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Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

594 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 505
Gots: 136 | 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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Photo of maximum12
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.

maximum12, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

outoffocus, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BMart, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Pencible, May 19, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

bpfrush, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

AlexFields, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -7%

Holland, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Dicers
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Dicers, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of tommyguz
4/5  rDev -7%

tommyguz, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

akang, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -30.2%

deapokid, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev 0%

wethorseblanket, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

cosmicevan, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

williamjbauer, Mar 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Sean9689, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Gatordaddy, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Snifter, reviewed from notes.

Pours a flat raisin colored body with no head, no lace. Damn near flat looking. Sweet honey, ginger and spices on the nose, ginger dominates. The taste follows the nose but with more caramel sweetness than suggested. Ginger again dominates alongside chocolate, caramel, gingerbread-like spices and a bit of honey in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, very low and tight carbonation. This basically tasted like gingerbread with chocolate and honey. Very delicious and unique.

scottfrie, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

bigred89, Sep 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

millerbuffoon, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

threedaggers, May 14, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Deep dark brown/black color with a very nice head. Moderate carbonation. Nice head with moderate lacing.

Smell - Roasty chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, pumpkin.

Taste - Chocolate gingerbread cookies. Simple as that. There are some nice vanilla notes in there as well, but you definitely feel like you are drinking a cookie without the super sugary tastes.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. The flavors stick around but there is no stickiness in the mouth.

Overall - Absolutely delicious. Way too easy to drink. It goes down like a dessert.

stereosforgeeks, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

jbaker67, Dec 07, 2013
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.