Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

846 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 547
Gots: 273 | FT: 33
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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Photo of UlfAndreas
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of jackrodgers77
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HattedClassic
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a very strong head that comes in the forms of small dark tan bubbles. The beer itself is a very dark brown that almost appears black. The beer leaves quite a bit of lacing.

The beer smell has very strong spice notes and honey notes. The spices come in the form of ginger and cinnamon while the honey comes off as sweet but not artificially and adds a smoothness to the smell that isn't normally found. The smell also has milk chocolate notes that actually gets a little lost in the honey, but supplements its sweetness with a tiny hint of bitterness.

The beer has a very strong gingerbread and spicy taste to it. The beer has various spices from ginger to cinnamon to a very strong honey taste. The beer also has a milk chocolate taste but the more dominate notes seem to be the honey and spices, which is fantastic when combine with the chocolate. In this case, dominate is a relative term, the different tastes work very well together that it is hard to describe any of the notes without referencing the others. All I can say is that this beer is absolutely divine in its taste.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and velvety. The tiny carbonation adds a little bit texture but mainly adds to the velvet feel. The beer is heavy bodied but surprisingly light due to the use of honey.

Overall, this is the perfect beer. I can find very few flaws, but event those aren't worth mentioning. This beer is, without a doubt, one of the best stouts ever produced. The The way the ingredients work together to create a wonderful and complex, yet simple, taste and smell is amazing. You really have to buy this beer to understand just how good it is.

Photo of Cnestler
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of avisong
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of gibgink
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of dspinler
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of MatthewMcMatthew
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of erwityk
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of WuBByG999
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Math_You
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Boxerjay
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of spacecake9
5/5  rDev +16%

A - Pours black with a thick head that settles pretty quickly.
S - Aroma is of spices, you know this not your typical milk stout.
T - Flavor matches the aroma. Balanced flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, ginger with a little alcohol bite on the finish.
M - The only way I can describe the mouth feel is creamy.
O - This beer is special and certainly deserves the high rating. Stouts are my favorite style and this beer really brings something new to the table. I need to get another bottle, or maybe a case.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BrownAleMale
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heystevec
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of dexterk1
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of twitchasaurus
2.84/5  rDev -34.1%

Photo of mjgriffin
4.44/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Dhair59
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of VTWicked
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Anbrew84
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Xmas in your mouth ....better at almost room temp

Photo of Manonick
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.