Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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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
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
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
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
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.
02-14-2014 03:34:53 | More by chinchill
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
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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