Hardywood Savor X

This beer was one that I was excited to pop open. After Savor, some people popped them open on the street and drank them (I’m sure their hangover the next day told them this was a bad call), but I wanted to give it a bit of time. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to Savor’s website, “Exciting news, SAVOR fans! We’d like to share some early details on the 2017 collaboration beer: SAVOR X. This year’s beer (and parting gift to all SAVOR guests) is the result of a partnership between Virginia’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Company. SAVOR X is a robust Baltic porter brewed with Virginia-sourced hops and Colorado-sourced cocoa husks. Here’s what lucky tasters of this one-of-a-kind beer can expect: Aromatics: Dark fruit, caramel, light coffee and milk chocolate. Tasting notes: Rich, creamy, roasted malt; caramel; dark chocolate; rounded bitterness. Appearance: Black with red hue. ABV: 10%. ‘We are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Peter Bouckaert and New Belgium Brewing on this beer for the 10th anniversary of SAVOR,’ said Patrick Murtaugh, master brewer and co-founder of Hardywood. ‘SAVOR X is a 10% ABV Baltic Porter with pleasant notes of roasted malt and caramel. The addition of cocoa husks from Nuance Chocolate in Fort Collins provides a distinct milk chocolate finish.’ Every attendee will leave with a bottle of SAVOR X to savor at home!”

Random: Savor was probably the best beer festival I’ve been to.

The beer poured with no head on top of a dark brown body. Due to how dark the beer was, I couldn’t determine the amount of carbonation. The nose was complex. It had a lot of dark malts, milk chocolate, coffee and dates. The taste was even more complex. The booze made an appearance early, but was easily overtaken by chocolate, dates, caramel, toffee and vanilla. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky sweet with caramel. This beer was free since I went to Savor, but this was a delicious sipper. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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