Gingerbread Stout | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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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:
#570
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
1,424
pDev:
10.93%
Bros Score:
4.72
 
 
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652
Gots:
505
Trade:
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Photo of mflamar
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GallowsThief
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Out of a bottle into my tulip. Family hook up through my cousin Brandt!
A – Poured black as the Grinch’s heart with a touch of milk chocolate head that settled down nicely.
S – Ginger, molasses, vanilla, cream.
T – Well now it starts with ginger as one would expect. Follows with several flavors like vanilla bean, light coffee, honey, cinnamon and just a touch of malt. Has an ever so slight bitterness that is immediately squashed by a great cream flavor. It gives it a great light sweet finishing quality. You can taste the alcohol but barely.
M – Medium carbonation. Medium bodied. Smooth and clean on the palate.
O – Dynamite. The flavors of this brew blend perfectly together and actually nail the “gingerbread stout”. Many do not though they claim to be. This is a dangerous drinker as it’s so good you don’t get the alcohol.

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Photo of ryanflc
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of godawgs
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cducap
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zebulan
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark pour with thick tan head. Head stays as I drink it.
S: First smell is of course the ginger. Sweet smell
T: Taste as it smells. Nice spice in the ginger. Cookie taste as well. Full and sweet.
F: Good thickness coats the mouth. Warm taste that continues.
O: Great beer. Creatively made. Smells, tastes, reminds me of Christmas and everything that goes with it. The only way to improve on this is to try the Bourbon Barrel version which is also superb.

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Photo of rgreer81
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sludgegnome
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cath
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of condorsim
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ericat78
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephensinner
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RichD
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xdtfx
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Budinetz
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage.

Poured from the cork and cage bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Smells like Christmas, tastes like Christmas, feels like Christmas. Lots of spices going on with this brew. I taste allspice dram type flavorsnfoing in here. This is basically Christmas day in a bottle. I love it!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Volsdawg10
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtgerencser
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of knicks19947
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JPowell712
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Myotus
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured gently at 50°F from a 750ml bottle into both a tulip and a Spiegelau stout glass and allowed to warm up to 55°F before consuming. A side by side comparison will be done between the two glasses.
LOOK: Tulip- Pours with two fingers of khaki foam that halves itself after 3 minutes. There is a subtle amount of very small rising bubbles once the head finally settles. Black in color with an orange tint. Lacing is moderate in quantity and thick. 4.75
Stout glass - Pours with two fingers of khaki foam that halves itself after 2 and a half minutes. There is a subtle amount of very small rising bubbles once the head finally settles. Black in color with an orange tint. Lacing is subtle in quantity and thick. 4.5
SMELL: Tulip- Very strong aromas of gingerbread and strong cinnamon aromas are backed by mild aromas of milk chocolate, honey, and sweet coffee along with subtle aromas of vanilla, alcohol, and hints of bitter roasted malts. 4.5
Stout glass- Strong aromas of gingerbread, cinnamon, and honey are backed by mild aromas of milk chocolate, and sweet coffee along with subtle aromas of vanilla, alcohol, and hints of bitter roasted malts. 4.75
TASTE: Tulip- Very strong flavors of gingerbread and mild flavors of honey first enter onto the palate. Mild cinnamon and vanilla flavors immediately follow as honey flavors grow stronger. Mild flavors of milk chocolate and sweet coffee continue this incredible taste symphony as now vanilla flavors grow stronger. Subtle bitter roated malt flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors now begin to maintain and blend into one of the most tastiest beers that I have ever had. 4.75
Stout glass- Strong gingerbread and cinnamon flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild flavors of vanilla and sweet coffee. Mild flavors of honey and milk chocolate continue this glass' experience of the brew as cinnamon and gingerbread flavors grow slightly stronger. Subtle bitter roasted malt flavors and hints of alcohol enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for vanilla, which grow stronger. 4.5
FEEL: Tulip- Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Ends with a mild dryness. 4.25
Stout glass- Exact same as the mouthfeel when drinking from the tulip except for hints of carbonation. 4.5
OVERALL FOR TULIP: 4.64
OVERALL FOR STOUT GLASS: 4.56

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Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,424 ratings
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