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Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

543 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 469
Gots: 131 | FT: 16
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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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-16-2013 04:13:39 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

03-27-2013 23:49:18 | More by stakem
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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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:49:44 | More by Huhzubendah
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -7%

01-21-2013 07:21:55 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

02-02-2013 05:16:40 | More by Gonzoillini
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-15-2013 01:48:40 | More by mdaschaf
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billab914

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 00:22:22 | More by billab914
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 :(

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 02:43:02 | More by dirtylou
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drummermattie02

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

04-01-2013 20:22:47 | More by drummermattie02
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

09-23-2013 12:02:12 | More by xnicknj
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7%

03-23-2014 15:56:51 | More by johnnnniee
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 06:06:41 | More by HuskyinPDX
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

02-23-2013 04:37:47 | More by jrallen34
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

01-23-2014 13:50:56 | More by ShanePB
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 16:37:24 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-23-2012 01:00:54 | More by Rhettroactive
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to sincereNc for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! 2011 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a one finger tan head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, ginger, cookie, sugar, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, gingerbread, ginger, sugar, and spice. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The brewery really nailed the gingerbread cookie aspect here if I am honest. It almost tasted like you were drinking a gingerbread man in all his glory. Very well balanced and complex. This made it quite inviting and would make it a perfect candidate for a dessert beer. Very well done and I hope I get to try more of it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 11:59:54 | More by thagr81us
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-22-2012 05:36:13 | More by iL0VEbeer
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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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claspada

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown color with a medium size tan head slowly recedes to leave some decent lacing.

Aromas begin with bakers cocoa and ample gingerbread, toasted brown bread and some sweeter honey notes. There is some lesser vanilla and cinnamon but the ginger and a slightly sourish notes.

The tastes begin with some brown bread and milk chocolate with a solid growing gingerbread and honey/molasses sweetness. The ginger is pretty predominant here as well with lesser baker's cocoa. The vanilla and cinnamon are also there but ginger overpowers once again. There are some serious fruity esters which emerge more and more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is fairly estery and spicy from the added spice.

Overall while this was a nice beer it is not a 100. It's a solid example of a spiced stout but it lacks a little balance and this comes from someone that loves spice, pumpkin and holiday beers. I think the hype train may have gotten a little off the tracks on this one which is why I ignore those review numbers on the top of the page and so should you.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 19:52:56 | More by claspada
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7%

09-08-2013 12:38:13 | More by Cynic-ale
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vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

05-31-2014 15:27:52 | More by vfgccp
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.