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Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

550 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 478
Gots: 134 | 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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ant880

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-21-2012 21:30:06 | More by ant880
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-21-2012 21:14:43 | More by dtx00
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-21-2012 19:43:57 | More by Kaydogg
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours black/brown with a nice tan head that had some staying power. Aroma is baked gingerbread, some chocolate, slight roast. Flavor was spot on gingerbread cookie, ginger, spice, bread crust, chocolate, roasted coffee. Thick mouthfeel with good carbonation throughout. This beer is an eptiome of what a Christmas beer should taste like!

12-21-2012 19:38:01 | More by CuriousMonk
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mhbarber

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-21-2012 09:57:07 | More by mhbarber
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chippo33

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-21-2012 04:46:55 | More by chippo33
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-20-2012 23:17:13 | More by 2dogbrew
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mcaulifww

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-20-2012 16:23:40 | More by mcaulifww
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

Appearance - Deep dark brown/black color with a very nice head. Moderate carbonation. Nice head with moderate lacing.

Smell - Roasty chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, pumpkin.

Taste - Chocolate gingerbread cookies. Simple as that. There are some nice vanilla notes in there as well, but you definitely feel like you are drinking a cookie without the super sugary tastes.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. The flavors stick around but there is no stickiness in the mouth.

Overall - Absolutely delicious. Way too easy to drink. It goes down like a dessert.

12-20-2012 03:47:04 | More by stereosforgeeks
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours deep brown with a decent sized beige head. Thin layer of retention and some lacing down the glass.

Really does smell like a gingerbread cookie. Ginger, cinnamon, some brown sugar with a touch of vanilla and a bit of roasted malt.

Wow amazingly integrated. I hate most spice beers usually because they are overspiced. This one is good. Spices are in play, but in balance and not overwhelming. It's an adjunct not the main feature, as plenty of the milk stout base comes through. Similar flavors as the nose all mixed well.

Medium bodied with higher carbonation than I care for in a stout. Only downfall of this beer.

Very good beer and probably my favorite holiday spiced ale I've had, but really the mouthfeel prevents it from being world class. I like a smooth velvety mouthfeel in my stouts. The sweet spot where the carbonation had died a bit, but not warm enough for the spices to take over was too brief. Looking forward to trying the BA version of this.

12-19-2012 20:36:50 | More by jmarsh123
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VeganUndead

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-18-2012 20:01:11 | More by VeganUndead
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mojiboo02

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%

On draft multiple times in Richmond. The 2012 version is a bit lighter bodied that the 2011 version, which makes it more drinkable than the 2011 counterpart. I couldn't finish a 12oz pour of the 2011, but the 2012 is a very sessionable 9.6% stout. The taste is very unique and very spicy on draft. Not a big appearance person, but the smell and taste are divine.

12-18-2012 18:25:07 | More by mojiboo02
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cichief

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Had this on draft at Mekong in Richmond, VA. It pours a beautiful dark ruby red, almost black with a deep brown head. Smells of vanilla and gingerbread, very sweet. Although sweet, it is well balanced and has a great finish. This is a wonderful dessert beer, and just a great beer overall. Very smooth, just enough carbonation. One of the best beers I've had this year!

12-18-2012 01:02:11 | More by cichief
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zackcamp

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-17-2012 06:01:35 | More by zackcamp
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

12-17-2012 02:59:03 | More by wagenvolks
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mrterdferguson


5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-17-2012 02:55:36 | More by mrterdferguson
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

12-16-2012 23:32:21 | More by kbuzz
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

12-16-2012 17:23:33 | More by duceswild
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -23.3%

Thanks to Sam for the trade at the BBGBS release!

Refrigerated for about 5-10 minutes before serving. Poured into a Hardywood goblet, a dark brown color, lighter around the edges, with about two fingers of beige head that dwindled to a thick ringlet. This was very strange. At first, the aroma was very acrid and it seemed oxidized to me, with a bit of ginger, cinnamon, and caramel coming through. After letting it sit for a while, this changed quite dramatically, becoming more full of gingerbread cookie, vanilla icing and all, the harshness almost completely removed. The taste was extremely bitter up front. Extremely bitter. There was a definite gingerbread cookie sensation in there, but the bitterness overwhelmed it completely, and again, there seemed to be off-flavors indicative of oxidation. So I let it sit some more. The cookie-ness came out a bit more, but it was still quite bitter and stale, woody and kind of unpleasant, all the way into the aftertaste. It's almost as if a good, yummy cookie flavor wants to come to the forefront, but it just never gets there. Body was about medium, a bit thin for a stout...more like an English stout, or even a brown ale; fairly smooth, but just too harsh in flavor to be enjoyable. I can't imagine these bottles being bad already. The alternative theory is....this is just another over-hyped beer. Not impressed.

12-16-2012 02:03:28 | More by Rifugium
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-15-2012 06:45:23 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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JWing

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-14-2012 17:36:25 | More by JWing
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scottk1969

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-13-2012 17:33:36 | More by scottk1969
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ThatCracker

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-12-2012 18:46:22 | More by ThatCracker
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-09-2012 16:51:31 | More by TheRuss9585
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.