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Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 531
Gots: 196 | FT: 24
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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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

ctrevino, Monday at 06:39 PM
Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Very excited to try this beer. Expectations are high. Enjoyed out of a Hardywood Singel Tulip.

GBS pours pitch black, with solid head retention. The first thing I notice is the powerful scent of ginger, complimented by chocolate and a bit of char. To me, this smells more like ginger than gingerbread.

The taste follows the nose. Chocolate, lacto sweetness, and a bit of roasted malt, and then BAM! Ginger! Again, I'm getting a lot more pure ginger than gingerbread, but from what I understand this beer was brewed with ginger, rather than gingersnaps, or something of the like. The carbonation and viscosity are just about perfect. The flavors meld together quite nicely, but it did get a little sweet for me as it warmed up over the course of an hour. I supposed I wish the ginger and sweetness were a bit more subtle?

All in all? It's a good beer that I enjoy in small doses. It's a dessert beer for me due to the aggressiveness of the ginger and the overall sweetness of the beer. I wouldn't quite describe it as cloying, but it's close. Now I need to try the BA version!

JMUbrewz, Monday at 03:25 PM
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Camjmorton, Monday at 02:33 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Travitten, Monday at 02:15 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Bluebirds125, Monday at 12:55 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

shredder83, Sunday at 10:34 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

_RL_, Sunday at 10:29 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

EuphonicHops, Sunday at 10:03 PM
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4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

Jtalley1138, Nov 23, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +9.5%

gillespiea23, Nov 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

theDrunkenSailor, Nov 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

beerdave, Nov 22, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Drifter1, Nov 22, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

MarquisDeJohn, Nov 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Rtate6001, Nov 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Jared14, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

On tap:
Looking at the bottom of my first glass, can tell the beer is lacking any haziness, and may be more dark brown than black. I get little head in the new pour (which was to the brim). Even the collection at the edges is quite thin, however. The nose is graham cracker, cinnamon, of course ginger. Ginger snap is in the impression I get.

To me, this beer needs a little warming, which isn't abnormal for a stout, but I also don't think the improvement in that difference between cold and at temp is as great as in other stouts. The front tastes are definitely roasted malt standards, bitter coffee and some cocoa to me. The ginger adds a bite early into the transition to mid-taste, which itself adds the ginger snap spices to the flavor profile. I think the ginger bite makes up for what I do believe is a flatter beer. The body is actually pretty full, and there is a balancing bitterness that keep this from being a pure dessert beer. There is also a sort of oily lingering feel.

Definitely a decent beer, and a fairly unique one to my experiences. I'm not sure it resonates with me, but I can appreciate why others like it. Won't avoid it in the future, for sure.

cjgiant, Nov 21, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +5.8%

hops202, Nov 21, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +4.9%

Halfbrother83, Nov 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

DeadWalkerAir, Nov 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

fthegiants, Nov 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

oskinker, Nov 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Moses_Malone, Nov 19, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%

SicEmChris, Nov 19, 2014
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.