Review: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Black Forest Cassowary | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 11.0 IBU: 77

93/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Black Forest Cassowary

What the brewers say

The nose is dominated by aromas of baker’s chocolate and vanilla bean while re-fermentation on black cher-ries gives the beer a silky texture reminiscent of a Black Forest cake.

What our panel thought

A rich velvety stout with layers of chocolate, roast complexity. The cherries add a hint of tartness and a dark-fruit character that pairs well with the vanilla, dark chocolate, and roast character. Sweet but not overly cloy-ing. Good lingering roast to add bitterness on the finish, along with some pleasantly warming alcohol notes.

What our editors thought

A touch of old-style imperial stout bitterness on the nose meters out the potential excess of the other ingre-dients, while on the sip the cherry and coconut push forward into pure dessert territory. It’s rich and syrupy on the sip with a lingering sweet finish.

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