Review: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Oyster Stout | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Small Stout

ABV: 5.5 IBU: 35

89/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Oyster Stout

What the brewers say

Brewed using authentic Rappahannock River oysters brought to us by Rappahannock Oyster Company. Those briny bivalves impart a slight salinity that is followed up by rich, roasted chocolate malts and a silky mouth-feel.

What our panel thought

Soft and unassuming nose with a chocolaty aroma with some ambiguous dark fruits—plum or dark cherry. Pleasant middle-of-the-road stout character with a somewhat earthy, saline note. Flavor is more of the same dark-fruit dominance with a dry, bitter finish. Good balance, medium-bodied with lingering chocolate sweet-ness and a roasted bitter finish.

What our editors thought

Rich chocolate notes lay over a hint of salty seawater and a bit of almost saison-like fermentation ester. The sip carries that ester forward with soft chocolate notes throughout.

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