Christmas Morning
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #35
Ranked #952
4.34 | pDev: 6.91%
Feb 13, 2022
Dec 13, 2014
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Notes: 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.
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4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by WickedBeer from Alabama

2021 16oz can.

Solid Christmas vibes. Good cinnamon on a roasty coffee base. Other adjuncts are subtle but relatively unnecessary. Drinks better as it warms. A great consistent holiday milk stout year-to-year.

Feb 13, 2022
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Feb 05, 2022
4.33 by heysuz from Indiana on Feb 05, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by CGhent

I liked this beer as one of the less sweet tasting Christmas brews from Hardywood. I liked the flavor as I prefer a beer with taste over something more fizzy. There was no bitter after-taste that I sometimes get from dark or other craft beers. Overall I liked it.

Jan 21, 2022
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jan 09, 2022
4.25 by Stengelfoot from California on Jan 02, 2022
4.19 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Dec 31, 2021
4.3 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Dec 31, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JayQue from Virginia

A great Christmas beer!!!! Worthy of the reviews it gets. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, this beer features a dense black color with no light getting through. A hard pour results in a big bubbly and frothy head - dark tan or brown in color. Head retention is about average and there is minimum lacing, Aroma and flavor are great. This is a rich malty Milk Stout first with Christmas spicing in the background. Both the nose and the taste feature rich, somewhat sweet malt (probably assisted by the honey) with a lot of lactose and coffee. The Christmas spicing is spot on with no cheap "holiday potpourri" to dominate the taste. Gingerbread, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg are present as an enhancement to an already rich and flavorful beer. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and sweet with a great assist from holiday spicing. The 9.2 .abv ishardly noticeable. Although they are completely different beers, I rank this right up with Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale as a beer that says "Christmas"!!!!!!

Dec 31, 2021
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4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Lampro from Virginia

Nose: strong aroma of dark malty, like overly dark caramel and coffee.
Taste: Rich full coffee flavor followed by rich gingerbread, all accompanied by the sweet honey beneath. Very impressive!

Dec 27, 2021
4.46 by odenbr12 from New Jersey on Dec 25, 2021
4.49 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Dec 24, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by challenja from Virginia

Appearance - Dark ruddy black with brown and reddish tones with a super thin white laced ring when left sitting. The ring is impressive!

Smell - sweet bread, maple syrup, bakers chocolate, cinnamon, dark roast medium high acidity

Taste - brown sugar cookies, molasses body, maple syrup, chocolate shortbread, acidic dark roast, cinnamon and allspice, clove backend, some left over malt and lactose on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium to high level of carbonation that really does wonders when swishing the brew in your mouth. Hardywood definitely has a higher level of carbonation in their stout offerings compared to say North Coast and Founders.

Overall - Another winner by HW in my opinion a touch more carbonation then their gingerbread stout but I think the carb really pushes the flavor profile out a bit more since there is obviously more going on. Another solid limited release by them.. good job boys..

Dec 22, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

L - Black with hints of brown highlights along with a tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves behind no real lacing
S - Honey really hits me up front along with some roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon and ginger
T - Roasted and roasted malts up front and throughout along with a solid amount of cinnamon and gingerbread throughout intermixed with semi sweet chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, vanilla, molasses, some honey as well
F - full bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky with a slightly less watery mouthfeel than GBS or gingerbread Porter
O - I had this right after Hardywood's gingerbread Porter and honestly, this is better in every single category - blows it out of the water and honestly, even better than GBS.

Dec 22, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jonphisher from New Jersey

This pours perfectly, think and black and very slow forming and dense creamy tan head follows. Lingers longer than most then subsides to a think beautiful light brown layer of cream, almost has a steamed milk coffee drink look to it. Each sip leaves behind dots of lacing.

On the nose it’s initially sweet smelling, chocolate, holiday spices, some vanilla, and coffee grounds, like after the pot has been brewed. It has that burnt/spent coffee smell.

Taste is rich chocolatey ginger deliciousness, creamy vanilla, burnt roastiness, I do get some of the cinnamon as well. I honestly don’t get much coffee but it could be the burnt roast that I noticed.

Big luscious body on this beer. It drinks sort of like melted ice cream but is not overdone like some dessert beers I’ve had. There is a low bitterness on the finish. It finishes with a drying sensation, but what is interesting is it almost seems mental because of the cinnamon flavor in the finish. Absolutely no evidence of the 9% abv, this beer drinks beautifully for a stout.

Dec 19, 2021
4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Dec 10, 2021
5 by Gubblecote from New York on Mar 09, 2021
4.13 by 0x4a64 from Minnesota on Mar 05, 2021
4.4 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on Feb 28, 2021
4.25 by paulish from New York on Feb 08, 2021
4.35 by WDJersey from Colorado on Feb 01, 2021
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4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by NotVeryCreative16 from South Carolina

Even better after aged for a year as it tones down the coffee taste a little which can be overwhelming when fresh.

Jan 24, 2021
3.56 by IRONRakkasan from California on Jan 17, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mushroomcloud from Texas

16oz canned 11-17-20, opened 1-3-21.
2 finger tan head, dense and with a fine bead. Excellent retention.
Black stout with mahogany edges, nice lacing patterns.
Strong coffee and spicy ginger are the first impressions. Dark fruit and chocolate come on later.
Perfumey/spicy ginger, roasted malt, vanilla - the coffee comes on late but is strong and smooth over a honey sweetness.
All flavors are present as advertised.
Silky smooth body and mouthfeel, low + carbonation. Lengthy malty, semi-sweet, roasty finish.
A pleasure to drink, exceeded my expectations.

