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Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

533 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 463
Gots: 125 | 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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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and decent lacing

S-chocolate, cinnamon, ginger, molasses, spices

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, ginger, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, slight honey sweetness

F-medium body with mild to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-this was a delicious stout, the flavors worked well together and allowed this beer to have a nice complexity and balance

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 18:15:33 | More by MDDMD
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a snifter.

A. Brownish-black with a large light-beige head.

S. Fresh ginger, all-spice, roasted grain, some vague malty sweetness behind.

T. Pretty roasty, with a relatively restrained spice profile, mild honey, dry cocoa.

M. Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation

O. This tastes pretty nice, and compares favorably to other gingerbread stouts I've had due to a bit of restraint in the spice department. It's over-carbonated, though, so the mouthfeel suffers.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 16:43:47 | More by Etan
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Pecan

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-03-2013 06:21:17 | More by Pecan
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OddNotion

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-31-2013 17:38:18 | More by OddNotion
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KohlbeckM

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-27-2013 21:56:11 | More by KohlbeckM
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BrewerB

Florida

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks goes to miikezombie for sending this my way. Apparently this one's quite highly rated here by both users and The Bros so I'm looking forward to it. Despite the recommendation of a pint glass, I'm pouring this 9.2% ABV stout into a snifter from Cigar City. Dark brown/black in color with a thick mousse-like light tan head. Ginger comes up quickly in the aromas with cinnamon and a touch of vanilla. There's a picture of a gingerbread cookie on the label and they certainly nailed the aroma. More of this cookie-like quality comes through in the flavor with cinnamon taking a bigger leap forward. Still lots of ginger. Milk chocolatey. Certainly hop flavor was an afterthought here though there's enough bitterness to keep things from going off-track. Silky velvety texture with sufficient carbonation. While it may be 5 months past Christmas this is still tasting fantastic. Certainly one I'd like to revisit again down the road, perhaps in the appropriate time of year and a tad closer to bottling.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 05:24:23 | More by BrewerB
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-23-2013 02:07:02 | More by mikeincharleston
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drgonzo2k2

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-19-2013 14:27:24 | More by drgonzo2k2
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Photekut

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-19-2013 00:47:36 | More by Photekut
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mkirkland80

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-18-2013 02:20:55 | More by mkirkland80
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 23:24:47 | More by tectactoe
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-12-2013 02:15:14 | More by mrebeka
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-08-2013 03:12:29 | More by jaminjohnson
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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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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

05-03-2013 00:34:43 | More by ADTaber
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ScottP

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

04-30-2013 00:34:05 | More by ScottP
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CanisMajor

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-28-2013 19:19:06 | More by CanisMajor
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark brown / black with a toffee colored head and adheres to the sides of the glass like sticky cotton candy.

S - Ginger spice and chocolate, cinnamon, and spices.

T - Ginger, cinnamon, spices, chocolate.

M - Thicker medium body with cinnamon.

O - A very unusual and flavorful combination, highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 20:57:16 | More by jzeilinger
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL from the fall '12 release. poured into snifter.

A: pretty close to black body. opaque. frothy brown-white head has great retention. tons of froth left behind on the glass. a good looking brew.

S: a bunch of fresh ginger combines with sweet unfermented sugars. slightly chocolate. not milky, but definitely some chocolate in there.

T: lots of cinnamon starts the drink off. even more ginger. molasses-like thick sweetness. finish has a slight bitterness to it, but otherwise predominately sweet. a little bit of grain too.

M: frothy and full. medium/full bodied.

D: this thing certainly has plenty of elements of gingerbread, however a few are missing. nutmeg for sure and cant say im getting too much clove either. that's me being picky. otherwise a very tasty, very unique stout from gingerbread. I recommend drinking it around the holiday's!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 13:19:06 | More by Jimmys
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.2%

04-21-2013 19:59:31 | More by deapokid
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Bluecane

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

04-21-2013 06:30:20 | More by Bluecane
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JustABeerGuy

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-20-2013 19:10:55 | More by JustABeerGuy
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RyanSchwam

Delaware

4/5  rDev -7%

04-19-2013 16:47:34 | More by RyanSchwam
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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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POTABLE83

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-18-2013 00:34:12 | More by POTABLE83
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.