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:
1,385
Reviews:
193
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,385 |  Reviews: 193
Photo of fountainofyouth
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2014 release. Guess this is 3 years old.

Dark chocolate brown body with a pinkish beige 2 finger head.

Aromas of ginger, maple sap, oatmeal, chocolate, and alcohol - I wanna say bourbon sweetness although there's no barrel to be found in the recipe. Lots of delicious spices waft up to the olfactory too.

Flavor is mostly absent honestly...and by that I mean it hides behind a watery body to start. I'm guessing this has to be consumed fresh. Behind the water, I get old crumbled gingerbread man, coffee grounds, molasses, nutmeg, and red hots. Ending on coffee and sympathetic fake sugar with breaths of ginger. As it warms it just gets awful. Awful.

Feel is pretty watery, but leaves an interesting coating on the palate, with some roasty dryness and biting carbonation. Just way too thin for a stout in any instance.

Well, Gingerbread Stout was a fail for me. Having a real hard time finishing it. I honestly think it's something that needs to be consumed fresh. Unfortunate, but I guess I can cross this off my list now :-(

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

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

Photo of Wheels2532
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of gordavidson
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeremy for this one!
Pours a dark brown with tan foam that fades after a few minutes. Graham cracker, cinnamon, honey aromas. Tastes a little more stouty, though the ginger and cinnamon come out in spades. Light to medium bodied, a little thin but drinkable enough. Good festive holiday beer. Makes a good mixer with a coffee imperial stout.

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Photo of yoshie
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeantownBrews
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.64/5  rDev -38%
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 Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks almost black with dark khaki foam. Lots of lacing.
Gingerbread spice smell is dominant. Sweet and heavy. Warmth from alcohol is noticeable. Really does taste like gingerbread. Not a big fan of the lactose. Overall: great in small doses. Just the thing to get through the dark winter nights.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shaymus
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BltByKrmn
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016 batch, bottle into a red wine glass.

I don't quite understand the hype on this one. As someone else mentioned here it's as if someone mixed an OK base stout with Coca-Cola and ginger beer. The ginger isn't very pronounced, I get zero cinnamon or sweetness and the mouth feel is on the thin side.

Not bad but not something I would seek out.

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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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Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
4.26 out of 5 based on 1,385 ratings.
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