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Monday, December 14, 2015

Oh No, It True! Hardywood Park Gingerbread Stout

Sometimes you just sit up from drinking a beer and you say, "Yes, that is exactly what has been missing. Where has this been all of this time?" The timing is just so striking because all of the little pieces that have been missing come together in this singularity. It not so much a rocket to the sky. It is soothing, the kind of taste that just reaches up and gently bring you in. For a while, you are one with the drink.

Gingerbread Stout - Hardywood Park
This is the feeling with Gingerbread Stout by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (2408-2410 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220 V: (804) 420-2420  Manufacturers of many a good beer out of Richmond, Hardywood Park has created a line craft beer for the season with Gingerbread Stout.  It is warm and cozy, like you have been friends for a long time, but not so much that you can't be friends in a group either.  If you are going to go out and purchase a flavor from this holiday, put aside the money for this one. It is a winner and not too expensive.  

With a 9.2% ABV and a 55 IBU, this beer makes you sit up, but it gently wafts you with the tastes of gingerbread and holiday flavorings. The Web site offers these insights:    
Brewed with babyginger 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. 

As for my special take on this one, I put it like this in Untappd: Gingerbread! Yeah, it just has that taste. It may be once a year, but it is good. It really sits up and you pay attention because it is good.

I rate it 4.5 stars in Untappd.


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