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Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

Beer style: 
Imperial Milk Stout Brewed with Fresh Local Ginger and Honey

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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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.

100 Score (out of 100), Beer Advocate Magazine, April 2012
Silver, 2012 Virginia Beer Cup, Dark Beer Category
Bronze, 2012 World Beer Cup, Herb and Spice Beer Category
Gold, 2013 Virginia Beer Cup, Fruited, Herb and Spice Beer Category
Best in Show Silver Medal, 2013 Virginia Beer Cup

"Tastes like freagin' Christmas in a bottle..." - Todd and Jason Allström, BeerAdvocate

" didn't need dessert because the beer was just so incredible." - Kim Jordan, New Belgium Brewing Co.

Original Gravity (O.G.): 
Strength (ABV): 
9.2 % ABV
Color (SRM): 
40 °L
Bitterness (IBU): 
55 IBUs
Early Winter
Next release date: 
Sat, 11/07/2015
First release date: 
December 2011
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout - In the Making

Behind the scenes of the making of Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, a 9.2% ABV Imperial milk stout brewed with fresh local ginger from Casselmonte Farm in Powhatan, Virginia, and wildflower honey from Bearer Farms in Louisa, Virginia.

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