Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
Notes from a tasting on 12/6. Big thanks to anthony for the share.
Enjoyed from a SH IRS snifter.
watery maroonish black with a thin white head. smells UNREAL. like gingerbread men. tastes the same. gingerbread happiness. VERY festive like a cookie. light bodied. WILD and DIFFERENT. extremely unique and MAD tasty. a little much to probably take on a bottle to yourself, but if you are looking for a beer to blow your family away with this holiday season, this is it.
12-08-2012 02:13:30 | More by cosmicevan
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
Decided to throw my hat into the ring as well and get on board the Hardywood train. Thanks to Gorilla Fist Brewing and Funkybottoms for hooking me up.
A- Pours nicely into my Selinsgrovebrewing snifter. Dark brown cola color with a slowly building head that is a little late to the party but sticks around after showing up fashionably late.
S- Slightly muted considering all the possibilities here. You get it but just not to the level anticipated.
T- Wow, this is wonderful. Lovely combination of ginger, vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon. Pushes the limits and could be on the verge of being too sweet but it never gets there. This beer is the perfect holiday beverage to have around the fire or with a nice piece of holiday pie. On every level, I thought this was fantastic.
M- very satisfying, a little carbed but still is acceptable.
O- I was wondering if this was going to be hype but I think this is a wonderful and perfect beer for what they were looking to do. I am immediately going out to look for more in trade, it was that good.
12-01-2012 23:13:07 | More by Beerisheaven
4.48/5 rDev +4.2%
Huge thanks to egrace84 for sharing this bottle! Thanks elliot!
reviewed from notes taken on 11/30/2012.
poured into boltcutter tulip glass.
Appearance: medium black bodied beer with 2 fingers of light tan head. Spotty lacing.
Smell: Cinnamon, Snickerdoodle cookies, and gingersnaps. Maybe a hint of chocolate and roasty notes.
Taste: mildly spicey cinnamon, a hint of vanilla and chocolates. Big gingerbread finish! Wow is beer is crazy good. Great balance between the gingerbread and stout element of this beer!
Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation. This beer feels fanatastic and the mouthfeel really compliments this beer well. Very smooth, little bit creamy, and no booze noted at all.
Overall: Hardywood nailed this beer! Its amazing! Perfect integration of gingerbread flavors into a stout! This is the best christmas beer that I have ever drank!
12-01-2012 15:17:14 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
A: Pours an overbearing head with very sticky lacing
S: Aroma of freshly baked sweet gingersnap cookies with cotton candy caramelized sugars.
T: Full flavored stout with nice spicing. Rich candied sugar flavors. Funny enough, the sugar flavors really are reminiscent of the white confectioner candy sugar coating on top of cookies. There is a biscuit flavor along with the spicy hinge at the end of the beer mixing with some anise like flavors and a charcoaly like ashiness from black patent presence.
M: Very well done body in my opinion. The carbonation seemed high judged solely on the massive head, but once it settled roughly ten minutes , I could really enjoy the carbonation levels which seemed extremely smooth.
O: Overall a very good stout, and my favorite milk stout to date. There are a lot of flavors going in here to make it more complex while at the same time helping to mask any flaws, but as a full package, I dig it.
12-01-2012 00:00:47 | More by alpinebryant
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
Bottle received in a trade. Enjoyed with a friend. 2012 release.
A- Pours the darkest brown that you can get before it's called black with 1/2 finger of light tan head that slowly dissipates to a thin film.
S- Aroma seems very muted until it warms. Smells of warm winter cooking spices mixed with a solid amount of roasty chocolatey malt.
T- Wow, what this beer lacks in aroma it makes up for it in the taste. This is where the ginger shines through. Tastes like a warm gingerbread man complete with icing and no hint of the 9.2% ABV present at all.
M- Smooth and creamy easy drinking. Hardly any carbonation at all.
O- A superb holiday beer. Would recommend to anyone. Even to non-beer drinkers.
11-30-2012 11:29:46 | More by rfbenavi80
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Huge beige head on this one that is slow to die down. I got at least a three finger head out of it much more than a lot of stouts.
Smell is baking spices mixed with roast. Some molasses and cinnamon with bakers chocolate. Not getting a lot of ginger in the smell which is a little surprising.
Wow, taste is right up there. I'm not sure where all that ginger was in the aroma, but it is really prevalent on the first sip. Ginger, milk chocolate, spicy rye bread, nutmeg. It really is like a cookie, with a background sweetness present the whole time. Pretty wild, never had a beer like this before.
Mouthfeel is great. Good level of carbonation to deliver all the flavor. It's got a full body, but its not overly "sticky".
Overall this beer delivered a really unique experience. I'd love to know the recipe of this one to see how they pulled it all off. I would think this would be a really easy beer to screw up, but they have brought it all together to make a great holiday beer. Can't wait to crack one of these again on Christmas eve.
11-29-2012 20:28:16 | More by smokeypeat
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Shared by radagast83. Thanks a lot Chris! This beer was not on my radar, but it sure is now.
The beer sports a black body with a half inch of beige cap. The aroma is awesome - gingerbread cookies, roast, cookie dough, brown sugar, cinnamon. The taste follows suit, with additional notes of chocolate and chocolate milk. No lactic sourness whatsoever. Super smooth and creamy, with everything coming together beautifully. A work of art. Sweet, but never cloying. An ideal beer to enjoy over the holidays. I highly recommend this!
11-27-2012 02:49:44 | More by Huhzubendah
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Appearance: Pours fudge brown with an inch or so of foam; a few strands of lace are left behind
Smell: Chocolate and gingerbread, chocolate and gingerbread etc., honeyed tones underneath
Taste: Black bread and milk chocolate with a developing gingerbread and honey character; in the middle, the gingery-gingerbread character really dominates, though the milk chocolate tones linger underneath through the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit less carbonated on tap, which is better for this brew
Overall: I heard good things about this beer from hoppedup (for those who remember him from this site) and decided to drive to Richmond for the release; glad I did as this is a great beer and is nicely differentiated from a lot of the other big stouts that get released around these parts
11-22-2012 19:45:42 | More by brentk56
4.9/5 rDev +14%
Hands down, the best beer I've ever had. I'm into Porters and Stouts, and whenever I go anywhere, I always try their darkest, strongest beer. I'm usually disappointed. Who would have guessed that one of the finest stouts is brewed right in my own backyard?
Subtle hints of of ginger and honey. It's sweet enough that you don't taste the kick it's got, but not too sweet to be cloying. The best part about the beer, and the reason I'm here actually writing a review is that this beer has the most pleasant aftertaste of any beer I've ever had. Very nice. Makes me feel nice and cozy even hours later.
My sense of smell is not the best, and I would have preferred a more pungent ginger aroma, but others report that it's just fine.
I've had this straight from the tap, out of a growler, and out of their massive corked bottles. I prefer it on tap or from the growler. The bottles seem to have an excess of carbonation, which makes pouring an drinking immediately less pleasant. Fortunately, I can take my growlers direct to the source.
11-22-2012 00:53:21 | More by out4blood
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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