Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to a generous trader. Served in a Hardywood goblet. Pours dark brown. Nose is fairly heavily spiced with ginger, cinnamon, and others. Also notes of chocolate and roast. Flavor is lightly sweet, but is mostly focused on spice. Stout base is in the background. Medium body with quite a bit of spice through the finish. Overall, too much spice for my taste.
conway (900) - - 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 (626) - 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 (555) - 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 (394) - 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 (3738) - 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.
Edtorrey (22) - Alabama, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Carbonated. Small head. Coffee and smoke up front with vanilla and sweet mouthfeel finish. Where is the ginger? Sorry.
Still I liked this beer. Sweet stout. Too sweet for session but good after dinner.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
catboy (1) - - NOV 19, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 edition. This beer is an awesome holiday beer. Good blend of spices. Mouthfeel has improved this year. Best year yet for this beer.
Beergeek23322 (1673) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11/16/2013. From bottle. Missed the release party at the brewery - just way too crowded. Fortunately Brew in Chesterfield opened a few bottles to share. Pours black with a beige head. Aromas of dark roasted malt, spices, dried fruit, oak. Rich in body and nice flavors for this seasonal brew.
jackl (3457) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle directly from Hardywood. Deep brown pour with a medium tan head. The nose is moderately spicy. Bright ginger, cinnamon. General spice rack. Toffee and sweet milk chocolate accents. The taste has the spicy tang of ginger. More cinnamon, nutmeg. Ginger snap cookies. Yule log. A touch of baked dark fruits. More chocolate. Medium body, not particularly heavy. Moderate carbonation. Overall, pretty interesting stuff. Not something that should be measured as a stout at all.
Howlader (73) - - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught version at Hardywood on release day in 2013. Pretty damn tasty beer. Very gingery, not as ginger-bready as I was expecting but still delicious