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Gingerbread Stout | 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): 9.20%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#1,137
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
1,480
pDev:
10.96%
 
 
Wants:
662
Gots:
514
Trade:
54
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Photo of EMH73
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a quarter inch tan head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, ginger and cinnamon. Taste follows the nose with additional flavors of vanilla, caramel, molasses, nutmeg and coffee. Creamy mouth feel, full bodied, light carbonation.

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Photo of Curt3
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gbiello
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 500-ml. bottle
Glass: Pure Project 16-oz. snifter glass
From: Trader Joe’s in College Area (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $5.99
Purchased: Jan. 11, 2019
Consumed: Jan. 11, 2019
Reviewed as: Milk / Stout
Misc.: No bottled on date

Had been wanting to try this for a while and surprise, surprise I found it at a Trader Joe’s for $5.99. Had first saw it the week before in Santa Barbara, but didn’t pull the trigger (which was stupid when I now think about it). Grabbed it the next time I saw it again in San Diego. Description was, “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.” Damn that was long, but informing.

Poured a pitch black color with three fingers of khaki-tan rocky-to-frothy head. Some bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, clove, menthol, honey graham cracker and boozy wintry spice. A little brown sugar from the bottle, which adds to it. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted better than the nose, but still underwhelming overall. Got ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, wintry spice, honey graham cracker, pumpkin pie crust, vanilla, hints of milk chocolate, caramel, espresso and cacao. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Really liked this beer overall, but I have to admit was not as good as I was hoping it would be. Still solid and damn good value for $5.99. (Overall - 4.00)

3.98 | 89 | B+

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Photo of stortore
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2017 edition. Had 5/25/18.

Pours a dark brown, opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some slick, foamy lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, some toffee and cinnamon, light ginger and caramel. Flavors of roasted malt, honey, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger- which shows mostly in the aftertaste, some caramel, light smoke. Smooth, creamy, a very good full body, well carbonated.

I’ve heard this was kind of a down year, but even with that, I’m still a little disappointed. Very good base stout, the cinnamon shows more than the ginger and vanilla. Needs to be fully warmed for best results. It’s certainly good, but seems to be rated a bit high to me. Have another bottle, maybe I’ll be less crabby about that one. Worth a purchase at a good price point.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with quickly dissipating light brown head. Nose is roasted malts, licorice, gingerbread, and vanilla. Taste is fairly smooth, with roasted malts, some burnt wood, licorice, ginger, lactose, and a touch of dark fruit. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick. Overall, not a bad stout, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeenTired
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MikeWard
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a goblet. Packaged 11/1/17, so over 14 months old here.

Classic stout look to this beer. Big bad looking black as night body with an inch think head looking like a well done pancake on top. really nice lacing here.

Mild ginger aroma.

Well, much as I love ginger, and love stout, this particular combination, while not tasting unpleasant, to me tastes like think alcoholic ginger ale. The other notes mentioned on the bottle, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, don't come through and it ends up being a bit one dimensional.

Mouth between medium and full, finish is ginger.

Overall, a bit disappointed, was expecting more from this beer.

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Photo of eldergleam
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dreyski
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bum4ever
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark black with a good amount of dark tan head that hangs around for awhile
Smell: I am getting a bunch of ginger, some honey, chocolate and a hint of cinnamon.
Taste: Served too cold at first, I am getting mostly a ginger flavor. As it warms the flavor rounds out nicely with cinnamon, chocolate, spice and a slight ginger finish.
Feel: Medium to full bodied with a nice smooth creaminess. Good amount of carbonation.
Overall: Super enjoyable milk stout

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

warm cinnamon and nutmeg quality, a clean ginger note, sugary, spices definitely invoke memories of Christmas. some hints at vanilla and roasty throughout, a creamy chocolate flavor presenting as well but overall the spice and ginger qualities are predominant, which really works for the style.

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Photo of MoMaMe
3.26/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Perhaps I got a bad batch or spoiled bottle, because I'm really surprised at how high of a rating this stout has gotten. I was really looking forward to this beer, especially after reading the reviews, and was sorely disappointed. Even beyond saying this was just "okay," I actually disliked this beer. I would like to try it again, however, to see if this bottle got somehow ruined by time/transport/heat/etc. Bottling was on 10-18-18 and I drank it 12-26-18.

Color: pours very dark with a very nice, generous foamy head
Smell: metallic, nutmeg, molasses, with a sourness
Taste: Alcohol and spice with a sour aftertaste. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg follow.

Overall, I'm very disappointed in this one. However, being that most of the reviews have given this beer an outstanding rating, I'd be curious to try it again... perhaps the truck that delivered them got overheated.. not sure.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Craig for this special hand delivered gift.

Gingerbread Stout is a beautiful beer, and just what you'd imagine it to be. Black as a lump of coal but with exceptional clarity. The tanned head above resembling the baked sweets color it was named after. It recedes leaving little spots and a blank surface which in this case reflected the background fire magically.

Chocolate and spices ascend from the glass. A touch of roasted coffee with a dash of cinnamon. With some time, brown sugar and fruit cake give promise for a sweet indulgence.

Once again, chocolate and spices are the driving force behind Gingerbread Stout. An estery finish along with anise, cardomom, and a general stone fruit give this a Belgian stout-like sensation. Ginger and clove add to the long list of spices, but none are in abundance. Just a tingle to lightly cut through the sweet milk chocolatey base.

A moderate feel with a touch of creaminess, with that aforementioned tingle of spices on the finish. The sweetness is balanced by that spice along with a smooth roastiness.

Once received, this was an obvious choice for my daughter to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. The bottle was empty in the morning which could only mean he happily approved.

Cheers!

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Photo of jimpyle48
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of geryeb624
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours more of a dark cola color with a thinner but well retained with a deep ginger bread colored head atop.Ginger and underlying cinnamon stick out most in the nose,ginger really comes thru as it warms.Nice subtle complexities on the palate,starting out with a tinge of vanilla,then bitter chocolate,the ginger is less pronounced on the palate then the nose but that's a good thing here,a shot of roast/char comes in and lingers in the finish.The creamy texture is spot on for the flavor profile,a really nice holiday stout.

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Photo of generallee
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,480 ratings