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Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

533 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 463
Gots: 125 | 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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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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chippo33

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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

New York

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

05-31-2014 15:27:52 | More by vfgccp
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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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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7%

09-08-2013 12:38:13 | More by Cynic-ale
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

02-06-2013 04:38:59 | More by Duff27
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Gobzilla

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

02-17-2014 21:01:19 | More by Gobzilla
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-04-2012 19:16:07 | More by popery
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DmanGTR

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

02-06-2013 20:56:41 | More by DmanGTR
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Shared this at the End of the World party. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a deep, dark brownish black with a two finger mocha head that leaves thin clouds and nice lacing. Definitely has lots of potential....

S - KAPOW! Bright, fresh ginger, chocolate, light bready cookie like yeasts. Sweet candy malts, gingersnaps, cinnamon. This is crazy.

T - Taste is a punch to the face of a gingerbread cookie! Ginger, chocolate, gingersnaps, sweet malts. Fresh ginger, candied ginger, gingerbread cookie. Shut up and take my money!

M - Mouthfeel is spot on. Smooth, creamy, light carbonation. The booze was hidden quite expertly.

O - Unreal Just super delicious. I have a few more bottles I will probably cellar down as, contrary to what JLindros said, allegedly the inaugural batch is drinking outstanding (even better than fresh) a year later.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 04:45:11 | More by rudzud
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big 22 oz. bomber sent to me by beerisheaven, simply a prince among men. Another bottle that just showed up at my doorstep without trade or ceremony, for a beer that's being dealt for the world. Definition: good trader & fine human being.

Popped open to celebrate New Year's Eve shortly after the tragic passing of 2012 (which will not be much missed). The pour is dark brown with cyanide highlights through the edges of the glass. Nose is precisely as promised, but the ginger has the upper hand by a ton, with cinnamon a distant second.

Gingerbread Stout is one of those beers that sounds like it could be a train wreck - then the ride is straight to the gates of Valhalla. Wonderful cinnamon & ginger pour out onto the taste buds, backed by a lovely sweetness from the vanilla & malts. It does, indeed, taste like a Christmas cookie - & who doesn't love those? Ridiculously drinkable. While I passed around the bottle to the curious, I looked longingly at my 10 oz. pour & wished I'd doubled it.

Had this right after an Eclipse Elijah Craig & I do say, this might have been better. If nothing else it was beautifully tasty & unique, & that's two of the best things you can say about any beer. Excellent. Thanks again Brian.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 03:20:10 | More by maximum12
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Lare453

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-07-2014 23:36:52 | More by Lare453
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mhaugo

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-18-2014 05:17:23 | More by mhaugo
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enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-02-2013 01:55:55 | More by enelson
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Pencible

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-19-2014 01:51:37 | More by Pencible
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-26-2014 05:34:01 | More by Axnjxn
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

01-26-2014 15:50:30 | More by BGsWo22
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

01-05-2014 03:12:25 | More by bpfrush
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

01-27-2013 01:08:25 | More by eawolff99
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-19-2014 21:08:09 | More by IPAchris
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to smokeypeat for this one - I love me some gingerbread. GBS pours an intensely dark brown that appears basically black once it groups up in the glass. The cap is nicely foamy and thick, khaki-colored, and has nice retention. Some chunky lacing is left near the top of the glass as well - very nice looking stout.

Hardywood certainly nailed what they were going for in the aroma - lots of warm, sprucy ginger that is met in equal parts by heaps of doughy, cookie-like malts. The combination forms a nice gingerbread cookie aroma that sends you back to making the festive treats during Christmastime. Some other spices lie a little deeper in the aroma, the most notable being cinnamon. Very lively and certainly unique.

Just like the aroma, the first sip explodes with a mirage of flavors that is so delicately reminiscent of the little men-shaped cookies. Gingerbread spice, shortbread, cinnamon, brown sugar... Very sweet and delicate, but balance quite nicely with a slight bit of warmth from the alcohol. The finish has some faint cocoa powder that's easily recognizable, but this beer is all the the gingerbread.

Some light ashiness in the middle-end that seems like it might be from the hops, though the hops themselves induce no extra flavors (no leaves, florals, or anything like that). In all honesty, I'm quite surprised by how much this beer actually resembles a gingerbread cookie. Pretty thick body, lightly creamy and just shy of chewy. Would have like to see just a bit more carbonation, but the mouth feel was still pretty nice.

The people I was with didn't love gingerbread cookies like I did, so they weren't as crazy about this beer as I was. I love gingerbread cookies and I thought this was damn good. A little more complexity or development wouldn't hurt, but they were going for a gingerbread cookie beer and that's pretty much what they got. Sweet without being cloyingly so. Very solid stout for those that love the little cookie-men.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 23:24:47 | More by tectactoe
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.2%

04-21-2013 19:59:31 | More by deapokid
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

01-09-2013 15:17:34 | More by Sean9689
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

02-25-2013 17:17:14 | More by Holland
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-09-2012 07:53:15 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.