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Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

591 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 500
Gots: 135 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Hopsiam14, Jul 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

heavenlyStash, Jun 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

carterbt, Jun 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

johnyb, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

BeerBuddy2122, Jun 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

otrejo, Jun 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

JoninVT, Jun 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Dorsch, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

ravot, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
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

MDDMD, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Etan
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.

Etan, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Pecan, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

OddNotion, May 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

KohlbeckM, May 27, 2013
Photo of BrewerB
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.

BrewerB, May 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

mikeincharleston, May 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

drgonzo2k2, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

mkirkland80, May 18, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
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.

tectactoe, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

mrebeka, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jaminjohnson, May 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

dfhhead25, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

ADTaber, May 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

ScottP, Apr 30, 2013
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 591 ratings.