Craft brewers have embraced the winter or holiday beer concept for several years now, with new offerings popping up every alongside the old pros that have been brewing their own versions for years. Golden Road Brewing in LA is relatively young brewery, and to my knowledge, this represents their first attempt at a winter beer. Their offerings tend to err on the safe side, with nothing approaching the intense beers from a few of the more established craft brewers.
Back Home Gingerbread Stout steps outside of the more predictable flavors that I’ve come to expect from Golden Road (and other up and coming breweries), not through intensity, but more through unique character. Similar beers like Anchor Steam’s annual Christmas beer tend to come across as vaguely cola-ish in taste. This beer genuinely achieves a gingerbread likeness and is a bigger-bodied beer in general thanks to its imperial stout foundation.