Jan 03, 2021
4.68 by hyzerfool from Georgia on Jan 02, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by keithmurray from Connecticut

Appearance - datk brown body with tan head

Smell - chocolate, cinnamon and coffee bean

Taste - chocolate and cinnamon upfront amd coffee follows, also getting some honey sweetness

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, low to medium level of carbonation, sweetness upfront from the chocolate/cinnamon, coffee follows

Overall - pretty good stout here, a little on the sweeter side, but still a good beer

Price Point - $14.99/4 pack 16 oz cans

Dec 31, 2020
4.34 by patre_tim from Thailand on Dec 31, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by DanBrenda from Washington

Ordered from Tavour and poured into a goblet.

Look: black, syrupy, light and small head with small lacing
Smell: coffee, spice (almost Chile pepper-like)... light earthy pepper-like spice... gingerbread (Bren’s note, not mine, I don’t get gingerbread because it is more spice that ginger... perhaps all spice like)
Taste: coffee up front, heavy spice in the middle (like I said, more like a pepper... but maybe it is ginger spices). We let it warm a bit and got some gingerbread notes on the very end palate
Feel: fully, syrupy, light carbonation if you swirl it around a bit.

Out of all the Hardywood Christmas beers, this one is by far the one that we thought didn’t best fit it’s description. There is day old coffee with spices and earthy notes (like a Chile pepper quality) set of notes in the nose and on the palate and you drink. Not my favorite in the bundle, but still a fun beer. The ABV is hidden well.

Dec 27, 2020
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2020
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4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JohnG190 from New York

Pours pitch black with a fine tan head that eventually diminishes to a thick ring. On the nose strong coffee with hints of ginger and cinnamon. On the palate, the coffee is strong but not bitter. Nice allspice finish. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Big fan of the festive can as well! Overall, a fantastic GBS variant.

Dec 26, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by UWDAWG from Washington

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a tulip glass at 45 degrees per can.

Look- Black, frothy medium brown head, average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Ginger, coffee, cinnamon.

Taste- Coffee, vanilla, slightly ginger, cinnamon.

Feel- Full body, creamy, smooth, average carbonation.

Overall- Vibrant delicious favor, but bouquet was more subtle and ginger predominant.

Dec 26, 2020
4.09 by Mikexw from New York on Dec 26, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

16oz can into a goblet. Canned 11/14/20, so about 6 weeks old.

Looks splendid in the glass. Black as black body with a fine tan head. This eventually diminishes to a thick ring, leaving rings of attractive lacing

Good strong coffee aroma. Some spice laying below, ginger & cinnamon.

On tasting, coffee is strong, well used, not bitter at all. The spices at times seem to suggest a little chile, but it's an allspice blend. Good and tasty beer.

Mouth full, finish strong coffee with a little spice.

Overall, very nice variant on base GBS.

Dec 25, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Andrew_NYC from New York

Poured from a 16 oz can that I found at City Swiggers on 86th St. in Manhattan. A nice surprise.

Dark in color with a fluffy light head and nice lacing.

Smell is deep malt and coffee with hints of spices.

The spices aren't as up front in the taste. Initially it tastes like a nice bold stout. Plenty of roasty malt flavor with some coffee bitterness. The spice mostly shows up in the aftertaste and isn't overwhelming. The feel is nice and full, with a bit of viscosity but not too syrupy.

I don't typically like spices in my beers but as far as the style goes, this one is pretty good and balanced.

Dec 25, 2020
4.15 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Dec 25, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours opaque, jet black in color with one third inch head. Taste is big coffee, honey, gingerbread and vanilla cookies. Heavy bodied, sweet with moderate carbonation. Gave this some time to rest and it really opened up past the initial coffee taste. Complex and unique milk stout. Glad I got a chance to try this. Nice holiday treat.

Dec 24, 2020
4.17 by atesus from California on Dec 24, 2020
4.25 by KeyWestGator from Florida on Dec 21, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by officerbill from New York

L: deep, dark black with a thin dark tan head that quickly dissolves into a ring with film islands
S: coffee, cocoa, gingerbread cookies
T: more of the same; cocoa, coffee, gingerbread cookies dipped in milk, sugar cookie, cinnamon, nutmeg, a dash of vanilla
F: medium bodied with mild carbonation, dry across the tongue with some ginger heat and a coffee with sugar aftertaste
O: very, very good. Christmas Breakfast is an excellent holiday brew that hits all of the right seasonal notes; gingerbread, coffee, cookies, everything you want in a Christmas beer. So much so that this beer would not work any other time of the year, but I'm glad it's here in December

Dec 19, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RaulMondesi from California

Sure. Yeah. Here we go. Hmmm huh... This one isn’t exactly Santa after taking Viagra, but it’s still pretty solid nonetheless. This is a new beer to Raul, and for the most part, it pretty much reminds him of a lighter version of Stone’s Xocoveza - which is fine. But in reality, I was hoping for a lil more from these guys that have “hardy” in the name, ya feel me?


Dec 11, 2020
Christmas Morning from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 447 ratings