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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (6827) - 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.


3.6
theprof (1364) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2018
Tap at the Canal House on Jan 13 which presumably means festive consumption in the US and metropolitan areas was insufficient. Aroma is spicy although for me it did not meet the dizzy heights of Jamaican ginger cake. The cinnamon that Americans pour like salt got in the way. There was some dark fruit, although not enough to match a Lancastrian mother's fruit cake (what could?) Taste is spicy but at least medium sweet since any sourness in this comes from within my friend. Palate is medium bodied so the lighter side of stout, texture is in no way related to velvet (and that is a feel few forget). Carbonation average and finish like Harry Kane's both decisive and cherished. Overall this rating is in the spirit of Christmas which as any dog or drinker will tell you is not just for Christmas.

3.9
Scouser (356) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2018 Pours pitch black with nice beige/gingerbread colored head, no lacing. Aroma of mild ginger bread and slightly burnt molasses. Chocolate with a hint of ginger bread taste. Its sweet mot not overly sweet. Thought I would hate this one, but i really like it.

4.5
jhking34 (35) - - DEC 28, 2017
Metropolis (<3 mil) Paris Barcelona London Rome Berlin City (1-3 mil) Vienna Budapest Prague Seville Amsterdam Munich Lisbon Towns (100k to 1mil) Strasbourg Dubrovnik Mostar Kotor Neckless Pearl earrings Juicer China teapot Pregnancy yoga Picture frame (see screenshot) 819 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
Quick3Beers (1505) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2017
Pours a nice near black from a bottle, tan head was thick despite a not-too-rapid pour, had to wait to fill up the glass a bit, small amount of lacing. Ginger and molasses aroma, similar flavor. Dry, nice finish, about what I'd want. Pretty good beer.

3.4
jthrcw (20) - - DEC 25, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 Christmas tradition. Dark black with chocolate head. Cocoa and light coffee nose. A little sweeter than most stouts but that's what you get with the a hardywood GBS

3.9
luv2brew (197) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2017
What can I say about this beer. Sitting here on Christmas Eve drinking this thing. Beautiful cocoa head with jet black body and an aroma of a typical imperial. But this one has a sweetness that is different. Mix it in with gentle gingerbread notes and mild chocolate notes. This is a tradition that I have enjoyed for the last few years.

3.9
nickd717 (4996) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 23, 2017
Bomber pours darkest brown with a lasting beige head. The aroma is nice, spiced, cinnamon, gingerbread, vanilla. The flavor is also quite nice, very rich and tasty, a bit overspiced if anything. Medium full body, smooth feel, right carb level. Nice!

3.9
RichTheVillan (8443) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2017
Keg at the Wolf; dark opaque brown pour with a thin creamy tan head, aroma has light ginger and chocolate, taste has big ginger biscuit, chocolate, some roast, ok.

3.9
Smithld1 (349) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2017
Half at crafty fellas. Smells like a Coca Cola float. Tastes like one too. A bit ginger bready perhaps.

4
spoz1993 (1) - - DEC 10, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2017 Great tasting beer, slightly thick but very smooth. Great smell, and easy drinking for a 9% beer.


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