Gingerbread Stout | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Gingerbread StoutGingerbread Stout
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
Ratings:
1,383
Reviews:
192
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,383 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Optics are expected, retention is minimal. Aroma is very nice and fairly decadent - definitely pick up the vanilla and cinnamon, and a sweetness from the honey is a very nice touch, though oddly the ginger wasn't very present and more of a lurker in the background. Taste has lots of flavor, and it is elegant and subtle. It would be easy to spam the ginger or cinnamon but everything here is very well blended. There is a roasted malt upfront, medium and smooth, with the ginger coming in next, and then silky vanilla flavors...maybe a tad too much lactose but that is really the only flaw, and it is minor. The ginger does heat up as the beer sits out though. Great example of a spiced beer that doesn't overcompensate with cloying flavor but has the confidence to let the natural flavors carry the load.

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

Photo of drtth
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out dark brown, almost black, into Corsondonk goblet with a 1/4" layer of dark tan foam. There is little lacing. Sipping creates a few patches of foam on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is filled with gingerbread spices and dark milk chocolate. There also seems to be something a lot like a dark bread but it's hard to be sure as it's so well integrated in the the whole.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but with the dark milk chocolate and light sweetness moving forward as the gingerbread flavors become as the supporting cast. While it's clear there's ginger in here, the other gingerbread spices are so well integrated with each other than none really stands out. The flavor profile is quite complex so that every time I think I've identified one spice I realize it's mixed in with other things.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium bodied and creamy smooth with some light, persistent carbonation. The fairly long finish begins as the gingerbread spices briefly trade places with the dark milk chocolate as the sweetness starts to fade. Then everything moves towards the back of the palate as it turns dry. Towards the end all that remains is a bit of dry dark roast malt bitterness leaving what seems like a bit of chalky dryness at the end. Then all is gone.

Overall this is a really good beer which delivers the expected flavors and is a pleasure to drink. The flavors are complex and well integrated so that no indivdual component stands entirely alone and above the others. No question in my mind I'll be having this one again. If you want something to serve before or after a holiday dinner, take a close look at this one.

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

Tan head. Black in color.

I was surprised that I enjoyed this one as much as I did. Tastes like gingerbread cookies. Sweet. Chocolate and cocoa.

Medium to full bodied. A little roast. Ends spiced.

Nice beer. Very fun to try!

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Photo of _Adam_
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Masonz223
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell: Big christmas spices ginger nutmeg cinnamon hints of vanilla and milk chocolate

Taste: upfront big roasted malts middle of the mouth the spices come in ginger cinnamon nutmeg all spice toasted bread in the finish you get some sweetness possibly from the honey dark chocolate a little bit of vanilla lactose and more of those roasted malts.

Feel: this is the real bright spot of the beer medium to full bodied super creamy and smooth.

Overall: a pretty solid beer but I'm a bit underwhelmed with it wish the aroma and taste popped more. You get all the Christmas spices but they aren't really that intense. Hopefully the barrel aged version will kick this beer up to the next level. A good beer to try around the holidays.

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

A-very dark brown, almost black, with two fingers worth of tan colored head

S-gingerbread, chocolate, and molasses

T-taste is similar to a typical stout but a bit sweeter with gingerbread, vanilla, and milk chocolate

M-not as big a body as a typical stout, but not too thin either, with moderate carbonation

Overall a nice way to mix up a stout, nice amount of ginger and chocolate sweetness

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Photo of Riff
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black in color with a light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of gingerbread, vanilla, and cinnamon. Not the strongest smells coming from this, more subdued. Tastes are less subtle, toasted malts, gingerbread, and sugar. The feel is one I really like, creamy, light, silky smooth, and easy to drink.

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Photo of avalon07
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a lot of lacing, though.

S: A very large, enticing aroma of gingerbread, malt, vanilla, and spices.

T: Tasted of a good amount of malt, lots and lots of spices (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves), a huge shot of gingerbread, light chocolate notes, vanilla, honey, and a sugary quality. Definitely a big, powerful flavor, loaded with spices. Quite complex and incredibly enjoyable.

F A good shot of carbonation with a creamy, smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This is a big, tasty, spicy beer. It's well made, easy to drink, and certainly worth searching for.

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

Photo of Unseenteeth
2.36/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sicky sweet, wasn't a fan.

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Photo of teromous
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see any date listed on the bottle or the label.

Appearance: It's a black beer with a thick creamy light-khaki head. Great retention and lacing, especially for a 9.2% ABV beer.

Aroma: I am picking up a light but pleasant ginger aroma.

Taste: I am getting a nice combination of ginger and cinnamon but mostly cinnamon. There is a bit of a toasted bitterness at the end. It has quite a lot of spice which seems to really hide the flavor of the base beer but the overall flavor is still good.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice thick mouthfeel with a light touch of bitterness at the end.

Overall: This is a very enjoyable beer and if you are looking for something that tastes like gingerbread then you will find it here. There is a lot of spice to the beer (mostly cinnamon) so keep that in mind before jumping in. In a nutshell I would recommend it if you like spice in beers and I would drink it again.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wide snifter. Pours a deep, opaque black with a khaki head that dissipates very slowly and leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. Very pretty pour. Smell is a bit muted and dissapointing, with just a touch of burnt sugar and spices, but nothing that really jumps out. Flavor is much more pronounced. Flavors start with lactose sweetness, caramel, roasted flavors, then transition to spices, ginger mainly and maybe clove or nutmeg, lastly you get the sweetness again. Feel is full bodied, with a sweet finish. Overall, I like this but find it hard to understand it's hype. This baby is beloved here in Richmond, but for me, it's just too sweet. However, I'm (pretty much) vegan, so it's possible that maybe I'm just not used to the flavor and sweetness of lactose or that I'm just not used to this style that I've only dabbled in a few times (hence being "pretty much" vegan). I like it, but it's not something I'd go crazy for.

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Photo of madelf66
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigbutter
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shehateme
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of srw
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours brown but looks black in the glass. It dad a half finger of head trust fades fast
S: chocolate, slight cinnamon, overall sweet but lacking a big pop.
T: nice chocolate and bigger than the nose cinnamon.
F: super smooth, but a lighter feel.

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Photo of vtmel82
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Imheadsup
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chackman151
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 5EKF
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cj8311
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
4.26 out of 5 based on 1,383 ratings.
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