Gingerbread Stout | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Gingerbread StoutGingerbread Stout
BA SCORE
93.7%
Liked This Beer
4.3 w/ 1,388 ratings
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
Ranking:
#567
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
1,388
Liked:
1,301
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
10.93%
Alströms:
4.72
 
 
Wants:
652
Gots:
493
Trade:
55
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,388 |  Reviews: 194
Photo of _Adam_
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Masonz223
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -1.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +8.1%
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 -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of teromous
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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 -7.4%
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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigbutter
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Imheadsup
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chackman151
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 5EKF
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cj8311
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, black in color with one inch head. Taste is pure gingerbread cookie--Ginger, brown sugar, cardamon, cloves, and molasses. Heavy bodied, sweet and delicious. Great dessert beer. Will look for this treat again.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of C_Pel
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 93.7% out of 100 with 1,388 ratings
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