Christmas Morning | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
hardywood.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hardywood Christmas Morning lends a cheerfully heightened decadence to our Gingerbread Stout through deep conditioning on locally roasted Brazilian and Sumatran coffee beans from Blackhand Coffee Co. Hints of sweet honey and oven baked gingerbread greet the comforting nuances of freshly brewed morning coffee in this imperial milk stout. Skip the leftover cookies and milk and awaken your senses with this delightful holiday tradition.

Added by markgugs on 12-13-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#777
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
382
pDev:
7.14%
 
 
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94
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9
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Photo of sisterofba
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grapeshops
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of y2kawakami
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: black body with a dark tan head.

S: ginger, cinnamon, clove, and perhaps cardamom, followed by coffee and caramel.

T: spices dominate with coffee lingering and a caramel finish. A touch of heat from the spice.

M: thick with lower carbonation. A bit of a bite in the finish.

O: not bad, but i think the balance is off. I'm getting lots of spice and a touch of coffee, but little stout.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott_McCool
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prost76
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Fox
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, molasses, leather, ginger... Flavor is smooth with chocolatey drizzles and cake. I like it! Merry Christmas!

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Photo of RyskeeVA
3.41/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Secretly disappointed by the 2018 batch. On top of the good notes you would expect (coffee, ginger, etc.), there’s a slight chemical smell to it. Beautiful head makes it a great beer to look at, but out of the whole 2018 GBS series, this is my least favorite. Not sure what went wrong here but it doesn’t live up to the expectations I’ve come to have for Hardywood. HOWEVER. If just about any other Virginia brewery put this beer out, I would be impressed. That’s just how high they’ve set the bar for themselves

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4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerrat
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another locally bought 750ML bottle out of someone else’s overflowing cellar. My wife picked this out of the fridge. The barrel-aged version of this one was magical.

The pour looks like the belly of the Jade Tomb on Hyperion at midnight, which I hope I never see. Nose is oddly muted; touch of sweets & spices, mostly cinnamon, but nothing like the original. No roast.

Christmas Morning doesn’t taste like its DNA harks back to GBS. Lactose is dominate, very milky & cow-like, backed up by sweet malts. Touches of ginger & cinnamon. Roast finally emerges on the finish, & especially as the beer warms, provides a nice shot of espresso bitterness. I am fiercely indifferent if we finish the bottle or not.

Easily the weakest of the GBS line I’ve had to date. The roast is very nice, but everything else that I love about the beer is muted & smothered by the roasty pillow. Pretty good brew.

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4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GracelandII
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed poured from the tap at Lyon Bière Festival #3. As it warms up, the ale delivers all its character. Subtle ginger and cinnamon with a strong americano coffee on the side. Some sweetness, frosting sweetness. Nice

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Christmas Morning from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 382 ratings