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Gingerbread Stout | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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4.3/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Milk / Sweet 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

Added by TechTriumph on 12-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#574
Reviews:
197
Ratings:
1,406
pDev:
10.93%
Bros Score:
4.72
 
 
Wants:
653
Gots:
504
Trade:
57
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Photo of hdf561
2.35/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a Hardywood glass at the halligan bar. Very dark color pretty much black, notice caramel and hop notes no ginger...very very slight ginger taste some caramel very very dry mouth feel and finish.

Not a bad beer but I was expecting more ginger and bread notes for a beer called gingerbread stout...not awful just didn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of Unseenteeth
2.36/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sicky sweet, wasn't a fan.

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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.64/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Good looking stout coming out of the bottle. A slight hint of ginger and sweet malt comes through on the nose. Taste is sweet and very, very slightly holiday spiced. The brew is just too thin for the style as well. I want to like these Hardywood beers as it is an in state brewery. So far I just can't see the hype.

This beer has quite the reputation, but I cannot recommend it. Like the other stouts I have tried from them, this beer lacks substance for a big beer. It's too thin and I don't find much in the way of typical stout characteristics.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.67/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from Siddfinch a while back. Thanks for the trade dude!

From a cork & caged 750 into a snifter
Vintage 2014
IBU: 55
Milk stout with ginger, honey, cinnamon and vanilla

APPEARANCE: A clear, light brown pour yields a big, three finger, foamy, looser, light tan head with good retention. Bistre brown body, clear, with a bit of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass, but it does eventually end up looking rather flat by the end. Too light a body as well, and the head is rather unimpressive.

SMELL: Milder nose of milk sugars, ginger, and some honey is there. Light toffee notes as well. No real roast there and doesn’t come across as ginger bread-ish.

TASTE: Ginger, some toffee and then some honey at the swallow. Bolder finish of ginger, cinnamon, honey, some milky sweetness and bitter chocolate flavors as well. Cinnamon and ginger linger on the palate. Bitter sweet with plenty of sweetness up front.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a bit sticky. Maybe a bit too much carbonation for the style. Alright, otherwise.

OVERALL: Okay I guess. Can't believe this one is held so highly, actually. The look is certainly wanting and the base stout, not surprisingly, seems to be rather weak, but the adjuncts make it interesting enough. Wish they had put a little more effort into a solid stout base before they went around throwing stuff in it. We moved on to the bourbon barrel version afterwards and to be honest, that one wasn’t much more impressive either. Perhaps a touch of oak but it was much the same. A disappointing set, unfortunately. Still, these things are always fun to try, so cheers for the brews SiddFinch!

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2.75/5  rDev -36%

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2.75/5  rDev -36%

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2.75/5  rDev -36%

Photo of jgran737
2.77/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I do not know what they did with this years batch, but it doesn't taste anything at all like it had previous years. Super carbonated, smells off, very little spice, feels like I'm drinking soda or something. Hopefully the BA variant is better or I'm going to be a very sad dude. I always get hyped for this release too! Stout used to be a 5/5 for me. Hopefully I just got a bad bottle or something.

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2.84/5  rDev -34%

Photo of zdewey08
2.84/5  rDev -34%

Photo of suckaj
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of facesnorth
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of monitorpop
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of blbarnett3
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Look, I'm a home-towner and long time fan of Hardywood, but I just don't see what the fuss is all about on this one. It's interesting, but just too sweet and gingery. It's fine, but it just didn't keep me interested like, for example, Xocoveza.

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Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of beerrat
3.01/5  rDev -30%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cbdouglass
3.04/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Good IPA. Smooth; easy drinking.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.18/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer had a pronounced ginger and cinnamon smell. It tasted like ginger and hot cinnamon, and alcohol. I did not taste any stout flavor. I was underwhelmed by this beer as I am underwhelmed by all these newbies who love koolaid beer. You used to have to acquire the taste for beer, but now many brewers cater to the narrow pallets of children.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2014 vintage
I don't quite get this one, but apparently I'm in the minority based on other reviews. Fresh ginger is definitely present in the nose and the taste, but it's quite lacking in gingerbread cookie and milk stout flavors (like I was hoping for). Instead it tastes and smells more like somebody mixed a light stout with Coca-Cola and a Jamaican ginger beer soda. It's also quite thin with more carbonation than it should have. I was hoping for a thicker body with more robust and cookie-like stout flavors, so this is very disappointing.

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Photo of Chester303
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This year's batch is not up to par with previous years. It has a fairly thin mouth feel and and an unusual amount of carbonation compared to last year's. Flavor is off as well. I get initial ginger but nothing much after that which was very disappointing. I was expecting the creamy mouth feel with the awesome flavors of ginger, chocolate, and vanilla that has brought this beer to be such an anticipated release, unfortunately not this year.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,406 ratings
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