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Hardywood First Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Custom blended by head brewer, Brian Nelson, Hardywood First Anniversary Ale celebrates the end of the brewerys first full year in business. This blend consists of three bourbon barrel aged beers, 40% 2011 imperial milk stout, 40% 2012 imperial milk stout, and 20% 2012 Virginia Blackberry, and offers rich yet mellow flavors of creamy chocolate, oaky vanilla and a hint of bramble berry. A wax-dipped bottle of this unpasteurized ale was exceptional at the time of bottling, but will continue to round out with months, or possibly even years of cellaring.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (12487) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Free bomber courtesy of RABinVA. Thanks Ryan! Pull this out to celebrate my 900th Virginia rating! Pretty sure Ive never had a blackberry milk stout before, so this should be interesting. Pours a clear blackberry color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of mild berries, chocolate, toffee, wood, vanilla. The taste is almost a bit sour. Bright, tart berries, wood, citrus, toffee, booze. Medium bodied. I might like a little more stout character, but overall this is very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamChandler (4571) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2013
plum purple, brown, light head fades fast some tart lactic acid nose with figs and currants slightly boozy, sweet but in a bitter way. some currants and blackberries. tart and roast finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Thanks to D Froms for this! Deep plum colored pour. Definitely blackberry and raspberry, dark fruit, touches of roast, weirdly spritzy on the palate. Weird stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7625) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
22oz bottle pours a watery, mahogany brown with some cloudy, white head. Nose has plenty of blackberry, some toast, some chocolate. Flavor is sweet, fruity, more than just berries, some vanilla, some chocolate, a little licorice. Slightly watery, fruity finish. I wanted a bit more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
dark brown, frothy white head. Nose is muted cocoa and nut, thin chocolate and grain. Flavor is nutty, barky and chocolate, light earth with short finish, chalky body. Pretty plain, few flaws, though sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (2001) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2013
bottle thanks mick! pours near black tan head. licorice and smoked oak aroma. taste is medium thick with lots of caramel and slight barrel flavor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
651mL purplish wax thanks to dfroms! Pours a clear, deep ruby with weak beige foam. Webby lacing. Nose is Twizzlers, tomato, plastic, licorice, pepper. Taste is is pepper, tomato, some umami/savoriness. Strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
scooter520 (185) - - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Appearance: dark brown ruby with frothy white head. Aroma: mild chocolate, roasted melt, blackberry. Taste: oak, mild chocolate, berries, some roasted malt bitterness at end. Mouthfeel: medium to high thickness with medium carbonation. Overall: pretty tasty milk stout with a berry background. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6495) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, coconut, fruit, mint, and faint apple. It pours a hazy orangish-brown with a small beige head. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and caramel. The finish has light-moderate lemon, coconut, bourbon, and fruit. Its medium bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2012
On draft at the brewery for the release party. Clear very dark brown pour with not much light tan head. There is a distinct sourness twinge - but it is more like a slight tartness than a crisp sourness. Sweet and dark berry (which I thought cherry, before finding out it was blackberry). medium body, but maybe a little watery. Roast and a little weird note on the nose that I cant quite place. Cinnamon in the background on the flavor and oakey on the tail end with a little bit of alcohol heat on the finish. Reminded me of New Belgium Clutch a little.

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