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Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

542 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 469
Gots: 130 | 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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JJStout83

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-26-2013 00:26:04 | More by JJStout83
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firedwarftj

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-25-2013 01:12:54 | More by firedwarftj
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Flashyspoons

Florida

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-24-2013 22:11:39 | More by Flashyspoons
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hornsup

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-22-2013 17:44:59 | More by hornsup
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-18-2013 20:20:03 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-18-2013 16:34:36 | More by DaveHack
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circus_cat

Virginia

4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THIS. THIS. THIS.

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 14:41:37 | More by circus_cat
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Soto

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-17-2013 04:36:14 | More by Soto
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HopVA

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

11-17-2013 04:35:34 | More by HopVA
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Zraly

Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. Bought this last night (11/15) at the pre-release sale at the brewery. Bought the glass to go along with it and am using that for tonight's drinking.

Pours black with a a two-finger head. Looks great and as a stronger stout should. Smell upfront is quite subdued but opens up a bit more as it warms. Chocolate wrappers, cinnamon and ginger come forward.

Layer upon layer of flavor. Starts off with a very apparent chocolate note. The chocolate takes a turn and morphs into vanilla bean, which then tops off with cinnamon and a sharp ginger finish. Sweet but not cloying. Well-balanced. Medium to medium-full bodied. The mouthfeel is so good it makes me mad: creamy silk that lets the ginger linger on it way too easily. I cannot emphasize enough that the snappy ginger in the finish is very nice and is reminiscent of a gingersnap cookie.

Extremely good imperial milk stout that would be criminal with any vanilla-based desserts. Interestingly, though, I paired mine with a roast pork loin that was baked with a maple-cinnamon-cayenne blend. The pan drippings were then deglazed with rum and butter. I served this up with creamy parmesan grits and braised cabbage. It was surprisingly good and I would suggest not limiting yourself to dessert only. Of course, by itself, this can carry its own weight if you just want to let it shine on its own.

As an aside, I would be interested in what Hardywood could do with the base of this beer. That is, what does their straightforward milk stout taste like? It seems like it is structured around a very solid milk stout formula and that could be interesting for a year-round offering. I really appreciate big beers or experimental beers that, underneath, remain relatively true to style. I feel as though GBS has that quality to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 00:42:34 | More by Zraly
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timc13

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-16-2013 21:50:48 | More by timc13
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-16-2013 21:05:42 | More by jtladner
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -7%

11-16-2013 19:51:49 | More by Dreadnaught33
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thegrimone

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

11-16-2013 06:26:01 | More by thegrimone
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Reappropriated

California

4/5  rDev -7%

11-16-2013 05:10:45 | More by Reappropriated
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MCain04

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a Surly Darkness tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown, with a large frothy beige head, good retention, some lacing.

Smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, other spices, some sweetness and toffee.

Taste is gingerbread and nutmeg, some milk chocolate and vanilla, nice spicy notes.

Mouthfeel is moderate to high carbonation, medium bodied, nice dry finish, a little too fizzy to be called smooth though.

Overall, this is probably better fresh, but is still a very solid spiced stout which is enjoyable by the fire on a nice cold night.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 03:43:41 | More by MCain04
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koopa

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-12-2013 04:20:27 | More by koopa
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep near black brown with a creamy one finger head that fades, very light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, ginger and a hint of cinnamon.

Taste of ginger, dark malt, cinnamon with a slight honey sweetness. As the beer warms the gingerbread dominates the taste.

Mouth Feel is medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall this was a very good stout, highly recommend it, if you can find it. I look forward to drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 21:54:35 | More by dtivp
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-04-2013 19:13:39 | More by KVNBGRY
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Mike! Dark brown, nearly black pour with a beautiful caramel-colored two finger head with super retention and lacing. The nose is nutty and roasty with nice ginger and cinnamon notes along with hints of coffee, mocha, and some subtle nutmeg and clove. The taste is roasty, nutty, and spicy with loads of cinnamon, ginger bread and coffee along with hints of brown sugar, tobacco, cocoa, vanilla, and some subtle smokiness. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with medium carbonation and a sweet, bitter finish. Overall, this really exceeded my expectations. I figured it would be sickly sweet, but it was beautifully balanced, complex and flavorful. My first Hardywood beer, but definitely not my last...

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 22:07:49 | More by beerdrifter
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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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bcrossan

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-27-2013 23:52:55 | More by bcrossan
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Adamostella

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-25-2013 22:30:56 | More by Adamostella
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mrn1ceguy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-24-2013 17:25:31 | More by mrn1ceguy
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

10-12-2013 03:02:54 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.