bottle. Drank one of my last bottles of this last night. The bourbon is the first thing I notice in the aroma with hints of caramel, molasses and toffee and a slight hint of vanilla. This beer has a nice warmth from the alcohol and the vanilla comes through more in the flavor than the aroma. An almost full bodied beer in terms of the mouthfeel with a nice lasting finish. Very fortunate to have this brewery in my backyard!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6270) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2017
At the 2017 Superbowl Bottleshare. Smells like caramel and bourbon. Taste is bourbon and caramel. Very heavy, slick palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (25233) - Malm, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2017
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel and dark fruit aroma with weak hints of bourbon. Sweetish malty woody bourbon caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty woody bourbon caramel and dark fruit finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blueshockey24 (563) - Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle. Pours reddish hazy amber. Aroma is sweet fruity toffee bourbon. Taste is sweet raison prune fruitiness with toffee bourbon sweet finish. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2979) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Deep Amber color with a hint of white head. Boozy, raspberry and vanilla aromas. Boozy bourbon flavor up front then some subdued cherry and sweet malty body, with light carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luvystypotables (1831) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Aroma with a hint of smoke, bourbon whiskey, plums and caramel. Pours a hazy copper color with a lasting white head. Taste of sweet caramel, fruit and whiskey. Medium body with a sweet bourbon finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18841) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle at Chris and Ruths place after GBBF 2016, Wednesday. Cloudy amber beer with a small head. Fruity woody aroma, caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla notes, some grapes and raisins. Fruity woody flavor, vanilla, spicy, bourbon notes, caramel, toffee, raisins, some figs. Great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1736) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2016
Whiskey aromas and some toffee and slightly sour fruit. Vanilla. Lots of warm alcohol notes, dark berry, vanilla and raisin. The refined quad and the 12%ABV push back against the heavy richness of the bourbon aging in a unique way. Its very effective at balancing the palate, and its delicious, too.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (23021) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle in cropredy 2016 day 3... Dark brown black... Thin tan... Soft sweet yeasty toffee fruit nose... Rich sweet fruit.. Large sweet yeasty toffee fruit.. Sweet toffee malts... Rich cake fruit Lightest Bourbon.. Its certainly not killing it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (10184) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Craig (cheers Craig!) had this at Fairports Annual Reunion Festival, Cropredy Saturday 13th August 2016 Soft in the mouth, really warning, there is a nice carbonation to this , dangerously drinkable. Toffee and caramel and a little nuttiness, chewy and fruity there is also a little spice, its quite good. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (15024) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2016
Bottle shared @ ChrisO after GBBF Day 2. Nice dark red color, small beige head. Aroma is malts, sweetish dark fruits, bourbon, wood. Taste malts, caramelised sugar, bourbon, wood, sweetish. Medium to full body and suitable moderate carbonation. Very nice.


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