Christmas Morning | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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4.34/5
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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): 9.20%

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#790
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
388
pDev:
7.14%
 
 
Wants:
93
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111
Trade:
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Ratings: 388 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of jimpyle48
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Has a really interesting unique nose. Tasty overall. Thanks Mike!

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

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

Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a half finger creamy deep beige head that settles into a somewhat frothy mass.Aromas of espresso roast coffee with a tinge of cinnamon,very highly roasted.Sweet caramel/vanilla and spicy cinnamon,and clove really stand out upfront on the palate then the deeply roasted coffee flavor takes over into the finish giving off a bit of char aftertaste.The roast/char flavors keep it from being overly sweet and it makes it very drinkable,very well made.Merry Christmas!

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

Photo of SierraFlight
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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Christmas Morning from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 388 ratings