Red Racer Gingerhead Gingerbread Stout | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer Gingerhead Gingerbread StoutRed Racer Gingerhead Gingerbread Stout

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This full bodied Irish-style Stout is smooth, dark and creamy with pleasant notes of baked gingerbread on the nose and palate that will make this an instant holiday classic. The use of oatmeal and ginger in the mashtun adds silkiness to the texture and body of this ale. Hints of roasted barley, chocolate and crystal malts combine with a warm lingering finish of ginger and cinnamon that pleasantly round out one of our richest creations to date.

$1 from each 650 ml bottle sold will be donated to local BC food banks.

Added by DaftCaskBC on 12-03-2014

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Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmithyAlan
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ikidunot
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 6/6/16

A the darkest cola, massive three finger foam has great retention slowly falling to a table top island leaving a couple partial tings followed by random patches

S it is what it claims, smells like gingerbread but also has some cocoa powder, fennel, maybe some roasted yam, a little root beer, burnt toffee works well, lots of allspice, I'm liking it

T a little toned down but still solid, more chocolate notes and a little less spice, gingerbread is still hard to miss, again I like it but the nose has a little something extra

M a little light for the color, not quite creamy but the bubbles give it some life, slick inside and a little sticky on the lips, chocolate and gingerbread linger

O even on this hot day its going down with no problems at all, something different for sure and the strange concept worked out great

Pretty stoked to find this Canadian top 100 want just collecting dust on a shelf in Kelowna after I missed out buying it in Alberta. Some strange beer ideas fail miserably but this odd idea worked out well, I'll be looking for it when the snow starts flying again.

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Photo of 4ster
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaPan
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PJT
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chickenm
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MJ63
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fortyfield
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cycle69
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcubz
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice head, thin ring leaves a bit of lace. Subtle gingerbread aroma and flavour, dark caramel, balanced bitterness. I expected a bit more body.

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Photo of Simon212
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

Deep black with a light oatmeal head that dissipates rather quickly leaving moderate lacing. Smells of gingerbread, cake, cocoa and sugar. Mild coffee flavours with light enjoyable ginger and baking spice notes. Thinner than expected and more carbonated than I would like. Overall, one of the better Christmas oriented beers I have had this season.

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Photo of jrempel
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CurtisD
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gingerhead Gingerbread Stout has no head and isn't brown, but it does look stout so at least one third of the name applies. This jet black beer is dark as coffee - nay, espresso - and it's just as flat. It looks not only like it goes with dessert but could also serve as dessert in and of itself.

The aroma smells like dessert alright, but gingerbread cookies aren't at the top of the menu. My first few sniffs conjured thoughts of black forest cake, hazelnut chocolate truffles and a big frothy cup of latte. Lindt should be jealous (and if I were them I'd make Central City an offer).

Gingerbread is, however, foremost on the palate. Nevermind a gingerbread man - this is a whole army. Part and parcel with that is the zesty, spicy, lightly candied note of ginger as well as the toothsome taste of crystallized brown sugar and several cloves and cinnamon sticks (all in ample supply).

I love all the Christmas cheer that gingerbread cookie flavour brings with it, but what makes me especially happy about Gingerhead is the fact that it favours spicy over sweet. Using an Irish Dry Stout as a base was wise; the roasted barley qualities keep the profile grounded and avoids it becoming cloying.

Deck the halls with bottles of Gingerhead Gingerbread Stout! This is an easy holiday tipple to recommend. It has the festive baking seasoning as well as the hearty maltiness to suit this cold, dark time of the year. The younger me with a bigger appetite for treats would have rated it higher, but I still liked it a lot.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled Sept 25 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep-hued mahogany brown colour; very dark, for sure, but not quite opaque, as I can barely make out the bulb outline as I hold my glass up to the light. One finger of puffy, creamy-looking, light beige-tinted foam is situated atop the liquid, showing impressive retention - in fact, it continues to creep upwards for a few minutes, producing a lumpy dome that rises above the lip of the glass. Its dissipation is a long, drawn out process that exceeds 20 minutes, leaving behind plenty of delicate lacing rings. Very enticing aroma - gingerbread is, unsurprisingly, the central feature, but it blends beautifully with notes of dark chocolate, treacle, vanilla, cinnamon and spicy candied ginger root.

A tasty, rich-flavoured spiced stout that is quite nicely balanced. Caramel and molasses sweetness, together with that unshakeable gingerbread flavour, give this stout a hearty, generous feel - sort of like a cake, or perhaps a (gingerbread) muffin. Nuances of chocolate and roasted malts dwell mostly in the background. Cinnamon and ginger spiciness provide an added kick on the tail end, with suggestions of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, which effectively dry the palate. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation levels that weakly nudge the tongue; the mouthfeel is smooth and soft, thanks to the oats, but still a tad thin. Highly quaffable.

Final Grade: 4.12, an A-. Gingerhead Gingerbread Stout is a seriously well-made stout that should pair perfectly with your Christmas dessert of choice. Its flaws are minor and generally forgiveable - the body's on the thin side, and the roasted malts don't come through as well as I'd hoped. The spices have been added in precisely the proper quantities - strong enough to complement and add complexity, but not so strong that they drown the other elements out. Excellent stuff; I'll be buying another bottle or two for later enjoyment.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nullbort
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of headlessparrot
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the bomber a near-cola, pitch-black, capped by some nice head that recedes to a few millimetres, but leaves some lacing.

Smells . . . like heaven. Gingerbread. Molasses. Nutmeg. Cinnamon. God, this is basically a liquid gingerbread house with a bit of a roasted, toasted malt base. A bit of coffee, a bit of chocolate.

Based on the smell, the taste is a bit of a let-down. But a bit of a let down in the sense that it tastes, more or less, just like a nice Irish-style stout. Dry, roasty, malty. With only a slightly gingerbread backbone. Still, it's nice. Carbonation is perhaps a touch high, but the body is fairly balanced.

Man, though--that smell. It's *gorgeous*.

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