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Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 481
Gots: 134 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-09-2012 07:53:15 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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2/5  rDev -53.5%

01-21-2013 20:36:22 | More by kscaldef
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

04-21-2013 19:59:31 | More by deapokid
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-07-2012 02:44:00 | More by BMart
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-26-2014 19:08:02 | More by ShemRahBoo
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

03-02-2013 00:22:52 | More by AlexFields
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New York

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

12-08-2012 02:13:30 | More by cosmicevan
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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

02-03-2013 16:46:24 | More by scottfrie
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-13-2014 01:40:26 | More by williamjbauer
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4/5  rDev -7%

12-01-2013 16:13:03 | More by tommyguz
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-28-2014 19:21:37 | More by Dicers
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-12-2013 04:20:27 | More by koopa
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

12-20-2012 03:47:04 | More by stereosforgeeks
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-01-2013 02:08:12 | More by Gatordaddy
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-18-2012 16:51:02 | More by Hanzo
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

01-16-2013 23:50:58 | More by Jspriest
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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%

Huge thanks to egrace84 for sharing this bottle! Thanks elliot!

reviewed from notes taken on 11/30/2012.

poured into boltcutter tulip glass.

Appearance: medium black bodied beer with 2 fingers of light tan head. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Cinnamon, Snickerdoodle cookies, and gingersnaps. Maybe a hint of chocolate and roasty notes.

Taste: mildly spicey cinnamon, a hint of vanilla and chocolates. Big gingerbread finish! Wow is beer is crazy good. Great balance between the gingerbread and stout element of this beer!

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation. This beer feels fanatastic and the mouthfeel really compliments this beer well. Very smooth, little bit creamy, and no booze noted at all.

Overall: Hardywood nailed this beer! Its amazing! Perfect integration of gingerbread flavors into a stout! This is the best christmas beer that I have ever drank!

12-01-2012 15:17:14 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4/5  rDev -7%

12-07-2013 12:16:34 | More by jbaker67
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

05-03-2013 00:34:43 | More by ADTaber
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4.73/5  rDev +10%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Full-on black; milky coffee lacing

SMELL: Cinnamon sugar, ginger, clove, cardamom, toasted raisin bread, icing, clean alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, firm, silky; gingerbread, molasses, espresso roastiness, sweetness, fig, brown malt, bread crust, honey, cinnamon, fresh vanilla bean, lactose sugars

Label says “Gingerbread Stout,” and it delivers. Aroma and flavors are spot-on. Tastes like freagin' Christmas in a bottle actually, with layer upon layer building on the palate with each sip. Hell, they even nailed the damn sugary frosting on the gingerbread man. Run, run, as fast as you can! We want more!

02-14-2013 00:32:47 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-10-2013 06:14:40 | More by millerbuffoon
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

poured from cask into snifter.

pours a very dark brown, almost black with a tiny little head. little bit of lacing as you drink. typical cask.

cinnamon and ginger dominate the nose followed by the sweetness of honey and finishing with some chocolate and coffee notes. the spices stand out even more on the taste. the milk stout base sweetness helps balance it out a bit. the 9+% alcohol hides really well.

nice, creamy feel. how a cask should be.

I've now had this in every serving form with cask my favorite. it's a very good stout but my only complaint is maybe that the cinnamon/ginger is a touch too up front, at least fresh.

will be very curious as to how this ages/mellows...

12-27-2011 15:41:35 | More by ncaudle
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-14-2014 01:12:07 | More by threedaggers
Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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