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Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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549 Ratings

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 475
Gots: 133 | 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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4/5  rDev -7%

05-09-2014 15:58:19 | More by mendvicdog
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4/5  rDev -7%

12-05-2013 02:53:45 | More by XmnwildX12
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-05-2013 09:37:34 | More by beernads
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-11-2013 17:59:45 | More by imperialking
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

Thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with a very prominent zesty ginger presence.  Peppery and very gingery with a chocolate cookie presence.  Kind of reminds me of ginger snaps.   Some bready yeast, cocoa and coffee bean but the spice/ginger really overpowers things.

Surprising how much this tastes like a ginger bread cookie.  Sweet but not cloyingly so with strong ginger and English biscuit flavor.  Tastes just like the cookie with cinnamon, brown sugar and ginger snap followed by hints of baker's chocolate, oatmeal and subtle roast.  Nicely balanced with a well masked ABV making it easy to drink.  Sweet but not boozy or cloying.  Great gingerbread cookie flavor but still tastes like a stout.  Very good.

02-15-2013 02:12:29 | More by corby112
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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-16-2013 04:13:39 | More by orangesol
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4/5  rDev -7%

03-27-2013 23:49:18 | More by stakem
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4/5  rDev -7%

01-21-2013 07:21:55 | More by drewone
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

12-16-2012 17:23:33 | More by duceswild
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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
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4/5  rDev -7%

02-02-2013 05:16:40 | More by Gonzoillini
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-15-2013 01:48:40 | More by mdaschaf
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

750ml bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone snifter. Black in color with a thick tan foam filling the top inch of the glass. Nice head retention and very good lacing.

Aroma has a very appealing mix of spices with notes of cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar. I get some chocolate to it which really compliments well. It really comes together well, it smells pretty much like a delicious Christmas cookie.

The taste shows a little more dark chocolate and molasses presence to it. The spices come out more in the finish leaving a very nice ginger bread flavor lingering. Again, it comes together very well and the flavors are all complimenting of each other.

The mouthfeel is a little thin feeling for the style and carbonation is above average. The carbonation seems to work with the spices though.

Overall, I thought t was a great beer and I especially loved the uniqueness of it. I thought everything came together almost perfectly in it. They managed to completely capture a gingerbread cookie in a glass without overdoing it on the sweetness or spices. I'm not usually big on spiced beers but this one is easily the best holiday spiced beer I've had. Would love to drink more of this around the holidays.

12-22-2012 00:22:22 | More by billab914
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South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%

Hardywood gingerbread stout shared at RBWG-2014

Slight harshness/burn from the ginger.

Aroma is balanced, with a moderate dose of ginger.

The ginger is way more pronounced in the mouth. I did adjust as I drank but it still seemed a bit overdone even at the end.

Full body.

02-14-2014 03:34:53 | More by chinchill
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7%

03-23-2014 15:56:51 | More by johnnnniee
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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%

Bottle opened on 10.24.13

A - Pours a medium to dark brown with a large light tan head that never fades.

S - Ginger, sweet and lots of chocolate.

T - Gingerbread cookie, Done!

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Gingerbread in full force. Nicely done, very good!

12-16-2013 06:06:41 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.6/5  rDev -16.3%

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 :(

04-19-2013 02:43:02 | More by dirtylou
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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

04-01-2013 20:22:47 | More by drummermattie02
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

09-23-2013 12:02:12 | More by xnicknj
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4/5  rDev -7%

01-23-2014 13:50:56 | More by ShanePB
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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Almost black. Minuscule khaki head that settles to swirls on the surface.

Smell - Tons of gingerbread. Cinnamon and other Christmas spices. Some chocolate.

Taste - Wow. Lots of ginger. Closer to gingersnaps than gingerbread. Strong cinnamon again. Some chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe too thin for such a big stout with big flavors. Well carbonated.

Overall - The spices elevate this beyond the what the base stout seems to deliver.

06-15-2014 16:37:24 | More by Alieniloquium
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-23-2012 01:00:54 | More by Rhettroactive
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-22-2012 05:36:13 | More by iL0VEbeer
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

02-23-2013 04:37:47 | More by jrallen34
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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