Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

I can’t wait until it’s Winter. I’m really not made for this heat. Maybe a stout will remind me of the snow.

ABV: 9.2%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Imperial Milk Stout Brewed with Fresh Local Ginger and Honey. Made 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 notes from milk chocolate and vanilla, to honeycomb and cinnamon, to a snap of ginger in the finish. We hope Hardywood Gingerbread Stout contributes to your merriment this season. Best With: Hardywood Gingerbread Stout is exquisite as a dessert pairing beer. An absolute wonder with crème brûlée or fresh chocolate pudding, rich desserts with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla or chocolate really bring out the flavor of Gingerbread Stout, and vice versa. By itself, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout also makes a fine digestif while enjoying a cold night by a crackling fire.”

Random: This was released in November of 2011.

The beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head. It dissipated quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was black without any visible carbonation. The nose was incredibly sweet. It had the expected ginger and brown sugar, along with lactose and chocolate. The taste was syrupy sweet up front with a lot of lactose. The gingerbread came through next with some molasses and brown sugar. There was also a significant note of burnt malts and booze. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with gingerbread. Val found this bottle for me at Trader Joe’s, so I’m not sure how much she paid for it. Either way, I thought this beer was just a little too sweet for my liking. I’m glad I got to try it, but I won’t be going back to it anytime soon.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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