In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Hardywood Hoax

Aroma: “Rich dark chocolate up front with lots of booze. There’s some heavily roasted malt that’s a touch inky and some very dark caramel. A touch of umami peeks through with plum, dried cherry, and currants.”

Flavor: “Rich and chewy, lots of dark chocolate and dried fruit, with a strong boozy finish. It’s extremely complex without being cloying. Thick and potent with alcohol lingering in the aftertaste.”

Overall: “The booze wins! Super-

intense with a lot of diverse flavors in small amounts that add up to a great drinking experience.”