babymaddy (6) - richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml, caged and corked bottle from the brewery. This beer has the aroma and flavor of Christmas. The ginger comes through in the aroma along with some roasty malty goodness. It pours a dark ruby color with a nice lasting head. The taste is fantasit with notes of gingerbread, chocolate, caramel and toffee. The finish is nice and warming with a slight spiciness to it.
bytemesis (2175) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Walt! Pours deep red mahogany, small Tamm head, good lacing. Aroma is Christmas in a bottle, ginger, molasses. Flavor is medium sweet, gingerbread, cinnamon, really nice. Medium body.
SudsMcDuff (5375) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle .. . pours a deep brown .. . palate is rather full . .. burnt gingerbread cookies and tar .. . medium spices .. . easy finish .. . a nice ginger stout, good to share though .. . . .
ontbeermaker (2161) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours black, light head, aroma is ginger, taste is lots of ginger up front and finish with a bit of roast stout. this one was drinkable. I feel a better name for this would be ginger stout, i didnt get a lot of flavours other then the ginger of course that would be associated with ginger bread, which was disappointing. I had hope it would taste like a gingerbread cookie
stevencon (343) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy chocolate brown tan head. Aroma of chocolate and ginger bread. Taste similar. Very well balanced and unique.
devman171 (524) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at hardywood, pours black with thin head, aroma is sweet roasted malt and gingerbread. Taste is roast and sweet gingerbread, a porter like finish.
conway (907) - - DEC 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours cola color with a thin tan head. Aroma doesn't propel much at first but smells like gingerbread cookies eventually. Tastes just as advertised. Gingerbread cookies and lactic sugar. Really tasty. Smooth palate with just a enough carbonation. Very different and enjoyable.
DenverLogan (685) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle at private tasting last June. Pours a dark brown with brown head and lace. Big gingerbread aroma with raisins, cinnamon, lavender. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of brown sugar, cola, ginger, dark chocolate. Overall tasty and bold, a bit funky with some bitterness.
Fritz123 (566) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share at home. Snifter. Pours a black, viscous oil with an off white head. Aroma of ginger, spices, cocoa, bread. Taste was not as impressive as the aroma. Caramel, bread, some ginger, some spice. Roasted malts. Medium body. Not bad but I though it would be better.
writerljberg (406) - Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Chris. Thanks!
A: Placid black with a solid cappuccino head. Good lacing.
N: Tons of ginger, to the point of being sharp. Some cocoa and coffee. Molasses and bready malt.
T: Very powerful ginger, almost sour from it. Lots of chocolate and molasses.
M: Medium bodied, more stout than RIS. Some alcohol.
O: I really like gingerbread, but this just misses because of how potent the ginger is. Still good.
TURDFERGUSON (3760) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle, generously shared by JD at beer study. This guy is seriously one of the most generous beer guys I have ever come across. Always sharing his tasty wears and without even drinking any himself. Quite selfless, and it does not go unnoticed. This was pretty on point for what it set out to be. Tastes like a gingerbread cookie, with some light roasted malt and cacao notes in there. A little thinner than I expected, and less boozy for sure. Another impy than I am surprised is an impy. Tastes and drinks more like a regular stout. Still tasty--maybe the best Hardywood I have had so far.