Christmas Morning Imperial Milk Stout with Spices and Coffee

Review Date 12/31/2019 By John Staradumsky

Remember when you were a kid, waking up on Christmas Morning? You just couldn’t wait to get down and see what Santa brought, and when you finally got to the tree, your eyes were wide with excitement over your new toys. The air was full of the aroma of the coffee your parents were brewing up, and maybe you nibbled on a gingerbread man from the dining room table. Those memories come back when you pop a bottle of Hardywood Christmas Morning Imperial Milk Stout with Spices and Coffee.

I found my bottle of Hardywood Christmas Morning ensconced on one of the shelves at Sherlock’s in Kennesaw, Georgia, and of course it went right into my cart (or caht as I call it; my wife says it’s a buggy). Truth be told, I’ve seen, bought, and enjoyed Hardywood Gingerbread Stout before, but never this version. They also do a Kentucky Christmas Morning (barrel aged) that I am still in search of.

The brewery says:

Hardywood Christmas Morning lends a cheerfully heightened decadence to our Gingerbread Stout through deep conditioning on locally roasted Mexican Chiapas coffee beans from Black Hand Coffee Co. Hints of sweet honey and oven baked gingerbread greet the comforting nuances of freshly brewed morning coffee in this imperial milk stout. Skip the leftover cookies and milk and awaken your senses with this delightful holiday tradition.

Hardywood Christmas Morning has an alcohol content of 9.2% by volume with 55 IBUs. I paid $5.99 for a 16.9 ounce bottle, a pretty good deal I think.

Hardywood Christmas Morning Imperial Milk Stout with Spices and Coffee pours to a jet-black color with a thin than head and a nose exploding with fresh coffee grind aromas. Taking a sip, the beer is full bodied with black coffee and coffee grinds on the top layer and fresh baked gingerbread beneath with spicy ginger and perhaps a hint of cinnamon. It finishes with spicy dark roasted coffee notes and warming alcohol.

Wow! The coffee is intense and dominates but does not drown out the gingerbread. This really was a treat, and for sure one of the best new beers I’ve had all year. Every day can be like Christmas Morning with a Hardywood Christmas Morning. I’ll be drinking more of this tasty treat for sure next year, or sooner if I can find it again.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned