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Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 481
Gots: 134 | FT: 16
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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with baby ginger from Casselmonte Farm and wildflower honey from Bearer Farms, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout captures the terroir of central Virginia in a rich, creamy libation with a velvety mouthfeel and an intriguing evolution of flavors from milk chocolate and vanilla to honeycomb and cinnamon to a snap of ginger in the finish.

Deep, dark chocolate in color with a mahogany tint and a frothy, caramel colored head, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout offers aromatics of holiday spice originating from the ginger, and balanced with a generous dose of whole Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans and Vietnamese cinnamon. Milk sugar (lactose) contributes to the full body of this stout and tames its roasty character, while oats lend a silky quality. Enjoy fresh, or cellar for a special occasion. We hope Hardywood Gingerbread Stout contributes to your merriment this season.

55 IBU

(Beer added by: TechTriumph on 12-08-2011)
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Reviews by circus_cat:
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4.95/5  rDev +15.1%


The lactose sugars and rich chocolatey, coffee malt characteristics provide an incredibly smooth, velvety base for the vanilla, toffee, and molasses-like honey that springs forward. Then that ginger punch at the end that just lingers around after the silky finish just makes it perfect. This is the first overall 5 I've given and I did it without thinking twice. If you're lucky enough to swing through Richmond during the winter of see the opportunity to get this in a trade, don't you dare pass it up.

11-17-2013 14:41:37 | More by circus_cat
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4.73/5  rDev +10%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Full-on black; milky coffee lacing

SMELL: Cinnamon sugar, ginger, clove, cardamom, toasted raisin bread, icing, clean alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, firm, silky; gingerbread, molasses, espresso roastiness, sweetness, fig, brown malt, bread crust, honey, cinnamon, fresh vanilla bean, lactose sugars

Label says “Gingerbread Stout,” and it delivers. Aroma and flavors are spot-on. Tastes like freagin' Christmas in a bottle actually, with layer upon layer building on the palate with each sip. Hell, they even nailed the damn sugary frosting on the gingerbread man. Run, run, as fast as you can! We want more!

02-14-2013 00:32:47 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-27-2013 12:42:49 | More by DanGeo
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Big thanks to smokeypeat for this one - I love me some gingerbread. GBS pours an intensely dark brown that appears basically black once it groups up in the glass. The cap is nicely foamy and thick, khaki-colored, and has nice retention. Some chunky lacing is left near the top of the glass as well - very nice looking stout.

Hardywood certainly nailed what they were going for in the aroma - lots of warm, sprucy ginger that is met in equal parts by heaps of doughy, cookie-like malts. The combination forms a nice gingerbread cookie aroma that sends you back to making the festive treats during Christmastime. Some other spices lie a little deeper in the aroma, the most notable being cinnamon. Very lively and certainly unique.

Just like the aroma, the first sip explodes with a mirage of flavors that is so delicately reminiscent of the little men-shaped cookies. Gingerbread spice, shortbread, cinnamon, brown sugar... Very sweet and delicate, but balance quite nicely with a slight bit of warmth from the alcohol. The finish has some faint cocoa powder that's easily recognizable, but this beer is all the the gingerbread.

Some light ashiness in the middle-end that seems like it might be from the hops, though the hops themselves induce no extra flavors (no leaves, florals, or anything like that). In all honesty, I'm quite surprised by how much this beer actually resembles a gingerbread cookie. Pretty thick body, lightly creamy and just shy of chewy. Would have like to see just a bit more carbonation, but the mouth feel was still pretty nice.

The people I was with didn't love gingerbread cookies like I did, so they weren't as crazy about this beer as I was. I love gingerbread cookies and I thought this was damn good. A little more complexity or development wouldn't hurt, but they were going for a gingerbread cookie beer and that's pretty much what they got. Sweet without being cloyingly so. Very solid stout for those that love the little cookie-men.

05-12-2013 23:24:47 | More by tectactoe
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-08-2013 09:20:01 | More by Schlais
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-29-2012 22:24:49 | More by oteixeira
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-08-2012 15:59:16 | More by Todd
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-01-2012 03:28:59 | More by jonphilipp
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

08-12-2014 03:39:41 | More by 77apm
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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

11-19-2012 14:40:51 | More by JoeD15
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

03-08-2013 01:01:07 | More by Snikwad1020
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-08-2012 04:00:41 | More by Jason
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Yukon (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-08-2013 03:12:29 | More by jaminjohnson
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Bottle thanks to Shilt! Served into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown but not completely black. Has a nice, big tan colored head.
S: Smell is spot on! Lots of ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, honey. Reminds me of a gingerbread cookie and creme brulee for some reason. Very nice.
T: I thought it would be overly sweet but it's very nice! Subtle ginger, vanilla, chocolate all blended into a perfectly balanced sweetness. Semi-bitter dark chocolate in the aftertaste.
M: Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Alcohol is well hidden. Carbonation gives a nice, crisp finish.
O: This beer is excellent, I am now on the lookout for the barrel aged version!

01-31-2013 02:23:12 | More by standardcherry
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

01-05-2014 03:12:25 | More by bpfrush
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-02-2012 19:28:17 | More by dogfishandi
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-15-2012 20:39:09 | More by catboy
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

--> 750-mL bottle split between two snifters & a taster (botte-share w/ wittyname & his wife)...

A- One finger of tan, creamy foam that dissipated quickly into an opaque, black-brown brew.

S- The first sniff immediately made me think of...Coca-Cola?! As it warmed, the nose evolved from ginger to gingerbread to oatmeal-raisin cookie.

T- Very ginger-forward with minimal roastiness and some spicy cinnamon. Sweet with notes of molasses and, at times, Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie. Seriously.

M- Chewy, yet smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation. No boozy heat at all.

O- Definitely lived up to my expectations of a gingerbread stout. Would love to snag a couple of bottles every winter to keep me warm 'til spring. Now if I could only get my hands on a bottle of Bourbon GBS...

* Thanks to Kwaide for this trade...yes, that rhymed.

08-17-2013 15:29:15 | More by ufmj
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4/5  rDev -7%

09-08-2013 12:38:13 | More by Cynic-ale
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-09-2013 04:27:48 | More by dmk91
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-13-2014 01:40:26 | More by williamjbauer
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South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%

Hardywood gingerbread stout shared at RBWG-2014

Slight harshness/burn from the ginger.

Aroma is balanced, with a moderate dose of ginger.

The ginger is way more pronounced in the mouth. I did adjust as I drank but it still seemed a bit overdone even at the end.

Full body.

02-14-2014 03:34:53 | More by chinchill
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-16-2013 21:05:42 | More by jtladner
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-10-2012 05:03:24 | More by mocktm
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Appearance - Deep dark brown/black color with a very nice head. Moderate carbonation. Nice head with moderate lacing.

Smell - Roasty chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, pumpkin.

Taste - Chocolate gingerbread cookies. Simple as that. There are some nice vanilla notes in there as well, but you definitely feel like you are drinking a cookie without the super sugary tastes.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. The flavors stick around but there is no stickiness in the mouth.

Overall - Absolutely delicious. Way too easy to drink. It goes down like a dessert.

12-20-2012 03:47:04 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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