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Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

540 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 466
Gots: 130 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

05-02-2012 13:15:32 | More by sholland119
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

05-07-2013 03:32:53 | More by dfhhead25
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

03-31-2013 13:46:22 | More by Retail1LO
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FleetwoodMatt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

12-01-2013 01:53:30 | More by FleetwoodMatt
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bitterbeerguy

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

12-21-2013 14:42:43 | More by bitterbeerguy
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boxcar01

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

12-24-2013 20:08:13 | More by boxcar01
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GregSVT

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

02-25-2013 06:31:02 | More by GregSVT
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Jordy777

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

04-19-2014 04:20:06 | More by Jordy777
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fredmugs

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

12-27-2013 03:56:32 | More by fredmugs
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

01-13-2014 16:09:36 | More by lunarbrew
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Bartos

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

02-06-2014 02:39:04 | More by Bartos
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark chocolate brown with a big full head that sits on top

S - Fresh ginger and spice dominate this nose against slight chocolate background. Roasted chocolate and vanilla

T - Chocolate, vanilla and gingerbread on the back end. Dark fruit presence in the middle that reminds of really dark chocolate. Slightly artificial tasting gingerbread in the back end. Roasted and astringent chocolate lingers in the finish. There is also a very slight heat from the gingerbread

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Decently astringent near the finish and a slight heat from the ginger

O - Decent gingerbread stout that had a bit too much astringency from the dark chocolate that overpowers the gingerbread aspect. Also, I found it to taste slightly artificial

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 18:36:30 | More by jeonseh
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dirtylou

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 bomb, Thanks @blackie

This bottle of Gingerbread Stout is forever memorialized in my couch cushion. Dark chocolate body, off-putting thick brown foam which typically is the first sign of an unsettling mouthfeel. Perhaps thats just the "terroir of Central Virginia". Jeez, what a joke.

I'm surprised the additions of ginger and honey didn't do it for me, but this just seemed too gimmicky and really disappointing. Worst Christmas ever :(

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 02:43:02 | More by dirtylou
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle served in a Hardywood goblet. Thanks Thorpe.

Pours a ruby tinged cola brown with a light camel colored head that fades to a thin collar with no lace and minimal retention. Smells like a container of McCormick's cinnamon and light vanilla. Powdery, indeterminate spice, mild vanilla, nutmeg, mild and balanced but artificial. Medium light, soft carbonation and a powdery finish, thin throughout. Flavor is a little sweeter up front, honey and chocolate with an all spice, nutmeg and cinnamon in the finish. Balanced and not cloying, but I don't get it. If I want a stout ill drink one, this tastes nothing like one. Watery gingerbread and cinnamon in a glass. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 00:26:39 | More by yourefragile
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 03:34:53 | More by chinchill
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a Duvel glass.

A deep black with no light coming through and a moderate beige head. Aroma is not as strong as I thought it would be. Some ginger with hints of brown sugar and chocolate. Flavor is also tame with a moderate malt sweetness that dominates. Some chocolate as well but very little ginger. It's not quite as thick and creamy as I'd expect from the style.

A good beer but a little dull. I expected more.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 07:19:54 | More by GJ40
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

11-25-2012 04:14:49 | More by rvajohn
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

10-28-2013 07:37:45 | More by GRG1313
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

07-13-2014 13:35:57 | More by KevinGordon
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zach60614

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

01-13-2013 03:20:54 | More by zach60614
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griffeyb

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-31-2013 16:33:35 | More by griffeyb
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

07-01-2013 02:29:06 | More by Hopsiam14
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funhog

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-05-2014 22:45:32 | More by funhog
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mancallede

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-28-2014 13:07:40 | More by mancallede
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.