Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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Reviews by starrdogg:
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Been wanting to trying this for a long time, here we go.
Beer pours a dark brown/almost black with a fluffy tan head. There are a ton of bubbles, making it actually look almost like a glass of Coke. Smell is of winter baking spices primarily with some roasted malt in the background. I don't think I would think "gingerbread" based on the smell if this beer wasn't called what it is. That said, it smells quite nice. Flavor takes it to the next level, however, as I feel like I'm drinking a chocolatey gingerbread cookie. The same winter spices from the nose combine very nicely with the stout base to create something very tasty and well-done. It's sweet, but far from being overly so, and still maintains the roasty stout aspects of the beer without letting the spices take over - very nicely balanced. I get much more "gingerbread" in the flavor, though I still wonder if I would've come to that conclusion on my own. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation and works well for the beer. Overall, this isn't a beer I'd want to drink every day, but it's pretty damn impressive for what it is - a great, well-crafted, unique beer for the holidays.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2012 23:37:43 | More by starrdogg
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3.85/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Almost black. Minuscule khaki head that settles to swirls on the surface.
Smell - Tons of gingerbread. Cinnamon and other Christmas spices. Some chocolate.
Taste - Wow. Lots of ginger. Closer to gingersnaps than gingerbread. Strong cinnamon again. Some chocolate in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe too thin for such a big stout with big flavors. Well carbonated.
Overall - The spices elevate this beyond the what the base stout seems to deliver.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 16:37:24 | More by Alieniloquium
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.