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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

ben4321's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (5239) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Location: Draft at the Brewery, 11/17/12

Aroma: The nose has sweet malts, ginger, some spices, cinnamon, and some cookie
Appearance: This one pours a dark brown color with a small head atop it
Flavor: The taste has a nice combination of sweet/cookie, spice, malts, and A little bit of booze
Palate: This one is rather drinkable considering the ABV, has a fairly full body, and creamy feel
Overall Impression:  This one is one heck of a desert-style stout. I thought it really worked. I mean, I can’t imagine wanting to drink it everyday, but for an occasional one-off it is really good. The name says it all here, it is a gingerbread cookie stout, and they nailed it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VAYankee (338) - Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Dark, dark brown pour with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is sweet - gingerbread, malt, cocoa, and a little vanilla. Sweet malty flavor with dark cocoa, gingerbread. Transitions briefly to a roasted malt light bitterness finishing with a full cocoa & gingerbread aftertaste. Palate is thick, full bodied, and softly carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (916) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Pours opaque ink-black with a creamy, 1-finger caramel-colored head. Aroma of chocolate with a honey-sweet note. Full-bodied and a bit creamy. Astringent finish. Flavor of chocolate, with a strong bite of ginger and a touch of honey-sweetness. This was really good, but have a feeling that some aging would make it even better by taking some edge off of the astringency.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (7724) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle from Craigs, dregs run tasting. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of ginger, vanilla, cake. Taste is more biscuity, some chocolate. Light spice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeevan (212) - SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2016 Bottle round Dave?s. Pours deep dark brown. Subtle bready malty aromas. Lovely dark chocolates on gingerbread biscuit character - evoking nostalgic memories of hand made in a country kitchen by Grandmama. Some hop character coming through on the gulp. A little spice kick too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (8323) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is ginger, biscuit, chocolate, taste is similar, sweet, spiced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Bottle. Black with tan head. Absolutely stinks of ginger, spices. Taste of ginger and spices, like a gingerbread man. Medium body with a clean finish. Not a big fan of ginger

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (18997) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Bottle at home... Dark brown black... Soft sweet Spiced chocolate roast malts nose.. Dark malts.. Soft vanilla.. Dark roast.. Soft chocolate.. Mellow chocolate.. Light ginger.. But s bit thin and not enough roast

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (2313) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2016
750ml->snifter. Deep brown with moderate lite tan head. Cocoa, gingerbread, cinnamon, roasted malt, chocolate, some holiday spice. Very good, though the ginger spice is a bit much for me after the first few ounces.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1735) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2016
750 mL bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA (2015 bottle listed as 9.2% ABV). Very dark brown pour with a short khaki head. Aroma is wonderful with gingerbread, cinnamon, and vanilla nearly disguising faint chocolate notes. The taste is even more impressive with a recognizable milk stout base that is up to the task of supporting gingerbread, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and clove flavors. The cinnamon and chocolate flavors really seem to linger on the palate. Alcohol is present but not unwelcome. I thought this would be good but I didn’t expect to like it this much. Outstanding!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (965) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Near black in color with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, ginger, and graham crackers. Ginger flavor is a little strong for my taste but overall a solid holiday stout.

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